Sign this petiton to free Dr. aafiyah Siddiqui.. send it directly to Obama/white house


Thank you for submitting your signature to the We the People petition “repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, imprisoned for more than 11 years, as a matter of urgency.” via WhiteHouse.gov.

 

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Petition Title: repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, imprisoned for more than 11 years, as a matter of urgency.

In the name of ALLAH, The Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful. We appeal to you as brothers and sisters in humanity to relieve the suffering of an innocent woman. In March 2003, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was abducted with her three young children in Pakistan on the basis of faulty intelligence, a rendition operation that a former Pakistani official has since admitted. Five years later she mysteriously reappeared in a weakened state in Afghanistan; she was shot and later charged in a federal court with attempted murder. Dr. Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years for a “crime” in which she alone was injured, she has now suffered needlessly for more than 11 years. We ask the government to affirm the American ideals of “liberty and justice for all.” End Aafiaxs suffering; reunite her with her family.

 

 

dr. afia siddique petition


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Israel has the right of self defense against unarmed women, children, sick and the weak!! !!???


Gaza - DEBKA map of IOF invasionGaza - geographical position

 

Every dead Palestine is just another Muhammad atta…. May Allah uplift this misguided ummat and give victory and divine Help to us!

Confirmation: Yes, Israel is -again- using flechette shells in Gaza


Originally posted on Cintayati:

CONFIRMATION OF USING BANNED ANOTHER WEAPON IN GAZA
The invading military has used experimental and banned weapons on Gaza in the past, though always denies it. White phosphorous, sarin gas, cancer-causing flesh-rippingDIME munitions (also see here), and flechette shells are being used this go round on Gaza, too. What is it going to take to put a total arms embargo on this lunatic, genocidal rogue military state?

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Tarawee 20 rakaat or 8?


The practice of the Sahabah, Tabi’een, Taba’ Tabi’een

and the consensus of the ENTIRE Muslim Ummat

20 Raka’aat Taraweeh performed during the Khilaafat of Sayyiduna Umar

 

● Saa’ib bin Yazeed says: “During the reign of Sayyiduna Umar (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) the Muslims used to perform 20 Raka’aat of Taraweeh Salaah in the month of Ramadhaan.”              (ja’diyyaat lil baghawi 2825)

 

This Hadeeth has been rigorously authenticated by Imaam Nawawi, Allamah Taqiyyuddeen Subki, Ibnul Mulaqqin, Ibnul ‘Iraaqi, Allamah ‘Aynee and other great Imaams of Hadeeth.

(الخلاصة1/576، المجموع 4/32، شرح المنهاج –الحاوي للفتاوى 1/35-  البدر المنير 4/349، طرح التثريب 3/97، عمدة القاري 7/178 و غيرهم)

● Yazeed bin Rumaan says: “During the Khilaafat of Umar (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) the Muslims used to perform 23 Raka’aat (20 Taraweeh +3 witr) in Ramadhaan.”                                                       (Mu’atta Imam Maalik 259)

 

● Yayha bin Sa’eed says: “Umar (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) ordered one person to lead the Muslims in Taraweeh and to perform 20 Raka’aat.”                                                                                    (musannaf ibn abi shaybah 7764)

 

● Ubayy bin Ka’b (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) says: “Umar (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) ordered me to lead the Muslims in Taraweeh Salaah. I performed 20 Raka’aat.”                                (Authentic-al-Mukhtaarah – dhiyaa al-Maqdisi 1161)

 

20 Raka’aat Taraweeh performed during the Khilaafat of Sayyiduna Ali

● Abu Abdurrahmaan as-Sulami says: “Ali (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) called various Ulema who were proficient in the recitation of the Qur’aan and he ordered one of them to lead the Muslims in 20 Raka’aat of Taraweeh. Sayyiduna Ali (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) himself used to lead the Witr Salah.”            (As-Sunanul Kubra – bayhaqi 2/496)

 

20 Raka’aat Taraweeh performed by other Sahaabah

● Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Mas’ud (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) in Kufah

Zayd bin Wahb says: “Abdullah bin Mas’ud used to lead us in Taraweeh Salaah.” A’mash added: “he used to read 20 Rak’aat Taraweeh and 3 Witr.”                                                                                 (Umdatul Qaari 11/127)

 

● Sayyiduna Ubayy bin Ka’b (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) in Madeenah Munawwarah

Abdul Aziz bin Rufay’ says: “Ubay bin Ka’b used to lead the Taraweeh Salaah in Madeenah Munawwarah; 20 Raka’aat of Taraweeh and 3 Witr.” (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 7766)

20 Raka’aat Taraweeh performed by the Taabi’een and Taba’ Taabi’een

 

In  Makkah Mukarramah:

●Ataa bin Abi Rabaah (d. 114A.H.), a Tabi’ee, was the Mufti of Makkah Mukarramah. He says regarding the practice of the people of his era (the Sahabah and Tabi’een) in Makkah mukarramah: “I found the people performing 23 Raka’aat.” (20 Taraweeh+ 3 Witr)                                                     (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 7770)

●Imam Shafi’ee (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) (d. 204 A.H.) says: “I found the people of Makkah Mukarramah performing 20 Raka’aat of Taraweeh Salaah.”                                                                          (Sunan Tirmidhi 1/166)

In Madeenah Munawwarah:

● Ibn Abi Mulaykah (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) was a Taabi’ee in Madeenah Munawwarah who met at least 30 Sahabah. He passed away in 117 A.H.

 

Madrasatul Uloomish Shar’iyyah – Actonville – Benoni                                      1

Naafi’ bin Umar says: “Ibn Abi Mulaykah used to be our Imaam in Taraweeh. He used to perform 20 Raka’aat and in each Rak’at he used to recite as long as Surah Faatir (which equals to ±6 paras a night!)

(Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 7765 bisanad saheeh-aathaarus sunan pg.254-rigorously authenticated)

In Kufah

● Suwayd bin Ghafalah (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) (d. 80 A.H.) just missed being a Sahabi. He reached Madeenah Munawwarah the day Rasulullah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was buried. Afterwards he settled in Kufah.He used to lead the Muslims in Taraweeh Salaah, performing all 20 Raka’aat himself, even when he reached the ripe old age of 120!

(musannaf ibn abi shaybah 7784;As-sunanul kubraa 2/496; Bukhari in Tareekh Kabeer-kuna 234)

 

● Haarith, who was a student of Ali (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) in Kufah, used to lead the Muslims in Taraweeh Salaah; 20 Raka’aat Taraweeh and 3 Witr. He used to recite the Dua-e-Qunoot before going into Rukoo’.

(Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 7767)

 

● Abul Bakhtaree (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) was one of the senior companions of Ali (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) in Kufah. He passed away in 83 A.H. Rabee’ says: “Abul Bakhtaree used to perform 20 Raka’aat Taraweeh and 3 Witr.”                                                                                                                     (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 7776)

 

● Shutayr bin Shakal was a senior Taabi’ee and also a student of Ali and Ibn Mas’ud (radhiyallaahu ‘anhuma) in Kufah. Abdullah bin Qays says: “Shutayr used to perform20 Raka’aat of Taraweeh Salaah.”

(Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 7762)

 

● Ali bin Rabee’ah (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) was a Tabi’ee in Kufah who narrated Hadeeth from Sahabah like Ali. Ibn Umar, Samurah, Salmaan Faarsi, Mugheerah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhum).

Sa’eed bin Ubayd says that Ali bin Rabee’ah was their Imaam in Taraweeh. He used to read 20 Raka’aat Taraweeh and 3 Witr.                                                                                                   (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 7772)

 

● Ibraheem Nakha’ee (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), a Tabi’ee (d. 96 A.H.) was one of the great Ulema of Kufah.

Imam Abu Haneefah (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), also a Taabi’ee in Kufah, narrates from his Ustadh Hammaad the statement of Ibraheem Nakha’ee regarding the Muslims of his era (the Sahabah and Tabi’een): “The Muslims used to read 20 Raka’aat of Taraweeh in Ramadhaan.”                                     (Al-aathaar-imam abu yusuf -211)

 

● Sufyaan Thowri (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), the great Imaam of Hadeeth in Kufah, (d. 161 A.H.) used to perform 20 Raka’aat Taraweeh.                                                                                                             (Sunan Tirmidhi 1/166)

In Basrah

● Hadhrat Hasan Basri (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), (d. 110 A.H.) the famous Tabi’ee who is known for his vast knowledge and piety, says regarding the practice of the people of his era (the Sahabah and Tabi’een) in Basrah: “The Muslims used to read 20 Raka’aat Taraweeh in Ramadhaan.”         (Fadhaail Ramadhaan-ibn Abi Dunya 53)

 

Yunus says: “ Before the year 81 A.H. I saw:

● Abdur Rahmaan (d. 96 A.H.), the son of the famous Sahabi Abu Bakrah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu)

● Sa’eed bin Abil Hasan (d. 100 A.H.), the brother of Hasan Basri (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh)

● ‘Imraan al-‘Abdi; all 3 were Imaams in Basrah, they used to perform 20 Raka’aat, and they used to make 2 ‘khatms’ of the Qur’aan Shareef in Taraweeh.”                                 (Fadhaail Ramadhaan-ibn Abi Dunya 50)

 

Consensus of the Ulama and Fuqahaa on 20 Raka’aat

“(20 raka’aat Taraweeh) is the correct, established amount narrated from the Sahabi, Hadhrat Ubayy bin Ka’b, with the consensus of the Sahabah.”                                                                    (ibn abdil barr-istidhkaar 5/157)

 

Among the Ulama who have quoted IJMAA’ (CONSENSUS) on 20 Raka’aat are: Ibn Abdil Barr Maaliki, Taqiyyuddeen Subki Shaafi’ee, Ibnul Iraaqi Shaafi’ee, Ibn Qudaamah Hambali, Allamah ‘Aynee Hanafi.

