Assalaamu alykum..


Update…Its a,months back sice i posted that update. have no computer and a phone only with little internet acsess and time.

Sadly our gilrs were never admitted into this islamic scholl , branch of ahsan ul uloom Karachi under supervision of mufti zarwali khan.

they wasted 1 month on empty promises being admitted and and we had to spent thousands of rupees for books ad on back Tags) in this institution nothing but slime up other backsides, running for positions and family politics and racism rules the day.

Teachers are hired by an unquakified principal not having any educatioanl background in leadership of a school, forget about an islamic school.

women awho wear make up, berelvis etc are hired without checking their standards of ilm in deen anad dunya and real qualifications to teach and graduation certificates of the teaching association.

the curriculum is absolutely laughable, no organisations, books to teACH ARE taken from here and there.

haraam picture activities, paintings on walls of animate objects, principals and teachers with make up, no clue how to teach.

Teachers and parents complains are brushed aside and ideas for improving this school and provide quality education are dismissed.

The female and male principal ( a married couple0 are seldom present in that school n are only busy going to umrah with mufti sahib.

Its all about making money in that school and the owner of that school has no clue, neither his uncle mufti za wali khan, whats going on in that school.

the principals never arrive in beginning  of office timing but close to instead of 8am.  often the female principal is not present several times during the weeek.



Uupdate… due to the Mercy of Allah and the dua of brothers and sisters, our kids joined a Islamic school about a week ago. still they’ll properly will begin first grade in most subject, and besides English, math, silence  in upper levels, maybe Arabic, but hifs and nasara are available to learn. They still want get real quality education considering the country we live in, but thats a huge step toward  a better future. i hope. his believes are still the same and and believes females  should learn in house everything form another women, not a educational institution, ie . I wish that our girls could became a qualified midwives to help other Muslim ladies, females in general. he propagates still that they cant learn like this as in  times of sahaaba they had no school to learn this. this can only be a statement of a man and a person who had no insight how complex actually pregnancy and delivery and postpartum care is which requires anatomy lessons as well, etc..  by  all respect this logic should be applied to madaris education as well and labeled haaraam as in time of the sahaba they were no madaris of the type today existed and no mass graduation or admission took place in form school teachings on schedule ..

too being told its believed to be  jaddo afflicted( me thats why i might state those things and iom not in my senses and my husband would surely never do such things isnt going to help our situation at all!! Im not insane, I’ve not lost my senses , neither do I make up what ive written before.

I swear by Allah, the books, the malaaika and the entire creation Im not a liar and my kids will proof witness to this facts and im  not stating this due to jadoo afflictions!

I’ve contacted local ulema, friends  who are ulema to just sit with us and talk and give us solutions and naseehat to our problems. but no aalim ever replied, no email from hardhat desai has reached my inbox or spam for months.i dint know why

so if this happens to muslim women and her children, what should i do? I can write down my whole live since conversion which was never a easy and pleasant one. but ill might be labeled a complete liar or ungrateful wife and muslim  woman which seem to ne he standard reply when a woman like me resorts for help as nobody is helping or listening.

Yes im ungrateful at times, l.ike most men and women and children. but im not pagal, not shameless, neither disobedient. im broken down .

im still waiting for ulema and their replies.i sent to local madaris and abroad and to hadhrat desai. but i don’t receive any reply on my mails.Perghaps its getting lost on either side


I request any Muslim and especially Ulema Haqq to provide me valid proof for the following claims as
I’m left alone defenseless struggling to provide my children education which my husband , who follows Hadhrat Mufti A.S. Desai.

Our oldest child is 11 Years OLD AND YOUNGEST 6. None can actually read, write or understand their own mother language, forget about other subjects and languages

My husband follows his sheikh in this regard to the extreme( in our marriage which brought much unnecessary suffering and sanctions , loneliness to the point of blank mental breakdown and severe health problem, mockery from tghe ummat, disatncing of Muslims from us, hassad, evil eye ,jadoo on our family..

And my husband , an aalim , and previous twice married man with kafir children and claims All secular education is absolutely haraam and every Islamic and secular school is haraam and girls and females in general are not allowed to receive education in any way but being taught cooking, cleaning, sewing and being a slave as marriage is slavery..

Sadly i think my husband misunderstands it quiet a bit.Nowhere have i read  hadhrat saying this type of stuff and i should show him  my proof in Islam and from hadhrat for me claiming that children, Muslims have the right of education and females are not  prohibited from education.

My husband states that hadhrat desai and sharia rulings states that all secular education is haraam, all Islamic schools all over the world are haraam, girls madrassas are haraam, only stiff plain madrassa education( which by the way has urdu peoetry and urdu language are included and a student has to have some basic secular education in math and urdu in order to study and be able to read and write)Even sex separated schools, even Islamic schools are haraam and teachers faassiq and theyb teach haraam.

girls in particular have no right for education and hadith clearly states to prohibit females from learning writing and reading as it will ruin their character.

Yes, Hadhrat Desai states  that the system of nursery and secular education and intermingling and certain kuffar related educational actions are haraam.( AKA KUFFAR HOLIDAYS, HARAAM PICS, VIDEOS ETC.)

Which makes sense and I agree

So my husband OPTED FOR HOMESCHOOLING. SADLY ONE MAN IN HIS 60’S( HIS AGE) CANT TEACH NEITHER SUPPLY ALL THE NEEDED SUBJECTS, NEITHER MATERIAL OR TEACHERS TO DO THE JOB.besides some math, or English which too has had been not done well and kids still lack behind greatly.

Too we have no relatives or i any friends here to help educating 5 children and helping with housework. too aim chronically sick, weak, exhausted and stressed out and due to some problems we have no peace in our home and all are under non stop stress. kids fight all day and clean for the most part and stay indoors.

I fought for years for the kids to be able to get out and walk and play to use their build up energy and get some light and fresh air daily, which i stopped getting once married in Pakistan to him.Only indoors ,thus many wonderful health problems popped up. And if outside than in thick burqa in black color which dioesen breath and draws the heat on me like a magnets thus giving me breathing and fainting problems for years..( due to injunction of hijaab too females are not allowed ton receive any type of education, as its an excuse to leave the home and in girls madrsaaa girls are only being taught how to argue and disobey their husbands and in laws due so learning’ and thus  their rights . He too claims the same about secual eductaed females and uneducated` females that they only argue and disobey to to their secular knowledge and secular knowledge is waste of time. an and hadith my husband likes to deny)

He , neither I, are skilled enough or educated enough to teach most things to children. Neither do we have the time , material{ halaal without pictures and written by Muslims}, neither any type of curriculum, lesson planning, printers , etc..

Too our personal situation does not allow us to home school and in 6 years of my husband claiming he home schooled , a little English here and a little math here, our kids , aged 11, 10, 9, 7, 6 cant  read really on their own( besides our son who is an exception  by himself, dont know even seasons of the year, month of the year, time telling, comprehension, urdu, Arabic,(arabic numbers, moth..)

i followed by husband obediently in all he taught me and told me. Putting our little girls and me in extreme,e hijaab, spending most of our times indoors, which is no way mentally or biophysical productive. Living in a hot, bad lighted humid moldy home. with growing children . I obeyed. We putt our  little girl in strict hijaab from infancy on.As taught be his sheikh and elders. By age of 2 their all wore burqa and scarf, Even in extreme heat and nights to sleep. Their hair is really damaged.. earlier.

sex separation as well from infancy.

Kept away along with me from society, neighbors. Not allowed to talk to them or play with other kids as they are all faasiq`, and endanger our morals and imaan and i as woman would only gossip outside in front of  door.

Thats also one of the reasons why i and children  couldn’t learn  urdu for 12 years of marriage.

I can elaborate here more but its getting off the topic.

When i reasoned they are illiterate and have right secular education and deen. He states  I’m wrong and the poof is that nabi sslalaahu alayhi wa sallam was illiterate and thus No Muslim need secular or any type of education to worship Allah.

so i replied as well that hardhat advised me , and other ladies, and males to read the books of the pious , aka moral stories of saints , fazali amal or behetsi zevar to get closer to Allah . And ladies too should be able to write ulema for qurries and how in heavens or hell can one find out about halaal and haraam , ie e numbers, vaccine ingredients, etc, if one cant read and write and inst educated about what going on around the world.

Females only have to learn how to cook, clean, have children, raise the,, sew clothe, obey and serve and please their husbands and in laws..

My husband claims our way of live, aka extremes in many points, are in absolute conjuration with hadhrat desai, but he still;  still until today shown me any letter that he stated or supported our way of extremes.

But complains about me and mistrust me and labeling almost all haraam. Beds, carpets, geesers, hot showers, etc.. All haraam and bidat and luxuries…. I will tell on request what in details.

I lived with my kids long enough under self induced poverty, extremes, sanction in name of islam.

I cant take it anymore.

Every aalim and Muslim calls for female staff in schools, madrassa,midwives, lady doctors, dentist, lab  and x ray personal, etc,  hospitals, counters, Muslim engineers, doctors, etc, etc.. hoe in heavens should this happen if everything is labeled haraam. if this would be truly the case than islam would have become a religion of stupidity and ignorance in every field.

the first C section had been performed by sahaaba, one of the first one to write and who m,ade the pen wasIdris alayh  isalaam, manty of the sahaabia were we eduxctae in medince, writing reading, hadith, quraaan

My husband too beilieves that its not good for females to become haafiz due tio their menses. so hr detested that our gilrs become hafiz. i fight for their rights.

One point to note is that he has been married before me and adopted 3 kidfs intio the famikly, /thiose children he put all efforrts in tio eductaed them asecular, deen wise and made sure they bec ame haafis and i have to hear that for years how much he misses those kids and how much he loves them and how much effort he putb into these kids. /fibnally that wife left along with her kids,

theyb were allowed to receive secualr eduicatin, befirsddmn others, hawere in an islamic school, giot deeniay, and became haafuiz and they werte niot in strict purdah is oin  our case, neither then wife. they did not wear niqaab, hijaan amny tyoe dsince age of 2 years, and were not kept indoors  and away form all as in our case.

wehn i con frionted my husband he said he had permission form hnadhrat desia as hadhrta desua saixc he had no right of the kids rtthus he shopuld not buity any hurdle between the wife and ther kids. ie vaccinations are haraa,m ans that wife wanted to get her kids c=vaccinate dso my husvband said they are haraam and he consukted hadhrat and he advi9ced let her vaccinate her children and dont let her decide between you and her kids.

so how much sharia right and zstatue did he have over this wife as he says he has over me , including having the sharia granted right over me to assess my emails, letters, messages, phone calls, etc to prvent me from straying….which i readily gave to him until i had enough , last moth

I feel a bit sorry to go public.

but i dont receive replies and advice from hardhat neither local ulema as they all block and dont want to interfere in other peoples affairs even though i ask for sharia rulings, help a woman in Pakistani and her kids will be always at loss and rights only on papers and men always right and supported

so i have no other option but to go public.

as my husband dont change in this regard at all and we waste precious time and he will be dead one day and m y son has tp

support 4 sisters and me and later his own family. How , though begging and selling onions while he got many abilities and interest which could be .

He says risq is fixed, okaayy. but in which way one dont know and we have to work for our  risq a little bit and dont put our families and ourselves into not needed sufferings!

May Allah forgive me..but i have no choice .We need help

Wa slaam

i feel sorry to state that my life since marriage and conversion is just like the real life book.. Not without my daughter.. Nicht ohne meine tochter. many of those fears and negative extreme report seen and heard in meadi has actually happen to be true. at least in my muslim life and m,y kids life


Allah is omnipresent


It is in fact obligatory to believe that Allah (azza wa jal) is “above the throne”, or “over the Heaven”. However, there is an unfathomable difference between the understanding of Ahlus Sunnah wa’l Jama’ah regarding such verses, and the understanding of the Salafi sect.

When we say Allah (azza wa jal) is above the throne, we do not assign Allah (azza wa jal) a specific direction and place, as the Salafis do. We consign its true kayfiyyah (modality) and meaning to Allah (azza wa jal). In exactly the same manner, we also believe in the verse that states that Allah is in the Earth (fi’l Ard). We also believe in the verse that states that Allah (azza wa jal) is closer to us than our jugular veins. We also believe in the verse that states that Allah (azza wa jal) is in the East and the West. We also believe in the verse that states that Allah (azza wa jal) is with us wherever we are. The sum total of all these verses is that Allah (azza wa jal) is everywhere (omnipresent). How and in what manner He (azza wa jal) is omnipresent are beyond our limited comprehension. We consign the true meaning of these verses to Allah (azza wa jal).

