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Peter and I have discussed the importance of daily physical activity in several posts over the past few months, so today we have decided to offer some practical ways that you can incorporate physical activity into your daily life. These are tips that we have found work well for us, and we think they may work well for you as well. Try one or two, and once they’ve become part of your routine try a couple more. We would also love to hear your own tips in the comments section below.
Withour further ado, here are ten simple ways to become more physically active:
1. Take the stairs as often as possible.
This one is as simple as it sounds. If you have to go up two floors or less, opt for the stairs. Ditto if you have to go down three floors or less. If you have to go up or down a distance that is too great for you to walk at the moment, walk the first few flights, then take the elevator the rest of the way. Remember, every time you take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, you are making a decision that will positively affect your long term health.
2. Drink plenty of water.
This sounds odd, but it’s a trick that I’ve been using for years. If you are constantly sipping water throughout the day, you are going to have to pee at least once an hour. Every time you have to pee, you have a guilt-free excuse to go for a 5-minute walk to the washroom and back! To crank it up a notch, use a washroom in another part of your building, which may give you an opportunity to use the stairs as well. It’s easy to forget to take a 5-minute walk-break every hour, but it’s impossible to forget to go pee.
Added bonus – staying well hydrated may also reduce feelings of hunger, and can often reduce chronic back pain. So this is really a win-win-win.
3. Park as far from the front door as possible.
Another simple but effective tactic. Whether you’re at the mall, work, or school, parking the car at the edge of the parking lot forces you to walk just a little bit further than you are used to. It will only add a few seconds to your trip, but if you do it everyday it could add years to your life.
Added bonus – less chance of getting dinged by shopping carts and teenage drivers.
4. Clean your home regularly.
I’ve got to admit, this one was Peter’s idea (as any of my former roomates can attest, cleaning is not my forte). Most people don’t realize what a good workout cleaning can be, especially if you have a large home. Cleaning involves plenty of walking, lifting, and stretching – all of which are very good for your body. Washing dishes by hand can also be an easy way to burn a few extra calories, and to spend some time chatting with other members of your family (I spent many hours drying pots and pans for my Mom growing up).
5. Gardening and yardwork.
Yardwork is great because not only does it increase your physical activity, but it also gives you an excuse to be outside. Pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, trimming the hedge, and raking leaves are all very physically taxing and like cleaning, they use a range of muscle groups.
6. Disconnect your cable for the summer.
Time spent watching TV is an independent predictor of disease, especially for kids (for a great article on the topic by Ekelund and colleagues, click here). It’s not surprising when you think about it – the only time that most kids aren’t moving around is when they’re sitting in front of the TV. Get rid of the cable, and suddenly you’ve got one less reason to spend your days sitting on the couch. If you’re like me, after a few weeks without cable, you might start to wonder why you ever had it in the first place. And if, like me, you need to watch the NHL playoffs – walk to the local pub/sports bar with your friends on game night.
7. Buy a pedometer.
Pedometers are beeper-sized gadgets that count the number of steps that you take each day. They are a terrific way to measure the amount of physical activity you are getting each day, and can also serve as a great motivator to make the decision to walk whenever possible. Aim for at least 10,000 steps each day, but any increase is likely to bring health benefits, so don’t feel bad if you can’t get up to 10,000 right away. A high quality pedometer costs just $20, and are available online from Speakwell, a Canadian company based in British Columbia.
8. Use active transportation and public transit.
I have only been living in Ottawa for a week, but already I am in love with the bike paths. I have a beautiful 20 minute bike ride to work each day, and I can’t imagine a better way to start the day. It takes about 4 minutes longer than driving (but is significantly cheaper since there’s no parking fee to lock up my bike). Walking, roller blading, and biking are all great ways to get around, and they often take a lot less time than you’d expect.
If the trip is a little too far to hoof it, consider taking public transit. As researcher Ugo Lachapelle discussed in a recent interview here on Obesity Panacea, individuals who take public transit are more likely to meet physical activity recommendations than those who don’t take public transit. This is because most transit trips involve at least some walking to and from stops. And remember that most major cities have bike racks for buses in the summer, and allow bikes on trains during off-peak hours.
Many workplaces offer free or discounted transit pass programs, so be sure to check if your employer has such a program.
9. Have “walk-meetings”.
In an ideal world, we would all have 45 minutes for a relaxed lunch. If you happen to enjoy this luxury, consider taking half your lunch break to go for a walk either alone or with someone else you work with. It will help wake you up for the afternoon, as well as giving you a chance to chat with your co-workers (you could even use it to kickstart that workplace romance you’ve been planning for so long).
If you don’t have time to take a large walk break at lunch, consider having “walk-meetings”. Whenever you have to meet informally with co-workers, turn the meeting into a short walk. If it takes 5 minutes to discuss the project you are working on, that means you just got 5 extra minutes of physical activity! Peter and I used to frequently walk to the local grocery store on our lunch break, all the while discussing projects we were working on. It was a chance to get out of the lab, to talk about our work, and to get some physical activity all at the same time.
10. Go for a family walk after dinner.
This one was Peter’s idea, but I have to admit that we did this almost every night when I was a kid in my family as well. My sister and I would hop on our bikes, my parents would walk behind us, and the four of us would go for a half hour trip around the neighborhood. It’s another chance to spend some time together, get outside, and get some exercise all at the same time.
As you can see, none of the tips we’re suggesting is earth shattering. In fact, most of them are things you could start doing immediately, and cost absolutely nothing at all. Like I mentioned in the introduction, try out the tips that seem most realistic for you at this point in your life. Once you’ve mastered them, consider trying a couple others. And please share with us your tips for making physical activity a part of your day!
