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2015/03/20

Crying is good for your health and helps your mind to be clear and your heart to be pure


Crying (Thawbah) is good for your health and for purifying your body and mind (which will purify your belief i e the way you think, i.e your religion and thus the way you act)

In islam, we are crying a lot. Not only 7 times a year, as a German scientologist has told us (German Society of Ophthalmology) Men cry on average between 6-17 times per year while women cry between 30-64 times a year. In islam it is recommended to cry a lot, every night if possible while doing tawbah, repentance for the bad things you did and could remember and not remember.

Women tend to cry for about six minute and men for between two and four minutes, but this is not a reserach done of Muslim men of course. Until adolescence, no difference between the sexes was found.

Biological response

Crying studies in laboratories have shown several physical effects of crying, such as increased heart rate, sweating, and slowed breathing.

Increased heart rate is good, because it helps the body to flush the blood around and up to the head and brain, thus making us thinking more clearly.

Sweating and moving that lymph is a great purification reaction. Sweating is the main purification action to get rid of toxins and thus purifyting our bodies, which islam recommed us to do. Crying is good.

Slowed breathing is great as it will decrease the stress, which is the main factor for health problems. Stress make your body alert and in a state of fight-and-flight-mood, so to slow down to breathing is essential for your health. It will help you if you have stomach issues like IBS, kidney problems etc. So if you cry a lot, it is good for you. Don't be afraid to go from happy, angry and stressed out to crying because it will help you feel happy again, inchallah.

Crying is helpful and beneficial.

Allah has however told us not to be sad, i.e. be in a state of sadness, without crying, so this is important to remembder. Sadness and depression is not of islam, but crying is.

Stress

When you think about all things you have to do, or implications that are going to happen, eventually, or perhaps not at all, your body will in both cases start to pump out adrenalin, as if it already is happening right now.

A response to stress is that the sympathetic nervous system triggers several processes to allow us to fight or flee. Even if we are sitting at a spa, thinking about all things you have to do later, you will be in a state of stress. This includes shutting down unnecessary body functions, such as digestion, and increasing blood flow and oxygen to necessary muscles.

Is this good?

When you feel a lump in the throat, known as a globus sensation, is because the body is experiencing two things at the same time. Is feels stress, but at the same time it also opening the throat in order to increase air flow. This is done by expanding the glottis, which allows more air to pass through.

As you are undergoing this sympathetic response, eventually the parasympathetic nervous systym attempts to undo the response by decreasing high stress activites and increasing recuperative processes, which includes running digestion.

This involves swallowing, a process which requires closing the fully expanded glottis to prevent food from entering the larynx. The glotting, however, attempts to remain open as you cries. This fight to close the glottis creates a sensation that feels like a lump in your throat.

Not eating is good, fasting is good

If you don't eat, and then you cry your body will increase your blood flow, which will have a great effect on your mind, muscles and body. It will move your lymph and get rid of the toxins in your body. It will increase your air flow and it will calm your whole body down, thus helping your stomach to degenerate.

Sunnah to be thin and sunnah to say as-salam aleikum,

It is sunnah to be thin. And when you think calm thoughts, your body will be calm. When you think that you are safe, your body will start to degenerate, and stress will go away and you start to restore everything you have damaged in your body.

I use to say As-salam (one of the names of Allah), while thinking that my cells are in this state. It calms me down. I sign that my body is calm is that I breath deeper. When I say As-salam aleikum, both you and me will be in a state of calm and this is good.

Your mind is so much important, much more than you think. And allah has told us exactly what you can do to be in the best of states.

Thawbah (repentance)

When you cry  of tawbah which is an outcome of the thoughts you have been thinking and thus the act that you have been made.

Our prophet, who said the truth to us and wanted us to experience the best way of living, cried due to the fondness and love for a deceased person, or for fear of, on behalf of the ummah, or because of the fear or longing for Allah Ta'aala. Only these types of crying are good, really good, they are even praiseworthy.

One type of crying is called a lie, i.e. the crying of a person that thinks in a certain way that is far away of the truth, and didn't understand that he is far away from the truth, so he keeps doing the same thing, believing and thinking that what he does is his right and it is good for him or for other people (which is also called hypocrisy).

David, the prophet David, over him peace, also cried. His cry was due to sorrow. Ibrahim, the prophet Ibrahim, who also told the truth, over him peace, was due to a desire, and the crying of Muhammad, the prophet Muhammad, the truth-teller, was because of love.

When he cried at night, it was due to love. Otherwise he cried due to different reasons as has been mentioned.

Read more about the hadiths where this has been mentioned, here.

(306) Hadith Number 2.

'Abdullah bin Mas'ud Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: ''Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam once asked me to recite the Qur-aan to him. (The hearing of the recital of the Qur-aan is regarded as a sunnah, as a result of this deed of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam) 

I said: ''O Messenger of Allah, should I recite it to you when it has been revealed to you?' 

Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam said: 'I love to hear it from another person'' 

Thereupon I began reciting Surah Nisaa. When I reached the aayah ''But how (will it be with them) when We bring of every people a witness, and We bring thee (O Muhammed) a witness against these?'' (Surah Nisaa,41) I saw tears flowing from both eyes of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam"

So, if something makes you cry, cry. If it is out of fear, cry, love, cry, thawbah, cry. This will help you purify yourself, and give you health, strength and a clear mind back. Inchallah. 

The Muslim Ummah needs to be purified, and war is one way. Don't be afraid of war. Don't be afraid of loss. We will all be lost to somebody and when it is going to happen, remember that Allah has made our graveyard a peace of rest for everyone that has cried a lot at night, while praying. So cry, cry, cry. The more you cry, the better. 


2013/01/12

Is it easy to follow the Qur'an? Yes it is. Do we follow the sunnah? No, we don't.

One of the things we all do is to try to have a nice home, filled with furnitures, LED-screens and ornated lamps. We strive hard to win the perfect life in Dunya.

We cook several times a day and we eat a lot, and get fat, most of us. Even a little bellyfat is fat. We spend most of our days in front of the computer, the television or at work, either in the kitchen, with cleaning the house and our stuff and we get stressed out and frustrated when we don't find our things when we have to have them. Why is that? Are we really following the Qur'an and the sunnah? How did the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him live?

Dress Of Prophet Mohammed

His dress generally consisted of a shirt, tamad (trousers), a sheet thrown round the sholders and a turban. On rare occasions, he would put on costly robes presented to him by foreign emissaries in the later part of his life (Ahmed, Musnad, Hafiz Bin Qaiyyam).

His blanket had several patches (Tirmizi).

He had very few spare clothes, but he kept them spotlessy clean (Bukhari).

He wanted others also to put on simple but clean clothes. Once he saw a person putting on dirty clothes and remarked, "Why can't this man wash them." (Abu Dawud, Chapter "Dress").

On another occasion he enquired of a person in dirty clothes whether he had any income. Upon getting a reply in the affirmative, he observed, "When Allah has blessed you with His bounty, your appearence should reflect it." (Abu Dawud)

He used to observe: "Cleanliness is piety".

Mode of Living Of Prophet Mohammed

His house was but a hut with walls of unbaked clay and a thatched roof of palm leaves covered by camel skin. He had separate apartments for his wives, a small room for each made of similar materials. His own apartment contained a rope cot, a pillow stuffed with palm leaves , the skin of some animal spread on the floor and a water-bag of leather and some weapons. These were all his earthly belongings, besides a camel, a horse, and some land which he had aquired in the later part of his life. (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud).

Once some of his disciples, noticing the imprint of his mattress on his body, wished to give him a softer bed, but he politely declined the offer saying, "What have I to do with worldly things. My connection with the world is like that of a traveler resting for a while underneath the shade of a tree and then moving on." Amr Ibn Al-Harith, a brother-in-law of the Prophet , says that when the Prophet died, he did not leave a cent, a slave man or woman, or any property except his white mule, his weapons and a piece of land which he had dedicated for the good of the community. (Sahih Bukhari).

He advised the people to live simple lives and himself practised great austerities. Even when he had become the virtual king of Arabia, he lived an austere life bordering on privation. His wife Ayesha (radiyallaahu `anha) says that there was hardly a day in his life when he had two square meals. (Sahih Muslim,, Vol.2, pg 198).

When he died there was nothing in his house except a few seeds of barley left from a mound of the grain obtained from a Jew by pawning his armour. (Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari, Chapter "Aljihad").

He had declared unlawful for himself and his family anything given by the people by way of zakat or sadaqa (types of charity). He was so particular about this that he would not appoint any member of his family as a zakat collector. (Sahah-Kitab Sadaqat).

So how can we change our lives? Should we give away everything we have? No, don't have to, but it would certainly facilitate your life. You would find your stuff more easily and you would have more time to do more good things, instead of being stressed out all the time. 

1. Get rid of all your clothes that you don't need. Spare 4-5 of your best clothes and keep them clean. 
2. Get rid of everything you have more or less. Keep some things you really treasure. 
3. Cook less and stop eating sugar and wheat. The prophet had barley on his floor - and barley is good food. Eat once a day. This will not only be better for your faith, but also for you health. New studies tell us that fasting is the best way to get rid of heart-deceases, cancer and other age-related sicknesses. 
4. Fast on Mondays and Thursdays. This will help your health and faith. 
5. Eat more raw-food and less of other things. When you break the fast you can eat bread with olive-oil. The bread should contain more barley than wheat. 
6. Eat meat on occasionally days as Eid. This is very hard to do, but the prophet ate sheep-meat and you can't find a hadith where it tells you that he ate meat from cows. Fresh fish on the other side is good to eat. There are several verses in the Qur'an about the fresh fish. 
7. The prophet peace be upon him always smiled. Do you smile a lot? He also talked well when he opened his mouth. Try to speak nicely to people. Try to diminish all your things you HAVE to do and try to spend more time with yourself. Your career is not the most important, even though it is important. It is secondary. Your behavior is much more important than that. 
8. When you try to have more money, do you think that you have to search for feng shui-solutions, read the Secret or try the lotery? Or do you have to wait for a relative to die or your work to enhance? You don't have to do that. The only thing you have to do is to occupy yourself with your prayers, especially at night, and in the day keep contact with people, be nice to them and seek opportunities. If you pray to Allah and believe he will give you all you need, then pray and leave Allah to do the work for you.

