Fasting 8


Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (PBUH) or Abu-l-Qasim said, “Start fasting on seeing the crescent (of Ramadan), and give up fasting on seeing the crescent (of Shawwal), and if the sky is overcast (and you cannot see it), complete thirty days of Sha’ban.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Fasting 7


Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” (Sahih Bukhari)

Some Common Mistakes in Ramadan


Taking Ramadhaan as a ritual
For many of us Ramadhaan has lost its spirituality and has become more of a ritual (Stereotyped behaviour) than a form of Ibaadah. We fast from morning to night like a zombie (living dead) just because everyone around us is fasting too. We forget that its a time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil. We forget to make Dua, forget to beseech Allah to forgive us and ask Him to save us from the Fire. Sure we stay away from food and drink, but that’s about all?
Too much stress on food and drink
For some people, the entire month of Ramadhaan revolves around food. They spend the ENTIRE day planning, cooking, shopping and thinking about only food, instead of concentrating on Salaah, Quraan and other acts of worship. All they can think of is FOOD so much so that they turn the month of ‘fasting’ into the month of ‘feasting’.
Spending all day cooking
Some of the sisters (either by their own choice or forced by their husbands) are cooking ALL day and ALL night, so that by the end of the day, they are too tired to even pray Ishaa, let alone pray Taraweeh or Tahajjud or even read Quraan. This is the month of mercy and forgiveness. Soturn off that stove and turn on your Imaan!
Eating too much
Some people stuff themselves at Suhoor (Sehree) until they are ready to burst, because they think this is the way to not feel hungry during the day and some people eat at Iftaar, like there is no tomorrow, trying to ‘make up for the food missed.’ However, this is completely against the Sunnah. Moderation is the key to everything. The Prophet (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah. saheeh by al-Albaani). 

Too much food distracts a person from many deeds of obedience and worship, makes him lazy and also makes the heart heedless.

Sleeping all day
Some people spend their entire day (or a major part of it) ’sleeping away their fast’. Is this what is really required of us during this noble month? These people also are missing the purpose of fasting and are slaves to their desires of comfort and ease. They cannot ‘bear’ to be awake and face a little hunger or exert a little self-control. For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is nothing but, negligence on his part.
Wasting time
The month of Ramadhaan is a precious, It is so much precious so that Allah calls this month “Ayyamum Ma’doodaat“ (A fixed number of days). Before we know it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We should try and spend every moment possible in the worship of Allah so that we can make the most of this blessing. However, there are some of us who waste away their day playing video games, or worse still, watching TV, movies or even listening to music. Subhaan Allah! Trying to obey Allah by DISOBEYING him!
Fasting but not giving up evil
Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing, fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not give up cheating, stealing, dealing in haraam, buying lotto tickets, selling alcohol, fornication, etc. and all kinds of impermissible things without realizing that the purpose of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink; rather the aim behind it is to fear Allah.

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)” [al-Baqarah 2:183] The Prophet (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, and ignorance, Allah has no need of him giving up his food and drink.” (Bukhaari)

Smoking
Smoking is forbidden in Islam whether during Ramadhaan or outside of it, as it is one of al-Khabaa’ith (evil things). And this includes ALL kinds of ’smoking material’ eg.cigars, cigarettes, pipes,’Sheesha’, hookah etc.“he allows them as lawful At Tayyibaat (all good and lawful things), and prohibits them as unlawful Al Khabaa’ith (all evil and unlawful things) [al-A’raaf :157]

It is harmful, not only to the one smoking, but also to the ones around him. It is also a means of wasting ones wealth.
The Prophet (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “There should be no harming or reciprocating harm.” This is especially true during fasting and it invalidates the fast.(Fatwa -Ibn ‘Uthaymeen)

Skipping Suhoor (Sehree)
The Prophet (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Eat suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing.”(Bukhaari, Muslim). And he (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The thing that differentiates between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is eating suhoor.” (Muslim)
Not fasting if they missed Suhoor ( Sehree)
Some people are too scared to fast if they miss Suhoor. However, this is a kind of cowardice and love of ease. What is the big deal if you missed a few morsels of food? It’s not like you will die. Remember, obedience to Allah overcomes everything.
Eating continuously until the time for Maghrib is up
Some people put so much food in their plates when breaking their fast and continue eating, enjoying dessert, drinking tea, etc., until they miss Maghrib. That is obviously not right. The Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) was that once he broke his fast with some dates, then he would hasten to the prayer. Once you are done with the prayer, you can always go back and eat some more if you wish.
Missing the golden chance of having your Dua accepted
The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be accepted at the time of breaking fastThe Prophet (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler.” (al-Bayhaqi, saheeh by al-Albaani). 

Instead of sitting down and making Dua at this precious time, some people forego this beautiful chance, and are too busy frying samosas, talking, setting the food, filling their plates and glasses, etc. Think about it…. Is food more important than the chance to have your sins forgiven or the fulfillment of your Duas?

Fasting but not praying
The fasting of one who does not pray WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. This is because not praying constitutes kufr.
As the Prophet (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer.” (Muslim) In fact, NONE of his good deeds will be accepted; rather, they are all annulled.

“Whoever does not pray ‘Asr, his good deeds will be annulled.” (Bukhaari)

Not fasting because of exams or work
Exams or work is NOT one of the excuses allowed by the Shariah to not fast. You can do your studying and revision at night if it is too hard to do that during the day. Also remember that pleasing and obeying Allah is much more important than ‘good grades’. Besides, if you will fulfil your obligation to fast, even if you have to study, Allah will make it easy for you and help you in everything you do.“Whosoever fears Allah, He will appoint for him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect, Allah is Sufficient for whosoever puts his trust in Him.” (Surah at-Talaaq 2-3)
Mixing fasting and dieting
DO NOT make the mistake of fasting with the intention to diet. That is one of the biggest mistakes some of us make (esp. sisters). Fasting is an act of worship and can only be for the sake of Allah alone. Otherwise, mixing it with the intention of dieting may become a form of (minor) Shirk.
Praying ONLY on the night of the 27th
Some people pray ONLY on the 27th to seek Lailat ul-Qadr, neglecting all other odd nights, although the Prophet (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Seek Lailat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadhaan.” (Bukhaari, Muslim). only 27th?
Wasting the last part of Ramadhaan preparing for Eid
Some people waste the entire last 10 days of Ramadhaan preparing for Eid, shopping and frequenting malls, etc. neglecting Ibadah and Lailatul Qadr. although, the Prophet (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to strive the hardest during the last ten days of Ramadhaan in worship(Ahmad, Muslim) and not in shopping. Buy whatever you need for Eid before Ramadhaan so that you can utilize the time in Ramadhaan to the max.Aa’ishah (RA) said: “When the (last) ten nights began, the Messenger of Allah (Sal Allahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)) would tighten his waist-wrapper (i.e., strive hard in worship or refrain from intimacy with his wives), stay awake at night and wake his family.” (Bukhaari and Muslim).

Benefits of Fruits


EATING FRUIT…

It’s very informative

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 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.

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!


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

HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE’: (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!)
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.

this…..could save your life!!

Lemon


Just cut 2-3 thin slices of lemon and put it in a cup
containing dirking water.  The water will become
“alkaline water”. Drink for the whole day, just by
adding more water. Take it as drinking water
everyday. It is good for health.
Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C.
Charles Street Baltimore , MD 1201.
This is the latest in medicine, effective for cancer!
Read carefully & you be the judge
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 in preventing 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 cancerIt 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.

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Cause Street , Baltimore , MD1201