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...
Alhamdullilah, the blessed month of Ramadan is fast approaching. Allah Subhana wa Ta’Ala provides many opportunities for us to do good deeds throughout the year, and in particular this month many Muslims try to take full advantage of these opportunities.
Insha’Allah, for those who are willing and able we have opportunities in the following areas:
Ramadan Food packages for families in need (packages include foods for Sahoor and Iftar—cereals, pancake mix, syrup, cream of wheat, eggs, breads, jams, crackers, tea, evaporated milk and other staples such as juices, fruit cups, tuna fish, canned vegetables, rice (basmati), flour, sugar or honey, spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, spring water, fruits—bananas, oranges, apples) or donation of $10.00 per day or $250.00 for a food package per family for the month of Ramadan.
Sponsor a family for Ramadan (sadaqa or zakat funds for particular families to help with bills, personal care items, or any emergency expenses). We are in the process of selecting 15-20 families who are most in need of assistance. These are mostly widows (elderly and also younger sisters who are widows with children, elderly Muslims who are sick or disabled living limited on SSI disability, and single parent families with children living in very low incomes or child support). You can choose to sponsor a family for $75-$100 per week ($300-$400 for the month of Ramadan).
Iftar dinners sponsorship-sponsor an Iftar meal at a masjid in lower incomes areas during Ramadan or for any individual family in need of food items ($50). Most masjids have 100 people we are feeding so the cost for sponsorship of an Iftar meal at a masjid is $700 (for 100 people) which include appetizer, main meal and dessert. In sha’ Allah, this year we will be coordinating Iftar meals at 5 different masjids (four in metro Atlanta and one in Northeast Georgia).
EID toy and gift card drive (Insha’Allah, we are working on our EID toy drive for children 18 and under this year which includes toys, books, gift certificates to local stores-particularly for the teens 12 and up, games). The toys, books and games need to be new if anyone wishes to donate these for families. We can pick them up once we are contacted. We need volunteers in various areas to coordinate collection of these gifts for families in need. We can also accept cash donations to be used for gifts for children through PayPal on our website; or personal check made payable to Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services, LLC 845 Josh Lane, Lawrenceville, GA. 30045. Please make a note on the check how you would like the funds to be used.
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.
Written by Hakimah Raziya A. Mumin
Blessed Ramadan is close at hand. We should make our intentions to make this a spiritually, rewarding, and uplifting month. Because we are fasting during the long and hot days of summer this can be challenging. Planning ahead is a good way to start. There are many factors to consider when fasting. Dehydration, lack of energy, queasiness, and even being lethargic. These are often symptoms that are experienced during the first few days. However, if our diets are adequate these symptoms shouldn’t last the entire month. It is important to make good food choices, because it spares us discomfort and allows us to reap the full barakah and spirit of Ramadan.
Dehydration is something that we all want to avoid. When we lose more body fluids than we take in this cause’s dehydration. When you are fasting you cannot replace the lost water. There are many foods that are dehydrating a few are; coffee, black tea, soy sauce, fried foods, cold cuts, processed foods, soda and sugary drinks. There are also foods that zap your energy levels on their down side. Some of the best foods that do that are; bagels, white bread, energy drinks, potato chips, cereal (which contain many hidden sugars and salts), soda diet or regular, also not drinking water, not exercising, and low iron levels.
So what is the best solution to a healthy Ramadan? Staying hydrated is number ONE, and eating easy to digest foods is very important also. Flatulence can occur when we combine foods improperly, and when we can’t digest our food. We want to keep our wudu’s for dawn till dusk if possible. Because when you think about it, fasting is not about the food. It is about the sacrifice and the control we acquire over ourselves.
Breaking the fast with water is an excellent choice. It allows the body to prepare for the meal, and flushes the stomach. Many people in America are dehydrated all year long and don’t know it.
Our Blood is Sacred
Written by Hakimah Raziya A. Mumin
Whenever anyone sees blood they are frightened. Because this usually signals something serious is happening. We rarely think of blood, unless we see it. The blood pumping through your veins is your lifeline. Blood distributes oxygen, nutrients, and hormones throughout the body, while removing waste and toxins from the system.
