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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. 

 

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.”

 

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

Opposites

Opposites

And Suyyuti said, “Let a man eat cold foods in summer and hot in winter. The partaking of one meal upon another is harmful. So is exercise after a meal. But exercise before a meal is best of all, just as when taken after it is the worst of all.”

“Hot food should be corrected with cold, sweet with sour, fat with salt, and astringent with fat. To have many kinds of food excites the constitution of a man. To eat with relish is the best of all.”

“To have the same food several times and to eat with speed produces a loss of appetite and engenders laziness. A very sour food hurries on old age.”

“The frequent eating of sweet food relaxes the sexual desires and makes the body feverish. Salt food dries up and emaciates the body.”



Health is a Hidden Kingdom

Health is a Hidden Kingdom

Suyyuti said, “Among the wise sayings of the Prophet David are the following: Health is a hidden kingdom. And again: Sadness for one hour ages a man by one year. And again: Health is a crown on the heads of the healthy, only seen by the sick. And again: Health is an invisible luxury.”



The Common Cold as the Cure

The Common Cold as the Cure

Is the cold a cure for greater illnesses?

It was of great interest to see this idea supported in a recent 2019 study by Surrey University and Royal Surrey County Hospital in which it was said "Traditionally viruses have been associated with illness however in the right situation they can improve our overall health and wellbeing by destroying cancerous cells. Oncolytic viruses such as the coxsackievirus could transform the way we treat cancer and could signal a move away from more established treatments such as chemotherapy."

 

 

Constipation - Qabz - Imsak-ul-Batan

Constipation - Qabz - Imsak-ul-Batan

Constipation, Qabz, Husr, Ehtebaas-al- batan, Eátaqaal-al- batan, Ehtabas-al- tabiya, Eátaqaal-al- tabiya  and Imsaak-ul- batan

The home of disease and the mother of disease

The Arabs of old said, “The stomach is the home of disease and restraint is the basis of the remedy.” There is also an old saying that “constipation is the mother of all diseases”. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.”

The Cause of constipation

The National Health Portal India states that, “According to Unani Medicine, constipation (qabz) is caused by intake of less quantity of food, consumption of constipative and flatulent diets, decreased repulsive force or increased retensive force of intestine, weakened intestinal sensation and muscles, excessive absorption of chyme by the liver, decreased flow of secretions towards intestine and weakened heat of stomach and intestine…” and is a result of a “faulty lifestyle and wrong dietary pattern. Causes like untimely, unbalanced food habits, irregular sleeping habits, and low physical exercise are few of them. It is also mentioned that constipation is the mother of all diseases. It causes gastritis, piles, duodenal ulcer and severe abdominal pain.”

Diagnosing Constipation

 In June 2019 research by King's College London it was reported that

  1. The “public's perception of constipation differs drastically from that of doctors' and from the formal diagnosis guidelines.”

  2. “Currently prescription medication for constipation fails in nearly 60% of patients and almost half report not being satisfied with their treatment.”

  3. “Nearly one in three "healthy" patients were … clinically constipated but did not recognise it.

  4. “The study also highlighted six key symptom clusters which were commonly agreed upon across the study groups: abdominal discomfort, pain and bloating; rectal discomfort; infrequent bowel movements and hard stools; sensory dysfunction; flatulence and bloating; fecal incontinence.”

 

Recommendations

  • Drink more water.

  • Do more exercise.

  • Walk or do light exercise in the open air in the morning.

  • Take a hot bath on an empty stomach.

  • Eat radishes, turnips, peas, carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, sprouts, coriander, cabbage, and mint.

  • Eat avocados, guava, mangoes, oranges, papaya, and grapes.

  • Eat dried figs, almonds, apricots, and dates.

  • Drink apple-pear juice.

  • Eat stewed prunes, figs, and dates.

  • Chew food properly.

  • Drink more soup.

  • At the end of meal, eat watermelon, mangoes, and cucumber.

  • Eat honey and lentils.

  • Reduce bread, white flour, biscuits, preserves, sugar, cakes, pasta, pizzas, burgers, cookies.

  • Avoid fast foods, coffee and strong tea, fried foods, oily and junk foods.

  • Avoid boiled eggs, cheese and yoghurt.

  • Avoid spices, fats, and excessive salt. 

Sunnah Days in May 2019

Sunnah Days in May 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 MAY 2019, in shaa Allah

North Africa - Europe - UK

Thursday 23 May 2019

Saturday 25 May 2019

Monday 27 May 2019

Saudi Arabia - Europe - UK

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Friday 24 May 2019

Sunday 26 May 2019

Sunnah Dates in March 2019

Sunnah Dates in March 2019

North Africa - Europe - UK - Saudi Arabia

Sunday 24 March 2019

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Thursday 28 March 2019

 

Belching, Yawning and Gasping

Belching, Yawning and Gasping

According to Tibb, Chishti in "The Traditional Healers Handbook" says, “These are caused by excess gas. Use a purgative and correct digestion. Relief of gas can be had from ground anise in rose water or honey.”

