How to Backup and Restore Windows 8
There are several good programs that help you do the backup and restore operations in Windows, but nothing beats the free offer of having the feature built-in.
Yes, there is still a way to produce a full backup and restore of your Windows 8 system, apart from the “File History” feature that selectively saves your files. Here is how to do it.
Step 1: Open up your Control Panel and choose “Select backup copies of your files with File History”
Step 2: Click the link at the bottom: “System Image Backup”.
Step 3: Select a destination for your backup: hard drive, set of DVDs or network location. Note that the network location cannot be guaranteed to be secure.
Step 4: Proceed with the backup. It might take a while, since this is a fairly large operation.
Step 5: The restore procedure is done via the “Advanced Startup” service existing in Windows 8.
To invoke that, either reboot holding one of the shift keys, or proceed to the “Settings” app, and choose “Update and recovery”, “Recovery” and select “Advanced Startup”.
Step 6: Click “Restart now”. Your computer will reboot in “Advanced startup” mode.
Step 7: Select “Troubleshoot”. Select “Advanced Options”, then “System Image Recovery”. Windows 8 will enter into image restore mode, and you will be prompted for the image created as we described earlier.
Result: That’s it! You now know how to backup and restore your Windows 8 system.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to backup and restore Windows 8.
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How to Set a Homepage on Internet Explorer
Changing your homepage on Internet Explorer is a simple process that can really improve your browsing experience
Learning how to set a homepage on internet explorer can be a great way to customize your browser so you get to see the content that you want when you load the program.
Step 1: Visit the Website you Want as Your Homepage
First, start Internet Explorer. Navigate to the page that you want to set as your homepage. In this example we are going to be setting the homepage to the BBC website at “www.bbc.co.uk”.
Step 2: Opening the Change Home Page Window
In the tabs bar on the right hand side you will notice a small icon that looks like a house. Next to this is a small arrow pointing downward. Click on this arrow, then in the menu that appears click the “Add or Change Home Page…” option.
Step 3: Set the Homepage
This will open the “Add or Change Homepage” window. You will have two options to choose from in the window. Select the top one, “Use this webpage as your only homepage”. Click “Yes”. This is how to set a homepage on internet explorer.
Step 4: Testing the Homepage Change
To make sure that the change has taken place, navigate to any other website. Once this page has loaded, click the same “house” icon that we saw earlier. This will take you to your homepage which will be the page we just set, in this case the BBC website.
Watch the video below and easily learn how to set your homepage on Internet Explorer …
Between Islam and Man-Made Religions
The skeptical may call the validity of religion into question and ask, Why do the answers which religion provide appear unsatisfactory? Why is there too much bickering among religious factions? Why is religion incapable of coming to terms with science (pejoratively “scientism”)?
And why is it sometimes reality-resistant?
Questions like these certainly ascribe an indelible passivity to religion and religious attitude. Admittedly, those bombarded by such questions have ample evidence to support their case.
Religion has indeed, at different historical intervals, been the source of many plights. Oppressive wars were waged in the name of religion; religious chauvinism, brutal inquisitions, persecution of scientists, and conflict with reason, facts, and sometimes common sense count among the atrocities that have incurred the displeasure of many people.
But, and this is very important, which religion are we talking about here? Are we referring to a particular religion or religion in all its forms and manifestations?
Kinds of Religion
Here rises the need to draw the line between two kinds of religion: Conventional Religion and True Religion. By contrasting these two, the reader may have correctly jumped to the conclusion that conventional religion – not true religion – is our enemy. In this regard, John E. Boodin wrote:
“Conventional religion has often joined in conspiracy with men’s passions, reinforcing their blindness by somnolent acquiescence or misdirected devotion, following the flag of man’s selfish lust for power. But for true religion no ideal short of humanity can suffice. Its cause must be the common good of man. Its loyalty is limited by no national or race boundaries. For there can be no true loyalty to a nation which is not at the same time loyal to humanity. We can worship no national god. Spiritually and materially our destiny is interlinked.”(1)
We can expound on Boodin’s informative differentiation to gain a further understanding of the character of conventional religion. Conventional religion can be the invention of culture and local tradition, a distorted version/interpretation/application of true religion, or an alloy of both.
