This is it. Our final day of deen #Day100
Fast-A-Thon was beautiful today, Alhamdulillah! And what a way to end our #100DaysOfDeen!
As we venture to greater heights iA we should appreciate what we've done and what's been given to us. Let us start by looking at the benefits of fasting that we don't think about as often:
Many people observe fasting as a religious obligation but only few know the health benefits it has. Fasting is a good practice, if properly implemented. It promotes elimination of toxins from the body, reduces blood sugar ans fat stores. It promote healthy eating habits and boost immunity. Here are top 10 health benefits you can derive from fasting.
1. Fasting Promotes detoxification
Processed foods contain lots of additives. These additives may become toxins in the body. Some of them promote production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Most of these toxins are stored in fats. Fat is burnt during fasting, especially when it is prolonged. And the toxins are released. The liver, kidneys and other organs in the body are involved in detoxification.
2. Fasting Rests Digestive System
During fasting, the digestive organs rest. The normal physiologic functions continue especially production of digestive secretions, but at reduced rates. This exercise helps to maintain balance of fluids in the body. Breakdown of food takes place at steady rates. Release of energy also follows a gradual pattern. Fasting however does not stop production of acids in the stomach. This is reason patients with peptic ulcer are advised to approach fasting with caution. Some experts believe they should not fast.
3. Fasting Resolves Inflammatory Response
Some studies show that fasting promotes resolution of inflammatory diseases and allergies. Examples of such inflammatory diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis and skin diseases such as psoriasis. Some experts assert that fasting may promote healing of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
4. Fasting Reduces Blood Sugar
Fasting increases breakdown of glucose so that the body can get energy. It reduces production of insulin. This rests the pancreas. Glucagon is produced to facilitate the breakdown of glucose. The outcome of fasting is a reduction in blood sugar.
5. Fasting Increases Fat breakdown
The first response of the body to fasting is break down of glucose. When the store of glucose is exhausted, ketosis begins. This is break down of fats to release energy. The fats stored in kidney and muscles are broken down to release energy.
6. Fasting Corrects high blood Pressure
Fasting is one of the non-drug methods of reducing blood pressure. It helps to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is clogging of arteries by fat particles. During fasting glucose and later, fat stores are used to produce energy. Metabolic rate is reduced during fasting. The fear-flight hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline are also reduced. This keeps the metabolic steady and within limits. The benefit is a reduction in blood pressure.
7. Fasting Promotes Weight loss
Fasting promotes rapid weight loss. It reduces the store of fats in the body. However fasting is not a good weight loss strategy. Reducing fat and sugar intake, and increasing fruits and rest are better measures to achieve weight reduction.
8. Fasting Promotes Healthy diet
It has been observed that fasting reduces craving for processed foods. It promotes desire for natural foods, especially water and fruits. This is one way fasting promote healthy lifestyle.
9. Fasting Boosts Immunity
When an individual is on balanced diet in between fasts, this can boost immunity. Elimination of toxins and reduction in fat store also helps the body. When individuals take fruits to break a fast, they increase the body's store of essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A and E are good antioxidants readily available in fruits. They help to boost immunity.
10. Fasting May Help to Overcome Addictions
Some authors show that fasting can help addicts reduce their cravings, for nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and other substance abuse. Although there are other regimens required to resolve addictions, fasting can play a role.
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Have a great rest of the semester and a peaceful Spring Break at home, iA!!!!
When a man asked Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) if he could go to war, the Prophet immediately asked him if his parents were alive. When he said that they were, the Prophet said:
"Your jihad is to take care of your parents!" (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
When another young man approached the Prophet to go and fight, the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him if his mother was alive. When he found out that she was, he told the man:
"Woe unto you! Attend her at her feet and you will attain Paradise." (Ibn Majah)
So, if we want Paradise, the quickest way to get there is by honoring our mothers. During the reign of Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab, a young man named Kullab volunteered to fight in Syria with the army of Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan. The boy’s father approached Umar and appealed to him in poetic verse about how his son had abandoned his father and mother. Umar asked him what was going on and the old man said:
“He left for Syria and abandoned his two elderly parents.”
Upon hearing this, Umar shed tears and promptly wrote to Yazid ordering the young man to be returned with all of his possessions to Umar. When the man arrived, Umar asked him:
“So you are Kullab?” Then he said to him: “Go to your parents and honor them, and stay with them until they die.” (Ibn Asakir)
Sometimes a person is unable to cope with his duties as a Muslim at home. Such a person is definitely not going to be able to engage in this effort of disseminating Islam to others. How can a person who cannot even cope with his duties in his own home think he can take on broader responsibilities?