Suyuti says of endive (Arabic: Hindiba) “The endive changes its temperament according to the season. In summer it is hot, in winter cold. Its powers fall to naught at the end of each season. It prevents both hot and cold diseases of the liver. It causes to disappear the flatulence produced by vinegar and by sugar. It is used in decoctions and in the syrup of dodder. A traditional saying is as follows: Eat endives and do not belch, for verily there is not one single day that drops of the water of Paradise do not fall upon them. So says Abu Nu’im.”

 

Sauna and Hot Tub for Type 2 Diabetes & Obesity

Sauna and Hot Tub for Type 2 Diabetes & Obesity

A 2015 study by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre and the Regional University of Northwestern Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil concluded that, “Heat therapy is a promising and inexpensive tool for the treatment of obesity and diabetes. … We suggest that heat therapy (sauna: 80–1008C; hot tub: at 408C) for 15 min, three times a week, for 3 months, is a safe method to test its efficiency.”

Heat Shock Protein 70 (HSP70) appears to play a part in improving “…insulin signaling, body composition, endothelial dysfunction, and the low-grade inflammation found in people with diabetes.”

 

 

Fasting boosts metabolism

Fasting boosts metabolism

A January 2019 study at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Kyoto University suggests that, “going without food may … boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.”

One of the authors of the study, Dr Takayuki Teruya said, “Contrary to the original expectation, it turned out that fasting induced metabolic activation rather actively.”  

A study by the G0 Cell Unit and Kyoto University researchers suggests that fasting, which puts the body in “starvation mode,” leads to fuel substitution, antioxidation, increased mitochondrial activation and altered signal transduction. 

The study suggests that, “…during fasting, the tiny powerhouses running every cell are thrown into overdrive.”

Shilajeet

Shilajeet

Known by a multitude of names across the world: shilajeet,   shilajit, salajeet, mumijo, mumiyo, mumiya, mum, mumio, momia, moomiyo, mountain tar, rock-tar,  mineral pitch, mineral wax, black asphaltum, asphaltum punjabianum, shargai, dorobi, barahshin, baragshun mummenayyee, tasmayi, chao-tong, wu ling zhi*, badha-naghay, baad-a-ghee, arkhar-tash, mumiyo.

It is a blackish brown organic mass from the Himalayas used in indigenous India medicine in the ayurveda and unani tibb medical systems.

Al-Himaidi and Umar in, “Safe Use of Salajeet During the Pregnancy of Female Mice.” in the Journal of Biological Sciences (2003) “It has been used for ages in traditional medicines in the treatment of bronchial asthma, diabetes, genito-urinary infection, wound healing and nerve disorder (citing Chopra, et al 1976)”

Notes

*Listed, based on a Wikipedia entry. However, in Chinese Medicine the name Wu Ling Zhi is flying squirrel excrement – not halal – and Bensky and Gamble cite a different latin name, exrementum trogopteri seu pteroma, so it is probably not shilajeet.

Image

Valentin [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Diabetes – foods from prophetic medicine

Diabetes – foods from prophetic medicine

For those with diabetes useful foods from prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus are:

·         Blackseed

·         Lemon Grass

·         Olives

·         Miswak

·         Honey

·         Barley

·         Dates

·         Zamzam Water

·         Vinegar

·         Costus

·         Trouffles

·         Figs

·         Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)

Reference

Bassem Y. Sheikh of the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah in his review of the literature

Diabetes – Restricted Diets – Foods From Prophetic Medicine

Diabetes – Restricted Diets – Foods From Prophetic Medicine

Launched in 2015, NHS England’s Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) records that, “around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.”

Diabetes UK announced a new pilot by NHS England starting in 2019 which, “…will test a Type 2 remission programme … involving low-calorie diets.”

The Guardian reports, “The 800-calories-a-day regimen, made up of soups and shakes, has been shown to help people lose excess weight that has caused fat to build up around their internal organs including the pancreas, leading to type 2 diabetes.”

We hope that those taking on such a regimen consider the role of phlegm (mucus, balgham) we wrote about last week.

And also the role of foods from prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus as listed by Bassem Y. Sheikh of the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah in his review of the literature:

  • Blackseed

  • Lemon Grass

  • Olives

  • Miswak

  • Honey

  • Barley

  • Dates

  • Zamzam Water

  • Vinegar

  • Costus

  • Trouffles

  • Figs

  • Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)

 

And we are reminded, again, of the hadith of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who said, “No human being has ever filled a container worse than his own stomach. The son of Adam needs no more than some morsels of food to keep up his strength. Doing so, he should consider that a third of [his stomach] is for food, a third for drink and a third for breathing.”