The Salafis expose their belief of Allah being in a specific direction and place, by singling out for a literal and spatial interpretation the verse regarding Allah being above the throne, whilst doing Ta’weel (interpretation) of all the other verses referred to above. Then in order to labour under the self-deception that they do not do Ta’weel, they re-brand such Ta’weel as the “Zaahir.”

In a similar manner do the salafis, who falsely claim to follow the Salaf-us-Saliheen, stupidly focus on the Hadith of the slave-girl pointing upwards, which none of the Salaf-us-Saliheen, or the later Fuqaha, have ever singled out or used as a criterion for Aqeedah. Their obsession over this particular Hadith also exposes thoroughly their actual belief that Allah (azza wa jal) is in the specific direction upwards and cordoned off in a specific place – explicitly called “makaan” by their Imams – and sat physically on the throne.

For a better understanding, take the following authentic Hadith as an example:

“When one of you stands in his prayer, he is in close conversation with his Lord or his Lord is between him and his qibla. Therefore no one should spit in the direction of his qibla” [Sahih Bukhari, Kitab al-Salah]

Now imagine some stupid salafi ‘mujtahid’, in the manner of Ibn Tayimiyyah, decides that he is able to be independent to some degree from the accepted Madh-habs of  Fiqh and Aqeedah, and that he is able to directly interpret this Hadith according to his puny, minuscule, and chaotically varying intellect. He decides to single this Hadith out, just as other Salafis single out the Hadith of the slave-girl, or the Verse of the Throne.

Thus this salafi ‘mujtahid’ declares that this Hadith must be taken upon its ‘Zaahir’ and he proclaims that Allah (azza wa jal) is in the direction towards the Ka’abah – otherwise what is the meaning of not being able to spit in that particular direction, and of Allah being between him and the Qiblah? When the other verses declaring Allah’s presence everywhere are also mentioned to him, he applies a typically salafi, selective and baatil Ta’weel to them, and he insists on Allah only being in the direction towards the Ka’bah. What will then be the logical conclusion of such twisted reasoning, other than pure anthropomorphism and subjecting Allah’s limitless presence to a specific direction and place?

This is exactly what the salafis do with regards to verses such as the one stating Allah’s presence above the Heaven.

Furthermore, the books the Salafis have themselves recently published, which contain the Aqeedah of their major Imams, leave absolutely no doubt regarding the anthropomorphic consequences of their moronic, baatil, and selective application of Ta’weel and ‘Zaahir’. Explicit statements of the Salafi Imams mention that Allah (azza wa jal) is actually ‘sitting’ (qu-ood) on the throne; that the throne is so vast that after Allah’s (azza wa jal) ‘sitting’, only a space of four fingers remain on throne; that Allah (azza wa jal) is able to sit upon the back of a mosquito and that fact in itself is a definite proof that Allah (azza wa jal) is settled upon the throne; that the top of a mountain is physically closer to Allah (azza wa jal) than its bottom; and numerous other deranged beliefs which amply expose the Kufr of their  Aqeedah, and also demonstrate most vividly the natural result of arrogating oneself the slightest independence from the accepted madh-habs of fiqh and aqeedah.

The fact that Ibn Taymiyyah and other Imams of the salafi sect, despite the vastness of their textual knowledge, were able to fall into such depraved beliefs of Kufr , which are now being propagated rabidly by all salafi mutations today around the world, is a manifest proof of the necessity of rigid taqleed.

Independence from rigid taqleed of the accepted madh-habs of fiqh and aqeedah is exclusive only to the Aimmah Mujtahideen of the Salaf-us-Saliheen. Disasters await anyone else – as it did to the Salafi Imams – who attempts to unfetter himself even slightly from these sacred shackles of Taqleed – a rigid adherence that is bound to the only valid interpretation of Qur’an and Sunnah, viz, the interpretation set in stone by the Aimmah Mujtahideen of the Salaf-us-Saliheen which have been transmitted to us reliably via the impenetrable fortresses of the 4 madh-habs of fiqh and the 2 madh-habs of Aqeedah.

To conclude, what the salafis believe with respect to Allah’s presence above the Throne, and Allah’s presence everywhere else, and what Ahlus Sunnah believe, are two vastly different beliefs.

17 Rajab 1436 – 7 May 2015

The Truth about natural cough/cold and flu remedies

Most people know there is no real cure for the common cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 200 different viruses can cause the characteristic runny nose, cough, sore throat, and sneezing most people experience at least once per year (CDC, 2009). Most people with cold symptoms have strains of the rhinovirus, but different viruses are more prevalent during certain seasons. Because colds are caused by viruses, antibiotics are ineffective treatments. Furthermore, antiviral medications are not yet sophisticated enough to effectively cure the wide variety of cold viruses. Most people heal without medication in 10 days or less.

Symptoms of the common cold include:

  • runny or stuffy nose
  • coughing, sneezing, or sniffling
  • mild body aches
  • mild headaches
  • general feeling of illness (malaise)

If you have any of the following symptoms, promptly consult a physician:

  • fever higher than 100.4 F
  • symptoms for more than 10 days
  • severe symptoms that do not respond to over-the-counter treatments

Instead of curing the condition, most cold remedies just treat the symptoms. People have turned to natural remedies for centuries, trying to prevent, soothe, or shorten the duration of the common cold. Although certain natural cold treatments have considerable scientific support, many have not been well studied or supported by research. Before you try any—or all—of the major natural cold remedies, read up on the pros and cons, risks and benefits, and evidence behind each of the most popular options.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken soup has long been a comfort food for individuals with cold symptoms. Whether the remedy comes from the warmth and comfort of the soup or from actual cold-fighting ingredients in the meal, is still up for debate..

Chicken Soup: Just the Evidence

Science has begun to support what mothers have understood for centuries. The heat, salt, and hydration provided by chicken soup may actually fight the cold virus (NIH, 2012). Laboratory studies have shown that ingredients of a chicken soup with vegetables could kill viral cells and prevent the growth of new ones (Rennard, et al., 2000). The soup may also provide an anti-inflammatory effect in the upper respiratory tract that helps soothe symptoms (Rennard, et al., 2000). Unfortunately, the benefits of chicken soup appear to be limited by how quickly the soup leaves the body (Babizhayev, et al., 2012). There is no indication that chicken soup would help in the prevention of colds, but its use as a remedy for symptoms is common. It is largely a safe remedy with no ill side effects, and scientific evidence points more in favor of its cold-fighting properties than against it.

The Downside of Chicken Soup

Evidence in support of chicken soup’s antiviral properties is not yet solid enough to demonstrate true, reliable medicinal effects. Although the anecdotal evidence and existing research seem to support a therapeutic effect of chicken soup, a clinical trial would be very difficult to perform (Ohry, et al., 1999). In addition, some people with food allergies or sensitivities to salt may experience negative side effects from chicken soup. Unstrained bones may also pose a choking risk, particularly for children. Otherwise, the potential benefits of chicken soup seem to far outweigh the possible risks.

Zinc Supplements, Lozenges, and Sprays

Zinc has been used for decades to calm symptoms, reduce the duration of, and prevent the common cold. The human body uses zinc to support the health of the immune system and the eyes. It is also important for cell health, wound healing, and protein synthesis (ODS, 2011). Zinc can be found naturally in foods such as oysters, beef, beans, and oatmeal. It is also added to enriched grain products like bread and cereal. Only very small amounts of zinc are needed by the body to function properly. Severalmanufacturers sell zinc lozenges, oral sprays, and capsule supplements. Most zinc lozenges provide up to twice the recommended daily allowance of zinc for children and adults. Consuming a zinc lozenge every two hours when cold symptoms are present is unlikely to cause zinc overdose, however (NIH, 2011).

Zinc: Just the Evidence

The evidence for zinc as a cold remedy is mixed. Decades of research have been inconclusive about the ability of zinc lozenges and supplements to prevent or treat the common cold. Some trials showed a significant decrease in the number and duration of colds per year in individuals taking zinc lozenges and supplements, but others show no difference between zinc and control or placebo groups (Roxas, et al., 2007). According to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) evidence rankings, zinc lozenges are considered “possibly effective” for reducing the length of the common cold (NIH, 2011). The NIH also reports that zinc pill supplements and nasal sprays are probably not useful for preventing colds.

Evidence in favor of zinc lozenges has shown preventive power and a great reduction in the duration of symptoms and absenteeism (Mossad, et al., 2006; Prasad, et al., 2000; Singh, et al., 2011). However, many studies have also shown no real effect of zinc on cold prevention, symptoms, or duration (Macknin, et al., 1998; Marshall, 2000). Zinc nasal sprays and gels have research supporting their effectiveness (Gorman, 1999; Hirt, 2000; Mossad, 2003). Despite their promise, nasal sprays have been criticized for ineffectiveness and occasional permanent or significant negative side effects (Belongia, et al., 2001; Eby, et al., 2006). Overall, zinc lozenges appear to be effective at treating symptoms, but are unproven for preventing colds; zinc nasal sprays have been shown to effectively treat symptoms but have not been thoroughly studied regarding prevention (due to potentially extreme side effects).

The Downside of Zinc

Although studies have shown mixed results on the effectiveness of zinc, there is little controversy over its side effects. Zinc can cause metallic taste, local irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other problems. These side effects are more likely to occur with heavy or frequent zinc supplementation than from single lozenges. Overuse can cause coughing, fever, stomach pains, fatigue, and problems with blood iron levels. In large doses (10–30 gm.), zinc can be fatal (NIH, 2011).

Zinc also interacts with many medications and natural supplements. Penicillamine, which is commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, can be rendered much less effective when combined with zinc. Zinc can also decrease the body’s ability to use antibiotics, such as quinolone or tetracycline medications. It may also interfere with the cancer drug cisplatin (Platinol-AQ) and cause a zinc overdose when used with the “water pill” amiloride (Midamor). Zinc may interact with supplements of calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, and manganese.

Warning: Zicam Zinc Nasal Sprays and Loss of Smell

After more than 130 reports of permanent or long-lasting loss of the ability to smell caused by zinc nasal sprays, the FDA issued a recall of Zicam intranasal products (FDA, 2009). These zinc-based nasal spray products were available without a prescription and were used to relieve cold symptoms and the duration of colds. Further research into this serious side effect has confirmed the ability of zinc nasal sprays to cause loss of smell (Duncan-Lewis, et al., 2011; Jafek, et al., 2004).

Echinacea Tea, Juice, Root, and Supplements

Echinacea has long been used in a variety of forms to prevent colds and fight respiratory infections. There are nine species of Echinacea, but the most common variety used for health purposes is Echinacea purpurea (NCCAM, 2010). This herbal remedy has been used for centuries. It was a traditional medicinal plant used by Native Americans and quickly adopted by North American settlers. Proponents believe it helps support the immune system. It is also used to treat skin problems, urinary tract infections, yeast infections, migraines, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), ADHD, and other conditions.

Echinacea: Just the Evidence

Despite its frequent use as a herbal remedy for colds, scientific study on Echinacea has been lacking and contradictory. The National Institutes of Health reports that current evidence suggests Echinacea is “possibly effective” for modestly reducing cold symptoms, but not for preventing colds (NIH, 2011). It is believed that Echinacea has anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, and stimulates the immune system in animal models (NIH, 2011).

Some research studies do report a positive effect of Echinacea on minimizing the occurrence and severity of colds (Shah, et al., 2007; Schoop, et al., 2006). Others show a total lack of impact of Echinacea on the occurrence or severity of colds (Barrett, et al., 2002; O’Neil, et al., 2008). Because of these conflicting studies, it is hard to claim Echinacea has consistent, beneficial effects on the occurrence, duration, or severity of cold symptoms. In addition, the great variation in Echinacea preparation methods, dosages, and purity makes it difficult to identify the most promising Echinacea supplements for the common cold (Linde, et al., 2006). All in all, Echinacea is a promising candidate for cold prevention through immune system support, and it is believed to reliably relieve cold symptoms.

The Downside of Echinacea

According to the Mayo Clinic, Echinacea can cause allergic reactions in some individuals that can be life-threatening (Mayo Clinic, 2011). People with allergies to the ragweed family (Asteraceae) should avoid Echinacea because of its similar natural properties. Echinacea can also cause stomach discomfort, nausea, muscle aches, dizziness or headaches, sore throat, and rashes. It is not recommended for regular use (no longer than 10 days), and may cause more problems in children than in adults (NIH, 2011).

Echinacea may cause complications in people with autoimmune disorders and is also not recommended for use by pregnant women. Echinacea may also affect how the body breaks down certain chemicals and medicines—individuals on liver medications or immunosuppressants should avoid Echinacea until they can consult a medical professional about potential interaction effects (NIH, 2011).

