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  1. [Mod Note: Some links to books and articles have stopped working, so there is an ongoing project to search for a replacement link and make an edit. Thanks for your patience.] Since everyone's been asking for e-books [and articles] on a lot of threads lately, I've decided to put them all in one place. Tawhid Allah - the concept of God in Islam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri [PDF] God and His Attributes by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] Knowing God by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] Fundamentals of Knowing God by Reza Berenjkar [PDF] A General Look At Rites* by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr Justice of God by Naser Makarem Shirazi [PDF] Tradition of Mufaddal [PDF] Hadith of Halila God: An Islamic Perspective by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Al-Tawhid and Its Social Implications by Ali Khamene'i [PDF] Divine Justice or The Problem of Evil by Javad Shayvard [PDF] Does God Exist?* Who is the Law-Maker?.doc by Al-Balagh Foundation Does God Exist? by Akramulla Syed Islam and the Shi'ite Creed (Usool al-Deen) Invitation to Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini [PDF] Discovering Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini [PDF] Tenets of Islam* by Shaykh Tusi Rationality of Islam by Abu'l Qasim al-Khu'i [PDF] Inner Secrets of the Path* by Haydar Amuli Invitation to Islam: A Survival Guide by Thomas McElwain Islam and Religious Pluralism by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Man and Universe by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Shi'a by Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i [PDF] An Introduction to Islam by Bashir Hassanali Rahim Islam by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Need of Religion* by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Inquiries about Islam by Mohamad Jawad Chirri [PDF] Introduction to Islam* by Islamic Humanitarian Service Islamic Doctrine* by Abdul Husain Muhammad The Revealer, The Messenger, The Message by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr [PDF] Shi'ism, The Natural Product Of Islam by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr The Faith of Shi'a Islam by Muhammad Rida al-Muzaffar Basic Beliefs of Islam by QMM Kamoonpuri [PDF] Faith and Reason* by The Porch of Wisdom Cultural Institution The Children's Book on Islam by Ibrahim Amini Islamic Doctrines Simplified by Al-Balagh Foundation Asl ash-Shi'ah wa usuluha or Origin of Shi'ite Islam and its Principles by Muhammad Husayn Al Kashif'ul Ghita' [PDF] The Roots of Religion by Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers The Hereafter- Ma’ad by Dastghaib Shirazi [PDF] Shia-Sunni Dialogue The Shi'ite Apologetics by Reza Husayni Jassab Shi'ism in Sunnism by Muhammad Reza Mudarrisi Yazdi [PDF] Peshawar Nights by Sultanu'l-Wa'izin Shirazi [PDF] Al-Muraja'at by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi [PDF] Al-Nass Wal-Ijtihad by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi [PDF] Questions on Jurisprudence by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi Then I Was Guided by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] The Shi'ah are (the real) Ahl al-Sunnah by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] To Be With the Truthful by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] Ask Those Who Know by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] All Solution Are With The Prophet's Progeny by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi Inquiries About Shi'a Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini Spurious Arguments About The Shia by Abu Talib at-Tabrizi Shi'ite Islam: Orthodoxy or Heterodoxy? by Luis Alberto Vittor [PDF] Wahab'ism and Monotheism by Ali Al-Kurani Al-Amili The Truth About The Shi'ah Ithna-'Asheri Faith by As'ad Wahid al-Qasim Wahhabism by Ja'far Subhani A New Analysis of Wahhabi Doctrines by Muhammad Husayn Ibrahimi Glimpses of Shi'ism in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal by Dr. Sayyid Kazim Tabataba'i Shi'ism in Relation to Various Islamic Sects by Abulqasim Gorji Shi'ism: Imamate and Wilayat by Muhammad Rizvi [PDF] The Shi'ites Under Attack by Muhammad Jawad Chirri [PDF] The Twelve Successors by Murtada al-'Askari Mu'tamar 'Ulama' Baghdád or The Conference of Baghdad's Ulema by Muqatil ibn 'Atiyyah Devils Deception of the Nasibi Wahabis Abdul Hakeem Oranu Inter-Religion Dialogue Search for Truth* by S.V. Mir Ahmad Ali [PDF] A Closer Look at Christianity by Mohamed Qasem [PDF] Book Review: Islam and Christianity by Ali Quli Qara'i Book Review: Whose Justice? Which Rationality? by Alasdair MacIntyre by Dr. Muhammad Legenhausen Islam In The Bible by Thomas McElwain [PDF] The Bible, The Qur'an and Science by Maurice Bucaille Bible Contradictions [PDF] Shi'i beliefs in the Bible by Thomas McElwain [PDF] Women In Islam Versus Women In The Judaeo-Christian Tradition: The Myth & The Reality by Sherif Muhammad Abdel Azeem [PDF] Mary and Jesus in Islam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri Extracts From Correspondence Between A Muslim And A Christian by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophecies About The Holy Prophet of Islam in Hindu, Christian, Jewish and Parsi Scriptures by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi A Closer Look at Christianity by Barbara Brown Converts to Islam by Zainab Islamic History Kitab al Irshad [on Imam Ali al Murtadha (a) ] (Broken Link?) by Shaykh Mufid [on Imam Hasan ibn Ali al Mujtaba (a) ] [PDF] [on Imam Hussain ibn Ali al Shaheed (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Ali ibn al Husayn (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al Baqir] [PDF] [on Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al Sadiq] [PDF] [on Imam Musa ibn Ja'far al Kadhim] [PDF] [on the martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Muhammad al Hadi (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Hasan ibn Ali al Askari (a)] [PDF] [on Imam al Asr (ajf)][PDF] Hayat al Quloob Vol.1* Vol.2* Vol.3* by Allama Baaqir Majlisi [Vol 1 - Stories of previous Prophet (pbut), Vol 2 - Stories of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Vol 3 - Stories of the AhlulBait [a]) A Restatement of the History of Islam and Muslims by Ali Asgher Razwy [PDF] The Message by Ja'far Subhani [PDF] General Invitation by Ja'far Subhani An Introduction To The Political Upheaval At Medina On The Death Of Muhammad, The Prophet Of Islam* by Muhammad Sultan Mirza [PDF] Fadak in History by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr [PDF] Story of The Holy Kaba and It's People by S.M.R. Shabbar [PDF] Me'raj - The Night Ascension by Faidh al Kashani [PDF] Abdullah Ibn Saba' and Other Myths by Murtada al-'Askari [PDF] History of the Caliphs by Rasul Ja'farian Four Centuries of Influence of Iraqi Shi‘ism on Pre-Safavid Iran by Rasul Ja'fariyan A Glance at Historiography in Shi'ite Culture by Rasul Ja'fariyan History of Shi'ism: From the Advent of Islam up to the End of Minor Occultation by Ghulam-Husayn Muharrami The Origins and Early Development of Shi`a Islam by S.H.M.Jafri Background of the Birth of Islam by Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti [PDF] Prophets of Islam [صلى الله عليه واله وسلم] and Prophethood The Life of Muhammad by Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi [PDF] A Glance at the Life of the Holy Prophet of Islam by Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers Beacons of Light by Abu Ali al Fadl ibn al Hasan ibn al Fadl at Tabarsi [PDF] Muhammad and His God Before the Revelation by Hatem Abu Shahba Taharah & 'Ismah of The Prophets, Messengers, Awsiya', And Imams by Hatem Abu Shahba The Life of Muhammad The Prophet by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophecies About The Holy Prophet of Islam in Hindu, Christian, Jewish and Parsi Scriptures by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophethood by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Muhammad is the Last Prophet by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Seal of the Prophets and His Message by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] The Infallibility of the Prophets in the Qur'an by Muhammad Rizvi [PDF] Muhammad, the Messenger of God: A Brief Biographical Sketch by Muhammad Rizvi Muhammad by Yasin T. al- Jibouri Military Management in the Battles of the Prophet (s) by Muhammad Dhahir Watr Prophet Muhammad S - a Brief Biography by Al-Balagh Foundation The Unschooled Prophet by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Glimpses of the Prophet's Life* by Talip Alp [PDF] About The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) by Tebyan The Voice of Human Justice by George Jordac [PDF] Prophet Muhammad - a mercy to all creation The Prophet Adam by Abdul-Sahib Al-Hasani Al-'Amili Moses in the Qur'an and Bible by Ali Musa Raza Muhajir The Prophets of Islamby Muhammad Hussain Shamsi The Prophets, their Lives and their Stories by Abdul-Sahib Al-Hasani Al-'amili Allah's She-Camel and the Story of Our Prophet Salih by Kamal Sayyid Acknowledgements: sisters Hameedeh, SpIzo, _Naz and several others. Thank you so much for helping me collect the links. VERSES OF GHADIR.doc Al Hadith al Qudsi.doc Fascinating Discourses of the 14 Infallibles.doc Who is the Law-Maker?.doc
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    Brain drainers & brain drainees

