Halal Fun During COVID-19

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Salam everyone! I hope that you are doing well and staying healthy, in sha Allah!

I would like to encourage everyone to do their part and stay home at this time to help the world resolve this virus, in sha Allah. If we each do our part and stay home then we can slow the spread of this deadly disease, in sha Allah.

The Prophet (ﷺ) is reported to have said, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.”

This doesn’t mean we have to be bored! Here are some fun halal ideas to do while you are staying at home during Covid-19.

~Read an accurate book on Islamic knowledge and learn something new!

~Read the Quran.

~Watch an interesting documentary on Hulu or Netflix and learn something interesting.

~Watch funny youtube videos with your spouse or siblings.

~Try a new recipe with ingredients you already have on hand with supercook.com 

~Order some fun snacks to be delivered online with halalsnackbox.com

~Play board games with your family members.

~Play with, brush, and pet your cat if you have one!

~Play hide and seek.

~Read scary stories to each other while eating halal snacks.

~Listen to lectures on Islam (you can find many on youtube but be sure they are from qualified scholars).

~Plan your dream family vacation for when Covid-19 is over, in sha Allah!

~And there’s so much more! Be creative. 🙂

I would recommend ordering black seeds online and using them daily to, in sha Allah, help you and your family stay healthy during this time. (With Dr.’s permission, of course!)

Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) was reported to have said:  “Use this Black Seed regularly, because it is a cure for every disease, except death.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Stay healthy, in sha Allah!

 

Do the Five!

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Wishing you and your family health during these difficult times!

Google is currently running a PSA (public service announcement) through the WSO (World Health Organization) called Do the Five.

The steps you can take:Image result for do the five

DO THE FIVE
Help stop coronavirus
1 HANDS Wash them often
2 ELBOW Cough into it
3 FACE Don’t touch it
4 SPACE Keep safe distance
5 HOME Stay if you can
Credit for the image and steps belongs to Google and the WHO.

Staying Safe During the Coronavirus

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As Muslims we believe, ‘The reality of faith is knowing that what has passed you by was not going to befall you; and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by.’ (Tabarani) If we are meant to be sick, no matter the precautions we take, we will get sick. If we are not meant to be sick, no matter what we do, we will not become sick.

However, we also have a responsibility to do what we can to prevent illnesses and keep ourselves healthy. We believe, “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment.” So it is our job to find the cures, or ways to avoid the diseases, and take the proper actions.

First of all, it is very important that we avoid traveling to areas that the outbreak is known to have occurred. It is also important to avoid leaving areas that are affected. “If you hear that it (the plague) is in a land, do not go there, and if it breaks out in a land where you are, do not leave, fleeing from it.” This is clearly a great way to protect us from spreading the disease to others and to help us avoid contracting it.

We should also make use of black seeds and/or black seed oil (under the guidance of our doctor) because it can help us overcome many illnesses.

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If you are sick then please opt to work from home for the sake of those around you. Also, it would be wise to avoid traveling at this time and to focus on staying at home as much as possible. Only leave your home for the necessities (such as food) and wear a face mask if you must leave the house when you are ill. You may be able to order them online if they are not in stock where you live.

If you must sneeze then sneeze into your elbow or away from the direction of others as best as you can. Make sure to eat healthy foods and stay hydrated with purified water.

Most of all remember to make dua that Allah protects you and your loved ones from contracting the virus.

Also, please follow the rules set in place by the leaders who are in charge of where you live. As long as they are not haram rules!

Remember that this virus is, generally, most deadly to the young and those above around 70 years old but it can still hurt anyone. So please take every precaution especially if you fall in the older or young age groups.

Stay safe! Please share this article with those who you believe may benefit.

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The Importance of Fitness and Eating Properly (Intuitive Eating)

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Fitness is important for people of all faiths, ethnicities, genders, etc. Our bodies are an Amanah (a trust) on loan to us during our lifetimes that will one day be taken away from us just like everything else that we love and cherish in this life.