Disclaimer: While the activities we have suggested are all low to moderate intensity, speak to your physician if you have any health concerns before increasing your physical activity levels. The information here should be used as a general guide only, and should not be construed as specific medical advice. Also, work place romances are usually a bad idea, so be careful with that as well.
Ekelund, U., Brage, S., Froberg, K., Harro, M., Anderssen, S., Sardinha, L., Riddoch, C., & Andersen, L. (2006). TV Viewing and Physical Activity Are Independently Associated with Metabolic Risk in Children: The European Youth Heart Study PLoS Medicine, 3 (12) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030488
Lachapelle, U., & Frank, L. (2009). Transit and Health: Mode of Transport, Employer-Sponsored Public Transit Pass Programs, and Physical Activity Journal of Public Health Policy, 30 DOI: 10.1057/jphp.2008.52
This post was originally published on Obesitypanacea.com on May 13, 2009.
Praise be to Allah.
Imam ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Zamzam water is the best and noblest of all waters, the highest in status, the dearest to people, the most precious and valuable to them. It was dug by Jibril and is the water with which Allah quenched the thirst of Isma’il.”
Perhaps Allah did not make it sweet so that people would not forget that the meaning of drinking it is an act of worship. Whatever the case, its taste is fine and there is nothing wrong with it. We ask Allah to quench our thirst from the Cistern (al-Hawd) of His Prophet on the Day of the greatest thirst.
May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad, Amin.
Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar hijrah calendar. It is one of the four sanctified months about which the Holy Qur’an says:
“The number of the months with Allah has been twelve, in the Book of Allah, since the time He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred.”
These four months, according to the authentic traditions, are Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. All the commentators of the Holy Qur’an are unanimous on this point because the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, in his sermon on the occasion of his last Hajj, declared:
“One year consists of twelve months, of which four are sanctified months, three of them are in sequence; Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah, Muharram, and the fourth is Rajab.”
The specific mention of these four months does not mean that any other month has no sanctity, because the month of Ramadhan is admittedly the most sanctified month in the year. But these four months were specifically termed as sanctified months for the simple reason that their sanctity was accepted even by the pagans of Makkah.
In fact, every month, out of the twelve, is originally equal to the other, and there is no inherent sanctity that may be attributed to one of them in comparison to the other months. When Allah Almighty chooses a particular time for His special blessings, the same acquires sanctity out of His grace.
Thus, the sanctity of these four months was recognized right from the days of Sayyidina Ibrahim, peace be upon him. Since the Pagans of Makkah attributed themselves to Sayyidina Ibrahim, they observed the sanctity of these four months and despite their frequent tribal battles, they held it unlawful to fight in these months.
In the shari’ah of our Noble Prophet, upon whom be peace, the sanctity of these months was upheld and the Holy Qur’an referred to them as the “sanctified months”.
Muharram has certain other characteristics special to it, which are specified below.
Fasting During the Month
The Noble Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
“The best fasts after the fasts of Ramadhan are those of the month of Muharram.”
Although the fasts of the month of Muharram are not obligatory, yet one who fasts in these days out of his own will is entitled to a great reward by Allah Almighty. The hadith cited above signifies that the fasts of the month of Muharram are most rewarding ones among the nafl or voluntary fasts.
The hadith does not mean that the award promised for fasts of Muharram can be achieved only by fasting for the whole month. On the contrary, each fast during this month has merit. Therefore, one should avail of this opportunity as much as he can.
The Day of Ashurah
Although Muharram is a sanctified month as a whole, yet, the 10th day of Muharram is the most sacred among all its days. The day is named Ashurah. According to the Holy Companion Ibn ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, when he had migrated to Madinah, found that the Jews of Madinah used to fast on the 10th day of Muharram. They said that it was the day on which the Holy Prophet Musa, peace be upon him, and his followers crossed the Red Sea miraculously and the Pharaoh was drowned in its waters. On hearing this from the Jews the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “We are more closely related to Musa than you,” and directed the Muslims to fast on the day of Ashurah. [Recorded by Abu Dawud]
It is also reported in a number of authentic traditions that in the beginning, fasting on the day of Ashurah was obligatory for the Muslims. It was later that the fasts of Ramadhan were made obligatory and the fast on the day of Ashurah was made optional. Sayyidina ‘A’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said, “When the Holy Prophet, upon whom be peace, came to Madinah, he fasted on the day of Ashurah and directed the people to fast. But when the fasts of Ramadhan were made obligatory, the obligation of fasting was confined to Ramadhan and the obligatory nature of the fast of Ashurah was abandoned. Whoever so desires should fast on it and any other who so likes can avoid fasting on it.” [Sunan Abi Dawud]
However the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, used to fast on the day of Ashurah even after the fasting in Ramadhan was made obligatory. ‘Abdullah ibn Musa, may Allah be pleased with him, reports that the Holy Prophet preferred the fast of Ashurah on the fasts of other days and preferred the fasts of Ramadhan on the fast of Ashurah.
In short, it is established through a number of authentic ahadith that fasting on the day of Ashurah is the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, and makes one entitled to a great reward.
According to another hadith, it is more advisable that the fast of Ashurah should either be preceded or followed by another fast. It means that one should fast two days: the 9th and 10th of Muharram or the 10th and 11th. The reason of this additional fast as mentioned by the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, is that the Jews used to fast on the day of Ashurah alone, and the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, wanted to distinguish the Muslim way of fasting from that of Jews. Therefore, he advised the Muslims to add another fast to that of Ashurah.