 

 

Phlegm – Mucus - Balgham

Phlegm – Mucus - Balgham

Notes from an interview with a Hakeem.

 

Your work is in treating others’ health problems. What are you doing at the moment for your own health?

“I am currently in the process of detoxing from a phlegm imbalance.  Looking back, I think there has been quite a long term build up, a tendency towards imbalance.  I’ve been doing this now for a number of months and hope to have completed the process soon.”

What do you mean by phlegm imbalance?

“Phlegm, or mucus or (the Arabic word) Balgham is a key component in Islamic Medicine. It is a compound temperament, cold and moist, and one of the four bodily humours.

The three core ideas with this detox are, primarily, to reduce those foods that have a tendency to produce mucus.  You use fruit and vegetables as the roughage, and, if you want extra effect, you increase foods that have a tendency to remove mucus.”

So what are the foods that you are reducing?

“I am avoiding or reducing wheat, dairy, rice, eggs and sugar. I am focusing on mainly lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit, especially dried fruit. Once a week I will have dish of lamb or chicken or fish.”

To be clear, what do you mean by wheat?

“I mean all types of bread made from wheat. Also, pasta, pizza, cake, biscuits, and cereals. This includes naan, pitta, roti and paratha.”

And dairy?

“By “dairy” I mean milk, yoghurt, butter and cheese.”

What kinds of foods are you eating to replace these?

“I continue to eat all types of vegetables - especially green leafy vegetables - and fruit - especially dried fruit - and lentils, pulses, beans, barley, barley bread, rye bread, rye crisp bread, porridge, oats, oat milk and oatcakes. It’s important to remember protein. You’d be surprised how much protein you can get from non-meat and diary sources.”

What about sugar?

“I try to replace sugar with honey but this is not always possible. I avoid pouring boiling water on honey.”

Is this a permanent programme?

“No, not at all. I think it will take a few months. But, long term, I can see the value in eating reduced amounts of wheat, dairy, rice, eggs and sugar.”

What about herbal medicine?

“After a diagnosis from the tongue, eyes, forehead, hands, nails, face, the six body organ pulses on the right and left hands, I decided to support this detox process with specific herbal medicines.”

Can you be more specific?

“Each day I am currently taking a spoon of cayenne powder, as a tonic. It seems to go down best with orange juice with the bits in. I also drink a dilution of lemon juice concentrate first thing in the morning with a spoon of honey. Dried figs, radishes and apples also seem to be good “phlegm-strippers” for me.

For general health, do you take any herbal medicines?

“Yes, I take mullein, hawthorn berry powder, buchu, astralagus, raspberry powder, nettle leaf powder, celery powder, skullcap and meadowsweet powder.  Also, I am taking du zhong [eucommia bark powder] and yin yang huo [epimedium] for the kidneys, bladder, bones and lower back, and lobelia (a paired herb for the cayenne).I would advise people to only take herbal medicines as prescribed by someone trained in herbal medicine and after a proper diagnosis.”

Do you have any general advice?

“I advise myself of the hadith of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who said, “No human being has ever filled a container worse than his own stomach. The son of Adam needs no more than some morsels of food to keep up his strength. Doing so, he should consider that a third of [his stomach] is for food, a third for drink and a third for breathing.”

 

 

Phlegm imbalance can lead to very challenging health problems.  Some of those writing about mucus have put together “mucus-lean” or “mucus-free” diets.  Three examples are from Dr Christopher, from Arnold Ehret and from Dr Sebi (Alfred Bowman) who have all written about the problems of mucus. The Livestrong Foundation has an interesting list in this respect.  Some of the views expressed in support of a mucus-free diet seem very extreme or excessive. And these writers have differences of opinion on what mucus is and how to deal with it. 

 

It is best to return to the Sunnah on these matters and to study what the scholars of Islamic Medicine have to say about what to eat, what not to eat and, most importantly, the amount to eat as referred to in the last part of what was said in the interview.

We advise people to embark on any health and diet detoxification process only on the advice of their medical advisers.

We also advise people to make sure that they get enough protein in their diet, whatever dietary programme they follow.

 

 

 

Astralagus

Astralagus

Latin: Astragalus propinquus, astralagus membranaceus

TCM: Huang Qi

Also known as milkvetch.

 “Immune enhancer, tonic.” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber")

Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, in “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” say, “Sweet, slightly warm … Tonifies the spleen … [and] lung … [and] blood …”

David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal” notes its role in deep immune activation along with, amongst others, Ligusticum wallichii and Schizandra chinensis.