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Leave Alone what doesn’t Concern you

 

Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Indeed among the excellence of a person’s Islam is that he leaves alone that which does not concern him.” [Chapters on Zuhd: Jami At-Tirmidhi]

Abstinence from needless talk and meaningless activity is a necessary requirement of good faith and an adornment of personality which lends beauty to the faith of the person concerned.

In Fayd ul Qadeer, the author writes, “It is understood from this that from a man’s deficiency in his religion is his indulging in that which does not concern him. What should concern him is all that relates to his salvation in the Hereafter, that being Islam, emaan, and ihsan. In this way he stays safe from all forms of evil… Part of that which does not concern the worshipper is his learning fields of knowledge of lesser importance whilst leaving knowledge of greater importance, like the person who abandons knowledge which causes benefit to himself and engages himself in learning that which he could correct others with. Read the rest of this entry »

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Delicious Raw Date and Nut Bites

datesDelicious Raw Date and Nut Bites
These raw food bites make a wonderful snack and a healthy natural alternative to processed chocolate or other refined sugar-filled treats. Not only are they easy to make, they are also cheaper than similar raw organic bars available to buy.

The main ingredient in these nibbles is dates, which are one of the best natural sources of sugar available, replenishing energy and revitalizing the body naturally. Dates are packed with a huge list of nutrients, including iron, potassium, vitamin B-complex and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Dates also provide a good source of dietary fiber which promotes digestive health by cleaning out the gut, creating bulk and working as a laxative.

  • These delicious bites also contain a variety of nuts including coconut and almonds, which provide an excellent source of proteins and essential oils in abundance, as well as selenium and Vitamin E.

    The raw cacao powder is optional, but it adds a delicious chocolaty flavor to the snacks and unlike processed chocolate, cacao is a natural and raw product, full of antioxidants.

    The recipe below is made using just dates and nuts, but you can experiment with the flavors to suit you personal tastes by adding ingredients like cinnamon, orange rind or fresh mint.

    Ingredients

    1 cup almonds and cashew nuts (or other nuts of your choice, e.g. walnuts, pecans, pistachios)

    2 cup dried dates, pitted

    1 cup shredded (desiccated) coconut

    1 tbsp raw cacao powder

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    Additional extras: ground cinnamon, freshly grated orange rind, fresh mint leaves.

    Preparation

    Place the nuts in a bowl and cover with water. Allow the nuts to soak overnight. Drain them the next morning and set aside.
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    If the dates are very hard, add 1-2 tbsp boiling water to them, cover and let them stand for 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, add the nuts to a food processor and pulse until they are chopped but not too finely. Add the coconut, cacao powder, vanilla and other optional ingredients, and pulse until well mixed.
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    Add the dates, a few at a time, pulsing until well mixed. This may take a while ? up to 5 minutes or so; occasionally stop and scrape sides of processor to push the mixture toward the blades.

    When the mixture has come together to form a firm dough, remove it from food processor.
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    Place the mixture onto a clean piece of plastic wrap. Form the mixture into a firm log, compressing it to make a very dense log.
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    Wrap with the plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least two hours, or overnight to firm it up, before slicing it.

    These bites will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Enjoy!
    datebite5Source : http://www.healthymuslim.com/articles/ogzeq-delicious-raw-date-and-nut-bites.cfm

     
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    Watching Television Makes Children Unhealthier

    If you still have this box in your house, there are more and more reasons why you should get rid of it…

    An increasing number of parents today are using the television as an ‘electronic babysitter’, according to evidence. Some parents tell their children that watching too much TV will make their eyes go square and, although this is not true, evidence is emerging that watching too much TV as a child could mean they end up with a larger waistline.

    A new study, featured in BioMed Central’s open access journal International Journal of Behavioral nutrition and Physical Activity, has discovered that children’s muscular fitness decreases the more hours young children spend in front of the television and that their waist lines become larger as they approach their teens, which can have potential health consequences in their adulthood.

  • According to recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children below the age of two years old should not exceed more than two hours of television per day, yet more and more parents appear to use the TV as an ‘electronic babysitter’.

    Researchers from Montreal University in Canada decided to investigate whether the number of hours spent watching TV during early childhood is linked to lower subsequent physical fitness once these children are at school.

    The team used participants from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development, and surveyed the children’s parents asking them to report the number of hours their child watched TV per week at the age of 29 and 53 months. Given that muscle strength and abdominal fat are associated with the level of fitness, the researchers examined the children in the second and fourth grade by measuring their waist circumference and using the standing long jump test.

    They discovered that for each hour per week of watching TV at the age of 29 months, children scored 0.361 cm less in the Standing Long Jump, which suggests a lower muscle strength compared with those who watched less television at that age. By increasing the weekly TV exposure by just one extra hour between the age of 29 and 53 months predicted an additional 0.285 cm less in the test. Another important finding was the fact that waist circumference at fourth grade increased by 0.047 cm for every hour of television watched between the ages of 29 and 53 months, which translates to a 0.41 cm larger waistline by the age of 10, or a 0.76 cm larger waistline in those who watched over 18 hours of TV a week.