Some traditions signify another feature of the day of Ashurah. According to these traditions, one should be more generous to his family by providing more food to them on this day as compared to other days. These traditions are not very authentic according to the science of hadith. Yet, some scholars like Bayhaqi andIbn Hibban have accepted them as reliable.
What is mentioned above is all that is supported through authentic sources about Ashurah.
Misconceptions and Baseless Traditions
However, there are some legends and misconceptions with regard to Ashurah that have managed to find their way into the minds of the ignorant, but have no support of authentic Islamic sources, some very common of them are these:
- This is the day on which Adam, upon him be peace, was created;
- This is the day when Ibrahim, upon him be peace, was born;
- This is the day when Allah accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam;
- This is the day when Doomsday will take place; and (amongst others)
- Whoever takes bath on the day of Ashurah will never get ill.
All these and other similar whims and fancies are totally baseless and the traditions referred to in this respect are not worthy of any credit. Some people take it as sunnah to prepare a particular type of meal on the day of Ashurah. This practice, too, has no basis in the authentic Islamic sources.
Some other people attribute the sanctity of Ashurah to the martyrdom of Sayyidina Hussayn, may Allah be pleased with him, during his battle with the Syrian army. No doubt, the martyrdom of Sayyidina Hussayn is one of the most tragic episodes of our history. Yet, the sanctity of Ashurah cannot be ascribed to this event for the simple reason that the sanctity of Ashurah was established during the days of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, much earlier than the birth of Sayyidina Hussayn.
On the contrary, it is one of the merits of Sayyidina Hussayn, that his martyrdom took place on the day of Ashurah.
Another misconception about the month of Muharram is that it is an evil or unlucky month, for Sayyidina Hussayn was killed in it. It is for this misconception that people avoid holding marriage ceremonies in the month of Muharram. This is again a baseless concept, which is contrary to the express teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah. If the death of an eminent person on a particular day renders that day unlucky for all times to come, one can hardly find a day of the year free from this bad luck because every day is associated with the demise of some eminent person. The Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet, upon whom be peace, have liberated us from such superstitious beliefs.
Lamentations and Mourning
Another wrong practice related to this month is to hold the lamentation and mourning ceremonies in the memory of martyrdom of Sayyidina Hussayn, may Allah be pleased with him. As mentioned earlier, the event of Karbala is one of the most tragic events of our history but the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, has forbidden us from holding the mourning ceremonies on the death of any person. The people of jahiliyyah (pre-Islamic ignorance) used to mourn over their deceased through loud lamentations, by tearing their clothes and by beating their cheeks and chests. The Holy Prophet, upon whom be peace, stopped the Muslims from doing all this and directed them to observe patience by saying “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” (from Allah we come, and to him we return).
A number of authentic ahadith are available on the subject. To quote only one of them:
“He is not from our group who slaps his checks, tears his clothes and cries in the manner of the people of jahiliyyah.”
All the authentic jurists are unanimous on the point that the mourning of this type is impermissible. Even Sayyidina Hussayn shortly before his demise had advised his beloved sister Sayyidinah Zaynab, may Allah be pleased with her, at not to mourn over his death in this manner. He said:
“My dear sister! I swear upon you that in case I die you shall not tear your clothes, nor scratch your face, nor curse anyone for me or pray for your death.” [Al-Kamil, Ibn Kathir, vol. 4, p. 24]
It is evident from this advice of Sayyidina Hussayn that this type of mourning is condemned even by the blessed person for the memory of whom these mourning ceremonies are held. Every Muslim should avoid this practice and abide by the teachings of the Holy Prophet, upon whom be peace, and his beloved grandchild Sayyidina Hussayn.
Hady refers to the sacrificial animals that Hajj pilgrims offer for Allah’s sake in the Haram (Makkah) between 10th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah.
What is Udhiyah (Qurbani)?
Udhiyah refers to the sacrificial animals that non-pilgrim Muslims may offer, seeking Allah’s pleasure during the days of ‘Eid ul-Adha. Udhiyah is, in fact, offered in memory of the great sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim and his son Prophet Isma’il, peace and blessings be upon both of them, were ordered to offer for Allah’s sake — when Ibrahim was ordered in a vision to offer his son in sacrifice for Allah’s sake, and Isma’il promptly consented. But Allah spared them the sacrifice and ordered them to sacrifice an animal instead. This is referred to in the Qur’an:
“And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice.”
What is the Difference Between Hady and Udhiyah (Qurbani)?
Hady refers to the sacrifice offered by Hajj pilgrims in Makkah while Udhiyah refers to the sacrifice offered by non-pilgrims.
Is Udhiyah (Qurbani) Obligatory?
For those not performing Hajj wishing to offer Udhiyah there are two scholarly opinions:
(A) that it is wajib (obligatory). This is the opinion of the Imams Abu Hanifah (d. 150H), al-Awza’i (d. 157H) and al-Layth (d. 175H), and it is one of the two opinions narrated from Imam Ahmad (d. 241H). It was also the opinion of Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (d. 728H), and is one of the two opinions in the madhhab of Imam Malik (d. 179H), or is what seems to be the madhhab of Imam Malik. Those who favour this opinion take the following as evidence:
- The verse: “Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” [Al-Qur’an 108:2]. This is a command, and a command implies that something is obligatory.
