Smoothies for Suhoor (with Dates)

 

Smoothies for Suhoor (with Dates)

1. Best dates to use for smoothies are Medjool, de pitted and sliced
2. Soak dates in milk/water for few hours before use
3. Substitute yogurt and milk interchangeably if desired.
4. Skim milk/ Low fat blends better
5. Add oat bran, almonds, flaxseeds(linseed) etc for a healthier and energising kick
6. Freezing the fruit before blending will provide a creamier texture

Vanilla-Date Breakfast Smoothie
• 1 cup yogurt
• 1 cup milk
• 4-7 dates soaked in the milk overnight
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups ice cubes- optional
Blend. 2-3 Glasses

Simple Banana Oat bran smoothie
• 1 ½ cup milk,
• 1 Tb oat bran,
• 1 Banana,
• 4 dates soaked in the milk overnight
• Vanilla to taste – optional
Blend. 2 Glasses

Banana – Date Smoothie
• 250 ml plain yogurt
• 120 ml milk,
• 120 ml dates, fresh, pitted and chopped and soaked overnight in the Milk
• 2 bananas, sliced
• 8 ice cubes – optional
Blend. 2 -3 glasses

Strawberry Smoothie with Dates
• ½ cup strawberries
• ¼ cup almonds, soaked
• 3 dates, pitted and soaked
• 1 cup Water or Milk
Blend, 2 Glasses

Spiced Banana Date Smoothie
• 1 cup Milk
• 4 Medjool or other dates, pitted, chopped and soaked overnight in the milk
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/8 teaspoon ginger
• 1/8 teaspoon cloves
• 1/8 teaspoon Chile Powder*
• 1/16 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper*
• 3/4 cup sliced ripe banana
• 3/4 cup Ice – Optional
Blend. 2 Glasses

Dates Cornflakes Smoothie Recipe
• Milk – 1 cup
• Dates – 4 soaked overnight in milk
• Cornflakes – 2 tbsp
• Honey – 1 tsp (optional)
• Crushed ice – from a cube
Blend. 2 cups
Sum Interesting smoothie recipes

Common mistakes in Ramadhan:

1. Drinking “vimto” on a daily basis

– Why: It contains high amounts of sugar, additives and colarants
– Solution: If you have to, drink it twice a week maximum

2. Drinking large amounts of water at iftaar time

– Why: Filling the stomach with water is more strenuous to it than with food.
– Solution: have a few sips at iftaar then a glass after every two hours.

3. Exercising directly after iftaar.

– Why: the body’s blood flow is concentrated around the stomach at that time.
– Solution: Exercise after two hours of eating to ease digestion.

4. Chewing and swallowing food fast.

– Why: chewing food slowly can speed up digestion and help maintain your weight

5. Having dessert directly after iftaar

– Why: they make you drowsy and sleepy
– Solution: leave at least a two hour gap between iftaar and dessert to stay fresh and awake for ishaa and taraweeh prayers

6. Consuming foods with high amounts of sodium

– Why: Sodium triggers thirst through out the fasting hours of the day
– Solution: instead, eat foods that are high in potassium, they retain water and supress your thirst.

# Bananas are high in potassium. A banana at Suhoor time can control your thirst level through out the day.

# Best sources of potassium for Suhoor time:
– bananas
– milk
– dates
– avocados
– dried peaches
– pistachios
– pumpkin
– peas
– dark chocolate

# Worst choices for Suhoor:
– biriani
– kebab
– pizza
– fast food in general
– cheese

# Best choices for Suhoor:
– potato
– rice
– dates
– whole grain bread
– banana

# Drinking lots of water at suhoor is important, but not as much as drinking it through out your non-fasting hours.

# Drink a glass of water every two hours from iftaar time till imsaak

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Tips on Raising a Fearless Child

 

Tips
on Raising
a Fearless Child

From As-Sunnah Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Every child has a varying amount of fear; some are normal fears of childhood while others are not. Some amount of fear in a child is understandable and healthy, like fearing the fire for it burns. Child Psychology experts say that a child in his early years may show signs of fear when hearing a sudden noise or something falling. In general, girls show more fear than boys, and the intensity of the fear may vary according to the intensity of the child’s imagination; the more imaginative the child is, the more fearful he may be. However, the child may develop fear of harmless things, like darkness, water, stairs and gathering with other people. These fears can result from a number of factors;

(a) The mother scaring the child with ideas of ghosts, shadows or strange creatures.