It’s in the blood where the body’s main immune system defenses are located. They are protecting you from illness and infection. Blood is vital to the body, and to your good health. Allah Ta Ala has created the body to purify itself. The kidney’s, liver and lymphatic system work tirelessly to cleanse the blood of unwanted toxins and impurities. However sometime the work load is just too much and these toxins begin to build up in our muscle tissue and blood. We will find ourselves having aches, pains or stiff joints. We may have headaches, pimples, boils, nervousness, drowsiness or even discolored skin. These are all symptoms of impure blood.
What Causes Toxin Buildup?
Poor diet, fast food, alcohol (in any form), medication, and environmental toxicity all help to contribute to the excessive amount of toxins in the body and as a result, modern-day living requires us to detox very often to help rejuvenate the system, improve liver function and restore health. There are many things that contribute to impure blood. Impure water, constipation, or sleeping in rooms with poor ventilation is a factor. Lack of exercise, worry, fear, unhappiness also causes the blood to be impure. The brain is 90% water and when the majority of our beverages are other than water this is also a contributor to polluted blood. However with all of these examples of how our blood can become polluted there is still another one. It has been hidden for a while and is a major factor in many illnesses of the day. Many cities are being sprayed daily. Not just in the United States but all over the world. Many American scientists and layman have been investigating and analyzing the plants and dirt after these daily sprayings and have come to the conclusion that it is harming or blood. Fabric like fibers and silicon are what appears to being dropped. It is very fine however it is showing up in blood tests. Many people are complaining of oozing sores. They have unexplained rashes on their skin. They complain of excess fungus, parasites, and bacterial infections. There have been thousands of people affected. The average person is really not aware of what is going on. They call the disease ‘Morgellons”, and it is harmful to all. Many people have full blown episodes of this illness.
Some of the symptoms are; bumps or lumps in the head, brain fog, hair loss, floaters on eyeball surface, nostrils develop very sore pimples, hacking cough, teeth become loose, crawling feeling on the skin etc.
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 2015. The families that we serve live in metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia (Gainesville and Athens area), however, the majority of families we serve live in Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett County. The families we serve are single parent families with children and seniors, many of whom live on SSI or child support as their only income.
We were also able to deliver furniture to families in need as well through the donations of others which include bedroom furniture, living room furniture, washers and dryers, dining room furniture and other types of furniture (computer desks, cribs, bassinets, etc…..) Below is a picture of a couch that was donated recently that our volunteers delivered to a large family living in metro Atlanta. Alhamdullilah, the family really appreciated the couch set.
We also saw more homeless Muslim families this year than in previous years. Through the assistance of others in the community we were able to find housing for families, and help with transitional living expenses (extended stay motels) until the families found homes. Alhamdullilah, two of the sisters we placed that have children are now working and doing well. We have other families who are disabled or elderly and unable to work and have also found housing for them as well.
Your donations help out with all of these families. In sha’ Allah, please continue to donate so we can continue to serve Muslim families in our local communities. All of the families we serve are zakat eligible.
May Allah Subhana wa Ta’Ala bless and reward you all!
Written by Hakimah Raziya A. Mumin
There is a war going on, and it is being waged against our well-being. Illnesses are hovering over or heads from all directions. However, we have remedies for our spiritual and physical illnesses. We have no fear of the threat of anything because we know our Allah ta 'ala is ever present. He has not left us alone. The life choices that we make affect us. What we watch, eat, listen to and wear, affect us. We have to work hard in all aspects of life, and be very vigilant in our food choices. Having a healthy diet is very important in the “War against Illness”. There is a battle fought everyday every time you bite, chew, and swallow. High fructose corn syrup, MSG, trans fats, food dyes, sodium sulfite (used in dried fruits, and processed foods), white food products, aspartame, BHA, BHT, processed foods, sodium nitrate, junk food, ice cream, and just about everything we eat are all the “BAD GUYS”. These foods destroy our immune system. Our bodies were designed to heal themselves. They require natural foods, clean living, and spiritual nourishment. In the wake of all of the new viruses, and air born disease we need to rethink healthy eating. Of course the choice is yours and these are just suggestions, and hopefully pointers to a healthier you!
