IFTAR IDEAS – RAMADHAN POWER SMOOTHIE

By Karimah Bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain& Well Being Writer.

IFTAR IDEAS- RAMADHAN POWER SMOOTHIE
IFTAR IDEAS- RAMADHAN POWER SMOOTHIE

Feeling sluggish, cold symptoms, eye infections, stomach overly acidic and don’t feel like eating much? Is your energy low?
You are experiencing the RAMADHAN MID DROP! This is probably because you have been eating the same ole same ole fried foods, junk foods and not eating sensibly when you break your fast.
Here is a wonderful solution to get you up and jumping in time for the last 10 days inshallah.
I usually buy my fruit and vegetables all over the place, markets, farmers market and supermarkets. When I see berries , strawberries, raspberries, black berries on offer I buy them wash and freeze because those little beauties spoil very quickly. They can be used later in jams , juices and smoothies.
After a day filming a nutrition segment with Radical Middle Way , where the chopped up fruits all got mixed up, I decided to put a big handful  into freezer bags already mixed up, all you need to do is get one bag out of the freezer, add apple juice or water and blend, the perfect slush puppy without the junk – 100% au naturelle! If you don’t have time for this, you can buy bags of frozen fruit in the freezer section of most supermarkets.

Frozen Fruits Mix
Frozen Fruits Mix

Our mix
• Berries high in vitamin C, boost your immune system, good for allergies and infections.
• Banana, high in vitamin B6, good for nerves and brain connections, potassium good for heart good for ulcerated stomach. Also good for eyes.
• peaches, high in vitamin A, good for eye sight, vitamin K, good for the blood, Vitamin E, antioxidant, potassium good for maintaining healthy blood pressure. Anti aging and combats cancer forming free radicals.
• pineapple, high in bromelain which is good for joints, very high in vitamin C which is good for immune system and is an anti histamine to relieve allergies and infections, good for digestion.
• Kiwi, a super fruit, also high in vitamin C, boost immune system, relives allergies, good for eyesight, repairs DNA, good for pregnant mothers because they contain folic acid.
All fruits contain sugary carbohydrates, they are bundles of Allah’s sunshine combined with vitamins and minerals from the earth in handy packs. This is where you will get the energy to push on and go to tarweeh.

METHOD

Place opened bag of frozen fruits in blender and leave to stand for 5 minutes, add half the quantity of blender with apple juice or water, then blitz for 1 minute, pour into half a glass you may need to add more water or juice because this mixture is seriously concentrated mashallah.
Most of these fruits are high in fibre, particularly in a smoothie rather than juice, which is good for digestion, relieves constipation, reduces cholesterol and is good for the heart.
There is no need to add milk to smoothie, unless is fresh organic milk, most milk is really not that good for us. Bananas or avocados will add that comfort creaminess we crave, while giving us that vitamin and mineral boost we need.
If you love this and enjoyed it, there are loads more healthy smoothie recipe in my book “Heavenly Bites, The Best Of Muslim Home Cooking”

 

ANTI-AGING – AVOCADO AND PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

by Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplin & well being writer.

Avocado & Pineapple Smoothie
Avocado & Pineapple Smoothie

Just imagine looking 30 and having the wisdom of a 60 year old?Reduces and reverses aging, combats arthritis, good source of healthy fats for the whole system and high in fibre. I know I could step out of my comfort zone for the benefits that these fruits can give us. In nature Allah has provided a cure for everything except death. It’s so easy just fruit and water and blend , you can work the rest out 🙂

RAMADHAN AND MENSTRATION

WHEN U R NOT FASTING::Mensturation And Ramazaan
By Mariya Siddiqui.

All of us (usually) come across those few days during ramadhan whenever you are not fasting; here are a few things u can do during dose days; instead of feeling aloof and down: (INSHAALLAH)

MENSTRATION
MENSTRATION

1. So what if you cannot read Quran (the Arabic text) u can always read n listen 2 tafseer.Or read teh transalation ( STAY CONNECTED WITH QURAN!!!)
2. Recite dua’s u usually do (in normal days) n make loads of Dua’s 2 ALLAH(swt)
3. Utilize these days for more energy consuming Tasks: Do leftover groceries/ eid shopping, Ramadhan shopping etc. if any left undone before Ramadhan.
4.Make and Store dry snacks 4 Iftaar.
5 .Mince Meat 4 Kebab . Kofta ; prep. gravies 4 Butter Chicken n all that occassional n lenghty food stuff dat can b available during ramazaan and freeze it to gain more ibadah minutes. while fasting and not getting exhausted and wasting hours in cooking.
6. Check your masala boxes and fill them.
7. Organise and host iftaars for poor, friends and relatives.

