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The Many Health Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is one of the most impressive and potent of natural foods, with its powerful antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, garlic is one food that you should be eating every day.

The sulfur-containing compounds that give garlic its distinct smell and flavor are responsible for many of its health benefits. One of these compounds is allicin, which is thought to be one of the most powerful antioxidants around. Researchers found that as allicin decomposes, it generates a potent antioxidant that rapidly reacts with dangerous free radicals in the body, faster than any other antioxidants.

Prevent Cancer

Researchers have found that allicin is associated with fighting cancer. When alliinase and alliin (the two components that covert to allicin) were injected into a tumor cell, the reaction not only penetrated the cell but also killed it.

According to research, people who eat the most garlic and onions (a close family member to garlic) have increased protection against at least five forms of cancer, including esophageal, colon, breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. Nearly thirty studies have shown that garlic has some cancer-preventative effect, in particular for prostate and stomach cancers.

Reduce Risk of heart Disease

Several studies suggest that garlic has many beneficial effects on the heart. It helps to induce the relaxation and enlargement of blood vessels, which improves blood flow throughout the body. This can help to prevent hypertension, a potentially deadly form of high blood pressure, as well as heart attack and stroke. Garlic has been found to:

  • Lower total cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help keep blood thin, reducing the risk of blood clots and stroke
  • Lower elevated serum levels of homocysteine, according to preliminary studies. Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood, and is thought to play a key role in the risk of heart disease.

Fights Viral Infections

Garlic works like an all-round antibiotic against bacteria and viruses in the body. Studies have found it is effective at killing antibiotic-resistance bacteria, including MRSA, but unlike antibiotics, no resistance can be built up to it so it is an absolutely safe product to use. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Women and True Education

Women and True Education
By UmAmir

Women as Mothers Revisited: A mother is the first teacher of the child. It is through women that the next generation of Muslims learn about Islam and our duties towards our Creator.

Women were inspired to study the Qur’an and the Sunnah and the Arabic language in the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. ‘A’isha radi Allahu anha said, “In the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, whenever any verse was revealed, we used to memorize the lawful and the unlawful contained in it even if we did not memorize its exact words.” (al ’iqd al-farid vol. 1 p 276) This fact may seem small, but it has great bearing on the Muslim Ummah as well as to the rest of the world, for we become bearers of the Truth, al haq.

Living in the west, we find ourselves looking at handbooks on parenting and even motherhood. Why should anyone, let alone a mother, need a handbook for the care of an infant? Mothers are supposed to be a guide to the nature of human nature itself! One would think that manuals were only for new pieces of machinery or new cars, but certainly not for newborn infants! It’s a bizarre fact of life nowadays at the thought that one needs lessons on how to raise a healthy child. It is more so a symptom of some sickness in society, or in the ways of the world.

As Muslims, our definition of education is to increase in knowledge in Islam in order that we may strengthen our faith and understanding of our purpose in this life. Education begins at the breast. It is the only way it could begin. Allah said in the Qur’an: “And we have enjoined on man to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years– give thanks to Me and to your parents. Unto Me is the final destination.” 31:14

“The carrying of the child to his weaning is a period of thirty months.” 46:15

These verses indicate the importance of the role and function of the mother in Islam. The following may shed some light on the verses. While nursing, the infant is held close, talked to or sang to. All five senses in the infant come alive simultaneously. As the baby remains attached to his/her first teacher, the learning process affects not just the baby’s future ability to speak, but in its potential to listen in a rhythmical way as a result of the mother’s heartbeat and breathing. These are ingrained on the infant’s consciousness.

Notice that inside the home on one ever teaches language to an infant? It does not matter whether it is an Arabic speaking or a Chinese speaking home. An infant learns by listening to the articulation of sounds being in close contact with the mother’s heart. The mother’s words and sentences are embedded in the infant’s mind. Each time the mother utters something, the infant mirrors those sounds. Each time the mother responds to the infant’s plea for aide, the infant absorbs his or her mother’s response as a form of trust. How is this related to education one might ask? Hikma, or wisdom, is highly dependent on trust, for a true wisdom can only be imparted through the trustworthiness of the teacher. This is learned for the very first time between mother and child.

