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    Aflower got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Ate/Eating/Will Eat?   
    Strawberries and cream in Pakistan? Wow! They never seem to taste sweet to me anymore. Plus, unless you eat them on the day they are purchased, they go off very quickly. I stick to blueberries instead as they tend to have a slightly longer shelf life. Though blueberries do stain teeth. I've paid a fortune over the years to get my teeth whitened owing to black coffee and blueberries. 
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    Aflower reacted to Cool Cal in Surah 19 is so very beautiful   
    I am Christian but with many Muslim friends. I recently read surah 19 and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever read.
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    Aflower reacted to Khadim uz Zahra in Older and younger sisters   
    Well, generational gaps aren't just about sisters. They're true of men, too. People see things differently with time, they evolve to have different cultural standards. They have different contexts. It's just a fact of life.
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    Aflower reacted to Irfani313 in Ate/Eating/Will Eat?   
    You forgot Pakistani ‘falsey’ which is sacrelige, unless it’s hidden in one of those English terms for it. 
    Falsey with crushed black rock salt. Heavens in spicy land. 
    @Aflower you haven’t tried US North East starwberries yet, without genetically grown, their natural form is size of an apple, and if ripened in sun for half a day, are crispy sweet better than, well there is no comparison. And I would never adulterate mine with cream or chocolate. 
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    Aflower reacted to Bakir in An Administrator Announcement   
    You shared many good points Reza, and I'm comforted to see you acknowledge the existence of such Muslim vigilantes who "react strongly". I have no interest in judging them as people, but their online behaviour can be, in many cases, be described as cyberbullying. I would also like to add that the ShiaChat staff is extremely slow when dealing with such cases, precisely for judging their "outward" online piety. Were it an atheist, a feminist, a Sunni or a supporter of Ahmad al Hassan, it would take no time to decide the user is a troll and deserves a good long ban fee sabeel Allah.
    This is a risky point that may justify nearly anything. There are people who may go crazy on you for discussing infallibility (eg of Imams), or for criticizing sharia laws (eg death penalty and its methods) or questioning the meaning/discourse of an Islamic story (the story of al-Khidr snd Moses). And all the examples I have mentioned here are way more significant than questioning, for instance, a XXI century political leader or movement or whatever.
    I fear that the two extremes you identify are very different from the real. There is a majority acting like Muslim vigilantes and bashing nearly anyone having an unpopular opinion, and there is a minority that whatever says or does, will keep receiving the treatment of a minority. For instance, in my case, when making a point against homophobia (nowhere in Islam it encourages to prosecute and kill gays, that was something originated from Ayt. Al Sistani), I have shared articles and studies globally renowned by most important health institutions and these have zero value, why? Because a conspiranoid theory (actually with zero value that almost all SCers believe in it, staff included) implies this is all coming from a liberal agenda. This is where I learn that us, minorities, will stay minorities, and if we don't speak out the truth, it's about time we will lose any debate merely for who we are and what is our message, not the ability we have to defend it.
    Is this the ShiaChat you want to be in?
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    Aflower reacted to 786:) in Freedom of opinion   
    Well said. Only time will do justice. Open mindedness and free thinking should be embraced on these forums. I have had experiences where the moderators play favorites here. It is truly disgusting. If you cannot govern fairly then take yourself out of that position.
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    Aflower got a reaction from Murtaza1 in What is your goal today?   
    @Hameedeh @Murtaza1
    Excellent read. This quote from the book defines it perfectly:
    "When we hygger, we frame the moment, give it our full attention, savour and hold it, in an awareness that the moment will pass. We feel how one moment will become layered onto the next, past and present mingled together - everything falling into place, into one accord".
    There is so much to takeaway from this book and the concept of hygge. It truly changes one's perspective of the the world and it teaches one to value each and every moment in your life. Basically, it endorses the age-old concepts of 'less is more' and 'live in the moment'. Do let us know what you think after you've read it. 
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    Aflower got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in The Batchelor vs Magnificent Century   
    I used to watch The Batchelor years ago when I was a student... the United Kingdom version of the show. I used to binge watch it during the holidays with my sisters, cousins, and believe it or not my aunts and mum too. Haha! We all used to guess which girl would get the guy in the end from the first episode and whoever was right would get treated to a meal by everyone else. Gosh, sounds so crazy when I think about it now. Lol. It was OK as 'timepass' as they say in Pakistan. I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it now. 
    I have no idea what the Magnificent Century is. 
    The only TV serials I'm currently watching are 'Silent Witness' on the BBC and an Indian chat show called Koffee with Karan. 
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    Aflower got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in [FOR BOYS] How do you take care of your hair?   
    Woooooow!!!! That's taking hair care to another level! Very cool. 
