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Great Goodness in the Ghee

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Monday, 15 August 2022 09:15

Sayyidah Ummu Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was a Sahaabiyyah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) from the Ansaar of Madeenah Munawwarah. She would sometimes bring a leather bag filled with ghee and present it to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as a gift.

On one occasion, when she brought the bag of ghee to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he instructed Sayyiduna Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to empty the bag and return it to her. Hence, Sayyiduna Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) emptied the bag, even squeezing it until all the ghee had been extracted from inside the bag. He thereafter returned the bag to her.

On taking the bag back, Sayyidah Ummu Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anha) found that it was full of ghee! This caused her great concern, as she feared that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had perhaps rejected her gift on account of him receiving revelation regarding her (i.e. her wealth being contaminated, or her actions not being accepted, etc.). Hence, she came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and asked, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Have you received any revelation in my regard?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded by asking her, “Why do you ask?” She replied, “You have returned my gift to me!”

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Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup

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Saturday, 13 August 2022 09:01

Ingredients:

500g chicken fillet, cubed

1 tsp ginger garlic

½ tsp chilli powder

Pinch of turmeric

2 medium carrots, shredded

2 Tbsp vinegar

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The Love of My Life

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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 07:12

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “None of you will possess (perfect) imaan until I become more beloved to him than his father, his child and all the people.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #15)

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned that the benchmark for a person to possess perfect imaan is that he acquires such love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that supersedes his love for any other person – including his own parents and children.

As far as a person’s parents are concerned, then their love is embedded deep within his heart from the time of his birth. His mother raised him with love, care and affection, sacrificed her comfort for his sake and even spent sleepless nights in seeing to his wellbeing. As for the father, then he labours and toils, day in and day out, to earn a living so that his children can live in comfort.

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Loving the Beloveds of the Beloved

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Monday, 08 August 2022 15:20

Sayyiduna ‘Umar bin Khattaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once mentioned to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “Definitely you are more beloved to me than even my own self.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6632) Just as Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had this intense love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the Ahlul Bayt (family members) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were also extremely dear to him. Below are two examples of this:    

Once, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) proposed for the daughter of Sayyiduna ‘Ali and Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), Sayyidah Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha). On receiving the proposal, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) initially declined to accept, explaining that he had reserved his daughters for the marriage of the sons of his brother, Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) pleaded with him saying, “Marry her to me! By the oath of Allah, there is no person on the surface of the earth who will appreciate her nobility as I will.” Hearing this, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) agreed and married her to Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter went to (a group of) the Muhaajireen (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and exclaimed in joy, “Congratulate me!” They congratulated him and enquired as to who he had married. “The daughter of ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu),” he replied. He then explained, “Verily Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, ‘Every lineage and form of relation, besides my lineage and relation, will be severed on the day of Qiyaamah.’ I had married my daughter to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and so I also wished to do this (i.e. take one of his family in my marriage).” (Al-Isaabah vol. 8, pg. 465)

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Amazing Solution for Weight-Loss!

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Saturday, 06 August 2022 07:08

The Atkins diet… Holford’s Low GL… Banting… Paleo… Weight Watchers… Sure Slim… Intermittent fasting… These are just a few of the many diets that have trended over the last few years, and every few months or so, yet another ‘revolutionary’ diet bursts onto the scene.

People’s insatiable ‘appetite’ for diets highlights the fact that amid today’s sedentary lifestyle, men and women alike are becoming increasingly health conscious, with the expectation that looking after their health will result in them enjoying a better quality of life. After all, obesity brings with it a myriad of serious problems such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), etc. which often prove fatal over the long term.

Nevertheless, when we examine weight loss plans, then we find that a successful weight loss plan generally consists of three elements and two stages. The three elements are; (1) cutting out foods that lead to weight increase, (2) increasing the intake of healthy, nutritious and filling foods, and (3) engaging in regular exercise. As for the two stages, then they are the weight-loss stage, followed by the maintenance stage.   

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