Mohsin Momin

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The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Four things bring one joy: a righteous wife, a spacious house, a pious neighbor and a comfortable riding animal." ( Quotes on marriage from Al-Hakim, Abu-Nu`aym and Al-Bayhaqi)

A DAD is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. ... A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail . . . . Life is really full of Emptiness without father Imaan

Ibn al-Qayyim: Health Benefits of Eggs The scholar Ibn al-Qayyim mentioned some of the health benefits of eggs in his great work "The Prophetic Medicine". He said that fresh eggs should be eaten in preference to old eggs, and that hens' eggs are preferable to those of other birds. He also said that the egg yolk helps to produce healthy blood; it soothes a sore throat, and is beneficial for a cough, ulcers, the trachea, kidney and bladder. He mentioned the use of egg yolk in the treatment of heart disease (due to its creation of good blood). Ibn al-Qayyim described the white of the egg as being cooling for an inflamed eye, and preventing blistering of burns and sunburn. So Why Eat eggs? All eggs contain a yellow yolk surrounded by a clear egg white (the albumin), all encased in a shell. Chicken eggs are the most widely consumed type of egg and are available in white and brown. White eggs come from hens with white feathers and white earlobes, whereas brown eggs come from hens with red feathers and red earlobes. Both types of egg have the same nutritional value. Eggs have the highest quality of protein of any whole food product, second only to human breast milk. Eggs are a good source of amino acid tryptophan, selenium, vitamins B2 and B12, and are one of the rare sources of natural vitamin D. Eggs are also a good source of choline, which is important for brain function, gene regulation and heart health. Eggs contain the two phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin, which may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Some of the health benefits of eggs are: Cataracts and Macular Degeneration: One study showed that people who ate foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin, such as eggs, had a twenty percent reduction in developing cataracts, and a forty percent reduction in developing macular degeneration. Weight Loss: a report in the Journal of the American College of nutrition showed that consuming an egg first thing in the morning may lead to reduced calorie consumption for the rest of the day. Tips of Eggs Check for cracks on eggs before purchasing. Storing eggs in the refrigerator will make them keep for longer, but do not keep them in the refrigerator door as they will be exposed to warmer temperatures when the door is opened. Wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling eggs to prevent cross-contamination of salmonella. A fresh egg should sink at once in a bowl of salted water and lie at the bottom; a bad egg will float. Imaan

Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel A great many insects—moths and butterflies, for example—produce silk, although there are considerable differences between these substances and spider silk. This thread, which scientists are only now joining forces to investigate, has been produced flawlessly by spiders for at least 380 million years. This, no doubt, is one of the proofs of God’s perfect creation. Neither is there any doubt that all of these extraordinary phenomena are under His control, taking place by His will. As one verse states, “There is no creature He does not hold by the forelock” (Qur’an, 11: 56). According to scientists, spider thread is one of the strongest materials known. If we set down all of a spider web’s characteristics, the resulting list will be a very long one. Yet even just a few examples of the properties of spider silk are enough to make the point: The silk thread spun by spiders, measuring just one-thousandth of a millimeter across, is five times stronger than steel of the same thickness. It can stretch up to four times its own length. It is also so light that enough thread to stretch clear around the planet would weigh only 320 grams. These individual characteristics may be found in various other materials, but it is a most exceptional situation for them all to come together at once. It’s not easy to find a material that’s both strong and elastic. Strong steel cable, for instance, is not as elastic as rubber and can deform over time. And while rubber cables don’t easily deform, they aren’t strong enough to bear heavy loads. How can the thread spun by such a tiny creature have properties vastly superior to rubber and steel, product of centuries of accumulated human knowledge? pider silk’s superiority is hidden in its chemical structure. Its raw material is a protein called keratin, which consists of helical chains of amino acids cross-linked to one another. Keratin is the building block for such widely different natural substances as hair, nails, feathers and skin. In all the substances it comprises, its protective property is especially important. Furthermore, that keratin consists of amino acids bound by loose hydrogen links makes it very elastic, as described in the American magazine Science News: “On the human scale, a web resembling a fishing net could catch a passenger plane.” On the underside of the tip of the spider's abdomen are three pairs of spinnerets. Each of these spinnerets is studded with many hairlike tubes called spigots. The spigots lead to silk glands inside the abdomen, each of which produces a different type of silk. As a result of the harmony between them, a variety of silk threads are produced. Inside the spider’s body, pumps, valves and pressure systems with exceptionally developed properties are employed during the production of the raw silk, which is then drawn out through the spigots. Most importantly, the spider can alter the pressure in the spigots at will, which also changes the structure of molecules making up the liquid keratin. The valves’ control mechanism, the diameter, resistance and elasticity of the thread can all be altered, thus making the thread assume desired characteristics without altering its chemical structure. If deeper changes in the silk are desired, then another gland must be brought into operation. And finally, thanks to the perfect use of its back legs, the spider can put the thread on the desired track. Once the spider’s chemical miracle can be replicated fully, then a great many useful materials can be produced: safety belts with the requisite elasticity, very strong surgical sutures that leave no scars, and bulletproof fabrics. Moreover, no harmful or poisonous substances need to be used in their production. Spiders’ silk possesses the most extraordinary properties. On account of its high resistance to tension, ten times more energy is required to break spider silk than other, similar biological materials. Imaan



Power of “Istighfar” (A moving story) This story about “Istighfar” is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated Sunni theologians, often referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the “Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah.” During his old age, while Imam Ahmed was travelling he stopped by a town. After the prayers, he wanted to stay for the night in the masjid yard because he didn’t know anyone in the town. Owing to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people. Failing to recognize Ahmed bin Hanbal, the caretaker of the mosque refused to let him stay in the mosque. As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the mosque. On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to be the host to him for the night. During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah). Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of saying Istighfar had any effect on him. The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his duas (supplications), except one. When he asked him what dua was it that hadn’t been accepted, the baker replied that he had been asking Allah to provide him the privilege to meet the famous scholar Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal. On this, Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal said that Allah had not only listened to his dua but had dragged him onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps. [Summarized from Al Jumuah magazine, vol 19, issue 7] This story is a reminder of the power of saying Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) frequently. Let’s remember that the prophet used to say Istighfar frequently during the day. Tafseer Al-Qurtubi states: A man complained to Al-Hasan about a drought, and he said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.” Another man complained to him of poverty and he said to him: “Pray to Allah to forgive you.” Another man said to him: “Pray to Allah to bless me with a child.” He said: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.” Another complained to him that his garden was dry. He said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.” He was asked about it and he said: “This is not my personal opinion, for Allah says in Surah Nooh (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” Tafseer Al-Qurtubi (18/301-302) One of the narrators of a Hadith was asked about the manner in which forgiveness is to be sought, to which he answered: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) used to say: ‘Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! (I beseech Allah for forgiveness, I beseech Allah for forgiveness)’.” [Sahih Muslim]. Imaan