Historically, we notice that as the mother increasingly moved out of the home especially during the arrival of the industrial revolution, institutions gradually took over the mother’s role in the child’s life. For example, by the late 19th century a kindergarten movement was already in full effect while preschool activity took place in World War II. In both time frames, mothers left the home for the workplace, an occurrence completely alien to Islamic tradition. This paved the way for the breakdown of literacy and what it meant to be truly literate. With the mother gone from the home, a disastrous break occurred. A crucial piece connecting the child to its ultimate development in learning falls apart. How could a teacher and a bottle possibly replace the mother and the breast?

Certainly Muslims have not been exempted from this disastrous break up between mother and child. Many Muslim countries have likewise befallen to the arrival of the industrial revolution. Therefore, we as Muslim women need to bear this in mind before we speak of seeking secular education. We need to re-examine our purpose in life and put before us a goal greater than to satisfy our never ending drive for recognition as being a “successful woman”.
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English Quran Translation – Abdul Baset, Pickthall & Naeem Sultan

Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Raheem
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Arabic with corresponding English Meanings. Recitation By Abdul Baset Abdul Samad “Tajweed”. Translated by: Marmaduke Pickthall. The translation is read By Naeem Sultan.

Chapter 001 – Surah al-Faatiha

Chapter 036 – Surah Yaa-Seen

Chapter 087 – Surah al-A’laa
Chapter 088 – Surah al-Ghaashiyah
Chapter 089 – Surah al-Fajr
Chapter 090 – Surah al-Balad
Chapter 091 – Surah ash-Shams
Chapter 092 – Surah al-Layl
Chapter 093 – Surah ad-Duha
Chapter 094 – Surah ash-Sharh
Chapter 095 – Surah at-Teen
Chapter 096 – Surah al-’Alaq
Chapter 097 – Surah al-Qadr
Chapter 098 – Surah al-Bayyinah
Chapter 099 – Surah az-Zalzaalah
Chapter 100 – Surah al-’Aadiyaat
Chapter 101 – Surah al-Qaari’ah
Chapter 102 – Surah at-Takaathur
Chapter 103 – Surah al-’Asr
Chapter 104 – Surah al-Humazah
Chapter 105 – Surah al-Feel
Chapter 106 – Surah Quraysh
Chapter 107 – Surah al-Maa’un
Chapter 108 – Surah al-Kawthar
Chapter 109 – Surah al-Kaafirun
Chapter 110 – Surah an-Nasr
Chapter 111 – Surah al-Masad
Chapter 112 – Surah al-Ikhlaas
Chapter 113 – Surah al-Falaq
Chapter 114 – Surah an-Naas

Source : http://steps2paradise.blogspot.com/2009/08/english-quran-translation-abdul-baset.html


 
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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in ISLAM

 

The Wedding of Fatima (r)

By Moulana M. Saleem Dhorat, with notes (in blue) from the webmaster

Fatimah (Radhiallaahu மnha) was the youngest daughter of our beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu மlayhi Wasallam). Out of all the children, he was the most beloved to him. He said, ‘The Queen of the ladies in Jannat is Faatimah.’ He also said, ‘Faatimah is part of my body. Whoever grieves her, grieves me.’

When Faatimah (Radhiallaahu மnha) reached the age of fifteen, proposals for her marriage began to come from high and responsible families. But the Prophet (Sallallaahu மlayhi Wasallam) remained irresponsive.

Ali (Radhiallaahu மnhu), who was 21 at the time, says: It occurred to me that I should go and make a formal proposal, but then I thought, ‘How could this be accomplished, for I possess nothing.’ At last, encouraged by the Prophet’s kindness, I went to him and expressed my intention to marry Faatima (Radhiyallaahu Anha). The Prophet (Sallallaahu மlayhi Wasallam) was extremely pleased and asked, ‘மli! Do you possess anything to give her in Mahr?’ I replied, ‘Apart from a horse and an armour I possess nothing.’

