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The reward for visiting the sick — June 21, 2012
Cosmetic Surgery for the purpose of beautification is prohibited —

Cosmetic Surgery for the purpose of beautification is prohibited

Cosmetic surgery may be divided into two categories: 

1 – Essential surgery: 

These are operations that are done to remove faults, such as those that result from sickness, traffic accidents, burns, etc. or to remove congenital defects with which a person was born, such as to remove an extra digit or separate fused digits, etc. 

This kind of operation is permissible. There is evidence in the Sunnah to indicate that they are permissible and that the one who does them does not intend to change the creation of Allaah. 

(i)                It was narrated from ‘Arfajah ibn As’ad that he lost his nose in the battle of al-Kulaab during the Jaahiliyyah, so he wore a nose made of silver but it became putrid, so the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told him to wear a nose made of gold. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1770; Abu Dawood, 4232; al-Nasaa’i, 5161. This hadeeth was classed as hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 824.

(ii)              It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursing those women who pluck their eyebrows and file their teeth for the purpose of beautification and change the creation of Allaah. Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim. 

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

With regard to the phrase “those who file their teeth”, this refers to those who did that for the purpose of beautification and looking younger. This indicates that what is haraam is that which is done for the purpose of beautification; but if it is needed for medical treatment or to correct a fault in the teeth and so on, there is nothing wrong with it. And Allaah knows best. 

2 – The second type of cosmetic surgery is that which is done for the purpose of beautification. 

These are operations that are done to improve the appearance in the eye of the beholder, such as making the nose look more beautiful by making it smaller, or making the breasts look more beautiful by making them smaller or larger, or facelifts, and so on. 

This kind of surgery is not for any necessary reason, rather the purpose is to change the creation of Allaah and tinker with it according to people’s whims and desires. So this is haraam and it is not permissible to do it, because it is changing the creation of Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“They (all those who worship others than Allaah) invoke nothing but female deities besides Him (Allaah), and they invoke nothing but Shaytaan (Satan), a persistent rebel!

118. Allaah cursed him. And he [Shaytaan (Satan)] said: ‘I will take an appointed portion of your slaves.

119. ‘Verily, I will mislead them, and surely, I will arouse in them false desires; and certainly, I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah’”

[al-Nisa’ 4:117-119] 

The Shaytaan is the one who tells people to change the creation of Allaah. 

See: Ahkaam al-Jaraahah al-Tibbiyyah by Shaykh Muhammad al-Mukhtaar al-Shanqeeti. 

Get out of my mouth you Freaking Satan! — July 29, 2011

Get out of my mouth you Freaking Satan!

Abu Hurayrah (RAA) said that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Allah likes the act of sneezing and dislikes the act of yawning, so if any one of you sneezes and praises Allaah (says ‘al-hamdu Lillaah’), it is a duty on every Muslim who hears him to say to him, ‘Yarhamuk Allaah (may Allaah have mercy on you)’. As for yawning, it is from the Shaytaan, so if any of you feels the urge to yawn, he should suppress it as much as he can, for when any one of you yawns, the Shaytaan laughs at him”. Sahih al-Bukhaari, 10/505

The son of Abu Said al−Khudri reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “When one of you yawns, he should keep his mouth shut with the help of his hand, for it is the devil that enters therein”. Sahih Muslim (#7130)

Are You Sure Your Eating HALAL? — July 23, 2011

Are You Sure Your Eating HALAL?

Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah. that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. 

[Al-Maeda 5:3]


When you enter a restaurant, make sure they have a Halal certificate. The least you can do is ask the Management. Some restaurants who do not have a certificate, claim to be Halal. Their meat might be Halal but they may also serve Pork. I personally do not prefer eating at such places as their kitchen equipments used for Haram foods have high possibility of getting mixed with Halal foods which eventually make your dish Haram. I bet you do not want to take that risk. When you buy Chicken or Meat or any thing similar, mention you need it Halal. When you buy Packed food or drinks, look for the Halal sign. If not make sure its 100% vegetarian. Or check the Ingredients. Certain ingredients have codes. Most of the codes are Halal. You can make a note of the Haram ingredient codes alone and keep them handy. The rest are Halal.

