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  1. We do indeed. The Arabic word for blessing is barakah, which is regularly used in Islamic greetings, prayers and remembrance. In fact, the full Islamic greeting contains it: Salamu alaikum wa rahmat Allahi wa *barakathu* Which translates to: Peace and the mercy and blessings of Allah upon you. I hope this was of help Uncle Owen
  2. Slows down even earlier than that. Mine has started slowing down and I'm only 24. In winter people tend to gain weight though.
  3. I've gone full keto. Macros are: 65% Fats 30% Protein 5% Carbs Working out quite a bit too. Only doing this for 6-8 weeks to shed the little belly a desk job has given me.
  4. Posting here for reference! Hall of fame MM moment!
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    FIFA 2018...

    Also to add: I'm only following the scores of this WC and live text feeds. I refuse to watch it live and give Putin's Russia advertisement revenue after the fact Russia unleashed a chemical weapon on Salisbury.
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    FIFA 2018...

    It was intentional so that we'd have an easier knockout stage. Coming second in the group means England wouldn't have had to face Argentina, France, Brazil or Belgium until the finals. Instead we will face Sweden, then Russia/Croatia and one of the aforementioned (most likely France) in the finals.
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    Can you delete the post? At best it’s unfunny, at worst it is antisemitic and anti Bengali.
  8. Stay off the drugs.
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    Random Islamic Questions

    Astrology is both kufr and shirk. If you believe stars cause certain events then it is shirk. If you believe you can discern the unseen by them it is kufr.
  10. Speaker's Corner is hilarious but most of the religious debates are nonsense because the people engaging in them are pretty unknowledgeable of their own faith.
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    MM Awards 2024

    I nominate Breeze for the following categories: Best Cryptographer Most Likely to Marry a FOB
  12. Thanks to transfer fees bitcoin no longer has any underlying value. As prices diminish miners will have lower incentive to keep mining new blocks due to difficulty involved, and when the cost of electricity + mining rig > profit from mining bitcoin then no transactions will get done because no new blocks will get mined. Transaction times already were a major issue prior to the frenzy and as the frenzy dies out they’ll only become an even bigger issue. Bitcoin has a fundamental design flaw in that it is dependent on an ever expanding network of miners due to the increasing difficulty of each new block. There is the ultimate trade off of time vs computing power, both of which determine cost. Maybe other cryptos address this design flaw like ETH with its proof of stake model or XRP with the proof of consensus model. But anyone investing in the long term should do so after this bubble pops so they don’t get ripped off.
  13. Since my last post, the Crypto market has wiped well over 50% of its value. With new regulations coming through and the frenzy dying off, I predict prices will continue to tumble (maybe a small resurgence beforehand).
  14. All companies that survived the bubble had immense financial discipline. Amazon is the greatest example of this, and there are in depth financial analyses into the operation which Jeff Bezos ran but the key takeaway is he was one of the few to go 'slow and steady'. Google didn't have its IPO (initial public offering, where shares become available to the public on exchanges) until 2004 which was well after the crash and all investors prior were the same institutional investors who are warning against Bitcoin today. Some companies survived the bubble its true, but let us look at some of those survivors: Yahoo had a price of $108.7 at the peak of the dotcom bubble, when the bubble burst and settled, it had a price of around $5, representing a loss of 95.5% on investment. It never recovered. Amazon was valued at $106.7 at the bubbles peak, but when it settled was valued at around $15, an 86% loss on investment. Today it is valued at $1294.58, which would be an annual return of 15.87% compounded. Comparatively, DJIA has had a 5.24% annual return over the same period. Ebay doubled in share price over the year preceding the bubble, however, rather than losing more than 90% of its value, it simply returned to the price it held previously, with natural growth/loss