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  1. Many Many Happy Returns of the Day.

    May Allah Bless You !

    Have a Blast........Enjoy !!!

  2. salam,

    Allah huma swalay ala Mohammad wa Aalay Mohammad.

    Happy birthday to you

  3. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

  4. Was a very good one indeed. Some people you never want to let go of, ever. Luv you kiddo :wub:
  5. Freedom of speech this....freedom of speech that...and then some. You don't satirise a religion saying its freedom of speech. You don't satirise the Prophet saying its freedom of speech, especially when one's religion does not allow satirising just to make people laugh. People in the West are as ignorant as they can be, seriously, they don't make 'em like that no more. As a Muslim, I would never satirise Jesus just to get even and to offend Christians, albeit the jokingly manner. These cartoons do not constitute freedom of expression nor speech; they are plain disrespectful. And once known how disrecpectful SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN REPRINTED in a dozen other newspapers by a dozen other countries! This was inevitable ofcourse, Im sure they knew what they were instigating here. If the West still does not realize how deep a mark this has left in the Islamic world, and that this would always be remembered, and that generations after generations this is going to be discussed, exaggerated and avenged in one way or another, and that this is indeed irreconcilable.......well then they are the most intelligent, sophisticated, educated bunch of ignorant stupids on the planet. At a time like this....when there are wider gaps to work on between the West and the rest of the world, this is not the way to do it. We sure have wider roads and the tallest buildings here, but we have narrower point of views and short tempers which both sides need to work upon. Wsalamss Arjumand
  6. Pakistan's mild reaction to cartoons By Aamer Ahmed Khan BBC News, Karachi (The people interviewed for this article did not wish to be named.) The response in Pakistan to the controversy over Danish caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad has been relatively measured and restrained, taking many observers by surprise. Pakistan is, after all, a country that has a history of violent protests against any perceived sacrilege. In November 1979, enraged Pakistani protestors had set fire to the US embassy in Islamabad after Saudi political dissidents briefly laid siege to the Kaaba - the premier Muslim place of worship in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Ten years later, seven protestors were killed in police firing as they demonstrated against Salman Rushdie, the author of Satanic Verses. More recently, the 2005 controversy over the alleged desecration of the Muslim holy book of Koran in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay led to widespread protests across Pakistan. In comparison, the cartoon controversy has drawn little more than the regulation fare: an inconsequential condemnation from the upper house of parliament, echoed by President Musharraf, and diplomatic protest by the government to various European countries. There have been some demonstrations by religious groups - nearly all poorly attended - besides a few newspaper editorials urging the West to show restraint in such matters. 'Political mileage' For a country that emerged as a resilient sanctuary for militant Islam after the 11 September attacks on the US, the restraint is indeed surprising. Or is it? "Muslim leadership the world over has historically been the most cynical manipulator of Islam - and this is especially true of Pakistan," says one analyst. "Injured religious sentiment has seldom translated into public unrest unless there was political mileage to be gained from it by some vested interest," he argues. The 1979 sacking of the US embassy in Islamabad, say these analysts, was aimed at convincing the US of Islam's destructive potential and hence its utility in the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's prime minister at the time of the anti-Rushdie riots in 1989, has repeatedly said those riots were instigated by the country's military leadership to destabilise her government. And the Guantanamo desecration protests came at a time when Pakistan's military government was under pressure over the large number of Pakistani detainees in that facility. "We all saw the impassioned protests against desecration reports from Guantanamo," says another analyst. "But the post-Saddam sacking of the Baghdad museum which destroyed precious manuscripts of the Koran went completely unnoticed in Pakistan." 