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...
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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...
The Headache ranks the #1 health complaint in America!
It is estimated that approximately 90% of men and 95% of women suffer from headaches at some point in any given year. In many cases, it is a daily occurrence. Headaches are an annoying problem, and they are rarely understood. There are many different types of headaches; migraines, continuing headaches caused by tragic accidents in the past, allergies, cluster and rebound headaches (which are caused by over use of headache medication). You can have sick headaches, which are caused often by inhalation of chemicals, undigested food lying in the stomach, and physical, and mental over load. A bilious headache (having to do with bile disturbance) may come from over eating rich fatty foods, indigestion, or wrong food combing. A nervous headache is due to mental stress, strain, and worry. Nervous people who are sedimentary usually suffer from these types of headaches. Headaches are often signals of physical or spiritual maladies; not completing the Mamulat (daily reading of selected verses of Holy Quran) on a regular basis can lead to many spiritual illnesses. By increasing your recitation of Holy Quran, you treat your spiritual self. You can also listen to Holy Quran; it is a soothing HEALER in all forms. The pain of a headache has been analyzed closely. One study was done by Neurologists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark; their studies suggest that headaches result from nerve stimulation in three different sites around the head;
1. In constricting or dilating arteries and blood vessels surrounding the brain that become painful due to changes in the blood patterns.
2. In the muscles in and around the head, such as those leading to the blood vessels and muscles around the neck, scalp, and face which become painful when they contract too tightly.
3. In the nerve cells around the brain including those associated with the eyes, jaw, sinuses, ears, teeth and spinal cord, which become painful as a result of blood chemistry.
MONTHLY SPONSORSHIPS NEEDED FOR MADINAH FOOD PANTRY
Hunger remains as one of our greatest social problems (if not the greatest social problem) globally. In the United States, it is hard for some of us to fathom that there are people who are hungry or food insecure on a daily basis. Through our mobile food pantry services at Madinah Food Pantry we see firsthand the situations many families are in currently in which they must struggle each month to get food to survive since we started our mobile food pantry service in the spring of 2011. Many of the families we serve no longer receive food stamps, or if they receive so little food stamps (sometimes as little as $30 per month) that they must have food packages delivered monthly just to sustain themselves. Many of our local seniors, disabled and widows are expected to live on these very meager amounts of food stamps each month. Our single parent families have also seen reductions in what they receive through food stamps as well and are in need of food items to feed their families (many have large families). This situation is NOT getting any better but worse. We are seeing dramatic increases in elders needing food, homelessness among Muslim families (especially senior sisters and single parent families) and refugees in our area needing food.
We encourage all who can to sponsor Madinah Food Pantry on a monthly basis, In sha’ Allah. You can sponsor for $25, $50, $75, $100, $200 $300, $400 or $500 per month ($100 per month is $25 per week and $500 per month is $125 per week). Monthly donations can be set up through PayPal on our website at www.madinahfoodpantry.org or through direct deposit for the Madinah Food Pantry bank account through Bank of America. With these much-needed funds it will help tremendously with the following:
Purchase of food items needed (these are mostly food items we don’t receive from donations which many families need such as fresh produce, milk, eggs, foods for families on restrictive diets—no salt, no sugar foods and foods for those with allergies;
Crisis situations when different families we serve need assistance due to homelessness, disconnection of bills, death in the family, hospitalizations, etc.…;
Gas funds for our travel expenses to make deliveries (we travel up to 75 miles from our location in Lawrenceville) to deliver food packages each month so our expenses are much greater most pantries since we are a mobile food pantry.
Below is a testimonial from a single disabled sister with 4 teenage children that we have worked with for the past 4 years through our mobile food pantry service to assure you that your donations are indeed making a difference in the lives of others:
Healthy Foods for the Winter
Foods of the winter should nourish and warm our systems. During the winter months our bodies begin to dry out. Many people forget to drink plenty of water during this time. Water is extremely important in the winter months. Our skin, mucus membranes, sinuses, and joints are all put through such a rough workout. Water helps greatly to flush these areas. The cold temperatures, bundling up and trying to conserve our heat source is an effort. Our diets should be supportive to the weather. The best winter foods to eat should help your body stay warm, and healthy. The varieties are literally endless.
