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    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, brothers and sisters.
    Wa 'alaykum assalaam akhi
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    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, brothers and sisters.
    Wa'alaikumsalaam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
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    Islamic Diet & Manners

    Muslims are a part of so many cultures and have contributed much to the nutritional practices of the world. However, the Islamic nutritional practices (including every other action) are expected to be predominantly determined by the injunctions and regulations of Islam as outlined by the Holy Qur'an and explained by Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). More than 900 million Muslims of different nationalities, societies, and geographical backgrounds of this world make this nutritional practice unique.

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    Cleanliness and Hygiene

    Cleanliness and hygiene in Islam are emphasized to the extent Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported by Ibn Hayyan to have said:"Cleanse yourself, for Islam is cleanliness." In another Hadith the Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said, "Cleanliness invites towards faith, and faith leads its possessor to the Garden."
    Cleanliness in food handling, cooking, preserving, processing, etc. is highly recommended and emphasized besides an overall cleanliness of body, clothing, home, and surroundings.
    Miswak

    Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) laid special emphasis on cleaning the teeth, hands, and hair. He (PBUH) was particularly careful in the observance of Miswak (brushing teeth). Miswak is an Arabic word meaning tooth cleaner. It is made of wood and the Prophet (PBUH) recommended its use with every ablution (washing for prayer) five times a day and before and after every meal. How our modern day dentists would applaud that advanced view.
    Eating Habits

    Eating like all other acts of a Muslim is a matter of worship and begins in the name of Allah. Bismallah. Islam reminds Muslims that food and drink are the provision of Allah for survival and for maintaining good health. The following seven habits were recommended by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and are practiced by Muslims all over the world:
    1) Du'a' (Supplication) before each meal:
    "Bismillah wa ala barkatillah."
    "In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah."

    2) Du'a' (Supplication) after each meal:
    "Al hamdu lil lazi at ta mana wa saqana waja-alana minal muslemeen."
    "Praise be to Allah the One Who gave us the food and the drinks. Praise be to Him Who made us Muslim."

    3) Eating less:
    Overeating is discouraged and wasting of food is condemned.
    "O children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigals. Lo! He loveth not the prodigals." (Quran 7:31)
    (Editors note: Prodigal means wasteful or unnecessarily extravagant.)

    4) Dieting:
    One of the main principals of good health is a balanced diet. Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) emphasized the behavior of eating less as a method of preventing sickness and diseases. Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is reported to have said:
    "Eat less you will be healthier." (Hadith)
    "Nothing is worse than a person who fills his stomach. It should be enough for the son of Adam to have a few bites to satisfy his hunger. If he wishes more, it should be: one-third for his food, one-third for his liquids, and one-third for his breath." (Tarmazi, ibn Majah and Hakim)
    5) Eating slowly:
    Eating slowly is recommended for good health as it facilitates the food being thoroughly chewed and hence easier to digest.
    6) Moderation and sharing:
    Fourteen centuries ago, Islam laid down the basis of dietary regulations as well as the limits within which man can satisfy his physical needs and desires without endangering his life and mental health. Islam motivated people to seek the good of the Hereafter as well as of this world in a balanced way. It taught us to enjoy the pleasures of life, including food, in a moderate way, not becoming a slave to his desires or losing sight of the ultimate spiritual goal. Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) did not permit Muslims to undertake fast which might be harmful and lead to weakness or illness, even though fasting is considered and act of worship.
    'Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As told of God's messenger, "Have you not been informed, 'Abdullah, that you fast during the day and get up at night for prayer?" When he replied that this was so, he said to him, "Do not do it. Fast and break your fast, get up for prayer and sleep, for you have a duty to your body, your eye, your wife, and your visitors. May he who observes a perpetual fast never fast! Fasting three days a month is equivalent to a perpetual fast. Fast three days every month and recite Qur'an every month."
    A Muslim is advised to avoid extremes and to choose a moderate course in all his affairs, including his eating habits. "Eat of the good things we have provided for your sustenance, but commit not excess therein." (Qur'an 20:81)
    We are also encouraged to enjoy life within certain limits which are drawn from the Shari'ah which was built on the Islamic 'Golden Rule', "Do not harm or be a cause of harm", whether for oneself or others. We are cautioned to avoid greed and to enjoy the pleasures of sharing, especially in regard to eating.
    7) Eating together:
    The benefits of enjoying meals together applies whether it's a family sitting down together, a husband and wife dining out, or a young couple getting to know one another. The Prophet (pbuh) emphasized the importance of this when he said, "Eat together and not separately, for the blessing is associated with the company." (Ibn Majah)
    Drinking Habits