Name: E120
Ingredient Name: Cochineal, Carminic acid, Carmines
Category: Colouring
Status: Haram
Description:
Colourant, made from crushed insects. This popular colorant is used to impart a deep red shade to fruit juices, gelatins, candies (e. g. red smarties), shampoos. When used as a food additive, the dye must be labelled on packaging labels. Sometimes carmine is labelled as E120. An unknown percentage of people have been found to have allergies to carmine. Natural carmine dye used in food and cosmetics is unacceptable for Muslims because the dye is extracted from insects.
Name: E111
Ingredient Name: Orange GGN
Category: Colouring
Status: Mushbooh
Description:
It is also known as alpha-naphthol orange. It is currently delisted in Europe and USA, as toxicological data shown it is harmful.
Name: E121
Ingredient Name: Orcein, Orchil
Category: Colouring
Status: Mushbooh
Description:
Orcein is a reddish-brown dye obtained from orcinol (a crystaline compound derived from the lichen) by the action of aqueous ammonia and air. Orchil is a purple/blue dye. They are banned throughout the EC.
Name: E125
Ingredient Name: Scarlet
Category: Colouring
Status: Mushbooh
Description:
A red azo dye used as a food dye. It usually comes as a disodium salt. It is permitted in fruit peels and maraschino cherries.
Name: E126
Ingredient Name: Ponceau 6R
Category: Colouring
Status: Mushbooh
Description:
Red coloured food dye. Very little is known about this dye.
Name: E130
Ingredient Name: Indanthrene blue RS
Category: Colouring
Status: Mushbooh
Description:
Indanthrene is a blue dye, the compounds and derivatives of which are used as vat dyestuffs.
Name: E152
Ingredient Name: Black 7984
Category: Colouring
Status: Mushbooh
Description:
A brown-to-black synthetic diazo dye. It usually comes as a tetrasodium salt. When used as a food dye, it has E number E152. It is also used in cosmetics. Its use is discontinued in USA and EU since 1984. It is currently delisted and not used anymore both in European Union and USA. It is also not permitted in Australia and Japan. It appears to cause allergic or intolerance reactions, particularly amongst those with an aspirin intolerance. It is a histamine liberator, and may worsen the symptoms of asthma. It is one of the colourants that the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group recommends be eliminated from the diet of children.
Name: E160a
Ingredient Name: Alpha-carotene, Beta-carotene, Gamma-carotene
Category: Coloring
Status: Depends
Description:
Orange or yellow plant pigments, found mainly in carrots, green leafed vegetables and tomatoes, which the human body converts into Vitamin A’ in the liver. Can be commercially manufactured in the laboratory but beta-carotene, with some alpha-carotene and gamma-carotene present, is normally extracted from carrots and other yellow or orange fruits and vegetables with hexane. Used in butter and soft margarines, coffee sponge cakes, milk products and soft drinks. Please be aware that some manufacturers use gelatine as a stabiliser. With the move away from porcine and bovine gelatine this is likely to be fish gelatine.
Name: Alcohol (alcohol beverages)
Status: Haram
Description:
All sorts of alcohol are strictly not permissible for consumption in Islam whether it is alot (e.g. beverages) or a bit (present in food for flavourings).
Name: Animal Tissue Extract
Status: Haram
Description:
We must consider it haram if no indication or label specifying it from a halal source (zabihah animal, fish)
Name: Alanine
Status: Mushbooh
Description:
A crystalline water-soluble non-essential amino acid. Any protein-containing food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or dairy products is rich in alanine.Some plants also contain alanine.It is important to determine the source of alanine.
Name: Aspartic Acid
Status: Mushbooh
Description:
DL & L Forms; As its name indicates, aspartic acid is the carboxylic acid analog of asparagine.Please consult the manufacturer for details.Until proven otherwise the ingrediant is mushbooh.
Name: Animal Fat
Status: Depends
Description:
Animal fats are fats obtained from animal sources, including:blubber, cod liver oil, lard (pork fat), tallow (beef fat), schmaltz(chicken fat).Lard is haram in any case.As for other sources of animal fat they must come from a zabihah animal.Fish oil is also halal.
Name: Animal Shortening
Status: Depends
Description:
Shortening is a type of fat that is solid at room temperature, and is used for making many baked foods. Animal shortening, such as lard, must be avoided.Shortening from zabihah animal is halal
Name: Artificial color
Status: Depends
Description:
It Adds colour to the food product.In its dry powder or granular form it is halal.However liquid colours have vegetable oil or glycerin added.Glycerin of plant source is halal.Some natural food colours are as follows: Caramel coloring is found in Coca-Cola and other cola products. It is made from caramelized sugar. Annatto is a reddish-orange dye made from the seed of a tropical tree. Chlorella is green, and derived from algae. Cochineal is a red dye derived from cochineal insects.
Name: Artificial Flavors
Status: Depends
Description:
Artificial Flavors are usually made from chemical and synthetic raw material. For Halal artificial flavor the synthetic raw material has to be Halal and solvent should not be alcohol.Artificial flavours made from haram raw material(e.g alcohol used as a solvent) is haram.
Name: Aspic Savoury
Status: Depends
Description:
savoury clear jelly prepared from a liquid stock made by simmering the bones of beef, veal, chicken, or fish. The aspic congeals when refrigerated by virtue of the natural gelatin that dissolves into the stock from the tendons; commercial sheet or powdered gelatin is sometimes added to ensure a stiff set. Aspic is used to coat and glaze foods such as cold meats and fish.Doubt arises where the jelly is prepared from the stock obtained from non-zabihah animal.
Harmful Effects of Pork —

