The Benefits of Eating With the Hand and Its Superiority

By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng

Eating with your hands is natural, enjoyable and beneficial to health. Although it is regarded as impolite and unclean, particularly in the West, it is actually the norm in many parts of the world such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Regardless of the customs of others, we as muslims know that it is from the Sunnah to eat with the right hand and to lick the fingers upon finishing one’s meal and there are numerous hadiths in this regard.

The Benefit And Etiquette of Eating By Hand in the Sunnah
Ibn ‘Umar narrated that The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

When one of you eats, let him eat with his right hand, and when he drinks, let him drink with his right hand. Verily, the devil eats and drinks with his left hand. [Muslim]

‘Umar bin Abū Salamah (May Allah be pleased with him) said:

I was a boy under the care of Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم), and my hand would go around the dish while I was eating. So Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to me: “O boy! Mention the Name of Allah, eat with your right hand, and eat what from what is in front of you.” Since then I have applied those instructions when eating. [Bukhari]

In The Sunan of Abi Dawood it is narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

The right hand of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was for his purification and food, and his left hand was for using the toilet and anything that was dirty.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as saying:

When any one of you eats food he should lick his fingers, for he does not know in what part of the food sticking to his fingers the blessing lies. [Muslim]

Jabir reported:

I heard Allaah’s Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) saying: The Shaytaan is present with any one of you in everything he does; he is present even when he eats food; so if any one of you drops a mouthful he should remove away anything filthy on it and eat it and not leave for the devil; and when he finishes (food) he should lick his fingers, for he does not know in what portion of his food the blessing lies.

‘Abdullah bin Ka’b reported that his father Ka’b said to him:

Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to eat with three fingers and when he had finished (eating), he licked them. [Muslim]

Ibn Al-Qayyim mentions in his Prophetic Medicine regarding the number of fingers the Prophet would use to eat his food:

He used to eat with his three fingers, which is the best way to eat. Eating with one finger or with two does not allow the one eating to derive pleasure nor does it give him any benefit, and it is a long while before he has enough; nor do the organs of taste or the stomach gain any pleasure by such small morsels. To eat with five fingers and the whole hand causes the food to crowd the organs and the stomach so the organs are forced to pass it through, and the stomach to bear it. This gives neither pleasure nor relish. The most excellent way of eating is that adopted by the Prophet and those who follow him, with three fingers.

What Personal Experience And Science Tells Us About Eating By Hand
Eating is a multi-sensory experience. All of the senses – sight, smell, taste, touch and even hearing – are involved and they all work in harmony together. The nerve endings in your hands send information to the brain and stomach concerning the make up, texture, temperature, nature and digestibility of the food about to be eaten. This instructs the stomach to release digestive juices and enzymes. The hands, in conjunction with the eyes and nose allow the entire digestive system to prepare for what is about to be consumed before it even reaches your mouth.

Using a spoon, fork or other utensil sends a message to the body explaining that this is something foreign and harmful, and should not be eaten, resulting in a completely different response to when eating by hand. The muscles of the neck, mouth and jaw tighten slightly and become stiff which can lead to aches, strain and tension. The whole posture and body language in terms of muscular activity and enjoyment is completely different. Not eating with the hands is a contributing cause to weak gums, dry lips and skin and stiff necks.

You know your food is hot because the hands are effective temperature sensors which makes it less likely that you will burn your tongue. This does not happen when using a spoon or fork as the food goes directly from the plate to your mouth and the brain does not get the message concerning the temperature of the food.

Using your hands encourages mindfulness as it allows you to concentrate on your food and feel more connected to it. Eating mindfully and engaging all the senses – feeling the texture of the food, smelling its aroma and really savouring it – brings about much more pleasure and satisfaction. It makes you eat more slowly and pay attention to how much you have eaten. Food simply tastes better when eaten by hand and the whole experience is something that cannot be replicated by using cutlery.

A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology showed that families who ate by hand were more in touch with eating concepts, such as eating only when hungry and paying attention to how full they are. The study found that parents were able to help their 8 to 12-year-old overweight children cut down on binge eating by training them to eat by hand.

