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Help Syrian Refugees (10+ Hadiths) By :- Muhammad Fathi Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:55:57 +0000 Help-Syrian-Refugees-15-hadithsA recent report in the NY Times described the Syrian refugee crisis as the most dire in a generation.  According to the report, the Syrians predicament is even worse than that unleashed by the Rwandan genocide:

"Syrian refugees now total 2.1 million, and the United Nations predicts their numbers could swell to 3.5 million by the end of the year."

Have you ever thought of the suffering a refugee goes through? Could you imagine the conditions of a family which, after years of living a happy and secure life, finds itself all of a sudden displaced of the homeland?

They have to walk tens or even hundreds of miles to find a safe refugee camp where they can sleep; they may spend nights and days with no enough food; parents’ hearts are shattered by the cries of their scared kids and some families may lose one or more of their members in the difficult, risky journey.

It is our duty as Muslims to extend a helping hand to our brothers and sisters who are going through this terrible experience. Following are 15 hadiths that remind us of this significant obligation. Please read and act:

One Ummah, One Body

1. Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

A believer to another believer is like a building whose different parts reinforce each other. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

2. An-Nu`man ibn Bashir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

The similitude of believers in their mutual love, mercy and fellow-feeling is that of one body; when one part aches, all (the parts of) the body call one another (to share the pain) through sleeplessness and fever. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

3. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor lets him down nor looks down upon him. The piety is here, (and while saying so, he pointed towards his chest thrice.) It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his Muslim brother. The whole of a Muslim for another Muslim is inviolable: his life, his property, and his honor. (Muslim)

Time of Mercy

4. Jarir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Allah does not show mercy to whoever does not show mercy to people. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

5. `Abdullah ibn `Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Those who show mercy will be shown mercy by the Merciful [Lord.] Show mercy to those on earth, and He Who is in the heavens will show mercy to you. (At-Tirmidhi and authenticated by Al-Albani)

6. Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

You can never be (true) believers until you show mercy to one another.

The Companions said, "We all show mercy, O Messenger of Allah." The Prophet replied,

It is not the compassion that any one of you shows to his friend. It is the compassion and mercy that you show the people in general [that I mean]. (At-Tirmidhi)

For Your Benefit Too

7. `Abdullah ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah said,how to beat hard times

A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim – he does not wrong him nor does he forsake him when he is in a trouble; whosoever fulfills the needs of his brother, Allah fulfills his needs; whosoever removes distress from a believer, Allah removes from him one of the distresses of the Day of Resurrection; and whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults on the Day of Resurrection. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

8. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Every day… two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, 'O Allah! Compensate every person who spends (in Your cause,)' and the other (angel) says, 'O Allah! Bring destruction to one who withholds.' (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

9. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Allah, the Exalted, said, 'Spend, O son of Adam, so you will also be spent upon (by Allah). (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

10. `Adi ibn Hatim (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-fruit (in charity.) (Al-Bukhari)‏

Du`aa' for Them

11. Abu Ad-Darda' (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said:

The supplication of a Muslim for his (Muslim) brother in his absence will be answered. An angel is appointed at the head of the (supplicating) person; so every time he makes a supplication for his brother’s good, the angel says: 'Ameen! May it be for you, too'. (Muslim)

To Syrian Brothers and SistersWhy difficult times

12. Ibn `Abbas reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him said:

… Know that there is a lot of goodness in your endurance of situations you dislike; that victory comes with patience and relief comes with distress; and that hardship is accompanied with ease. (Ahmad and authenticated by Ahmad Shakir)

13. Abu Sa`id and Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

No fatigue, nor disease, nor anxiety, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

14. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

He whom Allah intends good, He makes him to suffer from some affliction. (Al-Bukhari)

15. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

A Muslim, male or female, continues to remain under trial in respect of his life, property, and offspring until he faces Allah, the Exalted, with no sin record. (At-Tirmidhi)

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Part 3/5 Prophetic Sayings & Modern “Discoveries” Health and Nutrition of The Prophet By :- Karima Burns Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:55:40 +0000  A tradition states, “There are no new ideas, just new people to discover them." It is, in fact, amazing to find how many "modern discoveries" have already been written about in the Qur’an or Hadith.morden

There are a number of words of advice and nutritional habits of the prophet (SAWS) that have substantial support in recent scientific literature. Among this advice is that we should eat whole foods, we should combine foods properly, we should eat foods in their seasons, and we should not drink with meals.