In the forthcoming pages, we will address key factors which have contributed significantly to the evolution of conventional religion. In each case, I will cite particular religions as an example. Before we exit this part, let us bear in mind one vital fact.
Conventional religion, as opposed to true religion, lacks two crucial features: universal applicability and the capacity to preserve its genuineness. These two features characterize true religion. They underpin the religion’s capacity to meet the various needs of mankind while preserving its identity and genuine character.
Conventional religion, on the other hand, is influenced but hardly influences, is continuously shaped but rarely shapes human life without compromising its genuineness or falling short of meeting certain needs. People, culture, folklore, and politics invent this religion or, like a piece of clay, mould a once true religion into whatever form they wish. Stewart Means cites the example of Christianity:
“Christianity itself has already been deeply influenced by some of the changes which have taken place. The great forces of history press steadily upon all the institutions of society, and the form or expression of the religious life is profoundly affected by the movements of thought or changes in sentiment which take place in human society.”(2)
True Religion, i.e. Islam
On the other hand, true religion, although flexibly responsive to diverse human needs, is capable of maintaining its defining features. It regulates change but does not open the gates wide to every change. It modifies ideologies and aligns them to serve its own goals, but never compromises its genuine character. Earnest Gellner, the British philosopher and anthropologist, cites the example of Islam:
“To say that secularization prevails in Islam is not contentious. It is simply false. Islam is as strong now as it was a century ago. In some ways, it is probably much stronger…Why should one particular religion be so markedly secularization-resistant? This is an important question…To continue the argument: in Islam, we see a pre-industrial faith, a founded, doctrinal, world religion in the proper sense, which, at any rate for the time being, totally and effectively defies the secularization thesis. So far, there is no indication that it will succumb to secularization in the future either.”(3)
Before we conclude, it is of paramount importance that we settle the case between man and religion. Before accusing religion of any evil or passivity, we must prosecute the main culprit, and if we are to incriminate a particular party then that party is man. Human beings are key players in creating conventional religion. The human factor has either taken the form of ’distorting’ the true religion or ‘rejecting’ it while subsequently replacing it with a new metamorphosed one.
In some cases the former (distortion) has led to the latter (rejection), as in the case of Christianity. The fierce struggle between the Church and the Enlightenment movement gave rise to secularism, where religion became effectually incapacitated.
Evidently, it turns out that religion, which happens to be an integral human need, is neither evil by nature nor a steady source of ills. We alone are responsible for aking our experience, our interpretation, our understanding of religion hell on earth. James H. Leuba perceptively wrote:
“With chemicals one may cure, or kill; with high-power propaganda one may enlighten and thus promote brotherhood, or deceive and thus arouse angry passions. Failure to employ the means at our disposal for the general good is the root cause of the present distressing situation”(4).
(1) Boodin, John E. (1915) The Function of Religion. The Biblical World, Vol. 46, No. 2, (Aug.), p. 71-72, The University of Chicago Press.
(2) Means, Stewart (1913) The Future of Religion. The Harvard Theological Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, (Jul.), p. 326, Cambridge University Press.
(3) Gellner, Ernest (1992) Postmodernism, Reason and Religion, Routledge, London & New York, p. 5, 18.
(4) Leuba, James H. (1950) The Reformation of the Churches, Boston, p.3.
The article is an excerpt from the author’s book: “The Only Way Out (A Guide for the Truth Seeker)”, Cooperative Office for Call & Guidance at Juball (2010)
What Should We Do to Support Muslims in the Central African Republic?
By Editorial Staff
With sorrow and a sense of grief, we watch a further episode of persecution, genocide and torture suffered by our brothers in the Central African Republic on both religious and ethnic bases.
It is an utter disgrace to all mankind at such a time which we thought that such wars contradicting all laws, religious and national traditions and charters of human rights have become outdated. Such sorrow is deepened by such absolute international ignorance of what is going on as if those people were not such human beings who have the freedom of choice and religion.