Harmful Effects of Pork

By: Shaheed Ayatullah Abdul Husain Dastghaib Shirazi


Pig and dog are two such Najis animals that every part of their body is Najis. Even those bloodless parts like hair and claws or hooves are Najis. To slaughter a pig or dog is a useless act. That is, these animals cannot be purified in any way. To consume their flesh is Haram and a greater sin.

Imam Rida (a.s.) mentions regarding the prohibition of pork,

“The Almighty Allah has prohibited (made Haram) Pork. Because it is a horrible and dreadful animal that Allah has created for men to derive lessons from. People should also refrain from sensuality and shameless deeds that cause such a terrible appearance. And that they fear from being transformed into pigs by Almighty Allah. (in the description of past nations it is mentioned that people who committed sexual promiscuity are changed into pigs in Barzakh and they shall be raised as pigs in Qiyama.) Also, pigs were allowed to exist so that they are a reminder of the conversion (Maskh) of previous nations into pigs. The second reason for prohibiting pork is that the staple diet of pigs consists of extremely Najis and filthy things, and its blood contains innumerable harmful germs.” (Uyun al-Akhbar ar-Rida, Wasa’il chap. 1)

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said,

“The Almighty Allah converted many nations into animals. Among them are pigs, monkeys and bears etc. After this these animals were prohibited from being eaten, so that people derive lessons from them and do not consider the sin minor.” (Tafsir Ayyashi, Book of Food and Drink of Wasa’il chapter one page 248)

It is mentioned in the book Islam wa Ilme Imroz of Anjuman Tablighat Islami that pig is an animal that is classified by specialists among the thick-skinned animals. The rhinoceros wild pig and hippopotamus are all classified in this family. Pork is very harmful for the body but we mention below only some of its harmful effects.

Details Regarding some harmful effects of Pork

1. Spiritual and Moral harms

Pig is known for its shameless and wanton behaviour and for its sexual perversion. It does not honour its own females and invites other males to have sexual contact with it, and enjoys it. In addition it is awfully filthy, it thrives on excreta and has no hesitation in eating its own. Consumption of pork therefore leads to moral degradation and spiritual bankruptcy.

It is unbelievable that such a loathsome creature can eventually end up on the dinner table, where its meat is savoured and eaten with relish and this in spite of the fact that those who consume it are fully aware of its filthy and despicable characteristics. In fact many of these people when they want to abuse somebody in the most vile and insulting terms, they call him a pig, but pig it is, that they seem to relish and enjoy the most. The same surprising attitude is shown by Christians. Whenever Christians depict Satan in religious anecdotes they present him in the form of a pig. The Gospel of Barnabas mentions that Pig is Satan personified and that the pig’s body has the spirit of Satan. The present Bible among the Christians (Matthew 8-32 Marks 5-13, Luke 8: 28-39) describes how Jesus thrust the soul of Satan inside the herd of swines and sent them towards the river. In spite of the satanic nature attributed to the pig by their own religion, the Christians continue to eat it.