In Sahih Bukhari, a number of examples can be found showing how carefully the prophet combined foods. One hadith relates, "A man from among the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘The Prophet (SAW) forbade (mixing) unripe dates and dried dates, and (mixing) raisins and dried dates. Aisha, Ummul Mu'minun, related that, "The Apostle of Allah (SAW) used to eat melon with fresh dates, and he used to say, ‘The heat of the one is broken by the coolness of the other, and the coolness of the one by the heat of the other.’ He was also said to have never combined fish and milk.

Modern science supports these habits by informing us that the combination of foods we eat and the order in which we eat them are very important factors in health. "Recently," it has been found that foods require different digestive processes in the body; thus, they are most easily digested when combined properly.

Modern scientists say that improper food combinations can cause a person to inadequately digest their food, which can create imbalances in PH levels, improper absorption of nutrients, constipation or other digestive troubles. Dr. Ted Morter, in Your Health… Your Choice, advises us to not eat fresh fruit with any other food, even dried fruit, since it is a pre-digested food that moves straight through the stomach and into the intestines. When it is eaten with any other food, it ferments itself and anything else that is in the stomach.

The second advice given by Dr. Morter in his book is that we should start each meal off with something raw. The reason is that raw foods contain the enzymes we need to digest our food. His third rule of food combining is to avoid mixing protein and starches. We may eat starches with vegetables or vegetables with meat, but we should do our best to avoid combining starches and proteins. The reason is that proteins and starches require completely different environments for digestion.

Proteins need a more acidic environment while carbohydrates and starches can be digested much more quickly. When a person combines them, neither food has the ideal environment. Furthermore, a protein meal takes up to five hours for the body to digest so it should be the last meal of the day when your body is not digesting other foods as well.

Improper food combining will not cause a person to become immediately sick, but it will prevent what they are eating from being digested and utilized to the best of its ability, which means they will need to eat more food to get additional nutrients.

Modern allergists also advise against improper food combining and tell us that many combinations can create synergistic allergic reactions. In the book The Whole Way to Allergy Relief and Prevention, Dr. Krohn advises us not to combine milk with chocolate, mint, or fish; corn and bananas; beef and yeast; eggs and apples; or cola and chocolate.

The hadith provide numerous examples of the respect the prophet had for the purity and value of water, and relate that he did not drink while eating a meal. Sahih Bukhari relates that, "The Apostle of Allah (SAW) came out from the valley of a mountain… there were some dried dates on a shield before us. We called him and he ate with us. He did not touch water.” Experts in the field of food combining inform us that water impedes the digestive process in the stomach when eaten within a half hour of a meal.

The Qur’an (Surat Al-Baqara: 2:168) advises us, "Ye People, eat of what is on earth, lawful and wholesome." In the time of the prophet, the choices of food were simply related to whether a food was halal or haram. However, in modern times we have many more choices.

Many people have difficulty understanding what "whole" foods are because so few people actually eat whole foods. As few as two hundred years ago, everyone consumed whole foods because they did not have processed foods as an option. In 1940, about 80% of the nation consumed whole foods.

Abram Hoffer, MD, and Morton Walker, DPM, report in their book, Putting it all Together: The New Orthomolecular Nutrition, that today, only 25% of the population actually eat "whole foods."Prophetic-Medicine-02

A whole food is merely a food that has retained its original constituents. An apple is a whole food and applesauce made from fresh apples at home in a grinder is a whole food.

However, applesauce ground and cooked by machines, and then separated to create a better texture and supplemented with sugar and color is not a whole food.

Wheat Berries are a whole food; therefore, flour made from pure ground wheat berries containing bran is a whole food. Flour made by removing the bran and germ, and then bleaching the final product (white flour) is not a whole food.

