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Active again

Posted by imdad on May 16, 2011

After a awfully long time, i promise myself to be active again


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The Last Sermon of the Prophet

Posted by imdad on February 27, 2009

(Quoting as in  SoundVision.Com:

The last sermon of the Prophet-peace be upon him- is known as Khutbatul Wada’. It is mentioned in almost all books of Hadith. Following Ahadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari refer to the sermon and quote part of it. See Al-Bukhari, Hadith 1623, 1626, 6361) Sahih of Imam Muslim also refers to this sermon in Hadith number 98. Imam al-Tirmidhi has mentioned this sermon in Hadith nos. 1628, 2046, 2085. Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal has given us the longest and perhaps the most complete version of this sermon in his Masnud, Hadith no. 19774.

This Khutbah of the Prophet-peace be upon him- was long and it contained much guidance and instructions on many issues. The Prophet-peace be upon him- gave this sermon in front of a large gathering of people during Hajj.

Whosoever heard whatever part of the sermon reported it and later some scholars put it together. It is a great khutbah and we should all pay attention to its message and guidance. Following are the basic points mentioned in this khutbah:

O People Lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefor listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

O People Just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest); therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity.

Allah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all interest due to Abbas Ibn ‘Abd al Muttalib (the Prophet’s uncle) shall henceforth be waived.

Beware of Satan for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

O People It is true that you have certain rights in regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives, only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat you women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with anyone of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

O People Listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat.

Perform Hajj if you can afford to.

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over a white- except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim, which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not therefor, do injustice to yourselves.

Remember one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone. People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and the Sunnah (Hadith), and if you follow these you will never go astray. All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listened to me directly. Be my witness, O Allah, that I have conveyed your message to your people.”

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Samba server installation ..

Posted by imdad on February 26, 2009

i have a normal linux installation (fedora 5). I was stuck trying to start the samba server after installing it (version: 3.3, installed from a tar ball).

Then after quite a research, this script worked:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/samba/lib
killall -9 nmbd
killall -9 smbd
/usr/local/samba/sbin/nmbd -D -s /etc/samba/smb.conf
/usr/local/samba/sbin/smbd -D -s /etc/samba/smb.conf

file and save the above lines as

change its mode to executable

% chmod +x

execute it with root privileges

% ./startsmb

thats it … then you’ll not get errors like:

/usr/local/samba/sbin/smbd: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


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PGEE 09, IIIT Hyderabad question paper

Posted by imdad on February 15, 2009

following are some questions that appeared in this paper:

(there were just 6 ques of 25 marks each, with sub questions for every ques .. but here i am just typing down whatever i can remember)

1) find no. of integers between [100,999] that are (a) divisble by 7, (b) divisible by 3 but not by 4

2) if S = {i | 0<i<=50}, |S| = 10, A and B are subsets of S, |A|=|B|=5, sum of all integers in A is equal to that of all integers in B, then prove that there exist atleast one such pair A and B.

3) A sequence of integers was given and we had to show step by step construction of a binary search tree from that sequence. Corresponding in, pre and post order was asked and also the new structure of the tree after deleting a node.

4) if A and B are two sorted arrays (ascending) of integers. write algos to find (a) the closest pair in AUB. (b) the median in AUB.

5) write a C function to take a string and edit it so that all the vowels in it are removed.

6) a C prog was given and its output was asked.

7) design a binary counter to count from 1 to 8 using JK flip-flops, along with the tables, k-maps.

8) point out the adverse effects on TCP due to bit errors over a wireless connection. Design a parity check code for two bit error.

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Australian Open 2009 – the world saw Federer weep

Posted by imdad on February 4, 2009

Yes that is exactly that which comes to me, when i recollect the epic final of the 1st grand slam, this year 2009. He looked pitifully unconsolable and later the whole act looked childish too. Federer was a fav for me for this tournament.

Nadal, neverthless, deserved what he acheived. More, he covered every yard of the arena and every pixel on my screen and that too after he had been subjected to a brutally long 5.14 hour semi-final, a mere 40 hrs hence.

The match carried some classic rallies and is history. The conviction with which Nadal returned some unbelivable winners, jaws were hittting grounds. However Federer lost grounds with his, unsusually, low number of aces and high number of second serves and even 1-2 very badly timed double faults. He also lost on some many chances to break Nadals serves.

All eyes missed the other dignitaries present around including Rod Laver, shadowed by Federer and his emotions. They just waved for the live audience maybe, but clearly TV viewers cudnt care.

It was cute of Nadal to apologise to Federer, and his quick note to Federer that remember u are one of the best (rather than the best) was an intelligent addition.

Cheers Nadal.