While the attitude of the Western and non-Muslim worlds is disgraceful enough, the attitude of the Muslim world, mainly the Muslim scholars, Da`iyahs and preachers, is much more shameful. We are a body-like community, which if one member thereof complains of something the whole body will, as a result, suffer sleeplessness and fever as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) put it.
We will have no excuse to offer before Allah, the Almighty, for our negligence and failure to support our brothers who are annihilated, burned and dismembered alive given the multiplicity and diversity of the ways of support, which has no longer been restricted to the traditional form involving carrying weapons and withstanding aggressors.
Role of Da`iyahs
In the age of globalization and governance, we have several means for supporting our brothers; hence comes the role of da`iyahs in particular, given their influence over the community and loud voice echoing all over the Muslim world.
More specifically, here are some ways and means which da`iyahs should use to support their brothers in the Central African Republic in particular and all Muslims persecuted all over the world who are recently increasing in number in general:
1- Da`iyahs should awaken the community to play its desirable and suitable role through stressing the values of philanthropy and the civilized advancement milestones. Towards this end, they should master the jurisprudence of priorities and develop their discourse in line with the challenges facing the community.
2- Da`iyahs should focus on the one-body discourse so that they will arouse the overall brotherhood spirit which exceed borders, regions and barriers to such an extent that a Muslim will empathize with his brother’s pain no matter how apart the countries and homelands may be.
3- Da`iyahs should spread the word about the events taking place in the Central African Republic and similar events and put them in such a suitable context which fits in with the bigness of the event among the events and disasters afflicting the community as a whole. Thus, we should not be distracted altogether by a political problem in one country from killing, burning and sabotage taking place in another country.
4- The issue handling methods should be diversified using the available possibilities and means. Towards this end, the Internet, satellite channels, direct sermons and other methods should be utilized.
5- Da`iyahs can launch campaigns pressurizing the governments and the officials into playing a role in supporting those persecuted Muslims.
6- The human rights centers and associations all over the world should be addressed and got to face up to responsibility and play their role in this crisis.
7- Campaigns should be launched and public opinion should be molded in the Western countries especially those supporting war against Muslims to embarrass their governments before their peoples and cause them to reduce their support for criminals.
8- Economic boycott can be imposed on the countries supporting war on the Central African Muslims.
9- Lawsuits can be brought before the international courts which are competent to try war criminals.
10- The events taking place in the Central African Republic should be exploited to explain the difference between our Islamic religion based on justice, tolerance and the acceptance and containment of the other, illustrating the Islamic etiquette, values and ethics at war which prohibit cutting down trees or killing animals, not to mention killing non-combatant people on the one hand and what is going on now against Muslims at the hands of the followers of the other religions who sometimes draw near to their Lord and get promoted among the clergy through such inhumane practices on the other hand.
Finally, such are some suggestions which Allah inspired me to bring forward to my fellow da`iyahs. They are subject to addition and modification according to the conditions, locality and environment of each da`iyah.
I pray to Allah, the Almighty, to employ us to support His religion, not to replace us with other people and enable us to support our brothers and stop their bloodshed. Truly, He is Omnipotent, Almighty.
Giving Da`wah: Inspiring Examples from History
In the past, the Muslim Ummah was a leading nation in justice and tolerance.
It is narrated that when Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas (may Allah be pleased with him) conquered Hims (a city in Syria), he collected the jizyah (taxes) from its people, who were Christians. Then he was ordered to leave the city to someone else. Before he left, he returned the taxes back to them saying: ”We collected this money in return of your protection but now we are leaving so you take it back”.
Upon seeing this they were amazed and said : ”No one has ever treated us like this, neither the Romans nor the Persians” and they all entered Islam.
The Caliph `Umar ibn Abdul `Aziz (may Allah be pleased with him) was a bright example of the just ruler. During his Caliphate, poverty was eradicated, maybe for the first time in history, and Muslims could not find poor people to give them the zakat.