 

Madrasatul Uloomish Shar’iyyah – Actonville – Benoni

Shiah religion and Shiah lies==Taqiyah


THE RED HERRING

TAQIYAH OF A SHIAH

Taqiyah is the Holy Hypocrisy-Holy Lies doctrine of the Shiah religion. In terms of the Shiah religion of Kufr, practising Taqiyah is one of the loftiest acts of piety. In fact, it is integral to Shiah belief. The satanic belief requires  the adherents of Shi’ism to  conceal their kufr with lies and to dupe Muslims with lies in order to gain the confidence  of the People of the Sunnah. Shi’ism with its pernicious doctrine of Taqiyah sanctifies, glorifies and glamourizes LIES disgorged in the name of religion.

A Shiah, one Abdul Salam Islam, in a propaganda stunt to pull wool over the eyes of unwary and ignorant Muslims,  published an article, Beware of Propaganda Against Shi’ism. In his baseless article employing Taqiyah, he abortively attempted to respond to and refute  the book on Shi’ism authored by Maulana Khalid Dhorat.

The essay written by the Shiah Abdul Salam Islam, is a typical sample of Shi’i red herring obfuscation. It attempts, but fails, to divert  the focus from the actual beliefs of kufr of the Shiah religion  and cloud the issue of Shiah KUFR with peripheral issues unrelated to its (Shi’ism’s) fundamental doctrines of kufr which cast Shiahs out of the fold of Islam into the dregs of Jahannam.

The Shiah lost soul lamentably seeks to equate Shi’ism with Islam for gaining acceptability within the ranks of Muslims,  the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. It is indeed queer that whilst Muslims have no desire to be be aligned with Shiahs, the latter (i.e. Shiahs) are perennially at pains to proclaim that shiahs and Sunnis are ‘brothers’. While Shiahs are always wooing the Ahlus Sunnah in their desperate plot to gain the confidence of Muslims,  the latter  shun them and are averse to their hypocritical overtures of ‘brotherhood’. Muslims can never be brothers or friends with rubbishes who

  • Deny the authenticity of the Qur’aan
  • Claim that the  vast majority of the Sahaabah became murtad after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
  • Accuse Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) of having committed adultery
  • Utter special, vile curses on Hadhrat Aishah and the first three Khulafa of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Besides the abovementioned  acts of Shi’i kufr, the evil and villainy of Shiahs in both belief and practice, are numerous. All of their vile kufr and filth is well documented in their own books of theology. Numerous Ulama of the Ahlus Sunnah have written elaborate expositions to lay bare the filth and kufr of the Shiahs.

The Shiah writer of   the ghutha essay attempts to pass off Shi’ism for Muslim consumption by avoiding the charges  which Muslims level against the doctrines and practices of Shiahs. His claim that shiahs are Muslims simply because they ostensibly  assert their belief in Allah and Prophethood of  Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), does not make them Muslims. Qadianis as well as other deviates also subscribe to this kalimah. But mere profession of the kalimah is inadequate for validity of Imaan. The brief Kailmah formula  comes  with all its essential demands and requisites – fundamental doctrines and articles of faith, rejection of just one rendering the denier a kaafir.

Shiahs refute, deny and rubbish not just one of Islam’s fundamental requisites. It denies the WHOLE of Islam as believed by Muslims. Denial of the authenticity of the Qur’aan is tantamount to the denial of the WHOLE of Islam. Similarities in a handful of practices  do not elevate  a man to the pedestal of Imaan and Islam. But the fact is that Shiahs do not resemble Muslim in even a few  beliefs and practices.

The Shiah’s claim  of believing in the Qur’aan – the Qur’aan which we Muslims believe in – does not save the Shiah  kufr skin from the edict of KUFR which Muslims apply to Shiahs. Our contention is structured on sound grounds. It is not a joke to label  askaafir an entire community of a hundred million souls. The Ahlus Sunnah has a solid basis for proclaiming  Shiahs kaafir.

The assurances of  the Shiah, Abdul Salam Islam,  as to the hallucinated correctness of Shiah beliefs, may befool morons among the Muslims. Perhaps he too is a moron if he sincerely believes that the doctrines of Shi’ism are not kufr.  For ascertaining Shiah beliefs regarding the Qur’aan, the Sahaabah, etc., etc., articles written in defense of Shi’ism, are red herrings and a waste of time. The need is to research the kutub (kitaabs) of the Shiah clergy. What their great priests say and write is the criterion for understanding and judging Shi’ism. What moron writers say is of absolutely no significance for determining the beliefs of Shi’ism.

The Mujlisul Ulama of S.A. has published the following books in exposition of Shi’ism:

(1)  Shi’ism  Part 1

(2)  Shi’ism Part 2

(3)  Shi’ism Exposed

(4)  Who are the Shiah.

(5)  Why I left Shi’ism  (This is an essay by a former top Shi’i cleric who abandoned Shi’ism, and who was in consequence murdered by the Shiahs)

In addition, Maulana Manzoor No’maani as well as other Ulama have written  much on Shi’ism. All of the  abovementioned books cite the original kutub of the Shiah religion. The charges we lay against Shi’ism are not based on opinion or hearsay. We have structured our case of KUFR on the beliefs of Shi’ism as propounded by the highest ranking Shiah clergy (Mujtahids and Aayatullas) in their own books of theology.

Muslims should not  be beguiled  unto the snare of self-pitying Shiah writers who are at pains to depict Shi’ism as Islam. Don’t be befooled  by the Shiah writer’s averment:

“….they (i.e. Shiahs) do not disregard the companionship of the Sahabas nor do scholars encourage hatred towards Sunni.”

Read what their highest-tanking scholars say about the Sahaabah and the hatred they propagate for the Ahlus Sunnah spearheaded by the Sahaabah. For gaining political capital and for political expediency, the Shiah  notoriously resort to their  Taqiyah belief of holy hypocrisy.

It devolves on the morons who abortively  seek to vindicate Shi’ism to debunk with logical and rational facts the numerous citations of kufr  which we  have extracted from their own  kutub, and which we have published. Read the books we have enumerated above. Write to us for copies of these books.

Mr.Abul Salam Islam, the Shi’i writer, despite   saying, ignorantly or by Taqiyah design, that Shiahs accept the Sahaabah, is constrained by the force of   the reality of Shiah kufr  to say:

“Historical facts prove that the Prophet (pbuh) did appoint a successor a few months before his death…”

Now what is the logical conclusion of this  veiled slander against the Sahaabah in general, and against Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) and Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallhu anhu) in particular? The conclusion of this Shi’i LIE is that  the Sahaabah had rejected the appointment made by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam); that Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu), first, and  Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu), second, and Hadhrat Uthmaan (radhiyallahu anhu), third, had usurped the Khilaafate by having rejected  the express appointment of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). And, what is the conclusion of rejecting the order of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)? Every moron Muslim will understand that a person who rejects the command of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is a kaafir. It is on this very basis as outlined above, that Shiahs proclaim that the first three Khulafa were the worst of kuffaar, hence invoking la’nat (curse) on them is an act of lofty ibaadat. Don’t be trapped  in Shiah kufr and  their ‘holy’ lies.

There is no academic expertise displayed in the Shiah moron’s  criticism of Maulana Dhorat’s book. He (i.e. the Shiah)  endeavours to  compile a puzzle from incongruent pieces of  self-opinion  based on generalities. He struggls to present a  coherent picture which will depict Shiahs as Muslims and as ‘brothers’ of the Ahlus Sunnah, when the reality denies such propaganda.

He lauds Khomeni and cites some deceptive statements of Shiah clerics while ignoring what Khomeini  said about the Sahaabah. All the facts on which we base our view are available. The Shiahs  have failed to conceal their books of theology in which their beliefs of kufr and belief of hatred for the Sahaabah are cast in stone. It does not serve the cause of the Shiah writer to  resort to obfuscation in his defense of Shi’ism. He will gain nothing. He should rather  respond to the charges which we  have structured on the basis of the  beliefs which are very conspicuously and unambiguously  recorded in the highest-tanking books of Shiah theology, and made by the highest-ranking priests of Shi’ism.

Shiahs are not Muslims. Shi’ism is a religion entirely apart from Islam. Shi’ism is anathema to Islam. Those who hate the Sahaabah – those who slander Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) can never be the friends and brothers of Muslims.