    The result could predict that those children who spend an excessive amount of time in front of the TV as a child could experience negative health outcomes in their later life due to their larger waistline and lower muscle strength, as physical fitness is directly associated with future health and longevity.

    Leading researcher, Dr Caroline Fitzpatrick from New York University who performed the study at Montreal University and Saint-Justine’s Hospital Research Centre, concluded:

    “TV is a modifiable lifestyle factor, and people need to be aware that toddler viewing habits may contribute to subsequent physical health. Further research will help to determine whether amount of TV exposure is linked to any additional child health indicators, as well as cardiovascular health.”

    Source : http://www.healthymuslim.com/articles/tstxoqdbp-watching-television-makes-children-unhealthier.cfm

     
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    FOODS AND BASIC NECESSITIES AFFORDABLE TO EVERYONE

    by mthago

    Foods and basic necessities are affordable to everyone. This means everyone in Malaysia can afford to buy foods and other basic necessities and it is a dream of everyone in Malaysia. What has been witness all this while, the price of goods and basic needs has never decreased. The prices of all goods including basic necessities keep on increasing particularly when the government increases the salary of the government workers. When there is, increase in salary there will follow by an increase in the price of goods. When the government increases the price of petrol, there will be an increase of goods. When there is a reduction in the price of petrol there is no reduction in the prices of goods. The price of goods and basic needs is not in the hand of the government but in the hands of the traders particularly the wholesalers. Whenever the wholesaler wants to increase the price of goods, the government has very limited power to stop it. Government may have rules, but the rules and enforcement cannot stop them from increasing the prices of goods. How many enforcement officers the government can employ to stop traders from increasing the price of goods? During festival seasons, the government warns the traders that a severe punishment will be taken on them if they increase the price of goods. Only warning does not stop the traders from increasing the price of goods? Goods price depend on the demand and supply. When there are plenty of goods but there is no demand then the prices of goods will be lower. When the goods are limited and the demands of the goods are high then the prices of those goods will be higher. Wholesalers and traders only want more money and they want the prices of goods to be increased. When the goods are plenty, they will make the goods become limited by storing the goods or destroying them and in doing so the price of those goods are maintained. Whenever the government raises the salary of government workers or raises the price of oil, the wholesaler will increase the prices of goods and automatically, the traders will also increases the price of goods. Read the rest of this entry »

     

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    Ibn al-Qayyim: Patience Preserves the Health of Hearts and Bodies

    Ibn al-Qayyim said in The Prophetic medicineregarding patience:

     

    Patience is half of faith; for this is a quality composed of patience and gratitude (shukr). As one of the ancestors (salaf) has said: Faith is in two halves: one half patience, one half gratitude. And the Most High said: Indeed in that there are signs for each one who is patiently persevering and truly grateful[Surah Ibrahim: 5].Patience in relation to faith is like the head in relation to the body. It is of three types:

     

    • (1) patience concerning the obligations (fard) laid down by Allah, that one should not neglect them;
    • (2) patience in abstaining from actions forbidden by Him, that one should not commit them;
    • (3) patience concerning His judgments (qada’) and decrees (qadar), that one should not resent them.

    Whoever perfectly fulfills these three degrees has perfected patience. For the pleasure of this world and the next, their blessings, and victory and conquest can only be reached over the bridge of patience, just as no-one reaches Paradise except by crossing over the Path. ‘Umar b. al-Khattab said: We attained the best of life through patience.

    If you reflect on the degrees of perfection acquired in the world, you will see that they are all dependent on patience. And if you reflect on imperfection, which one is blamed for possessing, you will see it all stemming from lack of patience. Thus courage and purity, goodness and love of others, all this is the patience of an hour.

    Most sicknesses of the body and heart arise simply from lack of patience. And there is naught like patience for preserving the health of hearts, bodies and spirits. For it is the great remedy, the mighty tiryaq, even if it were to contain only the company of Allah “for Allah is with the patient” [Surah Al-Baqarah:153], and His affection for them for indeed “Allah loves those who are patient“[Surah Al-Imran:146], and His giving victory to His people ‘for victory comes with patience’; and that it is a good for the people of patience, “And if you show patience, that is indeed the best course for those who are patient” [Surah An-Nahl: 126], and that it is the cause of prosperity, “O you who believe! Persevere in patience, vie in perseverance, be ever vigilant, and fear Allah, that perchance you may prosper” [Surah Al-Imran:200].