2012/08/02

Honey and Cinnamon when I break the fast


I have noticed the benefits of drinking some water, eating dates and then drinking a glass of honey with cinnamon. 


I continue to eat 1-2 fruits before anything else because if you eat the fruit after it will not digest, but rotten and that is not pleasant. After that I eat soup and/or something else like lasagna, moussaka, rize and chicken, etc and also a salade. It is good to eat salad to every meal. The benefits that I have noticed is that I am alert all day long, I don't feel hungry. I only feel a little bit fatigued after 7-8 p.m. but it won't last for long. 


Surah An-Nahl 16:68-69
And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: "Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. "Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you)." There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.
Surah Muhammad or Al-Qitâl 47:15


The description of Paradise which the Muttaqûn (pious - see V.2:2) have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit; and forgiveness from their Lord. (Are these) like those who shall dwell for ever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels?


Sahih Al-Bukhari 007.065.342 Narrated 'Aisha: Allah's Apostle used to love sweet edible things and honey.


Sahih Al-Bukhari 007.071.584 Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: (The Prophet said), "Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing)." But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire." Sahih Al-Bukhari 007.071.588 Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: A man came to the Prophet and said, "My brother has some abdominal trouble." The Prophet said to him "Let him drink honey." The man came for the second time and the Prophet said to him, 'Let him drink honey." He came for the third time and the Prophet said, "Let him drink honey." He returned again and said, "I have done that ' The Prophet then said, "Allah has said the truth, but your brother's abdomen has told a lie. Let him drink honey." So he made him drink honey and he was cured.


It is found that mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most of the diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world.


Ayurvedic as well as Yunani medicine have been using honey as a vital medicine for centuries. Scientists of today also accept honey as a Ram Ban (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.


Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients also. 


A famous magazine named Weekly World News published in Canada dated 17 January, 95 has given a list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and Cinnamon as researched by western scientists.


ARTHRITIS: Take one part honey to two parts of luke warm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body slowly. It is noticed that the pain recedes within a minute or two.
Or arthritis patients may daily, morning and night take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
If drunk regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research done at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon. Honey and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week out of the 200 people so treated practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.


HAIR LOSS: Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min and then wash the hair. It was found very effective if kept for 5 mins. also.


BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of luke warm water and drink it. It destroys the germs of the bladder.
TOOTHACHE: Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be done 3 times a day daily till such time that the tooth has stopped aching.


CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, if given to a cholesterol patient, it reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day any chronic cholesterol is cured.
As per the information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complains of cholesterol.


COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon luke warm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.


INFERTILITY: Yunani and Ayurvedic have been using honey for years in medicine to strengthen the semen of men. If impotent men regularly take two tablespoon of honey before sleeping, their problem will be solved. In China, Japan and Far-East countries, women who do not conceive and to strengthen the uterus have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries. Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half teaspoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body. A couple in Maryland, America had no children for 14 years and had left hope of having a child of their own. When told about this process husband and wife started taking honey and cinnamon as stated above, the wife conceived after a few months and had twins at full term.


UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomachache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.


GAS: According to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.


HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread or chappati instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that due to the increasing age the arteries and veins which lose their flexibility and get clogged are revitalized.


IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.


INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.


INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.


LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life span also increases and even if a person is 100 years old, starts performing the chores of a 20 year old.


PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.


SKIN INFECTIONS: Eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections are cured by applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts.
WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning, 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.


CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.


FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful than detrimental to the body strength. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon power in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr.Milton who has done research says that half tablespoon honey taken in one glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3.00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts decreasing, increases the vitality of the body within a week.


BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. So their breath stays fresh throughout the day.


HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder taken in equal parts restores hearing.



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2012/07/20

Sunnah is like Medicine

Shaikh Khidir from Toronto, Canada once gave a very beautiful example on the importance of following the ways (sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He said that sunnah is like medicine. Usually, when we visit the doctors for treatment, they write on the prescriptions the medicines we need. We take these prescriptions to pharmacists who then sell the medicines to us. Sometimes these medicines are bitter and hard to swallow, but we still consume them as we know that the cure is in them. Similarly, each and every sunnah has physical and spiritual cure for us in this world and in the hereafter. Even if some of sunnah are hard to follow, we should still follow them as the cure is in them.

"...So take what the Messenger gives you, and refrain from what he prohibits you..." Al Quran 59:7



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