Sentamu’s killer still at large and more in the Muslim news Volume 7

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Sentamu’s killer still at large and more in the Muslim news Volume 7

Embaga y’Omulangira Daudi Wassajja Ey’Ebyafaayo mu Bifaananyi p.23

How to make your husband love you again p16

How to make your wife love you again p17

iuiu don sues paper for defamation

Stop Land Fragmentation, Hon. Nakadama tells Mayuge Muslims

Muslim NGO Donates Clothes to Tororo Children

Muslim Youth Hold Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening

Yumbe Ready for 2013 UMTA Annual Convention

And many more at: MUSLIM NEWS Vol 001 No. 007

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IN THE MUSLIM NEWS THIS FRIDAY 19TH APRIL 2013

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IN THE MUSLIM NEWS THIS FRIDAY

EBIRI MU LUPAPULA LW’ABASIRAAMU KU LWOKUTAANO LUNO

§ Idi Amin is Alive: Celebrating the most hated and loved Ugandan.

§ Amazaalibwa ga Ssabasajja mu bifaananyi (omuko mulamba)

§ Eddiini Busiramu yeyakomererayo

§ Amaka agatudde entende Jjana ya ku nsi

§ Was Islam spread by the sword?

§ Biki Amin byeyakolera abasiraamu ne bannayuganda bonna

§ Pass ‘O’ Level Chemistry Practicals

§ How to study Islamic Banking by distance learning

§ Ggaggawala nga olima obutiko

§ How Ali Mubiru (Makaba) a Kibuli student was fed to the lions by South African Police

§ Uganda – Libya relations in the post Gadaffi era

Libya Premier to visit Uganda – Gadaffi Mosque renamed

§ What Islam says about elimination of poverty Who is to blame for domestic violence in Busoga?

§ Why Uganda’s Football will take long to develop

§ Why you will fail to get a man to marry you!

§ Can you be chaste when you are not a virgin?

§ Dangers of not getting enough sleep

Get a copy at your mosque after Juma prayers at Shs. 1000/- only

Kagule ku Shs 1000/- lwokka ku muzikiti woosaalidde Juma

DETAILS AT: MUSLIM NEWS AT THE END OF APRIL 2013

Food As Medicine For Forumists is my Present for Forumist

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HAY FEVER? EAT YOGURT!

Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season. Also – eat honey from your area (local  region) daily.

TO PREVENT STROKE DRINK TEA!

Prevent build-up of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of tea. (actually, tea suppresses appetite and keeps the pounds from invading…. Green tea is great  for our immune  system)!

INSOMNIA (CAN’T SLEEP?) HONEY!

Use honey as a tranquilizer and sedative.

ASTHMA? EAT ONIONS!

Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes. onion packs placed on chest help the respiratory ailments and actually make breathing better.

ARTHRITIS? EAT FISH, TOO!

Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis. (fish has omega oils, good for our immune system)

UPSET STOMACH? BANANAS – GINGER!

Bananas will settle an upset stomach. Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.

BLADDER INFECTION? DRINK CRANBERRY JUICE!

High-acid cranberry juice controls harmful bacteria.

BONE PROBLEMS? EAT PINEAPPLE!

Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple.

MEMORY PROBLEMS? EAT OYSTERS!

Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much-needed zinc.

COLDS? EAT GARLIC!

Clear up that stuffy head with garlic. (remember, garlic lowers cholesterol, too.)

COUGHING? USE RED PEPPERS!

A substance similar to that found in the cough syrups is found in hot red pepper. Use red (cayenne) pepper with  caution – it can irritate your tummy.

BREAST CANCER? EAT Wheat, bran and cabbage

Helps to maintain estrogen at healthy levels.

LUNG CANCER? EAT DARK GREEN AND ORANGE AND VEGGIES!

A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in  dark green and orange vegetables.

ULCERS? EAT CABBAGE ALSO!

Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and duodenal ulcers.

DIARRHEA? EAT APPLES!

Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this condition. (Bananas are good for this ailment)

CLOGGED ARTERIES? EAT AVOCADO!

Mono-unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? EAT CELERY AND OLIVE  OIL!

Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery contains a  chemical that lowers pressure too.

BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE? EAT BROCCOLI AND PEANUTS!

The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

Kiwi:
 Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E &  fibre. It’s Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

Apple:
An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack &  stroke.

Strawberry: Protective fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protects the body  from cancer-causing, blood vessels-clogging free radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you… they’re high in anti-oxidants and  they actually keep us young… blueberries are the best and very versatile in the health field… they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our bodies)

Orange: Sweetest medicine. Taking 2 – 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.

Watermelon: Coolest Thirst Quencher. Composed of 92%  water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene – the cancer fighting oxidant. Other  nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C & Potassium. (watermelon also has natural substances [natural SPF  sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those darn UV rays)

Guava & Papaya: Top awards for Vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fibre which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and indigestion)

Tomatoes:  are very good as a preventative measure for men, keeps those prostate problems from invading their bodies…

GOOD AS MEDICINE… Very informative – spread  the Knowledge. Iddil Mubaraka to all


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The main causes of liver damage are

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The main causes of liver damage are:
1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are the main cause.
2. Not urinating in the morning.
3. Too much eating.
4. Skipping breakfast.
5. Consuming too much medication.
6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
8. Consuming overly done foods also add to the burden of liver. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our body to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to ‘schedule.’

Because: Evening at 9 – 11pm : is the time for eliminating unnecessary/ toxic chemicals (de-toxification) from the antibody system (lymph nodes). This time duration should be spent by relaxing or listening to music. If during this time a housewife is still in an unrelaxed state such as washing the dishes or monitoring children doing their homework, this will have a negative impact on her health. So, husbands should watch out for this.

Evening at 11pm – 1am : The de-toxification process in the liver, and ideally should be done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 1 – 3am : de-toxification process in the gall, also ideally done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 3 – 5am : de-toxification in the lungs. Therefore there will sometimes be a severe cough for cough sufferers during this time. Since the de-toxification process had reached the respiratory tract, there is no need to take cough medicine so as not to interfere with toxin removal process.

Morning 5 – 7am : de-toxification in the colon, you should empty your bowel.

Morning 7 – 9am : Absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, you should be having breakfast at this time. Breakfast should be earlier, before 6:30am, for those who are sick. Breakfast before 7:30am is very beneficial to those wanting to stay fit. Those who always skip breakfast, they should change their habits, and it is still better to eat breakfast late until 9 -10am rather than no meal at all. Sleeping so late and waking up too late will disrupt the process of removing unnecessary chemicals.

Aside from that, midnight to 4 AM is the time when the bone marrow produces blood.Therefore, have a good sleep and don’t sleep late.

Beautiful Sayings:Interesting & informative.

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Death asked Life: Why does everyone loves you and hates me.
Life replied: Because I am a beautiful Lie and you are painful Truth.

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Temple is a 6 letter word
Church is a 6 letter word
Mosque is also a 6 letter word

Geeta is a 5 letter word
Bible is a 5 letter word
Quran is also a 5 letter word

So, Religion is not a matter, The love we have only matters.

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A Lovely Logic for a beautiful Life

Never try to maintain relations in your life; Just try to maintain life in your relations.

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3 stages of Life:

Teen Age – Has time & energy – But no Money
Working Age – Has Money & Energy – But No Time
Old Age – Has Money & Time – But No Energy!

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We are very good Lawyers for our mistakes, Very good Judge for other’s mistakes.

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World always say – Find good people and leave bad ones. But I say, find the good in people and ignore the bad in them, because No one is born perfect.

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A fantastic sentence written on every Japanese bus stop: Only buses will stop here – Not your time, So keep walking towards your goal.

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Negative Thinkers focus on Problems
Positive thinkers focus on Solutions.

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Never hold your head high with pride or ego, even the winner of a gold medal gets his medal only when he bows his head down.

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Define TODAY – This is an Opportunity to do a work better than Yesterday!

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African Saying: If you want to walk quick, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.

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Confident Quote: I have not failed, My success is just postponed.

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Entire water in the ocean can never sink a ship, Unless it gets inside. All the pressures of life can never hurt you unless you let it in.

MESSAGE FOR THE RICHEST IN UGANDA

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RICHNESS IS WHEN YOU NEED NO MORE

In 1923, eight of the wealthiest people in the world met. Their combined wealth, it is estimated, exceeded the wealth of the government of the United States at that time.

These men certainly knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth. But let’s examine what happened to them 25 years later.

President of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, lived on borrowed capital for five years before he died bankrupt.

President of the largest gas company, Howard Hubson, went insane.

One of the greatest commodity traders, Arthur Cutton, died insolvent.

President of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, was sent to jail.

A member of the President’s Cabinet, Albert Fall, was pardoned from jail to go home and die in peace.

The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jessie Livermore, committed suicide.

President of the world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Krueger, committed suicide.

President of the Bank of International Settlement, Leon Fraser, committed suicide.

What they forgot was how to make a life!

Money in itself is not evil! Money provides food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, clothes for the needy.

Money is only a medium of exchange.

We need two kinds of education. One that teaches us how to make a living and one that teaches us how to live.

There are people who are so engrossed in their professional life that they neglect their family, health, spiritual life and social responsibilities.

If asked why they do this they would reply that they were doing it for their family. Our kids are sleeping when we leave home. They are sleeping when we come home. Twenty years later, we’ll turn back, and they’ll all be gone.

Without water, a ship cannot move. The ship needs water, but if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face problems. What was once a means of living for the ship will now become a means of destruction.

Similarly we live in a time where earning is a necessity but let not the earning enter our hearts, for what was once a means of living will be become a means of destruction.

So take a moment and ask yourself…. has water entered my ship?

RICHNESS is not Earning More, Spending More Or Saving More, but “RICHNESS IS WHEN YOU NEED NO MORE”

Have the best of weekends ahead… Once Again Please Remember The reality of Wealth: “RICHNESS IS WHEN YOU NEED NO MORE”
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A Non Muslim asks a Muslim priest

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A Non Muslim came to an Alim and asked: Why is it Not Permissible in Islam for a Women to shake hands with a Man?

The Alim said: Can you shake hands with Queen Elizabeth?

The Non Muslim said: Ofcourse not, there are only certain people who can shake hands with Queen Elizabeth.

Alim replied: Our Women are Queens and Queens do not shake hands with strange men.

Then the Non Muslim asked onother Question: Why do your Girls cover up their body and hair?

The Alim smiled and got two sweets, he opened the first one and kept the other one closed. He threw them both on the dusty floor and asked the Non Muslim: If I asked you to take one of the sweets which one will you choose?

The Non Muslim replied: The covered one.

The Alim said: That’s how we treat and see our women. Women should not be like the Moon which everyone can See and Admire, they should be like the Sun which makes the Viewers Lower their Gaze.

Non Muslim: Show me God if he exist.

Alim Replied: Look at the Sun

Man Replied: I Can’t see, the Rays hurt my eyes Alim Said: If u can’t see at the Creation of God then how will you be able to Look at the Creater?

Lastly the Non Muslim invited the Alim to his house and gave him Grapes, the Alim ate them, then he offered him a cup of wine, the Alim refused, the Non Muslim asked him how did you Muslims forbidden wine and ate grapes although the wine came from grapes?

Alim Replied: Do you have a daughter?
He said yes, the Alim asked him could you marry her? the Non Muslim said no, the Alim said Subhan Allah, you marry her mother and can’t marry her although this came from this too.

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*Ramadan Duas for 30 days

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*Ramadan Dua: DAY 1*

ALLAH, on this day make my fasts the fasts of those who fast (sincerely), and my standing up in prayer of those who stand up in prayer (obediently), awaken me in it from the sleep of the heedless, and forgive me my sins , O God of the worlds, and forgive me, O one who forgives the sinners.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 2*

ALLAH, on this day, take me closer towards Your pleasure, keep me away from Your anger and punishment, grant me the opportunity to recite Your verses (of the Qur’an), by Your mercy, O the most Merciful.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 3*

ALLAH, on this day, grant me wisdom and awareness, keep me away from foolishness and pretension, grant me a share in every blessing You send down, by You generosity, O the most Generous.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 4*

ALLAH, on this day, strengthen me in carrying out Your commands, let me taste the sweetness of Your remembrance, grant me, through Your graciousness, that I give thanks to You. Protect me, with Your protection and cover, O the most discerning of those who see.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 5*

ALLAH, on this day, place me among those who seek forgiveness. Place me among Your righteous and obedient servants, and place me among Your close friends, by Your kindness, O the most Merciful.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 6*

ALLAH, on this day, do not let me abase myself by incurring Your disobedience, and do not strike me with the whip of Your punishment, keep me away from the causes of Your anger, by and Your power, O the ultimate wish of those who desire.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 7*

ALLAH, on this day, help me with its fasts and prayers, and keep me away from mistakes and sins of the day, grant me that I remember You continuously through the day, by Your assistance, O the Guide of those who stray.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 8*

ALLAH, on this day, let me have mercy on the orphans, and feed [the hungry], and spread peace, and keep company with the noble-minded, O the shelter of the hopeful.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 9*

ALLAH, on this day, grant me a share from Your mercy which is wide, guide me towards Your shining proofs, lead me to Your all encompassing pleasure, by Your love, O the hope of the desirous.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 10*

ALLAH, on this day, make me, among those who rely on You, from those who You consider successful, and place me among those who are near to you, by Your favor, O goal of the seekers.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 11*

ALLAH, on this day, make me love goodness, and dislike corruption and disobedience, bar me from anger and the fire [of Hell], by Your help, O the helper of those who seek help

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 12*

ALLAH, on this day, beautify me with covering and chastity, cover me with the clothes of contentment and chastity, let me adhere to justice and fairness, and keep me safe from all that I fear, by Your protection, O the protector of the frightened.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 13*

ALLAH, on this day, purify me from un-cleanliness and dirt, make me patient over events that are decreed, grant me the ability to be pious, and keep company with the good, by Your help, O the beloved of the destitute.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 14*

ALLAH, on this day, do not condemn me for slips, make me decrease mistakes and errors, do not make me a target for afflictions and troubles, by Your honor, O the honor of the Muslims.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 16*

ALLAH, on this day, grant me compatibility with the good, keep me away from patching up with the evil, lead me in it, by Your mercy, to the permanent abode, by Your God ship, O the God of the worlds.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 17*

ALLAH, on this day, guide me towards righteous actions, fulfill my needs and hopes, O One who does not need explanations nor questions, O One who knows what is in the chests of the (people of the) world. Bless Muhammad and his family, the Pure.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 18*

ALLAH, on this day, make me love goodness, and dislike corruption and disobedience, bar me from anger and the fire [of Hell], by Your help, O the helper of those who seek help.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 19*

ALLAH, on this day, multiply for me its blessings, and ease my path towards its bounties, do not deprive me of the acceptance of its good deeds, O the Guide towards the clear truth.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 20*

ALLAH, on this day, open for me the doors of the heavens, and lock the doors of Hell from me, help me to recite the Qur’an, O the One who sends down tranquility into the hearts of believers.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 21*

ALLAH, on this day, show me the way to win Your pleasure, do not let Shaytan have a means over me, make Paradise an abode and a resting place for me, O the One who fulfills the requests of the needy.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 22*

ALLAH, on this day, open for me the doors of Your Grace, send down on me its blessings, help me towards the causes of Your mercy, and give me a place in the comforts of Paradise, O the one who answers the call of the distressed.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 23*

ALLAH, on this day, wash away my sins, purify me from all flaws, examine my heart with (for) the piety of the hearts, O One who overlooks the shortcomings of the sinners.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 24*

ALLAH, on this day, I ask You for what pleases You, and I seek refuge in You from what displeases You, I ask You to grant me the opportunity to obey You and not disobey You, O One who is generous with those who ask

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 25*

ALLAH, on this day, make me among those who love Your friends, and hate Your enemies, following the way of Your last Prophet, O the Guardian of the hearts of the Prophets.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 26*

ALLAH, on this day, make my efforts worthy of appreciation, and my sins forgiven, my deeds accepted, my flaws concealed, O the best of those who hear.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 27*

ALLAH, on this day, bestow on me the blessings of Laylatul Qadr, change my affairs from (being) difficult to (being) easy, accept my apologies, and decrease for me [my] sins and burdens, O the Compassionate with His righteous servants.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 28*

ALLAH, on this day, grant me a share in its nawafil (recommended prayers), honor me by attending to my problems, make closer the means to approach You, from all the means, O One who is not preoccupied by the requests of the beseechers.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 29*

O ALLAH, on this day, cover me with Your mercy, grant me in it success and protection, purify my heart from the darkness of false accusations, O the Merciful to His believing servants.

*Ramadan Dua: DAY 30*

O ALLAH, on this day, make my fasts worthy of appreciation and acceptance, according to what pleases You, and pleases the Messenger, the branches being strengthened by the roots, for the sake of our leader, Muhammad, and his purified family. Praise be to ALLAH, the Lord of the worlds.

Person who got cured of advance stomach cancer using Honey and Black Seeds

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Salamun alaykum To all

Hope all is well. Some one sent this to me very useful. The following information is about a person who got cured of advance stomach cancer when all the oncologists including the German oncologists had told him that his case was incurable. After being left in Al- Ain Hospital (UAE) to be taken care of as there was no hope for him to be cured from the doctors, he still continued with his prayers (Salaah) and kept on reciting the Holy Quran. A few days later a young man comes and talks to him about his condition and tells him that his disease can be cured by taking the following mixture:

1/2 kg of Natural Pure Honey
2 heaped table spoon of Kalonji seeds (Black Seeds/ Habbat Sauda)
1 bulb of organic garlic
Grind the kalonji seeds preferably with a mortar and pestle, mash the whole garlic and mix it with the honey into a smooth paste.
Take one teaspoon of this mixture daily before breakfast for about 3-6months and InshaAllah you will be cured of your disease.
Also take one glass of camel milk every night.