Even some popular "health food" items fall into the category of processed partial foods rather than whole foods. This list includes rice cakes, granola bars, pretzels, turkey and tofu hot dogs, whole grain cereals, and frozen juices. These so called "health foods" are only a fraction more nutritious than their mainstream processed counterparts.

It is important to eat whole foods (grains, vegetables and fruits) because they contain all the nutrients that we need to thrive as human beings in their natural form. The more we change them from their original state, the less benefit we get from them.

With new vitamins and minerals being discovered every year, it is increasingly obvious that Allah’s "Mother Nature" is way ahead of us, and we are not qualified to duplicate His process through our efforts to "enrich" processed foods in laboratories. Bernard Jensen, in his book, Chemistry of Man says, "Natural foods contain all the vitamins that have been and will be discovered."

This apparent fact should make it obvious that the only way we can guarantee we are getting all of our nutrients is to get them from whole foods. Attempting to build our health any other way is to merely make an educated guess. Furthermore, it does not make sense to eat devitalized foods, and then spend time and money buying vitamins and supplements, and following various health programs.

In fact, processed foods actually have the ability to leech nutrients from the system. E. Cheraskin, in his book Diet and Disease, reports that laboratory tests indicate that processed foods do not have enough vitamins and minerals to help in their own assimilation. Pasta, for instance, does not have sufficient amounts of vitamins, enzymes or even fiber to aid in the digestive process.

Manufacturers claim their products contain high nutritious value, but they can only claim that by adding synthetic vitamins and minerals that are not useful to the human body to them. The elements that comprise organic minerals are loosely held together so that when they enter the body, they can easily be assimilated. However, the constituent parts of inorganic minerals are held together by bonds that are so tight that the body cannot easily break them apart; therefore, we rarely benefit from their consumption.

The Qur’an (Surat Taha: 20:81) also advises us to, "Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein." The Prophet himself was always known to eat fruits and vegetables grown in the region in which he lived and in season (Al-Akili, Medicine of the Prophet).uhj67h67Prophetic-Medicine-An-old-prescription-for-a-new-Era

Donald Lepore, a nutritionist and author of the book The Ultimate Healing System, has found in his allergy relief therapies that, "God did not permit foods that are antagonistic to man’s existence to be grown in the area of consumption."

We can often avoid most of our problems by simply eating foods that are grown nearby and in season. Bernard Jensen, in his book Chemistry of Man, reports that unripe or imported produce, often found in grocery stores, is lacking in natural sodium among other things.

Furthermore, he has found that the chemistry of barley, for instance, warms the blood and is thus appropriate for winter months, but is not as advisable as a regular summer food unless there is a "cold" illness involved.

As you read through Qur’an and the Hadith, and compare them to modern scientific "discoveries," you will find again and again that Qur’anic and prophetic wisdoms are being rediscovered.

This is, perhaps, one of the best reasons to refer to Qur’an and the Hadith as not only the starting point for all knowledge, but as a "double-check" system for what we find in secular literature as well.

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Mr Ahsan Refai – The Honourary Consul General of the Kingdom of Morrocco in Sri lanka Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:06:50 +0000 A reception was held on Monday the 15th December 2014 at the Grand Ballroom, Colombo Hilton to welcome His Excellency Mr.Larbi Reffouh, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morrocco and installation of Honourary Consul General of the Kingdom of Morrocco on Mr.Ahsan Refai

The function was well attended consisting of government officials, Ambassadors, Ministers, Professionals, business men and prominent members of the community

The Ambassador stressed the importance of increasing bilateral relationship between the two friendly countries Morrocco and Sri lanka and urged everyone to cooperate with Mr Ahsan Refai, the Honourart Consul General to achieve the goals. By virtue of Mr.Refai’s business achievements and personal contacts, the Excellency was confident that he will be of mutual benefit to both countries and their people.

Mr Ahsan Refai, the Hounourary Consul general, thanked all those present and undertook to work toward  achieve and maintain the trust placed on him

The event concluded at 9.30 PM after dinner.