The Prophet (Sallallaahu மlayhi Wasallam) said, ‘A soldier must, of course, have his horse. Go and sell away your armour.’

So, மli (Radhiallaahu மnhu) went and sold his armour to Uthmaan (Radhiallaahu மnhu) for 480 Dirham and presented it to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu மlayhi Wasallam). Bilaal (Radhiallaahu மnhu) was ordered by the Prophet (Sallallaahu மlayhi Wasallam) to bring some perfume and a few other things and Anas (Radhiallaahu மnhu) was sent to call Abu Bakr, Uthmaan, Talhah, Zubayr with some companions from the Ansaar (Radhiallaahu மnhum).

When these men arrived and had taken their seats, the Prophet (Sallallaahu மlayhi Wasallam) recited the Khutbah (sermon) of Nikaah and gave Faatimah (Radhiallaahu மnha) in marriage to மli (Radhiallaahu மnhu). He announced, ‘Bear you all witness that I have given my daughter Faatimah in marriage to மli for 400 Mithqaal of silver and மli has accepted.’ He then raised his head and made Duநூ saying, ‘O Allah, create love and harmony between these two. Bless them and bestow upon them good children.’ after the Nikaah, dates were distributed.

When the time came for Faatimah (Radhiallaahu மnha) to go to மli’s (Radhiallaahu மnhu) house, she was sent without any clamour, hue and cry accompanied Umm Ayman (Radhiallaahu மnhu). After the னesha Salaat, the Prophet (Sallallaahu மlayhi Wasallam) went to their house, took permission and entered. He asked for a basin of water, put his blessed hands into it and sprinkled it on both மli (Radhiallaahu மnhu) and Faatimah (Radhiallaahu மnha) and made Duநூ for them.

The sovereign of both worlds gave his beloved daughter a silver bracelet, two Yemeni sheets, four mattresses, one blanket, one pillow, one cup, one hand-grinding mill, one bedstead, a small water skin and a leather pitcher.

In this simple fashion, the wedding of the daughter of the leader of the worlds was solemnised. In following this Sunnah method, a wedding becomes very simple and easy to fulfill.
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Imam Bukhari (194 – 265)

By: Shaykh al-Hadîth `Allâma Ghulâm Rasûl Sa`îdî
Translated by: `Allâmah Ishfaq Alam Qadri and M. Iqtidar

After the Sahâbah al-kirâm, Imâm al-Bukhârî ranks as the most eminent of those pious people who have conferred endless bliss upon the Ummah of the Holy Prophet sallallâhu `alayhi wa sallam. The greatest evidence of this is the book of Ahâdîth an-Nabawî he compiled, commonly known as Sahîh al-Bukhârî. It is universally acknowledged as the most authentic book after the Holy Qur’ân. So long as their is one Muslim left on the Earth, the blessings of Imâm Bukhârî will have a place in his or her Îmân and Islâm. Let us briefly examine below a short survey of his life and works.

His Early Years

Imâm al-muhaddithîn Hadrat Imâm Abû `Abdullâh Muhammad ibn Ismâ`îl al-Bukhârî was born on the 13th of the Islâmic month of Shawwâl, 194AH, in the famous city of Bukhara, of the land “beyond the canal” – present day Uzbekistan -. The father of Imâm Bukhârî, Ismâ`îl ibn Ibrâhîm ibn Mughîrah al-Ja`fî, was a great muhaddith and ascetic from whom he inherited his characteristics of literary zeal and excellence. During infancy his father passed away and his mother took on the entire responsibility of bringing him up. Imâm Bukhârî became blind at a young age. He had recourse to many famous and skilled doctors of his time but their treatments made no difference. His mother was a pious worshipper and a righteous woman. She cried out for help in the court of Allâh the Almighty, for her child and begged for the restoration of his eyesight. At last, “the river of mercy flowed over her,” and Almighty Allâh accepted her invocation. One night, she visited Ibrâhîm `alayhis-salâm in a dream and was told, “Allâh has restored the sight of your son because of your intense and beautiful invocations.” In the morning, as Imâm Bukhârî got up from his bed, glimmers of light reached out into his eyes.