After 3 weeks of taking this medicine, the person started walking and eating again without vomiting blood.

After about 3 months he went to see his oncologists to get him tested and they were shocked to find out that there was no trace of any cancer or tumor
in his body. Subhanallah! How Allah cures us when we sincerely turn to Him for shafa!

‘Wa idha maridhtu fahuwa yashfeen’ ‘And he heals me when I am sick’ (Holy Quran, 26:80)

This is a true story that took place four years ago, the person is now around 63years of age and still continues working at Dubai Hospital.

Hadith about Honey:

“By Him in whose hand is my soul, eat honey. For there is no house in which honey is kept for which the angels will not ask for mercy. If a person eats honey, a Thousand remedies enter his stomach and a Million diseases will come out. If a man dies and honey is found within him, fire will not touch his body [i.e., he will be immune from the burning of hell].” hadith

Hadith about black seed (Kalonji):

Al-Bukhaari reported ‘Aa’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her) as having said that the Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam had said: “There is healing in the black seed for every disease except death.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].

As for the manner of using it as a healing agent, there is no particular way. In his book ‘Fath al-Bari’, Ibn Hajar said, “Al-Mustaghfiri in his ‘Book of Medicine’ reported Ibn Buraidah (May Allah be pleased with him) as having quoted the Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam saying: ‘There is healing in the black seed…etc.’
In another narration it was said, ‘What is the black seed?’ He said, ‘Shoneez’ (a name for black seed; scientific name Nigella sativa).
Someone then asked, ‘How can I use it?’ to which he answered: You take twenty one grains (black seeds) and put them in a piece of cloth then in water for one night. When you get up in the following morning, you drop one drop in your right nostril and two in your left nostril”.

Al-Haafith (Ibn Hajar May Allah have mercy upon him) said, “What is to be understood from this Hadeeth about the black seed being a healing for every disease is that it is not necessarily applied alone as a treatment procedure for every case. Rather it may be used alone, in combination with something else, pulverized, directly without pulverizing it, mixed with food and drink, or as dressing, etc.”

I hope this information will help all those who are suffering or have their dear ones going through a similar situation.
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INTERESTING FACTS..

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Here are some interesting, but true facts, that you may have known.

1. The Statue of Liberty’s index finger is eight feet long.

2. Rain has never been recorded in some parts of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

3. A 75 year old person will have slept about 23 years.

4. Boeing 747s’ wing span is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.The Wright brother’s invented the airplane.

5. There are as many chickens on earth as there are humans.

6. One type of hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

7. The word “set” has the most number of definitions in the English language; 192 Slugs have four noses.

8. Sharks can live up to 100 years.

9. Mosquitos are more attracted to the color blue than any other color.

10. Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.

11. About 75 acres of pizza are eaten in the U.S. everyday.

12. The largest recorded snowflake was 15 Inch wide and 8 Inch thick. It fell in Montana in 1887.

13. The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that the sound it makes is actually a tiny sonic boom.

14. Former president Bill Clinton sent only 2 emails in his entire 8 year presidency.

15. Koalas and humans are the only animals that have finger prints.

16. There are 200,000,000 insects for every one human.

17. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery had in it to begin with.

18. The world’s largest Montessori school is in India, with 26,312 students in 2002.

19. Octopus have three hearts.

20. If you ate too many carrots, you would turn orange.

21. The average person spends two weeks waiting for a traffic light to change.

22. 1 in 2,000,000,000 people will live to be 116 or old. Do you think U will be among them?

23. The body has 2-3 million sweat glands.

24. Sperm whales have the biggest brains: 20 lbs.

25. Tiger shark embroyos fight each other in their mother’s womb. The survivor is born.

26. Most cats are left pawed.

27. 250 people have fallen off the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

28. A Blue whale’s tongue weighs more than an elephant.

29. You use 14 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. Keep Smiling!

30. Bamboo can grow up to 3 ft in 24 hours.

31. An eyeball weighs about 1 ounce.
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Saudi Arabia: Kingdom’s First Female Olympic Athletes Called ‘Prostitutes’

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Saudi Arabia will be sending two female athletes to the 2012 London Olympics, which officially begin tomorrow (July 27). Wojdan Shaherkani (Judo) and Sarah Attar (athletics) will be the first two women to ever represent the kingdom, where conservative religious clerics forbid the participation of women in competitive sports.

The two Saudi women taking part in the London Olympics. Photo from the official delegation page on www.london2012.com

The two Saudi women taking part in the London Olympics. Photo from the official delegation page on http://www.london2012.com

On Twitter, their anticipated involvement in the games set off a flurry of reactions, including a hash tag which described them as the “Prostitutes of the Olympics.”

Saudi Arabia’s earlier announcement that women would be excluded from London 2012 was faced with a call [2]for banning the kingdom from the Olympics.

The participation of women under the Saudi flag comes under conditions: that they would not compete in mixed games and that they would dress up conservatively, among others.

On Twitter, Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran shares the line up of athletes representing his country at the Olympics and quips:

@Ahmed [4]: List of Saudi athletes who will compete in London Olympics. Interestingly, Sarah Attar appears without a headscarf http://www.london2012.com/athletes/country=saudi-arabia/index.htmx

On his own blog, Al Omran further elaborates [5]:

To appease the clerics, Saudi most senior sports official Prince Nawaf bin Faisal announced a set of rules for women’s participation at the Olympics. Athletes can only take part if they do so “wearing suitable clothing that complies with sharia” and “the athlete’s guardian agrees and attends with her,” he told local daily al-Jazirah. “There must also be no mixing with men during the Games,” he added.

On Twitter, a Saudi Twitter user allegedly called Sultan Al Hilali spread the hash tag [6] #عاهرات_الاولمبياد which translates to The Prostitutes of the Olympics, reportedly in reference to the Saudi athletes taking part in the games. The hash tag got many angry responses, as well as a few in its support.

Aljohara responds:
#عاهرات_الاولمبياد‬‏ تذكرونني بأوربا العصور المظلمة, تشتمون هذا و تقذفون تلك باسم الدين. الدين براء منكم.
@SkittlesFairy [7]: You remind me of Europe in the Dark Ages; you insult this and slur that person in the name of religion. This religion has nothing to do with you.
Screenshot of the tweet which called Saudi female athletes prostitutes [8]

Screenshot of the tweet which called Saudi female athletes prostitutes

Rasha Al Dowasi adds:
المسلمات من شتى الدول الاسلامية يشاركن في الاولمبياد منذ سنين..لكن لا تكون الرياضة عهر إلا اذا مارستها سعودية؟ ‎‫#عاهرات_الاولمبياد‬‏
@Rsha_D [9]: Muslim athletes from Muslim countries have been participating in the Olympics for years. Sport only becomes prostitution when Saudi women practices it

Many netizens also called for the prosecution of the Twitter user who came up with the hash tag. A screen shot of the tweet which calls the women taking part in the games as prostitutes is making the rounds online. The aim is to name and shame the person behind the hash tag.

Saudi blogger Eman Al Najfan shares her thoughts on Saudi women and the Olympics here [10] and here [11]. The two articles are also cross-posted in The Guardian.

Other countries sending female athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time are neighbouring Qatar and Brunei.

What are the dates for Ramadan in 2012? Inbox x

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Ramadan is expected to begin on or around July 19, 2012 and will finish on or around August 17, 2012.

The exact dates of Islamic holidays cannot be determined in advance, due to the nature of the Islamic lunar calendar. Estimates are based on expected visibility of the hilal (waxing crescent moon following a new moon) and may vary according to location.

Following are the description of The Islamic Lunar Calendar and Moon-Sighting at Ramadan (Hilal)

The Islamic Lunar Calendar

Muslims do not traditionally “celebrate” the beginning of a new year, but we do acknowledge the passing of time, and take time to reflect on our own mortality.

Muslims measure the passage of time using the Islamic (Hijrah) calendar. This calendar has twelve lunar months, the beginnings and endings of which are determined by the sighting of the crescent moon. Years are counted since the Hijrah, which is when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Madinah (approximately July 622 A.D.).

The Islamic calendar was first introduced by the close companion of the Prophet, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab. During his leadership of the Muslim community, in approximately 638 A.D., he consulted with his advisors in order to come to a decision regarding the various dating systems used at that time. It was agreed that the most appropriate reference point for the Islamic calendar was the Hijrah, since it was an important turning point for the Muslim community. After the emigration to Madinah (formerly known as Yathrib), the Muslims were able to organize and establish the first real Muslim “community,” with social, political, and economic independence. Life in Madinah allowed the Muslim community to mature and strengthen, and the people developed an entire society based on Islamic principles.

The Islamic calendar is the official calendar in many Muslim countries, especially Saudi Arabia. Other Muslim countries use the Gregorian calendar for civil purposes and only turn to the Islamic calendar for religious purposes.

The Islamic year has twelve months that are based on a lunar cycle. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year) – so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth….” (9:36).

“It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory, and the moon to be a light of beauty, and measured out stages for it, that you might know the number of years and the count of time. Allah did not create this except in truth and righteousness. And He explains His signs in detail, for those who understand” (10:5).

And in his final sermon before his death, the Prophet Muhammad said, among other things, “With Allah the months are twelve; four of them are holy; three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumaada and Sha’ban.”

Islamic months begin at sunset of the first day, the day when the lunar crescent is visually sighted. The lunar year is approximately 354 days long, so the months rotate backward through the seasons and are not fixed to the Gregorian calendar. The months of the Islamic year are:

1. Muharram (“Forbidden” – it is one of the four months during which it is forbidden to wage war or fight)

2. Safar (“Empty” or “Yellow”)

3. Rabia Awal (“First spring”)

4. Rabia Thani (“Second spring”)

5. Jumaada Awal (“First freeze”)

6. Jumaada Thani (“Second freeze”)

7. Rajab (“To respect” – this is another holy month when fighting is prohibited)

8. Sha’ban (“To spread and distribute”)

9. Ramadan (“Parched thirst” – this is the month of daytime fasting)

10. Shawwal (“To be light and vigorous”)

11. Dhul-Qi’dah (“The month of rest” – another month when no warfare or fighting is allowed)

12. Dhul-Hijjah (“The month of Hajj” – this is the month of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, again when no warfare or fighting is allowed)

Preparing for an Amazing Ramadaan

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Imagine!

Someone really, really important is coming to visit you. Surely, you would cook, clean, shop, prepare and plan everything for them, well ahead of time. You would make sure they are comfortable and well taken care of. You would ascertain that everything is perfectly ready and adequately in place before they arrive.

Now imagine someone coming to visit you that is even more important than that….more precious, more valuable, more honorable. Wouldn’t you prepare even more and give it the best you got?

Well, the best month of the year, the most blessed and most precious, is coming up. The month that brings the fragrance of Jannah and the sweetness of Imaan…. the tears of Taubah and the forgiveness of your Lord. And it’s bringing with it a night that is equivalent in worship and reward, to more than a thousand months.

Wouldn’t you want to prepare for that?

Wouldn’t you want to be ready for it with all your heart and soul so that you don’t miss this great opportunity?

They say the more prepared you are for something, the easier it is for you to handle it and the greater the chances that you will be successful at it.

And what better opportunity to prepare for something than preparing for the blessed month of Ramadhaan.

This is a month of Rahmah and Barakah, a month of taubah and istighfaar, a great opportunity for training oneself… to give up your bad deeds and build on your good ones.

So what to do?

Prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for this great month.

The first thing to do is to purify your niyyah from now: you are going to fast because it is theorder of Allaah and NOT because it is culture or your family does so, or even because you want to lose weight.

“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwa” [al-Baqarah, 2:183]

Next, be really excited for this upcoming month and be absolutely determined to do your utmost best and exert yourself for this magnificent month of Forgiveness and Mercy from your Lord. Race with one another and compete with each other for it.

Come on!

Be excited. Be energized. Get electrified.
Get all pumped up and feel vitalized.
After all, this is a time when the gates of Jannah are all open. W..I..D..E open.
And all the gates of Jahannum are closed. Yes, Alhamdulillaah CLOSED.
And here is a chance for you to get all your sins forgiven.

Get invigorated and motivated. Realize that the month of Ramadhaan is a month of amazing ibaadah and intense dua, astounding khushoo’ and remarkable hope, sincere taubah and extraordinary istighfaar.

And it is NOT a month of laziness or sleeping, cooking and feasting, or just being plain grouchy and irritable.

Don’t let the thought of the heat or the long day get to you or dampen your spirit. It is only the Shaytaan trying to play with your mind and spoil this wonderful time for you.

Have full intention from now, to read as much of the Qur’aan as you can.

Love the Qur’aan. Build a close relationship with it. Realize that these are the Words of your Lord….Words that will take you to Jannah, your Ultimate Goal.

Don’t just read it with your eyes. Read it with your heart. Let it sink in your soul. Savor the joy and cherish the delight in reading the Book of Allaah. Taste the sweetness of Imaan. Don’t be in a rush to quickly finish the reading. Rather, take your time to ponder over the words and understand the meanings. Don’t think…”when am I going to finish this Surah? Rather….when am I going to implement this in my life?”

Remember, nothing is sweeter and more pleasurable than the ayaat of the Qur’aan that you can understand.

Prepare yourself to do plenty of sujood…. long, drawn out sujood, in Taraweeh and Tahajjud. Feel close to your Rabb when you do that sajda. Realize that this is most honorable position for you…placing the thing you value most, your head, on the ground, humbled before your Creator. You are the slave and He is the Master. You are the ‘abd and He is your Owner.

Resolve from today, to make a lot of dua. Make a dua list. Prepare it from now. And when you sit down to break your fast, or when you stand in front of your Creator in Salah, in Taraaweeh or in the middle of the night, or any time during the night or day, spread out those hands and ask al-Kareem, the Most Generous, the One Who gives to one and to all. Make sincere, heartfelt dua whenever and wherever you can. Don’t let a moment slip by. And don’t forget to be thankful to the One Who gave you everything.

Be ready from now to do abundant istighfaar, lots and lots of it. Do it every single day.

In the darkness of the night, when the whole world is asleep, have full realization, that this is no ordinary time, no time to waste away sleeping. Ar-Rahmaan is calling. Wouldn’t you want to respond??

So knock on the door of the Almighty. He is al-Ghafoor, the Oft-Forgiver and you are nothing….just a weak and sinful human being. Bend your head with shame, and cry. Cry like you’ve never cried before. Ask for His forgiveness. Make firm resolve never, ever, to go back to your sins…never, ever to do those bad deeds again. Go ahead…spread out those hands and be sincere and then be certain He will surely respond.

And most importantly, have firm determination from this moment on, to continue all the good deeds and habits that you will develop during Ramadhaan to continue even after Ramadhaan is over. Remember, you are not a good Muslim just during a special month of the year. Rather you are a Muslim throughout the three hundred and sixty five days. Use the upcoming month of taqwa and training to coach and develop your nafs, to cultivate virtuous deeds and actions and to give up your bad ones.

Tell me, are you going to let all that hard work of fasting, waking up in the middle of the night, reading all that Qur’aan, standing up for Taraaweeh and prayers, and all that dua go to waste???

Other tips:

1. Get to know the rules of fasting from now, so that your fasting can be closest to the Sunnah and thus be more beloved and acceptable to Allaah.

2. Clarify any doubts that you may have and don’t be afraid to ask a scholar.

3. Cleanse your heart of any anger, hatred, grudges, etc from now. And forgive everyone. That’s because forgiveness is delayed for the one who has anger and grudge against his Muslim brother/sister.

The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said: “The gates of Paradise are opened on Monday and Thursday, and everyone who does not associate anything with Allaah is forgiven, except a man who has had an argument with his brother. It is said: ‘Wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile.” (Muslim)

4. Finish up on your Ramadhaan and Eid preparation, cooking, shopping, etc. from now so that you can free up all the time during Ramadhaan for Ibaadah.

5. If you are like most people who give their zakat during Ramadhaan, get it all calculated and worked out before the month starts.

To conclude, think positive and have firm resolve. Strive with all your effort to do your best so that this will be an amazing, hair-raising, awe-inspiring, heart-stopping experience of a lifetime.

Your best Ramadhaan ever.

Set your goals at the highest.

Don’t settle for anything less than JANNAH.

And Allaah knows best. I wish you all a nice Ramandhan inishallah

10 Points on Excelling Ramadan

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Point One: Have the hunger for Success

  •  The medicine to help memorize/obtain knowledge is to have the burning desire to learn the subject, including the month of Ramadan:
  •  If you have the burning desire to succeed in the month of Ramadan, you will succeed it, because you prepare yourself for it.
  •  So have the heart and desire and don’t ever waste your time. You can also apply this to Ramadan:
  • Never give yourself an exit to fail in Ramadan!
  • Firstly, people get hopes to do stuff and succeed in Ramadan, then they give themselves an excuse to fail.

 

Point Two: Set your goals

  •  Make sure these are high goals
  • We have an ultimate goal: To reach janaatal firdous.
  • We should compete with each other, because this is something to compete in.
  •  When you start Ramadan, commit yourself to it, and set your goals to as high as you can.
  •  So if you want to do a Khatm-al-Qur’an (Read the whole Qur’an), then don’t just set your goal to one, set it to two times, or even three!
  •  Set a higher goal than you do in other months
  •  Add more good deeds to your schedule
  •  At least set it higher than last years

Point Three: Build confidence in Ramadan

  • People come to Ramadan with high expectations for themselves, like “Oh, this Ramadan I’ll read 10 times the Quran”, but then other people discourage them.
  •  They need to build confidence within themselves and know that they can do it!
  • No matter how much time you have, sit down and plan out your goals, and plan a strategy on how you’ll achieve these goals, and build confidence within yourself.

