Temper your temple Introduction by Karimah Bint Dawoud.
A tip…cut down on spicy food, stimulants, red bull, coffee, tea and learn to breathe deeply when feeling angry.
Temper is also means to soften, moderate or to bring to a desirable state by blending or mixing.A sword is tempered as part of the final process, it is put back into the fire.knowledge of self and cultivating connection with the High Power will help us when we have sincerity to modify and balance ourselves and make as steadfastly stronger.
Back in the daze I was a Rasta and open to all sort of new age philosophy, I knew about chakras and colour therapy, my kitchen was full of herbs and posters of mantras. However when I entered Islam I put all that behind me in an attempt to make a clean sweep, turn over a new leaf was guided to Islam through the Salafi Maliki madhabs, praise the Creator, I let go of alcohol, drug, my drawing, my bright colour clothes, my music, it all flew away on the winds of time needed discipline, I need reigning in and I knew this was exactly what I needed, restraint. I was taught to not speak about things unless I had hardcore Islamic sound evidence that what I was talking about was based on Quran and the supporting hadiths.
I went from being a pescatarin, vegetarian, and vegan, to eating meat again, eating white flour products like cous cous, something I would not have eaten before, all this in an effort to learn a new culture.
Many moons have passed and I have been on this deen (Islamic lifestyle) for over 13 years by the grace and mercy of the Creator Allah have seen that the diet of most born Muslim leaves a lot to be desired and the way I was eating before Islam was much healthier however into eh meantime we have had the development of the raw foodie, cultivating ital. vital originating from sun kissed Rasta, taking it on to a more haute cuisine level.
So I went back and did my training and in the process been researching Islamic medicine to find out that our beloved prophet Muhammad, salah la alaihi wa salem, may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, never never ate white flour, nor did he eat meat every day, he sometimes went for 2-3 months without meat.
Narrated Abu Hazim: I asked Sahl bin Sad, “Did Allah’s Apostle ever eat white flour?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw white flour since Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him.” I asked, “Did the people have (use) sieves during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw (used) a sieve since Allah sent him as an Apostle until He took him unto Him,” I said, “How could you eat barley unsifted?” he said, “We used to grind it and then blow off its husk, and after the husk flew away, we used to prepare the dough (bake) and eat it.” Sahih Bukhari and Tirmidhi . Authorised Sahih by sheikh Albani, raheem Allah.
It has been revealed to me that all of our Islamic prayer positions have Vedic yogic names, quite apt as someone told me that our Islamic prayers are just like doing yoga 5 times a day. We don’t worship the sun or pray in the nude but we do bend and stretch our bodies before the sun rise, after the sun’s zenith, mid afternoon, around the twilight zone and before we go to bed.
Chakras and the ethereal body, the invisible layers of the awrah around the body and just coming back in my life related to clinical nutrition, they do not contradict Islam and slowly on this journey I am meeting dedicated Islamic disciples who have Islamic knowledge on these sciences.
Islamically the chakras, energy centers at different points in the body are known as “lataif”or “special organs”. There are more than the seven well known conventional chakras. One has to be careful however about the information that is being given through some Sufi teachers, who say there are 9 chakra points on the chest which correlate to a saint who has the power to control these points. Personally I would refute this comment based on my knowledge of Ancient Egyptian Cosmology and say it is more likely that each of these points correlates to an angelic station on the Tree of Life, where there are 9 stations of angelic energy would also refute the teaching of the Naqshbandi Muheem who claim “every state is connected to a saint, who has the authority to control that point.”
The authority is given to angels by Allah and not saints. It is possible by our holistic lifestyle that we can help cultivate that specific angelic energy however Allah(God) has the final say, as it may not be appropriate for our long term good that we, by our own desires seek to nurture a specific energy.
It is only by being grateful to the Most High Allah, God, Jah, The Creator, for our consciousness, that we have any hope of elevating our selves in the totality of our temple, our inner and outer being. Thanks alone is not going to do it, we need to express our grateful buy actions; respecting and protecting what the Creator has given us and that is our good selves. Through diet, mental attitude, prayer , medication , exercise and good deeds , inshallah we will refine the diamond that illuminate our being.This is just a taster and more to follow insha’allah(God willing).