Primary Education and  Interest in Hadîth

When Imâm Bukhârî reached the age of ten and after acquiring his elementary education, Almighty Allâh inserted the interest in the science of Ahadîth into his heart and he obtained admission in the Hadîth class of Bukhara. He obtained his educations after vigorous study. A year later, he had such a good retention of the text and chains of transmission of Ahâdîth, that sometimes teachers got their corrections from him. Imâm Bukhârî had been acquiring religious education with competance and swiftness and at the tender age of sixteen, he had completely learnt by heart the books of `Abdullâh ibn al-Mubârak, al-Wakî` and other learned companions of al-Imâm Abû Hanîfa radiyallâhu `anhum.

The Visit to the Haramayn and the Commencement of His Ahâdîth Compilation

At the age of eighteen, He visited Makkah accompanied by his mother and elder brother, Ahmad ibn Ismâ`îl. After performing the pilgrimage, his brother returned with the company of his mother, but Imâm Bukhârî stayed there for further education. Meanwhile, he wrote a book called, Qadâyâ as-Sahâbah wat-Tâbi`în. After this he went to Madînah al-munawwarah to compile the famous book of Asmâ` ar-rijâl (Names of men of   transmission) called, Târîkh al-kabîr, while sitting by the tomb of the Holy Prophet sallallâhu `alayhi wa sallam during moonlight hours. Immediately after completing this, a series of imitations had begun. Muhammad ibn Yûsaf al-Furyâbî said that at the time he had copied Târîkh al-kabîr, Imâm Bukhârî did not yet have any facial hair.

Imâm Bukhârî travelled to cities far and wide for the transmission of Ahâdîth and had gained immense knowledge while sitting far from his own country for several years. He stated himself, “To seek knowledge, I travelled to Egypt and Syria twice, Basra four times, spent six years at the Hijâz and left for Kufa and Baghdad on so many occasions accompanied by Muhaddithîn.”

His Remarkable Memory

Imâm Bukhârî was a man with a very strong memory. When we look at his memory, it is as if his body from head to toe stored it. Seeing his memory, the memory of Abû Hurayrah radiyallâhu `anhu is rekindled in the hearts of Muslims. Hashid ibn Ismâ`îl states that in his childhood: “Imâm Bukhârî used to go with us to the Scholars of Basra to listen to Ahâdîth. All of us used to write Ahâdîth down, except Imâm Bukhârî. After sixteen days, we thought about it and we condemned Imâm Bukhârî saying that, ‘you had wasted so many days work by not writing down Ahâdîth.’ Imâm Bukhârî asked us to bring our notes to him. So we all brought our notes, upon which Imâm Bukhârî began to read Ahâdîth one by one from the top of his head until he narrated to us more than fifteen thousand! Hearing these, it seemed that Imâm Bukhârî was reteaching us all of the Ahâdîth we had noted.” Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Posted by on April 27, 2010 in ISLAM

 

An Introduction to the Science of Hadeeth

Suhaib Hasan

All Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and on his family and companions.

We have undoubtedly sent down the Reminder, and We will truly preserve it. (Al-Qur’an, Surah al-Hijr, 15:9)

The above promise made by Allah is obviously fulfilled in the undisputed purity of the Qur’anic text throughout the fourteen centuries since its revelation. However, what is often forgotten by many Muslims is that the above divine promise also includes, by necessity, the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), for it is the practical example of the implementation of the Qur’anic guidance, the Wisdom taught to the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) along with the Scripture, and neither the Qur’an nor the Sunnah can be understood correctly without recourse to the other.