Point Four: Do what you love to do in Ramadan

  • Some people love to feed the poor, so they cook and feed the poor. Some people like to help, so they help people. Some people like to read the Qur’an, so they read it whenever they get a chance to, etc.
  • Do what you really love to do, choose and select, do the good deeds that you love doing, not the ones that you think isn’t really your specialty, or something that you don’t enjoy doing.
  •  Then gradually, build a habit of doing it as well.
  • The Prophet (Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallaam) commanded us to achieve that which is little yet continuous.
  •  Some people start Ramadan with doing as many good deeds as they can, and then they burn themselves out, so do little but keep it continuous.

Point Five: Study the successful: learn from the best

  • What does this mean
  • When we read a story about the successful ones, it boosts our morale and makes us feel like we can relate to it, like when we read a story from the Qur’an, and it makes us feel like we can relate to it.
  •  So when we learn from the people of the past that were successful, we can see what they did in order to be successful.
  • Go and check some biography of some of the scholars and how they spent their times in Ramadan.
  • Remember: Keep these stories with you in the month of Ramadan, and every time you feel like you’re getting weaker and weaker, go back to these stories.

Point Six: Be in the company of the successful one

  •  The previous point was about the people you learn about in stories and books.
  •  But instead of reading about these successful people, and being like “That was nice, but it was all theoretical”, then why not spend your time WITH the successful ones in your community?
  •  Who can help you achieve these goals you have, you’ll definitely find at least one or two of these types of people in Ramadan, go look for these people!
  •  Remember, habits can make you go high in Ramadan or low in Ramadan, they can be very contagious!
  •  So in order to obtain good habits, associate yourself with them, so be in the company of righteous and good people so you can catch their habits and make them your own.
  • If you want to be a high achiever in Ramadan, then you’ll have to be with people who achieve high goals.
  •  But on the other hand, if you’re with people that have bad habits, then you’ll catch their bad habits.
  • The Prophet (Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallaam) says “The example of the good and bad companion is the example of one that smells perfume vs a blacksmith. With the one that smells like perfume, you’ll smell like perfume like him, but if you’re with the blacksmith, then at the very least you’ll smell really bad.”
  •  It’s the same thing with people you associate yourself with in Ramadan.

Point Seven: When you work on your goals, go all out and work really hard on them

  •  When you start your achievements, work hard and go all out on them.
  •  You won’t try to achieve your goals whenever it’s convenient for you, but rather, whenever you have spare time.
  •  If you’re serious about achieving these goals, you have to be very serious about them.
  •  Allah reminded the Prophet (Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallaam) “When you’re done doing your dawah work outside, put yourself in worship until you get tired.”
  •  You need to put a priority on these goals that you have.
  • The prophet (Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallaam) reminds us of how to move from one level to the other. He said “There is one night in the month of Ramadan, and whoever achieves it, he has achieved a thousand months”.
  •  If you want to look for it, then look for it in the last 10 nights. So the sahabah became more focused.
  • Then it’s said that it was on an odd night
  •  The point here is that the prophet keeps reminding the people to be more focused since their momentum is going down.
  •  So this is what it means to go all out and focus on it since it only comes once a year.

Point Eight: Be prepared and be adaptable

  •  Be prepared for change!
  • Many people, when they come to a program, they start really well but then they start losing momentum later on.
  •  Expect yourself to change plans in the month of Ramadan
  •  You need to expect to adapt to the changes in the month of Ramadan. It’s better to do so then to lose hope and give up on your goals and plans.
  •  Don’t overdo something and don’t have unrealistic goals, but have high goals and be prepared to adapt to these goals
  •  Do not  cancel the good deeds completely that you have started just because you think of the good deeds that you have started was too high to attain.

Point Nine: Remind yourself of the virtue of what you are doing

  • Allah says in the Qur’an “Remind and teach the message for that it benefits the believer.”
  •  You yourself in the month of Ramadan are going to feel tired and exhausted.
  •  So go to someone and ask for advice and seek help for someone to remind you.
  •  You yourself remind yourself by sitting a few minutes at night in seclusion and make dhikhr and dua and think about what’s in store for the one who is fasting.
  •  Every now and then, remind yourself of the virtue of fasting.
  •  Keep the hadith of fasting in Ramadan handy, and the virtue of the Lailatul Qadr, etc.
  • Eventually, go attend a powerful reminder and/or program in the masjid.

Point Ten: Never give up!

  • If the shaitaan wants anything from us, he wants us to give up.
  •  Every time people start making ibadaat, we get weaker, and then we stop doing it because shaytaan keeps whispering into us and saying “Dude, you know you can’t do that right? You’re not the person to achieve this good deed”
  •  And then you fall into that trap.
  • Never GIVE UP!!! Even if you realize that it is the last day of Ramadan and you have missed out on many opportunities to do good still use that moment you have. Even if it is the last hour of RAMADAN! Never give up…


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15 Ways to make Ramadan Special for your Kids this Year

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Only a few days left, but there’s little time for us to prepare kids for Ramadan. Here are a couple of ideas to help make it special this year:

1. Hold a family meeting about Ramadan

A week before Ramadan, hold a family meeting to explain what Ramadan is, that the sighting of the moon indicates its beginning, what Muslims do and how the family’s schedule will change. Also ask for suggestions of what everyone would like to do during the month. For instance, would they like to take a trip somewhere, eat a specific type of food, etc.

2. Welcome the month with balloons, banners and more

Say “Ramadan Mubarak” with the standard party fare: balloons, a great banner and decorations galore. Get the kids to help decorate the place and ask for their ideas and suggestions so they feel included.

3. Tell a Ramadan story during bedtime every night

Don’t just rely on children’s books about Ramadan to share stories. Describe what Ramadan was like when you were a kid. You can also make some tales up with your child as the main character in a Ramadan adventure!

4. Let them fast even a quarter of the day and celebrate

Kids often want to fast as they see their parents and older siblings do. This year, let them fast for a couple of hours. Prepare a special “Iftar” for them when they break fast with a couple of their favorite foods.

5. Make Ramadan loot bags for their class

Get their teacher’s permission to make loot bags with Ramadan Mubarak written on them for the class. Fill it with candy, small toys and a little card explaining in two or three short sentences what Ramadan is. Have your child distribute the bags to their classmates.

6. Make a presentation about Ramadan in their class

7. Make Ramadan arts and crafts at home

Art is a great way to learn more about Ramadan. Have the kids make the different shapes of the moon and show which one indicates the beginning of the month, which one the middle and which one the end; make a collage of some of their favorite foods for Iftar; have them make special Ramadan placemats for the dinner table.

8. Make a family trip out of sighting the moon

Once the kids are dressed in their pajamas, herd them into the car and take them to where other Muslims in the city are gathering to sight the Ramadan moon. Do the same at the end of the month. Bring a telescope or binoculars.

9. Invite their friends over for a kids-only Iftar

Let your kids come up with the guest list and menu. Also, have them make some of the food. You can pick some kid-friendly recipes or they can help with preparing the parts of Iftar that don’t require using a stove or cutting with knives.

10. Invite grandparents or elder community members over for Iftar

After everyone’s eaten, hold a storytelling session where the guests describe what Ramadan was like when they were growing up. Ask them to be descriptive. How was Iftar time announced? In some countries, they use a drum. In other places a verbal announcement on a loudspeaker is made. What kind of food did they eat? What games did they play during Ramadan?

11. Make a Ramadan 2010 scrapbook

Take plenty of photos of everyone during Suhur (now that’s entertaining!) and Iftar time, as well as while they are fasting and pieces of decorations used, interesting stickers, etc. to make a scrapbook about this Ramadan. Each child should bring three mementos he or she would like to include.

12. Remember the poor

Arrange with the kids to volunteer at a soup kitchen for a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday. If possible, try to find one that has children as its clients so they see that not only adults, but kids like themselves also suffer from hunger.

13. Make and send homemade Ramadan cards

Before the month starts, have an arts and crafts session to make Ramadan Mubarak cards for siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Send the cards soon though, time’s running out!

14. Take them to Tarawih prayer so they feel they’re part of a community

Nothing teaches community spirit like congregational prayer. Take the kids with you to the mosque for Tarawih prayer on Friday and Saturday nights when homework isn’t an issue. Also, ask them to bring some of their allowance to give in charity while they’re there.


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The Vision of Alhaji Iddi Amin on UMSC

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HEALTHY JUICES FOR FORUMISTS

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Carrot + Ginger + Apple – Boost and cleanse our system.

Apple + Cucumber + Celery – Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and improve stomach upset and headache.

Tomato + Carrot + Apple – Improve skin complexion and bad breath.

Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk – Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.

Orange + Ginger + Cucumber – Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.

Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon – To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.

Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi – To improve skin complexion.

Pear & Banana – regulates sugar content.

Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango – Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization .

Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk – Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and strengthen body immunity.

Papaya + Pineapple + Milk – Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.

Banana + Pineapple + Milk – Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation.


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TEN FACTS ABOUT THE BRAIN

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1.80% of the brain is water.This means that it is important that you remain properly hydrated for the sake of your mind.

2.Our brain is more active at night as compared to day.

3. Information travels along neurons at different speeds. This is why sometimes you can recall information instantly, and sometimes it takes a little longer.

4.Our brain makes up only 2% of our body weight yet it requires 20% of oxygen that enters our bloodstream.

5. Alcohol interferes with brain processes by weakening connections between neurons.

6. Laughing at a joke is no simple task as it requires activity in five different areas of the brain.That’s why the Prophet Muhamad(SAW) advised us not to laugh exhaustively

7. Differences in brain weight and size do not equal differences in mental ability. The weight of Albert Einstein’s brain was 1,230 grams that is less than an average weight of the human brain.

8. A living brain is so soft you could cut it with a table knife.

9. There are about 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain.

10. The brain can live for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen, and then it begins to die. No oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes will result in permanent brain damage.


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Mathematical Solutions by iman Ali a.s.(Cousin of prophet Muhammad(PBUH)

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One day a person came to imam Ali a.s., thinking that since ‘Ali a.s.thinks he is too smart, I’ll ask him such a tough question that he won’t be able to answer it and I’ll have the chance to embarrass him in front of all the Arabs.’

He asked Ali a.s., “Tell me a number, that if we divide it by any number from 1-10 the answer will always come in the form of a whole number and not as a fraction.”

Hazrat Ali A.S. looked back at him and said, “Take the number of days in a year and multiply it with the number of days in a week and you will have your answer.”

The person got astonished but as he was a Mushrik he still didn’t believe Ali a.s. He calculated the answer Ali a.s. gave him. To his amazement he came across the following results:
The number of Days in a Year = 360 (in Arabic Calendar)

The Number of Days in a Week = 7

The product of the two numbers = 2520

2520 divided by 1 = 2520

2520 divided by 2 = 1260

2520 divided by 3 = 840

2520 divided by 4 = 630

2520 divided by 5 = 504

2520 divided by 6 = 420

2520 divided by 7 = 360

2520 divided by 8 = 315

2520 divided by 9 = 280

2520 divided by 10= 252

ANOTHER QISWA

One day a person came to Ali a.s. He was planning to ask Ali a.s. such a question which would take Ali a.s. a long time to answer and because of that, his Maghrib Prayers would be delayed.

He asked Ali a.s. “You say you know everything in the world, then tell me which animals lay eggs and which animals give birth to their young ones.”

Hazrat Ali a.s. looked at him, smiled and said, “The animals who have their ‘EARS’ outside their body give birth to their young ones; and the animals who have their ‘EARS’ inside their body lay eggs.”

ANOTHER EXAMPLE

A person was about to die, and before dying he wrote his Will which went as follows…
“I have 17 Camels, and I have three sons. Divide my Camels in such a way that My eldest son gets half of them, the second one gets 1/3rd of the total and my youngest son gets 1/9th of the total number of Camels”

After his death when the relatives read his will they got extremely perplexed and said to each other that how can we divide 17 camels like this?

So, after a long hard thought, they decided that there was only one man in Arabia who could help them: “Ali Ibne Abi Taalib.” They all went to the door of Ali a.s. and put forward their problem!

Hazrat Ali a.s. said, “Ok. I will divide the camels as per the mans’ will.”

He said, “I will lend one of my camels to the total which makes it 18 (17+1=18), now lets divide as per his will.

The Eldest gets 1/2 of 18 = 9
The second one gets 1/3 of 18 = 6
and the Youngest gets 1/9 of 18 = 2
Now the total number of camels = 17”

Then Hazrat Ali a.s. said, “Now I will take my Camel back.”

This was the genius that Hazrat Ali a.s. was in his time! 7th century a.d.

LESSON: The next Mufti should be someone educated in deen and secular education, atleast with a degree in something other than just Sharia & Hadith

The Gravitational Pull of ANTs, WORMS & FEARS

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What is an ANT?
An ANT is an acronym for Automatic Negative Thoughts.

What is a WORM?
A WORM is a metaphor for deep-seated, unconscious beliefs that lye dormant in our consciousness analogous to a computer virus that only activates when a certain button is pushed on our keyboard.

What is a FEAR?
A FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real; an optical illusion that makes you believe it is impossible to move beyond this point so why even try. FEAR is a lie!

ANTs are pre-conscious thoughts, beliefs, ideas that keep us trapped in our comfort zone. They exist to stop us from moving to far ahead of our current environment. They cause us to become uncomfortable with our potential and possibility.

They exist to keep us in a holding pattern where we don’t act or do anything to better ourselves. They keep us stagnated and stifled. They cause us to sabotage our good.

WORMS are much stronger than ANTs and are more insidious and pervasive. If we are focused, we can overcome an ANT with sheer will power, but will power up against a WORM [deep seated, dominant belief] is like one soldier up against an entire army. A WORM will destroy will power and we will automatically sabotage our life and act in a manner consistent with our dominant beliefs.

For instance, we might have an ANT that says, “I’m not good enough to be with this person.” If we force our way through that automatic negative thought using shear will power and continue to stay in the relationship, the ANT may be crushed but then the WORM will appear and may say, “You ARE NOT good enough to be with that person so why are you trying ? LOSER!” At that moment when the unconscious, dominant belief has you in its grips, you will begin to slowly or abruptly (depending on frequency) sabotage the relationship in some shape, form or fashion.

The Law of Attraction
The law of attraction simply means that you attract in life what you are not what you want and what you are is what you think about when you are not thinking about anything. The law of attraction states who you are ? your dominant beliefs and unconscious thoughts; i.e., DNA (see SHOCKphilosophy? Principle #4) — ANTs, WORMS and FEARS.

I am sure you have heard the term, like attracts like. It’s the reason why rich people hang out with rich people and poor people hang out with poor people. What we must be mindful of is our DNA programming is designed not to go outside of its comfort zone for extended periods of time. With that said, it’s understandable why we feel uncomfortable when we are around something or someone we have never been exposed to that stretches us, challenges us to be more, do more and having more. So it is our DNA programming; ANTs, WOMRS, and FEARS that keep us locked into this vicious cycle that gives the illusion of progression when in fact we are on auto-repeat; just standing still. We then attract people, places and things in our life to confirm this process and keep us in a holding pattern.

The law of attraction is so powerful that if you had two pianos in different rooms and struck the c-note on the first piano the other piano’s c-chord would be vibrating as well. The law of attraction is gravitational which is why in order to move to the next quantum or level in life we must first move and expand our consciousness so that we can attract a different outcome.

In order to move from one gravitational pull to another, we must become comfortable with being uncomfortable, face our ANTs, WORMS and FEARS and learn how to handle next level thinking. When you expand consciousness, expand spiritually, emotionally and psychologically, you automatically move into another vibration or gravitational pull.

You will also bring along with you for the ride and new set of ANTs, WORMS and FEARS whose soul purpose is to push or pull you to yet another level by making your current level content and hopefully unconformable.

This is why it is so very important and necessary to learn how to neutralize your ANTs, WORMS and FEARS because it causes you to move in quantum steps verses minute steps. You shorten your learning curve and lesson your barriers to entry at the next level in life when you confront the DNA programming that is keeping you where you are ?
within the Gravitational Pull of ANTs, WORMS & FEARS.

Remedy for Obesity

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Obesity is the condition where a person has excessive deposit or storage of fat in his/her body. It can affect a person in any and every age group and is also not restricted by sex. Obesity is found more in people who consume food in large quantities and lead a sedentary live. A serious health hazard, the extra fat puts strain on the heart, kidneys, liver and joints of hips, knees and ankles. The causes of obesity include overeating, low basal metabolism, thyroid or pituitary gland disorders, sedentary lifestyle, genetic factors and hormonal imbalance. While being overweight refers to an increase in overall body weight, including essential body tissues, obesity refers only to excessive fat tissues. However, obesity can be treated effectively at home, resorting to some natural ways. Given below are some effective home remedies for curing the problem of obesity.

Home Remedies for Obesity
* The easiest and effective remedy to fight obesity would be to have 10 grams of honey, along with a glass of warm water. Consume this in the morning, on an empty stomach. If found effective, the dose can be increased with time.

* You can also mix juice of half a lime and one teaspoon of fresh honey in a glass of lukewarm water. Have this early in the morning, followed by every few hours intake.

* Consuming 10-12 fully grown curry leaves every morning, for 3 months, is found beneficial in dealing with the problem of obesity.

* Have one or two tomatoes, on an empty stomach, every morning. This has been found to be effective in curing obesity.

* In a glass of boiling water, add ginger and lemon slices. Steep for sometime and strain the water. Have this decoction when warm. Not only would it treat obesity, it would also control overeating tendency.

* In a cup of water, add 3 tsp limejuice, ½ tsp powdered black pepper and 1 tsp honey. Have this concoction regularly, once a day, for 3 months.

* Include loads of cabbage in your diet. You can have its leaves raw or boiled. You can also make a vegetable out of it or use it in salads.

* Take out fresh carrot juice, add a little water and churn it in a blender. Filter the juice and drink it.

* Include French beans, jackfruits, grapes, figs, peaches, phalsa and guava in the diet.

* Having green tea has been found to be beneficial in treating obesity. You can also consume tea made from dandelion root.

