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  1. Salaam Alikuem Guest Mashihi, Welcome and you have chosen a most excellent subject to learn about. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) be please with you and your task. One of the largest resources to find things to read is Al-Islam, https://www.al-Islam.org/ Here is a link to a short read that I hope you enjoy, https://www.al-Islam.org/al-tawhid/general-al-tawhid/book-review-introduction-Shia-Islam-history-and-doctrines-twelver-shii-0 Please find below the book I read that started my own journey. It is called, The I was guided, https://www.al-Islam.org/person/Muhammad-al-tijani-al-samawi The last resource I would recommend Is ShiaChat. There are many knowledgeable and kind people here who are more than willing to answer your questions. But I would recommend searching the site first using the search function or with google using a string like site:shiachat.com YOUR SEARCH TERM.
  2. Salaam Alikeum @Mohammad313Ali, I'm unsure if this is want you meant, but I would like to recommend a few tools that have helped me in studying, 1. Graph paper; this is the single best thing I began using for studies. Its easy to draw on, segregate thoughts, and allow for greater flexibility in taking notes. 2. I color code everything and write a simple key in the front or the back of the book for reference. 3. Using crayons (not the basic kind, but the twist ones) to highlight instead of a highlighter. It doesn't bleed through and gives you greater variety of colors to choose from. 4. Sticky tabbing index's, glossary, annotations, etc. 5. Developing or find a note taking system that works for you. Such as the Cornell Note taking system, Outline, Half Page, Mapping, etc... Its a worthy thing you are seeking to do Brother. May Allah ((سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).) be pleased with you.
  3. @Diaz, there are several free good options, but I can understand paying for Anti-virus. On my internal servers and other valuable assets I have paid AV.
  4. @Mohammad313Ali my friend, I am sorry to say that I don't think I will be able to contribute to this thread in any meaningful way and would not want to derail your thread with my lack of knowledge in this area. Hopefully our wise and learned Brothers and Sisters will be able to help.
  5. Salaam Alikuem @hasanhh, Sorry for the delay in reply. Opera can be a bit of a beast to work with. Have you tried Brave? I have heard good things about it, Brave; https://brave.com/
  6. Salaam Alikuem @TryHard, Thank you for posting the video. Its disappointing to learn that Dr.. Sayed Ammar Nakshawani has changed. I really enjoyed a lot of his lectures.
  7. Salaam Alikeum @Vindemiatrix, Thank you for your question and I am sorry if my question offended you. I'll have to dig through my notes and Im not sure if I still have the pcap's and logs, but I will try and find them. From what I remember from the security review I did in 2018, was our legal team at the time found the language in the EULA and the pcap's and logs we captured indicating the device's camera and microphone being turned on periodically. I did a little digging in their present EULA (https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms) and really didn't find a "smoking gun" to indicate this was still the case. Maybe they changed it, maybe they didn't. But, the safest bet is to assume the worse when it comes to Facebook and companies like them. My apologies again for not being able to provide a more solid answer.
  8. Salaam Alikuem @Revert1963, hahahahaahaha, it has its moments. On the whole it is ok and will do the trick in a pinch.
  9. Salaam Alikuem @Mohammad313Ali, Thank you for making this post and the mention. I am ashamed to admit my knowledge in this area is lacking. I will do my best to make some time to refresh and read and will hopefully have some semblance of a thought on this later. I have no doubt many of our worthy Brothers and Sisters will have many thoughts. Thank you in advance for your patience with me.
  10. Salaam Alikuem @hasanhh, Thank you for the excellent question. First and foremost I am sorry to hear you can't get rid of TotalAV. That is a bummer. If you need any help getting rid of it please let me know and I will do what I can to help. As for having two Anit-Virus's, it can cause issues. A lot of time one Anti-Virus will see the other as malware (malicious software) and start to "fight". They will try to block each other and will often end up being a resource hog. It is always best to only use one Anti-Virus. If memory serves me right, you use Windows Vista as your main operating system. Please find below a few links I hope help to get rid of TotalAV. Reference for removal; Easy uninstall https://support.totalav.com/en/kb/article/150/uninstall-in-windows-vista-7-and-8 Long and complicated removal, https://botcrawl.com/totalav/ I hope this helps and please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
  11. Salaam Alikuem @Ali-F, I live in the Pacific Northwest on the Olympic Peninsula. A few miles away from the Makah Tribal lands. If I was to be honest I would want to start an Aquaponics farm and use the food generated for the First Peoples and others who find themselves in a difficult position. But I do Information Security Now. Aquaponics;
  12. Salaam Alikuem @Sirius_Bright, Thank you for the excellent question and the short answer is, you do need Anti-Virus on mobile phones. I am sorry to hear that AVG was a resource hog. That's a pretty big bummer. I use Sophos as my anti-virus on my mobile and it seems to be doing great and does not slow the phone down. Now the long, The most available target to hackers are Android and Iphones. Add to it that mobile phones are often the device where people keep their most valuable info it becomes a huge prime target. The threat doesn't always have to be them stealing your information, but instead using your device as part of their Zombie Army (a Zombie device is often a device that a hacker has control over, but uses the devices resource to DDOS [denial of service attack] or to perform other resource heavy tasks). Back in the day there was a cat who popped a ton of mobile phones and installed an application called Low Orbit Ion Cannon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_Orbit_Ion_Cannon) made popular back in the day to attack folks, LOIC-Project Chanology and Operation Payback LOIC was used by Anonymous (A group that spawned from the /b/ board of 4chan) during Project Chanology to attack websites from the Church of Scientology, once more to (successfully) attack the Recording Industry Association of America's website in October 2010,[14] and it was again used by Anonymous during their Operation Payback in December 2010 to attack the websites of companies and organizations that opposed WikiLeaks.[15][16] I hope this explains at least a little bit of the reason. If not, please let me know and I will do my best to give a better answer.
