Monthly Archives: September 2013

Entry I

Salam,

Sorry for the looong silence, it’s been a bit hectic the last few weeks. On Monday I boarded a coach at 5am in the morning starting my life as a first year ChemEng student. Because of that I’ve been unable to post anything this week, which is a regret but I hope I’ll make up for it over the next few weeks. Over the next few weeks I want to broaden my horizon a bit and subsequently include more of a variety of posts to this blog.

Topics on Islam will be at the forefront, though I should leave the disclaimer that I’m just a regular normal Muslim guy. I did not go to Al-Azhar,  Al-Qarawiyyin University, Umm al Qura, University of Madinah, Deoband or any other religious institute, although I’d certainly love to and been asked if I was an Azhari when I was in Egypt, which I feel really proud of, joke.

Other topics will include, politics, integration, society in general,  graphic and visual design and of course my general life.

I’m going to experiment a lot, with different styles of writing, content and presentation of content.

Back to my life, we had our fresher’s fair at Uni last week the 16. – 20. September. On Wednesday and Thursday I coached-it to Bradford to help out. This years freshers dinner was on Thursday, Yusha Evans as well as Muslim Belal were invited. A recording of that is here, a video is going to be uploaded as well, on the BradIsoc Youtube Channel.

Personal updates are from now on named “Entry (Greek numeral)” so they can be found easily.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

 

Videos? Love ’em III –
Part II

My favourite Video in the Islamic category this week is a German talk by the Imam Ferid Heider, who I have the pleasure of knowing personally, living in Berlin.

In this specific talk he talks about steadfastness which translates to thabat or Istiqama in Arabic. He says that every Muslim has to deal with it, deal with his jihad-un-Nafs (struggle against the Self) and the Shaytan daily.  Allah swt. does not want that we are just Muslims on Eid, or in Ramadan or on Jumuah.

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Part II

Internet Security or Videos? Love ’em III –
Part I

Over the last few days I’ve become interested in Internet security again. I always get bouts of these interests that creep up and go after a while it seems.

Anyway, I remembered a conversation with a friend a few years ago about the dark web. The internet that we normally access is the tip of the iceberg as it is often explained. There is a whole other world beneath the water in the depths of the web. The deep web. Several orders of magnitude bigger than the observable web.

The space is essentially the black market of today, drugs, weapons, bomb instructions, professional hit-men for hire, the more unsavoury stuff, you name it it’s there. Though a lot of the posts may be hoaxes such as the offer of a luxury jet and military tanks. (Though you never know, wait hit-men? ) The BitCoin has become its currency. On the other hand there are also some good reasons for the  use of the deep web, political activists for example in China, Syria etc. may use it for its anonymity.

That’s all I really want to talk about regarding the dark web, don’t really know that much about it, and will continue to stay away from it. This I guess is the extent of my curiosity about it.

I then stumbled on this TED video on my YouTube feed, and I have to say that it is probably my favourite video I’ve seen this week. Granted it’s not for the tech-savvy out there but more, as the speaker James Lyle said answering a comment, for those that are new to Internet security. I liked the demonstrations shown in the presentation, giving us an idea of what is possible, even though again it’s just scratching the surface. All in all it is a humorous informational talk that gives an insight into Cyber-crime.

Since this post is quite late today and includes stuff that I didn’t plan to include, I thought I’d just pop this little creative video on the stuxnet virus incident in 2010 in as well, the cherry on top to this quite Internety post.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

PS: As Muslim I don’t recommend checking out the deep web, if that wasn’t clear.

Videos? Love ’em II

My favourite love em’ video this week in the non-Islamic Category is:

A tie between Independence and When Dreams change.

My favourite love em’ video this week in the Islamic Category is:

How Am I Going To Serve Allah? – Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

First, I have to say that although I haven’t really watched as many videos as usual this last week, still the decision to pick one as my favourite was nearly impossible and I really should have given it more thought, before going out on a limb on this series. The videos that I’ll list here are all excellent videos in my opinion. All are in their own way totally different and lay different emphasis on different things.