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15 Anti-Corruption Hadiths By :- Muhammad Fathi Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:40:14 +0000 Corruption is one of the worst predicaments that haunt many countries around the world. The abuse of power, authority and resources by governments and public servants hinders the progress of nations, alienates ordinary citizens and blocks them from investing in the development of their 320

The ailment of corruption is something that, unfortunately, plagues many Islamic countries, and one cannot avoid raising this question: Why are these countries associated with corruption? Is it because they are "Islamic" countries?  Is there anything in the Islamic culture that nurtures corruption?

The answer is absolutely not. In fact, it is because such "Islamic" countries are NOT adequately faithful to the Islamic teachings that they are plagued by corruption.

The following 15 hadiths are just an example of how Islam fought corruption, made it an individual and a collective responsibility to expose and stop any abuse of power and authority.

Public Service is a Great Responsibility

1. Narrated Abdullah ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him):

I heard Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) saying: 

Every one of you is a guardian, and responsible for what is in his custody. The ruler is a guardian of his subjects and responsible for them; a husband is a guardian of his family and is responsible for it; a lady is a guardian of her husband's house and is responsible for it, and a servant is a guardian of his master's property and is responsible for it."

I heard that from Allah's Messenger and I think that the Prophet also said,

"A man is a guardian of his father's property and is responsible for it." (The Prophet continued,) "So all of you are guardians and responsible for what is under your care." (Al- Bukhari)

2. Ma`qil ibn Yasar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported from the Prophet that Paradise is forbidden for any person in authority who dies in such a state that he is dishonest in his dealings with those under his rule. (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

3. Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:

I said to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): O Messenger of Allah, will you not appoint me to a public office? He stroked my shoulder with his hand and said: 

"Abu Dharr, you are weak and authority is a trust. And on the Day of Judgment it is a cause of humiliation and regret except for one who fulfills its obligations and (properly) discharges the duties." (Muslim) 

Duty of Fighting Corruption is Collective

4. Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

"Whosoever amongst you sees an evil, let him change it with his hands; and if he is not able, then with his tongue; and if he is not able, then let him hate it in his heart, and that is the weakest of faith." (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

5. An-Nu`man ibn Basheer narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): mutual reform in muslim society 

"The example of the person abiding by Allah's order and restrictions in comparison to those who violate them is like the example of those persons who drew lots for their seats in a boat. Some of them got seats in the upper part, and the others in the lower. 

When the latter needed water, they had to go up to bring water (and that troubled the others), so they said, 'Let us make a hole in our share of the ship (and get water) saving those who are above us from troubling them. 

So, if the people in the upper part left the others do what they had suggested, all the people of the ship would be destroyed, but if they prevented them, both parties would be safe." (Al-Bukhari)

6. Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 

"Help your brother whether he is the doer of wrong or wrong is done to him."

The Companions asked,

"O Messenger of Allah! We can help a man to whom wrong is done, but how could we help him when he is the doer of wrong?"

The Prophet replied, "Hold him back from doing wrong." (Al-Bukhari)

No Excuse for Abusing Public Position

7. Abu Humaid ibn Sa`d As-Sa`idi (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Prophet employed a man from the tribe of Al-Azd named Ibn Al-Lutabiyyahh to collect the Zakah. When he returned (to the Prophet with the collections), he said: "This is for you while this (other wealth) is a gift presented to me. (So, it is mine)."

So, the Messenger of Allah stood on the pulpit, praised Allah, extolled Him and then he said,

"Why does an official whom I send (in a mission) say: 'This is for you and this has been presented to me as gift'? 

Why did he not stay in the house of his father and mother to see whether gifts will be given to him or not? 

By (Allah) in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad, if any one of you takes anything (wrongfully,) he will bring it on the Day of Resurrection, carrying it on his nick…"  

Then he raised his hands till we could see the whiteness of his armpits and repeated twice, "O Allah! Have I conveyed (Your Commandments)?" (Muslim)

8. `Adi ibn `Umairah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah said,

"Whosoever among you is appointed by me to a position and he conceals from us (even) a needle or more, he is acting unfaithfully and will bring it on the Day of Resurrection".

Upon hearing this, a black man from Al-Ansar stood up and said:

"O Messenger of Allah, take back from me your assignment."

The Prophet asked, "What happened to you?"