  13. Salaam Alikuem worthy Brothers and Sisters, After reading a few threads about being safe on the internet and shady folks trying to take advantage of our dear Sisters, I wanted to make a post that has some basic safety information to hopefully make everyone safer on the internet. Best ways to keep your devices safe and to stop malware and other threats; Update ALL THE THINGS! If you don't have auto update configured on your computer/mobile phone/tablet or other smart devices, please turn it on as soon as you can. If you are uncomfortable with auto update please update your device as soon as you can. This also applies to any applications you have installed. Anti-Virus All devices (to include mobile phones/tablets) should have some form of antivirus on it. This is what stops bad things from happening that computer/tablet/mobile phone companies may be susceptible to. Whatever anti-virus you choose please use auto update on it. There are several good options for free anti-virus’s for all your devices. Password Safety/Password Manager Using a safe and secure password is a great way to keep your accounts safe. The best advice is to have a different password for each place, but as we all know that is really difficult. My best advice is to use a password manager that will store your login info as well as generate safe and secure passwords. I have several hundred logins that I need to always have access to and use a password manager to manage, keep them safe and generate secure passwords. Free Applications We all use them, but the golden rule is, If you didn't pay for the product, you are the product. Please understand that I am not saying that you shouldn’t use them, just be aware that the people who make them, need a way to make money as well and that way is selling the data you generate or from advertisers. The biggest stealer of personal info that I have found is Facebook. Should you have their app on your mobile please be aware that by accepting their terms and services you allow them to turn your camera and microphone on to help them collect info for “targeted adds” Web Browsers No matter if you use Chrome, Firefox, IE, Chromium, IceWeasel, etc... you should have a few add-ons installed to keep you safe. At the minimum you should have an add-blocker and https everywhere. If you have chosen or use a password manager I would add that as well. Social Media Please be careful of what you post and where you post. People love to live out loud today and make themselves good targets. It is also important to verify anyone who requests your info. I would further caution people to not use a password based on their life. Especially if it relates to something you posted on Social Media. Phishing These emails are a pain and can be difficult to spot. The best way to tell if it is a phishing email is to see what email address sent it and to hover your mouse pointer over any links. This will display where the link will really take you by displaying the true URL in the bottom left. If you think it is a phishing email use your email native function to block it and for extra hero points you can always forward the email to the company they are pretending to be. Companies have a vested interest in making sure no one pretends to be them. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any specific questions or concerns. Either here or in a DM and I will do my best to answer and help. References; Turn on Auto Update, Microsoft https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15081/windows-turn-on-automatic-app-updates Apple https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-turn-on-automatic-updates-in-macos/ Free Anti-Virus for all devices, Sophos https://www.sophos.com/en-us.aspx AVG https://www.avg.com/en-us/homepage#pc Panda Security https://www.pandasecurity.com/en-us/homeusers/solutions/free-antivirus/ Password Manager, LasPass https://www.lastpass.com/ Myki https://myki.com/ LogMeonce https://www.logmeonce.com/ KeePass https://keepass.info/
  14. Thank you for this brother, I may have been confused as it has been several years since I looked into it.
  15. I apologize brother, but I can't seem to find the information to link to you. When I get more time I will attempt to find it.