Boycott the transgression toward Allah== boycott apartheid in Gaza


Shaykh Abdul Raheem

Forwarded:

“So, after watching, listening and reading the many many condemnations of the Israeli atrocities against our brethren in Palestine, after seeing all the appeals for help from many organizations and people, this is the thought that came to mind:

until and unless, the collective ummah, does not STOP looking like kuffar, behaving like kuffar and supporting the kuffar activities, Allah azza wa jall will withhold HIS support. It is no use criticizing the Zionists if we have not changed our dressing, our entertainment and our culture to that of our beloved NABI sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. We cannot persist in supporting them thru watching their filth on t.v, wearing their haraam clothing and eating doubtful foods and then cry foul when they eat us alive! The change that is needed is not in Washington, tel aviv or London. It is in the homes, lounges and kitchens of every single reciter of the kalimah.

I challenge every one of u my brothers & sisters, throw out that evil evil box that damages our thinking, our morals and our imaan! Then we will see the help of Allah descend. If we behave like Muslims, then Allah has promised,’wa kaana haqqan alaynaa nasrul mumineen’ ‘It is a right upon us to help the believers’

Our brothers n sisters are suffering, what have REALLY done to invoke Allah’s help???

Making propaganda and insulting jews is not helping, they r who they are.

The question is ‘WHO ARE WE???????’

If you want to make a difference by ‘Boycotting’ then:-

Boycott israeli goods
Boycott VAT fraud
Boycott Tax evasion
Boycott Interest
Boycott benefit fraud
Boycott Alcohol
Boycott Tobacco
Boycott Drugs
Boycott mortgages
Boycott loans
Boycott ALL Haraam earnings
Boycott ALL doutful/haraam food
Boycott EXTRAVAGANT WEDDINGS
Boycott EXTRAVAGANT holidays
Boycott zina of the eyes
Boycott zina of the tongue
Boycott zina of the ears
Boycott zina of ‘social media’
Boycott haraam relationships
Boycott EXTRAVAGANT lifestyles
Boycott music/songs
Boycott gheebat
Boycott slander
Boycott adultery
Boycott fornication
Boycott clubbing
Boycott SHAVING the BEARD
Boycott TRIMMING the BEARD
Boycott going out without hijaab
Boycott going out without niqab
Boycott going out with makeup
Boycott going out with tight clothing
Boycott going out with perfume
Boycott travelling without mahram
Boycott intermingling of genders
Boycott EVER MISSING A SALLAH
Boycott disobedience of parents
Boycott disrespecting husbands
Boycott ill treating wives
Boycott Wasting hrs on whatsapp
Boycott wasting hrs on Twitter
Boycott wasting hrs on FB
Boycott spending hrs on PS3
Boycott NATIONALISM
Boycott leaving the SUNNAH
Boycott leaving the SHARIAH
Boycott ALL FORMS OF HARAAM

If you are serious about changing the conditions of the UMMAH then Lets BOYCOTT fully, properly & completely..InshaAllah!!!

May Allah Give us the true understanding and grant us the Tawfeeq to practice and guide us on the true path till our final abode (Jannah) in Akhirah (Ameen)

Allah’s Wrath and Punishment Upon This Ummah – The Reasons and Remedy


THE CAUSE OF THE UMMAH’S DOWNFALL AND HUMILIATION
 
INTRODUCTION

There are a number of Aayat (verses) of the Qur’an and Ahadith, and Ta’leem (teachings) stemming from them, which reveal the true cause of the current state of utter disgrace and humiliation the Ummah is currently wallowing in. Such Aayat and Ahadith are generally received by us with complete indifference, uncomfortable silences, and even implicit kufr-type rejection.

The reason for such discomfort and implicit rejection is simple. Sincere contemplation and acceptance of such teachings would threaten our very own personal indulgences in the Dunya many of which are transgressions into the Haraam (forbidden) and Mushtabah (doubtful) territories of the Shariah. It would induce introspection into our own lives and the lives of those close to us. It would coerce our consciences into embarking on a thorough examination of how each one us are personally responsible for Allah’s Wrath upon this Ummah. It would lead to a bitter realisation that many of our transgressions into the Mushtabah (doubtful) domain of Allah’s Shariah are not real necessities, but are dispensable luxuries that only serve to increase our attachment to the Dunya – the very anti-thesis of our purpose in this life.

However, we would much rather allow Shaytaan to divert our attention away from own lives, the true reason behind Allah’s Wrath and Punishment, and instead soothe our guilty consciences by scapegoating the likes of the Kuffaar enemies of Islam, U.S.A., Israel, ruthless tyrants, earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, etc. all of which are merely manifestations of Allah’s Wrath and Punishment upon this Ummah due to our negligence and recklessness with regards to the sacred bounds of Allah’s glorious Shariah.

Our minds and restricted tunnel-vision, influenced and colonized by the effects of westernism and crass materialism, allow us only to see the material causes and effects of our degradation. We desperately cling onto those reasons which we want to believe to be the reasons for our failure, whether it be military, political, technological, strategic, etc. whilst we conveniently ignore the clear, explicit words of the Creator of all causes, effects, and means, Who revealed through Wahi (Revelation) the exact reasons for our abject humiliation.

Below are a series of articles containing such Aayat and Ahadith which will leave no person who reflects sincerely on them in any doubt that the catastrophes and calamities that are currently afflicting the Ummah are merely a Divine Punishment from the Causer of all Causes, Allah (azza wa jal), the Most Just, as a direct consequence of our inordinate desire to seek loopholes and ways to avoid complete submission to the pure orthodox Shariah.

Allah’s Wrath and Punishment Upon This Ummah – The Reasons and Remedy

Jazakumullah Khair
Was-salaam

Taraweeh in detail 2 part series


All praise to Allah who has given us a Deen wherein little actions reap tremendous reward as expounded by Nabi (S.A.W), and blessings upon the Sahabah (R.A) who have spent everything for the upliftment of Deen
FASTING & TARAWEEH
It is related on the authority of Abdullah bin Amar that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, “The Fast and the Qur’an will both plead on behalf of the bondsmen who will keep fast in the day and recite or listen attentively to the recital of the Qur’an at night, standing in thepresence of the Rabb. The Fast will say,

“My Rabb, I had held him back from food, drink and sexual satisfaction, accept my intercession for him today and treat him with mercy and forgiveness” and Qur’an will say, “I held him back from taking rest and sleeping in the night, O Rabb Allah! Accept my intercession for him today and treat him with mercy and forgiveness”. The intercession of both the Fast and Qur’an will be accepted for the bondsmen and he will be treated with an exceptional kindness. (Bahaqi)
The previous Hadith appears in the Kitaab Bukhari and Muslim under section of collective
offering of Taraweeh salaat.

Rasulullah (sallallahu álayhi wasallam) led the Taraweeh salaat in congregation on the 23rd, 25th, and 27th of Ramadaan, then when He saw the great keenness and enthusiasm of the Sahabah for the salaat, he decided to stay back (in his house).

The Sahabah thought that perhaps Rasulullah (sallallahu álayhi wasallam) had gone to sleep and so came to his door to call him out for salaat. Rasulullah (sallallahu álayhi wasallam) came out and said,

“May Allah increase your keenness and bless you, I have deliberately not come out for the salaat lest it
should be make incumbent upon you and then you are not able to observe it regularly as a prescribed
salaat.

So you should offer it privately in your house because offering a voluntarily prayer in the
house carries much more reward than offering it in the Masjid. (Muslim)
RECITATION OF QUR’AN IN TARAWEEH
To recite and listen to the Qur’an in Taraweeh is both sunnat and mustahab (preferable) and
should not be abandoned due to fear of pride.

The aim should be sincerity and to gain pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. Recitation should be rendered without remuneration. If for some reason, the Haafiz does not read Taraweeh, but keeps reading the Qur’an, he will be free from accountability.
Allah Ta’ala says, “Allah does not burden any soul more than it can bear.
(Fatawa Rahimiyah vol.4 pg.349)

IS IT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE IMAAM TO LEAD TARAWEEH?
a) When the Imaam is unable to recite the Qur’an in Taraweeh then it is his responsibility and
duty to read from ‘Alam Tara Kaifa’ (Surah 104).

b) If the followers desire to listen to “QUR’AN TARAWEEH” they should make arrangements
for the same themselves and not force the Imaam to make “QUR’AN TARAWEEH”.

c) If a willing Haafiz who leads the Taraweeh for the pleasure of Allah is not found, then for the
month of Ramadaan, a deputy Imaam may be appointed. Make it his duty to lead one or two
salaats, as well as lead the Taraweeh salaat. The giving of remuneration under this situation
becomes permissible. (Fatawa Rahimiyah vol.4 pg.349)

WHO DESERVES TO BE IMAAM FOR TARAWEEH?
An old serving Haafiz cannot not take preference nor can he prevent a newly appointed
Haafiz from leading Taraweeh.
(Fatawa Darul-Uloom vol.4 pg.282 as in Durre Mukhtar vol.1 pg.522 section on Imaamat)

CAN ONE PERSON LEAD TARAWEEH SALAAT IN TWO PLACES?
a) It is categorically written in Alamgiri that if one leads Taraweeh completely in one Masjid then
goes to the next, the latter will not be valid. This is opinion upon which the fatawa (decision)
rests.
b) However, the Imaam may perform ten rakaats in one Masjid with someone from amongst the
congregation continuing to read the remaining ten, whilst he leads ten rakaats in another
Masjid. But, he may not repeat the same rakaats in a different place.
(Fatawa Darul-Uloom vol.4 pg.288 as in Alamgiri vol.1 pg.289)
SHAR’I POSITION ON REMUNERATION FOR TARAWEEH
It is not valid to read Qur’an for remuneration. To read with the intention of getting money
comes under the order of accepting wages which is not permissible.