    Salam! Sorry I've been on a bit of a blog-stalking spree since I recently re-joined SC! But I must say I found this to be a very interesting and observant blog entry Haji - one that also hit close to home! Kids graduating from top schools in my country (traditionally a 'drainee' country) have always been slapped with that label of being responsible for the 'brain drain' in the country that direly needs them. The emphasis on trying to send them on a guilt trip back back to their country if they decide to move can sometimes get really out of hand (coverage and negative publicity in the press etc). The argument is (at least for private schools) if someone was put on their mettle to get into these schools and pay the exorbitant fee out of our own pockets (or private loans etc) then they have every right to take the brain where they want without feeling guilty. If they were born in a 'drainer' country, they'd probably be able to achieve just the same (or more) without the added guilt if they decided to move elsewhere. These drainee countries arguably and potentially keep these brains from reaching their full potential leading to a 'functional drain'. For example, over time many of these countries have developed decent undergraduate programs in STEM specialities but have not been so successful for postgraduate/doctorate programs. So how far are the brains themselves responsible for the drain if they leave the drainee country just to get access to greater academic opportunities? Finally, the academic fraternity often argues for the pursuit of a global academia without borders - where institutions are not defined by their geographical location. With that argument in mind, it's interesting to consider that this pattern of moving from one institute to another exists even within 'drainer' countries (so people who complete their medical school at Yale are less likely to also pursue their PhD at Yale in favor of another institution). Here these brains do it for professional growth. If brains from drainee countries do the same with the same goal, they also have to live with the label that they fueled the drain. Some more interesting thoughts in these articles from people I know: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1275995/ https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e938/e1c2d3d77c1b947cf4f74c061524e361a7ac.pdf
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    Stats Question