 

Following Explanation is also worth reading:
Is it permissible to read Quran while a women is having menses (periods)?
Praise be to Allaah.
This is one of the issues on which the scholars, may Allaah have mercy on them, differed.
The majority of fuqahaa’ say that it is haraam for a woman to recite Qur’aan during her period, until she is taahir (pure) again. The only exceptions they make is in the case of dhikr (remembrance of Allaah) and phrases that are not intended as tilaawah (recitation), such as saying “Bismillaahi’r-Rahmaani’r-Raheem” or “Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon”, or other phrases from the Qur’aan which are repeated as general du’aa’s.
They base their evidence for forbidding menstruating women to recite Qur’aan on several things, including the following:
Menstruation is seen as coming under the rulings that apply to one who is junub (in a state of impurity following sexual intercourse), because both states require ghusl. This is based on the hadeeth narrated by ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him), according to which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to teach the Qur’aan and he never prevented anyone from learning it except those who were in a state of janaabah (impurity).” (Reported by Abu Dawood, 1/281; al-Tirmidhi, 146; al-Nisaa’i, 1/144; Ibn Maajah, 1/207; Ahmad, 1/84; Ibn Khuzaymah [??], 1/104. Al-Tirmidhi said: a saheeh hasan hadeeth. Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: the truth is that it is the type of hasan hadeeth that could be used as evidence).
The hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The menstruating woman and the one who is in a state of impurity (janaabah) should not recite anything of the Qur’aan.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 131; Ibn Maajah, 595; al-Daaraqutni (1/117); al-Bayhaqi, 1/89. This is a da’eef hadeeth, because it was reported by Ismaa’eel ibn ‘Ayyaash from the Hijaazis, and his reports from them are da’eef as is well known to those who are conversant with the study of hadeeth. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said (21/460): it is a da’eef hadeeth by the unanimous agreement of the scholars of hadeeth. See Nasb al-Raayah, 1/195; al-Talkhees al-Habeer, 1/183).
Some scholars say that it is permitted for a menstruating woman to recite Qur’aan. This is the opinion of Maalik, and one opinion narrated from Ahmad, which Ibn Taymiyah preferred and which al-Shawkaani believed to be correct. The scholars based the following points on this opinion:
The principle is that things are allowed and permitted unless there is evidence to the contrary. There is no such evidence to say that a menstruating woman is not allowed to recite Qur’aan. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: “There is no clear, saheeh text to indicate that a menstruating woman is forbidden to recite Qur’aan… It is known that women used to menstruate at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and he did not forbid them to recite Qur’aan, or to remember Allaah (dhikr) and offer du’aa’.”
Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, commands (Muslims) to recite Qur’aan. He praises the one who does so, and promises him (or her) a great reward. No one is excluded from this except the one concerning whom there is solid evidence (daleel), and there is no such evidence in the case of menstruating women, as stated above.
The analogy between the menstruating woman and the one who is in a state of janaabah is made despite the fact that there are differences between them. The one who is in a state of janaabah has the option of removing the “barrier” by making ghusl, unlike the menstruating woman. A woman’s period usually lasts for some length of time, whereas the person who is in a state of janaabah is required to do ghusl when the time for prayer comes.
Preventing a menstruating woman from reciting Qur’aan deprives her of the chance to earn reward, and it may make her forget something of the Qur’aan, or she may need to recite it for the purposes of teaching or learning.
From the above, it is clear that the evidence of those who allow a menstruating woman to recite Qur’aan is stronger. If a woman wants to err on the side of caution, she can limit her recitation to the passages which she is afraid of forgetting.
It is very important to note that what we have been discussing here is restricted to what a menstruating woman recites from memory. When it comes to reading from the Mus-haf (the Arabic text itself), a different rule applies. The correct view of the scholars is that it is forbidden to touch the mus-haf when one is in any kind of state of impurity, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “… which none can touch except the purified.” [al-Waaqi’ah 56:79]. In a letter to ‘Amr ibn Hazm, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told the people of Yemen: “No one should touch the Qur’aan except one who is taahir (pure).” (Reported by Maalik, 1/199; al-Nisaa’i, 8/57; Ibn Hibbaan, 793; al-Bayhaqi, 1/87. Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: A group of scholars classed this hadeeth as saheeh because it is so well known. Al-Shaafi’i said: It is proven by them that it was a letter sent by the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said: “This letter is famous among the scholars of seerah, and is so well known among the scholars that it does not need an isnaad. It is like tawaatur because the people accepted and recognized it. Shaykh al-Albani said that its is saheeh. Al-Talkhees al-Habeer, 4/17. See also: Nasb al-Raayah, 1/196; Irwaa’ al-Ghaleel, 1/158).
(Haashiyat Ibn ‘Aabideen, 1/159; al-Majmoo’, 1/356; Kashshaaf al-Qinaa’, 1/147; al-Mughni, 3/461; Nayl al-Awtaar, 1/226; Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa, 21/460; al-Sharh al-Mumti’ li’l-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 1/291)
And Allaah knows best.