The first of our duties as young people is to establish ourselves at home by fulfilling our responsibilities to our families. #100DaysOfDeen #Day99
Usually the big gestures aren't what make a good Muslim. It's the small reminders to one's self so that they may always keep Allah SWT near and dear to their heart. So try to say these in your normal routine! Even if you have to whisper it to your hearts silently. #day98 #100daysofdeen #pittmsa #remembrance #faith #God #Allah
"Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things." (Quran 24:35)
Photo by @[Kate Koenig Photography]
From the Pitt Vigil for #ourthreewinners
They truly were lights. #Allahyarhamun #muslimlivesmatter
#ourthreewinners Deah, Yusor and Razan's murder happened about a week ago. I've been trying to collect my feelings and thoughts about this injustice towards them. I was saddened, upset, hurt, scared. That could have been me. That could have been my family or friends. So many of us Muslim American youth can draw parallels between the three victims which makes their death so much harder and deeper for us. But seeing all the good that has sprung from their murder has truly been inspirational and a reminder that Allah swt (God) truly is the all Wise. They were inspirational people, passionate about service, successful and God conscious loving and fearing. And it is beautiful to see people come together because of them and to see people carrying on and contributing to the good they had to offer this word. They truly were lights for the people in their lives and are now lights for people who didn't even know them. May God grant them the highest level of paradise, justice in this life and the next, patience, peace, wisdom, guidance and ease for their loved ones and for all of us. To God we belong and to Him is our return.
Always keep the deceased Muslims in your thoughts and prayers by saying: O Allah forgive our living and our dead, those who are with us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our menfolk and our womenfolk. O Allah, whomever you give life from among us give them life in Islam, and whomever you take way from us take them away in Faith. O Allah, do not forbid us their reward and do not send us astray after them.
“The moment we allow anything, other than our Creator, to define our success, failure, happiness, or worth, we’ve entered into a silent form of slavery." -Yasmin Mogahed
Shaddad ibn Aws narrated that the Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم] said; "the most superior request for forgiveness is to say:
'Allaahmma anta rabbee laa elaaha illaa ant. Anta khalaqtanee wa ana 'abduka wa ana 'alaa 'ahdika wa wa'dika mastata't. A'oothu bika min sharri ma sana't. Aboo'u laka bi ni'matika alayya wa aboo'u laka bi thambee. Faghfir lee. Fa innahoo laa yaghfiruth-thunooba illaa ant.'
[O Allah, You are my Lord. There is no god besides You. You created me and I am Your servant, following your covenant and [my] promise to you as much as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil that I have done. Before You I acknowledge Your blessings bestowed upon me and I confess my sins to You. So forgive me, for surely no one can forgive sins except You.]
The Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم] then added, 'anyone who says this during the day, firmly believing in it, and dies before the evening; or says it in the evening, firmly believing in it, and dies before the following morning, will be among the people of paradise.' "
[Sahih al-Bukhari, vol 8, pp212-3, no 318]
When was the last time you were sad? Yesterday? All of us are overcome with feelings of despair from time to time. It is important that we remember Allah SWT at all times of our lives; in happy times, in sad times, in neutral times. When we are not given what we strive for, we should know that something that we may think is good for us Allah SWT may decide is bad for us, and that something we think is bad for us Allah SWT may have deemed a greater thing.
That being said, sadness is natural. Yes, we can remember Allah SWT in times of hardship or in times of our greatest happiness, but tears are natural in times like these, and it's fine to let them out every once in a while. We are creatures of Allah SWT in the end, not Allah SWT Himself. We have our moments of most vulnerability, and that's fine. Embrace what you have been given, and return to your Lord at all moments of your life.
Being wasteful is a bad thing. Having excess for oneself is a bad thing. Allah SWT addresses these facts in the Qur'an as a reminder for us all to live more fruitful lives.
"It is He Who has brought into being gardens, the cultivated and the wild, and date-palms, and fields with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and variegated. Eat of their fruit in season, but give (the poor) their due on harvest day. And do not waste, for God does not love the wasteful." [Quran 6:141]
When we have so much, it is our turn to give to others. Use what is of use to us, and give away that which is unnecessary for our purposes. Wasting our resources does nothing to serve society.
"Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer and eat and drink. But do not be excessive – verily God does not love the wasteful." [Quran 7:31]
It is important to be modest in how we present ourselves and in using what we are given. Showing off is a form of waste - appreciate what you are given to wear everywhere you go, but do not wear inappropriate clothing at the wrong time - like a flashy suit to a Janazah. Utilize what you are given, but do not be excessive about it.