Positively Redefining The Mundane

Karimah’s Cuisina

Positively Redefining The Mundane

by Karimah bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain& well being writer

 

Think of the Blessings

Cooking in its true sense is a skill and a science when incorporated with the knowledge of Islamic medicine, which , inshallah we are endeavoring to share our knowledge and encouragement with you , may Allah make it a benefit and blessing for us all ameen

Since the turn of the 20TH century and Industrialization Revolution  in the Western World, the role of domestic engineer or more community called  housewife,  has been undermined, belittled and under valued by women and men alike. Due to the decline in a faith based life style, the woman’s  role of Queen of the  House has been usurped  under the guise of women liberation.

Husband need to appreciate too

This corruptive perspective has even wormed its way into the psyche of the Muslims throughout  the world, where more and more women feel that they need to compete with men by vying for the same roles .

Through this faith based organization, Karimah’s Cuisina, our mission is to Islamically  redefine the role of women , not only as home maker but also as healer within the home and the community. Our master plan  is guided from the teaching of Quran and Sunnah particular pertaining to Islamic medicine.

 

As a revert of over  10 years, alhmdulilah, I  have slowly seen the resurgence of Islamic Medicine coming back as the colonial mind set of too many Asians  and Arabs realize that pharmaceuticals are not the magical solution they are were led to believe. Throughout time there  have remained the dedicated Islamic health practitioners, holding on to the rope of Allah  and practicing Islamic medicine come what may, knowing that this is the correct Islamic manner when regarding the health of the human beings .

Get the Sistars Round

 There is an etiquette in how to deal with illness  and disease that too many of us are unaware. This adab/ manners is also to this day backed up by the Shariah committee in Saudi Arabia that meets at regular intervals to discuss matters of health and give fatwa as new health issues arise.

The adab of Islamic Medicine is as follows

  1. ask Allah The Creator for help
  2. use a simple medicine like a herb, oil, plants or natural therapy like hijaama/cupping, massage, reflexology, acupuncture, etc
  3. use a compound medicine/pharmaceutical
  4. operate

 

Fatima went to the Prophet complaining about the bad effect of the stone hand-mill on her hand. She heard that the Prophet had received a few slave girls(kaneez). But (when she came there) she did not find him, so she mentioned her problem to ‘Aisha. When the Prophet came, ‘Aisha informed him about that. ‘Ali added, “So the Prophet came to us when we had gone to bed. We wanted to get up (on his arrival) but he said, ‘Stay where you are.” Then he came and sat between me and her and I felt the coldness of his feet on my abdomen. He said, “Shall I direct you to something better than what you have requested? When you go to bed say ‘Subhan Allah’ thirty-three times, ‘Alhamdulillah’ thirty three times, and Allahu Akbar’ thirty four times, for that is better for you than a servant.”  (Book #64, Hadith #274)Al-Tabari said in his commentary on this hadith:

We may understand from this hadith that every woman who is able to take care of her house by making bread, grinding flour and so on, should do so. It is not the duty of the husband(to provide a servant) if it is the custom for women like her to do this themselves. This haddith also refers to cooking, as making bread is part of cooking, even though it is known that the prophet, salah la alahi wa salem, helped with the house work and sewed, repairing his own socks

Narrated Sahl bin Sad: We used to be happy on Fridays, for there was an old lady who used to pull out the roots of Silq and put it in a cooking pot with some barley. When we had finished the prayer, we would visit her and she would present that dish before us. So we used to be happy on Fridays because of that, and we never used to take our meals or have a mid-day nap except after the Friday prayer. By Allah, that meal contained no fat.  (Bukhari Book #65, Hadith #315)

•21) Narrated .Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “When your servant brings your food to you, if you do not ask him to join you, then at least ask him to take one or two handfuls, for he has suffered from its heat (while cooking it) and has taken pains to cook it nicely.”  (Bukhari Book #65, Hadith #370)

 

•We have now established that cooking for men and women is part of the Sunnah

•Cooking important enough to be narrated in haddiths that have lasted to this day.

 

Cooking in its true sense is a skill and a science when incorporated with the knowledge of Islamic medicine, which , inshallah we are endeavoring to share our knowledge and encouragement with you , may Allah make it a benefit and blessing for us all ameen

 

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