It is our responsibility to take great care of the things that we are entrusted with and our bodies are no different. This means feeding ourselves when we are hungry and stopping when we are satisfied (not full!). This also means doing our best to nourish our bodies with healthy foods and avoid excess in all things (too much or too little). This balance can be achieved through intuitive eating and focusing on your body’s natural hunger signals. Do not put food to your lips if you are not hungry for it, stop eating the moment you are satisfied (not full!) and wait to eat again until you feel hungry. Only eat the foods that you enjoy and do not eat foods you dislike. This will help eliminate excessive eating that is also unnecessary.

We also must take care to avoid being completely sedentary. Move, in a form that is best for you, every day in some way for at least 30 minutes. This could be walking, seated exercises if you cannot walk, bodyweight exercises, swimming (with proper hijab of course!), weight training, etc. Find what works best for you and talk to your doctor to confirm that it is safe for you.

If you take action on these steps you will, in sha Allah, be working towards improving your health, possibly your weight as well, and taking care of the body that you were given as a loan and trust instead of abusing it.

Jazak Allah Khayr for reading!

How to make a Dua List

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Dua is known by many as “the weapon of the believer”. Dua is also called supplication. It is the act of asking our Creator for the things we want and need in this life and the next.

We cannot have anything in this life or the next without Allah willing it. The only way to change destiny is through dua so it is important to make a lot of it for all of our needs and wants and to do so as consistently as possible.

First, take out a piece of paper or a notepad/Wordpad document on your computer and just write down everything you can think of that you want and need in this life and the next. Don’t stop until you can’t come up with any more ideas. From there think of a time that you can make these dua. If the list is very long divide them up into equal portions and make dua at different times for each portion.

For example, let’s say you have 50 dua. Try to make the list into 5 sets of 10 and perhaps make 10 of those dua after each obligatory prayer. This way it is not overwhelming and you are consistent in making each of your dua.

It is important that you make these dua as much as possible and with the full certainty that they will, eventually, be answered in sha Allah. This is very important.

Remember to add to your list whenever any new desires come to mind and cross out or highlight/delete the ones that have been answered!

This will double as a way to feel gratitude towards Allah for some of the blessings He gives us.

Do you have a dua list? Leave a comment and let us know any tips you have! Jazak Allah Khayr

I hope that all of your beneficial dua are answered swiftly!

COLLAB: What is your recommended way to achieve Jannah?

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Salam everyone! I hope that you are doing well. Today we have a very special collab post with recommendations on how to achieve jannah, in sha Allah! I hope that you enjoy! Please be sure to comment with any other suggestions that you may have.

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Ayeina

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Straighten our aqeedah and collect all the following 3 things (or at least one of these 3 with complete ihsan) sincerely for the sake of Allah:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except for 3:
Continuing charity,
knowledge that others benefited from,
and a righteous child who supplicates for him/her.”
[Tirmidhi 1376]
1) SADAQAH JAARIYAH:
Sadaqah is a charity that starts where you started it and ends where you end it. For eg: When I smile, it’s charity. When I stop smiling, it ends there. Although Allah can turn any sadaqah into sadaqah jaariyah – which is an ongoing charity. If the benefit of it continues, so does the reward. For eg: you built a mosque for the sake of Allah and after you pass away, people will pray there and you will receive the reward of them all.
We started ayeina.com to collect some source of sadaqah jaariyah for ourselves. We really hope and pray that it becomes just that for us in aakhirah. Aameen.
2) BENEFICIAL KNOWLEDGE:
Beneficial knowledge is whatever (halal) education that’s shared for the sake of Allah.
For us, our products are the Islamic Psychology knowledge by which we hope that people derive benefit even when we are gone. One of them being a Jannah Journal 🙂 an ultimate collection of all the jannah ahadith and verses divided into 5 human senses – touch/feel, tastes, smells, sounds and sights of Jannah!
3) RIGHTEOUS KIDS WHO MAKE DUA FOR YOU:
Not just kids, but pious ones. And not just ones who have taqwa, but those who remember you in their duas even when you’re long gone. Because you invested time in them. Because you left them with good memories.
May our kids be a source of sadaqah jaariyah for us all. If you have kids, remember that they as sadaqah jaariyah come before any other sadaqah. Because they are also our obligation.

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Islamic Books For Kids

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Islam is they way of living life and, teaching our children small & simple habits that they’ll remember is the key. When habits are inbuilt they slowly become a life style. These are some small things we do in our daily life.

