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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"Alhamdulillah" : Health Benefits of Saying "Alhumdulillah"

There are many examples in the Qur'an and Hadith of the virtues of a positive mental attitude, perseverance and optimism in the face of adversity. However, did you know that patience and a positive outlook on life are two of the greatest healing tools that you can use?
The Qur'an (2:155) says, "Give glad tidings to those who exercise patience when struck with adversity and say, 'Indeed, we belong to Allah,(our one and only god), and to Him is our return.' Such ones receive [the] blessings and mercy of their Lord, and such are the guided ones." According to the findings of modern science, it appears that this mercy may often come in the form of improved health.
Bernard Jensen says, in his book The Science and Practice of Iridology, "The doctor of the new day will recognize that a man's most important workshop is not the physical body, but the mind that controls it." Dr. Ted M. Morter confirms this in his book, Your Health... Your Choice, when he says that "negative thoughts are the number one acid producer in the body (and high body acidity levels are a major cause of disease) because your body reacts to negative mental and emotional stress brought about by thought the same way it reacts to 'real' threats of physical harm."
In fact, hospital studies show that, of all the patients who consult outpatient clinical facilities in the United States, an astounding seventy percent are found to have no organic basis for their complaint. That figure is amazingly high. However, although medically these patients are not found to have an obvious organic source for their complaints, there actually is a physical basis for this phenomenon. Since Freud popularized the idea of psychoanalysis, people have often focused exclusively on the mental realm to solve certain problems, forgetting that we cannot separate the physical and mental realms. The mind is in the brain, and the brain is an organ. Like all other organs, it feeds from the same pool of nutrients that other body organs feed from and is susceptible to all of the same problems. Ultimately, the brain is just a part of our body like all of the other parts and is completely dependent on the body. It requires sugar to develop energy unlike other tissues that can develop it from potassium and fats. Consequently, it is the first organ to suffer from low blood sugar and it reacts most severely. Freud himself said that psychoanalysis was not suitable for treating diseases such as schizophrenia, and he postulated that their causes eventually would be found to be biochemical.
If we keep in mind that the brain is an organ and that it works in harmony with the other organs and feeds from the same bloodstream, we can understand how various mental events can affect us physically. For example, simply using our brains to think and study burns up nutrients in our system, particularly phosphorus. Heavily exercising the brain can cause us to suffer from a phosphorus deficiency. And we find that the reverse is also true in this relationship. People who have high intellectual capacity usually have high levels of phosphorus in their system.
There is much wisdom in the Prophet's (peace & blessings be upon him) statement (narrated by Abu Huraira), "The strong [person] is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong [person] is the one who controls himself while in anger." In fact, staying patient and calm is key to physical strength.
Phosphorus is not the only nutrient that can be depleted by mental stress and a lack of spiritual calm. If the thyroid gland, the primary organ to handle our emotions, works overtime, we can suffer from a deficiency in iodine. Stress from a demanding job, a divorce or relocating can cause a loss of potassium and sodium in the body because it effects the adrenal glands creating more of a need for these minerals.
Even hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can be caused by excitement. The prophet (SAW) recommended our taking the more moderate path in life; however, we often engage in or expose ourselves to intense excitement by yelling, excessively watching television, and going to the mall, movies, parties, amusement parks, etc. When we see something exciting, our adrenal cortex is stimulated and there is an increase in our blood sugar. This, in turn, stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin into the blood to lower the sugar level, causing us to then feel tired or weak.
It produces calm and health to practice saying, "Alhumdulillah" for what we have and for what we are faced with. We should try to keep our home and work environments peaceful and as free from stress as possible. One way we can counteract the effects of stress are to simply be aware of the stress we are encountering, and to consume sufficient nutrients and supplements such as herbs.
For instance, if a person is up late praying or reading Qur'an during Ramadan, they can eat phosphorus rich foods and those that will help them maintain their phosphorus intake. If a person is moving, traveling or making Hajj or Umra, they may want to increase their intake of foods high in potassium and sodium as well as vitamin B complex.
If we completely ignore the relationship between mental and physical health, we are missing an important detail in the picture of personal health. And, as in most health problems, practicing prevention is superior to finding a cure. Therefore, the best manner to avoid having negative attitudes and emotions control our bodies is simply to practice the wisdoms that we have been given throughout the Qur'an and Hadith. We should say, "Alhumdullilah" for what we have; "Insha'Allah" for what we intend; and, "Subhana' Allah" when we see something exciting or amazing. We should remember to say, Astaghfir'Allah" when we lose our tempers or become weak, and most importantly, "Allahu Akbar" when we are faced with the challenges of life. These five phrases, said regularly, are like taking a multi-vitamin for holistic health.
Courtesy: KarimaBurns

Du'a  at first sight of Kaa'ba
 Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammed and upon all his Family and Companions.