Vitamin C Supplements and Foods

Famous for its historic use to cure scurvy, vitamin C also has a long past in the prevention and treatment of the common cold. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant that helps body tissue grow and heal itself. It is a water-soluble vitamin that humans must get through food or supplements. Common foods that contain high amounts of vitamin C include bell peppers, citrus fruits, kiwifruit, broccoli, strawberries, and tomato juice (ODS, 2011). Vitamin C is also a common component of multivitamins and over-the-counter cold remedies. It is widely believed to improve general health, speed healing, and fight infection.

Vitamin C: Just the Evidence

According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin C is considered “possibly effective” for treating the common cold, but is ineffective for preventing it (NIH, 2011). Despite this ranking, reviews of large numbers of studies show mixed results about prevention and treatment (Douglas, et al., 2004; Roxas, et al., 2007). Some demonstrate a positive effect on cold symptoms or frequency (Gorton, et al., 1999;Hemila, 1996; Sasazuki, et al., 2006) and a decreased number of colds in people exposed to extreme temperatures or physical stressors (Douglas, et al., 2007). Others showed no difference in frequency, severity, or duration—even with a mega-dose (Audera, et al., 2001). Because it is nearly impossible to overdose on vitamin C, large doses are often present in over-the-counter cold medicines. Current conflicts in evidence for vitamin C’s effectiveness for cold prevention and treatment make it difficult to endorse as a true remedy to colds. However, vitamin C is considered very safe for most people and is unlikely to cause any harm when used for colds. Overall, many users swear by vitamin C supplements for cold prevention, and evidence suggests it shows some effectiveness as a treatment.

The Downside of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is typically considered safe, even in sizeable doses. Side effects of vitamin C use by mouth are rare. They include nausea, vomiting, headache, cramps, and heartburn. Doses over 2000mg per day can cause kidney stones and diarrhea (NIH, 2011). In addition, people with heart conditions, cancer, diabetes, blood disorders, and kidney stones should always consult a physician before taking vitamin C supplements.

Vitamin C can also interact with certain medications and natural supplements. Vitamin C may interfere with drugs for heart conditions, cancer, HIV/AIDS, blood clotting, and pain. It may also interact with drugs with estrogens and aluminum. High doses of vitamin C can cause problems for some people when taken with acerola, chromium, copper, grape seed, or rosehip (NIH, 2011). Most people can take vitamin C through food or dietary supplements without any side effects.

Goldenseal Root

Goldenseal is a root used for its purported medicinal properties. The dried root is most famous for its supposed ability to mask illegal drugs in urine (for which it is not actually effective). It is also used to battle STIs, urinary tract infections, bleeding problems, jaundice, upper respiratory infections, hearing problems, and skin problems (NIH, 2011). It is often found in the form of tea, supplements, and over-the-counter remedies.

Goldenseal Root: Just the Evidence

Despite its many uses, there is not enough reliable evidence to suggest goldenseal is effective for any of its common medical uses. Limited research supports the medical effect of berberine, a compound in goldenseal. Berberine may possess significant antibiotic properties (Kong, et al., 2012) and antiviral abilities (Wu, et al., 2011). Unfortunately, virtually no research has been performed on goldenseal use for the common cold. A lack of research does not mean that goldenseal does not improve symptoms of respiratory infections. Instead, it just means that not enough is known about goldenseal’s ability to fight or prevent the common cold to recommend its use.

The Downside of Goldenseal Root

Although not much evidence supports the use of goldenseal for fighting colds, there is plenty of information known about its downsides. Although it is considered safe for most adults in a single dose, pregnant or breastfeeding women and infants should not take goldenseal in any form. Goldenseal can negatively impact the effects of a large variety of medications. Known interactions exist with medications for organ transplants, mental health conditions, heart problems, infections, cancer, and many other illnesses. Goldenseal has not been studied enough to know whether it may interact with other herbal supplements or foods. Always ask a physician or pharmacist about goldenseal before taking it in any form.


Garlic is an edible herb that has long been used to flavor food and treat a variety of common health conditions. Eating garlic and taking supplements has been shown to be effective for high blood pressure, fungal skin infections, tick bite treatment, and prevention of certain cancers (NIH, 2011). It is also used for many other health conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and the common cold. It is available as a potent food flavor in fresh, dried, jarred, oil, paste, and powdered forms. It is also sold in supplements. The odor of garlic is caused by its active compound, allicin; odorless supplements often remove this active compound and may be less effective (NIH, 2011).

Garlic: Just the Evidence

Although some research suggests that garlic is effective in reducing blood pressure and healing fungal skin conditions, the National Institutes of Health report that there is “insufficient evidence” to tell whether garlic effectively treats or prevents the common cold (NIH, 2011). Despite this rating, a few studies have found that garlic supplements may prevent colds and reduce their severity when they occur (Josling, 2001; Nantz, et al., 2012). Other reviews argue that existing research is not solid enough to support any positive effect of garlic on colds (Lissiman, et al., 2012; Nahas, et al., 2011;Pittler, et al., 2007). Although there is no solid reason to believe that garlic does not work, the evidence is either too weak or mixed to conclude that it is helpful in preventing or treating the common cold.

The Downside of Garlic

Although garlic is generally considered safe for regular use in your diet or as a supplement, there are some possible side effects. Many people may get bad breath from oral garlic use. In addition, some people may get heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, or body odor. People who are undergoing surgery should stop taking garlic two weeks prior to the surgery, as garlic may prolong bleeding. You should also avoid if you suffer from a bleeding disorder, or gastrointestinal problems (NIH, 2011). Children and pregnant women should not consume garlic in large amounts due to possible complications.

Raw garlic is more likely to cause side effects than other forms. In addition, garlic may interact with many medications. It may decrease the effectiveness of drugs for bleeding disorders, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and a number of other conditions. Garlic may even reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills that contain estrogen (NIH, 2011). Because garlic may slow blood clotting, it may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with other supplements that have similar properties. These include fish oil, ginger, ginkgo, turmeric, vitamin E, and willow (NIH, 2011). Always consult a health professional before taking garlic supplements or significantly increasing the amount of garlic you eat.

American Ginseng Root

North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) has long been used for its medicinal properties. This herb has different effects from its Siberian and Asian cousins. American ginseng has been traditionally used for a wide variety of ailments. In addition to treating cold and flu, this form of ginseng is used in an effort to relieve stress, improve digestion, boost the immune system, enhance memory, battle HIV/AIDS and cancer, manage diabetes, and even prevent signs of aging. The root can be used to make powdered supplements or oils and extracts (which can be added to food or drinks).

Ginseng: Just the Evidence

Ginseng has been studied more than many other natural cold remedies. According to the National Institutes of Health, American ginseng is “possibly effective” for preventing colds and flu viruses (NIH, 2011). Research does indicate that ginseng supplements may reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of the common cold (McElhaney, et al., 2006; Predy, et al., 2005; Seida, et al., 2011). It is unclear whether it is equally effective in children (Vohra, et al., 2008). The ability of American ginseng treatments to fight the common cold is likely due to polysaccharides, ginsenosides, and an active compound named CVT-E002 (NIH, 2011). This extract has already been added to over-the-counter cold remedies, such as Cold-fX, which have been met with much commercial success. According to the National Institutes of health, Siberian ginseng is “possibly effective” for relieving cold symptoms, but it must be taken with the herb andrographis (NIH, 2011). Overall, American and Siberian ginseng collectively appear to be a reasonable remedy for cold prevention and treatment.

The Downside of Ginseng

Unfortunately, ginseng can cause serious side effects and drug interactions in some people. Even with short-term use, ginseng may cause blood pressure changes, low blood sugar, diarrhea, itching, sleep problems, headaches, and nervousness. It can also cause vaginal bleeding, rashes, and allergic reactions (NIH, 2005).Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take ginseng.

Schizophrenics, people about to have surgery, patients with gynecological cancers, people on the blood-thinning drug warfarin (Coumadin), and insomniacs may be at risk of harm from ginseng use. Diabetics and people using anti-depressants should also carefully discuss ginseng use with a physician before taking supplements.

Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation finds its origins in Ayurvedic medicine. Typically, a saline (saltwater) solution is used to rinse the sinuses. Saline nasal irrigation is commonly used to alleviate or prevent symptoms of congestion and inflammation in people with allergies or frequent sinus infections. Because this process can reduce swelling of mucus membranes and clear the sinuses of build-up, many people also believe it helps prevent colds and treat their symptoms. Saline nasal irrigation kits are sold without a prescription at most drug stores. A warm saline solution is poured from a syringe or a teapot-like container through each side of the nose, draining out the other nostril (Blum, 2009).

Saline Nasal Irrigation: Just the Evidence

Major reviews of existing research have shown that nasal irrigation can be effective at relieving symptoms of sinusitis or rhinitis in patients with persistent problems (Harvey, Hannan, Badia, & Scadding, 2009). It was found to be even more useful when paired with other treatments, like decongestant medication or antibiotics. Although people with colds may have many symptoms in common with those experiencing rhinitis (stuffy or runny nose, sinus swelling, etc.), a similar review did not find enough evidence suggesting nasal irrigation effectively treats colds or other upper respiratory infections (Kassel, King, & Spurling, 2010). Despite few studies on the topic, this review did cite studies that found nasal irrigation relieved symptoms, helped get people back to work sooner, and reduced the use of antibiotics. A more recent review of nasal irrigation studies did find that people experienced symptom relief, even with a variety of saline concentrations and techniques (Khianey & Oppenheimer, 2012). Unlike some other natural cold remedies, nasal irrigation is considered mild and safe for use in pregnant women and children. A recent study even found a significant reduction in respiratory infections among children using nasal irrigation as a preventive measure (No authors listed, 2012). Overall, nasal irrigation looks like a promising natural cold remedy, but current evidence is a bit too weak to say the same for its ability to prevent colds. With proper education on use of the irrigation kit, most people experience no side effects.

The Downside of Nasal Irrigation

Side effects of saline nasal rinses include mild discomfort, anxiety about the process, and occasionally dry nasal membranes. When the irrigation process is performed incorrectly, patients may feel as if they got water up the nose (as if from swimming). If the saline packet is not correctly mixed with enough water, a high salt concentration can cause nasal discomfort. Most side effects are associated with the first few uses, when the patient is learning the process. Most people do not experience any negative side effects (Rabago, et al., 2002). Those that do have an unpleasant experience can usually fix the problem by getting help from a health worker to improve their technique (Rabago & Zgierska, 2009). Fortunately, saline irrigation can often be paired with other remedies without side effects.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation is an ancient method of restoring spiritual balance and emotional perspective to life. It is now often used to encourage physical health and to promote relaxation and stress reduction. In recent years, research has discovered the power of meditation and mindfulness strategies to promote mental health and even aid in healing. Meditation and mindfulness sessions may have a wide variety of health and personal benefits. The techniques are free, natural, and do not require any special equipment. These factors make meditation and mindfulness strategies a simple and appealing option for a cold remedy. Yoga is a common way to use physical motions and focus on the breath to achieve a state of meditation.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Just the Evidence

Unfortunately, very little research has examined the link between meditation and the common cold. Some evidence suggests meditation and mindfulness exercises may improve immune function (Davidson, et al., 2003). Another study found that meditation did reduce the severity and duration of respiratory infections as well as the number of days off work compared to individuals who did not exercise or meditate (Barrett, et al., 2012). A similar study found that greater effectiveness at mindfulness meditation was associated with a shorter duration of acute respiratory infections (Zgierska, et al., 2012).

Yoga has been shown to provide health benefits and some improvement in immune function, but no research has explicitly linked yoga to the prevention or treatment of colds. Certain yoga poses are recommended for their potential benefit to individuals with colds, however (Pirisi, n.d.). Although there is little research to support a clear benefit of meditation for preventing or treating colds, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that meditation can be helpful in fighting chronic illness, reducing anxiety or depression, relieving pain and fatigue, and improving sleep (NCCAM, 2010). Little direct research supports a connection to cold treatment, but indirect evidence of their effects on fatigue, pain, and immune function make meditation and mindfulness promising habits for cold prevention.

The Downside of Meditation and Mindfulness

As benign as a period of relaxation and disconnection may sound, long-term meditation is not without potential negative side effects (Shapiro, 1992, Mayo Clinic, 2011). In general, side effects such as loss of ability to concentrate or a worsening of psychiatric illness are believed to be rare. Some individuals may also find meditation and mindfulness exercises frustrating if they are unfamiliar with proper techniques or do not believe the therapy will work (Jain & Astin, 2001). Meditation proponents often cite zero negative side effects of meditation and mindfulness (Edy, n.d.). Yoga may carry physical side effects, muscle strain, or physical discomfort in certain poses or when proper physical form is not used. Yoga may also pose risks for pregnant women and people with uncontrolled high blood pressure, balance problems or severe osteoporosis, artificial joints, or certain eye problems (Mayo Clinic, 2010). While meditation and mindfulness remain unverified methods of cold treatment and prevention, side effect prevalence will likely also go undocumented.