- The Hadith of Jundub, may Allah be pleased with him, who reported that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: “Whoever slaughtered his sacrifice before he prays, let him slaughter another one in its place, and whoever did not slaughter a sacrifice, let him do so in the name of Allah.” [Reported by Muslim (3621)]
- The Hadith: “Whoever can afford to offer a sacrifice but does not do so, let him not approach our place of prayer.” [Reported by Ahmad and Ibn Majah; classed as sahih by al-Hakim from the Hadith of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him. It says in Al-Fath al-Bari that its men are all sound]
(B) that it is a stressed Sunnah. This is the opinion of the majority, and it is the madhhab of Imam ash-Shafi’i (d. 204H) and the better-known opinion of Imams Malik and Ahmad but most of those who favour this opinion state that it is disliked for the one who is able to offer a sacrifice to neglect to do so. They base their opinion on the following:
- The Hadith of Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, in Sunan Abi Dawud, where he said: “I prayed ‘Eid ul-Adha with the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, and when he finished (the prayer), he was brought two rams, and he sacrificed them. He said, ‘In the Name of Allah, Allah is Most Great. This is on behalf of myself and any member of my Ummah who did not offer a sacrifice.’ “ [Sunan Abi Dawud bi Sharh Muhammad Shams al-Haq Abadi (7/486)]
- The Hadith reported by all the famous scholars of Hadith apart from al-Bukhari: “Whoever among you wants to offer a sacrifice, let him not take (cut) anything from his hair or nails.”
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymin said, following his discussion of those who say it is obligatory and those who say it is Sunnah, “Each point of view has its evidence, but to be on the safe side, the one who is able to offer a sacrifice should not neglect to do so, because of what is involved in this act of reverence towards Allah, remembering Him, and making sure that one has nothing to be blamed for.”
The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “He who performs Hajj and does not speak obscenely or commit evil will return clean from his sins just as the day his mother gave birth to him.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 2, p. 347, no. 596] If he did so, his Hajj would be righteous (mabrur). Allah’s Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The righteous hajj has no lesser reward than Jannah (Paradise).” [Sahih Muslim, vol. 2, p. 680, no. 3127]
The pilgrim must have taqwa’ (fear and reverence of Allah). He must strive to avoid what He forbade. [Refer to al-Qur’an 2:197]
The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “He who performs Hajj and does not speak obscenely or commit evil will return clean from his sins just as the day his mother gave birth to him.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 2, p. 347, no. 596] If he did so, his Hajj would be righteous (mabrur). Allah’s Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The righteous hajj has no lesser reward than Jannah (Paradise).” [Sahih Muslim, vol. 2, p. 680, no. 3127]
Thus, it is necessary to warn against some violations that many commit, either ignorantly or erroneously.
We have seen many people (during Hajj) fall victims to shirk (joining partners with Allah. For example, they pray to other than Allah for the removal of distress, they seek aid from deceased prophets and pious people, they invoke them instead of Allah and they make oaths by them out of unjustified glorification. By such actions they completely nullify their Hajj, as Allah subhanahu says (what means):
“If you were to join gods with Allah, truly fruitless will be your deeds.” [Al-Qur’an 39:65]
Intending the Correct Type of Hajj
It is very rare for pilgrims these days to bring the hadi (sacrificial animal) along with them, as the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam did. There is no blame for this. However, anyone who has not brought the hadi with him should intend to perform Hajj of Tamattu’.
Sleeping at Mina and Muzdalifah
One must not neglect to stay at Mina on the night preceding the Day of ‘Arafah. This is an obligation (wajib) that was practiced and enjoined by the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. [Sahih Muslim, vol. 2, p. 615]
One must also stay at Muzdalifah on the following night until he prays fajr there. If one misses staying there (because of delays on the way) then he must at least pray fajr there, as that is even more obligatory – rather, it is a rukn (pillar) of Hajj according to the most correct view of the scholars. However, this does not apply to women and the weak, for they have been permitted to depart from Muzdalifah after the middle of the night.
Avoiding Passing in Front of Praying People
One must carefully avoid passing directly in front of a praying person. This applies to those praying in al-Masjid al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah), as well as in other mosques and places; the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “If the one passing in front of a praying person knew what he incurs on himself (of sins), he would rather stand still for forty than pass in front of him.” [Sahih Muslim, vol. 1, p. 261, no. 1027 – one of the narrators of this hadith declares uncertainty whether the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam mentioned days, months, or years following the number]
This is a general text applying to everyone who prays or who passes in front of a praying person. There is no authentic hadith excluding al-Masjid al-Haram from this ruling. Thus, just like praying anywhere else, one must pray there toward a sutrah. This is due to the general nature of the hadith regarding the sutrah, as well as specific authentic narrations concerning the practice of the Companions.
The Duty of Those Who Know
During Hajj, the people of knowledge and virtue should teach other pilgrims, whenever meeting with them, the rites and legislations of Hajj according to the Book and the sunnah. Furthermore, this should not hinder them from calling to tawhid, which is the essence of Islam; it is the reason for which the Messengers were sent and the Books revealed. Most of the people whom we have met, even some of those who are supposed to be knowledgeable, are in total ignorance of the real meaning of tawhid and of Allah’s attributes.
Avoiding Shaving the Beard
Some men adorn themselves by shaving off their beards. This is a sinful deed that involves four separate violations of Islam:
- It is a disobedience of the Prophet’s clear command to leave the beard alone;
- It is an imitation of the unbelievers;
- It is an alteration of Allah’s creation; and
- It is an imitation of women.
Men Must Avoid Wearing Gold
Wearing gold rings is prohibited for men. This applies particularly to the type known today as wedding rings, as that incurs the further sin of imitating the Christians.
Making things easy for people, is one of the principles of the shari’ah (Islamic Law). However if there is a specific text, then laxity based on mere opinion is no longer permissible. This is the just and middle course binding upon every Muslim.
