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l'Optimiste

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  1. Oh I love Iranuan films. They used to have a channel on YouTube which disappeared overnight. It was called جام جم ٣ (Jam e Jam 3). It had complete religious as well as secular films and tv series (I'm partial to the secular). Jam e Jam 3 is actually a tv channel for Iranians living abroad so movies/TV are subtitled. Now you can find Jam e Jam 3 channel on the Iranian YouTube substitute, www.aparat.com.
  2. Thank you for the replies! Not really a fan of golgape but good to know! Thank you, hameedeh (it's sister btw!) And thank you starlight, let's get in touch via PM.
  3. Salam Alaykum Can anyone guide about living in Islamabad? I need an overview as well as some specific questions...we own a digital marketing startup plus we are looking for jobs. Would appreciate any advice about the job situation, scope for our startup, where and how big the shia communities are etc. Anyone based in Islamabad or who has lived there long to chat about it? PM me please, or point me to someone who you think can help! Thanks!
  4. While most of us are planning our Iftar menus, there are people who have trouble getting together basic nutritious food items for their families. $25 ensures Iftar for a family of four for 15 days. Donate generously to feed momin brothers and sisters. *I work for the NGO in charge of this, PM me any questions you might have. To donate, contact our rep in your area. Find a complete list at http://www.anwar-n.com/arb/RamadhanFoodBasket_2017.html Follow us on Facebook, we have different campaigns all year round: https://www.facebook.com/NajafyiaFoundation/ Support the cause: Spread the message!
  5. Salamun Alaykum all! I work for a charity organization under a prominent Marje' in Najaf, Iraq and we're looking for really good translators. This is the kind of content you can expect to translate (mostly English-Arabic but some English-Arabic too): - The stuff that goes on fundraising posters - The stuff that goes on social media ads, and its captions We want people who, in addition to having good command in Arabic and English, are confident about their copywriting and editing abilities in Arabic. * The work will be freelance for now. You can do it from anywhere in the world. ** The work is regular - say you would be translating 8 posters/ads per month, plus short social media captions for the posters/ads. You might also be approached to translate subtitles or texts in promo videos. *** The translator needs to be prompt and translate within 5 hours or in exceptions, 10. This can be negotiated slightly if you're a really good translator. We'll trial you for a short period initially, and then decide if we want to hire you. Think you're up to the challenge? PM me soon! The work is rewarding and your price is negotiable. Looking forward to hearing from you.
  6. SA Does anyone know of an Arabic/Persian Imambargah/community center in Karachi, Pakistan? Or any place where Arabic/Persian aza might be conducted? Thank you!
  7. Not really - at least, not unless it's Subway cookies I'm hungry for. Do you think judging others for being judgmental is hypocritical?
  8. Thank you! If I could have a few more people... PS: please PM me your phone numbers if interested. Jakumullahu khayr!
  9. Salamun Alaykum! If I were to potentially create a Whatsapp group for people like me, who: -love Arabic Latimiya -do not always manage to understand them fully, how many of you would be willing to join? It would involve two kinds of people: 1. people like me, and 2. people who are fluent in Arabic and can help us! The first type of people would ask questions regarding meanings of words/phrases in Latimiyaat (not necessarily, but let's start there) and the second category would help with that. The group would aim not to waste anyone's time and so we would try and only ask questions we can't easily get translations of on the Internet. Who's in? (and do mention which category of people you'd fall under!) Thanks!
  10. I will sit here and study and be miserable everytime Karbala TV is on because I'm not in front of the shrine of Aba Abdillah :( Do you think the world is divided into individualistic people and socially oriented people, and which one would you count yourself as?
  11. By the charity under Grand Ayatollah Shaikh Basheer al Najafy.. An initiative to distribute rice bags this Arbaeen to mawakib owners on the way from Najaf to Karbala.. Take part in this journey of love. Contact representatives in most major countries (flyers at https://m.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.994893863860374.1073741828.536599279689837&type=3) OR pay online at walktokarbala.com. Receipts available upon request.