  16. Salaam Alikeum @hasanhh, Thank you for the remembrance. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) be pleased with you for bringing attention to these important historic events and bringing them to the front of our minds. Very much so. Europe went through three giant waves of antisemitism. I know a lot of people like to speak about how racist Europeans are, but honestly racism is so ingrained in cultural societies today around the world that it just seems like being racist against one race of another is the norm for people. On personal note, its difficult as Palestinian to see so many people go through such horrors then having your land stolen to give to them for safety. Especially since they asked for land in Europe first, but where denied due to the huge amount of racism prevalent in European societies. To be honest its not surprising. Evangelicals, or at least the loud foolish ones have always had hate in their heart and their is no easier way for hate to be expressed than finding people who are different. I also believe their hate stems from not taking personal responsibility and blaming others for their own failures. But in saying all that I would say Evangelical's are the same as ISIS or any other death cult. Submit to their loony interpretation or die. But we as Muslims must make it our duty to stand against such nonsense. When this subject comes up I am always reminded of a quote from Akala from his song "Find no enemy" "Truly educated men could never be a racist"
  17. Salaam Alikeum @Mohammad313Ali, Im sorry to hear you are dealing with this, but I can empathize as I have found my self in the same position many times. I agree with our worthy brother @AkhiraisReal that many people suffer from this. It happens due to depression and a myriad of other things. The way I over came this is by training myself like a hound. Are you familiar with Pavlov's experiment? Basically what I did was to give myself a treat after I accomplished a task. The treat was either a few Now and Laters (arguably the best candy ever) or a small break doing something else. I first started with 15 minutes of doing something, such as reading the Holy Qur'an or some task I needed to take care of in life and would treat myself after. I used alarms and stop watches to help me manage my time. After about 2 or three weeks I increased the time to 30 minutes and so on. Please keep in mind that it usually takes 2-4 weeks to develop a new habit. The last thing I did was to create a weekly hour by hour schedule and forced myself to follow it. My reward was to go out to a restaurant I liked on Saturday as my reward to following a schedule. I hope this helps my friend and all the luck as you seek self improvement.
  18. Salaam Alikeum @3wliya_maryam, This is very interesting and I eagerly look forward to see what the learned Brothers and Sisters have to say. I admit I have only read a little and feel as if I was barely able to tread water.
  19. Salaam Alikeum @AbuDharr, Welcome and please feel free to dive right in. As long as you are respectful you will get a ton of help and understanding here. If you have any time free I would recommend reading a book called "Then I was Guided". A brilliant book and one I read when I first beacon Shia Its free to download here, https://www.al-Islam.org/then-I-was-guided-Muhammad-al-tijani-al-samawi
  20. Salaam Alikeum @Mohammad313Ali , Thank you very much for starting this post and sending a note my way. It was enjoyable to read the thread and see so many different perspectives and thoughts. Freedom of Speech is such an amazing, beautiful, painful, and hard thing. Librarians I think are the OG’s or, original gangsters of freedom of speech, may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) protect and watch over them. They are also some of my favorite people and serve an invaluable service to the world. Summary of my thoughts; We must stand with those whose speech may bring us pain and not take it away. To deny them the right to speak is to deny our right to respond and our right to speak. I would also further state that any violent, angry or emotionally charged reaction to something someone says, draws or burns is the wrong approach. If a person calls you a violent animal and then you do something violent were they a fortune teller or did they control you? Various Sayings of Imam ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib Enemity is the occupation of fools. https://www.al-Islam.org/articles/various-sayings-Imam-Ali-ibn-abi-talib The Scale of Wisdom https://www.amazon.com/Scale-Wisdom-M-Muhammadi-Rayshahri/dp/1904063349 http://hadith.net/en/post/55214/the-scale-of-wisdom/ 182 2909. The Prophet (SAWA) said ‘don’t insult Satan but instead seek refuge to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) from his harm 2911. Imam Ali (عليه السلام) to Qanbar when he wished to insult a man who had insulted him, ‘Careful Qanbar! Leave your insulter to his disdain and you will please the Beneficent Lord, displease Satan and punish thereby your enemy, for by the One who split the grain and created the breeze, there is no stance better than clemency with which a believer can please his Lord, and nothing like silence to offend Satan, and an idiot is best punished by ignoring him. 1231 4021. The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Gabriel has not exhorted me against anything like he has exhorted me against showing enmity towards people.’ The final thing I will say is thank you @Ibn Al-Shahid for your wisdom in this thread.
  21. Salaam Alikeum @Administrator, would it be possible to get a db query to show us what the top 10 or 20 are? Willing to bribe.......
  22. I am about to start Nahj al-Balagha and am really excited to begin it after my move. Ref; https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B018EDTNFC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  23. @Soldiers and Saffron thank you very much for this video series. I haven't watched it before and am excited to start it.
  24. You're kidding right? This post was brilliant. In no way was I trying to be combative in the beginning. My true goal was to see what kind of post you considered to be the standard so that I could maybe align to a higher standard and make posts that are more meaningful. Posts that would be meaningful, that would allow us all to contribute our thoughts and grow. However now, I think you may need to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize you may be part of the problem. Your arrogance and condescension ruined your post and any point you made was lost as I could not reconcile your quotes with the tone you presented. I would wish you joy and happiness, but I feel like those emotions are foreign to you and would bring you discomfort. So instead I will simply say, I hope the rest of the day treats you as you wish.
  25. I can understand and appreceate that. Please understand I meant no offense. I was just curious.
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