(b) Relating stories or fairy tales that have evil and imaginative characters in them.

(c) Raising the child in isolation and keeping him secluded – away from people.

(d) Children are imitators of their parents and pick up phobia from their parents, therefore presenting a good example before the children plays a major role in training them.

In order to avoid such fears, the parents should:
(a) Always train the child to believe in Allah, worship Him and turn to Him in all situations of fear and anxiety.

(b) Do not scare him with imaginative characters, ghosts and animals. Always remember the Hadeeth of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam): “The strong believer is better and is more loved by Allah than the weak believer.” [Saheeh Muslim (2664)]

(c) Give the child responsibilities and allow him to work it out himself. Also, allow him to meet and mix with other people and get to know them.

(d) Instill courage and bravery in the child by relating to him true stories of our pious-predecessors.

(e) As psychologists recommend, give the child an opportunity to get to know the thing that he is frightened of, for example, if he is afraid of water, allow him to play with little water in a bowl, if the child fears the dark; the parent may allow him to play with the light-switch, turning it off and on…

Fear of Dark: Generally children shows fear when the parents separate their bed. Parents need to recognize the fact that the room looks totally different to the child when the lights are out. So, you may…

(i) Use a night light, but experiment with its placement to be sure that it does not create frightening shadows.

(ii) After the light has been turned out. Stay in the room for a few minutes and talk about how different things look. A curtain blowing in the breeze looks very different at night than it does during the daytime.

(iii) Leave the door to the child’s room slightly open and tell him that you will not be far away.

(iv) If the child awakens in the middle of the night, he should not be invited into your bed else he may develop a habit that is difficult to break!! Instead, comfort him in his own room and tell him that you are proud of him for being grown up enough to sleep in a room by himself.

Doing exercise in a gym where there is music

 

What is the ruling on exercising in a gym where there is music? Please note that I have advised those who are in charge but they did not act upon my advice. Now I have started to use an mp3 player whilst I am exercising.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

It is not permissible to listen to music, whether in a gym or elsewhere, because of a great deal of evidence which states that it is haraam to listen to musical instruments. See the answer to question no. 5000.

Secondly:

The fact that there is music in the gym is an evil which must be denounced. It is not sufficient just to put on earphones to block the sound or distract oneself by listening to something permissible. Rather if denouncing it verbally does not work, there remains the option of denouncing it in one’s heart, which can only be achieved by going away from the evil and leaving the place where it is happening, so long as one is able to do that.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action, then let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.”

Narrated by Muslim (49).

The fact that it is obligatory to leave the place where evil is being committed is also indicated by the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Qur’aan) that when you hear the Verses of Allaah being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them. Surely, Allaah will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell”

[al-Nisa’ 4:140]

al-Qurtubi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The words of Allaah, “then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that” mean, something other than kufr (disbelief). “(But if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them” – this indicates that it is obligatory to avoid people of sin if they are openly committing evil, because the one who does not avoid them is approving of their deeds, and approving of kufr is also kufr. Allaah says “(but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them”, so everyone who sits in a gathering where sin is committed and does not denounce them will share the burden of sin with them.

They should be denounced if they speak of sin or commit sin; if one cannot denounce them then he should leave them so that he will not be one of those mentioned in this verse.

It was narrated that ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez caught some people who were drinking alcohol, and it was said to him that one of the people present was fasting. He had the punishment carried out on him too, and he recited this verse: “(but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them”, i.e., approval of sin is also a sin. End quote.

