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Harmful Foods

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Last Updated on Saturday, 10 February 2018 15:37

Foods can generally be termed as those edibles which nourish the body. There are, however, certain foods that adversely affect the body. These can be termed as “harmful foods”.

Harmful foods can be divided into two categories:

1. Foods that are not beneficial to anybody.

2. Foods that do not agree with certain people.

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Meal Guidelines

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 November 2017 08:39

People are generally particular regarding WHAT they eat. However, equally important to WHAT we eat is WHEN we eat. Ideally, a person should only eat when hungry, and should stop eating when satiated, before completely filling the stomach.

Haarith bin Kaldah, the renowned Arab physician, was once asked, “What is the best medicine?” He replied, “Necessity i.e. hunger.” He was then asked, “What is disease?” He replied, “The entry of food upon food.” The explanation of this statement can be found in the remark of Ibnu Sina who is reported to have said, “Never eat a meal until the one before it has digested.”

Since the norm in society is for three meals to be eaten daily, it is important for the times of these meals to be fixed so that each meal can be digested correctly.

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Save the Low Pan!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:29

For centuries and centuries, since the beginning of time, the natural position that people globally adopted for relieving themselves was that of squatting. Indeed, this position is so natural that a child instinctively adopts it when he needs to relieve himself.

It was only around the seventeenth century that Lord John Harington invented the high-pan toilet. Despite the years that have passed since its inception, and its popularity among certain classes of society, more than half the population of the world still squat to relieve themselves.

Squatting has numerous Deeni as well as health benefits. When a person squats, there is no water directly below him – as is the case with the high-pan toilet. As it is well known, the high pan toilet has a tit-for-tat – or rather ‘splish for splash’ attitude. Suffice it to say that a person using the high-pan toilet is at great risk to suffer a splash-back. This not only messes a person’s body with najaasat (impurity) which renders salaah null and void, but is also the cause of one suffering painful punishment in the grave.

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Winter Guidelines

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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 July 2017 13:49

Previously, mention was made of Autumn wherein the heat of summer decreases and cold increases. This increase in cold continues until the next season enters which is winter.

Winter

During winter, cold intensifies until it reaches its peak. The cold thereafter remains constant for some time after which it begins to warm.

If we look around us and analyze the effects of winter, we notice two things happening:

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Health Guidelines for Ramadhaan

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:39

We are once again on the threshold of Ramadhaan – a month that is well known for its spiritual benefits. However, the act of fasting is replete with health benefits as well. Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah said, “Wage jihaad and earn booty, fast and acquire health, and travel and earn wealth.” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #5070)

From this hadeeth, we learn that fasting enhances one’s health. Furthermore, it is a well known fact among the Hakeems (physicians) that overeating leads to sicknesses, and fasting is a remedy for many illnesses. Haarith bin Kaldah, the physician of the Arabs, was once asked, “What is the best medicine?” He replied, “Necessity i.e. hunger”. Fasting is a way of giving the body time to reorganize itself and serves as an accepted treatment in many therapies.

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