Another study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that people with type 2 diabetes were more likely to be fast eaters that used cutlery to eat, as compared to those without the condition. Eating with forks and spoons correlates with mindless and faster eating, which has been linked to blood-sugar imbalances in the body – contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes.

It is also more practical to eat with your hands in many cases. The fingers are very agile and designed to hold and manipulate objects. They allow for more appropriate and delicate placing of the food in the mouth. If the food is tough, the hand, teeth, gums and neck muscles act together in harmony with the pulling and biting combination strengthening the arms, gums and neck. It is easier to pluck meat out of bones. Many foods such as bread, chips, barbecued and fried food, pieces of meat, fruit, burgers, nuts, sandwiches and wraps are eaten with the hands.

CLASSES – ALLAH’S CREATION

The concept of class equality or a classless society is a stupid myth. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:
“We distribute their livelihood among them in this worldly life, and We elevate the ranks of some over others so that some will take others as workers.” (Az-Zukhruf, Aayat 32)
Even the Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam) are not equal in status as the Qur’aan Majeed confirms. However,
higher worldly status is not a factor for the attainment of lofty status in the Aakhirat and for Proximity to Allah Ta’ala. The criterion for Closeness to Allah Ta’ala is Taqwa. Allah’s Proximity is proportionate to the degree of Taqwa. The Qur’aan Majeed states:
“Verily, the noblest among you by Allah are those whose Taqwa is the most.”
Closeness to Allah Ta’ala is not related to worldly status. Taqwa is the treasure and consequence of total obedience to Allah Ta’ala — obedience to the Shariah and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

from the majlis volume 25 number 10

Jesus, the son of Mary, shall descend back to earth, rule by the laws given to our Master Muhammad ﷺ, and subdue the entire planet by Muhammadan Shari’ah – Sahih Muslim

For the love of the Mujaddid, Imam Rabbani

A Very Happy New Jizyah To Everyone!

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum

Our Master Prophet Muhammad’s famous Sahiih hadiith in Sahiih Muslim says:

عَنِ ابْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ، يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَيُوشِكَنَّ أَنْ يَنْزِلَ فِيكُمُ ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ صلى الله عليه وسلم حَكَمًا مُقْسِطًا فَيَكْسِرَ الصَّلِيبَ وَيَقْتُلَ الْخِنْزِيرَ وَيَضَعَ الْجِزْيَةَ وَيَفِيضَ الْمَالُ حَتَّى لاَ يَقْبَلَهُ أَحَدٌ ‏”‏ 

It is reported on the authority of Ibn Musayyib, that he heard Abu Hurayrah saing: “RasulAllah ﷺ said: “Soon, ‘Eisa (Jesus) the son of Mary, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, shall descend among you as a just ruler and he shall break the cross and kill the swine and lay down the jizyah and wealth shall overflow so much that it will not be accepted by anyone anymore.”

Imam An-Nawawiy’s commentary of Sahiih Muslim, Al-Minhaj states:

بَابُ بَيَانِ نُزُولِ عِيسَى بْنِ مَرْيَمَ…

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Walaa and Baraa Growth Charts

For the love of the Mujaddid, Imam Rabbani

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum

1- Muslim’s walaa & baraa behavior pattern:

Muslim walaa

A note on the (0,0) point: Strictly from a mathematical perspective, the X and Y axes intersect at the (0,0) point. From an Islamic perspective, there’s no such person who is neither Muslim nor kafir. A person who says he’s indifferent to Islam or kufr, is a kafir. It then follows, that by extension, there can be no such thing as indifference (i.e., a zero point of no walaa, no baraa) to a person, as a person is either a Muslim or a kafir. Therefore, the mathematical 0-point on the X-axis for a Muslim’s walaa/baraa behavior can allude only to actions/objects that in an of themselves are neither Islam nor kufr, the 0-point on the Y-axis; for example, cycling.