    1) i) Probability of surviving first inspection = 1 - probability of being rejected by the first inspection (ie 1-0.1) 0.9 * 0.08 = 0.072 ii) 0.9 * 0.92 * 0.12 = 0.09936 2) i) (3/5) * (2/6) = 0.2 ii) (2/5) * (4/6) = 0.267 iii) The possibilities are: aspirin + thyroid, aspirin + laxative, thyroid + aspirin, thyroid + laxative So 2/5 * 3/6 + 2/5 * 1/6 + 3/5 * 3/6 + 3/5 * 1/6 = 0.667 3) 0.6 * 0.3 * 0.1 = 0.018 I don't take any responsibility for any answers. I've been in medical school for the past few years.
  4. I know MMA failed to polarize the Shia vote bank (or any vote bank for that matter - it won a single seat in the Sindh assembly and none in the National Assembly) in Karachi at least last election season. It's always baffled me how Shias can decide to join hands with the likes of Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Served them right to lose terribly in the election.
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    Fatigue all day everyday

    Might be symptoms of hypothyroidism. Fatigue >2 weeks warrants a visit to a doc. Hope everything turns up fine. Good luck!
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    (bismillah) (salam) and Ramadhan Mubarak to all, What is the Bayt-al-Mamur? I seriously have NO idea! (wasalam) Basim Ali Jafri
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    Aqeeq ring