Federer, crush him at Roland Garros.

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Poor web security @ IIIT, hyderabad

Posted by imdad on February 4, 2009

IIIT, hyderabad online admission webportal put up a v poor security show by enabling to list the index of all available admit cards and letting anyone download any admit card.

Though the portal puts up a php login terminal which gives u link to your admit card on entering yer application and id num, it actually also gives u the link to every other admit card.

lol .. iiit, hyd didnt expect this level of permeability from u, may be i’ll have to change things when i get there.

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Ecological Economy

Posted by imdad on January 6, 2009

I watched this documentary yesterday (Money As Debt):

It was very enlightning. I was surprised to learn a lot many new things about how banks and (eventually) economy actually function.

In this video was mentioned: Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS). (which i sought out for in wikipedia)

This wiki turned out to be, what can i say, quite interesting and resourceful. It showed me route to so many other articles which were very similar to the ideas i had talked about in my earlier blog, Banking through Social Network Cohesion. Some articles worth mentioning here:

This indeed is an example where wikipedia and internet in general have been of such good help. And i believe that this aspect makes it possible that internet could play a very prominent role in changing the economic patterns for the better.

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An introductory on banking through social network cohesion

Posted by imdad on January 5, 2009

This follows my earlier blog where i had a question for you, as to what you think about Islamic banking.

The idea is regarding a web portal which envelops the desired features backed by suitable organization and human resource. My initial effort pondering over the possibilities of an alternative banking system yielded the results, talked about in the following abstract:

Banking Through Social Network Cohesion (BSNC).

A person subscribes to BSNC for 1+ of the following reasons:

  1. An online bank account that deals not in usury

  2. To generate revenue (or market ideas) for a new or an extended business.

  3. To look for and invest in profitable businesses.

In details:

  1. Online bank account that deals not in usury.

    • This is a social banking system with 100% reserve ratio.

    • It functions democratically, that is for and by people.

    • Lending is synonymous to risk sharing.

    • Hard money system or barter system is in place instead of fiat money.

  2. To generate revenue (or market ideas) for a new or an extended business.

    • BSNC is a concept through the realisation of the fact that a social web portal provides a platform for discussion of an idea which could reach out to a large number of people.

    • Further more the collection of these people is not random, but it is consistent with the actual network of contacts and weak ties that is centered around a person (who might be the proprietor of an idea) in her real life.

    • This feature of a social web portal could be utilized in business promotion and venture capitalism.

    • A person who subscribes for this reason should give in the details(consisting of standard queries) of her new/extended business idea, which is shared in a standard format.

    • These details pertain to figures such as :

      • Type of service/product

      • Initial investment

      • Production per month etc

    • And statements such as :

      • Goal

      • Cultivation record etc

    • Venture of a person gains recognition proportional to number of her own contacts(immediate and not surreal) testifying to it and/or having a share in it.

    • A revenue generation call is meant to attract investors ot invest an amount towards a financially credible improvement to the business of the person.

    • Such a call has a ripple effect on the network surrounding the person in that, that the call generates more interest and regard among her closer contacts and this interest recedes through contacts of contacts, and contacts of ‘contacts of contacts’ and so on.

    • If a person invests in her venture an amount (equivalent to the weight of gold or a service acceptable to both the parties as in barter system), he is made a partner in her business activity and is entitled to receive the gains (or share losses) and take part in shareholder hearings.

    • This is a self evolving system where trust ability of a person increases with number of contacts, trustees, investments, returns, past record etc.

    • Social network fuels the growth of such a venture promotion system because of the social structure that is built around every proprietor of a venture, which creates a market for everyone.

  3. To look for and invest in profitable business ideas.

    • A person might receive info on revenue generation calls through her contacts, who will refer her to a venture and also testify to its trust ability.

    • She might further analyse the new/extended venture, and invest wisely.

    • Enough data is provided for tracking the business progress.

PS: I’ll soon PDF this and provide a link to a scribd page … thanks

Update: Hey that was quite quick .. here is the scribd link:

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Islamic banking system

Posted by imdad on December 21, 2008

im doing some research into the Islamic banking system.
I may eventually come up with a software to serve the system. Buts that in its initial stages (Requirement analysis to be precise).

Hey, a question here:
Do you think banks which have a democratic system for organisation, instead of being owned for profit, would be the key to a successful economic-tomorrow?

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All goes as is meant …

Posted by imdad on December 12, 2008

All our plans, ambitions, seem to take their own route to success.
All we have do meanwhile is to put in good faith and sincere work.

Hope is not that we achieve success but hope is that we aim good.
Because, we seldom recognize that what we want to achieve is NOT success.
Actually what we achieve is success.

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