There are a number of actions that are permissible during Hajj, but some pilgrims have become used to avoiding them due to fatawa (verdicts) issued by some scholars, that conflict with the practice of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, some of which are:
- Bathing, without need to because of wet-dreams (ihtilam), even if it involves rubbing the head – as it is authentically reported by Abu Ayyub radiallahu ‘anhu that the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam did it. [Sahih Muslim, vol. 2, p. 595, no. 2744]
- Scratching the head, even if some hair falls out. This is indicated in the preceding hadith of Abu Ayyub.
- Smelling aromatic plants and pulling off broken nails – as was instructed by Ibn ‘Abbas radiallahu ‘anhu [Al-Bayhaqi with an authentic chain of narration] and Sa’id ibn al-Musayyib [Muwatta, p. 163, no. 787]
- Taking shade under a tent or an upheld garment as this is authentically reported from the Prophet’s sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam action. [Sahih Muslim, vol. 2, p. 580, no. 2656]. Some people remove the roofs of their cars (in order not to be shaded)! This is an excessiveness in the religion without permission from the Lord of the Worlds.
- Wearing a belt around the izhar (a plain piece of clothing wrapped around the lower half of a man’s body) and tying it when necessary; also wearing rings, watches, eyeglasses, or money-pouches around the neck, as there is no prohibition for any of that; besides, some reports from ‘A’ishah and ‘Atta’ indicate permission to use such things. [Muwatta, p. 147, no. 707]
All of these things fall under the above principle. Furthermore, some of them are supported by authentic ahadith from the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam or by narrations from the Companions – and Allah subhanahu says:
“Allah intends every facility for you, He does not want to put you into difficulties.” [Al-Qur’an 2:185]
All praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds.
The ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah (the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar) is the Day of ‘Arafah. It is the day when pilgrims stand on the plain of ‘Arafah to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual Hajj should spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three days festivity following ‘Eid ul-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the Hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness of sacrifice).
DHU’L-HIJJAH 1438H (2017CE): According to the decision of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia, the 1st of Dhu’l-Hijjah will be on Wednesday 22 August 2017. The Muslims performing Hajj will be in ‘Arafah on Thursday 31 August 2017 (9 Dhu’l-Hijjah 1438H), and ‘Eid ul-‘Adha shall be on Friday 1 September 2017 (10 Dhu’l-Hijjah 1437H).
Abu Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said:
“Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on ‘Ashura, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years.”
In another saying the Prophet’s wife Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with her, said:
“Four things the Messenger of Allâh never neglected: Observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura, ‘Arafat, three days every month, and offering fajr sunnah prayers early in the morning.”
These statements are proof that fasting on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, the day before ‘Eid ul-Adha was a lifelong practice of the Prophet, peace be upon him, as his wife reported.
There are some reports that fasting is prohibited on the Day of ‘Arafah. However, it must be understood that this refers to a person performing the Hajj. If a person is on the Hajj, there is no fast for him or her on the day of ‘Arafah. That is undoubtedly a blessing for him because of the hardships of the pilgrimage. In a saying reported by Umm Al-Fadl, may Allah be pleased with her, she said:
“The companions doubted whether the Prophet was fasting on ‘Arafah or not. She decided to prove to them that he was not, so she said, ‘I sent to him milk, which he drank while he was delivering the khutbah (sermon) on ‘Arafah.’ “
Prohibiting the pilgrims from fasting on these days is a great mercy for them, for fasting will exert undue hardship on the person performing the Hajj, while they are primarily concerned with their pilgrimage. Above all, the pilgrim would not be fasting anyway because he is travelling.
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This book outlines the basic Islamic concepts in child education. The author has tried to coordinate the main ideas, as well as the basics precepts for raising Muslim children in all the different spheres of life. First of all, the importance of correct belief and faith cannot be inculcated in young children except through the teaching and example of their parents; and obviously, the role of the mature and religious mother is foremost. This state of harmony can only be achieved when matrimonial relations are relatively stable. Care is to be taken in providing young children with all the necessary elements in the fields of ethical, physical and psychological education. This cannot be overemphasized. It is established that the common ailments of human societies, personal as well as social, find their remedy in monotheism and justice. Therefore, emphasis on these two moral principles is essential. Muslim children must develop a clear understanding of the concept of the oneness of Allah, mainly through the performance of devotional acts of worship, to Him, and through developing a sense of justice in all personnel and social dealings. The author has briefly outlined these glorious concepts in this book. Through his deep understanding of Islam, and his eminent conviction and personal adherence to its glorious principles, he introduces this book to the readers, with all practical instructions, with the intention of helping to build up a Muslim nation, worthily to uphold the honorable tenets of the Glorious Qur’an and Sunnah.
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By Dr. Aisha Hamdan
“Immunizations the best thing to protect your child from a variety of diseases.”
You hear this from your doctor from the media, from the brochures in the clinic, from your friends. But, did you ever stop to think twice about what it all means?
Did you ever look deeper into the issue and the other side of the story?
Well let’s read on…..
Your child is just born and one of the first things you do is call the clinic to schedule an appointment for your first “well-baby” visit. During the visit, after about 1 or 2 months, you can expect your baby to be weighed, measured, and put through excruciating pain from several shots in the leg. Your baby has just received his first immunization (or vaccination) shots and you allow it to happen without even questioning. It is just assumed that your pediatrician has your best interests in mind and that immunizations are the best thing to protect your child from a variety of diseases. You hear this from your doctor, from the media, from the brochures in the clinic, from your friends. You figure that the pain your baby has just gone through is worth the protection that he receives.