2. Physical Harms

Pork is harmful to the body in many ways, but two serious diseases caused by its consumption are Trichinosis and Dysentery.

Trichinosis. This disease is caused by the Trichina worm which breeds in the flesh of pig. In a period of one month the female lays 10 to 15 thousand eggs. The worms enter the human system only through consumption of pork. If the individual succumbs to the infection, the worms attack the walls of the stomach and the walls are weakened.

Three weeks after entering the stomach they enter the blood stream and spread to the entire body. They multiply at lightning speed in the host body.

The first symptom is giddiness and a strange kind of fever. This fever is connected with the digestive system and soon the person is afflicted with Diarrhoea. Initially there is mild fever which gets severe day by day. Other symptoms that follow are: Stiffness of the limbs, itch in the body, tiredness, weakness, pain in various parts of the body.

It is most apparent in the abnormal way of chewing, swallowing and breathing of the patient. The mild sickness assumes enormous proportions and finally kills the patient in seven weeks.

A kilogram of pork can harbour as many as 400 million Trichina worms.

Dysentery. One of the dreadful diseases that afflict those who eat pork is dysentery. This dysentery is solely caused by the organism ‘Karam Kadoo’. This worm has a head that has two chains around the head and four branches with which it attaches itself to the walls of the stomach. The outer portion of the worm that produces eggs gets separated from the main body and is expelled along with stool. The eggs that are expelled with the stools are eaten up by pigs and in this way the eggs enter the stomach of the pig. These eggs again initiate the reproductive cycle. If the flesh of this pig is eaten by man there is every possibility that the germs which enter the stomach of man, will rise to infection. It has been proved beyond any doubt that these particular worms are only associated with the consumption of pork and the only way to be safe from them is by avoiding pork.

This infection is rampant in countries where pork is consumed in large quantities.

Besides being a source of infection, pork is heavy for digestion and causes great stress on the digestive system.

Islam prohibited pork 1400 years ago before anyone knew anything about its harmful effects. It is a pity that 1400 years hence, when the wisdom of this prohibition has been clearly defined, people still continue to consume it.

Similarly, Islam has designated dog to be absolutely Najis (Najisul A’in), and advised against keeping it in the house. Since then scientific developments have proved that various diseases are transferred to man from dogs. For example, rashes, baldness and other skin diseases caused by germs, and diseases caused by lice which breed in the fur of dog. Rabies, the most dreadful of all diseases that a human can contract, is transferred to man from dog.

All these diseases are explained in detail in the above-mentioned book. It is also mentioned that a utensil licked by a dog cannot be purified except by scrubbing it with mud.

Dear Hair, —

Dear Hair,

DARLING LADIES, for Heaven’s sake STOP BURNING THAT HAIR!!!!! Is it really difficult to understand that heat is baaaaad? God! Your making your hair lose all that strength they have. I wish hair could talk. Would you still burn them when you hear them scream? They love Olive oil :-) . Yummm…. Mashallah, its so delicious on the hair. Treat them! Protect them from pollution and heat. Do your Hijab girls. That helps big time! They are babies who could look so beautiful and luscious if NOT TORTURED! Inshallah. But they definitely need time to get over the abuse. So give it! And be generous and merciful to them. Love ya ;-) ! Oh almost forgot, Olive oil is pretty famous in Islam :-D .

Eating Fruits — July 21, 2011

Eating Fruits

EATING FRUITS…

                                                         

It’s long but very informative Mashallah.

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS!  FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.
 

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT ARE VERY IMPORTANT.
 Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil….

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining — every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc — actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look Inshallah!

KIWI:
 Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its 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 & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.


ORANGE :
 Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens 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.


GUAVA & PAPAYA:
 Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.


Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer!
 Can u believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks : Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive Inshallah.