  12. Oh but a Danish translation would be great too, Ali. Could I count on you for it? Turkish and Azeri done. :) Thank you!! May Imam Hussain (as) reward you all. Also, if anyone can think of other languages they would be so kind as to render their services in, we could definitely use them.
  13. Salam Alykum! The folks at WalktoKarbala.com are looking for volunteers who would be so kind as to translate their walking guide (http://walktokarbala.com/walking-guide/). It's barely two pages and a sawab jaria opportunity! :) The languages they need to be translated into are German, Azerbaijani, Farsi, Spanish, Indonesian, Bengali, Turkish, Gujrati. Interested? Please pm me. Thank you, and have a nice day!
  14. I don't know if I'd call the guy 'not religious', or if I'd even consider this as something that has any relevance to his being religious. Sometimes, the other person's immaturity is just a part of the big picture. Sometimes, the person who calls off the wedding cannot explain his reasons satisfactorily. Sometimes, it's a combination of factors (of which immaturity may be one) that your logic may not have sorted out yet, but your gut tells you this person really isn't the one. It hurts, especially for the person who gets dumped (excuse the bluntness).. but it is not much fun for the one who calls it off either; take my word for it. Also, maybe this is just me but I would rather get dumped than be with someone who's with me out obligation or to spare my feelings. Very sorry. May Allah grant you better.
  15. The quality of my relationship with many people improves the further away I am from them. I wonder what that means.
  16. I did come across Goodreads' record keeper, but it seems to me that there is little difference between physically writing down and typing, because forgetfulness gets in the way of both! Also I have an unusual method of reading - I'm rarely reading less than seven books at a time, and there can be gap years between chapters - recording that would be a nightmare. In short, its my own erratic reading habits that are to blame for this one :) Yes, John Green is author of The Fault in our Stars. I believe its acclaim stems from the lack of what I've termed Maturity Fiction. It's the same time old story of young adults with cancer - two of whom are in love. One of the unique things about it is that its about two young mature adults who just so happen to have cancer and are actually 'dealing' with it, as opposed to the denial/depression, or, on the other end of that spectrum, superhuman acceptance that is so often depicted with this plot. Interestingly though, I still favor Looking for Alaska over that. Originality of plot - and the characteristic of it being well mapped out - is what won me over. I'd recommend you start with Looking for Alaska, and the good thing about it is that if you don't like the first chapter, you probably won't like the rest of the book, or his other works either. That's the kind of respect for your time you can't help but admire, and in my opinion, reward with reading the first chapter! I actually went with a very narrow genre in my list, namely YA fiction. Unless you were specifically targeting it for some reason, you probably wouldn't come across these, so that probably explains it.
  17. I have been trying for a long time to keep a record of the books I've read. Haven't actually managed to accomplish that :) As for the sorts of books I've read last year.. let's see. I've been writing this book on and off for a while, and most of what I read either shares themes or style or genre with 'my book'. I've read And the Mountains Echoed - not bad, I echo Marbles' opinion in that Hosseini has not really managed to get my admiration, except in A Thousand Splendid Suns which was, for some reason, written in a much snappier, blunt (about sensitive things, thus actually sharp) style than his other books. I also read Laurie Halse Anderson's The Impossible Knife of Memory - I found it to be a little repetitive and not quite up to the standard Wintergirls and Speak set. (Yes, guilty of reading Wintergirls again.) I digressed a little off my path and read Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls - time travel/grizzly serial murderer and 'the girl that got away', who the detective has a crush on. Ehh. Too cliche for my taste, won't be making that mistake again. I also read a lot of Jennifer Brown. I started with Hate List, if course, then went on to Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away. Not a series. Verdict: the author is worth the acclaim. Donna Cooner's Skinny gave Wintergirls a run for its money. In case you're wondering, they're both based around eating disorders. I also finally read Dave Cullen's Columbine. An emotional non-fiction read. I admire his writing style in what I believe to be the writing style that non-fiction centered around a real life event should be written in - with the least amount of exaggeration. I also read books in the same genre about domestic abuse - Dave Pelzer's A Child Called It and The Lost Boy. I'll admit, I