When someone cannot be found to perform “QUR’AN TARAWEEH” without payment, then in that circumstance, it is better to perform Taraweeh by reading the last ten surahs. For the performance of Taraweeh, the virtues of standing for night salaat in Ramadaan will be reaped.
(Fatawa Darul-Uloom Deoband vol.5 pg.264 as in Durre Mukhtar vol.1 pg.287)

TRAVELLING EXPENSES AND FOOD FOR THE HAAFIZ
a) To give the Haafiz traveling expenses is an act of thawaab. To feed him with good food is
permissible, if he is non-resident. (Fatawa Darul-Uloom Deoband vol.4 pg.295)
b) If it was not the intention of the Haafiz to receive anything and if someone gave him
something, then it is permissible for him to take it. But, if it is the custom of the area to bestow
a gift and the Haafiz read with this notion even if he did not verbally express it, then it will not
be valid take anything. (Fatawa Rashidiyyah Kaamil pg.324)

ACCEPTING REMUNERATION FOR TARAWEEH
a) It is not permissible to accept or give payment for Taraweeh. It is better to read from ‘Alam
Tara Kaifa’. Where there is difficulty in obtaining a Haafiz without paying him, then a deputy
Imaam’s post may be created so that the Haafiz leads one or two salaats and is paid for
Imaamat. This has been stated by Mufti Aazam Hazrat Maulana Mufti Kifayatullah
(rahimahullah). (Kifayatul Mufti vol.3 pg.350).

The jurists have given the permissibility ruling for remuneration for Imaamat. Mufti Mehmoodul Hasan (rahimahullah) states the original mazhab is non-permissibility, but due to the non-availablality of Huffaaz without paying them, the above ruling of permissibility is given. (Fatawa Mehmoodia vol.1 pg.350)

b) It is therefore permissible for a wealthy well-wisher of the Haafiz to feed him in this month
and grant him a gift at the end of the month. To give the gift as payment is prohibited.
(Fatawa Rahimiyah vol.4 pg.433)

c) The rule is not to give payment after specifying an amount, and if it is not received, there
should be no complaint, grief or grievance. In this case i.e. if some gift is presented, it will not
be classified as remuneration and come within the ambit of permissibility.
(Kifayatul Mufti vol.3 pg.350)

HAAFIZ IS MATURE WITHOUT BEARD

a) If the young mature Haafiz is handsome and people’s sexual urges are possibly aroused when looking at him, even if the Haafiz is a student of Ilm (knowledge), then his Imaamat is
makrooh. If there is no such matter, and if he is the most superior from all the followers in Ilm and Qur’an, then his Imaamat is not makrooh.

b) If he is of that age where there is no hope of his beard appearing, then his no longer an
“Amrad” (young mature lad without a beard), his Imaamat will not be makrooh.
(Imdaadul Fatawa vol.1 pg.358)

THE LAW ON A YOUNG WHO’S AGE IS 15 YEARS LESS 1 MONTH
a) The rule is that if no longer sign of maturity (e.g. Wet-dream etc.) is found then 15 complete
lunar years is the Shar’i maturity age.

The correct rule according to Imaam Abu Hanifa(rahimahullah) is that na-baaligh cannot lead the Fardh, Nafil, and Waajib salaat. If any signof maturity is found, then Imaamat is valid.

b) However, if by 14 years, the signs of maturity appear, and he says that he has become baaligh, then to follow him is valid.
(Fatawa Darul-Uloom Deoband vol.4 pg.226 and 295 as in Durre Mukhtar vol.1 pg.39 section of Imaama

AT WHAT AGE CAN A YOUTH LEAD TARAWEEH?
a) If no other sign such as wet-dream appears before 15 years, then 15 years is the age limit set by
Shariat for maturity.

b) A youth whose 16th year has started may lead the Taraweeh, Fardh and Waajib salaat and can
stand in front row even though no beard has appeared.

c) A na-baaligh youth 13 or 14 must not lead the Taraweeh but can stand in the first row to detect
errors. (Fatawa Darul-Uloom Deoband vol.4 pg.247)
IMAAMAT OF HAAFIZ WHO SHAVES AND IMAAM WITH AN AMPUTATED HAND
To shave the beard is haraam and in the light of Shariat, the one who shaves the beard is
Faasiq. Thus to make such a person an Imaam, is not permissible.

Following such an Imaam is
makrooh-e-tahrimi. (Fatawa Rahimiyah vol.1 pg.353 as in Shaami vol.1 pg.523)
It is permissible and not makrooh to follow an Imaam whose hand is amputated from the elbow
THE IMAAM WHO FOLLOWS FASHION
If the Imaam promises to discard his bad habits (i.e. un-Islamic clothing and hair-style and
moving around bare-headed), he can be appointed Imaam. If he refuses to change, then he is not
deserving of the post of Imaamat. If his followers are displeased due to this reason, their displeasure
will be valid. It is stated in Hadith that if the followers are displeased wit the Imaam, salaat is not
accepted. If the Haafiz is prepared to alter his way of life, he can be appointed Imaam; otherwise, the
honored position of Imaamat should not be given to him.
(Fatawa Rahimiyah vol.4 pg.417 as in Durre Mukhtar with Shaami vol.1 pg.522)

Home Remedies for Cats with Vomiting


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Cats often induce vomiting by eating couchgrass and other herbs. This is nothing to worry about as they are only using a natural cleansing method and getting rid of excess bile, mucus and other impurities. However, continual or acute vomiting can be dangerous for your cat and should be treated. Home remedies for cats are perfectly suited to cure the problem.

The most common cause of acute vomiting is a diet. Your cat may eat something that does not agree with them or they may not be used to certain foods. Cats may also vomit as a result of hairballs. There are other possible causes such as swallowing a foreign object or travelling in a car.

Treatment

Find out what the likely cause of vomiting is, i.e. whether the problem originates from the stomach or not. If coughing is the cause, your cat may have swallowed a foreign object and you will need to seek help from a vet.

Conventional medication for vomiting includes antiemetics, antibiotics and corticosteroids. They may relieve the symptoms but come with side effects. Some of these drugs can cause digestion problems and immunosuppressants can lower resistance to illness. Home remedies for cats are a natural alternative. They can help to restore digestive comfort and help prevent vomiting.

Natural remedies for vomiting

To treat your cat naturally, put it on half day fast to start with, but still giving fluids. This will allow the system to clean out. Then feed a bland diet of boiled chicken or meat and rice or potato in small amounts. Gradually return to normal meals. This may often be enough if food is the cause of vomiting.

If the vomiting is due to food poisoning give half a dropperful of apple cider vinegar mixed with water in regular intervals, every 10 minutes, until the symptoms disappear.

To prevent vomiting in future, gradually reduce commercial foods and replace them with fresh, raw, unprocessed foods. Make sure though you never change your cat’s diet suddenly as this will lead to stomach upsets.

Certain herbs have proven to be particularly beneficial to prevent vomiting.Slippery elmmarshmallow and mint have been used for centuries as digestive aids. Licorice is an excellent tonic and helps to soothe the lining of the digestive tract. You can add small amounts to your cat’s food.

For continuous vomiting prepare a soothing tisane (herbal tea) of gentian andsage. To make the tisane use one teaspoon of each herb and 200 ml of boiling water. Let the herbs soak for one minute and then administer by dropper, one dropperful four times a day. This will usually calm the vomiting very quickly. If your cat is agitated add a teaspoon of skullcap to the mix.

If the vomiting is severe, take a handful of spearmint, a teaspoon of cloves,cinnamon and rhubarb and pour 500ml of boiling water over the mix. Let it cool down and sweeten with a teaspoon of honey before you administer six dropperfuls every 20 minutes.

If travelling is the cause of vomiting homoeopathic remedies such as kalium phosphate, aconite, cocculus and pulsatilla vulgaris may help. They are tissue salts and well known for their ability keep the stomach calm during travelling and prevent motion sickness.

Children die playing football, in taxi with grandma, as Israel bombs Gaza for tenth day


 

The body of one of four children from the Baker family who were killed by Israeli forces while playing on a Gaza City beach is carried during the children’s funeral on 16 July.

(Mohammed Asad / APA images)

Eight children and a grandmother were among 23 persons killed in a tenth day of heavy Israeli bombardment targeting civilians, civilian homes and other infrastructure across the occupied Gaza Strip.

Wednesday’s carnage brought the toll since Israel began its assault to 220 Palestinians killed and 1,570 injured, the Gaza-based newspaper Filistin reported, citing the health ministry.

The latest deaths bring the number of children killed to at least forty-six.

 

A Palestinian child wounded in an Israeli strike cries while receiving medical care at a hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 16 July.

(Ezz Al-Zanoon / APA images)

Human Rights Watch said today that Israeli air attacks it investigated “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.”