The man replied: "I have heard you saying such and such."

The Prophet said,

"I say that (again) now: Whosoever from you is appointed by me to a position, he should bring everything (of its revenues), big or small. (Then,) what he is given therefrom, he may take. What he is disallowed to take, he should avoid." (Muslim)

9. Abu Humaid As-sa`idi (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 

"Gifts offered to public servants are ill-gotten gains (ghulul)." (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

10. Buraidah ibn Al-Husaib (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 

"When we appoint someone to a (public) post and provide him with an allowance, anything he takes beyond that is an ill-gotten gain.| (Abu Dawud and authenticated by Al-Albani) 

11. Khaulah bint `Amir (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Messenger of Allah said,

"Some men abuse Allah's Property (that is, public money and funds). They will go to Hell on the Day of Resurrection". (Al- Bukhari)

Serious Warning Against Bribery

12. `Abdullah bin `Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:

"The curse of Allah is upon the one who offers a bribe and the one who takes it." (Ahamd, Ibn Majah and authenticated by Al-Albani) 

Fighting Corruption in Judiciary

13. Ibn Buraidah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated from his father that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:shariah vs tyrany

"Judges are of three (types), two of whom will end up in Hell and one will be admitted to Paradise (as follows): 

- One who judges according to his desires; he will be in Hell. 

- One who judges with no knowledge; he will end up in hell. 

- And one who sticks to the truth in his judgments; he will be in Paradise." (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

14. `Ubaydullah ibn Abi Bakr said: I heard Anas ibn Malik  (may Allah be pleased with him) saying:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) talked about the major sins, or he was asked about the major sins. Upon this he mentioned: "Associating anyone with Allah, killing of a person, being undutiful to parents."

He (the Prophet further) said: "Should I not inform you about the gravest of the major sins?" And then he said: "It is false utterance" or he said "false testimony". Shu`bah said: It was most probably "false testimony". (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

15. `A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated:

The people of Quraish worried about the lady from Bani Makhzum who had committed theft. They asked, "Who will intercede for her with Allah's Messenger?"

Some said, "No one dares to do so except Usamah ibn Zaid the beloved one to Allah's Messenger."

When Usamah spoke about that to him, Allah's Messenger said,

"Do you try to intercede for somebody in a case connected with Allah's Prescribed Punishments?"

Then he got up and delivered a sermon saying,

"What destroyed the nations preceding you, was that if a noble amongst them stole, they would forgive him, and if a poor person amongst them stole, they would inflict Allah's legal punishment on him. 

By Allah, if Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad stole, I would cut off her hand." (Al-Bukhari)

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The Sunnah manner of eating Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:39:49 +0000 sunn-mel

The Holy Prophet (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him) expressed dislike for over-eating and said that over-eating is ill luck and misfortune. In other words, a person who over eats will be followed by such faults and defects that he will have difficulty and hardship in every place and people will look at him in a bad way.

The Holy Prophet (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him) used to eat with three fingers, and before wiping and cleaning his hand he used to lick his blessed fingers.

Whenever food is very hot, it should be left covered for a while, so that the emission of steam finishes. In doing so, the Holy Prophet (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him) has said that this is a method in which barakah may be gained.

Hazrat Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) has mentioned that, “I once saw the Holy Prophet (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him) sitting in a squatting posture and eating dates.”

The posture mentioned means that when one keeps his calves straight and sits on his feet.

Once in a gathering, the number of people eating increased, so the Holy Prophet (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him) sat with his blessed legs folded (as in Attahiyyat position in Salaah), the reason being that there is humility in sitting like this and there is consideration for other people who are also present because sitting in this manner creates more room for them.

The people eating should not get up before the table cloth has been lifted.

When one is eating with another person then he should not stop eating as long as the other person is eating, even though the stomach has become full, this is so that the other person does not feel ashamed. If one has to stop eating, then he should make an excuse

One should not drink from a water container by putting his mouth on it.

The same prohibition has been applied to placing the mouth on and drinking from a spouted jug, or a goblet meaning a long necked flask or a bottle etc.

