Sunnah Dates in September 2019

Sunnah Dates in September 2019

INTRODUCTION

Each month we publish the Sunnah Dates as published by the Saudi Press Agency, by the Moroccan Ministry of Awqaf and by the ICOUK.

There are differences of opinion about sighting of the new moon. We do not decide who is right nor impose one opinion over others. We simply offer a service to all members of the community whatever view they take about the matter.  And Allah knows best.

 

SUNNAH DATES IN SEPTEMBER 2019, in shaa Allah

UK- North Africa - Europe

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Thursday 19 September 2019

Saturday 21 September 2019

UK - Saudi - Europe

Monday 16 September 2019

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Friday 20 September 2019

Please remember that a new Islamic day starts at sunset - Maghrib. 

 

The Health Hazards of Shisha

The Health Hazards of Shisha

An August 2019 study by the University of California Irvine found that,

“Hookah [Shisha] mainstream smoke - that which is directly inhaled by the user - has many toxic and harmful chemicals, such as nicotine, which can lead to tobacco addiction; irritating carbonyl compounds; and benzine, a known carcinogen … And due to the greater volume inhaled for every puff and the longer duration of a smoking session, the hookah oftentimes delivers a higher dose of those chemicals to the smoker."

 

Walnuts and Ulcerative Colitis

Walnuts and Ulcerative Colitis

An August 2019 study by UConn Health and Texas A&M University found that walnuts may give some protection, saying,

“We are continuing our work to understand whether those metabolic changes are part of the protection … We are not suggesting that people with ulcerative colitis be maintained on a large walnut diet between active flares. But, we are hoping that we'll be able to determine the active compounds - nutrients, phytochemicals - in walnuts that cause protection."

 

Adding Vitamin D to Wheat Flour

Adding Vitamin D to Wheat Flour

An August 2019 study the University of Birmingham found that,

"Addressing vitamin D deficiency in the UK requires a multi-disciplinary approach and preventing conditions that are the consequence of deficiency would save the NHS money to the extent that it would more than compensate for the money needed to implement flour fortification at a national level."

"We now hope that UK policy makers will consider a new national policy to fortify foods such as wheat flour with vitamin D to address this serious health issue. This will lead to significant benefits for the population, particularly the most vulnerable groups."

"We have provided compelling evidence that a new strategy is not only safe but would also improve vitamin D intake, which in turn would enhance the health of millions in England and Wales.

"Most previous research into strategies to improve population vitamin D intake have focused only on supplementation programmes, which are generally expensive and not sustainable in the long term.

"Our study showed that, even though supplements are still a viable option for those at a higher risk, food fortification strategies should be prioritized as a response to the rising prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, as it is a safe and cost-saving option.”

 

As-Suyuti on Drinking Water

As-Suyuti on Drinking Water

As-Suyuti, in “Medicine of the Prophet” [pbuh] said,

  • “Never toss down water with a single gulp, for a disease called al-Kabar is caused by such swallowing. Al-Bayhaqi explains that al-Kabar means ‘pain in the liver’ and ‘a single gulp’ means ‘swallowing by great gulps’.”

  • “Anas reports the tradition that the Prophet used to take three breaths with each drink and used to say that it thereby became more satisfying, more health-giving, and more thirst-quenching. Anas added: I also used to take three breaths in a similar manner. Muslim extracted this saying.”

  • “Abu Nu‘aim too reports the tradition that whenever the Prophet took a drink (Sharab), he would pause three times for breath, calling upon the name of God when he began and praising Him during the pause.”  

Approaches to Health Strategies #4 As-Suyuti Part 2

Approaches to Health Strategies #4 As-Suyuti Part 2

As-Suyuti, in “Medicine of the Prophet” [pbuh] said,

“The most experienced doctors use medications that contain one ingredient, the medication should be similar or related to regular foods that the patient is used to eating. Cultures that consume one or only a few types of food in their regular diet, generally suffer from few illnesses, they should not use compound medicines.”

“Those who live in cities and whose diets are complex need medicines that are a mixture of several substances or ingredients, as these are the types of medicines that most suit their illnesses.”

“The ailments of the people who live in the deserts are usually simple and thus simple medications are suitable for them. These arguments entail facts that are known in the medical profession.”

Approaches to Health Strategies #3 As-Suyuti Part 1

Approaches to Health Strategies #3 As-Suyuti Part 1

As-Suyuti, in “Medicine of the Prophet” [pbuh] said, “The medical authorities agree that whenever an illness could be fought with nourishment and diet, then medicine should be avoided. In addition, they agree that whenever it is possible to use only one substance or ingredient as a remedy, a compound remedy should not be used. They agree that the body will be harmed if doctors over prescribe medicine. This is because the remedy might not find an illness to cure, or might find an illness that it cannot cure, or might be suitable for the illness, but an excess dose may be given, thereby compromising the health of the body.”

More on Chicory - Hindaba - Kasni

More on Chicory - Hindaba - Kasni

Ibn Jawziyyah says,

  • “Hindaba temperament changes according to the season. It is cold and wet in winter, hot and dry in summer and mild in spring and autumn. In general, Hindaba is cold and dry. Hindaba is beneficial and cools the stomach and causes constipation.”

  • “When Hindaba, especially wild Hindaba, is cooked and eaten with vinegar, it constipates even more and is more favourable for the stomach and invigorating. [It] strengthens the stomach and opens the clogs in the kidneys, spleen, veins and intestines. It … clears and purifies the kidneys and helps them against the various hot and cold aches.”