But, did you ever stop to think twice about what it all means? Did you ever look deeper into the issue and read the other side of the story? (The one that is not provided by your doctor). Did you know, for example, that immunizations may cause serious side effects in children, even as serious as death? Did you know that immunizations actually weaken the immune system and make it work less effectively and efficiently? Were you aware that immunizations contain harmful chemicals that are not indigenous to the body? Did you know that your child might still contract a disease even if he or she has been immunized against?
If you have a new baby, a young child or are considering having children in the future, these are concerns that you want to investigate and learn more about. Many parents have, and they have decided NOT to immunise their children. Let us look into this matter more closely and also consider it form an Islamic perspective. The health and well being of your child may be at stake.
Myths and Realities
Myth 1. “Vaccines are effective at protecting people from diseases”
Reality: Many studies in the medical literature have documented vaccine failure. Measles, mumps, small pox, polio and Hib outbreaks have all occurred in vaccinated populations. In 1989, for example measles outbreaks occurred in schools with vaccination levels greater than 98% (Centres for Disease Control). The World Health Organization has actually found that a person who is vaccinated for measles has a 15 times greater likelihood of contracting the disease than a person who is not. The effectiveness of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine has been reported to be around 50%. In an incident in Kansas in 1986, 90% of pertussis cases were found to have been vaccinated. In another study of rubella, 36% of adolescent females who had been vaccinated against the disease lacked evidence of immunity by blood tests. Following the introduction of the diphtheria vaccine in various countries, incidents of the disease actually increased phenomenally. In France, there was a 30% increase; in Hungary, a 55% increase; and in Geneva, Switzerland, there was a tripling of the disease. All of this occurring after the introduction of mass compulsory vaccinations in those countries. In Australia, where vaccinations are not mandatory and only about ½ of the population receives them, the rates of illness are the same for both the vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups.
What all of these facts point to (and there are many more related to this) is that vaccinations are not as effective as people are made to believe. A person who has been vaccinated has no guarantee that he will not contract the disease and chances are that if he does, it will be at a later age when the consequences are much more serious. The truth of the matter is that when immunity to disease is acquired naturally (such as through breastfeeding or through contact at a young age), the possibility of re-infection is only 3.2%. If the “immunity” comes from the artificial means of vaccinations, the chance of re-infection is 80%. In any epidemic, only a small percentage of the population actually contracts the disease, many of them being naturally immune. If a person who has been vaccinated does not contract the disease, this proves nothing. Chances are that even without the vaccination, he or she would not have gotten the disease any way.
Myth 2: “Vaccines are the main reason for declines in disease rates”
Reality: Most declines in diseases occurred before the introduction of mass immunizations. Infectious disease deaths in the United States and England declined an average of 80% prior to vaccinations. The British Association for the Advancement of Science found that childhood diseases decreased by 90% between 1850 and 1940, long before mandatory vaccination programs. European countries that refused immunizations for small pox and polio saw these epidemics end along with countries that had mandated them. Other infectious diseases continued to decline even in the absence of vaccines for them. This included declines in tuberculosis, chicken pox, scarlet fever, typhus, typhoid and plague.
So what, you may ask, were the reasons for the decrease in diseases at this point in time. Research has found that improved sanitation and hygienic practices; along with improvements in diet and other health factors were the main contributing factors in eradication many diseases. A recent report by the World Health Organization supported this fact. The report found that “disease and mortality rates in third world countries have no direct correlation with immunization procedures or medical treatment, but are closely related to the standard of diet and hygiene.” What this means is that it is not as important to be immunized as it is to eat healthily and maintain personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.
Myth 3: “Vaccines are completely safe for children.”
Reality: Vaccines are much more dangerous than we are even aware of. This is information that you will probably not receive from your doctor and if you child does have a reaction, it is unlikely that your doctor will report it. In 1986, the United States Congress created The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which acknowledges the reality of vaccine-caused injuries and death. This law requires doctors to provide parents with information about the benefits and risks of childhood vaccines prior to vaccination and also requires doctors to report vaccine reactions to federal health officials. The Food and Drug Administration, which monitors this (along with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), acknowledged that 90% of doctors do not report vaccine reactions as required by law.
More than 12,000 adverse reactions to vaccines are reported each year. If the rate of under-reporting is considered, this number should be closer to 120,000. Vaccine-related deaths occurring each year may be over 1000. The compensation portion of the Vaccine Injury Act awards up to $250,000 if a child dies from a vaccination or millions in dollars to cover lifelong medical bills, pain and suffering in the case of a brain-damaged child. By 1997, more than $802 million had been awarded for hundreds of injuries and deaths (5000 cases, 700 of which were deaths). Thousands of cases are still pending and the estimated future liability for the government exceeds $1.7 billion. A portion of the money that parents pay for vaccinations goes to this congressional fund, which basically means that you are paying insurance each time your child is vaccinated.
In many cases, vaccinations are more serious than the diseases they are meant to protect a person from. The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is probably the most dangerous. The chances of suffering a serious adverse reaction to DPT vaccines are 1 in 1750, while the chances of dying from pertussis each year are 1 in several million. A study at UCLA found that 1 in 13 children had persistent high pitched crying after the DPT shot. One in 700 had convulsions or shock, which may cause learning disabilities or brain damage. Vaccinations, in general, have been linked to disorders of the blood, brain, skin, and nervous system. This includes encephalitis (central nervous system disorder, brain damage), paralysis, nerve inflammation, diseases of the lymph glands, skin disorders, allergies, arthritis, cancer.