What we should always know that ALL foods should be GMO free, organic, and pesticide free. Carrots, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes; also kale, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, and cabbage are very beneficial in bringing heat to the body, and these vegetables enhance the winter experience. Here are some of their health benefits;
- help the liver and kidneys flush out floating body fats. The iron in beets helps clean excessive fat accumulation from blood cells. They also contain natural chlorine that washes fat from the liver, kidneys, and gall bladder. And they tend to stimulate the vitality of the blood lymph which circulates through the body, helping dislodge fatty deposits.
- -stimulate the pancreas to release hormones. And the minerals in the vegetable stimulate the kidneys to release water as well. Together, the hormones and water then flush the fatty tissues.
- - whether raw, steamed or juiced, is very high in sulphur and iodine which clean the mucous membranes in your stomach and intestinal tract. Cabbage is particularly helpful for people with "pot bellies" because it also helps break down the fat in the cells of the stretched skin on your stomach.
- - are a primary source of carotene, which breaks down into vitamin A and nourishes cells and tissues. As your digestive system transforms the carotene into vitamin A, your metabolism accelerates and your other vital systems also speed up. This activity vibrates the fat cells and dislodges fat.
- -has a high concentration of ready-to-use calcium which energizes your endocrine system, speeding up hormone production and breaking down fatty deposits in cells. Celery is also high in magnesium and iron which both nourish the blood cells and help in elimination of wastes.
- - can help cool inflammation in fat cells and restore a balance between acid and alkaline. This loosens body wastes for removal. Cucumbers are also high in sulfur and silicon, two minerals that help your kidneys wash waste from your system. And they are high in potassium which stimulates the glands, helping to break down fat.
- - is the most powerful natural diuretic. It is also a natural anti- biotic. A clove of garlic each day also helps break down stubborn clumps of fat, and fights colds.
- - just a half teaspoon a day actually dissolves fat right in the cells and then acts as a germ fighter and cleanser.
Taking a Closer Look at Cancer
Cancer is a general term used to describe a group of 100 diseases or more. These diseases share a pattern of uncontrolled growth and rapid spread of abnormal cells. The word cancer is frightening because it is thought to be fatal to the person who contracts it. Allah knows better as to what will be fatal. The science behind this disease is that it occurs when parts of the body die off due to toxic buildup. This can be caused by many things. It often occurs when certain ducts or passageways of elimination are blocked for long periods of time. Circulation is cut off in that area of the body and the cancer can start to grow there. Cancer is a disease that has existed in a person’s body, and grew within them for some time due to the blockage. It is a reaction to that fact that certain parts of the body have died, and that toxins have accumulated in that area. It could be due to negative thoughts, worry, stress, environment (near power lines), improper food intake (de-vitaminized foods such as colas, junk foods), exposure to chemicals (cleaning supplies, home furnishings), or radiation (cell phones, micro-waves, and computers). We are living in a very polluted world. We make choices in life that don’t often coincide with our health and well-being.
Proper nutrition is an old-fashioned remedy for cancer. By being aware of what your body needs to survive is very important in preventing and removing cancer from the body. Cancer cells float in and out of our bodies. However, our immune system recognizes invaders and quickly escorts the destructors out. The importance of a strong immune system is incomparable, and very necessary. In the good old days when foods were real, wholesome, healthy, and nutritious; cancer wasn’t as prevalent as it is today. Cases of cancer existed but not to thisextent. Allopathic medicine uses chemotherapy or radiation to bring Cancer under control. The problem with this type of therapy is that radiation often kills the Cancer cells, as well as normal healthy cells. The weakening of the immune system from this type of therapy harms the patient. This is why 50% of all patients don’t pass away from Cancer; they pass away from a depressed immune system, resulting from chemotherapy treatments.
Julian Whitaker, MD, noted alternative cancer expert, sums up his view of cancer this way:
“I look upon cancer in the same way that I look upon heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, or even obesity, for that matter, in that by dramatically strengthening the body’s immune system through diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, the body can rid itself of the cancer, just as it does in other degenerative diseases. Consequently, I wouldn’t have chemotherapy and radiation because I’m not interested in therapies that cripple the immune system, and, in my opinion, virtually ensure failure for the majority of cancer patients”.
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
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.