The group called on Israel to “end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property.”

Almost eighty percent of those killed in the Israeli attacks are civilians, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Children killed on beach

On Wednesday afternoon, in an horrific attack witnessed by international journalists stationed at the Al-Deira Hotel, shelling from an Israeli gunboat killed four children from a single family as they played football on a beach near Gaza’s seaport.

The mother of one of the boys killed by Israeli forces while they were playing on a Gaza City beach reacts to news of her son’s death on 16 July.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

The four victims were Ahed Atef Baker and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both ten years old, Muhammad Ramiz Bakr, eleven, and Ismail Muhammad Bakr, aged nine.

Three other children were wounded, one critically.

NBC journalist Ayman Mohyeldin witnessed the attack.

Moutaz Bakr, 1 of the boys who survived shelling, was shaking w a broken army, blood shot eyes, says he saw 3 of his friends killed

 

Never Again.. Jewish Genocide in Gaza. Jews bomb playing children and pregnant women…


NBC Reportedly Pulls Reporter Who Witnessed Child Deaths From Gaza
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NBC News has pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza after the veteran journalist personally witnessed the death of four Palestinian boys, according to aThursday report by The Intercept.
According to the report, by Glenn Greenwald, NBC executives said the decision was due to “security concerns” as Israel prepares its ground invasion. The attack that left the children dead occurred near the hotel where Mohyeldin and other journalists were staying. However, Greenwald insinuated the move could have been because the reporter’s “powerful” coverage of the conflict had angered the pro-Israeli political establishment.
“Over the last two weeks, Mohyeldin’s reporting has been far more balanced and even-handed than the standard pro-Israel coverage that dominates establishment American press coverage; his reports have provided context to the conflict that is missing from most American reports and he avoids adopting Israeli government talking points as truth. As a result, neocon and ‘pro-Israel’ websites have repeatedly attacked him as a ‘Hamas spokesman’ and spouting ‘pro-Hamas rants,’” Greenwald wrote.
The day before his reported removal from Gaza, Mohyeldin reported on the deaths of the four young Palestinian boys. He said he played with them and kicked around a ball shortly before their death.
“The attack – and its heartrending aftermath – was witnessed by NBC News. Moments earlier, the boys were playing soccer with journalists on the beach. The four victims were named as Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both 10 years old, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9,” Mohyeldin’s report said.
NBC and Mohyeldin did not return requests for comment from Business Insider.
Additional reporting by Hunter Walker.

30 important points to remember during taraweeh


Some points below most should be well aware of, however just as a reminder we list below 30 important points about the performing of taraweeh

1) Taraweeh follows Esha. Taraweeh is not before Esha. In a Masjid wherein Esha Jamaat is not performed, it is not valid to perform Taraweeh. (Kabiri Pg 391)

2) If a person performed Taraweeh as an Imaam or follower, he cannot again perform Taraweeh as an Imaam although he may join as a follower (with Nafl intention) in another Masjid’s Taraweeh. (Kabiri Pg 389)

3) a. To read two Rakaats with one Salaam is best.
b. To read four Rakaats with one Salaam is without objection.
c. To read eight Rakaats with one Salaam is Makrooh (detested).
d. But the reward for resting after every four Rakaats will not be obtained.
e. However, to read more than eight Rakaats with one Salaam is against the best action and Makrooh-e-Tanzihi. (Kabiri)
4) A person who enters the Masjid when Taraweeh has started, one must perform the Fardh and Sunnat then join the Taraweeh etc. (Kabiri)
5) It is permissible to perform Fardh behind one Imaam and Taraweeh and Witr behind another.
6) If the Esha Salaat was not valid due to some reason (e.g. Imaam performed it without Wudhu), then the Esha and the Taraweeh has to be repeated, although the reason for invalidity did not exist in the Taraweeh. (Kabiri)
7) All of the following intentions are valid for Taraweeh:
a. “Standing for night Salaat in Ramadhaan”
b. “of Sunnat”
c. “of the time of Salaat”
d. “of the Imaam”. (Kinayah)
8.) If an Imaam is reading the second and the third section and the follower made the intention of following him in the first section, there is no problem. (Kinayah)
9) If any part of the Taraweeh was invalid or missed, then it is Makrooh to make its Qaza with Jamaat.
10) If one remembered after Witr, that a portion has been left out, this can be read in Jamaat.
11) If only 19 Rakaats were read, then two more should be read. There is no need to repeat the whole Taraweeh.
12) When repeating the two Rakaats (of those Rakaats which have been rendered invalid), the Quraan recited in those two invalid Rakaats should be repeated so that the Quraan is recited in a valid Salaat.
13) If the Imaam made 18 Rakaats and then started the Witr and then remembered that two Rakaats Taraweeh are left and makes Salaam after the second Rakaat of the Witr, it will not be counted as Taraweeh.
14) If the Imaam did not make Qa’da after the second Rakaat but did so after four Rakaats, then the later second Rakaats are counted as two of Taraweeh.
15) To read Taraweeh sitting without reason is valid, but half the reward will be received.
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16) If the Imaam performed Taraweeh in a sitting position due to some reason then it is Mustahab (preferable) for the followers to stand and read.

17) To keep counting how many Rakaats have been performed is Makrooh. This is a sign of uneasiness.

18) To spend most of the night in Taraweeh is Mustahab (preferable).

19) To make one Khatam (read or listen) is Sunnat. The second Khatam is meritorious. The third Khatam is best, thus if in every Rakaat plus minus ten Aayats are read then easily one Khatam can be read and will not be difficult for the followers.

20) It is meritorious for a Hafez to return home and perform another twenty Rakaats so that he obtains the reward for two Khatams.

21) It is best to make one Khatam every ten days.

22) If the followers are so weak and disinterested, that they are not prepared to listen to the whole Quraan, with the result they discard Jamaat then read so much which pleases them or from Alam Tara. But in the above cases, they will be deprived of the reward of the Sunnat of Khatam.

23) If Aayats have been missed and whilst the Hafiz remembers those Aayats have been missed, then it is Mustahab (preferable) to read the missed Aayats and to repeat the proceeding ones.

24) It is Makrooh (detested) to leave out the small in between Surahs in Fardh Salaat but it is not Makrooh to do so in Taraweeh.

25) If the followers are weak or not energetic that they cannot bear lengthy Salaats, then after the Durood, Dua may be left out without any objection. Care should be taken not to leave out the Durood.

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26) Do not read Thana when you join the Jamaat when the Imaam has started the Qiraat.

27)
a. The Masbooq (one who has come late for Salaat) should not stand up quickly to complete his Salaat until he is sure and certain that the Imaam has ended his Salaat. (Muheet)

b. Sometimes the Imaam may make a Salaam to be followed by Sajda Sahwa while the Masbooq stands up the Masbooq should immediately return and join the Imaam.

28) If a person hurriedly said Takbeer while standing straight and then rushed into Ruku and his back straightened before the Imaam raised his head from Ruku then the person has got the Rakaat even if he did not say one Tasbeeh.
Otherwise not. If the person did not say the Takbeer while standing straight, but said it while going into Ruku, then his start is not valid. (Muheet)

29) If one says one Takbeer as Takbeer-e-Tahrima while standing and immediately goes into Ruku to join the Imaam, it is adequate (sufficient).

30) It is permissible to read Fardh Salaat under one Imaam and Taraweeh and Witr under another Imaam. (Kabiri)

Above references (Fatawa Mehmoodia of My Ustaad Hazrat Moulana Mufti Mehmoodul Hasan Gangohi Vol 2 Pg 350 till 357)

28 Amazing Benefits Of Papaya For Skin, Hair And Health


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Papaya is available throughout the year. It has a delicious sweet taste with a soft butter like consistency. This pear-shaped fruit is usually 7 inches long. The inside flesh is rich orange in colour with a slight shade of pink or yellow. Papaya has a lot of hidden benefits for skin, health and hair. Not just the fruit itself, but other parts of papaya also are very beneficial. Like ‘Papain’ commonly known as papaya enzyme is helpful in digesting proteins. It is extracted from the tree and the fruit to make dietary supplements, and is also used as a major ingredient in some chewing gums.

Papayas were originally found in Central America, while the explorers from Spain and Portugal helped bring this fruit to many other subtropical lands, which then journeyed to places like Philippines, some parts of Africa and India. Today, the US, Mexico and Puerto Rico are said to be the largest commercial producers of papaya in the world. Apart from Papains, papaya is also a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fiber. The pulp of this fruit is also a basic component of many facial creams, and shampoos.

 

Skin Benefits Of Papaya:

Papaya, which is rich in so many healthy components, is best for skin care as it promises and works to provide you with healthy and glowing skin.

  1. Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain, this fruit helps in removing dead skin cells along with breaking down the inactive proteins.
  2. The best feature of papaya is its ‘Low Sodium Quality’, thus resulting in very little retention of water. In simple words it means, it helps you keep your skin hydrated.

  1. Papaya is actually a wholesome fruit as it contains more Carotene when compared to other fruits like apple, custard apple, guava and plantains. Not being an expensive fruit, papaya is a common man’s fruit which is beneficial in many ways.

