Here are just a few things that Islam has told us to do, which are 1500 years later being proven by Science!
- Drinking while sitting, and not gulping:
2. Taking off shoes in the house:
3. Health benefits of fasting:
A couple of articles on the scientifically proven benefits…
Here’s a good clip for kids:
4. The importance of dates at delivery:
5. Giving dates to newborns:
Check out below, on the sunnah of giving dates to newborn babies, and the recently revealed scientific information to back it up.
From Derya Kucukali:
“Over 1400 years ago, when a child was born, the Prophet (PBUH) made it his sunnah to take a small part of a date and place it in his mouth. He would then chew it until it was soft and then rub it onto the palate of the new born baby. This is called Tahneek.
Today, BBC News has reported that “experts” have said – “A dose of sugar given as a gel rubbed into the inside of the cheek is a cheap and effective way to protect premature babies against brain damage”
This is why Muslims follow the sunnah of the messenger without questioning it. Science is only now discovering a tradition that was introduced 1400 years ago because Islam was and still is the forefront of development.”
Link to the article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24224206
Here is of increasing evidence for the importance of not only breastfeeding, but for longer…
Allāh (SwT) mentions in Surat al-Baqarah, Verse 233: “Mothers shall suckle their children for two full years, – that for such as desire to complete the suckling.”
And the Prophet has said: “For a child, there is no milk better than the milk of the mother.”
This is of course, only if the mother is able to! If an intention and desire to do so was there, but for whatever reason it was not possible – am sure the niyyat will go a long way. Allah is Al-Alim (The All-Knowing) and Al-Qadir (The All-Powerful) after all. 🙂
And here’s another article on this subject: http://www.thestranger.com/features/feature/2015/08/26/22755273/the-more-i-learn-about-breast-milk-the-more-amazed-i-am
Ooh and this is amazing! http://mom.me/blog/24116-coolest-breast-milk-fact-youve-ever-heard/
On a sidenote, check this out: https://themuslimvibe.com/faith-islam/the-parallels-between-praying-and-breastfeeding
7. Using a miswak to brush, which the Prophet showed us back then but which is coming into age in the Western world now:
8. Sitting while going to the toilet (for men!):
9. And here’s a whole bunch more:
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): 9 Healthy Habits That Science Later Proved –
“Early Riser: Prophet Muhammad slept early and woke up with the Adhan of Fajr each day. Being an early riser has scientifically been correlated with better productivity, as well as better mental health in general. So, waking up early may be hard but with baby steps, even if it’s just waking up 15 minutes earlier to start with, you can begin improving your quality of life.
Eating Less: The practice of eating less to prevent sickness and disease was emphasized by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and now backed heavily by science much later. The Islamic concept ‘1/3 for your food, 1/3 for your liquids, and 1/3 for your breath’ matches very closely to the Japanese ‘hara hachi bu’ concept, which means eat until you are only 80% full. Read more about the health benefits of the ‘hara hachi bu’ practice here.
Eating Slowly: We now know that it takes our body 20 minutes to send signals to our brain that it is full. Slow eating will help you eat less food and improve your digestion, and it is a practice Muhammad (PBUH) did himself and strongly advocated. Read more about slow, mindful eating here.
Mindful Eating: ‘Eat together and not separately, for the blessing is associated with the company’. The prophet stressed this, and today sharing and enjoying food has been proven to reduce stress, improve family and romantic relationships, and build healthy eating habits within children.
Water: ‘Do not drink water in one breath, but drink it in two or three breaths’, is the manner by which Muhammad (PBUH) drank water. Science today proves that when a person drinks too much water in a short period of time they can experience headaches, imbalance in blood electrolyte levels and sometimes dizziness too. Drinking slowly helps you actually absorb the fluid and get the most benefit out of it.
Pomegranates: Pomegranates are thought to have been the prophet’s favorite fruit, and modern scientific research has proven pomegranates to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They contain manganese, which helps in the formation of bone structures during the metabolic process, and potassium, which aids in maintaining cellular function and keeps a balance in fluid levels. They are also potent in flavonoids and polyphenols, antioxidants which protect our bodies against heart disease.
Fasting: Recent evidence is showing that not just the food we eat, but our eating timings and patterns also have a profound impact on our health. Fasting was a regular practice of Muhammad’s (PBUH) life, not just during Ramadan. He would fast until Maghrib every Monday and Thursday, and also on the 13th, 14th and 15th of each month. This is similar to the intermittent fasting practice, which has been proven to balance hormone levels, prevent oxidative stress, and reduce overall inflammation. When you think about it, the less food you put into your body the less it focuses on digestion and the more it can focus on healing itself from certain ailments!