At his time, so many non-Muslims entered Islam that some of his governors complained of the lack of jizyah (tax on non-Muslims) revenue. He sent to them that Allah had sent Muhammad to mankind as a guide not a tax collector.
There are ample examples from history, still I do not claim that the Muslim nation was exemplary at all times; I know there were periods in history in which it deviated from its path. But what I want to stress is that da`wah for Islam is vital for the well-being of the Muslim Ummah; if da`wah declines, the entire Ummah declines. The opposite is also true; if the Ummah declines, the da`wah will certainly decline.
At present, the da`wah delivered by Muslim countries is confined in running mosques, supervising Islamic studies, or directing and supporting various da`wah activities in non-Muslim societies. However, Muslims efforts are not united and lacking coordination; furthermore their work in Da`wah is not adequate and focusing mainly on helping Muslims minorities.
If the Muslim Ummah works hard in the right direction, it can restore its position as a da`iah nation in spite of the discouraging political realities of the Islamic world at present.
This can only be achieved when the Muslim Ummah fully recognizes that its sole mission in this world is not only to achieve political power and economic advantages but basically to deliver Allah’s message to mankind, and be a model nation in justice, tolerance, humanitarian services, good dealings, respect of people’s rights, …etc.
The first step for the Muslim Ummah is to return to the true Islam as the only source of power and dignity. Islam alone can end the state of powerlessness and desperation that has swept over the Islamic world, and it alone can resurrect the spirit of faith and struggle.
The fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the entire world at present, in spite of the adverse conditions in the Islamic world, is one of the most reassuring signs that Muslim Ummah will succeed in restoring its position in the near future.
For Successful Da`wah
Muslims have to make sincere efforts to change their poor circumstances. Muslims should stop blaming the others for their weakness; their main attention should be centered on resolving the problems that led to their decline; to correct the poor political, economic, and social conditions that have afflicted all Islamic countries without exception.
Elimination of oppression, dictatorship, autocracy, tyranny, illiteracy and poverty must be our top priorities. The Muslim Ummah must apply Islam by protecting the life, wealth, honor, mind, and religion of every individual belongs to it whether a Muslim or a non-Muslim.
Muslims have to establish a system based on the principles and teachings of Islam; a system that convinces the world of the supreme nature of Islam by translating Islamic ideals, values, practices, rules and laws, into beautiful realties.
When the non-Muslims nations see Muslims excelling in civilizations, organization, and values, and capable of providing solutions for the problems of humanity, tolerant and peaceful, as a result of applying Islam, then, multitudes of people are expected to turn to Islam and embrace it.
The article is excerpted from the author’s A Guide to Giving Da’wah To Non-Muslims”, Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait.
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Do Miracles Imply Divinity?
Some associate Jesus with divinity because he performed miracles. Many Unitarian Christians and all Muslims point out that Jesus did indeed perform miracles, but by the will of God and not through any divine powers of his own. To repeat the quote of Acts 2:22:
“Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves also know” (Italics mine)
Then will Allah say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favor to you and to your mother. Behold! I strengthened you with the holy spirit, so that you spoke to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold! I taught you the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel. And behold! You made out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and you breathed into it, and it became a bird by My leave, and you healed those born blind, and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! You brought forth the dead by My leave.(Al-Ma’idah 5:110)
The Islamic perspective is that miracles can be God-given signs of prophethood, but don’t imply divinity. Hadith(narrations of the words, deeds, appearance, and tacit approvals of Muhammad) relate numerous miracles of Muhammad (peace be with upon him) with greater historical authenticity than found in biblical manuscripts. While the science of Hadith authentication is regarded as a wonder of historical record-keeping, the Bible doesn’t satisfy many of the most basic standards of historical accuracy.
For example, the authors of most of the books of the Bible (gospels included) are unknown, the time period in which they were written is ill-defined, and the source of much of the information is ambiguous. These issues will be discussed later at greater length, but just as a small teaser, let’s examine the story of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus to the chief priests.