  2. The application of finely grounded paste of raw papaya on the face for 25 minutes helps reduce those unwanted pimples and other embarrassing blemishes on the face.

  3. Both, direct application and eating will help you achieve smooth, supple and soft skin.

  4. Regular consumption or application of papaya also provides shine to the skin, which comes from within and is long lasting.

  5. The mashed papaya can be used for treating the sore and cracked heels.

  6. Papaya also acts as a natural skin exfoliator.

  7. Application of papaya also helps in removing skin discoloration.

  8. The peel of papaya can not only be used on the face, but it can also be used for whitening the legs.

  9. The use of raw papaya helps you treating the ringworms as well. You just need to rub some slices of raw papaya on the ringworm patches and see reduced inflammation.

  10. Papaya helps the skin by reducing the aging signs on the face.

 

How to Use:

  • The papaya peel helps in reducing and treating the signs of aging. Just rub the peel on the face after eating the papaya. Let it stay for 5 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Regular use offers visible results. The most coveted ingredient, AHA’s or Alfa-Hydroxy Acid, are found in abundance in papaya to offer anti-aging properties, but this is the only reason which makes papaya an acidic fruit. So, do not apply it for more time as it may cause dryness and irritation to sensitive skin.
  • Papaya is also fruitful for treating the dark spots.  The application of mashed and uneaten papaya with or without milk on your face can help in removing the dark spots and evens out the skin tone which results into a fairer and glowing skin.
  • For getting hydrated skin, mix mashed papaya with honey and apply on your face.
  • Papaya is also effective for treating dry skin. All you need to do is to mash a small section of papaya and mix it one tbsp of malai or milk cream. Apply on your face for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
  • A very simple method for moisturizing the skin is applying papaya on it. Take a ripe papaya, clean it and blend it into a fine paste. Now apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes. Wash it off using a wash cloth and pat dry to get great results.
  • For skin tightening, apply mashed papaya mixed with honey and rice-flour for 20 minutes, three times a week.
  • Papaya is also suitable for using as a body scrub. It can be made by mashing raw papaya and mixing it with honey, salt spa and olive oil.
  • For curing the skintans and brightening the complexion, the simple face packcan be made. Just follow the steps mentioned below:
    • Make a paste of pulpy papaya
    • Add yogurt, honey, lemon juice and egg white into it
    • Mix all ingredients till the mixture becomes thick which can be applied on the face
    • Wash your face thoroughly so that it becomes clean and dirt free
    • Apply this facial mask on your face and leave it for 15 – 20 minutes
    • Wash off with the lukewarm water and pat dry

Papaya benefits for skin are truly endless. We will now proceed to the benefits of papaya on hair.

Hair Benefits Of Papaya:

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Apart from amazing skin care benefits, papaya is also useful when it comes to hair care. According to hair care professionals, the benefits of papaya for hair can be gained by eating the fruit regularly or by the regular use of hair care products containing papaya as its major ingredients. Papaya can also help in creating the volume by nourishing the hair shaft. Other papaya benefits for hair are listed below:

  1. Rich in nutrients, papaya may help prevent balding, thus helping boost growth and strength of the hair.
  • Papaya is also used for controlling dandruff.

  • Add papaya to your daily diet to help reduce hair thinning. Although no scientific evidence has been derived with this theory, but still many people have tried and found it worthy. Results may vary from individual to individual.

  • Papaya being rich in minerals, vitamins and enzymes also helps in removing the dirt, oil and chemical build up from the hair in a very safe way.

  • Papaya leaf extracts can be used as a conditioner for adding shine to dull, unruly and lifeless hair.

  • Using of papaya hair mask can result into thick, strong, shiny and healthy hair.

  • How to Use:

    This papaya hair mask will help you add thickness, strength and shine to your hair.

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 cup diced ripe papaya
    • 1 cup diced ripe banana
    • 1 tbsp molasses
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 1 cup yogurt

    Directions:

    • Blend all the ingredients together thoroughly. Take care that no chunks remain after blending
    • Apply to damp hair
    • Cover with a plastic cap or shower cap
    • Allow it to stand for half an hour
    • Now wrap a towel around your cap to generate heat
    • Again leave it for another half an hour
    • Now wash your hair in your  regular way
    • It is optional to add your favorite deep conditioner to this recipe to get super soft hairs

    Now that we have seen how Papaya is beneficial for the hair, lets discuss about the medicinal uses and how it helps cure many problems.

    Health Benefits Of Papaya:

    Papaya benefits are not just limited to skin and hair care. Several researches conducted on papaya also showed a lot of its medicinal properties. Many scientists have successfully concluded that papaya is beneficial for health related problems and some diseases too. Let’s find out what else papaya can do other than benefiting skin and hair.

    1. Papaya acts as an antidote for hypertension. This is one of the most popular health benefits of papaya. The rich amount of potassium in papaya helps keeping the blood pressure in check along with improving the mental alertness.
  • Another of the most important papaya health benefit is that can help improve eyesight. Consuming 3 or more servings per day may keep your eyesight normal, along with improving and lowering the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.

  • Papaya also helps in boosting the immunity system of our body. The presence of Beta-carotene in papaya is required for the proper functioning and boosting of the immune system.

  • Papaya also prevents the body from recurrent ear infections, cold and flu.

  • Papaya also provides protection against heart diseases. As it is rich in nutrients too, it helps in preventing the oxidation of cholesterol, which helps preventing the cause of heart attacks or strokes.

  • Papaya can also heal external wounds. The pulp of this fruit can be applied directly on the wounds.

  • Papaya is also able to cure chronic ulcers on skins. All you need to do is to take papaya juice and mix some butter in it. Apply it on the affected area for quick drying and healing of long standing ulcers.

  • If one suffers from respiratory disorders like cough, bronchitis and breathlessness, then papaya can be helpful as it contains latex which is useful in the respiratory disorders.

  • Papaya despite being sweet in taste is also good for diabetic patients.

  • Papaya can also help you from cancer. Papaya’s fiber is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon, thus keeping them from harming healthy colon cells.

  • So we saw how papaya is good for health too. Till now we were talking about the papaya fruit, ripe papaya, mashed papaya and papaya peels. Now we will discuss about the benefits of its juice and also find out how it is helpful to us.

    These are the numerous skin, hair and health benefits provided by papaya and its juice. Though the results are not instant, once they are achieved, they are permanent. Papaya indeed is a fruit of the angels, as it protects every possible body part and provides positive visible results.The uses of papaya are simple outstanding in number and efficacy!

    Principle

    Nutrient Value

    Percentage of RDA

    Energy 39 Kcal 2%
    Carbohydrates 9.81 g 7.5%
    Protein 0.61 g 1%
    Total Fat 0.14 g 0.5%
    Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
    Dietary Fiber 1.80 g 4.5%

    Vitamins

    Folates 38 µg 9.5%
    Niacin 0.338 mg 2%
    Pantothenic acid 0.218 mg 4%
    Pyridoxine 0.019 mg 1.5%
    Riboflavin 0.032 mg 2.5%
    Thiamin 0.027 mg 2%
    Vitamin A 1094 IU 36%
    Vitamin C 61.8 mg 103%
    Vitamin E 0.73 mg 5%
    Vitamin K 2.6 µg 2%

    Electrolytes

    Sodium 3 mg 0%
    Potassium 257 mg 5%

    Minerals

    Calcium 24 mg 2.5%
    Iron 0.10 mg 1%
    Magnesium 10 mg 2.5%
    Phosphorus 5 mg 1%
    Zinc 0.07 mg 0.5%

    Phyto-nutrients

    Carotene-ß 276 µg
    Crypto-xanthin-ß 761 µg
    Lutein-zeaxanthin 75 µg

     

    Halaal face mask- multani mitti


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    Fuller’s Earth, or Multani mitti, or most commonly known as gopi chandan in India is known to be an excellent skin-cleansing agent that helps clean the skin of all the oil, dirt and dead cells caused due to the polluted environment.

    This traditional skincare ingredient, which is rich in minerals such as aluminium silicate, offers high absorbing properties that leave the skin fresh and radiant.

    Beneficial to oily and acne prone skin, multani mitti’s lime content kills harmful bacteria, removes excess oil and dirt, thus leaving the skin clean and soft. It further offers cooling effect on the skin and relives of inflammation caused due to severe acne.

    Fuller’s earth also helps tighten the skin, which further reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

    beauty secrets and 10 face packs using

    Multani Mitti Face Packs:

    1. Reduce Oiliness:

    Multani mitti and rose water mask balances the skin’s pH level, naturally cools it, and reduces oiliness.

    2. For Soft Skin:

    Add a teaspoon of crushed almonds in a bit of milk and multani mitti and apply this on your face. This will offer softness and suppleness to the dry skin.

     

    3. For Glowing Skin:

    Paste of two spoons of multani mitti, tomato juice and some sandalwood powder will help reduce the facial spots. For extra glow, just add a dash of turmeric powder to it and apply on face for 10 minutes before rinsing it with warm water. Use this multani mitti face pack for glowing skin regularly.

    4. For Radiant Skin:

    Mix multani mitti powder, tomato juice, one teaspoon honey, lemon juice and little milk. Apply on face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Use regularly to achieve desired results.