* In a cup of lukewarm water, add ½ tbsp honey and ½ tsp holy basil paste. Consume this everyday, for treating obesity.

* Horse gram can help cure obesity. Soak 1-2 tbsp horse gram in a glass of water and keep it overnight. Filter the concoction the next morning and have it on an empty stomach.

Warning:The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.

A dialogue between a Flower and a Pearl

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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful  بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

One day, a brilliantly beautiful and fragrant flower with attractive colors met a pearl that lives far in the bottom of the sea and has none of these characteristics. Both got acquainted with each other.

The flower said : “Our family is large; roses and daisies are members of the family. And there are many other species that are various and countless, each has a distinctive scent, appearance .etc.”

Suddenly, a tinge of distress appeared on the  flower.

“Nothing accounts for sorrow in your talk; so why are depressed?” The pearl asked.

“Human beings deal with us carelessly; they slight us. They don’t grow us for our sake but to get pleasure from our fragrance and beautiful appearance. They throw us on the street or in the garbage can after we are dispossessed of the most valuable properties; brilliance and fragrance” The flower sighed.

And then the flower said to the pearl : “Speak to me about your life! How do you live? How do you feel it? You are buried in the bottom of the sea. ”

The pearl answered: “Although I have none of your distinctive colors and sweet scents, humans think I am precious. They do the impossible to procure me. They go on long journeys, dive deep in the seas searching for me. You might be astounded to know that the further I lay, the more beautiful and brilliant I become. That’s what upraises my value in their thought. I live in a thick shell isolated in the dark seas. However, I’m happy and proud to be in a safe zone far from wanton and mischievous hands and still the humans consider me highly valuable

Do you know what the flower and the pearl symbolize?

The Flower is the unveiled woman (who shows her charms) and the Pearl is the veiled woman (who conceals her beauties)

 

Courtesy:  Straight Path

THE PAINTING STORY ABOUT LIFE

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There was a king who was a great admirer of art. He encouraged artists from all over his country and gave them valuable gifts.

One day an artist came and said to the king, “Oh King! Give me a blank wall in your palace and let me paint a picture on it. It will be more beautiful
than anything you have ever seen before. I promise you shall not be disappointed. ” Now, the king happened to be constructing a big hall at the rear end of the palace. So he said, “All right you may work on one of the walls in the new hall.”

So the artist was given the job and he was very pleased indeed. Just then, another young man said, “Oh King! Please allow me to work on the opposite
wall. I too am an artist.”

The king said, “What would you like to make?”

The man said, “My Lord, I shall make exactly what that man will make on the opposite wall. Moreover, I shall do so, without looking at his work. I
would even request you to have a thick curtain put up between the two walls so that either of us cannot see the other.” Now, that was a tall statement.
Everyone in the king’s court, including the king and the first artist were intrigued. But the king loved surprises and he decided to give the young
fellow a chance.The following day a thick curtain was put into place and both the artists got to work. The first artist brought in a regular supply
of paint, oil, water etc. The second one would come with a cloth and a bucket of water every day.

After a month the first artist told the king that his work was complete and he would like to show it to the king.The king sent for the second artist
and asked him, “Young man, when would your work be ready? I am coming to see the first wall this evening.”

The man said, “My Lord, my wall is ready too!”

The king went to see the first artist’s wall. He was very, very impressed with the painting and gave a hefty sum as a reward to the artist. He then
asked for the curtain to be opened up

Lo and behold! The same painting was to be seen on the opposite wall too!

Amazing! But true! Each line, each minor detail was exactly as it was on the first wall. But this man had not been seeing what was going on, on the
other side of the curtain.So how had he done it? The king wanted to know the secret.

He gave a double reward to the fellow. Then he said, “Young man, I am indeed very happy with your work. But you must tell me; how did you do it?”

The lad said simply, “It’s very easy! I just polished the wall every day!”

It was a wall made of white marble! The fellow polished it till it shone like a mirror. The reflection of the painting across the room, showed up in
it!

That is what it means to polish yourself. For when we polish our hearts and souls, we see God’s reflection within.

It is said that the world is a reflection of you. Whatever you are, the world will seem to be that too. If you are sad, jealous, dejected, angry,
restless … that is what the world will seem to be!

If you are happy, the world will seem to be paradise.

You decide how you want your world to look…

Health Benefits of Papaya

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* VITAMINS
o Vitamin A : 1,750 I.U
o Vitamin B : Thiamine 0.03 mg.
o Riboflavin : 0.04 mg.
o Niacin : 0.3 mg.
o Vitamin C : 56 mg.
o Also contains Vitamin E and K.

* MINERALS
o Calcium : 20 mg.
o Iron : 0.3 mg.
o Phosphorus: 16 mg.
o Potassium : 470 mg.
* FAT : 0.1 gm.
* CAROHYDRATES : 10gm.
* PROTEIN : 0.6gm.
* CALORIES : 39

Heart disease: Papayas may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.

Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a very good source of vitamin E and beta-carotene, three very powerful antioxidants.These nutrients help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Only when cholesterol becomes oxidised is it able to stick to and build up in blood vessel walls, forming dangerous plaques that can eventually cause heart attacks or strokes.

High cholesterol: Papayas are also a very good source of fibre, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.

The folic acid found in papayas is needed for the conversion of a substance called homocysteine into benign amino acids. If unconverted, homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls and is considered a significant risk factor for a heart attackor stroke.

Cancer: Papaya’ s fibre is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells.

In addition, papaya’s folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E have each been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. These nutrients provide synergistic protection for colon cells from free radical damage to their DNA.Increasing your intake of these nutrients by enjoying papaya is an especially good idea for individuals at risk of colon cancer.

Inflammation: The enzymes contained in papaya have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns.In addition, the antioxidant nutrients found in papaya are also very good at reducing inflammation. This may explain why people with diseases that are worsened by inflammation, such as asthma, osteoarthrit is and rheumatoid arthritis, find that the severity of their condition is reduced when they get more of these nutrients.A July 2004 study indicates that vitamin C-rich foods, such as papaya, provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints. The findings, presented in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases were drawn from a study of more than 20,000 subjects who kept diet diaries and were arthritis-free when the study began.

Subjects who consumed the lowest amounts of vitamin C-rich foods were more than three times more likely to develop arthritis than those who consumed the highest amounts.

Other benefits: The fibre found in papayas may also help with the symptoms of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

In addition, vitamin C and vitamin A, which is made in the body from the beta-carotene in papaya, are both needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system. Papaya may therefore be a healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses asrecurrent ear infections, colds and flu.

The Ayurveda experts have regarded papain as a remedy for abdominal disorders. It is a good medicine for dysentery, hyperacidity, dyspepsia and constipation.

Pimples are removed by rubbing the white pulp of raw papaya on the face. It bringslustre to the face and removes wrinkles.
The ripe fruit is easily digestible and prevents constipation.

Case studies indicate that this food taken alone for two or three days has a highly beneficial tonic effect upon the stomach and intestines.

The juice of the papaya aids in relieving infections of the colon and has a tendency to break down pus and mucus reached by the juice.

Prevents nausea (includes morning sickness and motion sickness)

The seeds are antihelmintic, for expelling worms and they are given with honey. Chew and swallow two teaspoonfuls of seeds after each principal meal (three times a day). —

THE BEST ADVISE A WOMAN CAN GET FROM THIS FORUM

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Dear sisters in Islam, Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakatuhu,

Please take a look at this advice, so that you can stay attractive and beautiful for the rest of your life:

1- To beautify your eyes, lower your gaze towards strange men, this will make your eyes pure and shiny.

2- To beautify your face and make it shiny, keep doing wudhoo minimum five times a day.

3- To have attractive lips, always mention Allah and remember to speak the truth.

4- As for blush and rouge, “Modesty” (Haya’) is one of the best brands and it can be found in any of the Islamic centers.

5- To remove impurities from your face and body, use a soap called “Istighfaar”. (seeking forgiveness of Allah) this soap will remove any bad deeds.

6- Now about your hair, if any of you has a problem of hair split ends, then “Islamic Hijab” which will protect your hair from damage.

7- As! for jewelry, beautify your hands with humbleness and let your hands be generous and give charity to the poor

8- To avoid heart disease, forgive people who hurt your feelings.

9- Your necklace should be a sign to pardon your fellow brothers and sisters.

If you follow these advices given to you by the Creator, you will have a beautiful and attractive inner and outer appearance. InshaAllaah.

SALT USES YOU MAY HAVE NOT KNOWN BEFORE

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1. If you drop a whole egg on the floor, pour salt all over the egg, let it sit for awhile, then use dustpan, the egg will come right up, without all that mess.

2. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.

3. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.

4. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.

5. Put a few grains of rice in your saltshaker for easier pouring.

6. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.

7. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink;bad ones float.

8. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

9. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.

10. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.

11. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won’t stick.

12. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.

13. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.

14. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.

15. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.

16. Boil clothes pins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.

17. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour

18. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life

19. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.

20. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface

21. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.

22. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.

23. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make stiff putty.

24. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.

25. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.

26. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.

27. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.

28. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.

29. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.

30. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for a while.

31. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.

32. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.

33. Soak your clothesline in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.

34. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.

35. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.

36. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.

37. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.

38. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.

39. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.

40. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.

41. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.

42. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.

43. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.

44. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.

45. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.

46. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.

47. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.

48. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.

49. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odour.

50. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.

51. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.

52. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.

53. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.

54. Remove offensive odours from stove with salt and cinnamon.

55. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.

56. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.

57. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.

58. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don’t want grass growing.

59. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a brighter look. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.

60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won’t smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.

DON’T WASTE THAT LEMON PEEL

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“Knowledge is the only treasure that increases on sharing”
Good info on using the whole lemon vs. only the juice…

Lemon productions became more and more abundant around the world because of its nutritious contents. Lemons are used in many different ways in lemon industries and factories, but not among households.

How do you eat or taste lemon in your house? Probably, you do not know how to apply lemon the right away.

Do you just squish a few drips to your whisky, vegetable salad, bread, ice cream, roasted meat, cake, baked chicken, fruit drinks, or to your other favorable dishes? If so, what a waste!

Here, I’ll tell you the real use of lemon

I’m sure you know how nutritious a lemon is. But you may only know how to use it as a simple seasoning, as most people do, and not as a side dish.

You think that only the squished juice from lemon is used, while the lemon peel is thrown away. Yes, you think that you only need that sour, citrus taste of the lemon’s juice, is that right?

However, we found out that many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple… place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your whisky, wine, vegetable salad, ice cream, vegetable soup, chicken soup, curry soup, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, meat loaf, sausage, fish dishes, and ramen.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Chinese dish, Italian dish, French dish, African, Indian, Japanese, Korean, or Latin American dishes, you just name it. All of these foods will unexpectedly have wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before in your life. You don’t believe me? Just try it and you will agree with me. Everything will certainly taste great!

Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore. Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting. But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

The lemon peel is good in making you slim if you are a fat person, or makes you healthy fat if you are skinny.

It is very good that the PYRO-ENERGEN is also for the taste of all people. It’s also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

So place your lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer! That’s the lemon secret!

Better late than NEVER!

The surprising benefits of lemon!

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Charles Street Baltimore , MD 1201.

This is the latest in medicine, effective for cancer!

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial inpreventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations? As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas … The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C.Cause Street, Baltimore, MD1201

Progress on Islamic Banking in Uganda

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Iam not very sure about Bank Of Uganda(BOU)’s opposition to Islamic banking.As a matter of fact i know that the bank has invested substantial resources in training its senior staff in preparation for Islamic banking so that they can regulate it effectively.Some of these trainings have been in Uganda others outside in countries where Islamic banking is practiced.Consequent to that preparation and because of the uniqueness of some of the products sold by Islamic banking a specific law is required.

To my knowledge this law is before cabinet. BOU already has a pending application by NBC to open up a window for Islamic banking.It is also important to know that it is possible to sell some of the Islamic products under the current legal regime once there is a sound contractual arrangement between the bank and the customer complying with Islamic and Ugandan law .

BOU has however asked that such arrangements be delayed until the law is passed. I have had previous meetings with the Governor on this issue and to the contrary he is very open and supportive especially because of the advantages derived from Islamic banking.

yours faithfully,
Salim Makeera
MANAGING PARTNER

MAKEERA & CO.ADVOCATES

Kibuli’s Memorandum in Reaction to the Kabale Muslim Conference

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Assalam Alaikum, receive a copy of the Memorandum sent by Uganda Muslim Community, read Kibuli to the Late Iddi Amin in reaction to the conference leading to the formation of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. I will in due course also upload, the inaugural speech of Iddi Amin, and reactions to this issues raised in the Memorandum. I hope these documents help us put Muslim wrangles in perspective and contribute to the Muslim unity meaningfully. Thanks Allah Knows Best.

UMBS ANNUAL CONVENTION AND CARAVANS

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Asalaam alaikum  brothers and sisters.I salute all those who have and continue to constructively contribute to this forum.I am sorry in advance for a lengthy post but thought that, for clarity I had to be elaborate.

My view is that we need the two suggested programs, the Annual Convention and the Dawa caravans, and even other get together programs on a regular basis, like fund raising dinners and meetings for our programs.

  1. The Annual Convention.

I).This will help us come together as muslim brothers and sisters to physically know one another and to help to break the many barriers and suspicions that may hinder our interaction.

ii). It would give us an opportunity to take stock of our achievements over the given period and to analyse our limitations to help forge out the best way forward.

ii). Help us plan for our future programs, elect our local management teams, fund raise resources and make a critical analysis of our programs, problems and challenges as the muslim community in Uganda.

iv). Share knowledge and ideas on the many challenges facing us as the muslim community in Uganda. This could take a form of presentation of well researched out papers to be discussed in detail in small groups in order to come out with realistic resolutions for implementation.

This convention would for example be a two or three day event, to give opportunity to as many members as possible time to participate in the discussions, put in place working committees to follow up on the resolutions than the one day events which are more of a PR stance.

We have access to many affordable facilities to accommodate this program.

There are many other benefits of coming together as muslims like giving opportunity to many of our muslim charities and organisations to enlighten us on their objectives, programs and projects, recruit volunteers and even fundraise for their programs.. This could be in the form of these organisations setting up desks at the convention to accomplish this task.

  1. 1.       The Dawa Caravans.

We need these caravans to enable us reach out to the grass root muslim community in Uganda to help get a grasp of the problems and challenges on the ground, collect strategic data and help forge out empirical and realistic interventions or solutions, to help mitigate the effects of these problems and challenges.

These caravans could take a form of annual visits to the different regions of the country like the western, eastern, northern, southern and central regions, where members go out for about 14 days visiting institutions like schools, colleges, mosques and even muslim homes in the chosen region, advising our brethren on the various aspects affecting their day to day living conditions with the aim of improving their commitment and awareness of Islam and welfare.

We can mobilise members from the various disciplines like agriculture, medical, legal, business, education, engineering etc to be part of the delegation and help advise our people on how they would utilise their resources to ensure maximum benefit to their families and community like advise on the best methods of farming, small self-help income generating projects, advise on land matters, family issues, importance of engaging in civic matters, the youth, public health and personal/home hygiene, and many other disciplines aimed at enhancing their welfare.

For flexibility members would be given the opportunity to hope on and off as the caravan goes along according to their ability to sacrifice and engagements.

I was active in organising and participated in three of such caravans some time back whilst in MUMSA (Makerere Muslim Students Association).

In 1999 we visited the districts of Jinja, Kamuli and Iganga for about two weeks, where we visited many schools both primary and secondary irrespective of their foundations, mosques and homes, sensitising our brothers, sisters and parents on the many challenges they faced like the need for education, health, participating in politics and civil matters, their deen Islam and held very fruitful discussions on the issues and problems affecting their welfare.

I remember we resided in one of the masjids in these towns from where we would reach out to many of the schools, institutions, hospitals and mosques with in ten miles from these towns. In Iganga for example we went as far Bunya where we found that the Shiats had taken root by building a mosque and big school in that area.

On return in the evening, each of us would give a report on the areas and institution visited, and advise on the best way forward. These reports would be compiled in to what we used to call an Up-country report and submitted to our muslim organisations like UMSC, NGOs and others for intervention. I am sure some these reports are available at MUMSA if records are well catered for, for I personally compiled two of these reports, the Jinja, Iganga, Kamuli and the Mubende, Kabalole and Kasese reports.

We even visited civic leaders like RDCs, education officers and many others whom we deemed relevant in the course of pursuing our objectives.

Our women met with girls and women in these areas and exchanged ideas on how to improve the welfare of our sisters on matters exclusive to women.

We also had a doctor and some medicine on these caravan, who would help treat some ailments of our brothers and sisters in these areas and advise on others like on public health issues.

In 1990 we visited Mubende, Kabalore and Kasese districts with the same objectives and program. This caravan was even blessed with the participation of our br. AbdulRahman Wandati who was by then WAMY’s East African representative that helped in sponsoring part of this program.

In 1991 we visited the Eastern region covering the districts of Tororo, Mbale, Busia and other areas around that region.

In 1992 still with the same program, they went to the north, and covered the West Nile and other areas that I don’t recall for I did not participate in that program.

I remember our brothers like DR. Semogerere of UK, Dr. Sowed Kayongo of IMAU and brothers like Sh. Murtadha Bukenya, Imam Kasozi, Hajj Abasi Kiyimba then the patron MUMSA were very instrumental in these caravans.

We also had grass root support from UMYA’s network in these regions which am sure we can still utilise to effect this program.

This program will help us in gathering empirical data to help us make realistic interventions and to make strategic plans to help improve the welfare of our community in Uganda.

I am confident that many of us can contribute in all forms like financial, ideological, skills and other resources like property, transport, land etc to help mitigate the challenges facing the muslim community in Uganda and probably even in the wider world.