'Intellectual oppression' What is also striking in Pakistan is the lack of any real discussion of the issues in this latest row over the Danish cartoons. Pakistan is one of a number of counties with rigid blasphemy laws often described by the global human rights groups as "inhuman". In Pakistan, the blasphemy law has pre-empted all possibility of an open debate on Islam and its role in a rapidly changing world. Indeed, there have been blasphemy cases instituted against teachers for trying to explain to their students that the Prophet's parents could not have been Muslims for the simple reason that they died before the advent of Islam. "The intellectual oppression across the Muslim world has left the onus of initiating an informed debate on religion entirely in the hands of the West," says one analyst. "We see that happening again on this cartoon issue." So if the West chooses to conduct the debate within a strictly liberal paradigm, there is little that Muslims can do about it. 'Irreconcilable For example, the issue for many in the West is that of freedom of expression but for many Muslims, it is a question of how much humiliation - irrespective of what form it comes in - they have to endure at the hands of the West. "It is not a question of who is right and who isn't," says a multi-national employee. "The issue is a failure of the two sides to realise that their world is split between two seemingly irreconcilable world views, that of Islam and the West." Expecting the West to show restraint is only one component of a solution that sidesteps the question over what role the Muslims can play in bridging the gap. Pakistani liberals argue that Muslims know very well that the West - despite its emphasis on personal freedoms - also has its sacred cows, the Holocaust being a prime example. What the Muslims have yet to learn, they say, is how to persuade the prevailing Western mindset to pay similar respect to what they hold so dear. That is a task which liberal Pakistanis feel is unlikely to be accomplished by banishing the cartoons for being sacrilegious or burning down Western embassies. "The cartoons should be treated as a window into the western mind and examined to understand the exact nature of this gap of understanding," concludes a lawyer from Karachi. "Only then can the Muslims hope to explain to the West that suicide bombings are not a politically glorified quest for virgins in the hereafter." Wsalamss Arjumand
  7. Though I'm not familiar with the Pharma industry in Pakistan, but this is the epitome of stupidity. Most in Pakistan are local units, only a teeny % is owned by multinationals, most of them from Germany, US and China. So we know we won't have much problem manufacturing generics, now that the European brands are pulled off the shelfs. But we have to keep in mind, all the raw material (close to 90%) is imported. So this step taken also means getting the raw from elsewhere and the newer countries in trade with us are going to increase their price as such is the rule for S&D. I have to agree, this will boost up our pharma industry, maybe even lower prices as we will have local drugs, yet there are going to be huge losses, not these fiscal ones, but the quality of health care provided is going to decline as rules and regulations are seldom followed in our drugs' market. I feel for the patients....this step is irrational and senseless. There are soo many patients out there who cannot be made to switch in the middle of their treatments and their are certain brands and drugs that work for these patients. As far as boycotting the food or garments industry was concerned, there was no problem at all.....as these are things that can be easily replaced. I wonder how the patients and some of the doctors are going to react, not to mention pharmacies that hosted European brands. And I also wonder how far this will go....seems like there is no stopping this now. :( Wsalamss Arjumand
  8. Depends on how close you were with your fiance. Also how close you were with his family, do they really like you and vice versa. Also with the fiance if it's not phone calls & chitchats every now and then, then you can just break it off right away, but I don't think you will be able to marry his brother even if things work out, because I don't suppose either of the brothers would ever stop feeling awkward when around you. If that happens, it would be much later in life. I do however think, one has to click if they plan to marry. It's just a different feeling, you need to "get them" that way to move any further. Good luck sis :) Wsalamss Arjumand
  9. Why would one give out their account #? and that to in an email sent out to hundreds of people? And lets say...someone does wire money to him? Does that mean the next time anyone can take out that much of money also, because the account # remains the same and is available to all others he sent out the email to... You guys understand what I'm saying right ??? I say drain out his account....don't leave a penny in there....paisa I mean. Not that he would have anything in there initially.....but like afterwards....lets do this. If I were in Karachi and had enough time to kill....I wouldnt mind having fun :D I mean who gives out their account #s? I don't even give out my middle initial if not really needed. Wsalamss Arjumand