    5. To get Rid of dark patches:

    Mix a pack of one tablespoon each of multani mitti, mint leaves powder and yoghurt. Apply on affected areas for 20 minutes and rinse off using warm water.

    6. To achieve Toned and Oil free skin

    Mix sandalwood powder with multani mitti and few drops of milk. Apply over face for 20 minutes and wash it with water.

    7. For Flawless Skin:

    Face pack including one tablespoon of multani mitti, honey and papaya fruit pulp is helpful to achieve flawless skin.

    8. For Even Skin:

    Face pack for toning uneven skin tone includes ¼th tablespoon of multani mitti, one tablespoon of yoghurt and one beaten egg white. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.

    9. Treat Pigmented Skin:

    Make a face mask by mixing multani mitti with some carrot pulp and teaspoon of olive oil to treat pigmented skin.

    10. To treat Tanned skin

    Mix multani mitti with coconut water and a little sugar. Apply on affected areas and wash with warm water.

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    Therefore, there are many uses of multani mitti face packs. It helps to treat almost all kind of skin conditions. So, are you going to include this best remedy in your daily skin care routine.

    The Benefits of Eucalyptus – Facts you need to Know


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    The Health Benefits of EucalyptusEssential Oils

    The health benefits of eucalyptus is credited to its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, decongestant, stimulating, deodorant, and other medicinal properties.  The essential oils of the Eucalyptus tree are taken from its fresh leaves.  Although this tree has been cultivated in other countries, Australia is still the world’s primary source of eucalyptus oil.

    Belonging to the hardwood species, Eucalyptus is a type of flowering tree that thrives in Australia and has about 700 varieties.  A few of its kind can be seen in the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Taiwan.  Other kinds of Eucalyptus trees are grown in the tropical and subtropical regions of the earth that include China, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, the Americas, the Mediterranean Basin, Africa and Europe.  Eucalyptus Globulus is its botanical name and is also known as blue gum tree, stringy bark tree or fever tree.

    The Eucalyptus leaves aside from being used for home wall decorations give off a striking and clean aroma where essential oils can be obtained.  The volatile oil eucalyptol is the main active ingredient derived from eucalyptus leaves.  The oil is lucid, has a sharp taste and scent and offers a lot of benefits.  When applied on the skin, it presents an unsullied and calming sensation.  Its oil is usually used in the treatment of irritations, swellings, insect bites and other wounds.  Even though its essential oil contains all the volatile oil properties, it was never considered an aromatherapy oil in the past.  This rapid-growing source of wood caught the interest of environmentalists and researchers to explore its use in aromatherapy and traditional medicine.  The oil aside from being known to treat skin problems can also be used as a natural pesticide and at times is utilized for draining swamps to lessen the threat of malaria

    Because of the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the presence of a compound in the plant, it has been incorporated in a lot of over-the-counter drugs such as inhalers, rubs, rash creams, liniments and mouthwashes.  Generally used to treat respiratory distress and congestion, eucalyptus oil can also address other medical illnesses.

    Using eucalyptus oil has various health benefits.  It is good for wounds, skin infections, respiratory problems, mental fatigue, fever, sinus congestion, muscle pain, dental care, diabetes and intestinal germs.

    The use of eucalyptus oil in aromatherapy is steadily rising because it can be combined with other essential oils like rosemary essential oil, thyme essential oil, lavender essential oil, frankincense essential oil, marjoram essential oil, cedar wood essential oil to name a few.

    How to Use Eucalyptus and Its Other Uses

    Dried eucalyptus leaves have no healing powers so in order to make eucalyptus tea, you must use its fresh leaves.  To make your eucalyptus tea, get a single leaf and break it into pieces.  Put it in a big cup then add hot water and let it stay for 4-6 minutes.  Add brown sugar or honey and take small sips while it is still hot. One to two cups of this tea is good as a preventive medicine.  If you have a cough, take 4-5 big cups a day.  Give 3-4 small cups of eucalyptus tea per day for children with cough.

    • As an antiseptic put a drop of the oil to a compress above the wound to kill the bacteria.  You can also add a drop to warm water and soak the compress in the mixture and have the compress over the wound.  It can likewise be used to heal cuts, sores, burns, abrasions and ulcers as well as very helpful on insect stings and bites.
    • As an antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal, its oil has been used in a lot of medicines in treating respiratory problems because of its decongestant nature.  It is helpful in the treatment of non-bacterial sinusitis. Mixed with warm water, it can be used as a gargle to treat sore throat, too.
    • To treat skin infection, the oil must be applied on the affected skin.
    • The energizing and cooling effect of its oil assists in eliminating mental fatigue and lethargy.  Get a dark glass spray and mix 15-20 drops of eucalyptus oil, geranium or bergamot to an ounce of purified water.   This will create an aroma mist; spray it onto people who are under stress.  Patients suffering from mental confusion or disorders can similarly benefit much with eucalyptus oil as it revitalizes the spirit.
    • Use eucalyptus essential oil (also known as fever oil), to reduce body temperature caused by fever.
    • Massaging a small drop onto the temples and the spot where your forehead meet the nose can relieve any sinus congestion.
    • Its oil is an excellent means to relieve joint and muscle pains.  Apply the oil on the affected area and massage in a circular motion.   This is recommended to be used by people who are beset with lumbago, sprained tendons and ailments, rheumatism, fibrosis, aches, stiff muscles and nerve pain.
    • For dental care.  Because of its germicidal properties, it is effectual for treating dental plaques, cavities, gingivitis as well as other dental infections.
    • To boost your immune system, mix 2 drops of eucalyptus oil and lavender oil to a half cup of sea salt and blend them carefully.  Pour the mixture to have eucalyptus oil bath. Luxuriate in it for approximately 15 – 20 minutes.
    • Eucalyptus oil can also be used as an air purifier.  Put it in a diffuser and germs and airborne bacteria will be killed by it.
    • It is also good as a repellant and biopesticide.  To keep away mosquitoes, put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a small bowl of water or on a fabric and place it in a room every day or every night.  Eucalyptus leaves and branches or its seeds can also be used as is to drive insects away.
    • Since eucalyptus oil has germicidal properties, it is also used as an element in mouthwash, room freshener, for soaps, detergents and house cleaners.
    • The mallee eucalypts is a good source of biomass for energy producers providing supplementary income for farmers.  A growing commercial woody biomass industry that has gainfully incorporated grain growing took another step to build an archetype harvester aimed to develop mallee eucalypts for supply to bioenergy processors.  Studies have shown that cineole based eucalyptus oil (5% of the fusion) thwarts the problem of separating ethanol and petrol fuel blends.  It is because eucalyptus oil has a reputable octane rating which can be utilized as a fuel in its own ability.  Production costs are still very high though to make it as a practical cost-effective fuel.

    benefits of eucalpytusHowever, you also need to take some precautions in taking eucalyptus.  Anyone who is on aminopyrine, amphetamine and Phenobarbital should not use eucalyptus.

    Be careful in giving eucalyptus drops to children as a few drop of it can lead to poisoning thus threatening your child’s life.  There were also reported instances where even 4-5 mm of eucalyptus caused adult poisoning.  Asphyxiation, circulation problems, a drop in blood pressure and collapse are symptoms of eucalyptus overdose.  Emergency medical treatment must be sought right away in the event of toxicity.

    12 Best Benefits Of Aloe Vera Oil For Skin, Hair And Health


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    For many centuries, Aloe Vera has been used in many countries. This has many healing properties and is one of the best medicinal plants as it cures many ailments and health disorders. But, are we aware that Aloe Vera oil has equally beneficial medicinal properties?

    The oil is used in many cosmetics such as face wash, body lotions, shampoos, hair gels, etc. This is obtained by the extraction of Aloe Vera leaves and mixing it with other base oils like soybean, almond or apricot. Aloe Vera oil contains antioxidants, Vitamin C, E, B, allantoin, minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, amino acids and beta-carotene.

    Let us look at the top 12 benefits of this wonderful gift of nature:

    Aloe Vera Oil Benefits:

    1. Cancer prevention:

    Aloe Vera oil contains antioxidants that can prevent colon cancer. This also stimulates cell regeneration and epidermal growth. Aloe Vera oil promotes quick recovery from the side effects of harmful radiation in chemotherapy. This oil has shown positive results in preventing tumor growth by stopping the growth of abnormal tumor cells.

    2. Stomach health:

    Aloe Vera oil is useful to reduce and curb inflammation. This helps to oxygenate blood and energize cell proliferation, which can heal internal digestive problems. This is helpful to treat irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and acid reflux

    3. Cosmetic uses:

    Aloe Vera oil is used popularly by many cosmetic products manufacturers to lower the harmful effects of the sun. It is used in moisturizing creams and lotions.

     4. Solar and home burns:

    Aloe Vera oil gives a good effect when used on sunburn and household skin burns. This will soothe and regenerate the skin, giving it a natural cooling effect. This is also a great natural remedy to cure allergies, insect bites, irritation, itching, and swelling.

    5. Scars:

    The oil stimulates the process of wound healing and lowers the formation of scars. Aloe Vera oil can also cure capillary dilation which can keep your skin beautiful.