Exercise is widely considered an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Because of its benefits for the lungs, muscles, and circulation, regular exercise promotes healthy body systems. Exercise is believed to help individuals develop and maintain a strong immune system, which may help prevent colds. Exercise fans and athletes also may maintain their exercise routines when sick with the hopes that it will help them recover faster (or at least make no difference in the severity or duration of their illness).

Exercise for Colds: Just the Evidence

Although there is a large body of evidence behind the claim that exercise is beneficial for health, the research regarding exercise as a treatment or prevention method for colds is less well developed. Reviews of the evidence suggest a moderate level of exercise may help prevent upper respiratory infections (Martin, Pence, & Woods, 2010; Weidner & Sevier, 1996). On the other hand, intense levels of exercise may suppress the immune system and make individuals more prone to colds and other respiratory infections (Kippelen, et al., 2012; Nieman, 1995). Regular exercise has also been shown to reduce the number of missed workdays and illness from the common cold (Barrett, et al., 2012). Other studies indicate that exercise may not decrease the severity or duration of a cold but that exercise can be continued during cold symptoms without a negative impact (Weidner & Schurr, 2003). In general, moderate exercise during a cold is not likely to improve symptoms but is also unlikely to extend the illness (Laskowski, 2011), and it is a promising strategy for cold prevention.

The Downside of Exercise

Beyond the standard physical risks of exercise, exercising during an illness may cause some side effects. Moderate exercise is often well tolerated for individuals with a cold virus, but less strenuous workouts may be easier on the body. Because many cold viruses are not formally diagnosed, it is possible for people to misdiagnose themselves. Exercising with an infection more serious than the common cold can cause serious health problems. Always scale back or skip workouts if exercise makes you feel worse during an illness.

Do not exercise during a cold-like illness if you have any of the following symptoms (Laskowski, 2011):

  • fever
  • extreme fatigue
  • widespread muscle aches
  • chest congestion or a hacking cough
  • nausea

Green Tea Beverages and Supplements

Green tea has been heralded for its ability to enhance alertness, fight blood pressure problems, speed weight loss, and perform many other medical feats. Despite limited research behind many of its health-related claims, green tea has long been used as a beverage and extract. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) and green tea extracts have been shown to possess potent compounds that can impact human health, such as antioxidants, polyphenols, and caffeine. Green tea extract is used in an ointment for genital warts, and its other (non-medication) applications include the prevention and treatment of dental, heart and circulatory, cancer, skin, and digestive problems (NIH, 2011).

Green Tea: Just the Evidence

Green tea has not been widely studied with regards to its ability to prevent or treat respiratory infections. Some promising research indicates green tea supplements (in capsule form) may prevent some illness and cold and flu symptoms (Rowe, Nantz, Bukowski, & Percival 2007). The organic compounds in green tea may also have antiviral properties that can help fend off influenza strains (Friedman, 2007; Matsumoto, Yamada, Takuma, Niino, & Sagesaka, 2011; Song, Lee, & Seong, 2005). Drinking hot liquids in general during a cold may also temporarily relieve nasal congestion (Saketkhoo, Januszkiewicz, & Sackner, 1978). Overall, drinking green tea to prevent or treat the common cold appears to be a promising habit, but more research is needed.

The Downside of Green Tea

Temporary and long-term use of green tea as a beverage or supplement is likely safe for most adults. Some people may experience minor stomach upset or constipation from green tea use. Because of the caffeine and other active compounds in the tea, it may also cause more serious side effects in some people (NIH, 2011). Individuals who are pregnant, anemic, hypertensive, or diabetic should consult a health professional before using green tea as a beverage or supplement. In addition, those with blood disorders, liver conditions, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or anxiety disorders should probably avoid green tea unless told otherwise by a health professional. Green tea may also interact negatively with common medications, such as birth control pills, antibiotics, and drugs for cancer, liver, and asthma problems(NIH, 2011). Always consult a physician before taking green tea if you use any other medications.

Warning: Green Tea and Stimulant Drugs

Green tea contains caffeine, which speeds up the nervous system. Drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, and ephedrine also act as stimulants to the nervous system. Combining any stimulant drug with green tea or other caffeinated substances can cause too much stimulation and potential heart problems (NIH, 2011). Together, green tea and stimulant drugs can cause a dangerously fast heartbeat and high blood pressure.

Lemon and Honey

Lemon and honey have many natural properties that make them common sense cold fighters. Lemon is acclaimed for its vitamin C and antimicrobial properties (Dhanavade, Jalkute, Ghosh, & Sonawane, 2011; Efem & Iwara, 1992). Lemon may be used for its juice, peel, or extracted oil. Honey is treasured for its sweet taste, potential to fight seasonal allergies, and its broad range of antimicrobial properties. Together, they are often used in hot water or tea to aid cold symptoms. In addition, their flavors are a classic combination for throat lozenges.

Lemon and Honey: Just the Evidence

Both honey and lemon have significant ability to inhibit the growth of microbes that can cause infection (Dhanavade, Jalkute, Ghosh, & Sonawane, 2011; Efem & Iwara, 1992). The vitamin C in lemon may strengthen the immune system or help treat cold symptoms (NIH, 2011). Honey may also contain antiviral properties that could inhibit viral activity from colds (Zeina, Othman, & Al-Assad, 2007). In addition, a growing number of studies have found honey to be an effective cough suppressant and sleep aid during a cold, especially in children (Cohen, et al., 2012; Paul, et al., 2007). Some evidence does suggest that honey may not be better than over-the-counter dextromethorphan cough suppressants, although honey has no scientific evidence that argues against its use (Oduwole, Meremikwu, Oyo-Ita, & Udoh, 2012). Overall, there is insufficient evidence to believe lemon and honey can shorten the duration of a cold, but honey has promising evidence demonstrating its possible effectiveness in relieving certain symptoms. There is insufficient evidence to suggest lemon or honey can prevent the common cold.

The Downside of Lemon and Honey

Wild honey may contain spores of Clostridium botulinum. When ingested by infants, these spores and their toxins can cause serious health problems and—if left untreated—death (NIH, 2011; Tanzi & Gabay, 2002). For this reason, children under 12 months of age should not be given honey. Large doses and extended use of lemon juice provide large amounts of citric acid, which may cause the erosion of tooth enamel, nausea or vomiting, and eye or skin irritation upon contact (ISU, 2000). Otherwise, lemon and honey are both considered safe for regular consumption by children and adults.


In a way, probiotics have been used for health for many centuries. Historically, fermented milk products were associated with good health and long life (Fuller, n.d.). Although formal research did not explore the connection between fermented dairy products and gastrointestinal health until about 1900, they were deliberately used to promote good microbes in the gut by the 1930s (Azizpour, et al., 2009). Probiotics are currently used to prevent diarrheal illness and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Kligler & Cohrssen, 2008). They are also under investigation for their alleged ability to protect against cavities, treat skin problems, aid in the treatment of arthritis, and speed healing of gastrointestinal cancers (Goldin & Gorbach, 2008). Most probiotic supplements include lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in a dairy drink or yogurt.

Probiotics: Just the Evidence

Although there is limited research on the topic, probiotics may be helpful in preventing and treating respiratory infections (Leyer, Mubasher, Reifer, & Ouwehand, 2009). The evidence is mixed regarding its effectiveness in cold prevention, but probiotics have generally decreased the number of respiratory infections among regular users in studies (Hao, Lu, Dong, Huang, & Wu, 2011). The National Institutes of Health report there is “insufficient evidence” to determine whether probiotics are effective for preventing or treating the common cold; however, they are “possibly effective” for treating the symptoms of and preventing lung infections (NIH, 2011; NIH, 2011). Overall, there is only weak evidence suggesting that probiotics are useful in treating the common cold, though they may be a promising prevention technique because of a general boost to health.

The Downside of Probiotics

Although probiotics are generally considered safe for adults and children, some people may experience negative side effects. Probiotics can cause gas, bloating, and stomach discomfort, and they should probably not be used by pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems (NIH, 2011). Probiotics may also interact with antibiotics and immunosuppressants, so consult a doctor before using probiotics when on other medications (NIH, 2011).

Vitamin D and the Sun

Vitamin D can be found naturally in some seafood, but it is often added to fruit juices and grain products. Most people get the vast majority of their vitamin D from the sun, which helps the body produce its own. It is essential for bone health, and is also used to promote heart, circulatory, skin, lung, oral, muscle, and immune health (NIH, 2012). Many people do not have adequate levels of vitamin D in their systems, especially during the winter (Holick, 2006). Vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets and other health problems.

Vitamin D: Just the Evidence

According to the National Institutes of health, vitamin D is “possibly effective” at preventing respiratory infections (NIH, 2012). There is currently insufficient evidence to determine whether vitamin D really prevents or treats the common cold. Some research indicate that vitamin D supplementation has antiviral effects (Cannell & Hollis, 2008), but not enough is known about its antiviral strength to use it to specifically target cold, flu, or other viruses (Khoo, et al., 2012; Yamshchikov, Desai, Blumberg, Ziegler, & Tangpricha, 2009). In general, adequate vitamin D levels may help prevent respiratory problems like the common cold (Cannell, et al., 2006), but it has not been studied enough regarding treatment to comment on its remedy power.

The Downside of Vitamin D and Sunshine

Most people are not at risk of getting too much vitamin D. In high doses, however, vitamin D supplements can cause fatigue, weakness, nausea and vomiting, headache, metallic taste, and loss of appetite. Vitamin D supplementation can also have a negative interaction with certain medications for the heart, kidneys, blood pressure, and other health conditions (NIH, 2012). Always check with a physician before beginning vitamin D supplementation in combination with any other medication. Side effects from safe sun exposure for vitamin D are typically mild. Extended or excessive exposure to the sun can cause a number of other problems, such as sunburn, skin damage, heat exhaustion, vomiting, and even skin cancer.

Camphor, Eucalyptus, and Menthol

Camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol are often combined in ointments and medicines. Camphor is often used in topical pain relievers and muscle ache creams. Eucalyptus leaf or oil is used both as a food flavoring and in many medicinal applications. Eucalyptus is used to treat breathing problems, pain and inflammation, burns and ulcers, and even cancer. Menthol can be used as flavoring in lozenges for sore throats and coughs or as a soothing ingredient in anti-itch creams and medications for the mouth. The three are often combined in over-the-counter ointments used for nasal congestion and cough suppression (NIH, 2012).

Camphor, Eucalyptus, and Menthol: Just the Evidence

Although these three ingredients effectively relieve the sensation of a stuffy nose in many people, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that they effectively treat cold symptoms (Burrow, Eccles, & Jones, 1983; Eccles, 2003). Eucalyptus may also help break up mucus and ease congestion (NIH, 2012). These ingredients provide a cooling, soothing sensation, but their effect on inflammation in the nose and throat is unclear (Meltzer, Caballero, Fromer, Krouse, & Scadding, 2010). Many people do report temporary relief of certain symptoms, but there is not enough evidence to suggest that these three ingredients effectively treat or shorten colds. There is no evidence to suggest that these ingredients prevent colds.

The Downside of Camphor, Eucalyptus, and Menthol

These three ingredients are not recommended for long-term use or excessive use during colds. Too much skin or oral exposure can cause camphor or menthol overdose or poisoning, especially in children (NIH, 2011; NIH, 2012). Eucalyptus can also cause negative side effects; it should not be used in combination with other herbal remedies and a large number of medications because of potentially toxic interactions (NIH, 2012). Eucalyptus may result in nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in some people. Oral overdoses of these remedies can result in death. Children and pregnant women should not use cold remedies containing these ingredients.

High Lactoferrin Whey Protein

Whey protein is naturally found in milk products. It is easily digested by most people and commonly used as a supplement to promote muscle growth and even prevent diabetes (Mayo Clinic, 2011). Recently acclaimed for its anti-inflammatory and allergy prevention properties, high lactoferrin whey protein is also believed to boost the immune system and hold antiviral properties (Roxas & Jurenka, 2007).