It is likable to supplicate Allah asking goodness of this world and the Hereafter at the time of looking at Ka'bah. One may also raise his hands for making Du'a. There is no sound Hadith proves any special Du'a at this place. So, one should ask Allah for goodness in this life and in the next life, the most important is forgiveness and safety in both lives. A Muslim should memorize the Prophetic supplications that contain all kinds of virtues to supplicate with them in such excellent places. For example, one may make this Du'a
اللهم إني أسألك العفو والعافية ('O Allah, I ask you for pardon and well-being'). Imam Ibn Majah reported from Anas that a person came to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) and said, "O Messenger of Allah! Which Du'a is more excellent?' The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: 'Ask your Lord for pardon and well-being in this life and the next'. He came to him another day and asked the same question. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) answered the same. He came to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) third day and asked him the same. The answer was the same and then the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "if you have been granted the well-being in this world and Hereafter as well, you will be successful" . [The Hadith is Hasan].
It is reported in Sahih Muslim that if someone would embrace Islam the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) would teach him the prayer and then order him to supplicate with these words "
اللهم اغفرلي وارحمني واهدني وعافني وارزقني" ('O Allah! Forgive me, have Mercy upon me, guide me, provide me well being and grant me sustenance" . [Sahih Muslim]
Know that there is no sound Hadith proving that supplications are responded at the time of sighting al-Ka'bah. The Hadith saying so are weak. Even though, such places are most likely to be where supplications are answered. So, one should supplicate Allah as much as possible and should insist on asking Allah, believing that He will respond and He is All-Hearer and Ever-Near. 

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Then, on that day, ye will be asked concerning pleasure.

--The Glorious Quran; 102; Rivalry in Worldly increase; 8.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

We (Allah) shall show them Our portents on the horizons and within 

themselves until it will be manifest unto them that it is the Truth.  Doth not 

thy Lord suffice, since He is Witness over all things?

--The Glorious Quran; 41; Fusilat ( explained in detail); 53.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Have ye observed the water which ye drink?

Is it ye who shed it from the raincloud, or are We (Allah) the Shedder?

If We (Allah) willed We (Allah) verily could make it bitter.  Why then, give ye not thanks?

--The Glorious Quran; 56; the event; 68 to 70.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Allah it is Who hath made the sea of service unto you that the ships may run thereon by His command, and that ye may seek from His bounty, and that haply ye may be thankful;

--The Glorious Quran; 45; the crouching; 12.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Which is it, of the favours of your Lord (Allah), that ye deny?

--The Glorious Quran; 55; The Beneficent; 13.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Lo! those who believe and do works, the Beneficent will appoint for them love.

--The Glorious Quran; 19; Mary; 96. 

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Lo!  Allah graspeth the heavens and the earth that they deviate not, and if they were to deviate there is not one that could grasp them after Him (Allah).  Lo!  He (Allah) is ever Clement, Forgiving.

--The Glorious Quran; 35; the angels; 41.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

And in the heaven is your providence and that which ye are promised;

--The Glorious Quran; 51; the winnowing winds; 22.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

When ye sought help of your Lord (Allah) and He answered you (saying): I will help you (Mohammed) with a thousand of the angels, rank on rank.

--The Glorious Quran; 8; spoils of war; 9.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Allah would explain to you and guide you by the examples of those who were before you and would turn to you in mercy.  Allah is Knower, Wise.

--The Glorious Quran; 4; women; 26.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

(And it will be said unto him): Read thy book.  Thy soul sufficeth as reckoner against thee this day.

--The Glorious Quran; 17; the children of Israel; 14.

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

And Allah hath caused you to grow as a growth from the earth,

--The Glorious Quran; 71; Noah; 17.