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Daily Post

Over the past week I’ve been getting more and more interested and involved in writing than I have the whole year I guess. As I checked out other blogs I’ve noticed these badges saying “I’m part of Post A Day 2013”, these introduced me to the Daily Post from WordPress.com and its daily and weekly challenges and articles all about writing/blogging and improvement in it.

Daily Post

While I don’t think I’m going to be able to consistently do it, I’m thinking of taking at least some Ideas from the prompts and carrying on doing my thing. Whatever that is…I haven’t figured it out yet. I’ll take some daily prompts and try and turn them into something readable and hopefully post it that same day, others I might take the whole week to write something longer about. Maybe. I’m not really sure, I’ll play around with it a bit, see what happens.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

PS: I decided to post the weekly, “Videos? Love em'” post every Tuesday inshaAllah

Surah As-Sharh: Khutba by Sheikh Tawfique chowdhury

For those who get tired, tired from the daily attacks on our Iman, who say they’ve done enough. I personally needed this khutba, and thank Allah swt. for giving me this reminder for giving me the ability to hear it, even though I came late.

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ZDFKultur oder Das Erwachsenwerden I

Der letzte Post ist irgendwie zu einem Monster mutiert, er sollte eigentlich noch diesen hier beinhalten.

Zum ZDF; obwohl ich bestimmte Programme und bestimmte Auffassungen von bestimmten Themen, von bestimmten Leuten, nicht immer leiden konnte war die ZDF-Mediathek sowie auch der Ntv-Livestream und andere Anbieter eine Art für mich Kontakt mit Deutschland zu erhalten. Auch jetzt noch halte ich mich mit dt. Nachrichten mindestens einmal die Woche auf dem Laufenden.

So jetzt zum eigentlichen Thema von dem ich im letzten Post so unheimlich weit abgekommen bin. Der Absatz oben war nämlich eigentlich der Übergang zu diesem.

ZDFkultur hat diesen Monat (September) einen Schwerpunkt rund um das Erwachsen werden, mit dem Titel “Her mit dem Leben”.

Ich hatte mir erst den Dokumentarfilm der am Montag ausgestrahlt wurde “Teenage Response” angeguckt. Beschrieben wurde es als “in intimen Gesprächen sprechen junge Erwachsene zwischen 13 und 21 Jahren von ihrer Körpererfahrung, von Drogenrausch, Prügeleien, Tanzen, Liebe.”

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Hier kann man den noch sehen…Unter Beachtung, dass er eig. 160min sein sollte aber nur 69 min gezeigt werden, jedenfalls mir.

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Der Umzug und die Depression

Seit 6 Jahren nun wohne, lebe, lerne ich in England. Als ich 14 war sind wir umgezogen. Es war damals eine schwierige Zeit für mich, ich wollte nicht wegziehen. Von meinen Freunden, meiner Schule, meiner gewohnten Umgebung, meiner Heimat. Ich bin Deutscher, hab mich immer so gefühlt und fühle auch immer noch so.

Damals hab ich versucht jeden Kontakt nach Deutschland zu pflegen und aufrecht zu erhalten. Mit meinen Freunden hatte ich regelmäßig telefoniert. Hab sogar freiwillig während meiner Ferien meine alte Schule besucht, beim Unterricht mitgemacht.

Ich hatte mich auch in der Design AG der Muslimischen Jugend in Deutschland beworben, dadurch hatte ich jede Woche Kontakt zu Muslimen in Deutschland aus verschiedenen Städten, einige waren sogar so wie ich im Ausland.

Als 14-15 Jähriger kannte ich niemanden wirklich in meinem Freundschaftskreis und meines alters, der wirklich ins Ausland gezogen ist. Ich war wohl etwas depressiert und sehr melancholisch gestimmt.

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