High Lactoferrin Why Protein: Just the Evidence

Research has begun to promote high lactoferrin whey protein for its anti-inflammatory capacity and antiviral potential (Conneely, 2001; Vareille, Kieninger, Edwards, & Regamey, 2011). Other research also indicates that milk and its lactoferrin protein may help prevent a variety of viral infections (Arnold, et al., 2002; Krissansen, 2007) and promote immune system strength (Berlutti, et al., 2011). Despite some research in its favor, there is not yet enough evidence to suggest that high lactoferrin whey protein supplements are effective at preventing the common cold. There is no evidence to help determine its cold symptom treatment potential at this time.

The Downside of High Lactoferrin Whey Protein

People with milk allergies or sensitivities may suffer severe allergic reactions to whey protein supplements. Whey protein can also cause changes in blood pressure, blood sugar levels, medication effects, bleeding, and the effects of other herbs and supplements (Mayo Clinic, 2011). Infants and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take whey protein supplements unless advised to do so by a doctor. Whey supplements are not recommended for long-term use, as they can cause kidney damage and bone loss. In adults without allergies, whey protein supplements are considered safe for short-term use.

Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)

There are many varieties of elderberry plants, but European Elder (Sambucus nigra) is most often used to treat pain, swelling, skin problems, infections, fevers, constipation, and coughs (NCCAM, 2010). It is also used in its cooked form in syrups, drinks, and as a flavoring for foods. The dried flowers or cooked berries are also used in teas, capsule supplements, and liquid extracts.

Elderberry: Just the Evidence

Limited scientific evidence suggests that elderberry may have antiviral properties and the ability to fight strains of the influenza virus (Roxas & Jurenka, 2007; Zakay-Rones, Thom, Wollan, & Wodstein, 2004). It may also benefit the immune system to help fight the symptoms and the duration of viral infections (Barak, Halperin, & Kalickman, 2001; Barak, Birkenfeld, Halperin, & Kalickman, 2002). Despite the promising evidence for its assistance in cold symptom relief, there is not enough evidence to suggest that elderberry (in any form) is effective at preventing colds.

The Downside of Elderberry

The uncooked berries of the elder plant can be toxic, causing severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting (NCCAM, 2010). In addition, the flowers of the plant can cause diarrhea and stomach upset in some people. It is not recommended for use in children or pregnant women. Always ask a physician about elderberry extract or supplementation before use, as it may interact negatively with some medications.

Olive Leaf Extract (Olea Europea)

Olive leaf extract is taken from the leaves of the olive tree. Extract from the olive leaves has long been used medicinally for respiratory illness, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, eczema, and other problems (Braun, 2005). Research is increasingly examining olive leaf for its powerful medicinal properties.

Olive Leaf Extract: Just the Evidence

There is insufficient evidence to claim olive leaf extract is effective at preventing or treating colds. It has been shown in a few studies to reduce the infectivity of viruses and to stimulate the immune system’s response to infection (Micol, et al., 2005; Roxas & Jurenka, 2007). Different forms of the leaves may also be anti-inflammatory, which may aid in decongestion (Eidi, Moghadam-kia, Moghadam, Eidi, & Rezazadeh, 2012; El & Karakaya, 2009). Little or no research has been performed linking olive leaf extract use to the prevention or treatment of the common cold.

The Downside of Olive Leaf Extract

Although olive leaf extract has not been well evaluated for side effects in humans, manufacturers cite a variety of possible negative reactions. Side effects from use of the extract may result in stomach discomfort, flu-like symptoms, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although olive leaf extract is generally believed to be safe, pregnant women and children are advised to avoid its use except under a physician’s supervision.

Herbal Over The Counter (OTC) Cold Remedies

Because of strong medicinal qualities found in many natural cold remedies, many pharmaceutical products use herbal extracts as the active ingredients in their medications. The drugs listed below are considered homeopathic remedies that are not subject to standard clinical trials and pharmaceutical standards. Because of this, these products may have unregulated ingredients or less reliable manufacturing processes than standard pharmaceuticals.


he Cold-EEZE brand offers a variety of over-the-counter products claiming to relieve symptoms and shorten the duration of the common cold (, 2012). The active ingredient in their lozenges and oral spray is zincum gluconicum. Because they are considered homeopathic remedies, the FDA does not evaluate Cold-EEZE products for safety or efficacy. Because of their zinc content, they may cause side effects such as upset stomach or metallic taste. In clinical studies, Cold-EEZE products have been shown to reduce the frequency and duration of colds in users (McElroy & Miller, 2002; McElroy & Miller, 2003).

Boiron Oscillococcinum

Boiron Oscillococcinum (Oscillo) pellets are marketed as homeopathic relief for aches, chills, and fevers. The active ingredient is a diluted extract of Muscovy duck heart and liver. There are several promising studies promoting Oscillococcinum’s ability to fight (but not prevent) flu-like symptoms (Vickers & Smith, 2000; Vickers & Smith, 2004; Vickers & Smith 2006). Despite this evidence, a California class action lawsuit has been filed to protest the apparent false claims of Boiron, Inc. The suit has been filed because tests of the product revealed too little of the active ingredient in the product to be clinically effective (Barrett, 2011; Holter, 2011). No verdict or settlement has yet been achieved. Further research is still necessary before Oscillococcinum (especially at doses present in the actual product) can be considered effective for the prevention and treatment of flu-like symptoms and infections (Merrari, Terzan, & Chaufferin, 2012). Please note that this product is not marketed for the common cold, and has not been tested against the viruses that cause the common cold.

Similasan Cold and Mucus Relief

Similasan offers a homeopathic cold and flu relief medicine for children that is supposed to relieve cough, fever, chills, and congestion (, 2011). Its active ingredients include antimonium sulphuratum aureum, kali iodatum, and senega officianalis. These compounds are used to promote the thinning and loosening of mucus, the prevention of coughing, the relief of fever, and the treatment of chest and nasal congestion (NIH, 2011). There is only limited scientific evidence that Similasan cold and mucus products or any of its active ingredients are effective at treating symptoms of the common cold (Fischer, et al., 2011; Van, et al., 2009).


Airborne, Inc. offers a variety of natural products designed to support the immune system ( 2012). They contain vitamins A, C, and E as well as zinc, a herbal blend (containing ginger, Echinacea, and other herbs), selenium, magnesium, manganese, and an amino acid blend. Ingredients in the supplement have been shown to support immune system function and resistance to infection to varying degrees. There is no scientific evidence that the Airborne nutritional supplements themselves prevent or treat the common cold. In fact, their former advertising claims about cold prevention and treatment resulted in a lawsuit for false advertising; the company can no longer make unsubstantiated claims of this nature (FTC, 2008).

The supplements are unlikely to cause negative side effects beyond those expected from use of its separate ingredients. However, several of the active ingredients in Airborne supplements may interact with medications; always consult a physician before supplementing your diet with Airborne to prevent or treat infections.

Chapel Hill shooting.. No parking space crime- Twitter publishes it

The following article by Mashaal Mir of THE INDEPENDENT newspaper exposes the hypocrisy of the western media.


Friday 13 February 2015
Chapel Hill shooting: Would the media have covered the tragedy if Twitter didn’t exist, and what would have happened if the murderer was Muslim?
They might have caught up eventually, but there are still two big ‘what ifs’ that shame the western media’s response

The murder of three young American Muslims in Chapel Hill has spent shockwaves throughout the world, especially among its Muslim community.
The murder of Deah Barakat, Yusor and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha by Craig Hicks has reopened many wounds for American Muslims who already feel targeted. They’re upset because nobody really cared about this story until it trended on Twitter, and because of the slow response by the western media and the silence from politicians. But most of all, they’re upset because they feel Muslim lives do not matter in the West.

If you’re unsure about this, and think that the media’s response to the shooting was completely legitimate, then let me run through a couple of hypothetical scenarios.

  1. What if Twitter didn’t exist?
    The question is not “if” the mainstream media was covering the story, as they did eventually. The question is: would they have cared to cover it had Twitter not publicly shamed them for their silence?

I work in the media, yet didn’t even hear of the story until I logged on to Twitter to see #ChapelHillShooting trending worldwide. There was tweet after tweet bashing media outlets for ignoring the possibility that it could have been a hate crime.

Three Muslims shot in the head by man who, alongside posts attacking various other religions, had written anti-Muslim and anti-Islam sentiments on social media. Yet for hours there were only two or three news outlets giving the tragedy any attention.

So what if Twitter didn’t exist? What would have happened?

Not much.

Local media would have reported it, as they did. The story would have perhaps, and that’s a strong perhaps, made it on to a national news bulletin.

But it would have died down quickly and the names of the victims may never have echoed beyond Chapel Hill. And the widely held narrative that “only Muslims kill innocent people over religion” would have continued to march on, completely uncontested by the truth.

  1. What if the murderer was a Muslim?
    Would the initial response by the western media and politicians been the same if it was a middle-aged Muslim man who fatally shot three non-Muslims execution-style in their own home? A Muslim man who had posted extreme views about atheists and other faiths on his social media, as well as photos of loaded guns?

Absolutely not.

You know it and I know it. Everyone knows it. We’d have CNN and a whole panel of middle-aged men analysing every single aspect of the story with Wolf Blitzer faster than you can say ‘ratings’.

A Muslim shooter would mean a demand for condemnation, a demand for discussions on Islam, a demand for Muslims to reform, to assimilate, to take collective responsibility. We may even be graced with a little gathering of politicians.

We would see, as we did following the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, a spike in attacks on mosques and Muslims. Polls would show a higher percentage of the population suspicious, distrusting and with more negative views towards Muslims.

A non-Muslim shooter? Different story.

And this is exactly why we need to have a conversation on the Chapel Hill murders. Muslims are seemingly only worthy of anyone’s attention when they are the perpetrators of heinous crimes, not victims of it.

There are 1.5bn Muslims in the world, and just like white atheists shouldn’t be forced to apologise now for one maniac, neither should we. But recognising this isn’t enough on its own. We also need to change the way we talk about Muslims, because their lives matter just as much as anyone else’s, and we must never forget that.

The Rain water cure and those who deny its virtue and reality

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O Allah! Bestow blessings upon Sayyidina Muhammad, our Master and his Family, such blessings by means of which Thou may relieve us of all anxieties and calamities. Thou may satisfy all our needs. Thou may clean us of all evils and thanks for which Thou may grant us high position and high rank and status in Thy presence, and Thou may lead us to the utmost limit of our aspirations and capacity in whatever is best in this world as well as in the world Hereafter, as Thou has the full Power over everything

This darood is free from all words of Shirk and has been highly recommended by the Scholars of Ahele Sunnah Wal Jamath. All the Saints of Allah have unanimously given verdict that Durood-e-Tunajjina is the best cure of all ills and all calamities of this world. The virtues of this Darood are beyond human comprehension, InsahaAllah, the following are few of its known benefits:
1. This Darood is the best cure of all ills/plagues/diseases and all calamities/difficulties/hardships of this world.
2. All the worldly needs and needs of hereafter will be fulfilled.
3. One will receive and will be gifted with High Status, Position and Success in both the worlds.
4. The reciter will be protected by Allah from all the Evils(evil men/jin, blackmagic, nazar, sickness..etc) of this world and the hereafter.
5. NO enemies or evil creatures will overpower the reciter and the reciter will be always a winner against them.
6. All the blessings and virtues of reciting darood will be bestowed upon the reciter.

The great Scholar, Saint, Jurist and author, Imam ibn-Faikihani[AR] says that there was once a pious man called Sheikh Moosa Zareer[AR] who was blind and had narrated his own story: “I was in a ship which was sinking. I lapsed into semi consciousness. Rasoolullah (S.A.W.) appeared to me in this state and taught me the following Durood which he said should be recited a thousand times by the passengers of the ship. The passengers had barely recited the Durood 300 times and the ship was saved (miraculously). The other ship on the high seas sank, but this ship reached its destination safely and soundly. This miracle was a sufficient eye-opener for the members of the ship.”

Durood-e-Tunjjina should be recited a thousand times at the time of any hardship or calamity. (Zaadus Saeed, by Hakeemul Ummah Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi[AR], Page 14). Other saints have advised to recite this Durood Shareef 70 times during days of calamity, turmoil and troubled and InshaAllah, it will work wonders.

Method of Recitation 
1. Make sure the house in which it is recited is free and clean from dolls, statues, painting, pictures, magazines, papers of or containing living creatures, and also free from bells and musical instruments, dogs, amulets and other things disallowed by the Shariah, InshaAllah, this will make our amal/dua maqbool or successful.
2. Put on clean clothes and make wadhu[ablution] with concentration.
3. Auzubillaah hi Mi-nash Shyataan Ir-rajeem BisMillaah Ir-rah-maan Ir-ra-heem -3x
4. Istiqfar – ‘Astaghfirullaaha wa ‘atoobu ‘ilayhi -3x or more
5. Make an Intention for the purpose of the recitation.
6. Recite DUROOD-E-TUNAJJINA 21x, 41x, 70x,100x, 300x or 1000x
7. Make Dua –YA ALLAH YA HAYYU YA QAYYUM YA ZAL JALAALI WAL IKRAM YA ARHAMAR RAHEMEEN, Please fulfill all my valid needs ……………………………………………………………………………………………
Note: (1)A group of people can sit together and recite for higher counts, with a common intention and for a common purpose. (2) InshaALlah, if recited during Tahajjud will produce amazing results as tahajjud is the time when Allah’s Mercy and Blessings are at its best.