One should not breathe into a utensil or blow into it. One should also refrain from placing his mouth on a utensil that is cracked or broken. Many people have the habit of standing up and drinking, one should also refrain from this act.

The Holy Prophet (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him) never found fault with food, if he liked it then he would eat it. If he did not prefer it, then he would just leave it without complaining.

Hazrat Huzaifa (May Allah be pleased with him) has mentioned that the Holy Prophet (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him) prevented us from eating and drinking in gold and silver utensils. This order is for both men and women.

May Allah Taa’la give us the ability to act upon these Sunnahs of Rasullullah (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him).


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Global Halal industries set to flourish By :- Shanghai Daily Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:17:51 +0000 halal-inds

Global industry for products and services abiding to Islamic or halal standards is expect to further expand in the years to come, according to a report released on Sunday.

The industry is going to rise from two trillion U.S. dollars last year to 3.7 trillion by 2019 as more non-Muslim countries jump on the bandwagon, said the global Islamic economy report.

Issued by the Islamic economy development center and Dubai government with the support of Dinar Standard, the report said the spread of Islamic economic sectors such as Islamic banking, halal food or religious fashion, Sharia-compliant lifestyle or religious travelling was no longer a matter of the Muslim world, “but an international phenomenon,” said Abdullah Al Awar, chief executive of the Islamic economy development center.

In relation to producing conservative Islamic fashion for example such as veils and sheilas for women, the two non-Muslim countries like China and Italy have taken a lead, said the report.

The report also said that the halal food industry makes now up to 16 percent of the global food industry. Nearly all major Chinese cities have restaurants with halal food for Muslim residents and for the increasing number of Muslims tourists from the Arab world and South-East Asia. Australia emerged to the leading producer of halal meat in the Asia Pacific region.

Islam prohibits the use of interest in financing. The religion also denies alcohol, pork meat, the production of weapons and entertainment for adults.

The global Islamic halal economy is poised to grow by 10.8 percent per year.

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Part 1/5 Health Benefits of Prophetic Condiments By :- Karima Burns Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:06:39 +0000 The Prophet’s favorite condiments were honey, olive oil, salt, and vinegar.Health Benefits of Prophetic Condiments - Health - Health & Science -

The Qur’an (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:168) says, "Yea people: eat of what is on earth, lawful and wholesome." According to Muslim, Allah’s Messenger said, "The stomach is the central basin of the body, and the veins are connected to it. When the stomach is healthy, it passes on its condition to the veins, and in turn the veins will circulate the same; and when the stomach is putrescence, the veins will absorb such putrescence and issue the same."

We can assume from this Hadith that the Prophet ate what suited his stomach. And what better time to eat the best and the most suitable foods than during Ramadan? For the Prophet has said, "Fast (the month of Ramadan) so to heal your bodies from diseases."

Using the Hadith as a guide, I have explored, in a five-part series, how some of the Prophet’s favorite foods are beneficial to our health. Part one deals with condiments; Part two, with fruits; Part three, with vegetables; Part four, with meat and milk products; and Part five, with grains.


In Bukhari (Volume 7: Book 65), Aisha narrates that, "Allah's Apostle used to love sweet edible things and honey." He also attributed many healing powers to honey. The Holy Qur’an (Surat An-Nahl 16:69) says, "From its [the bee’s] belly, comes forth a drink of varying colors wherein is a cure for people. Surely there is a sign for those who would give thought."

Honey is not just a sugar, but also a complex combination of enzymes, organic acids, esters, antibiotic agents, trace minerals, and yet unidentified components! One pound of honey contains 1.4 grams of protein, 23 milligrams of calcium, 73 milligrams of phosphorus, 4.1 milligrams of iron, 1 milligram of niacin and 16 milligrams of vitamin C.

Honey has been attributed externally with healing wounds and burns, and making the skin supple and smooth. Internally, honey is a cure-all, with specific benefits for the digestive system and as a tonic for general health and well-being.

Olive Oil

The Prophet also advised us to, "Use olive oil as a food and ointment for it comes from a blessed tree" (Tirmidi).

In Crete, a recent study showed that even though 90% of Cretans consume an average of 60-70 pounds of oil a year per person, the incidence of coronary disease is very low compared to other countries.