Al-Jassaas said in Ahkaam al-Qur’aan (2/407): This verse indicates that it is obligatory to denounce evil to the one who does it, and part of denouncing it is showing one’s dislike of it if it is not possible to remove it, and not sitting with the one who does it, and leaving him until he stops it and does something else. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Denouncing in one’s heart is obligatory for everyone, which means hating the evil and leaving the people if one is unable to change it with one’s words or actions, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And when you (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) see those who engage in a false conversation about Our Verses (of the Qur’aan) by mocking at them, stay away from them till they turn to another topic. And if Shaytaan (Satan) causes you to forget, then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers)”

[al-An’aam 6:68]

End quote from al-Durar al-Saniyyah fi’l-Ajwabah al-Najdiyyah (16/142).

To sum up, you must denounce this evil and advise those who are in charge of this gym. If they respond, then praise be to Allaah, and if they do not respond then look for another gym, and do not share in the sin.

And Allaah knows best.

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Alcohol kills more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence

 

GENEVA (Reuters) – Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.

Rising incomes have triggered more drinking in heavily populated countries in Africa and Asia, including India and South Africa, and binge drinking is a problem in many developed countries, the United Nations agency said.

Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most governments despite drinking’s heavy toll on society from road accidents, violence, disease, child neglect and job absenteeism, it said.

Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, the WHO said in its “Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health.”

“The harmful use of alcohol is especially fatal for younger age groups and alcohol is the world’s leading risk factor for death among males aged 15-59,” the report found.

In Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), every fifth death is due to harmful drinking, the highest rate.

Binge drinking, which often leads to risky behavior, is now prevalent in Brazil, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine, and rising elsewhere, according to the WHO.

“Worldwide, about 11 percent of drinkers have weekly heavy episodic drinking occasions, with men outnumbering women by four to one. Men consistently engage in hazardous drinking at much higher levels than women in all regions,” the report said.

Health ministers from the WHO’s 193 member states agreed last May to try to curb binge drinking and other growing forms of excessive alcohol use through higher taxes on alcoholic drinks and tighter marketing restrictions.

DISEASE AND INJURY

Alcohol is a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries, according to WHO’s first report on alcohol since 2004.

Its consumption has been linked to cirrhosis of the liver, epilepsy, poisonings, road traffic accidents, violence, and several types of cancer, including cancers of the colorectum, breast, larynx and liver.

“Six or seven years ago we didn’t have strong evidence of a causal relationship between drinking and breast cancer. Now we do,” Vladimir Poznyak, head of WHO’s substance abuse unit who coordinated the report, told Reuters.

Alcohol consumption rates vary greatly, from high levels in developed countries, to the lowest in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and southern Asia, whose large Muslim populations often abstain from drinking.

Homemade or illegally produced alcohol — falling outside governmental controls and tax nets — accounts for nearly 30 percent of total worldwide adult consumption. Some is toxic.

In France and other European countries with high levels of adult per capita consumption, heavy episodic drinking is rather low, suggesting more regular but moderate drinking patterns.

Light to moderate drinking can have a beneficial impact on heart disease and stroke, according to the WHO. “However, the beneficial cardio-protective effect of drinking disappears with heavy drinking occasions,” it said.

One of the most effective ways to curb drinking, especially among young people, is to raise taxes, the report said. Setting age limits for buying and consuming alcohol, and regulating alcohol levels in drivers, also reduce abuse if enforced.

Some countries restrict marketing of alcoholic beverages or on the industry’s sponsorship of sporting events.

“Yet not enough countries use these and other effective policy options to prevent death, disease and injury attributable to alcohol consumption,” the WHO said.

Alcohol producers including Diageo and Anheuser Busch InBev have said they recognize the importance of industry self-regulation to address alcohol abuse and promote curbs on drunk drinking and illegal underage drinking.

But the brewer SABMiller has warned that policy measures like minimum pricing and high excise taxes on alcohol could cause more public health harm than good by leading more people to drink homemade or illegally produced alcohol.

(Editing by Laura MacInnis and Paul Casciato)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110211/hl_nm/us_alcohol

 

A brother aptly put it:

I was driving and noticed a large billboard that said it worse

that alcohol kills more teens than illegal drugs, shootings, suicides, accidents, etc COMBINED

and they wont make it illegal because its their rights, but they will give you a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt

does government really care about the health of its citizenry? or just what is convenient for corporate profits and municipality coffers?

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