1)Teaching the translation in the language they speak is most important with Arabic.

2)The prophet Mohammed [is reported to have said] “Engage your tongue in dikr” The easiest one’s are Subhan Allah, Alhamdulliah, Allah hu Akbar, Astagfirullah.

3)Read Surah Fatiha and 3 Quls (ahad, nas, falaq) multiple times a day. I believe Surah Fatiha is the guidance to life.

4)Following the Sunnah! Smile often, be polite, be kind to people and nature

5)Making dua for anything and everything. Big or small – Always ask Allah first and start working towards it.

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21st Century Pakistani Girl

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My recommended way to achieve jannah is to try to get as close to Allah as possible, by constantly fighting the nafs, always placing Allah before anything else.

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Andale Seaworne

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Jannah – where the fruits of all our endeavors lie. Where the grass is greener than ever before.
Where rivers trickle and gush across the valley in multitudes endlessly. Where suffering, pain, hopelessness and evil have been thrown to burn in Hell, not leaving even a scar on Allah Subhana Ta’allah’s Blessed Land.
Muslims, Christians, Jews and people of various beliefs, who are dedicated, work endlessly throughout their lives to reach this wonderful destination. The effort is of a huge amount, for an extensive period, tiresome, emotionally draining and often times at the edge of hope. Why do they do it? They do it because in the end all this pain and toil is worth it.
How does one get to achieve this glorious treasure? The answer is simple. The main path that leads to this treasure is through the Holy Book of Quran and the Sunnah of our blessed and honorable Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). If we implement on these teachings and principles, Jannah is guaranteed to us, so much that Allah promised that it will be guaranteed to us. Hence, it is important to regularly learn and implement on these teachings.
However, often times we read through and learn these teachings but when we return to the world from our comfortable corners, we find it difficult to blend them with our community and surroundings, we get distracted and lose ourselves to them. Hence, an effective way of following these commandments which is simple but takes time is to imagine that Allah is with us and Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) is walking right beside us.
When you imagine that Allah is with you, you imagine Him hearing your thoughts; looking at what you’re seeing, listening to what you’re hearing, and moving with your every limb. When you hold on to this imagery firmly, you will not take even an inch of a step astray from the path of the right and true. You’ll refrain from harboring jealousy and anger, gazing inappropriately to the opposite gender, listening and talking related to vulgar and obscene conversations and music, consuming Haram food and drinks and earning through illegal means. Hence, you’ll flinch before considering to do an act
that will make Allah angry and disappointed and will help enhance your fear and love for Him.
When you imagine that Hazrat Muhammad (SAW), your greatest role model and inspiration, is walking beside you, you try your level best to walk, talk and act while thinking, “What would Muhammad (SAW) do in this situation?” You try your level best to follow in his footsteps as he followed the commandments and obligations of Allah. You help those in need without expecting anything in return as he would. You throw water on your anger as he would. You forgive others wrongdoings as easily as he would and you face every trial, tribulation and obstacle with perseverance and hope that Allah helps those who help themselves and others.
By holding onto these important figures in your mind, body and soul, every action of yours is a service to Allah and follows every Sunnah of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW), (or at least that is what we must aim for with all our imperfections). I believe if we keep BOTH of them as an important part of our daily life, we grow to understand and love them from our deepest cores, remain content, satisfied and hopeful individuals ready to take on the world and stay firm on our course to Jannah.
May Allah accept our intentions and good deeds, keep us on this sacred path, forgive our sins and shortcomings and grant us Jannat-ul-Firdous.
AMEEN

 

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Feel free to share it with anyone you think might benefit from it (like friends, family, etc.) as long as you don’t make any edits to it. Jazak Allah Khayr and I hope that you enjoy!

The Importance of Taking Care of Our Health In Islam

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Our bodies are an amanah or a “trust” given to us by our Creator. Whether we are healthy or not can have a lot to do with the actions we take. Do we abuse our bodies with junk food? Do we eat to the point of gluttony? Or do we exercise, eat healthy foods, and eat moderately?

When we pass away some of our body parts will attest to the sins we have committed with them and if we abuse our bodies then we are doing a harm to ourselves.