    (bismillah) (salam), I seemed to have noticed that many Ithna Ashari Shias wear an Aqeeq ring. Moreover, people seem to recognize other as Shia when they see each other wearing Aqeeq rings. My dad wears one and so does my uncle, and I have started to wear one too. :D I want to know what is the history behind wearing itm and also, if possible, the logic behind it. It;s especially common in South Asian socities. Please do not confuse Aqeeq qith Aqeeqa! :!!!: They're totally different things. Aqeeq is a gem. When worn in a ring it looks like this: And sometimes I notice Shia ladies in mosques wearing feroza too: Ofocurse wearing a Feroza or Aqeeq rign doesn't automatically make you Shia, but it seems to have become an identity of South Asian Shias. Don't know about other. :donno: (wasalam) Basim Ali Jafri
  8. (bismillah) (salam) , My question is, that was Shimr (LA) a member of Hazrat Abbas Ibn Ali's tribe, that is was Shimr (LA) a relative of Abbas Ibn Ali? This question aroused in my mind because of a tradition i read somewhere, where Shimr (LA) gave a call to Abbas and his brother from the tents and asked them to join their (Yazid's (LA)) side as they belong to the same tribe. Soo i just wanted someone, to confirm the tradition and let me know . There is another question i would like to ask. Umm there is something that signifies most of the Shuhda of Karbala. For example, a swing is moved around the people for Hazrat Ali Asghar, henna on a tray for Qasim, Zuljanah for Imam Hussain (as), Alam(punja) for Hazrat Abbas, etc. What are the symbols for Hazrat Ali Akbar and Hazrat Aun and Muhammad ibn Abdullah? I have heard some people saying that a Hindu man's sons helped Imam Hussain in Karbala. Can anyone relate the whole story about this great Hindu man? And another question, Hazrat Qasim was 13 years old, and he was about to get married. Hazrat Ali Akbar was 18 years old, how come he was not married yet if the tradition in those days was to marry early? After all he WAS older than his cousins.... Hazrat Ali Asghar , Hazrat Ali Akbar and Imam Zain-ul-Abideen were the sons of Imam Hussain from the same mother (Rubab), Imam Zain-ul-Abieen being the eldst and Hazrat Ali Asghar being the youngest. 'Akbar' means great/big/oldest and 'Asghar' means small/youngest. So if imam Zain-ul-Abideen (as) was the eldest son of Imam Hussain (as) then why wasn't he called Ali Akbar and instead Ali AKbar was called Ali Akbar. ( I hope you understand what i mean to ask) Abdullah Ibn Jafar ibn Tayyar (as), the father of Aun o Muhammad and the husband of Bibi Zainab (as) was left back in Madinah and not taken to Karbalato fight because he was blind. Imam Zain-ul Abideen (as) was also very sick, why wasnt he left as well? Can someone aslo plz relate the story of John to me, plzplzplz... Thank you, Wassalam and have a nice day , @Basim Ali
  9. (salam), Main ne haal main aik movie, 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' dekhi jo ke Mohsin Hamid ki isi naam ki kitab par mabni hai. Is movie ke aakhir main lead actor aik shair parhta hai jo ke yeh hai: Ye Mehr-e-Tabaan Se Ja Kay Keh Do Ke Apni Kirnain Sambhal Ke Rakh le, Main Apne Sehra Ke Zarre Zarre Ko Khud Chamakna Sikha Raha Hun! یہ مہر تاباں سے جا کے کہ دو کہ اپنی کرنیں سمبھال کے رکھ لے،میں اپنے صحرا کے زررے زررے کو خد چمکنا سکھا رہا ہوں! Main ne yeh shair Google kia to kuch logon ke mutabiq yeh shair Iqbal ka hai. Kya koi is ki tasdeeq kar sakta hai? Shukria.
  10. There's a chapter in Al-Kafi Volume 6 that is called 'باب لُبْسِ السّوَادِ' which is 'Dislike for black clothes'. Here's the first hadith: Some doubts have been raised about the authenticity of the above. There's a long (but interesting) analysis of the ahadith we have on the topic here: http://www.valiasr-aj.com/english/mobile_shownews.php?idnews=251 Salam
  11. You're comparing apples to oranges. The brother asked about wearing black. How the Kiswah fits into the argument here is beyond me. Besides, it used to be white during the Prophet's (p) time! Anyway, to answer your question brother @Shah Khan: Yes. It is Makrooh to wear black attire when not worn in order to mourn (with few exceptions like turban etc.). From Ayatullah Sistani's (rh) website: Question: Is it permissible to wear black on an ordinary day when it is not coinciding with the martyrdom of one the fourteen infallibles? Answer: It is permissible but it is reprehensible (makrooh) to wear full black. https://www.sistani.org/english/qa/01134/ Maybe later if I have some more time I can dig up a couple of ahadith that I recall from Al-Kafi that state the same. Salam