Other than the (0,0) point, our walaa and baraa is for people as well as actions, objects, etc. 

Even…

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Restoring Barakah and Happiness in our Homes

On one occasion, while Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was out on a journey, Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) hung a curtain with pictures of animate objects on the door. At that time, Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was unaware that pictures of animate objects were prohibited.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) arrived at his home and his sight fell on the curtain, he was greatly displeased. Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) greeted him, but he did not reply to her greeting and immediately went to the curtain and tore it. On seeing the reaction of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) realised that she had committed a serious mistake, on account of which the Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was displeased with her. With extreme humility and remorse, she exclaimed, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I turn to Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in repentance! Explain to me the sin that I have committed.”

The heart of Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was so filled with the love of Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that she could not tolerate their displeasure for a single moment. Hence, even though she did not have knowledge of the sin she had committed, she first hastened towards towbah and thereafter begged Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to explain to her the sin that she committed in order that she does not repeat it in future.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then explained to her the evil consequence of those involved in the grave sin of picture-making. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “O Aaishah! Indeed the people who are involved in making pictures of animate objects will be subjected to the worst punishment on the Day of Qiyaamah.”  (Saheeh Bukhaari #2105 and #5954 and Mustakhraj Abi Awaanah #9187)

It should be borne in mind that just as making pictures of animate objects is haraam, similarly keeping such pictures is also impermissible. Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) prohibited keeping pictures of animate objects in the home, and also prohibited making such pictures.  (Sunan Tirmizi #1749)

The severity of the sin of photography can be gauged from the Hadith in which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned that among those who will be subjected to the severest of punishments on the Day of Qiyaamah are the following three people – the one who kills a Nabi, the leader who misguides his people, and the one who is involved in picture-making of animate objects. (Sharh Mushkil-ul-Aathaar #6)

Imagine how serious is the sin of photography that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned the picture-maker together with the one who killed a Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala or the leader of a nation who misguides his people!

In one Hadith, it is reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said that every photographer will be in the fire of Jahannum. (Saheeh Muslim #2110) In another Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The angels (of mercy) do not enter the home wherein there are pictures (of animate objects).”  (Saheeh Bukhaari #2105)

In the Hadith of Sunan Tirmizi, it recorded that on the Day of Qiyaamah, the head of a creature will be seen coming out from the fire of Jahannum. It will have two eyes with which it will see, two ears with which it will hear, and a tongue with which it will speak. It will say, “I have been commanded to punish three categories of people; every oppressor who defies the commands of Allah Ta‘ala, every person who called unto a god besides Allah Ta‘ala, and those who engage in making pictures of animate objects.” Thereafter, the creature will catch hold of these people and plunge them into Jahannum.  (Sunan Tirmizi #2574)

On the occasion of the conquest of Makkah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) wished to enter the Ka’bah Shareef, but refrained from entering due to idols being present in the Ka’bah.  Hence, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) first instructed that the idols be removed from the Ka’bah, and thereafter he entered the Ka’bah Shareef.  (Sharhuz Zurqaani Alal Mawaahib 3/465)

After entering the Ka’bah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had seen drawings of animate objects on the inner-walls of the Ka’bah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) cursed those who were responsible for drawing these pictures and thereafter instructed that these drawings be erased.  (Sharhuz Zurqaani Alal Mawaahib 3/483)

In today’s times, one of the greatest causes for the homes of the Muslims being devoid of barakah and bereft of blessings is that there are various devices in the homes which contain pictures of animate objects. On account of these pictures, the angels of mercy do not enter the home, and such homes do not enjoy peace and the blessings of Allah Ta‘ala. As a result of the sinful activities which take place in such homes, the inhabitants of these homes experience discord, unhappiness and disunity.

When one has to analyze the root cause for the deeni decline, or the breakdown of many marriages, or the involvement in sins perpetrated via social media networks, then one will realize that these problems are in some way associated with the evil of photography. Hence, the only way to rectify our relationship with Allah Ta‘ala and bring goodness into our deen is that we adhere to the teachings of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and shun all forms of photography.