occurring over time. However those who bought it at the peak lost 50% of their investment. Ebay has had a 8.73% compounded annual return since then until now. Analysing the information, sure what investors bought was not worthless, but it was excessively overvalued and they suffered massive losses. Of the few companies that survived, most declined further or flatlined. Of around 2800 companies that went public during the dot-com bubble and the events preceding it, Amazon and Ebay were the exceptions with the rest all being losing investments. Given then, the enormous amount of risk, it is difficult to say that Amazon or Ebay really paid off on a risk-adjusted basis. Yes, they offered higher returns on the market, but the failure rate of the industry they were in was incredibly high. Now lets add another fact to the mix: listed companies are very transparent, with annual reporting every year revealing their cash flows and growth, from which analysts can deduce valuations. Cryptocurrencies on the other hand don't have cashflows (unless it is a proof of stake model like Ethereum where validators use their 'stake' to validate a transaction and charge a fee). This means their value is tied to being a modicum of exchange (in the case of proof of work like Bitcoin or Dogecoin) or network facilitator (like in the case of Ripple). The first can be estimated based on the volume of transactions on the ledger, but the second is quite opaque because the valuation of the network facilitation capacity of the Ripple network isn't in the public domain. This means that from a financial standpoint at the very least, cryptocurrencies could be considered even more risky than tech companies in the dot-com era boom. Right now there are 1469 cryptocurrencies with a market cap of $630bn. How many do you think will survive, given the survival rate of the dot-com bubble, and on a risk adjusted basis, are any of them even worth it? That is ultimately for you to gauge. Of course I have the benefit of hindsight, but many notable investors (Warren Buffet of course comes to mind) refused to buy into the craze. From an Islamic perspective I would argue the situation of investing in the tech bubble would've garnered different answers from different scholars at the time, but if we are trying to objectively measure gharar then crypto definitely presents a larger risk than the dot-com bubble did and the fact it is even less transparent, and even more so that unlike the dot-com bubble, most market analysts actually view crypto as a bubble. I would probably say yeah, it would've been haram to invest in the dot-com bubble based on my perception of what constitutes extreme gharar. Ultimately what it comes down to is what your expectations are of the situation because every single investor has their own preferences and perception of risk. The fatwa was a generalised one (given the consensus of most finance professionals on the matter), but if you don't view crypto as having extreme gharar based on your own conclusions, nobody can really force you to adopt another conclusion. The general person isn't a finance professional or tech expert and for them investing in crypto ultimately has to by definition pose extreme gharar. tl;dr: The fatwa was a general one Crypto bubble is more risky than the dot-com bubble for investors (thus more gharar) It is difficult to answer things in hindsight Gharar itself is a subjective matter (just like risk)
  15. 1. The thing is, it is behaving exactly as a bubble does. There is a broad consensus on this amongst financial professionals. It highly resembles Dotcom bubble of the 90s albeit at a far more limited scope (for now). 2. Bridgewater is a hedge fund. They aim to invest in high risk strategies to get a return and they don't advise others. They use numerous strategies but their hallmark strategies are all quant strategies, which means they really don't care for the underlying asset type but are focused on maximising returns independent of market risk. Cryptocurrencies are very much the type of product they would use in building their portfolio (using both long and short positions). Most hedge funds using quant strategies like Bridgewater's typically invest in bubbles because they can use these products to adjust the risk of their portfolio with less capital than traditional investments require. 3. It isn't that it is only ok if global corporations say the product is fine, it is the fact that amongst finance experts the broad consensus is that Bitcoin is a bubble, and that bubbles are genuinely accepted as being markets of extreme gharar.