  12. (bismillah) (salam), I've seen so many people say: 'there are 5 obligatory prayers but [sic.] their times are 3 as mentioned in the Qur'aan'. I'm a bit confused over why this is such a common view, because I really can not see 3 times anywhere, in the Qur'aan and especially not the ahadith. This has become such a common view that it is even found in the 'in a nutshell' factsheets on al-islam.org. Let's go over the verses which mention the times of Salah (in order of Surah #): ÍóÇÝöÙõæÇ Úóáóì ÇáÕóøáóæóÇÊö æóÇáÕóøáóÇÉö ÇáúæõÓúØóìٰ æóÞõæãõæÇ áöáóøåö ÞóÇäöÊöíäó Attend constantly to prayers and to the middle prayer and stand up truly obedient to Allah. [2:238] This verse, according to several traditions, refers to the Asr prayer. The singular 'Salaat' is used, and al-wast (the middle) prayer can only be the Asr prayer, if one thinks logically, as it is offered before and after 2 prayers. One could argue that this verse is not about 'time of prayer' and is just emphasizing the importance of Asr prayer. I agree; fine, it's not about the time of prayer. But according to the tradition about this verse, the verse is about attending Asr prayer in congregation. So unless people went away after the Dhuhr prayer from the congregation (which is obviously very impractical if there is really one time), or there was a significant gap between Dhuhr and Asr prayers (normally), it's quite weird how (the congregation) for Asr prayer is mentioned separately. æóÃóÞöãö ÇáÕóøáóÇÉó ØóÑóÝóíö ÇáäóøåóÇÑö æóÒõáóÝðÇ ãöäó Çááóøíúáö ۚ Åöäóø ÇáúÍóÓóäóÇÊö íõÐúåöÈúäó ÇáÓóøíöøÆóÇÊö ۚ Ðóٰáößó ÐößúÑóìٰ áöáÐóøÇßöÑöíäó And establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day and at the approaches of the night: For those things, that are good remove those that are evil: Be that the word of remembrance to those who remember (their Lord): [11:114] Ends of the day would imply Fajr and Maghrib prayers, since the day starts when the Fajr prayer is offered and the day ends when the Maghrib prayer is offered. Approaches of the night means the beginning of the night (Shakir translates 'zulafan' as 'the beginning hours'). This would mean the Isha prayers ÃóÞöãö ÇáÕóøáóÇÉó áöÏõáõæßö ÇáÔóøãúÓö Åöáóìٰ ÛóÓóÞö Çááóøíúáö æóÞõÑúÂäó ÇáúÝóÌúÑö ۖ Åöäóø ÞõÑúÂäó ÇáúÝóÌúÑö ßóÇäó ãóÔúåõæÏðÇ Keep up prayer from the declining of the sun till the darkness of the night and the morning recitation; surely the morning recitation is witnessed. [17:78] This is the verse that is often cited as the verse that has 3 times in it. I don't see how it has 3 times (maybe I'm missing something; please correct me if you know something I don't). What it offers is a single period (or range or duration) of time during which prayers are offered (and another time for the morning prayers). 'li' and 'ila' mean 'from' and 'till' respectively. If I told you, you should eat from morning till sunset, would it mean you can eat several times between morning and sunset or only twice: once in the morning and once at sunset? The latter part of the verse has the word Fajr in it, so there'll be no dispute regarding what it means. íóÇ ÃóíõøåóÇ ÇáóøÐöíäó ÂãóäõæÇ áöíóÓúÊóÃúÐöäúßõãõ ÇáóøÐöíäó ãóáóßóÊú ÃóíúãóÇäõßõãú æóÇáóøÐöíäó áóãú íóÈúáõÛõæÇ ÇáúÍõáõãó ãöäúßõãú ËóáóÇËó ãóÑóøÇÊò ۚ ãöäú ÞóÈúáö ÕóáóÇÉö ÇáúÝóÌúÑö æóÍöíäó ÊóÖóÚõæäó ËöíóÇÈóßõãú ãöäó ÇáÙóøåöíÑóÉö æóãöäú ÈóÚúÏö ÕóáóÇÉö ÇáúÚöÔóÇÁö ۚ ËóáóÇËõ ÚóæúÑóÇÊò áóßõãú ۚ áóíúÓó Úóáóíúßõãú æóáóÇ Úóáóíúåöãú ÌõäóÇÍñ ÈóÚúÏóåõäóø ۚ ØóæóøÇÝõæäó Úóáóíúßõãú ÈóÚúÖõßõãú Úóáóìٰ ÈóÚúÖò ۚ ßóÐóٰáößó íõÈóíöøäõ Çááóøåõ áóßõãõ ÇáúÂíóÇÊö ۗ æóÇááóøåõ Úóáöíãñ Íóßöíãñ O you who believe! let those whom your right hands possess and those of you who have not attained to puberty ask permission of you three times; before the morning prayer, and when you put off your clothes at midday in summer, and after the prayer of the nightfall; these are three times of privacy for you; neither is it a sin for you nor for them besides these, some of you must go round about (waiting) upon others; thus does Allah make clear to you the communications, and Allah is Knowing, Wise. [24:58] This verse again, has two times of prayer in it. The verse is very clear regarding which prayers it refers to; Salat al Fajr and Salat al Isha. Also, pay attention to the Arabic word for 'noon'. It says 'al-Dhaheera' (from Dhuhr). Note how the word derived from al-Dhuhr is being used to describe a time here. So where are the 3 times in the Qur'aan? wa (salam)
  13. Do apples have it easier than oranges?
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    D'you find yourself with less attention span now?