Who was the author, and why should we believe him? Was he present at the betrayal? If not, then where did he get his information? And if so, and he didn’t alert Jesus, then isn’t he a partner to the crime? And what kind of a gospel author would that be?
Sounds silly? Maybe. But then again, isn’t it sillier to trust salvation to a compilation of gospels and letters of unknown origin and authorship?
The Jesus Seminar is perhaps one of the most objective and sincere attempts of an ecumenical council of Christian scholars to determine the authenticity of the recorded acts and sayings of Jesus. Yet their methodology involves casting votes!
Two thousand years after the ministry of Jesus, nearly two hundred scholars are formulating a collective Christian opinion regarding the reliability of the quotes and historical reports of Jesus by casting colored beads. For example, as regards the reported words of Jesus, the definitions of the bead colors are as follows:
Red—Jesus said it or something very close to it. Pink—Jesus probably said something like it, although his words have suffered in transmission. Gray—these are not his words, but the ideas are close to his own. Black—Jesus did not say it; the words represent the Christian community or a later point of view.1
Other Christian committees have attempted to authenticate Bible texts by similar methodologies. The editors of the United Bible Societies’ The Greek New Testament: Second Edition are alphabetically minded:
By means of the letters A, B, C, and D, enclosed within “braces” at the beginning of each set of textual variants the Committee has sought to indicate the relative degree of certainty, arrived at the basis of internal considerations as well as of external evidence, for the reading adopted as the text. The letter A signifies that the text is virtually certain, while B indicates that there is some degree of doubt. The letter C means that there is a considerable degree of doubt whether the text of the apparatus contains the superior reading, while D shows that there is a very high degree of doubt concerning the reading selected for the text.2
Bruce M. Metzger describes using similar methodology in his A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. “In fact,” he writes, “among the D decisions sometimes none of the variant readings commended itself as original, and therefore the only recourse was to print the least unsatisfactory reading.”3
Now doesn’t that give us a warm, secure feeling in trusting the Bible with the salvation of mankind?
But I digress. The point is that these ranking systems are probably about the best possible, given the limitations of the biblical record, but what a sad comment that is! Compared to the exquisitely refined system of Hadith authentication, these colored-bead and A-B-C-D classification systems are a bit wanting, to say the least.
The historical record keeping is relevant, for when a person hears a story—even a credible story at that—the first question is usually “Where did you hear that?” Any reasonable set of historical standards includes the identification and verification of sources. The Qur’an and many Hadith traditions satisfy the highest degrees of authentication. But the majority of Bible verses don’t.
How does this relate to the issue at hand? Simple. The miracles that occurred through Muhammad are no less numerous or impressive than those of Jesus, and are witnessed by an unimpeachable historical record that puts all others of similar time period to shame. So just as the miracles of Moses, Elisha, and Muhammad don’t imply divinity, neither do those of Jesus.
Let’s look at a few examples:
1. Jesus fed thousands with a few fish and loaves of bread, but Elisha fed a hundred people with twenty barley loaves and a few ears of corn (2 Kings 4:44); granted a widow such an abundant flow of oil from a jar that she was able to pay off her debts, save her sons from slavery, and live on the profits (2 Kings 4:1-7); and gave increase to a handful of flour and spot of oil such that he, a widow and her son had enough to eat for many days, after which “The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry …” (1 Kings 17:10-16). So what does that make Elisha? The historical record of Muhammad feeding the masses with a handful of dates on one occasion, a pot of milk on another, and enough meat for a small party on still another are equally miraculous. Likewise are the stories of his watering the masses (1,500 people on one occasion) from a single bowl of water. Yet no Muslim claims divinity for Muhammad.
2. Jesus healed the lepers. Likewise, Elisha healed Naaman (2 Kings 5:7-14). For that matter, the disciples were bidden to such service in Matthew 10:8. What does that make them?
3. Jesus cured a blind man. Elisha not only struck his enemies blind, but restored vision to the blind through prayer (2 Kings 6:17-20). Muhammad reportedly cured blindness through prayer as well.