On that day We will set a seal upon their mouths, and their hands shall speak to Us, and their feet shall bear witness of what they earned. (Quran 36:65)

Doing harm is something we should not do. To others or to ourselves! Abusing our bodies is a form of harm because it can make us sicker, obese, and lead to various diseases.

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Do not cause harm or return harm. Whoever harms others, Allah will harm him. Whoever is harsh with others, Allah will be harsh with him.

Source: al-Sunan al-Kubrá 11070

Take care of your health because even if you are wealthy you won’t be able to enjoy it without your health.

“Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death” (Al-Bukhari, 40)

You can start by reading this free ebook by clicking here. It will help you head in the right direction, in sha Allah.

Wishing you success.

 

 

What To Pack For Hajj / Umrah

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If you are going on hajj soon be thankful because:

“Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity or transgression will return [free from sins] as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Al-Bukhari)

The reward for a Hajj mabroor is nothing but Paradise” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

These are absolutely amazing benefits. It’s time to get excited and make sure that you pack properly so that you are ready for this trip.

Some things you may want to pack:

~Unscented halal lotion/shampoo/conditioner etc (Make sure they are unscented because you cannot perfume yourself on hajj!)

~Passport/ID

~Any plane and travel tickets

~Hotel information

~Any prescriptions

~Marriage certificate

~Cash

~A fanny pack to store valuables

~Your Islamic Will

~Prayer mat

~A good book on the sunnahs of hajj and/or umrah

~Fortress of the Muslim book

~Ihram for men/proper clothing for women

~Modest pajamas

~Unscented halal toothpaste and a toothbrush (or a miswak!)

~Perhaps some halal snacks

~YOUR DUA LIST!!! (Please write this prior to leaving home and include any dua friends/family asked you to make as well as EVERYTHING you can think of!)

~Umbrella

~Anything else you can think of! Let us know in the comments if you have anymore ideas. 🙂

10 Amazing Benefits of Vitamins and Minerals

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Of course it is best to get all of your vitamins and minerals from halal and tayyib foods but even in those with near perfect diets sometimes deficiencies can occur. I would urge you to make your health a priority and go to your doctor to ask for a vitamin/mineral deficiency blood test to see where you are currently at. This way you can supplement with the vitamins/minerals that you, personally, may be lacking in.

Remember that deficiencies in vitamins/minerals can contribute to many illnesses, skin problems like acne, fatigue and so much more so it is very important to correct any deficiencies as soon as possible!

Here are 10 amazing benefits of some vitamins and minerals!

  1. Vitamin C is reported to help your immune system. It can also help you maintain healthy skin! It may also be able to help reduce your dry skin.
  2. Vitamin D may help lower blood pressure in certain people. It may also help prevent osteoporosis.
  3. Vitamin E may help heal scars an acne. It may also improve skin texture. It may also help prevent premature gray hair.
  4. Vitamin K may reduce excessive menstrual blood flow. It is also reported to help reduce blood clots.
  5. Vitamin B3/Niacin may be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. It also may help with impotency. It may also be used to improve appetite/digestion.
  6. Vitamin B6 may help with PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome). It may also be useful in the treatment of asthma.
  7. Vitamin B7/Biotin may be useful in the process of weight loss and maintaining blood sugar levels in the body. It may also be of use in working towards healthy skin and hair.
  8. Vitamin B9/Folic Acid is incredibly important for pregnant mothers. It may be of use in helping prevent certain defects in babies. It also may be helpful to those struggling with anxiety and depression.
  9. Vitamin B12 may help improve energy. It may also be used for fatigue and memory problems.
  10. Vitamin A may help reduce the risk of getting kidney stones. CAUTION: Overdose may cause blurred vision and/or nausea.

I would strongly recommend that you get a vitamin/mineral deficiency blood test as soon as possible and then talk to your doctor about supplementing with the vitamins/minerals that you may be lacking in. A solid multivitamin may be a good choice if your doctor allows it. If you want to attempt to correct deficiencies through food you may want to try the wholesome app. You can search by nutrient and it will give you a list of foods that are high in that nutrient. It can even help suggest which foods you should eat next to help fill those nutritional gaps.

Please, as with any health change, talk to your doctor first!

I hope this helps you! Salam! ❤ Please feel free to comment with any questions.