Everyone knows that animal fats contain saturated fatty acids that vertically increase blood cholesterol levels. But mono-unsaturated fatty acids, like olive oil, control LDL levels while raising HDL levels. In fact, no other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated fatty acids (mainly oleic acid) as olive oil.

Olive oil also contains vitamins E and K, and polyphenols, which provide a defense mechanism that delays aging and prevents carcinogenesis, atherosclerosis, liver disorders, and inflammations. Oleates in the oil also promote bone formation in children and protect the bones of the elderly.

Even The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that olive oil offers strong protection in the fight against breast cancer.


Contrary to popular modern belief, salt is also a beneficial condiment. The Prophet said, "Salt is the master of your food. God sent down four blessings from the sky – fire, water, iron and salt" (Ibn Maja).

UNICEF reports that the body needs only minute amounts of iodine (from iodized salt) to function properly. Yet, a lack of the nutrient causes various disorders, from stunted growth to cretinism, a most serious condition.

Even mild deficiency produces mental impairment. Studies estimate that children living in iodine- deficient areas forfeit up to 10 to 15 IQ points.

Doctors often recommend replacing water and salt lost during exercise and when working outside in jobs such as agriculture. Increased salt intakes have been used successfully to combat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well.

Dramatic deficiencies or "excessive" sodium intakes have been associated with other conditions and diseases such as stomach cancer. Testing the salinity of perspiration has proven to be a good test for cystic fibrosis.

The most talked-about effect of salt is the association of dietary sodium and elevated blood pressures (hypertension).

However, the American Society published a good overview of recent scientific evidence as a supplement to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition for Clinical Nutrition in February 1997, and the Medical Journal of Australia reviewed that debate earlier this year. They found that the kidneys efficiently process this "excess" sodium in healthy people.

In fact, in cases of hypotension, genetic factors explain a quarter to a half of blood pressure variability – five times more than environmental factors such as stress, physical activity/exercise, smoking and, of course, diet.

Among dietary risk factors, obesity is generally recognized as the most important followed by excess alcohol consumption and then salt intake.

In May 1998, JAMA published a large meta-analysis confirming a 1996 study and documenting, as well, a series of adverse changes to blood chemistry among those placed on low-sodium diets in clinical trials.

All told, there have been six clinical trials, five of which were limited to randomized controlled trials. These provide consistent evidence of only a minor blood pressure response to a restriction of dietary sodium.


The Prophet has also called vinegar a "blessed seasoning" (Muslim). Modern science has confirmed that it indeed does have many "blessings."

A recent book called, simply, Vinegar talks about many ways in which vinegar benefits our health, and cites numerous scientific proofs of this claim. However, vinegar "miracles" were known even before the time of the Prophet (SAW).

The first-century Greek doctor Dioscorides, who traveled widely with the Roman army, was a careful observer of the medicine of his time.

In his writings, he describes the use of a substance he calls 'oxymel,' or sour honey, for arthritis-like pains.

Over the centuries, oxymel – a combination of apple cider vinegar and honey – has been widely used to dissolve painful calcium deposits in the body, and for other health problems such as hay fever.

This is because apple cider vinegar is nutrient-rich, including amino acids, enzymes, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and silicon. It improves metabolism and can counteract the effects of excess lactic acid in the bloodstream released during exercise and stress.

It has also been used as a tonic to help those with arthritis, blood pressure, cholesterol, colds, constipation, cramps, diabetes, diarrhea, indigestion, muscle stiffness, and sore throat. In his over 300-page book Vinegar, D. Lawrence cites over 100 studies in praise of the condiment.

Many more claims of vinegar’s benefits are documented in respected journals like Science Digest, The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics and The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Perhaps, though, the most important thing we can learn from Prophetic nutrition is moderation. As we sort through the wisdoms of Prophetic nutrition in our attempt to reconcile them with modern "science," we must always remember what the Qur’an (Surat Taha 20:8 1) says, “Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein."