To Break the Effects of Black magic or witchcraft or Jinn the victim should recite this at-least 21x or 41x daily consistently for few days[or until things get normal] without any gaps and after every recital blow 3x into water with full force and drink it 3x times a day and also rub the recited water all over his body and sprinkle some on all the walls of the house ignoring the toilets, InshaAllah the effects of Blackmagic/Jinns will be broken and all evil jinns involved in sihir will leave in no time.

One can also make it a practice of reciting it 1x or 3x times after every Fardh salaat or atleast recite it 3x to 7x times after fajar and magrib, as Darood-e-Tunjjina itself is a very beautiful and very powerful dua, that will address all our needs of this world and the hereafter.

Islaamic History

Translation edited by
Mufti A.H.Elias-May Allaah protect him

Khalifa of Haji Abdul Mannan Adul Razack Kulachi Makki- May Allaah protect him

In the light of the Qur’aan and Ahadeeth

(1) Islaamic History

The command to propagate
Rasulullaah (SAW) continued to visit the Cave of Hira after the first revelation, but after the first five verses of Surah Alaq were revealed, no more revelation came for a while.
Rasulullaah (SAW) was once on the way to the cave when he heard a voice calling. As he turned to look about, but saw no one. When he then looked up, he saw Hadhrat Jibra’eel (AS) sitting upon a platform suspended between the skies and the earth. Rasulullaah (SAW) immediately hurried home, where he covered himself out of fear.
It was then that Allaah revealed the first five verses of Surah Mudathir, which states, “O you wrapped in a blanket. Stand up (among the people) and warn (them about Allaah’s punishment for rejecting Imaan). Announce the greatness of your Rabb (which is a most important element of your message). (When preaching Towheed, mind your appearance and ensure that you) Keep your clothing clean. (External purity complements internal purity.) (In addition to this, also) Stay away from filth (idols and sin, as you have always been doing)”.
Rasulullaah (SAW) then started to call people towards Islaam. Because the Arabs had been steeped in Kufr and Shirk for centuries, it was not possible for Rasulullaah (SAW) to start propagating the message of Islaam openly. Rasulullaah (SAW) therefore started inviting people privately.
The first woman to accept Islaam was Rasulullaah (SAW)’s faithful wife Hadhrat Khadeeja رضي الله عنهما, while the first man to accept Islaam was his childhood friend and business partner Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (RA), who immediately said, “I believe and accept” when he was invited.
The first child to accept Islaam was Rasulullaah (SAW)’s cousin Hadhrat Ali (RA), the son of Abu Taalib.
(2) Rasulullaah (SAW)’s Miracle
The du’aa Rasulullaah (SAW) made for Hadhrat Handhala (RA)
Hadhrat Handhala (RA) was still a boy when Rasulullaah (SAW) passed his hand over his head and made du’aa for him.
The effect of this du’aa was such that whenever any person or animal suffered any pain, Hadhrat Handhala (RA) would apply some saliva to his hand, place it upon the place on his head where Rasulullaah (SAW) placed his hand and make du’aa saying, “I take the name of Allaah upon the handprint of Rasulullaah (SAW)”. He would then pass his hand over the affected area and the pain would be alleviated.
[Dalaa’il 2470]
(3) A Fardh
Performing Tayammum when no water is available
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “Clean sand is a means of purification for the Muslim even if he does not find water for ten years. Should he then find water, he should pour it over his body (perform wudhu and ghusl).”
[Abu Dawood 332, from Hadhrat Abu Dharr (RA)]
(4) A Sunnah
The du’aa when seeing a Muslim smile
The following du’aa should be recited when seeing a Muslim smile:
اضحك الله سنك
Adhak’Allahu seenak
TRANSLATION: May Allaah always keep you smiling.
[Bukhaari 3294, from Hadhrat Sa’d bin Abi Waqqaas (RA)]
(5) An Important Act and its Virtue
Concealing one’s needs from others
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “When a person is hungry or in need and he conceals his need from other (does not ask them for help), Allaah will take it upon Himself to provide him with a year’s supply of Halaal provisions.”
[Shu’abul Imaan 9698, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Abbaas (RA)]
(6) A Sin
Regarding Halaal as Haraam
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “O you who have Imaan! Do not forbid (declare as unlawful) the pure things that Allaah has permitted (made lawful) for you (by regarding something Halaal as Haraam) and do not overstep (do not exceed the limits of the Shari’ah). Surely Allaah does not like those who overstep (exceed limits)”.
[Surah Maa’idah, verse 87]
(7) This World
Allaah’s bounties
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “This (punishment) is because Allaah will not change (will not take away) any favour that He gave to a nation until they change what is within themselves (until they corrupt their beliefs and actions, thereby inviting Allaah’s punishment, which will cause them to lose all their bounties). Indeed Allaah is All Hearing, All Knowing (He knows the thoughts and actions of every person)”.
[Surah Anfaal, verse 53]
(8) The Aakhirah
The people upon whom Qiyaamah will arrive
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “Qiyaamah will arrive only upon the worst of people.”
[Muslim 7402, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Mas’ood (RA)]
The system of the universe will continue to remain in motion for as long as there is a single person on earth who takes the name of Allaah. However, as soon as no such person is left and the world is occupied only by evil people, Qiyaamah will arrive.
(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW)
Cure through the Mu’awwadhatayn
Hadhrat Aa’isha رضي الله عنها reports that when Rasulullaah (SAW) fell ill, he would recite the Mu’awwadhatayn (Surah Falaq and Surah Naas) and blow upon himself.
[Muslim 5715]
(10) Advice from Rasulullaah (SAW)
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that when visiting someone, one should first request permission to enter. If permission is not granted after three requests, one should leave.
[Muslim 5633, from Hadhrat Abu Moosa Ash’ari (RA)]

Who are the shiah



Shi’ism’s fundamental basis – the cornerstone of its religion – is its principle of reviling, abusing and rejecting
the Sahaabah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The murderers of Hadhrat Uthmaan (radhiyallahu
anhu) realised that their politically and nafsaani inspired movement can never be successful as long as the
authority of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) Sahaabah is retained. They had, therefore, no alternative
other than raising the structure of Shi’ism on the basis of opinion which necessitated the denial of the
authority of the Companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). They thus propagated the doctrine of
the rejection of the Sahaabah with brutal blasphemy, which they shamelessly attributed to Rasulullah
(sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Their religion is based on the vilification of those whom Rasulullah (sallallahu
alayhi wasallam) loved so dearly and whose authority is established, not on the basis of opinion and love, but
on the basis of Divine Directive. Without the Sahaabah there can be no Islam, no Qur’aan, no Sunnah, no
Shariah, no Imaan. The Deen of Allah Ta’ala came to us and to all and will continue to travel to the end of time
by means of Naql (authoritative and authentic narration), the first link in the chain of narration and

transmission joining us with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) being the noble Sahaabah.
But, Shi’ism has broken that very first and vital link with Nabi-e- Kareem(sallallahu alayhi wasallam). They thus
have no Shar’i authority and no Shar’i proof for their beliefs of the nafs. The way they have tried to overcome
this hurdle is by their doctrine of fabricating Ahaadith to substantiate their claims.

Nifaaq or hypocrisy is a principle of the Shi’i religion. They technically term such hypocrisy as Taqiyah which
means the permissibility to conceal one’s true beliefs for the sake of any expediency.
Thus they attribute even such hypocrisy to Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu). It is the Shi’i belief that although
Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu) believed that Hadhrat Abu Bakr and Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhuma)
usurped the Khilaafat and deliberately betrayed Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) he nevertheless
pledged loyalty to these senior Sahaabah on account of some political expediency. This blatant baatil and
blasphemy attributed to Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu) exhibit the crookedness of Shi’i mentality.
The Shiahs who have gone out of their way to belittle the Sahaabah and to drop them from the pedestal of
authority which the Shariah assigns to them can never be the lovers of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
nor can Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) have love for such miscreants of belief. About hatred for his
Sahaabah, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:”Those who hate the Sahaabah, hate them because [in
reality] they hate me.”
It is a Shi’i contention that the great Sahaabah, especially Hadhrat Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmaan,
etc.(radhiyallahu anhum) did not understand the teachings of Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
They further shamelessly and blasphemously assert that these illustrious Khulafa-e-Raashideen are usurpers,
frauds, fabricators of Ahaadith and wholly incompetent in Deeni matters. Indeed, the la’nat of Allah Ta’ala
must be on such slanderers as the Shi’i clergy who make such wicked assertions. Inspite of their slander being
shocking and despicable in the extreme, it is not surprising since they are the worst fabricators and frauds
peddling their nafsaani opinions in the name of Islam and attributing it to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi
wasallam). They have accused the Sahaabah of being involved in conspiracies to eliminate Islam and supplant
it with the Arab tribal systems of the time of jaahiliyyah. The blasphemous drivel which clutters their books
and preachings exhibits their wickedness and detestation for the Islam of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi

Children are a Blessing

By Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafidhahullah

Children are a Blessing

Being gifted with children is a great blessing from Allah (subanahu wa ta’aala). For any blessing we receive we need to do shukr, i.e. be grateful to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala). True shukr meets the following requirements:

  1. Realise the blessing is the result of the Grace of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) and that it has come to you without your being deserving of it.
  2. Acknowledge your gratitude in your heart and express it verbally as well.

  3. Use the blessing in the way Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) wants you to, and observe the rules and limits He (subhanahu wa ta’aala) has set for it.

As with all blessings, Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) has set rules and limits regarding the blessing of children too, e.g. when to be lenient, when to reprimand, what to teach them, what to keep them away from etc. Following these rules when dealing with children is called ta’leem (education) and tarbiyyah (upbringing).

Giving children correct ta’leem and tarbiyyah is a major responsibility of parents. If they fail to make proper arrangements for the ta’leem of their children and do not give them proper tarbiyyah, they will face severe questioning on the Day of Reckoning. Failure to provide children with ta’l?m and tarbiyyah is failure to do shukr for the blessing of children.

Sending children to Madrasah from the age of 5 to the age of 12 and completely handing over the responsibility of ta’leem and tarbiyyah to their teachers is not sufficient or satisfactory. Even after enrolling their children in a madrasah, parents need to keep abreast of how they are learning and how their conduct and character are forming.

How Much Ta’leem?

Every child needs to be educated to the extent that he/she becomes aware of all the questions of halaal and haraam that are likely to confront an average person in life. Every child should know what is fard and w?jib and what is optional, and the difference between makrooh tahrimi, which entails sin, and makrooh tanzihi, which does not.

In addition to this, every child needs to understand that when confronted with any situation in life that he/she has no knowledge about then a qualified ‘alim or mufti needs to be consulted. The masaa’il related to business are an example; they are not taught as standard, for every child will not need them, but when a child grows up to become a businessman he needs to acknowledge the need to consult a mufti at every step in order to learn the masaa’il of business.

Where to Obtain ‘Ilm From

“Truly this ‘ilm is Deen, so be careful who you take your Deen from.”

In today’s age in particular, when authentic and inauthentic ‘ilm are both widespread, correct ta’leem is essential. People nowadays resort to the internet if they want to know something and google provides them with masses of information on the masaa’il they are looking for, without any check on authenticity. Part of ta’leem is to instruct children in the correct avenues for acquiring ‘ilm.

In Islam, great importance is given to the chains of teachers and students that go back to the fountainhead of ‘ilm, Ras?lull?h (sallalaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). When the source of ‘ilm is authentic, the ‘ilm taken from that source will also be authentic, therefore the source of ‘ilm should be someone linked to a chain of authentic teachers and who is regarded as authentic by the contemporary ‘ulama


Tarbiyyah means training your children’s minds and hearts in such a way that they live their lives according to the ta’l?m they receive. It is not enough, for example, just to teach them that alcohol is haraam; it is also necessary to nurture within them love for Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) and His commands and fear of His displeasure and Jahannam, so that a genuine desire not to displease Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) and fear of the consequences of their actions are what drive them to abstain from alcohol.

Without this sort of tarbiyyah, youngsters will know that alcohol, drugs, zina, theft etc. are haraam yet still indulge in them. So ta’leem and tarbiyyah are two distinct things.

