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In the Name of God بسم الله

Basim Ali

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  1. @Haji 2003 Salam Haji! Long time!!

    I took my IGCSE's in 2010/11. It's been several years but I used https://xtremepape.rs/ back in the day for practice questions (a cursory look tells me it's still going strong). You may have already found it since its pretty popular but incase you haven't - it is THE online forum for the newest content on the exams (including prep material etc) and they also manage to keep a record of all recent exams. Might be helpful for Maryam! Good luck to her! 

  2. 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:



  3. Sick post man. 

    Came in quite sometime after all of you but few other features of the internet have excited me more than ShiaChat over the years. Made so many friends, met so many inspiring people, found a few distant cousins and relatives. Learned so much. Can't help but feel a bit envious towards the people who conceived the idea of SC for the sawab they probably get from this. 

    This was my evening hang-out place for the longest time in school. I really feel discovering SC and being part of this place made me a much better and more educated person and Muslim. Most of us born in Muslim families (like most kids born in other faiths lol) are never taught to question our beliefs and practices. While this may not sound like a good thing to many, but questioning your beliefs and practices, and finding out for yourself why and how they've come to exist is a wonderful feeling. Nothing reaffirms your faith in your madhab better than finding things out things about it for yourself. It lets you connect with your religion and culture on a level you didn't think was possible. 

    I've done my fair share of embarrassing things in my time here too. :p None of my social network profiles are as embarrassing as my SC profile I think. 

    I've come back to SC this week after a long hiatus. So much as changed (I CAN'T FIGURE THE EMOTICONS OUT, I CAN'T BELIEVE I WAS MODERATOR!!!) I feel like there should be some way to identify people who have gotten their usernames changed. Very confusing when someone says salam and you have no idea who they are. Hehe. 


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