  16. 1. Amateur investors are what we call retail investors, i.e. nurses, cashier clerks, student hobbyists, etc., using their own money to invest. Professional investors are people who make their living off investing other people's money for them, such as fund managers who work in private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, etc. Most jurisdictions also have a legal term for people they refer to as qualified investors, but this is usually simply determined by net worth. The foremost investors in blockchain have been large financial institutions (which is why a lot of them are working with Ripple and have hired the Ethereum team to consult for them), contrary to what you stated they in fact know a lot about cryptocurrencies, it is technically their job to know. The article states: These are the people driving the speculative Bitcoin bubble (and the same for wider crypto). The reason financial institutions are getting involved with Bitcoin itself isn't because they are buying into Bitcoin, but because there is a profit to be made from providing the service of clearing Bitcoin futures, of selling Bitcoin to the handful of people who plan to open 'cryptocurrency funds', etc. Veterans of finance like Ray Dalio (CEO of Bridgewater, the world's largest hedgefund) and Larry Fink (CEO of Blackrock, the world's largest asset manager with nearly $6 trillion assets under management) have both declared Bitcoin as a bubble and kept away from crypto in general. Of course Bitcoin industry insiders will be bullish, they think that Bitcoin is going to be adopted as a global currency. But ask yourself this question: do you think the governments of the world which unanimously use a central banking system are going to forego their monopoly on money? Not a chance. 2. The creators of Ripple don't expect people to go out and buy stuff using Ripple, and the manner in which it is designed (private network, proof of consensus, limited supply), means it doesn't operate as a currency. It is an essential part of the communication protocol, but people using the Ripple Network won't transfer in XRP, they'll be transferring USD, GBP, Euros, etc. XRP will only be used by financial institutions for clearing.
  17. Because unexpected outcomes mean people misvalued things and it shifts them away from their optimal consumption. It means that instead of wealth being properly allocated, it went into overpriced assets and thus represents an overall loss (this is reflected by economic contraction, aka recession).
  18. 1. http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/07/investing/bitcoin-what-is-going-on/index.html - the fact most BTC investors are small time amateur mom and pop types is similar to the pool of people who invest in Forex CFDs. Most market experts also believe Bitcoin is a bubble - https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/12/80-percent-of-wall-street-economists-strategists-believe-bitcoin-is-a-bubble-survey.html - that 80% would probably be closer to 95% if discounting the people who answered "I don't know". 2. Ripple's founders are more interested in the platform. Ripple itself isn't supposed to be used as a medium of exchange, but as an aid to the communication protocol. This means they don't plan for it to be used as a currency at points of transaction. Not to mention, there is a limited amount, it is a private network and operates a proof of consensus model to verify transactions. 3. Point 3 is not relevant to Ripple, that is correct.
  19. I've been following cryptos since 2013. Most people in financial services are extremely skeptical of Bitcoin. The same amateur investors that are attracted to it are the ones who were attracted to CFD Forex trading, except the difference being with the massive price rises in crypto people with 0 (or in fact a negative understanding) of financial markets such as housewives from Japan and Korea are throwing their money at it. The fact is, BTC doubled in value in less than a month and has also lost half its value within less than a month, that isn't the behaviour of a normal asset. Ripple is on a private blockchain, so it is useless to launder money with. They aren't aiming to create a cryptocurrency but they are using blockchain to create a new transfer system. You can consider XRP to be similar to a stock owning the RippleNetwork but without voting rights or cash dividends.
  20. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504851.2014.995359?scroll=top&needAccess=true
  21. 1. My understanding at least was that it comes from the idea that we live in an age where currencies are regulated, and an unregulated currency upsets the current order. It can also be seen as relevant to the UK because a large number of Muslims conduct foreign transactions through remittances to places like Somalia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc., and transparence in these remittances and where they are going is really important on a national level for reasons of security. 2. Extreme gharar is probably best seen as anything resembling a bubble. If price picks up suddenly for no visible and apparent reason, and a large number of experts in economics/markets call an event a bubble, then it holds extreme gharar. 3. With crypto in general numerous experts have stated that it is primarily used for money laundering, typically for drugs, illegal weapons and other services outside the scope of the law. It may be accepted for use by various vendors, but BTC transactions by these entities are far and few. Re US dollar benefitting from the stuff you mention: the primary driver of the US dollar is by and large the US consumer market, which remains until today the largest in the world. To put it simply, the situation you describe of the US dollar is the inverse of Bitcoin. I would say probably less than 0.01% of US dollar dealings go into sketchy stuff with 99.99% being with normal things, whereas with Bitcoin it is likely the inverse (0.01% in normal stuff and 99.99% in sketchy). edit: bad maths
  22. Bitcoin had a massive tumble today - 27%. Expect more drops as more clampdowns are rolled out.
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