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    Aflower reacted to Ashvazdanghe in New Events   
    Pakistan’s Asgharia Organization to hold educational conference / Pics
    January 27, 2019 - 6:15 PM News Code : 926579 Source : ABNA24Link: 

    Asgharia Students Organization Pakistan’s Central Education secretary Nasir Hussain Said that Educational Conference named Revolution through Education will be held on 16th February 2019, during 48th Faham ul Qur'an Convention in Cultural center Bhit shah Matiari district Sindh province of Pakistan. 
    ASOP’s Nasir Hussain said Education in general and higher education in particular is of special significance for Pakistan to live as a civilized society in the comity of nations. At the time of independence in 1947, Pakistan's population was 32.5 million. By 2009-10, the population is estimated to have reached 166.5 million. Thus, in roughly 63 years, or in two generations, Pakistan's population has increased by 134 million or has grown at an average rate of 2.6 per cent per annum. 
    Asgharia Students Organization Pakistan’s central education sectary Nasir Hussain further said If we do not invest sufficiently in education, higher education, health and training, we will not be able to transform the millions of youth into a productive and responsible citizens of this country. Failure to invest is not an option. Pakistani universities desperately need financial support from the government.
      Imam Khamenei: "Hawza is expected to offer solutions to religious problems, inquiries"
    January 27, 2019 - 7:11 PM News Code : 926593 Source : Khamenei.irLink: 

    Administrators of the Office of Islamic Propagation affiliated with Qom Seminary School (Hawza) met with Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, on Sunday January 27, 2019. 
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    Aflower reacted to Irfani313 in Trolls' Hajiacking of Shia-Leaning posts on ShiaChat   
    Dear All - I'm sure Mods have been seeing it more than the rest of us -
    But there are a few ShiaChat posters here, who tend to post in tandem on certain topics, while most of their posts are either covertly anti-Islamic or overtly against the causes or personalities we Shia, or any freedom loving, decent person would hold dear. It would be beyond Islamic Akhlaq to name them without a clear evidence; although if I ever have clear evidence, then it is Islamic obligation to expose them. 
    As an example, there are two recent posts which were 'induced locked' due to the dust that was raised by these trolls by their diversion techniques, such as one troll posting a hateful comment, another supporting it, then another posting another one till someone responds, and then it's the downhill where the message gets either buried down under, or the thread gets locked because our dear Mods have (rightfully so) other things in life besides cleaning these threads from these trolls' musings. 
    Recent examples would be: one thread was about Marzieh Hashemi started by our dear brother @IbnSina and another one by our dear sister @Laayla both callously hijacked by some loud mouth trolls pretending to be sincere Shia Chatters.
    I would like all of us to be vigilant, to be mindful, and to be aware of their doings. These are real humans, and are not Bots as Brother AbuHadi had pointed out a few weeks ago. But be aware of them nonetheless, these are more likely people with agendas other than the reasons for which most of us login to ShiaChat. 
    If you have hard time pointing them out, go to their profiles and within 20-30 of their recent posts, you could spot these Trolls. Now match them with this 'Troll Spotter' laundry list for sports: https://alltop.com/viral/top-12-signs-youre-dealing-with-trolls
    My humble request to Mods would be to somehow stop them from bullying many of the sincere Shia posters on this internet forum. Kindly don't let them chase the remainder of us out of ShiaChat.
    With lots of Loves and Duas (even for our marked trolls who are humans like us after all) 
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    Aflower reacted to Bakir in Trolls' Hajiacking of Shia-Leaning posts on ShiaChat   
    This happens a lot in this forum star, you know it. Thing is how many people it affects? I get angry at times, but I also admit that people can just throw their opinions and no need to back it up with anything serious or even respectful. It happened to me countless times, I felt offended countless times, but never reported unless it was directly and personally disrespectful.
    What people may have seen in that thread is actually visceral. And as a friend, I don't think sayyed Nasrallah is more important right now than to fix the things wrongly said and wrongly done.
    And I have to be honest with you, I didn't really understand why you didn't take action against the bashing. I can guess that you didn't agree with the discourse, but you are a mod after all... I feel sad for saying this, but from the outside, I saw it as an abuse of power. And if I think about it, I know it wasn't, it was just your opinion and you have full right to have your very own opinion. But I'm just being honest, because I believe you deserve honesty, this is how it felt...
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    Aflower reacted to starlight in Trolls' Hajiacking of Shia-Leaning posts on ShiaChat   
    It certainly isn't.Rather it's welcome. This is a discussion forum after all. Come up with solid arguments backed by facts, state your opinions respectfully, don't bring personal hatred in the posts and then challenge and disagree all you want. 
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    Aflower reacted to Hameedeh in What is your goal today?   