Take the example of salaah. A child of seven receives the ta’leem that salaah five times a day is fardh, and his father also makes him go with him to the masjid for salaah regularly.

Then when the child reaches his teens he stops going for salaah. The father complains that his child used to be so good and has suddenly turned bad, whereas it is the failure of the father to do tarbiyyah of his child’s mind and heart about salaah that is the real cause of the child abandoning salaah after reaching the age of independence.

The Power of Tarbiyyah

Tarbiyyah should result in children never opposing the ‘ilm they learned, no matter what the circumstances. They should have the message firmly ingrained in their minds that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) is the One who controls benefit and harm, andto obey Him is to please Him and to disobey Him is to displease Him. And seeing as He controls benefit and harm, it is not possible for someone to lose out by pleasing Him, whatever the circumstances, even though the intellect may argue differently.

An episode from the life of Shaykh ‘Abd-ul-Qadir Jilaani sufficiently illustrates this point. His mother did his tarbiyyah properly and one of the points she stressed to him was to always tell the truth and never lie. She then sent him away to study ‘ilm, cleverly sewing some money into his clothing so that it would not be stolen on the journey. He did run into bandits on the way though, and when they asked if he had anything valuable he told them he had money and where it was hidden.

When the chief of the bandits asked him why he had admitted he had money, he said simply that his mother had taught him always to tell the truth, for it pleases Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala).

Shaytaan always tricks people by telling them of all the potential harms of telling the truth and the potential benefits of lying, but the tarbiyyah of his mother meant he understood that benefit can only come from obeying pleasing Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala). The bandits were greatly moved and repented.

Some Advice on Tarbiyyah

In order to do tarbiyyah properly, parents should show love to their children, be their friends,give them rewards for good behaviour and sit and talk with them. They should read stories of our pious predecessors to them and also take them into the companyof the ‘ulam? and mashayikh.

If a child makes a mistake, parents should not ignore tarbiyyah and just suffice with a reprimand.

Today’s mistakes, if left untended, will grow and grow. If, for example, a child tells a lie then the parents should understand that the sickness of lying is in the child’s heart and will not be removed by just shouting or getting angry with the child. Concerned parents should refer to the experts, the mash?yikh, for a solution. If the sickness is not cured through tarbiyyah then the child will go on lying, only in ways that his parents will not detect.

Finally, it should be understood that being harsh and overly strict with children is not tarbiyyah. Love is what is needed. If children are treated with love 90% of the time then on the rare occasion’s parents do get angry for some reason the child will feel ashamed rather than resentful.

May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) grant all parents the ability to be truly grateful for the great blessing they have been given in the form of children. And may He (subhanahu wa ta’aala) also grant them the ability to fulfil the requirements of shukr by ensuring that ta’leem and tarbiyyah are properly carried out. Ameen.

Mini nuclear bombs used to bring down world trade center

How the Zionists are able to pull off something like 911 and hide it in plain sight like the MH370 or MH17 tragedy is beyond my understanding. By now, it is very clear that the buildings were brought down using “mini-nukes” by the zionists. 92 of the rescuers are dead from cancer so far. Its a clear cut case of radiation poisoning. Of course they have removed every trace of the debris and no Geiger counters are allowed!

Three 9/11 firefighters die of cancer in one day

NEW YORK: Three New York firefighters who worked at the World Trade Center ruins after the September 11 attacks died within hours of each other from cancer, fire officials said Thursday.

Howard Bischoff and Daniel Heglund were 58, while the third firefighter, Robert Leaver, was 56. All three men, who died Monday, had been retired since 2003.

“Losing three firefighters on the same day to WTC-related illnesses is a painful reminder that, 13 years later, we continue to pay a terrible price for the department´s heroic efforts on September 11,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Their deaths bring the number of rescue workers who have perished from September 11-related illnesses to 92.

Tens of thousands of people, mainly emergency workers, have contracted respiratory, skin and other ailments after being exposed to toxins at Ground Zero. The World Trade Center Health Program was set up in 2010 to treat victims.

The attacks on September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people, including 343 firefighters. (AFP)


Donating one’s hair to make wigs for children with cancer

Q: I am a female in need of advice about the cutting of hair in terms of disposal. I cut my hair on Friday and someone mentioned this foundation to me where you can donate your hair and they make wigs for children with cancer to use. Now my mum says she’s not sure if it’s a good idea because Islamically you must bury your hair and I agree with that. However, I really just want to make a difference for a cancer-suffering child and of course I won’t do it if it’s wrong. My question is: Is it wrong to donate your hair for cancer patients?


A: It is not permissible for women to cut their hair and further, donating hair is not permissible. Human hair should be buried.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وفيه قطعت شعر رأسها أثمت ولعنت  زاد في البزازية وإن بإذن الزوج لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق ول​ذا يحرم على الرجل قطع لحيته والمعنى المؤثر التشبه بالرجال اه (الدر المختار 6/407)

الانتفاع بأجزاء الآدمي لم يجز قيل للنجاسة وقيل للكرامة هو الصحيح كذا في جواهر الأخلاطي (الفتاوى الهندية 5/354)

فإذا قلم أطفاره أو جز شعره ينبغي أن يدفن ذلك الظفر والشعر المجزوز (الفتاوى الهندية 5/358)


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

The Hilal for the month of Dhul Hijjah was not sighted anywhere in North America or South America

The Hilal for the month of Dhul Hijjah was not sighted anywhere in North America or South America on the evening of Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  Therefore, we will complete 30 days of Dhul Qa’dah and the 1st of Dhul Hijjah 1435 will be Friday, September 26, 2014 andEid-ul-Adha will be Sunday, October 5, 2014 Insha’Allah.

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia:
The date for Eid-ul-Adha is based on the moonsighting, not following Saudi Arabia


I have a question about the dates of the Eids…I know that Eidul Fitr is after the month of Ramadhan and there is always dispute about this day (some will celebrate it after the 29th, while others celebrate it after the 30th), but in regards to the Eidal Adha, does this day coincide with what the hujjaj are doing in Makkah, or can this day differ according to the different countries others are in?




Praise be to Allaah.


The differences among Muslims with regard to Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha is based on the difference of scholarly opinion, and it is the same for both Eids. Shaykh Ibn Baaz, the Grand Mufti Saudi Arabia, (may Allaah have mercy on him) said, after mentioning the difference of opinion among the scholars about different moon sighting in different countries at the beginning and end of the month:                        


It seems to me that the differences in moon sightings do not matter, and that what must be done is to follow the sighting of the moon with regard to starting and ending the fast and offering the sacrifice when it is proven according to sharee’ah that the moon has been sighted in any land.


Then he said: Whether or not we say that differences in sighting are valid, it seems that the ruling is the same for both Ramadaan and Eid al-Adha, and there is no difference between them according to what I know of sharee’ah. End quote. Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (15/79).


In the fatwa of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), it says that differences in moon sighting should be followed with regard to Eid al-Adha just as they are followed with regard to the beginning and end of Ramadaan.


Based on this, there is no problem if Eid al-Adha is on Friday in one country and on Saturday in another, and so on, based on the differences in moon sighting.


The same may be said with regard to the fast of Ramadaan, fasting the day of ‘Arafah and fasting ‘Ashoora’, because these are things that have to do with the sighting of the moon, and the ruling on whether the month has begun or not.


And Allaah knows best.

Dr. Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid


If countries differ with regard to when Ramadaan begins and when the day of ‘Arafah is, with whom should I fast?


What if the day of ‘Arafah is different because of the moon being sighted at different times in different countries? Should we fast according to the moon sighting in the country where we are or according to the moon sighting in al-Haramayn (the two Holy Sanctuaries)?



Praise be to Allaah.

This is based on a difference of opinion among the scholars: Is there only one moon sighting for the whole world or does it vary according to when the moon rises in different places?

The correct view is that it varies according to when the moon rises in different places. For example, if the moon is sighted in Makkah, and today is the ninth, and it is sighted elsewhere one day before Makkah, and the day of ‘Arafah in Makkah is the tenth for them, it is not permissible for them to fast on this day because it is Eid. Similarly if it so happens that they sight the moon after Makkah, and the 9th in Makkah is the 8th for them, then they should fast the day that is the 9th for them, which is the 10th in Makkah. This is the correct view, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When you see it (the new moon) fast and when you see it break your fast.” Those who did not see the moon in their own location have not seen it. Just as people are unanimously agreed that the times for dawn and sunset vary according to their own location, so too the months are also worked out by location, just like the daily timings.

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 20.

And Allaah knows best.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

[One of the greatest scholars of Saudi Arabia]

(may Allaah have mercy on him)


Saudi Grand Mufti-Eid al-Adha is Based on Moon Sighting(Eng,Arb,Urdu,Bangla)


Zhul Hijjah 1435

The Kufr of German Muslims

German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer
By Alexandra Hudson SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014. More than 2,000 German mosques have invited Germans of all religions to join their Friday prayers to present a united front against the Islamic State to try to dissuade young Muslims from travelling to fight with radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Hannibal )
(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Hannibal )
German Muslims have condemned the actions of Islamic State in a nationwide day of prayer  and vowed to stem the tide of youngsters heading to join radical militants in Syria and Iraq.
In Berlin, where Friday prayers spilled out onto a busy central street, politicians and non-Muslims joined about a thousand faithful to protest against the radical Islamists.
They also stressed that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, amid continued attacks on mosques and fears of rising Islamophobia.
Authorities estimate 400 Germans have joined IS in Iraq and Syria. Leading politicians have urged the country’s 4 million Muslims to be vigilant about IS recruitment, especially on the Internet, where youngsters are increasingly lured not only by calls to join jihad but also by idealistic promises of building a new caliphate.
German media has reported that the federal prosecutor is investigating more than 30 young individuals suspected of joining IS militants. Many more people are being monitored by regional authorities over their suspected actions in Syria.
“A Muslim doesn’t kill other Muslims,” said Mahmod Osman, 23, speaking in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. “(Islamic State) bring shame on themselves, but not on Islam, because they aren’t Muslim… Muslims will not accept this, not tolerate this.”
Asked about those youngsters heading to join Islamic State, 19 year-old Mustafa K., who preferred not to give his surname, said, “I worry for them, for their families, for Germany, for the world. It is a huge catastrophe.”
“What we can do is stop a person from joining up. We need to show them other alternatives,” he added.
The nationwide day of prayer was intended to make clear “terrorists and criminals do not speak in the name of Islam, they have trampled on the commandments of our religion, and that murderers and criminals have no place in our ranks, in our religion,” the head of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, said this week.

FATWA BY MUFTI AFZAL ELIAS SAHIB on Tableeq Jamaat activities




(1) QUESTION #11693 -26/08/2014

“Assalamualaykum In order to attract wealthy businessmen to Deen, the Tablighi Jamat in our area invited them to a talk & a meal at a banqueting suite, which is potentially used for Haraam functions. This is unusual considering Tablighi brothers are normally Alhumdulillah orthodox & keep bayans in the blessed environment of the Masjid. The bayan to the businessmen was delivered by a famous scholar in a foreign Jamat that had come to the country. The potential reason for holding the bayan & the meal at the banqueting suite instead of the Masjid was to potentially ensure that the general public did not find out where the famous scholar was thereby attending in large numbers & defeating the purpose of a group-specific programme. It would be no surprise too if, in the day & age we live in, they wanted to make the venue a place other than the Masjid to attract wealthy persons (Na’oodhoobillah). Can this sort of function, to win the hearts of a particular group, be substantiated in light of incident(s) of an analogous nature in the life of Nabi Sallallahu Alahyi Wasallam?


Deen has to be projected all the time –  not personalities. Any activity that relies on personalities is treading dangerous grounds. Unfortunately, the Tabligh Jamaat is loosing certain basic simple principle rules which they term  as ‘Usools’ themselves. The famous Scholar should rather stay at home. Ambiyaa (A.S) and Nabi (S.A.W) did not go to such evil places. Places of vice must not be temporarily used for Dawat purposes. There is and will be no long-lasting Barakat in it. And Allah Knows Best. Mufti Elias (May Allah Protect him).”

(2) QUESTION #11695 – 26/08/2014

“Assalamualaykum On a recent tour of the UK Maulana Tariq Jamil posed for a photo with Amir Khan, a boxer, who participates in a Haraam music-promoting sport, and whose satr is exposed due to his profession. This nakedness would particularly be the case at weigh-ins before bouts where, I believe boxers would strip down to just their underpants. All this is in the name of winning the hearts of dunya celebrities so that they come on to Deen & start doing the work of Dawat & Tabligh. This irks my conscience as I do not countenance that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam would condone the sins of a man by posing with him in a photograph in order to win his heart & spread love like Maulana keeps saying. Furthermore, Maulana Tariq Jamil allows himself to be videoed in a Masjid during his talks. Women attend at night, in many cases without their Mahrams. It is naive to think that Maulana doesn’t know this happens in a country like UK. Is there any justification whatsoever in Shariah for Maulana Tariq Jamil’s actions?