    Why what's so special about 'nowadays'?
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    I love airports

    A lot of airports are now heavily invested in offering quality services to passengers and making their transit comfortable. I happen to have had transits at a lot of Middle East airports and I've really come to enjoy airports that are kind to their passengers (and cognizant of the fact that travelling is a tiring and unpleasant experience for many who are forced to do it for work and/or family). I think they also carry an enormous responsibility of representing their countries/cities for the short duration that passengers stay there. Abu Dhabi and Doha are probably at the top of my list of favourite Middle East airports. Muscat was also surprisingly serene. Riyadh inaugurated a very impressive domestic airport recently. Dubai has become too crowded with multiple airlines using it as a transit destination. I recently had a 4-hour transit at Sharjah airport and it was terrible. It smelled, the WiFi wasn't complimentary and I couldn't find a place to sit. Air Arabia is pennies on the dollar so I guess this is where they make their cuts lol. Salam
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    Babri masjid

    I think this is what OP is talking about: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/babri-dispute-shia-wakf-board-says-ram-temple-can-be-built-at-disputed-site-mosque-at-a-distance/story-Te9ytfzjvm8tBI9GYmTHwK.html I know about the Babri Masjid issue but never knew that the Shias of India claim it as their mosque! This is pretty interesting. In any case, their position seems to be pretty sensible. If they did indeed own the land they have a right to decide what happens to it. And even if they don't, Babri Masjid has become an unnecessary war of egos for Hindus and Muslims of the subcontinent that has claimed countless innocent lives. This issue needs to be put to rest even if it means one side conceding to the other.
  17. Salam everyone. Has anyone been following the Google controversy surrounding an internal memo (later made public) circulated by an engineer criticizing what he calls Google's discriminatory diversification practices? I attend a university where this debate about gender roles and stereotypes is triggered every couple of months so I'm fairly familiar with the subject. Naturally, I was interested in what this guy had to say in his memo that got him fired. I was expecting a very aggressively opinionated piece filled with a guy mansplaining gender issues (after all, it was enough to get him fired). So either I don't fully understand the flip side of the argument or the guy was really good at making his opinion sound like facts because I don't think I disagreed with a lot of what he had to say. He seems to have backed up much of what he says with scientific evidence. The gist of his argument is that men and women are inherently different biologically so they can't be expected to make similar choices while picking occupations and professional specialities. He says this all the while admitting that the gender-specific biologies are not binary and on a spectrum that overlaps (so one can't state that such-and-such profession is for a specific gender alone) and also supporting the idea of greater diversity in the workplace albeit minus the discriminatory practices to promote it. Admittedly he also makes some statements that appear blunt and unsupported by evidence (then again this was meant for internal circulation not a journal). This theme and argument (biological difference in gender and gender roles) is one that I've seen spring up in many gender debates (issues of testimony and inheritance etc.) on ShiaChat as well over the year. Unfortunately, much of what he's saying is considered politically incorrect in the times we live in. For those interested, James Damore's (the Google engineer who got fired) full essay/memo can be found here. It's an easy read and would recommend everyone to read it and maybe ask yourself what you find correct/incorrect about his views. Since the news became public people have expressed their infuriation with the memo but some others have also expressed their support. 4 well-credentialed scientists have written pieces voicing their support, from a purely scientific perspective, for the memo and its accuracy. Obviously, I'd encourage you to read the memo before you read their pieces. I'd be interested in knowing what some of the other members here think about this issue. (PS: Feel free to move this thread to any forum. Wasn't sure where it belongs and I'd like to see reasonable opinions on this so posting this here.) Salaam
  18. Why Pakistan is mourning loss of German nun Ruth Pfau Tributes are pouring in for a German nun who spent more than half a century in Pakistan battling leprosy and helping the country's most vulnerable people. Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced in a statement that a state funeral would be held for Ruth Pfau who died on Thursday aged 87. "She gave new hope to innumerable people and proved through her illustrious toil that serving humanity knows no boundaries," the statement said. "We are proud of her exemplary services, and she will remain in our hearts as a shining symbol in times ahead." Pfau trained as a doctor in her youth and went on to join a Catholic sisterhood. She arrived in Pakistan, where she spent the rest of her life, in 1960. She specialised in the treatment of leprosy, a disease that causes discolouration of the skin, sores, and disfigurements. Pfau's work earned her the Nishan-e-Quaid-i-Azam, one of Pakistan's highest civilian awards. More here. ------------- This is an interview by her before she passed away:
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    Pocket money earning opportunity