4. Jesus raised the dead. Once again, Elisha beat him to it, having raised two children from the dead (1 Kings 17:22 and 2 Kings 4:34). Furthermore, the disciples were bidden to raise the dead (Matthew 10:8). So once again, what does that make them?
5. Jesus walked on water. Had he been around in the time of Moses, he wouldn’t have had to.
6. Jesus cast out devils. So did his disciples (Matthew 10:8). So did the sons of the Pharisees (Matthew 12:27 and Luke 11:19). So, for that matter, do the wayward followers whom Jesus will reportedly disown (see Matthew 7:22)—a disconcerting thought considering how many priests and ministers perform such theatrics, even if real.
So if we seek evidence of Jesus being divine, we are forced to look beyond miracles.
 Funk, Robert Walter. 1996. Honest to Jesus, Jesus for a New Millennium. Polebridge Press, p. 8.
 Aland, Kurt, Matthew Black, Carlo M. Martini, Bruce M. Metzger & Allen Wikgren (Editors). 1968. The Greek New Testament. Second Edition. United Bible Societies, pp. x-xi.
 Metzger, Bruce M. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. Introduction, p. 14.
Taken with kind permission from: leveltruth.com.
A graduate of Cornell University, Brown University Medical School and George Washington University Hospital residency program, Laurence B. Brown is an ophthalmic surgeon, a retired Air Force officer, and the medical director and chief ophthalmologist of a major eye center. He is also an ordained interfaith minister with a doctorate in divinity and a PhD in religion, and the author of a number of books of comparative religion and reality-based fiction. His works can be found on his website, www.LevelTruth.com.
How to Guarantee Ultimate Fulfillment
By Mike Bundrant
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”(Victor Frankl)
There may be a virtual guarantee of fulfillment in life, thanks to the miracle attitudes.
When you adopt one of the miracle attitudes, you get to feel fulfilled regardless of what is happening around you. Even extreme misfortune is no match for the miracle attitudes. This cannot be said for ordinary positive attitudes.
Another huge bonus of the miracle attitudes is that they are interchangeable. You can move back and forth among them to discover which is most fitting for whichever situation.
What are these miracle attitudes?
There are three that I am sure of:
Regardless of your external situation, even if very unfortunate, you can always find something to be grateful for. Why is this true? Because there is always a worse scenario than the one you are in, if you are still alive.
Gratitude for what you have, or how lucky you are, is an instant cure for a bad mood. As soon as you realize you can be grateful, your spirits lift and you begin to see life differently. Again, there is rarely, if ever, a circumstance when gratitude is not an option.
If you are continually grateful, however, does that mean you’re just an unrealistic fool?
Some people worry that too much gratitude will blind them to reality.
On the contrary, gratitude helps you face reality with a more open mind. You can look at the worst situation, find something to be grateful for, then proceed to solve the problems in front of you while feeling good.
I can’t think of one situation that compassion would not improve. In fact, compassion may be the universal salve. And it is always available.
Even Victor Frankl, who lost his entire family to the Nazis and endured years of torture in a concentration camp, found compassion in the midst of his darkest days. In fact, he refused to judge his captors, the murderers of his family, and found freedom and strength in his compassion for them.
If Frankl can find freedom and compassion in a torture camp, you can find it in your family and among your friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Compassion is the ability to put yourself in another’s shoes, see them as people, and understand their plight. When you do this, your inner self is moved toward love and acceptance, as opposed to resistance and resentment.
Compassion is an attitude, not a behavior. To be compassionate, you do not need to be agreeable. You just need to understand and sympathize. You can stand up for your rights, say no, respectfully decline and even lead an all-out rebellion while maintaining compassion.
Hope is not useful merely when the odds are against you, however. You can fill yourself with hope that things will turn out for the best in every situation. Doing so will put you in the right mental state to guarantee greater fulfillment. The arch-enemy of the miracle attitudes is self-sabotage. Self-sabotage steers you in the opposite direction of happiness and would have you choose the least healthy option.