ISLAMIC MEDICINE – HONEY – (ASAL)

by Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain & Well Being Writer

Local Honey
Local Honey

I am an advocate of local honey, where ever you live the local honey is best. Allah has put in the flowers of that area the remedies you need for illness you may incur while living in that area.
for example you may live in an area where there is a lot of red clover, the bees in tat area will put small amounts of the pollen into the honey, the body transforms this as well as the immune system boosting qualities of the honey and you will have some resistance against the allergens. It will alleviate your allergies not cure them. it’s a form of natural homeopathy.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF HONEY – (ASAL)
3 key health benefits of honey are related to the fact that

1. Honey is nature’s energy booster

2. Honey is a great immunity system builder

3. Honey is a natural remedy for many ailments

Energy Booster – honey is a great source of natural carbohydrates which are known for effectiveness in instantly boosting performance, endurance and muscle fatigue/tiredness. Even a spoon of honey will keep you going that extra mile inshallah. It contains glucose and fructose which are naturally occurring sugars in fruit, vegetable, grains and honey, the glucose is absorbed quickly to give a natural high
of energy while the fructose is slow release to give a more sustained energy
Boost Immune System -Honey’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease
Before we go into specific ailment I would just like to mention here the Islamic perspective on honey.

A man came to the prophet Muhammad,salah al alaihi wa salem, and said
” My brother is suffering in his belly” another narration said “his belly is loose”.
The prophet told him “give him honey to drink”. the man went away and returned and said
” I have dosed him but it has done him no good” another narration said” it has only increased his diarrhea”.
This took place two or three times, and each time the prophet said
” give him honey.”
on the third or fourth occasion he said
“God has spoken , but your brothers belly has lied”.
in
Bukhari, Tibb, 4, 24, Sahih Muslim we read.
” your brothers belly is a disordered state(‘ariba)”, meaning his digestion was corrupt and his stomach was weak.
Honey contains great benefits and removed impurities from the veins, the intestines and elsewhere. It dissolves moisture when it is eaten and removes excess phlegm in old people and those of cold moist temperament, this issue of temperament is something that we in the west know very little about unless we are privy to Arabic books on this subject or have studied Ayurvedic medicine.
Honey is a preservative for meats, fruits and ointments. It was also preserve dead bodies and its known as ” the trustworthy preserver” mashallah!
Nits and lice…it kills them when the skin or hair is anointed with honey…that’s interesting for mums with tiny ones at school or play group. It can lengthen enhance and soften hair.
Eco World Content From Across The Internet.

http://www.allergyfree-gardening.com/articles/39-local-honey-and-allergies-revised.html

RAMADHAN REMINDERS- MATERIAL RESTRAINT/ZHUD

By Karimah Bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain.

My Neighbours Vegetable Gift
My Neighbours Vegetable Gift

Every day I thank Allah for my car, my decent neighbors and my spacious living space, since I have been making this duaa the relationship my my neighbors, muslim and non muslim has improved , alhmdulilah.

A few years ago I read the following hadith that inspired me to be grateful to Allah for these blessings.

“116. Nafi’ ibn ‘Abdu’l-Harith reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Part of the happiness of the Muslim man includes a spacious dwelling, righteous neighbour and a good mount”

Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari
by Imam Bukhari
Translated by: Ustadha Aisha Bewley

Dodging raindrops and puddles  I went to the farmers market this morning to buy honey. As you know I am of the school of thought that local honey is always best, English honey is thick and spicy compared to cheaper Argentina honey that’s exported  here, that taste too sugary because sometimes they feed the bees too much sugar.
Anyway back on the honey trail I also needed some carrots I heard they are good for bones and oesteoarthris etc, and that was my budget honey and carrots. I strive to live up to my name at the same time get the balance with being frugal.
“Carrots and honey , carrots and honey”, my mantra as I approach the market, I bought what I needed from the usual stalls and had a bit of wonder. Tempted by some edible flowers, my thing at the moment, I asked would they be there next week and was comforted that they would inshallah.
As I returned home I got a text from my non-muslim neighbour that said she was going away and that she had loads of fruit and vegetables.
All praise is due to the Creator, I now have 2 punnets of redcurrants, sweet and hot peppers, Portobello mushrooms, cucumbers and courgettes and cheeses…all organic…….by the grace of the Creator see the reward for a  little restraint .

RAMADHAN REMEDIES – FIGS

FIGS (teen)

Figs/Teen in Arabic
Figs/Teen in Arabic

The Prophet, salah al alaihi wa salem, was presented with a gift of figs he said,
“” Eat” and he ate from them and said ” If I were to say that any fruit descended from paradise, I should say these, for the fruit of paradise has no stones. So eat from them; for they put an end to hemorrhoids and are beneficial for gout.”