    It is recommended not to drain a glass of liquid in one continuous draught. The pharynx serves as a common passageway for both food and air, and the pathways for these cross. Intervals while drinking are also recommended to avoid choking. Sitting down while drinking is also recommended.
    The Holy Prophet said, "Do not drink water in one gulp (or one breath) like a camel, but take it in two or three installments (with breaks for breath). Take the name of Allah (recite "Bismallah") when you start drinking and praise Him (say "Alhamdullillah") when you finish. (Tirmizi)
    Table Manners

    As Muslims we are required to show compassion, grace, gentleness, and consideration for others. This also extends to the table and how we conduct ourselves with others:
    1) Sitting down while eating.
    2) Eating together and sharing of food.
    3) Serving others first, especially guests.
    4) Host is the first to start eating and the last to finish. (This is the opposite of Western table manners.)
    5) Taking food in smaller portions than needed.
    6) Finishing (cleaning) the plate without leftovers (this too is different from Western tradition where we are taught to always leave a small bit on the plate.)
    7) Eating with the right hand.
    8) Waiting for everyone to finish before finally leaving the table or floor cloth.
    9) Washing hands and mouth before and after eating.
    10) Brushing teeth before and after eating (Miswak).
    11) Sharing food with relatives, friends, neighbors, the needy and destitute.
    12) Eat from the corner of the plate from your side (for one dish communal eating), don't eat from the middle or the other side of the dish.
    13) As an invited guest it is permissible to ask your host for water or salt. Accept what is offered and don't request additional items your host may not have available.
    14) When eating in a group, if quantities are limited, share from your plate with the others.
    The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) is reported to have said, "A plate for one is enough for two, and a plate for two is enough for four.
    It is reported that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) has said that one who serves drinks should himself be the last person to drink. (Tirmizi)
    It is also said that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) never found fault with any food; if he had the inclination, he would eat it, and if he disliked it, he would leave it.


    From: http://www.islamicbulletin.org/newsl...e_16/diet.aspx
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    We should never let a non-Believer's opinion of our Deen distract us from its truth and beauty
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    The most beautiful reciting I've heard and he was about 11 here!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fpKs8cMWDM
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    (Original post by RattyVlogger)
    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, brothers and sisters.
    Waalaykumassalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh bro.

    Welcome to ISOC.
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    (Original post by RattyVlogger)
    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, brothers and sisters.
    Wa'alaykumassalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
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    (Original post by The_K1NG)
    Waalaykumassalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh bro.

    Welcome to ISOC.
    assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and jazakallah khair!!
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    This page has a lot of salaams.
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    لَّيْسَ الْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَلَٰكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ ذَوِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَالسَّائِلِينَ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَى الزَّكَاةَ وَالْمُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِهِمْ إِذَا عَاهَدُوا ۖ وَالصَّابِرِينَ فِي الْبَأْسَاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَحِينَ الْبَأْسِ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُتَّقُونَ

    Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah , the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.

    [Quran 2:177]
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    Good post from Abu Esa on FB:

    People get really sensitive when their groups and identities and cults come under the spotlight. So let me help you out with your sensitivity.

    When it comes to supporting oppression, your 'aqidah, or manhaj, or tariqah, or group, doesn't *mean* jack squat. Oppression is a human problem, not linked to one's identity, religious or not.

    When it comes to supporting oppression, your amazing and unique and much loved status isn't *worth* jack squat. Oppression is a human problem, not linked to one's fame, seniority, or leadership.