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us with the towfeeq of upholding the commands of Shari‘ah and following the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in all facets of our lives.

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The Angels of Death

By Maulana Huzaifah Ibn Adam

The Angels of Death:
Imaam ibn al-Jawzi رحمة الله عليه writes in “Bahr ad-Dumoo`“:

“When the son of Aadam is in sakaraat (the throes of death, and his gaze has already left the Dunyaa), Allaah sends to him five Malaa’ikah:

As for the first Malak, then it comes to him when his Rooh is in his throat, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! Where is that body of yours that had been so strong in the Dunyaa? How weak it is today. Where is that fluent tongue you had? How silent it is today. Where are all of your friends and family? How alone you are today.

As for the second Malak, then it comes to him after his Rooh has been taken and shrouded in a kafan, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! Where is the riches you had prepared for the time of poverty? Where are the buildings you prepared to save yourself from desolation? Where are the friends you made to save yourself from loneliness?

The third Malak comes to him after his Janaazah Salaat has been performed and he is being carried towards his qabr on the shoulders of people, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! Today you will be travelling such a very long journey, that you have never in your life travelled a journey as far as this. Today you will be visiting a people you have never visited before this. Today you will be entering such a place that, you have never ever entered a place more constricted than it. If you are successful with the Pleasure of Allaah, then glad-tidings to you; woe and destruction be to you if you return with the Anger of Allaah.”

The fourth Malak comes to him once he has been placed in his qabr, in the lahd, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! Yesterday, you used to walk on the face of this earth. Today you are lying within it. Yesterday, you used to be laughing on its surface. Today, you are crying inside of it. Yesterday, you used to perpetrate sin after sin (against Allaah Ta`aalaa) on the face of this earth. Today, you are inside of it, regretting.”

The fifth Malak comes to him after his qabr has been filled, after his friends and family have left (after reciting and making Du`aa for him, and the person in the qabr hears their footsteps as they leave), and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! They have buried you and left you. Even if they had stayed by you, they would not have been able to benefit you. You used to amass wealth in the Dunyaa, now you have had to leave it for others. Today you will be going either to a lofty Jannah, or to a fiercely blazing Fire (of Jahannam).”

Impressive Benefits of Grapes/Raisins – Quran and Ahaadith

Islam Reigns

By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng

GRAPES & DRIED GRAPES RAISINS(الزبيب)

NAMES:

1. It is calledA’nab (plural) & I’nab (singular) & in Arabic and Quran.
2. In Hadiths dried Grapes (Raisins) are called asZabib (الزبيب).
3. In Hindi, Urdu, Persain it is called as Angoor & dried one is called as Munakka, Kishmish.

ABOUT GRAPES (الزبيب):

There are 11 references about Grapes in Quran in singular & plural form.
1. Chapter 2, Sura Baqara, verse no. 266
2. Chapter 6, Sura An-nam, verse no. 100.
3. Chapter 13, Sura Raad, verse no. 4.
4. Chapter 16, Sura Nahl, verse no. 11
5. Chapter 16, Sura Nahl verse no. 67.
6. Chapter 17, Sura Bani-Israel, verse no. 91.
7. Chapter 18, Sura Kahf, verse no. 32.
8. Chapter 23, Sura Mu’minun, verse no. 19.
9. Chapter 36, Sura Yaseen, verse no. 34.
10. Chapter 78,

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An Open Letter to Muslim Youth

To All Muslim Youth (Boys and Girls),

Assalamu’alaykum,

Given below is a very special message I want to convey to you.

Allah has granted you numerous favours.

The greatest favour that Allah has bestowed upon you is: You are a Muslim and have been given the greatest Gift of Imaan (Belief in ALLAH)

You could have been a Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or any other non-Muslim.

How fortunate are you that you have been handed over the Most Precious, the Most Prestigious and the Most Treasured Deen of Islam on a Silver Platter?

You have got to be aware that after having recited the Kalimah Shahadah, you are not like any one of the non-Muslims boys or girls.

You are Exceptionally Different!