Dates: Dates are the perfect foods to break your fast as they stabilize your blood sugar levels, rebalance blood electrolyte levels, and help kick start your digestive system in preparation for food. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also recommended dates to be eaten in the lead up to childbirth. Dates are now proven to boost oxytocin production in your body and speed up labor.
Staying Active: Fulfilling three of the five pillars of Islam requires that Muslims be of sound health and fitness; prayer in itself is a form of exercise that requires movement of your body’s muscles and joints. Good health is also necessary if you intend to fast or participate in Hajj. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) strongly encouraged physical exercise and told parents to encourage physical activity in their children too by ‘teaching them swimming, horse riding, and archery’.”
9. And how about life on other planets?!
“Perhaps you think God has not created a humanity other than you. No! I swear to God that He has created thousands upon thousands of mankinds and you are the last among them.…
Like this world there are 70,000 other planets with each of their people believing they are alone in the universe.
I cannot say that there are human beings in other worlds, but I can say that there are living beings, whom we cannot see because of the great distance between us.”
Imam Jafar Al Sadiq (A.S) Circa 750 CE
“A Muslim organization called “Who is Hussain?” donated 30,000 bottles of water to the Red Cross in Flint, Michigan, on Sunday to help alleviate the water contamination crisis that has gripped the city for months. The donation drive came on the heels of President Obama’s declaration of the situation as a federal state of emergency.
Who is Hussain? collected the water after a local campaign collected donations of cases of water bottles and online donations netted funds to purchase additional water.”
I just LOVE this clip which describes the beauty and hidden depth of wudhu – one to help your older children understand why we do wudhu!
Hope everyone had a lovely Eid inshallah! I thought I would share some of the gifts that we got that were so thoughtful!
There is something very special when someone puts in the extra effort for a gift. In fact, Islam places a lot of significance on gifts… the Prophet (SAW) has said: “Exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love to one another.”
Near the end of Ramadhan, I received an e-mail from Zakira Ummulbanin Merali (QFatima) and with her kind permission, thought I would share it with you all, before sharing some thoughtful gift ideas for this year.
‘Gift giving is more than just the thought. It’s the thought, the gift, the intention – the whole package. The best gifts are ones that directly think of the recipient. Gifts shouldn’t be given out of obligation but from the heart especially for those you love.
The greatest gifts are those that leave an indelible mark on the soul – They require a thought process – I call it emotional intelligence.
BUT… What do you give? The traditional ‘plate’ of sweetmeats is safe… But then is it just an easy option? Is it healthy?
Do you put thought into each person you give a gift to or do you just give cash?
What do you do with those unwanted presents? Do you recycle them? Is it rude?
Do you cherish gifts? What about the handmade gift made by a child?
These are some of my favourites from children from whom I learn and whose memories I will take to my grave:
1. A note from a 7 year old which says “I could not decide what to get you for Eid – I wanted it to be different but I couldn’t find anything. Then I read 100x ‘Ilahiy kayfa ad’uka…”
2. A notebook with a note on the inside front “There is not a single qunoot in which I don’t pray for your long life and happiness…”
3. A framed picture of the aya of Qur’an ‘ Rabb build for me a house with You in Janna…”
4. A carefully painted picture of a street in Janna with the childs house and an arrow to the house next door saying – Ummi Aunty’s house…”
So here’s a suggestion: Let’s take this opportunity to do something for each other this Eid……. Make a list of all those who have touched your heart and on Eid night which is an awesome night, you could pray Salatul Layl (Namaz Shab) and remember each person by name in Salatul Witr). I cannot think of a better Eid gift…’
So here’s one to start this series off! Check out this awesome gift 🙂 All it is is two bottles of water and a small pot of honey, but they are oh-so-special…
Along with the honey is a little note about what the Prophet has said about the benefits of honey, the larger bottle of water has been lovingly recited Jawshane-Kabeer on with an explanation about this powerful dua, and the other bottle has the benefits of Sura Al-Hamd on it…
Doesn’t get more meaningful and personal than this!
Idea No 6: Remind them about the Importance of Water during these 10 Days (sent in by a mum!)
One way to do that is to stick up a note in the kitchen as a reminder to think of Imam Husayn (as)!
Or for older children, you can stick up the Dua When Drinking Water (or even stick it on their water bottles):
S’ALAWAATULLAAHI A’LAL HUSAYNI WA AHLI BAYTIHEE WA AS’H’AABIHEE WA LA’-NATULLAHI A’LAA QATALATIHEE WA A’-DAA-IHEE
Blessing of Allah be on Husayn, his family and his friends; may Allah curse those who killed him and opposed him.
Why not make it into a craft activity? Check out:http://www.madressa.net/arts-and-crafts/islamic-months/muharram/718-dua-for-drinking-water