Hence, Allah preserved the Qur’an from being initially lost by the martyrdom of its memorisers, by guiding the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, endorsed by the consensus of the Messenger’s Companions (may Allah bless him and grant him peace and may He be pleased with them), to compile the ayat (signs, miracles, “verses”) of the Qur’an into one volume, after these had been scattered in writing on various materials and in memory amongst many faithful hearts. He safeguarded it from corruption by its enemies: disbelievers, heretics, and false prophets, by enabling millions of believers to commit it to memory with ease. He protected its teachings by causing thousands of people of knowledge to learn from its deep treasures and convey them to the masses, and by sending renewers of His Deen at the beginning of every century. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Meaning of the Word ‘Caliph’

The The word ‘Caliph’ is the English form of the Arabic word ‘Khalifa,’ which is short for Khalifatu Rasulil-lah. The latter expression means Successor to the Messenger of God, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him). The title ‘Khalifatu Rasulil-lah’. was first used for Abu Bakr, who was elected head of the Muslim community after the death of  the Prophet.

The Significance of the Caliphate
The mission of Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him), like that of the earlier messengers of God, was to call people to the worship of and submission to the One True God. In practice, submission to God means to obey His injunctions as given in the Holy Qur’an and as exemplified by Sunnah (the practice of the Prophet). As successor to the Prophet, the Caliph was the head of the Muslim community and his primary responsibility was to continue in the path of the Prophet. Since religion was perfected and the door of Divine revelation was closed at the death of the Prophet, the Caliph was to make all laws in accordance with the Qur’an and the Sunnah. He was a ruler over Muslims but not their sovereign since sovereignty belongs to God alone. He was to be obeyed as long as he obeyed God. He was responsible for creating and maintaining conditions under which it would be easy for Muslims to live according to Islamic principles, and to see that justice was done to all. Abu Bakr, at the time he accepted the caliphate, stated his position thus:

“The weak among you shall be strong with me until their rights have been vindicated; and the strong among you shall he weak with me until, if the Lord wills, I have taken what is due from them… Obey me as long as I obey God and His Messenger. When I disobey Him and His Prophet, then obey me not.”
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To be Muslim, you need to live like one

by Ikram Kurdi

Reflection time
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This is reminder to myself and everyone that Islam is meant to be a way of life:

I’ve seen people who live as non-Muslims, think and behave like non-Muslims, but try to make up for it by giving money to Islamic charities, or by staying up on the night of Qadr. This misses the whole point of Islam.

What is the use of an Islam that doesn’t purify your heart, that doesn’t change your behavior? Doing Islamic acts of worship when a person doesn’t live as a Muslim doesn’t come from piety, it comes from greed: The person thinks he or she can enjoy this world in non-Muslim ways, and still have a good afterlife by doing these Islamic acts.

One cause of this problem is our imams, they keep telling us about these huge acts of worship that put prostitutes and all kinds of evil people into Paradise.

My advice to you: Get your Islamic knowledge and inspiration from the Quran, not from speakers and imams. I’m not saying imams are bad (far from it), they mean well, but their words can be very confusing, and they may cause you to focus on the wrong things (doing ‘good’ deeds instead of living like a Muslim).

Salaam
Source : http://www.quranclub.net

To be Muslim, you need to live like one

 

Lovesickness

Salman ibn Fahd al-’Awda

By no means is love a sickness in and of itself. Indeed, it is the only known cure for many of the problems and ailments that we as human beings suffer from. However, love can turn into an illness if it becomes obsessive, if it goes beyond its proper bounds, or if the object of love is not worthy. When such a situation develops, love indeed becomes a sickness requiring a remedy.

It is Allah’s order in the world that he sends down to it no affliction without sending down with it its cure. Love is no exception.

The treatment of this illness is as follows:

1. As with all diseases, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

This is why we must lower our gazes and resist taking a second glance at a member of the opposite sex who attracts us. Allah says: “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their chastity. That will make for greater purity for them, and Allah is acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their chastity…” [Sûrah al-Nûr: 30-31]

We can see how Allah first issues the command to believing men, then repeats the command for believing women, thus emphasizing the importance of lowering our gazes. The fact that Allah addresses members of each sex individually shows just how important and relevant this matter is to people of both sexes. Indeed, these verses are one of the few occasions where Allah addresses men and women separately in the Qur’ân.
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in ARTICLES

 
 
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