You should know that any food that suppresses your immune system needs to be removed from your diet. Here is a list of a few, not all that keep your immune system compromised;
- Sugar (especially refined)
- Dairy (hormone shots)
- Corn (G.M.O), soy (G.M.O), and wheat (gluten)
- Hydrogenated foods
- Excess animal protein (which is full of hormones from animal feed and is hard to break down)
- Excess white flour intake (which contain ADA, (azodicarbonamide) a chemical which is used as a bleaching agent and it also improves elasticity, 2.05 grams is added to 100lbs of white flour and it is banned in Europe and Australia).
- Processed foods
Too Much Uric Acid Can Cause Kidney Problems
by Hakima Raziya A. Mumin
Kidneys are very important organs. They work with the liver to eliminate toxins from the body. Blood passes through them continually to be filtered and cleaned. The Kidney’s keep body fluids in balance. They regulate the chemical balance as well, and the blood pressure. They also eliminate potentially deadly toxins from the body as waste. One of the biggest waste products the kidney has to deal with is urea, or uric acid. This acid is produced when purines, (a natural substance found in the cells, and in most foods) are eaten. When purines are broken down in the body they form the substance called, uric acid. Uric acid dissolves in the blood goes through the kidneys, and is eliminated through the urine. Too much uric acid in the blood causes many illnesses, such as gout, arthritis, kidney stones, and hyperuricemia (too much uric acid in the blood). The diet of most Americans contains foods that are high in concentrated purines.
Foods such as;
Baked goods, organ meat, can tuna, brewer’s yeast, soda, baker’s yeast, excessive use of aspirin, white bread, lunch meat and all foods and drinks containing high fructose corn syrup.
The kidneys have to filter these type foods daily. When the work load becomes too great, the filtering process becomes faulty. This is when uric acid is left in the blood. If the kidneys cannot remove the waste, they stay in the blood. This waste will try to find other exit points usually the skin. When rashes, eczema, shingles, or psoriasis occur these are all signs of toxins being eliminated through the skin. We should be very conscience of the fact that, if the kidneys didn’t constantly filter our blood we would be poisoned in our own waste. Remember having acidic blood causes many illnesses. We need to have alkaline blood. This can be reached by having a diet that is high in alkaline foods. A few alkaline foods and herbs are:
Parsley, lemons, sour black cherry juice, apple cider vinegar, devil’s claw, green tea, water melon, blueberries, cranberries, broccoli, oats, celery, avocado, lettuce, figs, alfalfa, rhubarb and, radish
There are many more. Highly acidic foods which are high in purines are;
Asparagus, sardines, anchovies, cauliflower, many types of mushrooms, chicken with skin on or off, red meats, there are many more. There are many herbs, and tonics that are helpful in removing acids from the blood.
Hydrangea root is an herb that is a very good example. American Indians used it for many illnesses. It helps the body assimilate calcium and breaks down kidney stones. Hydrangea is also good for;
Urinary tract infections, cysts, glandular disorder, enlarged prostate, rheumatism, back aches, and gout.
A good detox that helps the kidneys remove stored waste is to make a kidney tonic;
• 2 cups Hydrangea root
• Cover the herbs with organic unfiltered apple cider
• Soak the hydrangea root in the apple cider overnight in a cool dark spot.
• In the morning bring to a simmer, and remove from the heat.
This is a good remedy for gout, acidic blood, gallstones, and arthritis.
by Hakima Raziya A. Mumin
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. Or to ward it off. At some point in time a cancer cell may entered all of our bodies. However, our immune system recognizes invaders and quickly escorts the destructor 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. Cases of cancer existed but not to the extent they do today. Why is that? Why have the foods changed? Could food be effecting our health? The answer is YES. We live in a polluted world. Genetically modified foods are harming our health. Cosmetics, cleansers, air freshener, and loads of other pollutants. Cancer is an illness that thrives on sugar and toxins. One of the many definitions of Cancer is, an abnormal and uncontrolled division of cells, known as cancer cells that invade and destroy the surrounding tissues. It is an illness that many people are frightened to even talk about. It is treatable, and curable but you have to be vigilant in your regime. Allopath’s use chemotherapy or radiation to bring Cancer to its knees. The problem often with this therapy is that the radiation often kills 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”.
Many people have this same view. So what can we do? How do we begin to live an anti-cancer life, or fight off the cancer we have now? Research the illness. Understand thoroughly what is does. Get on a cleansing program. Be very conscience of what you eat, your environment. Ask yourself a few questions
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