  • “The sour Hindaba is the best for the liver, while its extract helps against (jaundice), especially when mixed with wet fennel extract. [It] cleanses and clears the chest and dissipates the heat of irritated blood and bile.”

 

Sleep – The Menopause - Diabetes

Sleep – The Menopause - Diabetes

An August 2019 study by The North American Menopause Society suggests that, “worse sleep-related symptoms in postmenopausal Asian women with type 2 diabetes compared with those without diabetes … sleep problems are common in midlife women. Sleep is an important determinant of health, and women with poor sleep should be seen and evaluated for common and treatable sleep disorders such as insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome.”

 

The 5-a-Day Target

The 5-a-Day Target

I remind myself of a 2014 study by the University of Liverpool entitled, “Fruit and vegetable consumption and non-communicable disease: time to update the '5 a day' message?” referred to by Eureka, which suggested that the target should be 7-a-day.

 

Eating Lamb Kidneys and Liver

Eating Lamb Kidneys and Liver

We advised a particular client to eat more lamb kidneys given his particular state of health. He said he had heard that it is makruh or haram.  We disagreed. 

“It says in al-Mudawwanah: that which may be included with meat, such as fat, liver, stomach, heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys, neck, testicles, feet, head and the like, comes under the same ruling as meat.[i.e. it is halal]” 

Tahdheeb al-Mudawwanah by al-Baraadha‘i (1/93). See also Mawaahib al-Jaleel (6/204) 

 

Source

https://islamqa.info/en/answers/126343/ruling-on-eating-the-testicles-of-halal-slaughtered-animals-and-eating-crabs

Green Space Close By Link to Mental Wellbeing

Green Space Close By Link to Mental Wellbeing

A large August 2019 study by the University of Warwick, Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield found,

“Contrary to popular opinion, up until now the evidence for the link between green space and mental wellbeing has been pretty circumstantial. By combining advanced statistical and mapping methods, we've shown that the effect is real and substantial. Basically, we've proven what everyone has always assumed was true."

Frailty, Antioxidants & Vitamins

Frailty, Antioxidants & Vitamins

An August 2019 study by Trinity College Dublin found,

  • “…lower levels of specific vitamins and antioxidants - and having low levels of more than one micronutrient - is consistently and progressively associated with the most commonly used methods for measuring frailty.”

  • “…low micronutrient status may act as an easily modified marker and intervention target for frailty among adults aged 50 years and over".

  • "Frailty occurs when a number of systems in the body lose reserve capacity and therefore the ability to 'bounce back' after even trivial illnesses.”

  • “[Frailty] is an important and challenging state; commonly associated with ageing but also common in patients of any age who have major surgery, cancer treatments and severe infections.”

  • The hall mark of frailty is muscle weakness. If it is recognised in its early stages, it can be reversed. However, the longer it is present, the more difficult is it to 'bounce back' and generalised weakness and fatigue become progressively worse."

  • "… micronutrients (including vitamin D) are associated with better health outcomes in older adults.”

New Asthma Treatments

New Asthma Treatments

A July 2019 study by Rutgers University found, [EurekaNews]

“inducing a second asthmatic trigger during a bronchial spasm at a precise time will actually cause the smooth muscle to relax and stop the spasm.”

The researchers said,  "[a] microdevice allowed us to drill down into how single cells interact with each other in relation to smooth muscle contraction in a variety of lung diseases …Being able to study the mechanics on the single-cell level and view thousands of cells simultaneously can be an important screening tool for the development of new drugs for people with asthma who don't respond to current treatment."

 

Glucose not the Driver for Diabetes and Obesity?

Glucose not the Driver for Diabetes and Obesity?

Inflammation mechanisms relating to diabetes type 2 and obesity may be linked to changes (from elevated fat derivatives or defects) in mitochondria and not glucose. Researchers said, "Aggressive blood glucose control to lower the risk of diabetic complications has been the goal for most people with Type 2 Diabetes for decades … Our data provide an explanation for why people with tight glucose control can nonetheless have disease progression."

August 2019 study by University of Kentucky.

 

Insomnia – Heart Disease - Strokes

Insomnia – Heart Disease - Strokes

An August 2019 study of 1.3 million participants by Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm found “… significantly higher odds of coronary artery disease, heart failure and ischemic stroke - particularly large artery stroke, but not atrial fibrillation…” (Eureka Alert AASS)

 

Flavonoid-Rich Foods May Protect Against Cancer and Heart Disease

Flavonoid-Rich Foods May Protect Against Cancer and Heart Disease

An August 2019 study by Edith Cowan University found that flavonoids have, “The potential to prevent cancer and heart disease …particularly in people at high risk of these chronic diseases … It's important to consume a variety of different flavonoid compounds found in different plant-based food and drink. This is easily achievable through the diet: one cup of tea, one apple, one orange, 100g of blueberries, and 100g of broccoli would provide a wide range of flavonoid compounds and over 500mg of total flavonoids" and, “Flavonoids have been shown to be anti-inflammatory and improve blood vessel function, which may explain why they are associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease and cancer."

 

Multiple Sclerosis - Cholesterol -Fatigue

Multiple Sclerosis - Cholesterol -Fatigue

An August 2019 study by University at Buffalo found, “"Higher levels of HDL had the greatest impact on fatigue … possibly because good cholesterol plays a critical role in muscle, stimulating glucose uptake and increasing respiration in cells to improve physical performance and muscle strength … Fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis has been viewed as a complex and difficult clinical problem with contributions from disability, depression and inflammation. Our study implicates lipids and fat metabolism in fatigue ... This is a novel finding that may open doors to new approaches for treating fatigue."