    Whatever or whoever you are, you will still be held accountable by the oppressed, their du'as will hit home, and few things will be as difficult to be forgiven on the Day of Judgement.

    You can be the Sufi Ash'ari Chief Mufti of the country. So what? Did it help Mufti Ali Gomaa when he openly encouraged the massacre of protesters, praised and continues to do so the tyrant al-Sisi, falsifying legitimacy and then lying about it all? http://iumsonline.org/en/Default.asp…

    You can be the Salafi Imam of the Ka'bah. So what? Did it help Shaykh 'Abdul-Rahman al-Sudais when he supported the army's massacre of protesters or lied about his King only ever working for the Ummah's interests? https://www.facebook.com/AbuEesaPers...14263058736869

    You can be from the lineage of the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) himself. So what? Did it help Habib Ali Jifri when he stood behind the Tyrant General al-Sisi and his army and their crimes and then worse, tried to justify it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y2nvsPKJFQ

    You can be from the most revered of the Neo-Super Salafi Madkhali scholars. So what? Did it help Tal'at Zahran or Salim al-Taweel or al-Raslan when they lied about the innocent and persecuted from Morsi's supporters, and promoted their killing? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnrm6Kn_U7c

    See, this isn't about Sufi, or Salafi, or Brelwi, or Ash'ari or xyz or what I am or what you are. This is about your integrity. This is about your loyalty to Allah and His Messenger. This is about whether YOU love men more, or the truth more.

    Never forget: the truth is not known by its men, rather it is men who are known by the truth.

    May Allah makes us all people upon the truth, defenders of it, and protect us from straying off it. Ameen.
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    Brothers and Sisters I want to enlighten you to the Miracles of the Holy Qur'an: http://www.miraclesofthequran.com/
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    (Original post by IdeasForLife)
    لَّيْسَ الْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَلَٰكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ ذَوِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَالسَّائِلِينَ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَى الزَّكَاةَ وَالْمُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِهِمْ إِذَا عَاهَدُوا ۖ وَالصَّابِرِينَ فِي الْبَأْسَاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَحِينَ الْبَأْسِ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُتَّقُونَ

    Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah , the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.

    [Quran 2:177]
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    Wa 'alaikum As Salaam Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh
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    (Original post by thefreakoffreaks)
    assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and jazakallah khair!!
    Waalaikumassalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and wa ʾiyyākum
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    Assalamualaikum warahmatullah people

    Yes, lotsa salaaams
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    I read this book called 'Enjoy Your Life' by Dr Muhammad 'al-Areefi' and this part here is interesting for me:













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    I was outside in front of my house yesterday evening and was a given a 'saamalaikum' by a nice English gentleman who was walking his dog, just thought I'd share

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    Yes I returned Salaam and explained what it means. (his pronunciation was surprisingly awesome)
    He loved the greeting and said we should make more of an effort to understand each others' beliefs. A very understanding, pleasant man and a reminder that people like this do exist; in contrast to what we sometimes see on the internet!
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    (Original post by HSafirah)
    Assalamualaikum warahmatullah people

    Yes, lotsa salaaams
    Wa'alaykumasalaam wahrahmutallahi wabarakathu

    Salaams everywhere.
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    http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/show...re-for-Ramadan

    "Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) became even more generous in Ramadan than he already was.


    Ramadan is a time for generosity and giving. It is a time when we think about those who have less than us as well as thank Allah for everything he has given us. Ramadan is an honourable and blessed month, and the rewards for generosity are multiplied in it.

    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadan.” (At-Tirmithi).

    Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) said, “He who feeds a fasting person will gain the same reward as he will, without decreasing from the fasting person’s rewards.” (Ahmad).


    Therefore we should get into the habit of giving in charity now so by the time Ramadan arrives we would increase in our generosity, giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. We should give whatever we can afford as Allah looks at our intentions.

    Surely in there hereafter we will regret that which we did not spend in the path of Allah."
 
 
 
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