Ahlan wa Sahlan
By Ustadh Sa'id Hunafaa
وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ اللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرًا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًا ۚ وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّهَ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ And Whatever good you send forth for yourself, you will…More...
Historic Events During Ramadhan
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By Ustadh Sa'id Hunafaa
Alhamdullilah, through the donations of many people we were able to deliver over 500 food packages to families in need (cooked and non-perishable food items and personal care items) in…More...
Written by Hakimah Raziya A. Mumin
As the seasons change so do our bodies. Our bodies react to the changes in our environment. If we live in a moldy home, or if we are in a dusty, pollen filled area; our immune systems work over time to try to normalize our system. In the summer we receive more vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D increases immune function. We often drink more water, and get more exercise during the summer months; these actions increase our ability to heal faster. These activities invigorate our systems and increase circulation. As we move into fall and winter our bodies DNA reacts to the environmental change. Our body chemistry adjusts to the time period. Allergens such as dust, mold, and pollen cause reactions in the body. We always want of health to be to notch. During the fall and winter months we may be indoors more. The direct exposure to dust, mold, and other allergens may be taxing. Continue to drink a sufficient amount of water and get as much sun, and exercise as possible. These seasonal changes are normal. However over exposure to pathogens, and a poor diet contribute to a breakdown in the immune function. The good news is there are many immune building herbs that aid the body during these changing times. Herbs that will support our immune systems and give us the extra help we need to continue being healthy.
Eleven of the most immune boosting herbs are;
1. Astragulus- It is anti viral, a known immune builder used by the Asian population for centuries. It is used for treating cardiac arrhythmia, HIV infection, and pneumonia.
2. Echinacea- It reduces inflammations, improves skin problems, alleviates pain, it is used as a anti aging her, fights against colds and flu, used for bladder infection, fevers, breast feeding problems, blood poisoning, yeast infection, sinusitis, bacterial/viral infections, chronic fatigue, and athletes foot.
3. Elderberry- It builds up the immunity to colds, fights viruses, coughs, tonsillitis, fevers, good for asthma (when it is combined with mullein it works best to alleviate asthma or lung congestion), it is good to use for allergies, eye infections, and hay fever.
4. Olive leaf- It increases energy, anti viral, anti bacterial, reduces fevers, astringent, antiseptic, and dilates blood vessels.
5. Cat’s Claw- It stimulates the immune system by enhancing its ability to destroy pathogens.
6. Ginseng- Good for anemia, high blood pressure, internal bleeding, it contains vitamin A, E, and B12.
7. Ginger- It removes congestion, it is good for fevers, it has anti cancer properties, allergies, parasites, it is a germ killer, heart disease, warts, worms, infections, and it is high in potassium.
8. Oregano- Excellent for immune health, it contains vitamin E, calcium, Vitamin K, manganese, iron, and fiber. It is good for bone health; it destroys free radicals, and detoxifies the body. It is an antioxidant, and anti-bacterial.
9. Garlic- It kills germs, lowers high blood pressure, good for allergies, ear infections, cold congestion, to remove parasites, heart disease, fevers, arthritis, and toothaches.
10. Calendula- It is more popularly known as marigold. It is an anti inflammatory herb. Good for athletes foot, fungal infections, hemorrhoids, acne, and conjunctivitis. The Egyptians believed it had rejuvenating properties.
11. Turmeric- Last but not least turmeric, which contains curcumin. It is a strong herb used in many curries. It has a “Heal All” type of effect, it’s a tonic herb. It is also; Anti fungal, anti inflammatory, anti cancer, good for treating the following illnesses; diabetes, worms, headaches, swelling, gout, lice, pain- reliever, ulcers, it works to cure illnesses that require steroids such as lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis.