    See if you can find the book in a library. No need to spend money on a book when you can find it (or a similar one) for free.  
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    Aflower reacted to Ashvazdanghe in [FOR BOYS] How do you take care of your hair?   
    I pour midhot boiled water on dried petal of Alcea & after cooling & removing petal wash my head with it .
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    Aflower reacted to dragonxx in [FOR BOYS] How do you take care of your hair?   
    I use olive oil for my head hair and beard now and then. I feel it gives my hair more vitality. I also try to eat a lot of greens to keep my hair healthy looking.
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    Aflower reacted to IbnSina in [FOR BOYS] How do you take care of your hair?   
    Back in the days when I still had hair I would once in a blue moon put henna mixed with egg and massage it into my scalp and then leave it in. They say its good for your hair and blood circulation.
    My suggestion for guys who style their hair with gel: use aloe vera instead, works almost as good. I used to comb my hair back with aloe vera gel when I was younger.
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    Aflower reacted to Marbles in Ate/Eating/Will Eat?   
    Fruit vendors over here wash them before displaying and that is why they go off very quickly. They'd have a longer shelf life if they let the end user wash them. The only survive until the next day even if I put them in the fridge. 
    Strawberries grown in Pakistan aren't of great quality, since they aren't indigenous to the land and haven't really taken to the soil after all these years of local farming (unlike kinnows, which is a citrus fruit first farmed in the US but now the Indo-Pak region has the best quality kinnows in the world). But something is better than nothing. We only get strawberries for a couple of months in winter and then they are gone.
    I eat blueberries, raspberries, and other foreign berries only when I travel abroad, because we don't get them over here. We get cherries, mulberries, jamun, and bayr when in season. I don't know what you call bayr in English or even if there's a word for that. Another local berry from the family of raspberries is called "rass bhari" but they are a world apart from raspberries.
    Here endeth the lecture on berries 
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    Aflower got a reaction from Marbles in Ate/Eating/Will Eat?   
    Thanks for sharing. I will be staying at my parents for a couple of days. I'll ask my mother to regale me about all the seasonal vegetables that she used to consume in Pakistan. How much I miss eating out in Pakistan. My cousins used to secretly take me to eat the street food when we were kids... and my dada would get furious with them because he worried that I'd get sick because he believed that I had a sensitive 'angrezo wala' stomach. 
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    Aflower reacted to Murtaza1 in Does Islam support "Out of Body Experiences" OBE's? (share your OBE experience)   
    Does Islam support the concept of Out of Body Experiences OBE? Have you had any OBE experiences?
    I had OBE's and I was able to confirm places and weather condition of places I dreamt of through research to validate my experiences.
    I have been to Indira Ghandi airport in India, the place sometimes encounters unusual activities such lights in the sky.
    In my dreams I also went to the arctic coast of North America called Nova Scotia when there was a snow storm. I flew like a bee above the glaziers and below the ocean. I never heard of the place before, let alone knowing about the snow storm. I know it sounds unconventional but I know it's real.
    Robert Monroe's research on OBE's is astounding. He ran a television and radio broadcast company and used sound to experiment on people to research on OBE'S. He is the founder of the Robert Monroe Institute. Here is a good interview of Robert:
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    Aflower reacted to Marbles in Ate/Eating/Will Eat?   
    Strawberries with cream...

    My plate doesn't look as delicious as this but still...
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    Aflower reacted to Marbles in Ate/Eating/Will Eat?   
    That's why they are called eggplant.
    They are still in existence in 2019. I just bought half a kilo on my way home.
    Here we have both types. The 'sufaid bengan' (white aubergine or eggplant) and next to them the normal dark purple variety.

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    Aflower got a reaction from Murtaza1 in Ate/Eating/Will Eat?   
    I've never seen a white Aubergine either. 
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    Aflower got a reaction from ali_fatheroforphans in Can we disagree with parents?   
    @AStruggler The second part was intended to be a joke BTW. Please excuse my dry (or some may say bad) sense of humour. Lol.  
    Shakir: And your Lord has commanded that you shall not serve (any) but Him, and goodness to your parents. If either or both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much as) "Ugh" nor chide them, and speak to them a generous word.
    ^^^ MashAllah. I appreciate the quote. I will surely make sure that my children learn it rote style.  The circle of life. 
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    Aflower got a reaction from ali_fatheroforphans in Can we disagree with parents?   
    @AStruggler The second part was intended to be a joke BTW. Please excuse my dry (or some may say bad) sense of humour. Lol.  
    Shakir: And your Lord has commanded that you shall not serve (any) but Him, and goodness to your parents. If either or both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much as) "Ugh" nor chide them, and speak to them a generous word.
    ^^^ MashAllah. I appreciate the quote. I will surely make sure that my children learn it rote style.  The circle of life.