We however need to educate and sensitise our people to  appreciate this need, and that one of the most effective ways out will be by identifying with the grass roots community, for them to appreciate our objectives and to help them differentiate us from the many opportunists they see and hear about in Kampala and other towns of the country.

Social and grass root Programs of this kind have the potential to attract funding from many other funders worldwide. We can even tap in to many of the government programs and other community development organisations as an implementing agency, thereby giving the opportunity to make impact on the wider society and to gain bargaining power and mandate in government and other resource agencies like the UN, European Union and other NGOs.

I appeal to the members to give these ideas a critical thought and give their views openly than to let them pass, if we are to translate our forum from a mere talking avenue to one that implements what we discuss.

This could probably help in minimising the petty squabbles that are threatening to tear up our forum and to also help in diverting our attention from the petty leadership wrangles that are also threatening our cohesion as a group.

I stand to be corrected and please forgive me for any over or under sights, for I have spent some time outside Uganda, and may be out of touch with what is on the ground.

Thank you.

Sulaiman kavulu

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FITINA IS TOO MUCH AMONG UGANDA MUSLIMS. WHAT DO WE DO?

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FITINA Is too much among Muslims in Uganda. They even want to destroy our UMBS through constant abuses of forum rules and regulations and personal wars on the forum. Before you know it, some will be going to extra levels to discredit the management of UMBS forum and organisation. Are these the times which are referred to in the hadeeth of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), according to which when one of the Sahaabah asked him, “What should I do when there is too much fitnah and division?”, he replied, “Keep away from the people, and sit in your house”? In al-Saheeh, in Kitaab al-Fitan, Baab Kayf al-Haal idha lam yakun khaleefah, there is a hadeeth which says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told them to withdraw from people when calamities strike, and he said, “… even if you have to bite onto the root of a tree.”

Praise be to Allaah.

In al-Saheehayn and elsewhere – and this version was narrated by al-Bukhaari – it is reported from Abu Idrees al-Khawlaani that he heard Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan say: “The people used to ask the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things, fearing that I would live to see such things.

I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, we were in a state of ignorance (jaahiliyyah) and evil, then Allaah sent us this good (i.e., Islam). Will there be any evil after this good?’

He said, ‘Yes.’

I said, ‘Will there by any good after that evil?’

He said, ‘Yes, but it will be tainted.’

I said, ‘How will it be tainted?’

He said, ‘(There will be) some people who will guide others in a way that is not according to my guidance. You will approve of some of their deeds and disapprove of others.’

I said, ‘Will there be any evil after that good?’

He said, ‘Yes, there will be people calling at the gates of Hell, and whoever responds to their call, they will throw them into it (the Fire).’

I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, describe them to us.’

He said, ‘They will be from among our people, speaking our language.’

I said, ‘What do you command me to do if I live to see such a thing?’

He said, ‘Adhere to the jamaa’ah (group, community) of the Muslims and their imaam (leader).’

I asked, ‘What if there is no jamaa’ah and no leader?’

He said, ‘Then keep away from all those groups, even if you have to bite (eat) the roots of a tree until death overtakes you whilst you are in that state.’”

The time does not refer to this particular period we are living in; it is a general idea which may refer to any time and place, from the time of the fitnah and rebellion against ‘Uthmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) at the time of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them all), onwards.

What is meant by keeping away or withdrawing from people at the time of division is what was mentioned by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) in al-Fath, narrating from al-Tabari, who said: when the people do not have an imaam (leader) and they split into sects and parties, do not follow any of these groups; keep away from all of them if possible, lest one fall into evil.

So, Muslims should stay away from all the groups fighting for Muslim leadership in Uganda and concentrate on the developmental projects or developing their deen through preaching to others.

When there is a jamaa’ah that is truly following the Straight Path, then you have to join them and help to increase their numbers, and cooperate with them in truth, because in that case this group constitutes the jamaa’ah of the Muslims for that man in that place.

And Allaah is the source of strength. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions and grant them them peace.

Fataawa  al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 3/95

The reason why it is prescribed for Muslims to perform Hajj once in a Lifetime

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Assalamu alaikum,

We Muslims feel honoured and proud to be the slaves of Allaah, the One, the Self-Sufficient Master, Who begets not nor was He begotten, and there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him; He is our Lord and we have no Lord besides Him. Hence we respond to the commands of our Lord with the utmost humility and submit to His commands, for we know that He is the All-Wise and no wisdom is greater than His. We know that He is the Most-Merciful and there is none more merciful than Him, may He be glorified and praised. Hence we love Him in a way that demands that we obey His commands even if that is somewhat difficult for us. We feel proud, happy and content when we do that which He commands us to do.

For if a human loves another person, he loves to serve him and that may make him happy. So what do you think about the Almighty Lord Who created us and grants us provision, and everything that we have is a blessing from Him? And His is the highest description. We owe everything to our Lord, so we must hasten to do all that He commands us to do, so that we might give back some small thanks for His great blessings. We can never thank Him enough, but by His grace Allaah the Most Generous accepts our small efforts and rewards us for them greatly.

For example, Hajj or pilgrimage. If a Muslim does Hajj in the manner required by his Lord, then Allaah has promised to forgive him his sins and admit him to Paradise, on condition that he does not spoil this action by committing any major action that would invalidate it and earn the anger of Allaah.

One of the great mercies that Allaah has bestowed upon this ummah (nation, i.e., the Muslims), is that Allaah has made obedience to His commands and the commands of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) subject to the condition that one be able to do them. So long as a person is able to do them, then it is obligatory for him to do what is required of him, otherwise he is not obliged to do so and he is excused. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope” [al-Baqarah 2:286] – i.e.,  He does not ask him to do more than he can bear.

Concerning Hajj in particular, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allaah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence)” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:97]

By His mercy He has enjoined this upon His slaves once in a lifetime, so that it will not be too difficult for them, but He urges those who are able to do Hajj and ‘Umrah more than once to do so. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Keep on doing Hajj and ‘Umrah, for they take away poverty and sins as the bellows takes away the impurity from iron.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 2/4; this is a saheeh hadeeth as was stated by al-Albaani in al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 1200).

This great act of worship was prescribed by Allaah so that we might praise Him and glorify Him, and thank Him for His great blessings and bounty. The purpose of Tawaaf around the Ka’bah is not simply to go around these stones! No, rather the reason is that Allaah has commanded us to go around it seven times and we obey Allaah by going around it seven times, no more and no less; rather we do what He has commanded us and we feel that we are His slaves, humbling ourselves before Him and praising Him and thanking Him for choosing us to be His slaves out of all of mankind who worship various gods, and may even worship themselves or their own desires.

The same applies to all the rituals of Hajj, and indeed to all the acts of worship that Allaah has prescribed for us. Praise be to Allaah, Who has honoured us with this great religion.

Moreover, your interest in asking about the Hajj at your young age indicates that you are keen to learn and find out. We advise you to learn more about Islam and to read about it, and to find out for yourself that it is the religion that suits the natural inclinations of man. This will set you on the path towards pleasing your Almighty Lord, Who created you and Who provides for you, and Who deserves that you should worship Him alone and none other.

Perhaps you know that our prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that his fellow-Prophet ‘Eesa (Jesus – peace be upon him) will come down at the end of time and will perform pilgrimage to this House, and he will declare his belief in Allah alone (Tawheed). We believe that this will happen as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us, just as we believe that the sun rises in the morning. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, the son of Maryam (the son of Mary, i.e. Jesus) will certainly pronounce the Talbiyah for Hajj or for ‘Umrah, or for both in the valley of Rawha.” (Narrated by Muslim, 1252). The valley of Rawha’ is a place between Makkah and Madeenah.

[Translator’s note: The Talbiyah is a prayer recited by pilgrims going to Makkah. It may be translated as follows: “Here I am at your service, O Allaah, here I am. Here I am at Your Service, You have no partner, here I am. All praise and blessings are Yours, and all dominion. You have no partner.”]

We ask Allaah to open your heart to true guidance… Ameen.

Do We Have Space for Seven Billion People?

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WE are now seven billion, the United Nations tells us. Columnists and commentators are extremely frustrated over the news. They are speculating about the imminent collapse of resources that such a continuing population bulge will bring about. The limited space on our earth is simply not sufficient for the kind of numbers we are producing every year, they say.

Really?

Let’s measure these arguments using basic math that Dean Esmay used in his Overcrowded Planet?.

New York is acclaimed as a beautiful city. It is one of the most popular (and populous) tourist destinations of the world. In 469 square miles of its area, 166 sq mi is water and 305 sq mi is land. With 8 million people residing in the city, its population density is 27,500 per square mile. The land area includes parks, sporting arenas, museums, libraries, universities, factories, airports, amusement parks, hotels, and shopping centers.

So, 27,500 people per square mile. That’s how crowded New York City is.

Now imagine if every one of the seven billion people – the entire world population – were to be settled evenly in the whole of the United States. What would the population density be?

The US of A has a total area of about 3,800,000 square miles. A simple division will give you: 1,842 people per square mile.

Surprised?

Let’s do something local. Let’s move the entire seven billion to our Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia (Area: ~274,000 sq mi). What would our population density be?

25,500 people per square mile. Less crowded than New York City with space for all amenities and facilities found in a modern state.

There you go! The world population is comfortably packed in the green area. Now we have the rest of the world for everything else.

Did I hear the earth is not enough? Subhan Allah!

“…So blessed be Allah, the Best of creators.” (Qur’an, 23:14)

“…and Allah’s earth is spacious.” (Qur’an, 39:10)

Who will provide?

“And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We shall provide for them as well as for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin.” (Qur’an, 17:31) 

Wealth and poverty

According to this study, the richest 2 percent own more than 50 percent of the world’s wealth. The richest 10 percent own 85 percent of global assets.

If Zakat were to be universally applied (distributing 2.5% of the excess wealth of the rich among the poor), there would be no poverty at all.

The top 10 wealthiest people of America are said to have $1.53 trillion in assets. If only 2.5% of that amount ($38 billion) were to be used in providing three meals a day (according toAmerican standard of living), over 30 million people in the US can be fed for an entire year.

There is certainly nothing wrong with some getting richer than the others. But if everyone had access to basic necessities of life and some money to spend, it would not only improve the lives of the poor, but also invigorate economic activity.

However, not everyone is interested in helping the poor.

And before we Muslims follow suit and write off poor communities as unworthy burdens on earth, we should look at history, our history.

The Islamic civilization, superpowers of the world for over 1,300 years, sprouted from an unlettered, backward and written-off community living in the middle of a desert.

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Be satisfied with what you got, be thankful, and move on in your life

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All what I have mentioned so far, should be enough to show you what I have learned after all these years of trials. And this is to be satisfied with what you got, be thankful, and move on in your life.

None of you shall have everything in life, but you will have what you need; so be satisfied with what you got. None of you shall have more in life than what Allah decreed for you, but you will have what you need; so be thankful for it. And none of you shall have a perfect life in this world, but you will have what you need; so move on in your life.

“O Abu Dharr! Do you think that an abundance in wealth is satisfaction? Verily, true satisfaction is the satisfaction of the heart, and whoever is one who’s satisfaction is in his heart, then nothing that he encounters from this World will harm him. And whoever is one who’s poverty is in his heart, then he will never become satisfied with an abundance of what is given to him in this World, and his covetnous is what will harm him.”[Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

Struggle and have patience until the day comes for you to have everything, more than you want, and all that you wish. And this dream will become true only in Paradise, and that is the real life that (inshAllah) awaits you. The real life begins in the hereafter.

As for this life, it is a prison for until an appointed time. Until you get free, you have to struggle and be patient.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:  The world is a prison-house for a believer and Paradise for a non-believer. [Muslim]

Reflect upon the following Hadith:

“Allaah – the Exalted – says: ‘I am as My servant thinks Me to be, and I am with him if he calls upon Me.’” [Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

A’isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to pray at night until his feet became cracked. “I said to him, ‘Why do you do this. Messenger of Allah, when Allah has forgiven you all your past and future wrong actions?’ He said, ‘Do I not want to be a grateful slave?’” [Bukhari]

“The mentioning of the blessings of Allaah is gratefulness, and not doing so is ungratefulness. And whoever is not thankful for the small things, will not be thankful for the big things. And whoever doesn’t thank the people, doesn’t thank Allaah. And the united community is a blessing, and division is punishment.” [Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

“Whoever makes his worries about just one thing – the Appointed Day (of Resurrection) – then Allaah will suffice him from the rest of his worries. And whoever has his worries branching off from the affairs of this World, then Allaah will not care in which valley he dies.” [Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

“One that is relieved and one that is relieved from: the believing servant is relieved of the stress and pain of this World onto the Mercy of Allaah – the Exalted. And the sinful servant relieves the (righteous) servants and lands and plants and animals of his presence.” [Saheeh al-Jaami as-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuh]

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Look at those who stand at a lower level than you but don’t look at those who stand at a higher level than you, for this would make the favours (conferred upon you by Allah) insignificant (in your eyes). [Muslim]

A Millionaire Muslim In Manchester (UK)

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A breath taking article written below by a brother in Manchester, UK , masha’Allaha successful businessman who has asked for his writeup to be given on the Muslim Networks , and i have chosen UMBS .

Hope you donate something to UMBS account after reading this story. How many of you have ever used that account yet you have got money saved somewhere. ANyway, have a nice read MashaAllah
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Bismillah.

Aslam alaikum

I would like to thank the Management  for allowing me to express my views, and life experience. Please note, the composition of this article is my personal view and experience of life: I have no intention to create debate. Allah hu Alim.

I am born, educated, here in the UK, in the city of Manchester, and let’s just say, Allah swt has been very kind to me, He uplifted me many years ago to become a very successful business entrepreneur. Today, I run a Multi Million pound business; this is all due to His command and authority.

The words “Multi Million” may strike a sense of awe by you, the reader of this article. Yes, money does help you to live in a good area; it does help you to buy good quality clothing, a nicer car, a comfort zone much better than others.

Let’s accept it, I don’t want to pretend to you that money doesn’t mean anything to me, if it had not, I wouldn’t be running such a big business and strive for continuous improvement looking at how I can better myself each year.

However, equally, over the last weeks, I have also realized who the pure hearted are and who the prideful are. When you are my level, you meet people who are in the same ‘prestige’ level as you with fancy lifestyles, big egos and unfortunately, a lot of pride.

In my business, I meet a lot of top level executives, business people who are successful, but unfortunately, they are full of themselves, they boast and brag a lot ,and they think they are superior compared to others. High profile people at my level, have an ‘attitude’ problem because of their wealth and business success.

When it comes to Islam, some shy away from the concept of offering the fardh Salah, paying the correct Zakaat, and due to their prestigious lifestyles, they are so focused on making more and more wealth, they don’t want to discuss Islam.

Equally, some think you are too extreme if you talk about the deen. This arrogance comes from wealth and pride. You find yourself competing with each other, making big statements like :

“ Oh, I just sold my new build in Dubai for £1.5million, I am now going to invest in Brazil, that country is going to be the next boom country to accelerate and good for a crazy economic surge”. Powerful statements like this which only creates more competition, it’s almost like ‘keeping up with Jones’s’. Did I ask you what you are doing or do you feel the need to tell me, I keep asking myself?

When you are living in such prestigious areas, the type of people in your neighborhood, some are full of pride such that they hardly talk to you. And, the ones who do talk to you want to compete and show off as to what they have recently done or achieved. The conversation is either about how much money they have spent on getting a new extension, or how their children are this and that or how they are now going to buy another holiday home in Turkey for
£275,000. Did I ask you what you are doing or do you feel the need to tell me, I keep asking myself?

As you read this article, you may be thinking, what is his point?.

Let me tell you.

A few weeks ago, I met one of my friends from school at the musjid. I met him after 15years. He has a white collared job and Alhamdulillah, he and his wife are earning enough to maintain the house. It was very nice to meet him. We had a good chat as we talked about old times. He invited me to his house and said , “Bro, you must come to my home now, I am going to tell my wife to prepare food for us”.

We went to the musjid car park , I had to get my ipad out from car. He looked at my car and said: ,”Wow , bro, masha’Allah very nice car”.

I didn’t reply. I said to him , “bro, let’s go in your car” , he replied ,“Sure”.

We sat in his Honda Civic. It started first time, it had a smooth engine, it was nice and clean inside. As soon as he started the car, the Quraan recitation was heard, he put the cd track off and played the radio.

I said to him, “Bro, put the Quraan back on, that voice was beautiful, we can talk when we get to your house”. Happily, the brother put the Quraan on.

I was at peace.

When we arrived at his house, his 2 small kids came to the door and greeted me with the salam. We went to the living room, sat down and talked. His wife came in and left us juice, samosas and a few other snacks. We started to engage in good conversation.

I felt so much at ease.

He had a comfortable life, and was very content. He started talking about the deen, how important it was for him and his wife to give his children a good upbringing in the deen, teaching them the Salah, the Quraan and how treat others with respect, dignity and always fear Allah swt.

He said something to me which made my heart sink.

He said,:

“Bro, think about it. How long do we have? We are in our 30’s. Half our life has gone. Allah hu Alim how long we have. I just want to do enough for my Akhirah, Allah swt says in the Quraan that your life, your kids, your wealth, they are all a test on you. I just want to do whatever I can to insha’Allah get into jannah, not just for me , I pray for my family and the Muslim Ummah..it’s not going to be an easy entrance”.

His level of humbleness made me compare my lifestyle and some of the people who I mingle with. He had no hesitancy to talk about the beautiful deen& death, he was very down to earth.

I felt at ease with this brother, someone very down to earth, easy going, soft spoken, a pure heart and more importantly, a brother who was happy and content with what he has, striving for Jannah.
We were on an entirely different playing field compared to my normal circle of ‘associates’.

And do you know what the icing on the cake was?

We went to his local musjid for the Isha prayer where I met more humble brothers after the Isha salah. We all sat on the soft carpet whilst one of the brothers read from a book about the Seerah of the Prophet pbuh.