There are many herbs that should be added to the fall/winter diet. We need herbs that bring heat to the body, especially during cold weather. Here are a few to use as you need them;
1. Black pepper- antioxidant, antiseptic
2. Cardamom- expectorant
3. Cinnamon- digestive tonic
Fall Food Drive (September 23rd-November 6th 2016)
Food Items Needed
Soups: Mushroom, tomato, vegetable or lentil (some low sodium)
Breakfast foods: Sooji (cream of wheat), oatmeal, pancake mix, cereal
Juice (100%): apple, grape, fruit, orange
Fresh produce: (apples, onions, potatoes, oranges, bananas)
Beans: (black, pinto, navy, garbanzo, or lentils)
Breads: (whole wheat, rye, pita, naan)
Jam or jelly: (strawberry-some sugar free and grape, apple)
Crackers and fruit bars: (saltine, graham, cheese, Ritz, unsalted, granola bars)
Canned meats: (tuna fish and salmon)
Tea: (herbal tea-green, mint, chamomile and black tea)
Peanut butter (creamy)
Canned fruit: (boxes of fruit cups or canned fruits-assorted types)
Sweeteners: Honey and sugar
Condiments: Ketchup, salad dressing, mayonnaise and syrup
In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,
‘Udhiyya’ is an Arabic term which means “sacrificing an animal”, and ‘Qurbani’ is an Urdu and Persian word derived from the Arabic word ‘Qurban’ which literally means an act performed to seek Allah’s pleasure. It is technically used for the sacrifice of an animal slaughtered for the sake of Allah.
Virtues of Udhiyya (qurbani)
Allah Most High Says:
“So turn in prayer towards your Lord and sacrifice (animals).” (Qur’an 108:2)
There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Udhiya than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgment with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart. (Sunan Tirmidhi and Sunan Ibn Majah)
Sayyiduna Zayd ibn Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah! What is Udhiya?” He replied, “It is the Sunna of your father Ibrahim (peace be upon him).” They asked again, “What benefit do we get from it?” He answered, “A reward for every hair (of the sacrificed animal).” “And [what reward is there for animals with] wool, O Messenger of Allah?” they asked. “A reward”, he said, “for every fiber of the wool.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
When a person slaughters an Udhiyya animal, he is forgiven at the fall of the first drop of blood, and verily, the animal shall be brought forward on the Day Of Judgment with its blood, meat etc., and shall be increased in weight seventy times more than its own weight, and thereafter it will be placed on the scale of deeds.
Once again Insha Allahu ta 'ala Madinah Food Pantry will be picking up and distributing Qurbani meat to Muslim families in Northeast Georgia and Metro Atlanta. Our target this year is to reach between 75 and 100 families.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to donate meat or know someone that would like to donate. We rely on your referrals to assure that deserving families receive the Qurbani/Udhiyya meat. Families who are eligible for qurbani/udhiyya may also contact us directly and let us know their situation.
Jazak Allah Khairan.
We would like to thank everyone who donated food, zakat or sadaqa and toys for our toy drive for families that we serve through our mobile food pantry. Alhamdullilah, many families were assisted throughout the entire month of Ramadan with food packages, iftar meals and zakat or sadaqa donations. All were extremely grateful.
From time to time we get the permission from families that we serve to share their appreciation for the generosity of others who are devoted to assisting their Muslim brothers and sisters in need of our assistance. Below is a gratitude letter from a sister that we want to share with everyone so that you know your donations are never unappreciated and most needed by so many of our families. In fact, we have families that depend on these donations to help them with their bills, rent and food.
A gratitude letter from a sister (name removed to respect her confidentiality):
June 28, 2016
As Salaamu Alaikum Dr. Salima Hunafa:
I cannot thank Allah Ta Ala enough for the assistance that you and your program have rendered to me and others who have benefitted from your donations to us especially during this blessed month of Ramadhan. With the Pantry’s help, I and many others are now able to see the magnificent of Allah’s Glory unfold by having a very grateful Ramadhan. It is easier to fast with proper nourishment. JazakaAllah Khair.
Dr. Hunafa, I heard about the incredible work that you and your donors are doing for the community from another benefactor of your help and then yet another. Please do not underestimate the importance of your service and your donations. We are living in difficult times and need help. I took the chance to make my situation known to you and was helped. Ironically, I am one of the first ladies to convert to Islam in the earlier 1970s and help establish Atlanta’s first Masjid. Just knowing that this same community flourish to assist others is refreshing.