  10. Whose the cutie in the last picture? The only Maulana/uncle who's a lil bit cute is the one on the right of the uncle dressed in white. And thankyou for the pictures guys :) But this wahabbi issue is going to explode in the coming years, especially the Imam Bargahs should be monitored and well protected, if these people can bomb our Imam Bargahs in Pakistan, India, Iraq etc, surely they wouldn't like us Shias getting soo much attention here in the US and Canada. So they can start the same stuff here too (God forbid!!). I hope inshaAllah nothing goes wrong in the upcoming Chehlum juloos :( Wsalamss Arjumand
  11. Salamss sis, After all that, do you still use mousse to hold it? You mentioned spraying...I assume that would be hair spray and not mousse; yes, no? Staying inside, whats the point then ;) Tying down is a problem....but perm stays good for couple of months. Depends on what size you got them. If its medium like I had once, didn't stay for even a month, only looked like I had frizzy hair. Again, depends on the hair type, if not straight, perms definitely stay much longer. With what you are saying, ofcourse its going to stay. If your hair curls within mintues between getting ready for school and breakfast, lol, then yes they are the perfect hair type for curls or perms. Go right ahead :wub: Wsalamss Arjumand
  12. How do you start at the top and come down? By the way, your profile says you are a male, yet you are talking curls, nice... :lol: And the curling rod doesnt work with straight hair...but thanks for dropping by. Enjoy the board....especially the sisters forum :P Wsalamss Arjumand
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    HR......PM check karo!
  14. Salamsss Reminds me of another thread in which the poster asked if we would have helped our Imam, were we in Karbala at the time. Though, not relevant to this thread perhaps, but your post here sis made me ponder a bit more ...about aeh well... .....I don't suppose charity will or can begin at home in this case. Never have I said salam to any of the older folks when in between a majlis/hadees/marsia as I keep my eyes on the farsh at all times......neither have I ever taken off the dopatta even if in matam or afterwards. Now I have been timely labelled by many as the "nakchiri" or the "battameez" one probably because I don't give the "due" respect to elders between a majlis. Or so I have been told.. See...our culture has been a vital force in our lives. Always the dominating one....putting religion in the back seat. However....when we complain of the newer generation not learning the essence of Karbala...we should bear in mind..that our elders haven't done so as well. There is never going to be a majic wand....neither are we to learn without being taught. And soo...the trends have been passed on from generations to generations.....smiles and the gossip between a majlis...the heads down in the masaieb...although most of us probably doze off...the tabarruk snatching...the lining up at the food...and the chatting and laughters followed by high fives in some cases. Perhaps its about time, the elders take a stance....the hadees khuaans and the maulanas should discuss such issues...and not just rant about on the politics in Karachi or the dying ones in Iraq. Both important though, but we are there at the majalises for a reason and not to hear current events. I don't remember the last time I had heard a great ladies majlis...that would have made me keep on thinking even after the majlis ended or a maulana's that had not spoken of the sarkar and whatnot. How then can we learn anything about Karbala? For the majority, its a 2 month gap or phase in which we can't watch any movies and have to wear black. Sad but the truth. So yes, unless we ask of our maulanas to read better, more constructive majalises or the hadees khuaan ladies to force upon the crowd to be quiet and respect a gathering where no doubt the Bibi (sa) is present, we ask our elders to politely ask other elders to stop talking in between a majlis, we ask our knowledgeable elders for transliterations and meanings, the why's and how's of Karbala, we will never be able to move forward in our faith. If one cannot make amends to life as they live at present, without the Yazeedis and without the swords, when one is in control of one's own life and its decisions, if its upto us to make progress or worsen our emaans, and still don't make a dent, then no, we wouldn't have done it in Karbala also. This is why I think, none of us would have helped our Imam (as), were we there at Karbala. And Im thankful to Allah, I wasn't there to shame myself as I do everyday in this century. Wsalamss Arjumand
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