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10 Hadiths on Remembrance of Allah By :- Muhammad Fathi Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:56:05 +0000 Which status would be higher than having your humble person appreciated and mentioned by Allah Almighty to a gathering of high-esteemed Angels?Ramadan-light

That is only one of the many valuable advantages you gain trough frequent remembrance of Allah (dhikr Allah). The special position of this easy act of worship is frequently emphasized by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) who "used to remember Allah all the time" (Abu Dawud)

Reviewing reward promised for those who remember Allah should fill us with pity for all the hours we waste without seizing these amazingly easy opportunities.

The following collection reveals the significance of this beautiful type of worship and the great reward you can reap through it.

Best Deed

1. Abu Ad-Darda' (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said:

"Shall I not inform you of the best of your actions, the purest in the sight of your Lord, which raises your rank to the highest, which is better for you than spending gold and silver, better than meeting your enemy so that you strike at their necks and they strike at yours?' They replied: 'Yes, indeed,' and he said: 'It is the remembrance of Allah." (At-Tirmidhi)

A Special Status

2. Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said:

"Allah says, "I treat My servant as he hopes that I would treat him. I am with him whenever he remembers Me:if he thinks of Me, I think of him;if he mentions Me in company, I mention him in an even better company.if he draws near to Me a hand's span, I draw near to him an arm's length;if he draws near to Me an arm's length,  I draw closer by a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

3. Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said:

"The similitude of someone who remembers his Lord and someone who does not is like that of the living and the dead." (Al-Bukhari)

4. Abdullah ibn Busr (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that One of the Prophet's Companions said,

"O Messenger of Allah. I am overwhelmed by the so many injunctions of Islam. So tell me something to which I may hold fast."

The Prophet replied, "Keep your tongue wet with the remembrance of Allah." (At Tirmidhi) 

Abundant Forgiveness

5. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) also reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

He who says, 'Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdih' (Glory and praise be to Allah) one hundred times a day, his sins will be obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the sea. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

6. Zaid ibn Harithah narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Whosoever says:

'Astaghfirullaha al-`Azeem al-ladhi la ilaha illa howa Al-Hayy al-Qayyum wa atubu illayh (I ask forgiveness of Allah, the Magnificent, than Whom there is no deity, the Living, the Sustainer of existence, and I turn to Him in repentance,) his sins will be forgiven even if he should have run away from the battlefield (while he was engaged in fighting for the Cause of Allah, which is a grave sin in Islam). (Abu Dawud and authenticated by Al-Albani)

Huge Reward

7. Anas ibn Malik narrated that the Prophet said:

"Whoever prays Fajr Prayer in congregation, and then sits and remembers Allah until the sun rises, then (after a while) prays two rak`has, he will gain a reward equal to that of making perfect Hajj and `Umrah. [The Prophet repeated the word “perfect” thrice.] (At-Tirmidhi)

8. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet said:

He who repeats after every prayer:Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah) thirty-three times,Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) thirty-three times,Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest) thirty-three times;and completes the hundred with:La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli shai'in qadir (There is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner. His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent) will have all his sins pardoned even if they may be as large as the foam on the surface of the sea. (Muslim)

9. Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

He who utters ten times:

La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahulmulku wa lahulhamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli sha'in qadir (There is no true god except Allah. He   is One and He has no partner. His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent), he will have a reward equal to that for freeing four slaves from the progeny of Prophet Isma`il. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

10. Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said:

"There are two statements that are light on the tongue, heavy on the scales, and beloved to the Most Merciful:Subahana Allahi wa bihamdih Subhana Allahi Al-`Azeem (Glory and praise be to Allah, Glorified is Allah, the Most Great.)” (Al-Bukhari)

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Thai actress Nook Suthida converts to Islam Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:16:14 +0000 12-2-14-folder-pic-8

Suthida has changed her name to Assieh and is taking courses at a school in Bangkok to learn the Islamic principles, IRNA reported.

Nook Suthida said that despite many objections raised by people around her, she finally decided to convert to Islam. She has made the decision after travelling to many countries for finding the most perfect religion.

The move has been hugely debated in the Thai media.

Suthida has also stated that she performs her daily prayers on time and has started learning Arabic to become capable of reading the Holy Quran.

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