I gratefully acknowledge receipt of your donations. This help came to me during one of my darkest and difficult times in my life. Until recently, I was homeless and without proper funds to survive. Although this may sound like a typical story of a struggling person but it should not be for a 66 years old African-American Muslim Lady. After a horrific tragedy in my life I am now recovering and restructuring my life. I am now enrolled in a Doctoral Program in Atlanta with plans to gain an Ed.D.
I wish to thank Allah for all the donors that keep the doors of Madinah Pantry open to help others like myself gain assistance in the time of need. From the donations of the Madinah, we were able to sponsor over ten Iftars for families this Ramadhan. I thank you all again for your unselfish help to others in need. Caring for others is a valuable attribute. Again thank you Dr. Hunafa, your wonderful family and your donors for the grace of your service to communities and people in need. You saw the need and took action. Again, JazakaAllah Khair for your services, kindness and actions.
Zakat ul fitr donations from Masjid Al-Athar (Marietta)
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Wa sall Allahu ta 'Ala 'alaa Sayyidina wa Mawlaana Muhammadin wa 'alaa Aalihi wa Sahbihi wa sallim
Sayyiduna Ayyub (Radhi Allahu ‘anhu) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sahbihi wa sallim) said,
“Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days from Shawwal it is as if they fasted the entire year.”
[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah; Ahmad transmitted it from Jabir, Muntaqa]
Sayyiduna Thawban (Radhi Allahu ‘anhu) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sahbihi wa sallim) said,
“Whoever fasts Ramadan, and then six days after Eid, it is an entire year. Whoever does a good deed shall have ten times its reward.”[Ibn Majah, Muntaqa]
1. Based on this, the majority of the fuqaha, including the Hanafi, Shafi`i, and Hanbali school, have held that it is recommended to fast six days of the month of Shawwal. [Radd al-Muhtar; Mughni al-Muhtaj Shah al-Minhaj; Kashshaf al-Qina`]
2. It is permitted to fast these six days separately throughout the month, or consecutively, after Eid al-Fitr.
Alhamdulillah, Madinah Food Pantry and Family Services will again be collecting and distributing Zakat and Sadaqah Fitr this year. Sadaqah al Fitr should be given for distribution before going to the Eidgah or the Masjid for Salaatul 'Eid. Arrangements can be made to have your Zakat or Sadaqah al Fitr (Fitrana) collected from your home. Sadaqa al Fitr can be donated by way of dates, raisins, grain such as rice, wheat etc. It may also be donated in the form of cash. Current Sadaqah al Fitr (Zakatul Fitr) cash amount is approximately $8.00 per family member. Please contact us as soon as possible. To allow for timely distributon, the last day we will collect from homes or Masaajid is July 5th 2016 Insha Allahu ta 'ala.
Ramadan Good Deed Baskets
Ramadan Mubarak to all!
Alhamdullilah our Ramadan “Good Deed” basket project is underway! So far we have delivered many baskets to seniors, the disabled and/or homeless Muslims in metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia since the first day of Ramadan.
Different groups in various locations of metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia are participating in this project to help get these baskets to families in need. The baskets are filled with personal care items and smaller food items, as well as some Islamic literature, dhikr beads, and incense.
Below is a picture of young girls and a sister from the American Muslims Ladies Club-Commerce, GA. with the baskets they donated (girls ages 9-through 15) with senior ladies to help out with the baskets.
Jazak Allah Khairan.
Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services Pre-Ramadhan Food Drive 2016
Insha’Allah, in preparation for the blessed month of Ramadhan we are starting our food drive early so our pantry will be filled and better able to assist families in need. Alhamdullilah, Madinah Food Pantry delivers food year around to Muslim families in need and some items are very quickly depleted once they are donated. Please see our list of items most needed and if you are able to donate, please contact us at the link provided below. Insha’Allah, we can also accept cash donations that will go towards food purchases through PayPal on our website.
Canned food: Soups (vegetable, tomato or mushroom), tuna fish, salmon, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce.
Proteins: Peanut butter, beans (pinto, kidney, split peas, black, lima or garbanzo).
Grains: Basmati rice, pasta (spaghetti, elbow macaroni), flour (all purpose or self-rising).
Frozen foods: Vegetables, halal meats (we can only accept Hand Cut Chicken if donated), fish.
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