National and International studies have shown a link between vaccinations and SIDS (sudden Infant Death Syndrome). One study found that the peak incidence of SIDS occurred at the ages of 2 and 4 months, the time when the first routine vaccinations are given. Another study concluded that ½ of SIDS cases (2500 of 5000) are related to vaccinations. In the mid-70’s, when Japan raised their vaccinations age from 2 months to 2 years, the incidence of SIDS dropped dramatically. The disturbing fact in the United State is that coroners refuse to check the vaccination state of SIDS victims, which makes it difficult to prove many cases.
Other important truths to consider include the fact that vaccinations actually weaken the immune system rather than strengthen it. They only focus on one aspect of the immune system, which interferes with the body’s ability to initiate a “generalized response”. Only that one particular aspect of the system will function. What this means is that the vaccinations produce immune suppression which contributes to an increased susceptibility to other diseases and infections. This may explain why the rate of childhood illness has actually increased rather than decreased in this society. Vaccinations also contain additional chemicals such as formaldehyde, mercury (thimerosal), and aluminum phosphate, which are extremely toxic substances that can lead to hazardous effects. Microscopic doses may lead to cancer, neurological damage, and even death. Several of these may accumulate in the body such that the lethality increases as the number of vaccine increase.
And the story continues. This is only the tip of the iceberg and there is a larger amount of information available for those who wish to learn more (see websites listed below). It is important that parents become educated and knowledgeable about immunizations so that they can make an informed choice rather than be manipulated by the medical establishment.
It is important that parents become educated and knowledgeable about immunizations so that they can make an informed choice rather than be manipulated by the medical establishment.
An Islamic Perspective
From an Islamic perspective there are several issues that need to be considered in relation to this topic. This discussion goes much deeper than the mere physical effects of immunizations. We need to peruse the Creation of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, and its perfection, the Provisions and Sustenance provided to us by Allah, and Will of Allah as it pertains to our existence. Let us proceed.
Creation of Allah
Allah says, “We have indeed created man in the best of moulds.” (95:4). The Arabic word in this verse is taqweem, which can be translated as mold, form, nature, constitution. Although this especially refers to the spiritual nature of man, it can also mean the mental and physical structure. There is no faulty in Allah’s creation. Allah gave man the purest and best nature, and perfection and balance are evident in man’s physical, mental, and spiritual composition. Allah, subhanahu wa ta’la, says,
“O mankind! What has made you careless concerning your Lord, the Most Generous? Who created you, fashioned you, and gave you due proportion; in whatever form He willed, He put you together.” (Qur’an 82:6-8).
Focusing on the physical aspect, one need only study the systems of the body to comprehend the significance of these verses and the wonder of Allah’s creation. The human body is composed of a number of specialized systems: the digestive system, the respiratory system, the nervous system, the muscular system, the blood circulation system, the skeleton, the skin, the senses, the immune system and so forth. Each one of these system is miraculous in nature and more amazing than any scientific advancement that man can achieve. (Sayyid Qutb, In the Shade of the Qur’an). Why then is man so heedless? Why does he overlook the wonders of his own constitution? Why does he neglect the One who gave him these special gifts? “O mankind! What has made you careless concerning our Lord, the Most Generous?” Why does he think that he can improve the perfect creation of Allah and make it work more effectively?
Concerning immunizations, this is exactly what humans are attempting to do. The assumption behind them is that the body is not “perfect” enough to withstand infectious diseases; that somehow Allah did not complete his job or carry it out well enough (astaghfir Allah); that the immune system is faulty and needs correction; that a young baby, as little as 1 or 2 months old, is somehow flawed, incomplete, and in need of human intervention to survive. All of these assumptions are erroneous and reflect a skepticism that should not be present in the belief system of a Muslim. This may seem like an intense subject for what would appear to be a straight forward issue, but a deeper level of analysis is required here. One cannot doubt the verses of the Qur’an highlighted above nor expect that he can accomplish more than Allah. As Muslims we should not fall into this kind of trap. We must believe in the perfection of Allah’s creation and understand that immunizations are in no way able to improve upon it. Chances are that they will only disturb the system and introduce an imperfection, (which is already being determined by research).
Provisions of Allah
Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, not only created us in the finest form, but He also gave us the tools to maintain this form and to assist in its self-actualization. We are warned that our body and our health are gifts from Allah and that we will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment of them. The Prophet (pbuh) informed us, “Every servant of Allah will remain standing before Allah on the Day of Judgment until he has answered five questions about five things; his life – how he spent it; his knowledge – how much he acted upon it; his wealth – how he acquired it and how he spent it; and his body (and health) – how he used it.” (Muslims). The Prophet (Pbuh) also said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good.” (Bukhari)
It is incumbent upon a Muslim to take care of his body to the best of his ability and to follow what Allah has ordained in this regard. The provisions of Allah are many. A mother is instructed to nurse her child from the moment of birth. Allah says,
“Mothers shall nurse their children two complete years for whoever wishes to complete the nursing (period).” (Qur’an 2:233).
Breast milk has been found to be the most beneficial substance for a baby and contains much more than nutrients. It also provides antibodies, strengthens the immune system, and protects the child from many diseases. This is a wondrous gift that gives an already healthy baby an even healthier start in life.
Muslims are instructed to eat from the good and lawful food of the earth.
“They ask you what is lawful to them (as food): say: Lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure.” (Qur’an 5:4)
“O you people! Eat of what is on earth lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the evil one for he is to you an avowed enemy.” (Qur’an 2:168).
We now know the benefits of eating healthy and pure food and avoiding all that is harmful to our bodies. The use of honey, black seed, dates, olive oil, etc. are encouraged to prevent illness and as cures when the need arises. The type of food that we eat can affect all of our bodily systems, oftentimes in very insidious ways.
