QURANIC FOODS ELEMENTS
As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu brothers and sisters, truth seekers.
What are elements ?
What do elements have to do with food and nutrition.
Elements are everything , everything in this material world.
And where are elements mentioned in the Quran.
We are going to focusing on the elements iron and copper . We are going to look at how the material and the spiritual intertwine and are mentioned in other Sacred Divine Books.
But for now we will start with the basis of nutrition by the grace of Allah.
Every living thing is made up of elements.
Water is made up of two elements; hydrogen and oxygen, that’s why it is called H20.
A combination of more than one elements makes something a “ compound”.
We use the Quran, a divine book, as our Criterion, our standard by which we measure things by.
The Quran was revealed to prophet Muhammad salah lahu alaihi wa salem over 1400 years ago in Saudi Arabia.
When Allah talks about how the human being was created He mentions three compounds, water, earth and air.
Surah 25 verse 54
“And it is He who has created from water a human being and made him [a relative by] lineage and marriage. And ever is your Lord competent [concerning creation].”
Blood is 90% water.
Surah 38, verse 72
“And when I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, then fall down before him prostrate,”
The breathe of Allah is much more than oxygen, but oxygen is vital for life, without oxygen the human body is dead . All elements are from Allah.
Surah 23 verse 12
“And certainly did We create man from an extract of clay.”
But “extract “doesn’t really create the full picture, the Arabic word “ salala” means more than extract, it can also mean blood, genealogy, line, race, strain.
Saudi Arabic Language professor, Dr Salman Al Saad, agreed with me, in that it can mean DNA.
DNA itself is made up of various elements and compounds, intricately woven and calculated by The Most High Creator Allah.
Every human cell contains DNA but human body is more than DNA.
The human body is composed of variations of these known elements iron, calcium, oxygen, sodium, potassium, magnesium, hydrogen, chlorine, iodine, manganese, lead, carbon, zinc, sulphur, and nitrogen. The delicate arrangement of these elements could not have been caused by a random Big Bang.
Allah has calculated how the various elements are proportionately distributed throughout the body.
Alhamdulilah it is only now that I am studying and writing about elements, that I really begin to comprehend the magnificent of Allah’s creation that is not justified by the English translation of the Quran.
ELEMENTARY COMPOSITION OF THE HUMAN BODY
“The human body comprises of approximately 2 kg calcium.
A deficiency of calcium can cause our teeth to break.
Our body requires 120gr of potassium.
A shortage of potassium may cause fatigue, digestion problems, muscle cramps, and heart palpitations.
Only 2gr to 3gr of zinc are essential ion the body.
Less than 2 gr of zinc may cause problems with brain activities; cause memory loss, effect mobility and weaken the senses of smell and taste and even cause impotence.
There is a great article about elements, Islam and the human body via this link
http://www.quranmiracles.com/2011/10/man-created-from-dust-and-water/%5Bonline 16th January 2019].
SPECIFIC NUTRITIONAL ELEMENTS MENTIONED BY ALLAH IN THE QURAN
It is interesting that Allah has mentioned only a few elements by name. Their importance in nutrition is amazing.
These specific elements that I am aware of, that Allah has mentioned in the Quran are
These elements are minerals that are natural resource of Saudi Arabia as well as other nations. The Quran was revealed to prophet Muhammad(saw), the people of Makkah and Madinah and the people of Arabia, as well as being a universal message for people of all times.
Today we are going to focus on iron and copper.
Iron is a metal element that has association with prophets and messengers.
In the Old Testament, the torah, iron is associated with the prophet Jeremiah (alaihi wa salem) who was called the iron pillar.
Prophet Dawoud, David (alaihi wa salem) was able to manipulate metal, iron in particular and make lighter armour.
IRON IN NUTRITION
Irons role in the body is to help the red blood cells transport oxygen to other parts of the body. Within the cell irons plays an important part in the process that produces energy for the body.
When there is a deficiency in iron, one of the first symptoms is fatigue and tiredness. This is not an issue for very young people who are bounding with energy but as we get and realise our vocation energy is vital like ital.
FOODS THAT CONTAIN IRON
Within nutrition there are 2 Types of Iron: Heme iron and non-Heme iron.
Heme iron is found in meat and fish. It is easier for your body to absorb than non-Heme iron.
Non-Heme iron is more easily absorbed when consumed with a vitamin C, which is also contained in dark green vegetable like spinach or Swiss chard.
Iron can be found in the following foods
• Beans and lentils.
• Animals liver
• Baked potatoes.
• Dark green leafy vegetables
Iron is stored in the liver but depletes if we don’t get enough, but what is enough? Some sources say 10-20 mg while other say 50 mg.
Can we over dose on iron?
I don’t think so just look at Pop Eye! However a woman apparently went into a coma from eating 15 cups of pak choi leaf on a regular basis, now that’s alot of greens.
In a mindful diet having 8 portions of fruit and vegetables a day you would get the vitamins and minerals you need without over dosing or taking supplements.
Copper is a metal element associated with prophets of the Old Testament/ the Torah, the prophets Haggia(alaihi wa salem) and Zachariah(alaihi wa salem)
Zachariah was the father of the prophet Yahyah (alaihi wa salem).
Allah mentions copper in the Quran but it can also be translated as brass or oil mentioned In Surah Al Khaf, The Cave Chapter 18, which we would do well to read every Friday.
Surah 18 verse 29
“And say, “The Truth is from your Lord; so whoever decides, then let him believe, and whoever decides, then let him disbelieve.” Surely We have readied for the unjust a Fire whose canopy encompasses them; and in case they call for succor, they will be succored with water like molten metal that will scald their faces. Miserable is the drink, and odious is it (as) a resting place!
Surah 18 ,verse 96
“Bring me sheets of iron” – until, when he had leveled [them] between the two mountain walls, he said, “Blow [with bellows],” until when he had made it [like] fire, he said, “Bring me, that I may pour over it molten copper.”
COPPER IN NUTRITION
Copper works in partnership with iron to form red blood cells that carry oxygen. Copper also helps maintain healthy blood vessels, strong bones and nerves. It help supports the immune system and the absorption of iron. It also supports heart health. It is vital in the production of collagen and elastin which as you knows is vital for the skin the largest organ of the body.
FOODS THAT CONTAIN COPPER
10 milligrams is the optimum dosage of copper required by the body.
Copper can be found in the following foods
• Liver. Organ meats like kidneys, heart.
• Shiitake Mushrooms
• Nuts and Seeds
• Leafy Greens.
• Dark Chocolate. That sounds nice.
This is a subject that could fill a volume and in shaa Allah in the future you will go on to expand these meagre findings.
Next post in shaa Allah will be a list of The Quranic Foods up to this point, Alhamdulilah Rabeel Alameen, all praise is due to Allah Lord of the Worlds Mankind and Jinn.
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