Gratitude, compassion and hope are always available to reframe any situation and reorganize your thinking, so do not allow self-sabotage to ruin your chances of experiencing these miracles every day!
What Do You Know about Vector Images?
What is a vector image? And how is it different from a rasterized image?
Here’s the answer to these questions as illustrated in the video Your…
Step 1: Introducing Vector Images
In the screenshot below, we have two images on the canvas. Notice that we have made a selection of both the objects and that the object on the top is made up of anchor points. That is basically a vector image. Each and every curve, each and every line and each and every direction are represented by an anchor point.
The image below is the same as the image above, but since it’s a rasterized image, it is treated as one single object.
Step 2: Vector vs. Rasterized Image
So what is a vector image, and what makes it different from rasterized images?
If we expand the image below, you will notice that it is made up of pixels.
Therefore, when the size of the image is increased, the pixels become clearly visible, and therefore, the image gets distorted.
Step 3: Vector Image on Expansion
On the other hand, if we zoom in the vector object, you will notice that the curves are smooth. This is because vector images are drawn using lines and curves based on mathematical equations and control points. These describe the image according to its geometric characteristics.
The vector objects you create using the drawing tools in Adobe Illustrator are examples of vector graphics.
Therefore, the image can be expanded manifolds and the artwork would remain as it is.
Step 4: Vector Image Editor
Adobe Illustrator is best for working with vector images. You can edit each and every point on the artwork, change the color and move the objects according to your requirements.
Step 5: Transparency in Vectors
When talking about other features such as transparency, both vector and rasterized images are treated the same way. The only difference is that in a vector image, you can reduce the transparency of each and every component of the artwork individually, while for a rasterized image, you can only change the transparency of the whole image.
Step 6: Illustrator and Rasterized Images
But when we come back to the rasterized image, you would notice that Adobe Illustrator treats it as one single object. Therefore the artwork itself cannot be edited, you can only move around the object on the canvas.
Step 7: Rasterized to Vector Image
Alternatively, you can open up the image trace window which will help you convert a rasterized image into a vector object. You can use the many options in Illustrator, for example the High Color feature to trace an image. After that, if you expand the object from the Image trace menu, you will notice that the artwork will be editable.
These are some of the questions we will be answering in this tutorial. Hope you found this basic introduction helpful.
Personalized Da`wah: The Role and Methods
Personalized da`wah from small groups and individuals can be very effective way of delivering the message of Islam if they are qualified, well trained, and skillful in the techniques of da`wah.
This kind of da`wah of is very important because individuals and small groups can easily connect with other individuals, neighboring families, co-workers, as well as members of their communities.
Most of the da`wah activities at present are conducted by individuals and small groups.
Evidences from Qur’an and Sunnah
There are abundant evidences from both the Qur’an and Sunnah encouraging Muslim individuals, men and women, to give da`wah according to their capacities.
1- Qur’an indicates that conducting da`wah is important for maintaining our Islam and keeping ourselves away from Shirk. Allah says:
And invite to your Lord and be not of those who ascribe partners to Allah. (Al-Qasas 28:87)
And who is better, in speech, than one who invites people to Allah and does righteous deeds, and says ‘I am one of Muslims, those who submitted to God’. (Fussilat 41:33)
2- Da`wah is the most significant Sunnah of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and the way of his true followers after him. Allah (Exalted be He) says:
Say: ‘This my way: I do invite unto Allah, on clear proofs and evidence, I and whoever follows me; Glory to Allah! and never will I be of the idolaters’. (Yusuf 12:108)
O Prophet, deliver that which has been sent down to you from your Lord. If you do not, you will not have delivered His message. God will protect you from men. (Al-Ma’idah 5:6)
3- Qur’an tells that Luqman advised his son to practice da`wah saying: “Enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and be steadfast”. (Luqman 31:17)
4- Every Muslim is requested to do his best to practice da`wah to change what is wrong. It is reported that the prophet said:
“Whosoever sees something wrong let him change it by his hand (by actions), if he can not let him change it by his tongue (advice), if he cannot let him deny it by his heart (not to accept or ignore it but to keep waiting for the nearest chance to change it). This is the weakest rank of faith.” (Al-Bukhari)
5- It is also reported that the Prophet was asked “Who is the best one amongst people?” He said: “It is he who excels other people in reading the Qur’an , God-fearing, enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong, fearing Allah, and keeping good relationship with his relatives”. (Ahmad)
Methods of Personalized Da`wah
Personal Da’wah can be delivered in various ways such as teaching classes, preaching, giving lectures, engaging in dialogues, discussions and debates, writing books and articles, .., distributing pamphlets and da`wah material, exchanging visits, …, etc.