Other provisions that Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, has given us include the command to avoid alcohol and all types of drugs, which can lead to serious consequences (health-related and others). Adultery and fornication are forbidden, which can cause various types of sexually transmitted diseases. Pork and pork products, which may lead to various illnesses, are also not allowed. And so on…..
What this means in relation to immunizations is that they are really unnecessary. For one who follows the commands of Allah, the chances of having long-term health will be increased. Even if a disease is contracted, the person with a strong immune system will likely be able to combat it. This in turn, will strengthen the immune system more and give life-long immunity to that particular disease. As mentioned earlier, immunizations actually have weaken the immune system and led to all types of problems in children. Their use has even upset the epidemiology of illnesses, causing them to appear more often in adulthood when the effects are usually much more serious. It is evident from all of this that manipulation and altering Allah’s creation only leads to detrimental outcomes.
Will of Allah
We often forget that what happens in our lives comes from the Will and Power of Allah. Nothing occurs except what has been decreed by Allah. Although we do have some limited control over events, the ultimate control is with Us are its depositories, and We do not send it down except according to a known (specified) measure.” (15:21).
“Say you (o Muhammad): ‘Indeed the affairs belong wholly to Allah.’ (Qur’an 3:154)
If a child is to experience an illness, this is from the decree of Allah; and if he is to be cured from it, this is also from the decree of Allah. To rely upon humans to somehow prevent or cure the child without also trusting in Allah, is a sign of weakness in faith. Whatever good or bad happens to us we should say “Alhumdulillah” because it is from Allah and He has decreed it for some reason (either as a test or as punishment). Allah says,
“No calamity befalls, but with the leave (decision and Qadar) of Allah, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart, and Allah is the all Knower of everything.” (Qur’an 64:11).
We should rely upon Allah and ask Him to assist us in our times of need. The use of ruqya (supplication to Allah) is much more powerful than any medicine that is available because Allah is the only One Who can send the cure.
Although Islam is not contrary to medical and technological “Development”, it is important to understand that these are not always in our best interests. Many of these “advancements” have actually led to serious, detrimental outcomes. Television, for example, has been lauded as one of the major inventions of this century, but at the same time it has lead to the numbing of children’s minds, a decline in communication within families, and misguidance for many. Immunizations are touted as a miraculous form of illness prevention, when in fact they are nothing more than a moneymaking scheme for doctors and pharmaceutical companies. They have, in actuality, caused more hams than benefits and have disrupted the natural order of Allah’s Creation.
Before you take your child for; his or her next round of immunizations consider this important information and research the topic further. It is in the best interests of your child to do so. Look to Allah’s guidance (the Qur’an and Sunnah) for assistance in all matters, including physical health. If we follow Allah’s plan in creation and submit to His commands, there should be no need for artificial interventions. Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, ha provided us with bounties beyond our imagination and they are readily and naturally available to us. We only need to make use of them.
The Shocking Facts:
By the time a child enters first grade, he or she will have received as many as 10 different vaccines for a total of 19 shots. 98% of children living in the United State receive the recommended shots
- The numbers of vaccines has doubled in the last decade
- New vaccines are coming out on a more regular basis
- The United Nations has committed $150 million to develop a “Super Vaccine” to provide immunity against 30 childhood diseases in a single shot.
In 1950, before mass immunizations began, the United States had the third lowest infant mortality rate in the world. By 1995, it dropped to 23rd place and is world renowned for its appalling infant mortality rate.
Think twice Global Vaccine Institute.
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Dispelling Vaccination Myths
Vaccine and Immunization Information Links.
National Vaccine Information Center
Global Vaccine Awareness League
Vaccines: The Truth Revealed
The article on Immunisation indicates the repugnant and revolting methods of the western medicine world. Instead of being a curer of disease, the western medical system is a creator of disease on an alarming scale.
Its system of immunisation is in fact, one of the most dreadful medical hoaxes and conspiracies ever engineered in the annals of human history.
Minds have truly become perverted when they accept that pus, rotten animal blood, faeces and the like are fit remedies for humanity. Imaan entertains a natural aversion for everything filthy and contaminated. Najasat is the very antithesis of the Taharat and Nazaafat (Purity and Cleanliness) which the Deen has ordained for Mu’mineen. It is only logical and necessary for the Mu’min to discern in this filthy and disease-causing system of immunisation the work and sinister machinations of shaitaan who has employed the western medical establishment to enmesh mankind in one of his most thorough and most destructive plots.
When Allah Azza Wa Jal has categorically announced that this Ummah’s medicine and treatment are not linked with filth poison and haraam, then it does not behove Muslim doctors to adopt the evil and contaminated ways of the kuffaar medical establishment. They have an Islamic duty on their shoulders to distance themselves from all pure and harmful ‘remedies’ of the medical profession which they have acquired. Some concerned Non-Muslim medical personnel have exposed the fraud of some of the practices of western medicine. Their investigations have laid bare the calamities of immunisation They have exposed the myth of immunisation Far from it being the saviour it has been portrayed to be, it in reality is one of the most dreadful frauds ever perpetrated on such a massive and organised scale.
While Muslims in this modern age are adept in the art of emulating all the harmful and haraam practices of the kuffaar, they do not demonstrate equal enthusiasm for the positive aspects which some among the kuffaar now and again present.
The case against immunisation is not based on any prejudice or on any attitude of religious fanaticism as some or many among the medical fraternity would like the public to believe. The charge against this evil practice is raised on sound medical proofs which the result of investigation and research by members of the medical fraternity itself.
It now devolves on Muslim medical doctors to pursue these investigations to further expose and explode this horrible myth. By so doing, they will become the benefactors, not only of Muslims, but of entire mankind at large.