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Securing SSH Connection

If we think SSH Server default configuration are secure enough, perhaps it just a matter of time before some stranger can connect to our server. Because SSH default configuration can't give you full protection.

There are several ways to secure our SSH Connection. We can use all of it or if we prefer to choose one of it just try, it rather than trust to your SSH default configuration.

1. SSH server for default using port 22. Use other port such port 222, port 333 or other ports. Change the default port in sshd_config.

[email protected]:~$ sudo vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

# What ports, IPs and protocols we listen for
Port 22

2. Dont allow root login, edit sshd_config again and set 'no' for root login or you can block it.

# Authentication:
LoginGraceTime 120
PermitRootLogin yes
StrictModes yes

Having a Sex Change Operation: Is My Conversion Acceptable?

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. This is a question I was just wondering about, if a man has a sex change and later in life he/she wants to become Muslim, is it acceptable? And would he have to reverse the sex change or can he/she just live her life as a woman? Jazakum Allahu Khayran.

Answer (Sheikh Muhammad NurAbdullah):

Mahr Too Low

Question :

 As salamu 'alaykum,

I am engaged to be married soon. My future husband and his family have said that it is a tradition in their family to give the bride $500 for the mahr (dowry) at the time of nikah (Islamic marriage). Although I am not the type of person to demand a lot from my husband, this amount seems low to me - especially since my future husband has a good job and is reasonably wealthy. I do not know what to do about this, as I don't know the Islamic ruling on the amount of mahr. Should I say something to him and his family, or should I just settle for whatever amount they give me? I would appreciate any advice regarding this issue. Jazakallah, and thank you for all your good work on this website.

Marriage in Safar or Muharram: Prohibited?

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. I wanted to ask if there is any restriction in Islam that prohibits us from getting married in the month of Safar or the month of Muharram. Also, can you please clarify if it is true that in the month of Safar many problems and evils come down to the earth? If this is true, can you please quote a hadith or Qur'anic verse? Please answer this question as my family and I myself have a lot of misconceptions about it. I am very thankful to you.

Levels of Jihad

Question :

Dear Sheikh, As-Salamu `Alykum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuh. What are the levels of Jihad?

Answer (Sheikh Muhammad `Ali Al-Hanooti) :

Wa`alykum As-Salaamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Experiencing a Wet Dream During Hajj

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum.

What should I do if I have a wet dream (ihtilam in Arabic) during Hajj?