Allah subhan wa t’alla, swears by the fig tree in surat 96 At Teen, in the opening line of the surat Allah says

وَالتِّينِ وَالزَّيْتُونِ
Pickthal: By the fig and the olive,
Shakir: I swear by the fig and the olive,
Yusuf Ali: By the Fig and the Olive,
There must be some great significance of these trees for Allah to swear by them.
In Islamic and Ayurvedic medicine the temperament of figs is hot and there are two opinion concerning its moisture.
The best figs according to Islamic medicine, Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah, in Medicine of the Prophet, are the white figs, which cleanse the kidney and bladder of gravel and give protection from poisons.
“It is one of the most nourishing of fruits and would be ideal for most visits to sick who have lost their appetite. It cleanses the liver and spleen from the phlegmatic humor of the stomach.
However it encourages lice when eaten in large amounts, so shepherd boys take heed.
Dried figs are beneficial to the nerves and are recommended along with almonds and walnuts..hmm I can see a cake mix for nervous mums coming on.
It is related from Abu Al – Darda, that when the Prophet, salah al alaihi wa salem, was presented with a gift of dates he said,
“” Eat” and he ate from them and said ” If I were to say that any fruit descended from paradise, I should say these, for the fruit of paradise has no stones. So eat from them; for they put an end to hemorrhoids and are beneficial for gout.”

Within the fruit the flesh is best, it makes the feverish thirsty which is a good thing to get them to drink, quieted the cough caused by salty phlegm, good for chronic coughs, it’s a diuretic, eaten on an empty stomach is good for opening up the alimentary passage, the entire passage from the mouth to the anus, especially when combined with almonds and walnuts,”
But eaten them with heavy foods like meat or cheese is bad according to Al-Jawziyyah, may Allah have mercy on his soul ameen

According to The World’s Healthiest Foods website figs have the following health benefits, alhamdulilah
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=24
Help Lower High Blood Pressure
A Sweet Way to Lose Weight
Fruit and Cereal Fiber Protective against Postmenopausal Breast Cancer
An Insulin-Lowering Leaf in Diabetes
Bone Density Promoter
Cardiovascular Effects
Protection against Macular Degeneration (eyes)

We are now nearly a the end of day 10 of ramadhan, alhamdulilah we are doing well mashallah. Its really important to keep our intake of fruits and vegetables high as they provide essential vitamin, minerals and fibre necessary to get  us through the  next 20 days in tip top condition. The race is not for the swift just those who endure the test.

RAMADHAN CAKES AND SWEETS

By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain& Well Being Writer.

Shop Bought Asmiya Cakes
Shop Bought Asmiya Cakes

Cream, white flour, white sugar, syrup. all the things I am against normally….well it finally got to me. I was in Damas Gate a few days ago with my auntie and the tempting displays of Arabian delights, made eye contact with my fasting soul. fortunately I didn’t have enough money so I just took fotos, it’s that Opfra Winfrey vibe thing; she lost loads of weigh just be smelling teh food but now eating it, I just look and take pictures.
that night empathizing with those poor folk who have no choice at iftar and have to eat what is there, I found a few pieces of Turkish delight a sister has given me. I ate one after my iftar meal, if I eat anymore maybe the sugar will keep me awake and I like to sleep before Suhour.
Aah haa but today is a different story, I had a little change in my pocket and decided to treat myself, ten days into fasting and no junk, alhdulilah. I was going to look for my asmiya, even the name is cute.
Lebanese, middle eastern, magrebi pastries are normally made from white flour or semolina, with nuts spices and dried fruits, occasionally , especially around Ramadhan time there is the introduction of the ones with cream like asmiya.
full of refines carbohydrates to give you that quick energy rush but nothing comes close to dates for the natural sugar high, not even my little asmiya.
There’s mammool, short crust pastries filled with dates, sfouf, diamond cuts of sweet almond cake,kaak bi haliib , milk cakes.

Middle Eastern Patisserie
Middle Eastern Patisserie

Then there’s baklava, my sisters favorite, layers of flaky pastry interwoven with pistachio nuts and cinnaminny rosewater syrup, znoud elsit, enclosed rolls of flaky pastry filled with fragranced cream and smothered in syrup. These cakes are a comfort foodies heaven.

Middle Eastern Patisserie
Middle Eastern Patisserie

Finally home with my asmiya, after I had eaten my fill of savory I was too full to eat anymore, so there she sits in my fridge , wrapped in till foil in all her creamy glory, maybe just maybe she will ente5ratin my taste buds tonight.
In this time where people are going hungry less us remember this haddith
In Muslim and Bukhari: “The believer eats with one stomach while the kafir eats with seven stomachs.”

Meaning: The believer eats with the manners of Islam and in moderation, while the non believer eats based on desires and gluttony and so he eats with seven stomachs.