    Hmm I've been taught, for as long as I've been part of research projects, never to offer financial incentives to your study subjects to participate in your study as it a) introduces a bias and b) is unethical. Not to mention, online surveys have their own major issues. So I'm really curious as to how they manage to maintain the reliability of their questionnaires.
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    Modern Shias on the right side of history

    Lol Fisk is such a savage.
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    Wudu Water

    I don't think the Prophet (p) always had someone pouring water for him!! (think Tahajjud or all the other prayers offered in private when no one would be around/awake). Here are videos of Agha Khoei (rh) and Agha Sistani (rh) pouring water for themselves while performing wudhu (they make it look so easy lol):
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    Social anxiety

    Hey Minal, While almost all of us get anxiety at some point it's a medical disorder when it happens disproportionately or inappropriately to the events causing it. It is unlikely that someone over the internet can help you. As a medical professional myself, I can't stress enough how important it is for you to seek professional help. Anxiety disorders can usually be treated by psychotherapy and/or medications but the longer they are left untreated the more difficult it may become to treat them. I understand that it's difficult to ask for help without adequate support from family or friends, but you must take the first step and approach a clinical psychiatrist/counsellor/clinical psychologist yourself. I hope and pray that things get better for you inshaAllah. Salam.
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    Muslim sects of Pakistan

    Care to share the source of these stats? I've seen the 70-75% figure being thrown around a lot but have never actually seen a solid source. I mean I understand nobody really collects this kind of data due to obvious reasons but there must be some logic to this inference.
  24. Two sentences into the first paragraph and I realized that something didn't sound right about the language being used (too biased and opinionated). Then I realized I was on the website of The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) which is not the main, authoritative body of pediatric practice in the US. That's the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). ACPeds is actually an offshoot of AAP and is a protest group made and run by conservative pediatricians who were opposed to the pro-LGBTQ stance of the AAP on several issues. Nobody really pays attention to this aberrant group anymore lol. While I haven't really analyzed their article and their references (don't think it's worth anyone's time to do so tbh) these groups tend to be selective in quoting medical literature to support their point of views. Kind of like the anti-vaccination groups among the medical fraternity that repeatedly quote flawed studies to prove their point. I know we'd like scientific evidence to fit our Muslim narratives but I'd personally be happier if we don't look like we share our values with a group as un-scientific as ACPeds. Salaam.
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    Can humans have two hearts?

    Sure. Heterotopic (putting a donor heart in the chest while leaving the original in situ) or piggy-back heart transplants, while not very common, are possible.