Your status is Highly Superior in comparison to them!

You possess numerous Very Distinctive Qualities which these non-Muslims youngsters are overwhelmingly lacking and your status is much, much Higher than any of them in every respect.

Then it is also very imperative that you ensure you are not a Muslim by name only.

Following are some of the attributes that you must develop in your lifestyle to become a Practicing Muslim.

Offering Salah five times daily with Jamat (congregation). Salah is a Fardh (an obligatory act) on every Muslim.

  1. Reciting Allah’s Kalaam, the Holy Qur’an, with Tajweed (the set of rules governing the way in which the words/letters of the Qur’an should be pronounced during its recitation) and practicing upon Allah’s Commands contained in it.

Following the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam. The Sunnah of Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam has been accepted as an important source of Islamic law, next in importance only to the Holy Qur’an.

Respecting and Honouring your Parents. In your sight your parents’ esteem should be very high.

Maintaining cleanliness and purity (Taharat). As a Muslim it is imperative that you stay pure at all times. Islam has given great emphasis on keeping clean and staying clean.

Having good Akhlaq(the practice of virtues, morality and good manners)

It is of vital importance that you avoid the company of the non-Muslim youth or the youth who are not practicing Muslims. You should befriend them only with the intention of inviting them towards Islam.

Remember, these non-Muslim youth can influence you with some of their un-Islamic trends and customs like:

Keeping girlfriends/boyfriends (opposite sex friendship).
Dating,
Indecent Dressing Style.
Earning and Consuming Haraam.
Using immoral language full of swearing and abuses.
Taking part in customs and celebrations like Christmas, Valentine Day, Halloween, Diwali, Holietc.
Wasting time on social media and playing digital games.
Using digital devices for immoral purposes.

Finally, here is a very Passionate and a Pivotal advice to all the Muslim youth.

Many of you are very fond of having popular celebrities like actors, comedians, dancers, sportspeople, singers, musicians, etc. as your favourite personalities.

Some of you even take them as your ‘Role Models’.

Remember, most of these people may be worthless, worldly people.

Some of them may even be having some very unpleasant attributes hidden in their characters.

Many of them may not be Muslims and as such they cannot be termed as ‘clean and pure human beings’.

Please erase their names forever from the list of your favourite personalities or your ‘role models’.

If you are seriously desirous of having someone as your Role Model then read the Seerah (biography) of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam with all sincerity and love.

You will recognise him as an Unmatchable Human Being in the entire Human History and you will inshaAllah wholeheartedly accept him as YOUR ROLE MODEL!

May Allah guide you to become genuine Muslims in every respect…Aameen.

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*Valentine Day is supposed to be for Christians only. It is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early Christian martyrs named ‘Saint Valentine’ and is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

**Halloween also known as All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in many Christian countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. On the evening of that day millions of children in the Western world paint their faces, dress up in scary costumes, and go door to door collecting treats. The adults often decorate their houses with ghostly figures, carve scary faces on pumpkins, and put candles in them to create “Jack-O-Lanterns.”

***Holi is Hindu free-for-all festival of colours, where people smear each other with colours and drench each other. On that day some of the Hindus also consume bhang, an edible mixture made from the buds, leaves, and flowers of the female cannabis, or marijuana, plant.

By: M. B. Ahmed

But of course, the evolutionists can’t err…

For the love of the Mujaddid, Imam Rabbani

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum

An interesting discovery was made by the world of science just last month, October 2020.

It seems some salivary glands in the human body as we know it, were just “discovered” and had been hitherto unknown to mankind (sciencekind).

The evolutionists want us to believe in their rubbish theory that man evolved from monkeys as the absolute incontestable truth of human life’s origin. We are expected to bow our heads in utter submission to a theory that claims to know all the little and great secrets of human life tens of thousands of years before now, when scientists in our own times do not know everything about human life as they see it right before their eyes!

And I thought that big bad orange man is too arrogant to concede!

Given modern technology, one might assume we already know all parts of the human body. We’re taught at…

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