    Source : http://www.healthymuslim.com/articles/gangs-ibn-al-qayyim-patience-preserves-the-health-of-hearts-and-bodies.cfm

     
     

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    Allaah Has Combined All of Medicine (at-Tibb) in Half a Verse of the Qur’aan

    All praise is due to Allaah and may the prayers and salutations be upon His Messenger, to proceed:

    Allaah the Most High said, “…And eat and drink and be not excessive (therein)…” (al-A’raaf 7:31)

    Ibn Katheer commented upon this verse:

     

    One of the Salaf said: Allaah has combined the entirety of medicine (at-tibb) in half a verse, “And eat and drink and be not excessive…”

    Al-Qurtubi commented upon this verse, after mentioning that excessive eating is makrooh (disliked), he mentions the benefits of eating little:

     

    … In eating little there are many benefits. From them that a man becomes of sounder body, of better memory, purer in understanding, (requiring) less sleep, and lighter in (his) soul…

    Then he mentioned the harms of eating excessively:

     

    … and in eating much there is the overstuffing of the stomach and putrefaction of undigested food, and from this the variety of diseases are produced, and thus he requires treatment more than what the one who eats little requires. Some of the physicians said, “The greatest treatment (dawaa’) is (appropriate) estimation of (one’s) food (intake).” And the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) has explained this meaning sufficiently and completely which does away with the speech of the physicians, so he said, “The son of Aadam does not fill a container worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Aadam to take enough morsels of food to keep his back straight (keep him able-bodied). And if it is necessary, then a third for his food, a third for his drink, and a third for his breath.”…

    Then a little later al-Qurtubi says:

     

    And it is mentioned that (the caliph) ar-Rasheed used to have a shrewd Christian physician who said to Alee bin Hasan, “There is not in your Book (the Qur’aan) anything of the knowledge of medicine, and knowledge of is of two types, knowledge of the religions and knowledge of the bodies.” So he said to him, “Allaah has combined all of medicine in half a verse in our Book.” So he said, “What is it?” He said, “The saying of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic: And eat and drink and be not excessive.”…

    And Imaam ad-Dhahabi in his book “at-Tibb an-Nabawi” (p. 34-35) says:

     

    The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The son of Aadam does not fill a container worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Aadam to take enough morsels of food to keep his back straight (keep him able-bodied). And if it is necessary, then a third for his food, a third for his drink, and a third for his breath.” This was reported by an-Nasaa’ee and at-Tirmidhee, who said, “Hasan Saheeh” … and this is one from the aspects of preserving health.Alee bin Hasan said: “And Allah, the Sublime and Exalted has combined the whole of medicine in (just) half a verse, so He, the Most High said, “And eat and drink and be not excessive…”

    He is Alee bin al-Hasan bin Shaqeeq bin Muhammad bin Deenar bin Mush’ab, Abu Abdur-Rahman al-‘Eedee al-Marwazi (d. 215H), the Imaam, the Haafidh, the Shaykh of Khurasaan, he came to Baghdad and narrated from the likes of Ibrahim bin Tahman, Abdullaah Ibn al-Mubaarak, Sufyaan bin Uyainah and others, and Ahmad bin Hanbal, Yahya bin Ma’een and others narrated from him, and his ahaadeeth are in the Six Books. He was a haafidh of a great amount of knowledge, and a haafidh of many books, including the Tawraat and Injeel and he debated the Jews and Christians. His biography can be found in all the major books of Rijaal.

    And you can refer to an earlier article on the same subject, from the words of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, as well as this article from the speech of Ibn al-Qayyim.

    Source : http://www.healthymuslim.com/articles/fnkaf-allaah-has-combined-all-of-medicine-at-tibb-in-half-a-verse-of-the-quraan.cfm

     

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    Imaam Al-Shaafi’ee on the Importance of Learning Medicine

    by abuiyaad,

    Imaam al-Dhahabi wrote in Al-Tibb al-Nabawi(Dar Ihyaa al-Uloom, Beirut, pp. 228-229):

     

    Chapter: Regarding the Encouragement of Teaching medicineHis (alayhis salaatu was-salaam’s) saying, “Allaah did not send down a disease except that it has a cure” has already preceded. We say: This (hadeeth) necessitates the mobilization the people’s [lofty] concerns [for medicine] and incitement of (their) determinations to learn medicine. And it has already preceded that medicine is a skill. Imaam al-Shaafi’ee said, “I don’t know of a knowledge more noble than medicine after the halaal and haraam.” And he used to be concerned (and grieved) over what the Muslims had neglected of medicine, and he would say, “They have neglected one third of knowledge and have entrusted it to the Jews and Christians.” And he used to say, “Indeed the Ahl al-Kitaab have dominated us with respect to medicine.” And al-Shaafi’ee, alongside his greatness in the knowledge of the Sharee’ah, and his great skill in Arabic was also insightful in medicine. The writer (i.e. al-Dhahabi) says: And I have seen our Shaykh, Shaykh Ibraaheem al-Raqiyy to be insightful in medicine, and likewise our Shaykh, Shaykh Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyyah, and Shaykh Imaad al-Din al-Waasitee (rahimahullaau ta’aalaa) [were insightful in medicine]. Hippocrates and others have said, “Medicine is inspired by Allaah,” and Hippocrates is the chief of this discipline. His school of thought regarding it is the sound, correct school of thought. He was followed therein by Galen who is the leading scholar of this discipline as well, and both of them are venerated a great deal by the physicians.

    There are some nice benefits from this quote, from them: Read the rest of this entry »

     
     

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