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Basim Ali

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    Basim Ali got a reaction from Abbas. in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    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. 
    Salaam. 
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    Basim Ali got a reaction from Hameedeh in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    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. 
    Salaam. 
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    Basim Ali reacted to Hannibal in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Salams,
    I've been on Shiachat since 2001 which makes it about 16 years now for me. I was there when there was just IRC. I would add that one of the major reasons why this is happening is because many of the more dedicated and mature writers got married, had kids and took on full-time jobs. What happens is that a lot of people lose their initial passion, go through struggles, breakdowns and become too busy to partake on a forum. Writing quality posts on Shiachat takes a lot of time. I remember in many of my past debates one post could take me up to 10-12 hours to write as it required lots of research. So our hectic lives simply do not allow us to contribute as much. 
    I think if our communities were smart, they would hire people full time to participate and write on these platforms. The wahhabis do it, why not us?
    Regardless, I don't believe quality discussions can take place on whatsapp or twitter. Those platforms do not allow sophisticated and well researched/well-sourced discussions to take place. So shiachat, I believe, will continue to serve its purpose.
    I have been thinking a lot about coming back as I owe this platform quite a bit for my own growth when I was younger. I will try to make small contributions for now and see where it takes me.
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    Basim Ali got a reaction from starlight in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    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. 
    Salaam. 
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