The da`iah (caller to Allah) can use appropriate da`wah medium such as press, radio, television, and internet. Of course this requires constant education, preparation and training.
In addition, to guarantee the success of Da’wah, the Dai’ah should choose the most effective methods of da`wah for the people whom he/she is targeting, according to circumstances.
For A Successful Personalized Da`wah
The key for the success of da`wah by example is consistency in words and actions. Da`iah must not contradict what he/ she preaches.
1- Allah has severely condemned those who contradict what they preach:
O you who believe why do you say that which you do not do (act according to it)? It is the most hateful in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not do. (As-Saff 61:2, 3)
2- Allah says in Qur’an rebuking the Jews:
Do you enjoin the good for mankind, while you, yourselves forget to practice it and you are reading the scripture; have you then no sense? (Al-Baqarah 2:44)
3- Al-Bukhari reported the prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“A man will be cast into the Hell; his punishment will be so severe that his intestines will rotate around him like a donkey rotating around the mill-stone. Then the people of the Fire will gather around him, and they will ask him exclaiming,
“Did you not used to enjoin the right and forbid the wrong?” He will say: “I used to enjoin the right but not do it and I used to forbid the wrong and do it”. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
However, the above evidences do not mean that the non-practicing Muslim is totally unqualified to practice da`wah.
He should practice da`wah whenever there is a chance, and at the same time he should try to correct himself. Because giving da`wah is the responsibility of everybody in the Muslim community.
The article is excerpted from the author’s A Guide to Giving Da’wah To Non-Muslims”, Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait.
How to Disable Lock and Login Screen in Windows 8
To loose your lock screen and login screen, you can use the standard Windows 8.1 option. First of all, couple of words on your Windows’ 8.1 security. Due to multiplying hacker and security breaching attempts, the sign in process in Windows 8.1 became more complicated.
But, if you’re just using computer with Windows from the safety of your home, you can manage without that screen where you have to enter the password all the time. Pay attention that same process in Windows 8 is different!
Here is how to disable lock screen and login screen on Windows 8.1 and reduce the number of steps while you’re signing into your Windows 8.1 account.
Step 1: Right-click the “Start” button and choose “Run” from the appearing little menu.
Step 2: In the “Run” window type the following “gpedit.msc” and click “OK”.
Step 3: That command invokes the Local Group Policy Editor. In its window, go to “Computer Configuration”, then “Administrative Templates”, then “Control Panel” and , finally, “Personalization”.
Step 4: Double-click “Do not display the lock screen”.
Step 5: In the new “Do not display the lock screen” window, tick “Enabled” option and click “OK”. Let’s restart our computer now. Note that the lock screen has disappeared!
Step 6: Now let’s disable the login screen. Invoke the “Run” window again and type in the following “netplwiz”. Click “OK”.
Step 7: In the newly appearing “User Accounts” window, un-tick “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”. Click “OK”. In the new little window, enter your account password twice and click “OK”.
Step 8: That’s not it:) To make the start of our work session really simple, let’s right-click on our task bar and choose “Properties”.
Step 9: In the “Taskbar and Navigation properties” window, choose “Navigation” tab and tick “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, of to the desktop instead of Start”. Click “OK”.
Result: Now, when you restart your computer, it will go directly to your desktop bypassing all other login steps. Great! You’ve just learned how to disable lock screen and login screen in Windows 8.1.
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