It was remarkably uplifting and very refreshing.

These brothers were so happy, well spoken, pure hearted and you could feel the love and respect they had for each other, purely for the sake of Allah swt.

That day changed my life. I was away from my usual stressful life of always thinking, working long exhausting hours , meeting my usual crowd of associates who were so full of arrogance , pride and hardly interested in the Akhirah, because they were too busy competing with each other as to who has achieved what in life.

I came home and reflected. I could see a clear and defined difference.

The society I normally associate with, not everyone, but I can confidently say, at least 70%, they are simply chasing the duniya ,are full of arrogance, pride and no fear of the Akirah, some even calling Islam to be extreme.

The high class society wives are more into hosting parties, showing off their new homes and simply going out on a spending spree with their flashy cars. Enter their cars and the latest Bollywood song can be heard. They are obsessed with their skin and complexion, willing to spend hundreds per week in ageing creams.

Allah hu Alim I thought. I too must have displayed pride and arrogance to others, I too must have showed off and I too must have simply chased after this duniya.

However, I have learnt my lesson. Meeting that brother at the musjid, his lifestyle, his ease of talking, his humbleness , his way of thinking, his contentment and thankfulness to Allah swt, his humble friends at the Musjid have opened my eyes as to where I have gone wrong and how his society and company of friends was much better than mines.

He and his humble friends are chasing the Akhirah. Myself and my high class society are chasing the duniya.

Lets accept this. … I have.

I hope this article has helped you to understand, the ‘grass’ is always greener on the other side.
Be content in what you have Muslim brothers and sisters. My eyes have opened.

Please make Duaa for me, that I can become much more closer to chasing the Akhirah as the brothers are. I know one thing for sure, I am going to be spending a lot more time with them and at the Musjid.

They have uplifted my Imaan and made me feel ‘alive’ and to be down to earth.

And Allah swt knows best

W’salam

Brother X in Islam
Manchester, United Kingdom

How to Remove Depression and Worries

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Introduction

Mankind comes across many afflictions and trials, sometimes in overwhelming sequences.  Removing the darkness of these worries, distresses, depression and grief is a very important matter to which Islaam gives serious attention…

Indeed the greatest darkness to envelope mankind and surely his greatest affliction is disbelief in Allah and to associate partners with Him in any form (kufr and shirk).

“Allah is the Protector of those who have faith He will lead them from the depths of darkness into light. . As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are the devils: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the  fire, to dwell therein (for ever).AL-BAQARAH 2.257

“Whereby Allah guides him who seeks His good pleasure to paths of peace and safety. He brings them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guides them unto a straight path.” AL-MAAIDAH 5.016

“Those who deny Our revelations are deaf and dumb in darkness. Whoever Allah wills He sends astray, and whom He wills He places on a straight path.” AL-AN’AM 6.039

The scholars of Islaam have extracted from the Qur’aan and the authentic Sunnah many remedies and cures to help us in our daily affairs and remove our problems.

At-Tawheed

Singling out Allah alone, Glory be to Him, for all types of worship and recognising His Lordship and having faith in the unity of His Lofty Names and Attributes.  There would be anarchy if there was more than one deity.

If there were, in the heavens and the earth, other gods besides Allah, there would have been confusion in both!  But glory to Allah, the Lord of the Throne,  (High is He) above what they attribute to Him! AL-ANBIYA’ 21.022

Allah strikes a comparison between a Muslim and a mushrik (disbeliever). The man with one master (i.e. upon Tawheed) has no worries as to who to obey, so he has no confusion  nor dilemmas.  The second man is confused as to who to obey first, in whom he must put his trust especially as they are quarrelling amongst each other.  The mushrik is left to Shaitaan and his desires to direct him out of his confusion.  However the Muslim who recognises his Lord as One, knows that Allah is the One who rescues His slave when he is in grief.

Allah puts forth a parable; a man belonging to many partners quarrelling with each other, and a man belonging entirely to one master: are those two equal? Praise be to Allah! But most of them have no knowledge. AZ-ZUMAR 39.029

In the beautiful story of Yusuf (alayhe as-salaam) his fellow prisoners were in distress to know the meaning or interpretation of their dreams.

Now with him there came into the prison two young men.  Said one of them: “I see myself (in a dream) pressing wine.” The other said: “I see myself (in a dream) carrying bread on my head, and birds eating it.”   (They said) “Tell us the meaning  of the dreams, for we see that you are a good doer.” YUSUF 12.036

O what was the first thing that this noble prophet of Allah (alayhe as-salaam)  said to his companions?   What was his reply?  He called them to that which will provide them with immediate relief – the b lief that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah – at-Tawheed.

“O my two companions of the prison! (I ask you): are many lords differing among themselves better, or Allah, the Supreme and Irresistible?” YUSUF 12.039

Mankind without Tawheed is astray, captured by Shaitaan and there lives in chaos as explained in Allah’s statement:

Don’t you see that We have set the devils on the disbelievers to confound them with confusion? MARYAM 19.083

So the one upon true Tawheed, Allah helps him and removes grief from him. There are many verses which eludes to this but suffice us for the moment the story of Yunus (alayhe as-salaam).  He (alayhe as-salaam) had lost hope in his people who were not responding to his call to Islaam.  So he (alayhe as-salaam) left them and eventually Allah caused him (alayhe as-salaam) to be in the belly of a large fish.

So wait with patience for the Command of your Lord, and be not like the Companion of the Fish, when he cried out in deep sorrow. AL-QALAM 68.048

In his sorrow and anguish, Yunus (alayhe as-salaam) cried out, but to whom? He  (alayhe as-salaam) called his Lord.

And remember Dhun-Nun (Yunus), when he went off in anger: He imagined that We had no power over him! But he cried through the depths of darkness, “There is no deity worthy of worship except You, glorified and exhalted be You, indeed I was from the wrong-doers!” AL-ANBIYA’ 21.087

Darkness upon darkness enveloped him (alayhe as-salaam):

a) the darkness of the depths of the ocean,
b) the darkness of the belly of the fish,
c) the darkness of the night.

He (alayhe as-salaam) called upon Allah, the One who can remove all distresses, he called upon Him with correct at-Tawheed  and Allah removed his worries immediately.

Responding and Complying  (Istijaabah)

To accept and answer to the deen of Allah and His Messenger, Muhammad (SAAS) completely as the aayah says:

O you who believe! Respond to Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger (SAAS) when He calls you to that which will give you life; and know that Allah comes in between a man and his heart, and that it is He to Whom you shall (all) be gathered. AL-ANFAL 8.024

The repercussion of rejecting the Call to His deen is grievous and its result is the greatest of sorrows in the Hereafter.  The disbeliever will be raised and wail to His Lord (Whom he denied in the world):

He will say: “O my Lord! Why have You raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)? TA-HA 20.125

Allah will reply to him with complete justice:

He (Allah) will say: So (it must be). Our revelations came to you (in the world) but you did reject them. In like manner this Day you are forgotten (rejected). TA-HA 20.126

Not only will Allah reject the disbeliever but he will also be humiliated by Shaitaan who the mushrik took as his close companion and responded to his (Shaitaan’s) call.

And Shaitaan will say when the matter has been decided, “Verily Allah promised you a promise of truth.  I too promised you but I betrayed you.  I had no authority over you except that I called you and you responded to me.  So blame me not, but blame yourselves.  I cannot help you, nor can you help me.  I deny your former act in associating me (Shaitaan) as a partner with Allah.”  Verily, there is a painful torment for the transgressors. IBRAHEEM 14.22

So we urge you brothers and sisters to respond to and comply with Allah’s religion and enter it completely.

O you who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heatedly and follow not the footsteps of the Shaitaan, for he is to  you an open, avowed enemy. AL-BAQARAH 2.208

Belief in the Divine Decree (Qadr)

Qadr is an established part of the religion and is included in our belief. In the famous “Hadeeth of Jibreel” (alaihe-as-salaam) when he asked the Messenger (SAAS) about Islaam, Eemaan and Ihsaan, he (SAAS) replied about Eemaan:

That you affirm your faith in Allah, in His angels, in His Books, in His Apostles, in the Day of Judgement, and you affirm your faith in Qadr, the good and the evil consequences of it…MUSLIM

We must accept and be content with Qadr, knowing that whatever Allah decrees he does so out of His all-encompassing Knowledge and Wisdom.  With this belief in Qadr (the good and the evil of it) firm in our hearts Allah will guide our hearts:

No calamity befalls, but with the leave of Allah, and whoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart, and Allah is the All-Knower of everything. AT-TAGHAABUN 64:11

‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas (radhiyAllahu anhu) related one day he was riding behind Allah’s Messenger (SAAS) who said,

“Young man, if you are mindful of Allah (of His commands and prohibitions), He will be mindful of you, and if you are mindful of Allah you will find Him before you. When you ask for anything ask it from Allah, and if you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that if the people were to unite to do you some benefit they could benefit you only with what Allah had decreed for you, and that if they were to unite to do you some injury they could injure you only with what Allah had  recorded for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages are dry.”AHMAD, TIRMIDHI, AN-NAWAWI’S FORTY HADEETH

So with this knowledge that no harm or good can touch a servant of Allah except with the permission of the All-Knower and All-Wise, the hearts find tranquillity and contentment.  This therefore encourages the Muslim to patientiently persevere during an affliction and motivates him to praise Allah when He bestows some portion of good upon him.  Whatever his situation, if the Muslim acts accordingly he has only rewards to gain and nothing to lose.

Suhaib ibn Sinan al-Romi related that Allah’s Messenger  (SAAS) said:

Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he praises (Allah), thus there  is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shown resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it. MUSLIM

Sincerity (Ikhlaas)

‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (radhiyAllahu anhu) said that the Prophet (SAAS) said,

“While three people were walking, rain began to fall and they had to enter a cave in a mountain. A big rock rolled over and blocked the mouth of the cave.  They said to one another, `Invoke Allah (since ely) with the best deed you have performed (so that Allah may remove the rock).’ One of them said, `O Allah! My parents were old and I used to go out to graze (my animals). On my return I  would milk (the animals) and take the milk in a vessel to my parents to drink. After they had drunk from it, I  would give it to my children, family and wife. One day I was delayed and on my return I found my parents sleeping, and I did not wish to wake them up. The children were crying at my feet (because of hunger). That state of affairs continued until it was dawn. O  Allah! If You think that I did it for Your sake, then please remove this rock so that we may see the sky.’ So the rock was moved a little. The second said, `O Allah! You know that I was in love with a cousin of mine, the deepest love a man may have for a woman, and she told me that I would not have my desire fulfilled unless I paid her one hundred deenars (gold pieces). So I struggled for it until I gathered the desired amount. When I sat between her legs, she told me to fear Allah, and asked me not to deflower her except rightfully (by marriage). So I stood up and left her. O Allah! If You think that I did it for Your sake, kindly remove this rock.’ So two-thirds of the rock was removed. Then the third man said, `O Allah! No doubt You know that once I employed a worker for one faraq (three sa’s) of millet, and when I wanted to pay him, he refused to take it. So I sowed it and from its yield I bought cows and hired a herdsman. After a time the man came and demanded his money.  I said to him: Go to those cows and the herdsman and take them for they are for you. He asked me whether I was joking with him. I told him that I was not joking with him, and all that belonged to him. O Allah! If You think that I did it sincerely for Your sake, then please remove the rock.’ So the rock was removed completely from the mouth of the cave.” BUKHARI

So invoking Allah sincerely, seeking His Pleasure is one of the ways of removing afflictions from us.

Supplication  (Ad-Duaa)

O Ever Living, O Self-Subsisting and Supporter of all, by Your mercy I seek assistance. Rectify for me all my affairs and do not leave me to myself, even for the blink of an eye. AL-HAAKIM, SAHEEH AT-TARGHEEB WAT-TARHEEB, HISN-UL-MUSLIM (ENG. TRANS. P125)

In al-Saheehayn it was reported from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say, when he felt distressed:

“La ilaaha ill-Allaah al-‘Azeem ul-Haleem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb il-‘arsh il-‘azeem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb is-samawaati wa Rabb il-ard wa Rabb il-‘arsh il-kareem (there is no god except Allaah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allaah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god except Allaah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne).”

And it was reported from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say, when something upset him:

“Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom, bi Rahmatika astagheeth (O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek help).”

And it was reported that Asmaa’ bint ‘Umays (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me: “Shall I not teach you some words to say when you feel distressed? ‘Allaah, Allaah, Rabbee laa ushriku bihi shay’an (Allaah, Allaah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him).’”

It was reported from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No person suffers any anxiety or grief, and says:

‘Allaahumma innee ‘abduka wa ibn ‘abdika wa ibn amatika, naasiyati bi yadika, maadin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka, as’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghaybi ‘andak an taj’ala al-Qur’aana rabee’ qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa’a huzni wa dhahaaba hammi (O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every Name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety)’

– but Allaah will take away his sorrow and grief, and give him in their stead joy.”

Al-Kalim al-Tayyib by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, edited by Shaykh al-Albaani, p. 72

Seeking refuge in Allah  (Istiaadhah)

Anas ibn Malik (radhiyAllahu anhu) relates that the Prophet (SAAS) said to Abu Talha (radhiyAllahu anhu),

“Choose one of your servant-boys to serve me on my expedition to Khaibar.” So Abu Talha took me, letting me ride behind him, when I was a boy nearing the age of puberty.  I used to serve Allah’s Messenger when he stopped to rest.  I heard him saying repeatedly, “O Allah! I seek refuge with you from distress and sorrow, from helplessness and laziness, from miserliness and cowardice, from being heavily in debt and from being overcome by men.” BUKHARI and HISN-UL-MUSLIM (P.157)

Detachment from this world  (Az-Zuhd)

Anas ibn Malik and Zaid ibn Thabit (radhiyAllahu anhum) related that the Prophet  (SAAS) said,

“For the ones whose concern is this world, Allah will scatter his affairs, place poverty between his two eyes and he will not get from the world except what is written for him.  As for the one whose intention is the Hereafter, Allah will gather for him his affairs, place contentment in his heart and the world will come to him willingly” IBN MAJAH, SAHEEH-UL-JAAMI NO. 6386


 

Delaying prayers of work. What does Islam say?

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Many workers delay Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers until night-time, giving the excuse that they are too busy at work or that their clothes are najis (impure) or not clean. What advice can you give them?


Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible for a Muslim man or woman to delay an obligatory prayer beyond the proper time, rather every accountable Muslim man and woman is obliged to perform the prayers on time as much as they can.

Work is not an excuse for delaying prayer, neither is impurity on clothes or clothes being dirty. None of these are acceptable excuses.

People should be excused from work at prayer times; at the time of prayer a worker has to wash the impurity from his clothes, or change into clean clothes. As for regular dirt (as opposed to impurities), this does not prevent one from praying in those clothes, so long as that dirt is not impure and does not have an offensive smell that would bother other worshippers. But if the dirt or its smell will bother others, then he has to wash it before praying, or change into clean clothes so that he can pray in congregation.

It is permissible for those who have legitimate shar’i excuses, such as those who are sick or are travelling, to combine Zuhr and ‘Asr at the time of either of them, and to combine Maghrib and ‘Isha’ at the time of either of them.

This was narrated in the saheeh Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It is also permissible to join prayers when there is heavy rain or mud, which cause difficulty for people.

Fataawa Muhimmah tata’allaq bil-Salaah by Shaykh Ibn Baaz, p. 19

Caliph Abu Bakr: His Bravery

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‘Ali said: ‘Tell me who is the bravest of men?’ They said, ‘You.’ He said, ‘As for me, I never encountered anyone but that I took my due from him, but tell me who is the bravest of men?’ They said , ‘We don’t know. Who is it?’ He said, ‘Abu Bakr. On the Day of Badr we made a shelter from the sun for the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and then we said, “Who will be with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, so that none of the idolaters may fall upon him?” By Allah, none of us drew near except for Abu Bakr who brandished a sword over the head of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. No one fell upon him but that he in turn fell upon him. So he is the bravest of men.’

‘Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said: I saw the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and Quraysh grabbed him. One held him and another threw him down and they were saying, ‘Are you the one who has made the gods into one god?’ By Allah, none of us approached except Abu Bakr, striking this one and restraining that one, and throwing down another saying, ‘Woe to you! Will you kill a man because he says, “My Lord is Allah?”‘ Then ‘Ali raised a cloak which he was wearing and wept until his beard was wet and said, ‘I adjure you by Allah! Is the believer of the people of Fir’awn better or Abu Bakr?’ People were silent. He said, ‘Will you not answer? By Allah, an hour of Abu Bakr is better than a thousand hours of the like of the believer of the people of Fir’awn. He was a man who concealed his iman, and this was a man who was open about his iman.’

‘Urwah ibn az-Zubayr said: I asked ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-’As about the worst thing that the idolaters did to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. He said, ‘I saw ‘Uqbah ibn Abi Mu’ayt who came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, while he was praying, and he placed his cloak about his neck and seriously tried to throttle him. Then Abu Bakr came and defended him and said, “Would you kill a man because he says, ‘My Lord is Allah,’ and he has come to you with clear signs from your Lord?”‘

Abu Bakr said: ‘On the Day of Uhud everyone fled from the Messenger of Allah, and I was the first to return.’ The rest of the hadith is in the Musnad which al-Haytham ibn Kulayb narrated.

‘A’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said: When the companions of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, gathered, and they were thirty-eight men, Abu Bakr pressed upon the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, to be open and public. He said, ‘Abu Bakr, we are few.’ Abu Bakr wouldn’t stop urging the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, until the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, made things public. The Muslims went into every of the Mosque (of Makkah), every man among his own kinsfolk, and Abu Bakr stood up among the people addressing them, so that he was the first public speaker to invite people to Allah and His Messenger. The idolaters leapt upon Abu Bakr and the Muslims, and they beat them, in every corner of the Mosque, very severely.