    6. Constipation:

    Aloe Vera juice and oil both can be used internally. Aloe Vera oil is helpful to cure constipation and softens stool. This also gives a boost to your appetite and improves digestive health.

     

    7. Immune system:

    Aloe Vera oil is used to maintain the blood glucose levels in the body and to treat diabetes. It can also cure epilepsy, asthma and osteoarthritis by strengthening your immune system and fighting against infections. This oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties.

    8. Skin health:

    Acne can be cured by a natural remedy using Aloe Vera oil. This can be used topically or internally to soften your skin and protect against infections. It can also cure eczema, acne, psoriasis, and skin ulcers. This is also applied on surgical wounds to curb infections and soften the wound. This can be helpful in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and genital herpes observed in men.

     

    9. Hair health:

    Use Aloe Vera oil for hair regularly to prevent hair loss at a young age and to strengthen your hair. This aloe vera hair oil will give you strong, thick, clean and conditioned hair. It will help you to get rid of dry hair and enhance the blood circulation process. This will give you a healthy scalp when mixed with jojoba oil.

    10. Massage oil:

    This is the ideal therapeutic massage oil that relaxes you. This can treat rheumatic, body, back, neck, leg and shoulder pain. Body massage with Aloe Vera oil will give you glowing, smooth skin and also keep shingles, herpes, viruses and skin cancer at bay.

     

    11. Aromatherapy:

    Aloe Vera oil can be combined with other essential oils to heal and rejuvenate the skin. This has astringent properties for the skin’s repair process.

    12. Anti-oxidant:

    Aloe Vera oil is a very good source of anti-oxidants that can be useful in preventing skin damage from radiation. It includes aloe-emodin to eliminate the viruses that lead to cold, sores and shingles.

    What’s Really Inside Those McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets?


    Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014 | By Cristina Goyanes
    What's Really Inside Those McDonald's Chicken McNuggets?
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    Overview

    McDonald’s started out as a beefy burger joint back in 1948, but the world-famous fast-food chain has been offering another high-protein meat – chicken – since the specially molded McNugget made its debut in 1983.
    Perhaps now as iconic as the Big Mac or Quarter Pounder, these tiny deep-fried chunks seem harmless on the surface, which consists of a tempura-like batter that has been cooked to a golden perfection. Over the past 30 years McDonald’s has added 10 delectable dipping sauces, including spicy buffalo, honey mustard and tangy barbeque, to the McMenu, making these bite-sized bits appealing to the taste of just about anyone – adults and kids alike.
    White poultry has less saturated fat than red meat, which means it generally won’t raise your cholesterol and contribute to heart disease. While that might appear to be a healthy advantage, the other ingredients McDonald’s adds make its nutritional value questionable. If you’re not too squeamish or too chicken to hear all the details, read on to get some nuggets of truth about these little golden treats.

    THE SUSPECT: McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets (6-piece serving size, 3.4 oz)
    THE DETECTIVE: Christopher Ochner, Ph.D.,a research associate at New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center. Ochner is very familiar with McDonald’s menu. A few years ago, he conducted his own “Super Size Me”-type diet experiment: Every day for two months he ate one meal at the fast food restaurant as part of a study. His findings have yet to be published.
    NUTRITION LABEL:
    Without sauce: 280 calories, 18 grams fat, 18 grams carbs, 13 grams protein, 0 grams sugar, 540 milligrams sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber
    With tangy barbeque sauce: 330 calories, 18 grams fat, 29 grams carbs, 10 grams sugar, 800 milligrams sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber, 13 grams protein
    LISTED INGREDIENTS:
    Chicken McNuggets: White Boneless Chicken, Water, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Seasoning (Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavoring [Botanical Source], Safflower Oil, Dextrose, Citric Acid), Sodium Phosphates, Natural Flavor (Botanical Source). Battered and Breaded with: Water, Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Yellow Corn Flour, Bleached Wheat Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate), Spices, Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Corn Starch. Contains: Wheat.
    *Prepared in Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
    Tangy Barbeque Sauce: High fructose corn syrup, water, tomato paste, grape vinegar, distilled vinegar, salt, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), food starch-modified, spices, dextrose, soybean oil, natural smoke flavor (plant source), xanthan gum, caramel color, garlic powder, cellulose gum, dried chili peppers, malic acid, natural flavor (fruit and vegetable source), onion powder, sodium benzoate (preservative), succinic acid. Allergens: Wheat and Soy.

    So while McNuggets are ‘made with 100 percent USDA Grade A chicken,’ as McDonalds.com states, there’s no way of knowing what percentage of the whole nugget is actually chicken.

    Christopher Ochner, Ph.D.

    UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

    CHICKEN: It’s always good to see the actual food listed as the first ingredient: White boneless chicken. “The first item on the nutrition label means the food contains more of that one item than any other single ingredient,” said Ochner. So while McNuggets are ‘made with 100 percent USDA Grade A chicken,’ as McDonalds.com states (note it says “made with” not “made of,” Ochner pointed out), there’s no way of knowing what percentage of the whole nugget is actually chicken.
    “White boneless chicken is almost a pure protein, boasting a phenomenal 0.2 protein (grams):kcal ratio with less than 20 percent fat,” explained Ochner. “McNuggets, on the other hand, have a very mediocre 0.046 protein:kcal ratio with 57 percent of kcal from fat. This seems to suggest that the other ingredients, besides chicken, are the primary driver of the macro-nutrient profile,” he said.
    With over 30 ingredients listed, it’s easy to see how chicken may actually play a minor role in this dish. It may also explain why the chicken seemed to disappear in an alarming YouTube time-lapse video shot in March 2013 (see link below in the “Resources” section of this article), showing McNuggets left at room temperature over a two-day period. When Ochner performed this experiment himself (he left them in the fridge for 10 days), the so-called chicken in the McNuggets pieces remained intact. This disturbing mystery remains unsolved.
    FAT: Holy cow, er, chicken: McNuggets are 57 percent fat! One big fat contributor may be hydrogenated soybean oil, which is loaded with trans fats. “I don’t suspect there is a ton of it in there because the saturated fat is relatively low,” Ocher said. “However, some of it is almost certainly still partially hydrogenated, which also helps with preservation.”
    TBHQ (TERTIARY BUTYLHYDROQUINONE): You might recognize this hard-to-pronounce ingredient (hence the acronym) from our recent “What’s Really Inside those McDonald’s French Fries” exposé (see link below in the “Resources” section). This powerful petroleum-based preservative (which is also found in varnishes, lacquers, pesticide products, cosmetics, and perfumes) may be used to help the chicken and other ingredients maintain their distinct shapes. Consumed in high doses – and it’s hard to determine exactly how much is added to McNuggets – this chemical can be toxic. Possible side effects include nausea, delirium, collapse, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vomiting. Some studies have linked it to hyperactivity in kids, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, aggravated ADHD symptoms and restlessness. Furthermore, animal studies have reported that it may cause DNA damage. This mounting scientific evidence was enough that McDonald’s entirely removed this bad-news ingredient from the version of their McNuggets sold in the United Kingdom. Oh, America, can we please take a cue from the British on this one with regard to concern for our citizens’ health?
    *DIMETHYLPOLYSILOXANE: Here’s another ingredient the British won’t stand for in their McNuggets. This silicone-based anti-foaming agent has also been removed from the United Kingdom’s McNugget ingredient list – and with good reason, too. While McDonalds.com admits that “a drop of an additive in vegetable oil is added to simply prevent foaming on the surface that naturally occurs in cooking,” what it isn’t telling you is that this same chemical is found in silly putty, contact lenses, medical devices, shampoos, lubricating oils, heat-resistant tiles and breast implants. “No studies have suggested any toxic effects,” Ochner said, “but it’s definitely gross to think about.”
    *AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRA: This sneaky ingredient contains monosodium glutamate (also known as MSG) which allows McDonald’s to create the illusion that you’re getting more protein with each bite than you actually are. This cheap, flavor-enhancing filler is FDA-approved (even though approximately 15 percent of Americans have MSG sensitivity and suffer from headaches, nausea, and heart palpitations when they consume it). That said, even if you’re not one of the people affected with MSG sensitivity, including MSG in the McNuggets recipe is still a devious way of cheating you the consumer out of real chicken (seriously, how much poultry is in those things?!), cutting corners on costs and avoiding listing the word “MSG” on the label.
    *SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE: Key word here is “aluminum.” You know, the silvery metallic element you use to line your oven rack before baking or roasting? Ochner explained that this ingredient is synthetically produced from aluminum as well as phosphoric acid and sodium hydroxide. While this all sounds highly unappetizing, its function isn’t to entice you but rather to act as a leavening agent that’s often used in flour mixes, like the breaded part of the McNugget. In terms of its safety, the FDA allows a daily aluminum intake that ranges from 10 to 100 mg, so as long as McDonald’s stays within that range, it’s within the legally acceptable limit.
    THE VERDICT: McNuggets are McNasty.
    THE SENTENCE: Though they’re supposedly made of good-for-you lean white meat chicken, McDonald’s McNuggets are far from healthy and nutritious. So, if your options are all about deciding whether to nosh on a McNugget or not, your best bet is to fly the coop (just like the disappearing white stuff in that now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t YouTube video you can watch by following the link below in the “Resource” section).