Random Characters In My PDFs?

Over the years, a number of people have asked me regarding the PDFs found here on my blog and the seemingly random characters they contain within. Since not many people venture to the My Work … page (links located in the menu bar at the top of the page and also at the top of the sidebar on the right), I thought I’d post up this notice and sticky it so that it’s the first post people see when they visit my blog.

So, if you’re seeing some seemingly random characters throughout the PDF articles I post here, it’s because you’re missing the font needed for it to display correctly. The usual culprit is the Arabesque II font, which is a font set that contains symbols for Arabic phrases such as subhanah wa ta’ala‘azz wa jallsallallah ‘alaih wa sallamradiyallah ‘anhu/ha/hum/huma, rahimahullah, and many others. Another possible culprit, but one which I haven’t heard being a problem, is the Times Ext Roman font. This is an extension to the Times New Roman font, which is pretty standard for all computers and devices. It contains diacritically marked characters (dots, squiggles and other accents over or above the characters) that aren’t included in the regular Times font set.

If you’re missing either of these fonts, head over to the aforementioned page (My Work …). You’ll find a link to a zip file containing the Arabesque TrueType (.ttf) font file and a link to an exe file that will install the Times Ext Roman font onto your computer.

Install both these font sets and the PDFs should display as they’re intended to.

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The New Home & Other Things …

I’m posting this from work, so I’ll keep things short and sweet, so to speak.

I had intended to post up right after the move to the new digs, but I figured since my blog’s kind of dead that I didn’t need to rush to really give any updates right away—it’s not like I get tons of visitors here any how.

For those of you wondering (and who aren’t on my friends list on Facebook and thus, already know), the move went well. We’re finally starting to feel settled in at the new apartment we call home. I finally got around to unpacking my library last week and have shelved all my books. Everything’s pretty much organized how I want it, save the English books and the Arabic paperbacks—we just shelved them in no particular order and have to go through organizing them at another date. With that done, we’ve got all the important things unboxed and in place—and Allah’s is the praise! There are still some things to unpack, but there’s really no rush at the moment.

As for getting back to translating, I opened up the one I’m was working on last (al-Qawl al-Mufhim li man Ankar Maqalah Nusahhih wa La Nahdim) and did a few lines the other day, but other than that I haven’t gotten around to doing anything substantial. Not sure if I will be any time soon either. We’ll see though.

I’ll post up again later with more updates if need be and hopefully, we’ll see if I can get this blog going again.

Just a Little Update

My blog’s been dead the last little while. Sorry about that for those who still visit to see what I post; may Allah reward and bless you for giving me the attention. Back in October I returned to work after taking roughly about 9 months off for parental leave. This is one of the main reasons behind my blog’s inactivity. Another big contributing factor is that my family and I are preparing to move to a new apartment at the end of next month; just about the entirety of my library has already been packed, sealed, and moved into a storage locker waiting for moving day.

Just to fill you guys in on what I’m hoping to post in the (hopefully) near future, prior to returning back to work I was working on translating one of the papers written by Shaikh Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribi that are found in his compilation of rebuttals to Shaikh Rabi’ bin Hadi al-Madkhali, namely his treatise titled al-Qawl al-Mufhim Li Man Ankar Maqalah Nusahhih Wa La Nahdim; I got about half way through it before having to take a break. I’m hoping to get started on it again after the move, Allah willing. We’ll see though.

New Look for May 2010

As should be pretty obvious, I’ve changed the theme for my blog. I’ve been wanting to do so for a few years now, but since I’m not paying to use WordPress or any of its custom services, my theme options are pretty limited and I haven’t found that one theme that I’m completely satisfied with, including both the old one I’ve used for years as well as this new one, which WordPress introduced to its users quite some time ago.

As gay as it is, I’ve also decided to try out this poll feature that WordPress added a while back as well. Those of you who visit regularly (or those of you who don’t) can vote on which of the two themes you like best. The poll’s after the break, so vote, vote, vote. Or don’t … it doesn’t really matter; I’m just bored. Poll’s open for about a week, then it should close automatically or something like that.

Oh yeah, regular visitors to my blog will also  notice a couple of new widgets off to the right. I’ve added a subscription thingy for those who want to receive updates via email. There’s also a top rated widget that will show the top rated posts and comments found on my blog. I’m not sure how this last one will work, but we’ll see.

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Update from the Land of Tea & Crumpets

I thought I’d post an update since my blog’s been pretty dead since we left Toronto nearly a month ago. For those who care and are wondering …

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How I Be, For Those Wondering

For those of you wondering how I be …

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London, UK, Here I Come!

I’ll be heading over the pond to visit the in-laws in London, UK. I leave tonight, arriving @ Gatwick airport tomorrow morning. I will be staying (primarily in East London) for about 40 (!!) days (hehe), returning to Toronto during the first week of September.

I know I haven’t been posting too frequently, but since my mother and father-in-laws don’t have internet access at their home, it’ll probably be a while longer before I post another article or something. I’ll be bringing my laptop over with me though, so hopefully, I’ll be able to get some “work” done and have some new articles translated for your reading enjoyment. The laptop needs to be repaired though, so if any of you know of brothers who can repair laptops for cheap in East London, don’t hesitate to give me a shout; I think the FL inverter board or something needs to be replaced … screen works, but it’s very dark—practically black. If I can get it working properly, I should be able to get some stuff translated while I’m over there.

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