‘Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said: When Abu Bakr accepted Islam, he was open about his Islam and he invited people to Allah and to His Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

  • Transcribed from: Tarikh al-Khulafa‘ (The History of the Khulafa) | Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuti

Sharia is far better than democracy – Prof. Kateregga

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Prof. Badru Badru Kateregga is the founder and Vice Chancellor of Kampala University and former Ugandan ambassador to Saudi Arabia for 11 years. He spoke to The Campus Journal’s Musa Kiggundu about his education investments and about governance.

Qn. Knowledge and wealth is a rare combination. How did you afford to seek for knowledge and at the same time accumulate the money to establish a university?

Ans: Indeed it is rare but also an interesting one because knowledge is the source of wealth. If you are lucky you can use the former to achieve the latter. Wealth derived from knowledge is the best because it is achieved from an endless informed source.

Qn: People like you have made it difficult for anyone to claim anymore that Muslims in Uganda are illiterate or uneducated. Is this the time for Muslims to celebrate?

Ans: I wish they could celebrate because great strides have been met since the inception of Islam. They have not only succeeded as scholars but also as education investors.

However, much as we have got to the pinnacle, the numbers are still small. Also, while Muslim scholars are progressing in secular education, they should progress in the religious education at the same time.

Qn. You were Uganda’s ambassador to the Middle East throughout the 1990s. What lessons can Uganda learn from Arab countries?

Ans: Many lessons. But the biggest problem is that the systems of governance are different. Uganda uses democratic government, or mass rule, whereas most Arab nations use the Islamic Sharia together with Majlis Shura (consultative councils).

Sharia laws were made by Allah who can never make errors. However, democratic laws are made by human beings who make errors and that is why we need amendments every other time. Democratic governance is not the best that is why countries like the U.S. have got Electoral Colleges. (In the U.S., the President and Vice President are not elected directly by the people; both are elected by the Electoral College composed of 538 members. Ed.)

Uganda also needs to enter the Arab markets. It is unfortunate that Uganda is the only county in the world that has always been with balance of payment problems with Arab nations.

Qn. You have often espoused the view that while terrorism is reprehensible, self defence is commendable. When is a community supposed to use violence to defend itself?

Ans: Self defence in conventional terms is legitimate. All nations including the U.S. have an army for purposes of self defence.

However, according to Islam, you must use self defence by applying an equal measure (proportional reaction). Do not exceed the limits. If the aggressor is violent, you should also defend yourself with equal measures.

Qn. Besides being a scholar and a diplomat, what else describes you?

Ans: I am a successful education entrepreneur. Not everyone is successful as a scholar and investor. I have managed to establish a university with five campuses, a nursing school and a Grade III institution.

I love teaching and that is why my life rotates around the education sector. I don’t teach because of money but because I like it.

Qn: “Kampala University Original.” Why do you often add and emphasize the word “Original?”

Ans: Original is for purposes of recognition. KU was established in 1999 while KIU (Kampala International University) came in 2001. However, very many people often confuse KU with KIU because they have names that are almost similar.

Qn. What else can you say about yourself or your university?

Ans: KU has a future. In 2001, it almost collapsed with the collapse of Greenland Group of Companies. We lost students from 750 to 25. But with my determination and faith in Allah, KU has managed to become a great university. In the Africa Zain Challenge (brain game), we became the 3rd best university in Uganda. We are like an Oak tree – the more the wind blows it the stronger it gets.

Myself, I believe that I am successful and it is the reason I was honoured by King Fahd [of Saudi Arabia] for my excellent service and I am proud to be the only African with that honour. For 11 years, I managed to be the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Saudi Arabia (in the 1990s). I did not only restore Uganda’s poor relations then with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but also appealed for the establishment of the Islamic University in Uganda and King Fahd Plaza. I am not always where there is no success.

This interview was conducted in 2009 and first appeared in the print version of The Campus Journal  the same year.

SOURCE: THE CAMPUS JOURNAL

Thirty-Three Lessons From Surah Yusuf for UMBS members/Kayongo & Mubaje factions

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As-Shaykh Abdurahmaan Ibn Naasir As-Sa’dee states in his tafseer “Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan” (pg. 408 – 412) regarding the last ayah of surah Yusuf wherein Allah subhaanahu wa ta’la says,“Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson for men of understanding.”

This story is from the best of stories because of what it relates from the varying phases of life; from trial to tribulation, from being tested to being blessed, from humiliation to grandeur, from slavery to kingship, from division to unity, from grief to joy, from superfluity to famine, from famine to glut, from hardship to ease, and from denial to affirmation. So blessed be the One who revealed it in the best manner possible.

From amongst the lessons derived from this surah are:

  1. The knowledge of interpreting dreams is a very important branch of knowledge that Allah gives to whom he pleases from His servants. And most of them (dreams) are based on symbols that are ambiguous in meaning and in description. For indeed the significance of the sun, the moon and twelve stars bowing to Yusuf, is that these lights are the beauty of the sky, and from them emanates benefit. Likewise the prophets and the scholars are the beauty of this earth, and by them mankind is guided through darkness just as they do by the light of the stars, the sun and the moon. Moreover, since the source of this light is his mother and father, hence it is very befitting that the moon and the sun symbolize his parents, for from them emanate the greatest light from which he and his brothers are off-springs. Thus, the sun, which is a feminine noun, symbolizes his mother and the moon, which is a masculine noun, symbolizes his father, and the stars symbolize his brothers.
  2. The significance of the dream of his fellow prison mate who saw himself pressing wine, is that the one who does such work is usually the servant of someone else. Thus he interpreted it to mean that this prison mate would be a servant for the king, and this would guarantee his freedom from prison. Regarding the significance of the dream of the one who saw birds eating bread from the top of his head, Yusuf interpreted this dream as a indication that he will be crucified because the skull protects the brains and once a person is crucified and left in the open, the brains will become exposed, thus the bird will eat it.
  3. Therein are evidences of the truthfulness of the prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), for he narrated to his people this long story and he never read the previous books nor learned from any one.
  4. One should distance oneself as much as possible from situations that can lead to an evil outcome. Also the permissibility of not disclosing what one fears might harm them based on the statement of Ya’qûb to Yusuf, “He (the father) said: “O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you.”
  5. The permissibility of a person mentioning to someone else, as a means of sincere advice, a matter that is disliked based on the ayah, “Lest they arrange a plot against you.”
  6. The blessing that Allah bestows upon the servant is not simply restricted to that particular individual, rather it is a blessing that encompasses him, his family and his friends. And whatever good is obtained is because of that person based on the statement of Allah, “Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams (and other things) and perfect His Favour on you and on the offspring of Ya’qûb (Jacob), as He perfected it on your fathers, Ibrahîm (Abraham) and Ishâque (Isaac) aforetime. Verily, your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise.”
  7. The importance of being cautious of the evil results of sins, because one sin often leads to many others. For the brothers of Yusuf tried varying plots when they wanted to separate him from his father; they lied many times, they falsified the blood on the shirt, they came at night pretending to cry, and all of this is as a result of one sin, one thing leading to a next.
  8. The matter that really counts in the life of the servant is the successful ending and not the deficient beginning. For the children of Yacub did what they did in the beginning which was a very reprehensible act, then their affair ended in sincere repentance, complete forgiveness from Yusuf and their father, and du’a was made for them to be forgiven and have mercy upon.
  9. Some evil are lesser then others and committing the least or lesser evil is always better. For when the brothers of Yusuf agreed to kill him or throw him in the well, one of them said,“Kill not Yûsuf (Joseph), but if you must do something, throw him down to the bottom of a well.” Thus his suggestion was better in comparison with those of his brothers (in spite of it still being an evil one) and because of this he lessened the greatness of the sin they committed.
  10. There is no sin on a person that buys, sells, or uses anything that is considered as merchandise according to prevailing business practices. Nor is the one who is not aware how this merchandise was obtained guilty of any sin. For the brothers of Yusuf sold him, which was a haraam, impermissible transaction, then he was found by a caravan of people who took him to Egypt and sold him there as a slave, and in spite of all this Allah referred to him as ”merchandise.”
  11. One should be careful to avoid being secluded with women whom may be a cause of fitnah, and one should also be cautious of the love for someone that may be harmful. For the wife of the king did what she did because of her infatuation with Yusuf that lead her to try to seduce him, tell lies about him and cause him to be imprisoned for a long time.
  12. The inclination that Yusuf would have had for the woman, but resisted it for Allah’s sake is what actually brings him closer to Allah. Because this type of inclination is from amongst the soul’s evil suggestion and it is something that happens naturally to most of mankind. However, the love and fear of Allah overpowered the call of fulfilling desires. Thus, he is from amongst those “who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from impure evil desires, and lusts.”And also from amongst the “seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: ‘I fear Allaah.”
  13. Whenever eemaan enters the heart and one makes his whole affair sincerely for Allah sake, Allah will indeed repel and defend one from all types of evil and vulgarity because of one’s eemaan and sincerity due to Allah’s statement, “Thus it was, that We might turn away from him evil and illegal sexual intercourse. Surely, he was one of Our sincere slaves.”
  14. Whenever the servant sees a situation that might be one of fitnah or cause of sin, he should flee as far as possible from it to save himself from sin.
  15. Yusuf was beautiful both externally and internally. As for his external beauty, it made the king’s wife did what she did, and it made the other women cut their hands while proclaiming,“How perfect is Allâh (or Allâh forbid)! No man is this! This is none other than a noble angel!” His internal beauty was because of his great chastity and self-restraint in spite the many enticement there were to commit sin. This is why the king’s wife said, “I did seek to seduce him, but he refused.”
  16. When there is a atmosphere for sin, the servant should always return unto Allah and distance himself from his own strength and power based on the statement of Yusuf, “Unless You turn away their plot from me, I will feel inclined towards them and be one (of those who commit sin and deserve blame) of the ignorants.”
  17. Knowledge and intelligence leads one who possesses it to do good acts and prevents him from evil. Ignorance on the other hand, calls the one who is ignorant to conform to his desires, even if it is harmful to him.
  18. Just as the servant worships Allah during times of ease, similarly he should also worship him during times of hardship. For Yusuf (peace be upon him) was constantly calling to Allah, thus when he entered the prison he continued to make dawah. He called the two young men to at-tawheed and he warned them against as-shirk. Hence, from his quick-wittedness he saw that they were responsive to his dawah, whereby they said to him, “We think you are one of the Muhsinun (doers of good).” So this was a golden opportunity for dawah that he seized by calling them to Allah before interpreting their dreams so his goal (of calling them to Islaam) would be more fruitful. Thus, firstly he made it clear to them that what they notice of him from his noble character and in-depth knowledge is all a result belief in Allah and singling him out for worship (tawheed), and he abandoned the path of those who do not believe in Allah and the last day. So he first gave them dawah through his actions, then he gave them dawah by his speech illustrating to them the corruption of shirk and the reality of at-tahwheed.
  19. The importance of priorities. For when he was asked by the two young men to interpret their dreams, there were other matters of importance that they were in greater need of knowing before their questions were to be answered. This is a sign of a teacher possessing great intelligence, and the ability to correctly guide and teach, for when Yusuf was asked by the two young men about their dreams, he first called them to Allah before interpreting their dreams.
  20. It is not considered depending on others (instead of Allah), if one happens to get into a difficult situation and one seeks the assistance of someone whom he thinks can alleviate his situation, for this person there is no blame on him if he does this. This is because it has always been the custom of people to seek each other assistance in such matters. Hence, Yusuf said to the one whom he knew would be saved, “Mention me to your lord (i.e. your king, so as to get me out of the prison).”
  21. The one who teaches should always try to have complete sincerity when he teaches, and he should not use his position as a means to obtain wealth, status or personal benefit. Furthermore, he should not withhold from spreading knowledge or giving advice even if the one whom he taught or advised did not do what he (the teacher) requested. For indeed Yusuf (peace be upon him) advised one of the young men to mention his situation to the king, but he forgot and did not mention him. However, when the time came when he was in need of him, he sent someone to get Yusuf. In spite of this, Yusuf did not chastise him for forgetting to mention his situation to the king, rather he gave him a complete answer to his question.
  22. There is no blame on a person for defending himself against a false accusation. Rather this is something praiseworthy. As Yusuf refused to leave the prison until his innocence was proven.
  23. Dream interpretation is a branch of the Islamic sciences, and a person is rewarded for studying and teaching it. Dream interpretation also comes under category of giving fataawa, for he said to the two young men, “Thus is the case judged concerning which you both did inquire.” (tas’taftiyaan – sought a fatwa) The king said, “Explain (aftoonee – give me a fatwa) of my dream”, and the young man said to Yusuf,“Explain to us (aftinaa – give us a fatwa) regarding (the dream) of seven fat cows.” Thus, it is not permissible interpret dream except with (shari’ah) knowledge.
  24. As long as a person is not pretentious or dishonest, he should not be criticized if one informs others about his praiseworthy qualities, if he intends by this to bring about a general benefit based on the statement of Yusuf, “Set me over the storehouses of the land; I will indeed guard them with full knowledge.” Likewise, leadership is not something that is blameworthy if the one who is in charge fulfils the rights of Allah and the rights of His servants to the best of his ability.
  25. Allah is very generous to his servants by giving them the best of this life and the next. The means of achieving the best of the next life is by having eemaan and taqwa. The servant should always ask Allah for his rewards and bounties and he should not be disappointed whenever he sees the people enjoying the pleasures of this world whereby he is unable to partake. Rather he should ask Allah for His great reward and bounties in the next life based on His statement, “And verily, the reward of the Hereafter is better for those who believe and used to fear Allah and keep their duty to Him.”
  26. It is from the “sunnah” of the prophets to host guest and treat them honorably based on the statement of Yusuf, “See you not that I give full measure, and that I am the best of the hosts?”
  27. Having negative thoughts about someone is not something that is always prohibited if there are accompanying evidences to support this suspicion. For verily, Ya’qûb said to his sons after they came to him claiming that a wolf ate Yusuf, “Nay, but your own selves have made up a tale.” And he said regarding their next brother, “Can I entrust him to you except as I entrusted his brother (Yusuf) to you aforetime?”
  28. If one does not want another person to be aware of something one has or something one intends to do, one should use a subtle means of distraction that does not contain any lies. As Yusuf did when he put the golden bowl into his brother’s bag, and he then took the golden bowl out of his brother’s bag leading them think that their brother is the one who stole it. After which he said, “Allah forbid, that we should take anyone but him with whom we found our property.” Notice he did not say, “We found our property with him”, or“He stole our property.” Rather, he made a general statement that can apply to this situation as well as others, and there is not wrong with what he did. For all he did was made them think that their brother stole the golden bowl, so that his youngest brother can remain with him, as was objective.
  29. It is not permissible for a person to bear witness except to that which he has sure knowledge of. He acquires this knowledge either by witnessing it himself or by being informed by a trustworthy person based on the statement of the Yusuf’s brothers, “We testify not except according to what we know.”
  30. The permissibility of informing others of the difficulties one is enduring, as long as this is not done in a manner that indicates one is annoyed with the decree of Allah, for the brothers of Yusuf complained, “O ruler of the land! A hard time has hit us and our family,” and Yusuf did not object to their statement.
  31. The merits of taqwah and sabr (patience), for every good in this life and the next is as result of taqwah and sabr based on the statement of Allah, “Allah has indeed been gracious to us. Verily, he who fears Allah and is patient, then surely, Allah makes not the reward of the Muhsinun (good-doers) to be lost.”
  32. The one whom Allah has blessed after being in a state of poverty or distress should acknowledge the bounties of Allah upon him by constantly remembering his previous condition. Thus he would be able to thank Allah every time he remembers his previous condition, as Yusuf (peace be upon him) said, “He was indeed good to me, when He took me out of the prison, and brought you (all here) out of the bedouin-life, after Shaitan had sown enmity between me and my brothers.”
  33. The servant should always exalt Allah for making him remain steadfast upon eemaan by constantly doing those deeds that causes one’s eemaan to remain firm. Also one should always ask Allah to have successful ending by perfecting His Favor upon one based on the du’a of Yusuf (peace be upon him), “My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim, and join me with the righteous.”

This is by the will of Allah, this is what He has made possible for me to mention regarding the benefits and lessons obtained from this blessed story, however for the one contemplates, he is guaranteed to find other benefits from the surah than those mentioned. So we ask Allah the most high, to bless us with beneficial knowledge and actions that are acceptable to Him, indeed He is the most generous, the most gracious.

UMBS IS LIKE A CARROT, AN EGG AND CUP OF COFFEE BUT WE ARE A FAMILY

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A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as though just as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil.

In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did, and noted that they were soft.

The mother then asked the daughter to take the egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee.

The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”

”Are you among those who say that UMBS has lost its objectives and then you unsubscribe or your help make things right?”

”Are you one of those who hate the moderator because he has asked you to apologize to a fellow member?”

Think of this: Which am I?

How to Save a Wet Mobile Phone

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Those of you (or your loved ones) have expensive Mobile (Apple, Sony, Samsung etc) Phones then this is a must see.

This episode proves how saving your phone from water damage can be simple with a few quick tips.

Don’t lose hope, because while this isn’t a sure-fire way to revive your precious handset when it takes a dive into the deep, it will increase the chances of it being revived with ordinary stuff you can find around the house.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzzoQQYUHUo&feature=youtu.be

WE SHOULD ALL BE FRIENDS ON UMBS PLEASE, AND THIS IS WHY!

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“Close friends, that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous.” [Surah Az-Zukhruf (43): 67]

Anas bin Malik (radiyAllaahu ‘anhu) reported: The Prophet (sallAllaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of Iman: To love Allah and His Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)”. [Al-Bukhari, Book 1 Vol 2 Hadith 20; Muslim, Book 1 : Hadith 67].