cried. Also by his brother, A Brother's Journey - Surviving a Childhood of Abuse by Richard Pelzer. Then I read relatively lighter but still meaningful YA fiction - award winning Eleanor and Park, followed by Attachments, Landline and Fangirl all by Rainbow Rowell. The critics were right about E & P being something else entirely; and about the rest not being in the same league. Reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I also read. Finally got around to the rest of John Green - An Abundance of Katherines (not up to his standards), Paper Towns (I'd give it a solid 4 out of 5) and Looking for Alaska, which I really liked for the same reason I think I like any book - it felt real. I read JP's House Rules again for some research for a short story, along with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon. Rightful acclaim for the latter. Tried reading magical realism with Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners and Alice Munro's collection The Progress of Love, but only got halfway. Will make it to 2015's reading list. Next was Patricia McCormick's Cut, which I liked enough to get her Purple Heart. Pretty good too, although nothing extraordinary. Started The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling. Not sure if I'll get to the end. Finished off with Andrew Vachss' Aftershock. I don't really recall what I thought of it, so either it was too long ago or it just didn't resonate; probably the latter. That was recreational reading :D For school I read a whole lot of textbooks, and literary critiques in journals and papers. Also, the semester reading list included Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four, Stevenson's South Sea Tales (collection), Brian Friel's play Dancing at Lughnasa (short and touching), James Joyce's collection Dubliners (which you will only liked after you've hated it) and The Dutchess of Malfi. I particularly liked Doyle because I'm partial to almost all authors that contributed to the Golden Age of detective Fiction including E A Poe, Agatha Christie and E T A Hoffman. I've read a lot of religion related books as well, but I read that very differently from secular reading in that I rarely read them cover to cover. I'll have to compile that list another time, but off the top of my head there's been Urdu books on the topics of Akhlaq, family life, being a better human, studying and learning etc. I'm interested to know about the relation of these history books you read, with the authors who write it. I'm no expert of history and its recording, but I've seen history books to be full of bias and differences in perspective. Do you take care in choosing authors, in that they be impartial? Have you noticed any patterns of bias that one can look out for while selecting history books?
  18. Months of hurt and betrayal - and the fight of my life for the things I believe in. Genuine surprise I got through it in one piece, with near to zero regrets. The feeling that you've wizened a decade in a fifteenth of that time? It's somethin' else. I know things now that I never would've known. How true it is that we never know what we truly need! The best revenge, undoubtedly, is living well. And I plan on having that :D A sincere, tearful thank you to every person who had anything to do with me getting through this. The unexpected allies; the help from places I never imagined. It strengthened my faith. Thank you, Allah, for the courage I'll try to deserve.
  19. I like the lessons in the story: Appearances are deceptive. Sometimes we don't know what we need, or even want. And we are nowhere without the help of Allah and his chosen.
  20. I believe a variety of factors would apply - did he do those haram acts unknowingly, whether his earnings count as being a consequence of that haram act, whether the two kinds of earnings can be separated etc. I'd put this under the category of things Id ask from a Mujtahid's representative or at least a trusted, knowledgeable Aalim, because it will very likely require some amount of questioning regarding the finer details if you will.
  21. From what I remember from Aqaid class, a person who believes in Allah and his unity, his Prophet's Nabuwwah (saw) and Qiyamah is technically a Muslim (like for the purposes of being Pak/ being buried in a Muslim graveyard etc).
  22. l'Optimiste

    Hijabi

    That's actually not a bad question. I always figured it was to be used in some sort of sheepish/ninja combo capacity. Which, come to think of it, is a tad strange. And for the people^ who see it as an oppressed niqabi, just thought I'd offer some perspective: some niqabis wear it perfectly voluntarily, so it could as easily be a proud niqabi.
  23. My friend's considering calling off her wedding, which she has been planning since she was born. I am/would have been the maid of honor. Although I'm not exactly the biggest fan of big extravagant weddings, I was planning it with her. I wonder if people usually feel a little responsible in situations like these.
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