There is no justification in the Moulana’s actions. The Tabligh Jamaat is turning a blind eye on his activities. In our age it is taboo to correct or criticize certain people and organizations. One of these groups is the Tabligh Jamaat. This Moulana has long bolted, is a loose cannon, and is hurting the creditability of this noble work. Fanaticism does not allow Shaari reasoning to penetrate. And Allah Knows Best. Mufti Elias (May Allah Protect him).”


On the contrary, the type of function you (the questioner) have described, is in conflict with the letter and spirit of the Deen. In fact, Allah Ta’ala severely reprimanded Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) when he had, for Deeni reasons, ignored the blind, poor Sahaabi while he (Nabi – sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was addressing the chiefs of the Quraish. Check the tafseer of Surah Abasa.

The Tabligh Jamaat is incrementally being deflected from the Straight Path. Shaitaan is a cunning teacher. The reason advanced for the “group-specific programme” isTalbees-e-Iblees (the deception of shaitaan). In fact, our Hadhrat Masihullah (rahmatullah alayh) was averse to bayaans restricted for even the Ulama. The Tabligh Jamaat usually has specific-Ulama bayaans. Such bayaans too are in conflict with the Shariah and come within the scope of the Qur’aanic verses which castigate those who prevent from the Path/Thikr/Deen of Allah.

It is haraam to debar any Muslim from attending any Deeni bayaan even if the intention is only an Ulama audience. The Word of Allah Ta’ala is for all Muslims. The specific-group programmes smack of takabbur (pride) and riya (show). Shaitaan has a hand in all such programmes.

The programme organized specifically for the business and wealthy class  is conspicuously satanic. It does not behove the Tabligh Jamaat to abandon its original principles of simplicity.  Undoubtedly, this specific-group programme is a deflection from Siraatul Mustaqeem. It portrays the degree of corruption which has set into the upper echelon of the Jamaat. Shaitaan introduces contaminations in all movements of the Haqq. If the elders are not alert and diligently combat shaityaani and nafsaani influences, the movement will ultimately be derailed from Siraatul Mustaqeemand become ruined with bid’ah.

Once Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha): “If you intend to link up with me (in Jannat), then beware of the company of the wealthy.”

There is no support whatsoever in the Sunnah for this type of exclusive programme which effectively debars the general public from listening to the Word of Allah Ta’ala. The Tabligh jamaat has indeed embarked on a bizarre deflection from the Straight Path of Haqq with this ill-conceived programme. The ‘famous scholar’ at the minimum lacks Deeni insight.

We are  living in times in close proximity to Qiyaamah. Among the signs of Qiyaamah as  mentioned in the Hadith  is: “The world will be pursued with the amal of the Aakhirah.” The bayaan is supposed to be purely for the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala to invite Muslims to the Deen and to reform  them. But this exclusive bayaan served the opposite purpose. It just bloats the egos and increases the deviation of the wealthy who wallow in takabbur.

It is indeed despicable to have organized the function (it cannot be termed a bayaan in the pure sense) in a “banqueting suite” which is polluted by haraam functions.  It was an ill-conceived idea to switch from the House of Allah to the house of shaitaan ostensibly with a deeni cover. The venue is mabgoodh and mal-oon. It was a bootlicking stunt.

Shaitaan makes inroads into the institutions of Haqq by degrees. He gradually erodes these institutions of their attributes of  Haqq and Sunnah until a stage is reached when they are in entirety denuded of the Haqq. Look at Jaamiah Azhar and other Madaaris, and at the Khaanqas. They are all desolate –barren – shorn of the Haqq and  piety. The Sunnah has been smothered into extinction. The same fate is overtaking our Madaaris and the Tabligh Jamaat.

The Tabligh Jamaat elders who had organized the lamentable function should ask themselves: Whose sunnah have we adopted for this function? The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) or the sunnah of the mushrikeen who had an abhorrence for the poor, shaggy and forlorn followers of the Ambiya (alayhimus salaam). They had desired separate, special treatment, hence objected to the presence of the poor when the Nabi addressed them. They demanded “specific-group programmes” in the way the Tabligh jamaat has just organized for the businessmen and the wealthy to the exclusion of Rasulullah’s larger Ummah.

Commenting on this type of  “specific-group programmes”, the Qur’aan Majeed states:  “(The people of Nooh –alayhis salaam) said: ‘Should we believe in you when the lowest class (of people) follow you?”

(Nooh-alayhis salaam) said: “Verily, their reckoning is the obligation of Allah. If only you could understand. Never shall I rebuff the Mu’mineen.  I am only but a Warner.”


Despite 950 years of Tabligh, the people rejected Nabi Nooh (alayhis salaam). One of the reasons for their rejection was his association with the poor whom they termed‘arzaloon’ (scum). They desired special treatment – “specific group programmes” – in which the ‘scum’ may not be allowed participation. This was the same attitude displayed by the mushrikeen of Makkah. They desired “specific group programmes”. They detested Rasulullah’s association with poor Sahaabah such as Hadhrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu anhu), Hadhrat Ammaar (radhiyallahu anhu) and Hadhrat Suhayb (radhiyallahu anhu). The mushrikeen were chiefs and wealthy. They desired special treatment, hence ‘specific group programmes’ which would exclude the ‘scum’ who are in fact the devotees of Allah Azza Wa Jal.

Thus, the specific group programme which the Jamaat brothers had organized was in reality a mimic of the ‘sunnah’ of the mushrikeen in their demand to the Ambiya (alayhimus salaam).

May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on this errant Ummah being misguided by the Ulama who were once upon a time Beacons of Hidaayat, but today are nothing but zulmat (darkness).

14 Zil Qa’dh 1435 – 9 September 2014

Taariq Jameel and pictute making/posing for photographs



A Brother writes:


On a recent tour of the UK Maulana Tariq Jamil posed for a photo with Amir Khan, a boxer, who participates in a Haraam music-promoting sport, and whose satr is exposed due to his profession. This nakesness would particularly be the case at weigh-ins before bouts where, I believe boxers would strip down to just their underpants.

All this is in the name of winning the hearts of dunya celebrities so that they come on to Deen & start doing the work of Dawat & Tabligh.

This irks my conscience as I do not countenance that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam would condone the sins of a man by posing with him in a photograph in order to win his heart.

Furthermore, Maulana Tariq Jamil allows himself to be videoed in a Masjid during his talks. Women attend at night, in many cases without their Mahrams. It is naive to think that Maulana doesn’t know this happens in a country like UK.

Is there any justification whatsoever in Shariah for Maulana Tariq Jamil’s actions?”
(End of letter)

Tariq Jamil Has lost the path of the Deen. He has become a deviate. Shaitaan has  ensnared this person in his trap of deception.  In past issues of The Majlis we did mention his deviation. It is not permissible to even listen to the talks of this deviate  who is sprawling at the feet of shaitaan. He is enamored and over-awed by fussaaq and fujjaar so-called copro-celebrities. His brains have become vermiculated hence he boot-licks just any faasiq, faajir whose company he craves.

30 Shawwaal 1435 – 26 August 2014

The behavior of Tableeq Jamaat




Question: What say the noble Ulama and Muftis regarding the following issue:  An Ameer of the Tabligh Jamaat during the course of his talk said:

‘Now, people are saying that Mu’jizah is with the Ambiya.’ No! My friends, Muj’jizaat are with da’wat.j’jizaat”

Is this correct. In the Qur’aan Majeed in Surah Maa-idah Allah Ta’ala says: “Verily, Our Rusul came with Bayyinaat (Clear Signs).” It appears in Bukhaari Shareef: “There was not a Nabi except that he was given signs on the basis of which people would embrace Imaan.”

Is the statement of the Ameer not a distortion of the meaning in the Qur’aan and Hadith? Is this not ghulu’ (exceeding the limits) in the Deen? Does this statement have any adverse effect on Aqeedah (Belief)? Does it not bring about change in Imaan? Kindly elaborate on this matter.”

Muhammad Qaasim Bulandshari



For the full article click … aforementioned statement of the Ameer Sahib is not correct. It is a statement of gumraahi (deviation). It is in explicit conflict with the Qur’aan…


The value of the Fuqaraa and their Tasbeeh


Hadhrat Anas Bin Maalik Radhiyallaahu anahu narrates that once the Fuqaraa (poor Sahaabah of that time) sent a representative to Nabi Sallalaahu alahi wasallam. He said to Nabi Sallalalahua alaihi wasallam:                             “I am the delegate of the Fuqaraa.”               Nabi Sallallaahu alahai wasallam said: “I regard as my friends those whose delegate you are.” The delegate said: “The fuqaraa say that all goodness has been acquisitioned by the wealthy, while we are deprived in fact, the wealthy have gained Jannat. They perform Hajj while we lack the means for it. They give Sadaqah, while we are unable. They free slaves while we lack the ability. When they are sick, they transform their wealth into a treasure (by means of charity).” Rasulullaah Sallallahu alahi wasallam said: “Inform them that those among you who are patient and have the Niyyat of attaining Thawaab, for them are three such ranks which are not for the wealthy. The first rank: In Jannat will be some mansions of red Yaqoot (precious stone of Jannat) which will be situated at extremely lofty heights.      The people of Jannat will look at these mansions in the same way as the people of the earth look at the stars. Besides a Nabi, a Shaheed and a mu’min Faqeer (poor person), no one will enter. The second rank: The Fuqaraa will enter Jannat 500 years before the wealthy. The third rank: When a Faqeer recites with sincerity the third Kalimah (Subhaanallaahi Walhamdulillaahi…), he gains the rewards which the wealthy will not acquire even if they spend 10 000 Dirhams (in the Path of Allah). This is the superiority of the Faqeer over the wealthy in all deeds of virtue.”

When the delegate informed the Fuqaraa of this message, they exclaimed in ecstasy: “O Allah! We are pleased! We are pleased!”



According to Hasan Basri Rahmatullaahi alaih, Nabi Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam said: “Have a greater awareness for the Fuqaraa and be kind to them because there is a great treasure for them.” When the Sahaabah asked about their treasure, Nabi Sallaaahua alahi wasallam said:                                                                                                 “On the Day of Qiyaamah it will be said to them; search for those who had given you a piece bread or who had given you a garment or who had given you water to drink, and take them into Jannat.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hasan Basri Rahmatullaahi alaih narrated that Nabi Sallaahua alaihi wasallam said:                                                                                                                                            “On the day of Qiyaamah, the faqeer will be ushered into Allah’s presence. He will plead with Allah as a person pleads with another person. Allah Ta’ala will say:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “By My Splendour and Grandeur! I did not keep the world away from you because you were contemptible to Me. I did so because I treasured wonderful bounties for you. These rows (of people) who are in front of you – go in them and take hold of anyone’s hand who gave you something to eat or drink or wear. Then do with them as you wish.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               At that time the condition of the people will be such that they will be immersed in perspiration until their mouths. The Faqeer, on hearing this command, will enter into the rows and search for the people (who had fed them, gave them to drink and clothed them). He will hold them by the hand and take them into Jannat.”

Allahu-Akbar! Just a few Rands given with sincerity to a poor Muslim who is begging at the side of the road, at the robot, at the side of the Masjid entrance or who rings our doorbell can enter us into Jannat. So little given, so much in returns! What better investments can there be then reserving a place in Jannat? Let us show our generosity from now on and leave no (genuine) Faqeer without handing him anything. It doesn’t have to be money, a slice of bread, an apple or a pair of old socks will also be Sadaqah to the Faqeer.

Let us take lesson from the above encouraging Hadith and scratch our overfilled cupboards which have so many clothes, many of which are hardly worn. Let us take time to empty our cupboards from extra stuff and let those ‘extra stuff’ be of benefit to the less fortunate. May Allah Ta’ala make us not look down at any poor human being, Muslim or non-Muslim. Let us not boast and brag in front of less fortunate of the ‘rich’, ‘latest’ and fancy items we possess. Rather, we should think and ask ourselves the question; “Which ‘Amal of mine makes me deserving of that?”

Truly, no ‘Amal of ours is worth the crust of bread we get, leave alone the sumptuous, delicious and luxury meals we have twice a day. We should remind ourselves when pride comes to us and when we start looking down at others that Allah can take my wealth, fancy and latest gadgets overnight, if He wishes to, Allah save us.

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