Two friends were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on their path. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and concealed himself in the branches. The other, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the Bear came up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held his breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he could. The Bear soon left him, for it is said he will not touch a dead body. When the Bear was quite gone, the other friend descended from the tree, and jokingly inquired of his friend what it was the Bear had whispered in his ear. “He gave me this advice,” his companion replied. “Never travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger.”

Ibn Hazm stated: “Anyone who cares about your friendship is willing to criticize you, while those who make light of your faults show they do not care.”

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was reportedly asked: “Which of our companions are best?” He (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied: “One whose appearance reminds you of God, and whose speech increases you in knowledge, and whose actions remind you of the hereafter.” (al-Muhasibi)

Rabee’ah ibn Ka’b narrates: It was the habit of the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that if someone did him a good turn, he loved to repay that person with something more excellent. He wanted to do something for me too in return for my service to him. So one day he came up to me and said: ‘O Rabee’ah ibn Ka’b.’ ‘Labbayk ya rasulullah wa Sadaik – At your command, O Messenger of God and may God grant you happiness,’ I responded. ‘Ask of me anything and I will give it to you.’

I thought a little and then said: ‘Give me some time, O Messenger of God, to think about what I should ask of you. Then I will let you know.’ He agreed.

At that time, I was a young man and poor. I had neither family, nor wealth, nor place of abode. I used to shelter in the Suffah of the mosque with other poor Muslims like myself. People used to call us the “guests of Islam”. Whenever any Muslim brought so mething in charity to the Prophet, he would send it all to us. And if someone gave him a gift he would take some of it and leave the rest for us.

So, it occurred to me to ask the Prophet for some worldly good that would save me from poverty and make me like others who had wealth, wife and children. Soon, however, I said: ‘May you perish Rabee’ah. The world is temporary and will pass away. You have your share of sustenance in it which God has guaranteed and which must come to you. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has a place with his Lord and no request would be refused him.  Request him therefore, to ask Allah to grant you something of the bounty of the hereafter.’

I felt pleased and satisfied with this thought. I went to the Prophet and he asked: ‘What do you say, O Rabee’ah?’ ‘O Messenger of God,’ I said, ‘I ask you to beseech God most High on my behalf to make me your companion in Paradise.’

‘Who has advised you thus?’ asked the Prophet.

‘No by God,’ I said, ‘No one has advise me. But when you told me ‘Ask of me anything and I will give to you,’ I thought of asking you for something of the goodness of this world. But before long, I was guided to choose what is permanent and lasting agains t what is temporary and perishable. And so I have asked you to beseech God on my behalf that I may be your companion in Paradise.’

The Prophet remained silent for a long while and then asked: ‘Any other request besides that, Rabi’ah?’ ‘No, O Messenger of God, Nothing can match what I have asked you.’ ‘Then, in that case, assist me for you by performing much prostration to God.’

Rabi’a b. Ka’b (radiyAllaahu ‘anhu) said: I was with Allah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) one night. and I brought him water and what he required. He said to me: Ask (anything you like). I said: I ask your company in Paradise. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Or anything else besides it. I said: That is all (what I require). He said: Then help me to achieve this for you by deyoting yourself often to prostration.  [Muslim: Book 4 Hadith 990]

So I began to exert myself in worship in order to attain the good fortune of being with the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Paradise just as I had the good fortune of being in his service and being his companion in this world.

How to choose a leader for the UMSC after Mubajje ‘planted’ wrong seeds for us??

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Be careful what you plant
An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you.”

The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here after one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor!”

One boy named Ling was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the story. She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 5 weeks went by. Still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by, still nothing in Ling’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed.

Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn’t say anything to his friends, however. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling told his mother that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But honest about what happened, Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace. When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They were beautiful in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kids laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him and just said, “Hey nice try.”

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide in the back. “What great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the emperor. “Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!” All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!”

When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. “My name is Ling,” he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, “Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!” Ling couldn’t believe it. Ling couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor? Then the emperor said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!”

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.
If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy.
If you plant patience, you will reap improvements.
If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.

But

If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust.
If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness.
If you plant pride, you will reap destruction.
If you plant envy, you will reap trouble.
If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation.
If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation.
If you plant greed, you will reap loss.
If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies.
If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles.
If you plant sin, you will reap guilt.

So be careful what you plant now, It will determine what you will reap tomorrow, The seeds you now scatter, Will make life worse or better, your life or the ones who will come after. Yes, someday, you will enjoy the fruits, or you will pay for the choices you plant today.

Preventing and Fixing Bad Breath (Halitosis)

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Dear members,
Many people especially men have bad breath without even realizing it. There is nothing as difficult as telling an adult that they have bad breaths unless if you are close to that person. May be this message may help some of our members with this problem. Bad breaths can cripple your likelihood of enjoying a healthy social life, finding a significant other, and even advancement in your career.

Halitosis or bad breath is mostly a result of poor hygiene and is completely treatable. It is quite easy to prevent and fix bad breath with the following guidelines.

1.Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue first thing every morning, and also after each time you take a nap. Foul-smelling bacteria have had a chance to take over your mouth while you slept, and are most likely causing yucky “morning breath.” Tongue scrapers can be found in most health food stores, and also in drug stores and convenience stores as they become more popular.

2.After you brush your teeth and scrape your tongue, rinse your mouth thoroughly and gargle with fresh, cool water. This is a very
important step, one that many people overlook. Nobody likes to smell your breath when it’s laden with dirty, used toothpaste scum.

3. Drink plenty of water – Insuring that you drink plenty of water throughout the day can help to control bad breath (halitosis). This can be an especially important consideration for those people who suffer from xerostomia (chronically dry mouths).

If you allow yourself to become dehydrated your body will try to conserve moisture by reducing its production of saliva. Saliva has a cleansing and diluting effect on the bacteria and bacterial waste products that cause bad breath. A reduction in the amount of saliva in your mouth can make it harder for you to control odors associated with your breath.

4. Rinse your mouth with water often – Rinsing with water can mitigate bad breath problems for brief periods of time. Rinsing will both dilute and partially remove the bacterial waste products that are the cause of breath odors.

5.Stimulate your mouth’s flow of saliva – You can help to minimize bad breath odors by stimulating your body’s flow of saliva. This is because saliva has a cleansing and diluting effect on the bacteria and bacterial waste products that cause bad breath.

One way to stimulate salivary flow is to chew on something. Doing so will trick your body in to thinking that it is getting a meal. And in preparation for digesting this meal your body will increase its production of saliva.

6. Chewing gum, cloves, breath mints, or lozenges can also be used to stimulate salivary flow. If you elect to use one of these products make sure it is sugar-free since sweets will promote the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay.

After you eat or drink anything (besides water), thoroughly rinse your mouth and gargle with water. Use this practice without fail, day and night, and you will keep abreast of nasty bacteria buildup in your mouth, which cause bad breath. Run your tongue along the surfaces of your teeth throughout the day, and if you ever notice any plaque buildup, brush your teeth again and rinse thoroughly with water, making sure that you feel your teeth, not plaque buildup, which is a contributing factor in bad breath.

7. Fixing Bad Breath on the Spot – Drink water and ask for lemon to be included. Surreptitiously squeeze as much of the lemon into the water as possible, as it will help cover up the odor.

* Chew a piece of gum or eat some mint candy.

* Gargle with salt to neutralise some of the odour.

* Sneak a spoon into the bathroom. Check to make sure you’re alone. Look into the mirror, stick out your tongue and check for a pasty white goo on it. Turn the spoon upside down and use it to scrape your tongue, using a back to front motion. If you can’t manage to sneak off with a spoon, head to the restroom, wash your hands, use your fingernails to scrape your tongue.

HOPE WE WONT HAVE TO MEET ANY MORE FORUMISTS WITH BAD BREATH

Old Story with Good Lesson for people laughing at Muslim problems in Uganda

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A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package… “What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered – he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the goat and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The goat sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it. ”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose. But wish you well; be assured you are in my prayers ”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap– alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the goat. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died.

So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, Remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another because directly or indirectly we might have to suffer!!!

PORRIDGE FOR DIABETES

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Try the porridge cure, says US doctors by Oliver Gillie Medical correspondent.

Porridge is the new miracle food, American doctors have found that it helps to regulate blood sugar and fats. So porridge is now being recommended for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Oats contain a gummy fibre material – evident when porridge is made – which reduces blood cholesterol by a third as well as reducing blood sugar and fats. Oat bran is particularly rich in this fibre whereas wheat bran is rich in cellulose and contains comparatively little of the gum. Oat bran is therefore superior to wheat bran as a health food. Muesli, which has oats for its base, has long been recommended by health food pundits, but until now scientific evidence for the benefits of oats has been lacking.

Dr. James Anderson of the University of Kentucky College of medicine says of porridge: ” This is first time anyone has demonstrated that a particular food can lower blood cholesterol. It is not uncommon for someone to come into our hospital with a
blood cholesterol of 300 – well in the danger range – and go out with a blood cholesterol of 195, which is relatively safe.” Anderson has spent the last 10 years trying to prove that the commonly prescribed diet for diabetics is wrong. Generally diabetics are advised to have a high fat diet and avoid carbohydrate. He advises a diet high in starchy carbohydrates but low in sugar (soluble carbohydrate) . When British doctors started to recommended a high fibre diet particularly wheat bran, Anderson tried it on his patients. They improved, but Anderson found it was not wheat bran but beans, which were responsible. Beans, particularly haricot and kidney, contain complex carbohydrate which acts in a similar way to oat gum. He then began to test as many foods as he could and found that oats were best of all.

Anderson has now written a book about diabetes (Published by Martin Dunitz at L2.50) in which he explains his method. He says:
” With a rigorous diet, 60 percent of lean diabetics and 90 percent of obese diabetics can come off insulin and drugs. And on this diet, they are less likely to suffer the common complications of diabetes. ”

Anderson says that when gummy fibre from oats reaches the colon, it is fermented by bacteria, which produce fatty acids. these
acids are absorbed into the blood and have the effect of shutting down the production of sugar (glucose) by the body from starch and fat. This lowers and stabilises blood sugar, which is especially beneficial for the diabetics. Porridge eating has fallen sharply in Scotland – which is now one of the most unhealthy countries in the western world, vying with Finland for the heart disease record: ” I guess my family came from Scotland originally but we have no record of it. ” says Anderson. Scots or not, he and his family are back on porridge.

Porridge the new avatar

Many people do not like porridge. So to improve the taste one can add raisins, sultanas, honey, cinnamon powder, or cardamom powder and even cocoa powder to change the taste to one’s liking.

Conjunctivitis Information & remedy Conjunctivitis

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Conjunctivitis Information

The infection occurring in the conjunctiva that lines the eyelid is called conjunctivitis. Popularly known as pink eye, conjunctivitis mostly occurs due to an allergic reaction or an infection. The inflammation that results from it causes swelling of the small blood vessels, which, in turn, gives a pink or red cast to the white portion of the eyes. A highly contagious disease, conjunctivitis can spread from one person to other through direct contact. Overcrowded places, dirty surroundings and unhealthy living standards worsen the ailment. In the following lines, we have listed the various causes and symptoms of conjunctivitis.

Causes Of Conjunctivitis

* Direct contact with an infected person
* Overcrowding
* Unhygienic surroundings
* Eyestrain
* Bacteria
* Virus
* Irritating substance or material in the eyes
* Allergies
* Ophthalmia neonatorum
* Environmental factors, such as smoke, dust, or pollen
* Chemical splash in the eye

Symptoms Of Conjunctivitis

* Eyes turn reddish
* Itching in the eyes
* Watery secretion from the eyes
* Pus formation in the eyes
* Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
* Increased amount of tears
* Thick yellow discharge from the eyes, which crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
* Green or white discharge from the eye
* Burning eyes
* Blurred vision
* Increased sensitivity to light
* Inflamed eyes

A highly contagious disease, conjunctivitis is the swollenness or inflammation caused in the conjunctiva, a thin membrane which coats the front of the eyes. Also called ‘pink eye’ and ‘eye flu’, it is a condition when a person has sore eyes. Conjunctivitis is infectious and easily be transferable from one person to the other through direct contact. Symptoms for conjunctivitis are inflammation caused on the eyeball and underside of the eyelids. It also causes eye pain, burning, blured vision, feeling of dryness and discharge of a sticky fluid. On a severe stage, it also forms pus over and under the eyelid. The main cause of conjunctivitis is unhealthy and unhygienic state of living but since it is transferable, it may also be caused because of someone in the vicinity has it. However, it is treatable and can be cured using home remedies. Check how to cure conjunctivitis naturally.

Home Remedy For Conjunctivitis

* One of the effective remedies for curing conjunctivitis is to mix 2 tsp. chamomile flowers and 1 tsp oregon grape root in 2 cups of boiling water. Once cooled, strain this mixture and use it as an eye wash.

* Sliced potatoes would also be beneficial in curing conjunctivitis. Peel the potato and cut it into thin slices. Apply on the affected area of the eye.

* Prepare a tea using goldthread leaves and use it as a eye wash. Not only does it cure the swollenness caused and the infection, it also relieves a person of the pain.

* An excellent eye wash for treating conjunctivitis would be to prepare a decoction using handful of dried coriander in 60 ml of water. It relieves a person of the pain and lessens the swelling as well.

* Increase in the consumption of vitamin A and B2 helps in curing conjunctivitis. The foods rich in Vitamin A are whole milk, yoghurt, butter, carrots, pumpkin, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, mangoes, and papaya whereas green leafy vegetables, almonds, citrus fruits, bananas and tomatoes have high content of vitamin B2.

* Indian gooseberry juice has medicinal properties which cure conjunctivitis. Prepare a cup of this juice and add two teaspoons of honey. Consumption of this juice two times everyday would be beneficial.

* Carrot juice also is effective in treating conjunctivitis. To enhance the efficacy of this, add spinach to it. Mix 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml of carrot juice. Another combination of raw parsley juice 200ml, mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice also has therapeutic properties and provides relief.

* Sterile cotton ball and dip it in warm water. Use this to take away the crust formed on the eyelashes. Warmly compress the cotton against the eye to provide relief.

* Another remedy for conjunctivitis, would be apply poultice yogurt on the infected area of the eye. It would heal the itchiness caused.

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Conjunctivitis Information & remedy Conjunctivitis

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Conjunctivitis Information

The infection occurring in the conjunctiva that lines the eyelid is called conjunctivitis. Popularly known as pink eye, conjunctivitis mostly occurs due to an allergic reaction or an infection. The inflammation that results from it causes swelling of the small blood vessels, which, in turn, gives a pink or red cast to the white portion of the eyes. A highly contagious disease, conjunctivitis can spread from one person to other through direct contact. Overcrowded places, dirty surroundings and unhealthy living standards worsen the ailment. In the following lines, we have listed the various causes and symptoms of conjunctivitis.

Causes Of Conjunctivitis

* Direct contact with an infected person
* Overcrowding
* Unhygienic surroundings
* Eyestrain
* Bacteria
* Virus
* Irritating substance or material in the eyes
* Allergies
* Ophthalmia neonatorum
* Environmental factors, such as smoke, dust, or pollen
* Chemical splash in the eye

Symptoms Of Conjunctivitis

* Eyes turn reddish
* Itching in the eyes
* Watery secretion from the eyes
* Pus formation in the eyes
* Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
* Increased amount of tears
* Thick yellow discharge from the eyes, which crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
* Green or white discharge from the eye
* Burning eyes
* Blurred vision
* Increased sensitivity to light
* Inflamed eyes

A highly contagious disease, conjunctivitis is the swollenness or inflammation caused in the conjunctiva, a thin membrane which coats the front of the eyes. Also called ‘pink eye’ and ‘eye flu’, it is a condition when a person has sore eyes. Conjunctivitis is infectious and easily be transferable from one person to the other through direct contact. Symptoms for conjunctivitis are inflammation caused on the eyeball and underside of the eyelids. It also causes eye pain, burning, blured vision, feeling of dryness and discharge of a sticky fluid. On a severe stage, it also forms pus over and under the eyelid. The main cause of conjunctivitis is unhealthy and unhygienic state of living but since it is transferable, it may also be caused because of someone in the vicinity has it. However, it is treatable and can be cured using home remedies. Check how to cure conjunctivitis naturally.

Home Remedy For Conjunctivitis

* One of the effective remedies for curing conjunctivitis is to mix 2 tsp. chamomile flowers and 1 tsp oregon grape root in 2 cups of boiling water. Once cooled, strain this mixture and use it as an eye wash.

* Sliced potatoes would also be beneficial in curing conjunctivitis. Peel the potato and cut it into thin slices. Apply on the affected area of the eye.

* Prepare a tea using goldthread leaves and use it as a eye wash. Not only does it cure the swollenness caused and the infection, it also relieves a person of the pain.

* An excellent eye wash for treating conjunctivitis would be to prepare a decoction using handful of dried coriander in 60 ml of water. It relieves a person of the pain and lessens the swelling as well.

* Increase in the consumption of vitamin A and B2 helps in curing conjunctivitis. The foods rich in Vitamin A are whole milk, yoghurt, butter, carrots, pumpkin, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, mangoes, and papaya whereas green leafy vegetables, almonds, citrus fruits, bananas and tomatoes have high content of vitamin B2.

* Indian gooseberry juice has medicinal properties which cure conjunctivitis. Prepare a cup of this juice and add two teaspoons of honey. Consumption of this juice two times everyday would be beneficial.

* Carrot juice also is effective in treating conjunctivitis. To enhance the efficacy of this, add spinach to it. Mix 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml of carrot juice. Another combination of raw parsley juice 200ml, mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice also has therapeutic properties and provides relief.

* Sterile cotton ball and dip it in warm water. Use this to take away the crust formed on the eyelashes. Warmly compress the cotton against the eye to provide relief.

* Another remedy for conjunctivitis, would be apply poultice yogurt on the infected area of the eye. It would heal the itchiness caused.