Today, we bid farewell to Ramadan in its last days, May Allah accept your fast and prayers. The enthusiasm of many of us for worship always subsided after the holy month, so I remind you of the need to continue fasting and do good after Ramadan.
As stated in the Hadith: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.” (Narrated by Muslim)
In this hadith, we are urged to fast six days of the month of Shawwal, and whoever fast those days after fasting Ramadan, he will be rewarded as if he fasted for a lifetime if he does that every year. The Prophet (peace be upon him) informed us about the great reward of fasting, so why many Muslims have abandoned it after Ramadan!
While We bid farewell to Ramadan and prepare to return to the daily routine, we must stick to prayers, worship, and obedience to Allah. We should continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle after Ramadan, as it is also part of worship.
A Delicious Strawberry and Pine Nuts Recipe
A cup of fresh strawberries, cut
1/2 a cup of pine
1/2 cup of walnuts, cut to small pieces
1/4 cup of honey
Add pine nuts and strawberries to a bowl. Pour the honey gently and try not to crush the strawberries while mixing. Serve immediately or cover and cool in the refrigerator for later. Enjoy it with your family members on the days of Eid. Eid Mubarak!
You have a chance in Ramadan to quit smoking for good. You are prepared in these blessed days psychologically and physically to have patience. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Do not cause harm or return harm.” (Narrated by Ahmad) Everything in which causes harm must be terminated because causing harm is contrary to Islamic law and reason.
An Easy and Effective Way to Quit Smoking.
Cream of tartar can help in cleaning the body of nicotine. The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal from the body: anger, anxiety, depression, impatience, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, dizziness, cough, and mouth ulcers.
Potassium in cream of tartar and vitamin (C) in orange juice help detoxify the body, including from nicotine, and making nicotine cravings dissipate faster so you can easily quit smoking.
Put a teaspoon of cream of tartar in a cup.
Add one cup of fresh organic orange juice to the cream of tartar.
Mix it with a spoon until the cream of tartar dissolves. Then drink the mixture.
Must use natural orange juice.
Consuming the mixture at night before going to bed will help detoxify the body more effectively as the metabolic process is slower during sleep.
Drink this mixture once a day until you stop craving for nicotine. This may take from 7 to 21 days, depending on the number of cigarettes you smoke daily.
Allah Almighty says: “And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference.” (Al Isra: 70) Our body and mind is a gift from Allah, He honored and distinguished us over many of his creation.
Therefore, we must maintain the health of our bodies at all times, especially in the holy month. Ramadan is supposed to provide us with health and charge our bodies with energy and strength. So avoid over-eating on Iftar and Suhoor so as not to increase the problems of the digestive system. Drink enough water and fluids to keep your body dehydrated and to avoid constipation.
Reduce as much as you can the consumption of fried foods and desserts to avoid weight gain and chronic illness. Do some light exercises such as walking to improve your fitness and health. Take a short nap in the afternoon, it increases your energy and vitality levels and helps you perform your prayers and worship and the night. Of course, make sure to eat the suhoor meal.
As the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Take Suhoor as there is a blessing in it.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari)
An Easy and Light Strawberry Salad Recipe
Two cups of mixed berries
1 cup strawberries, cup
1 cup of grapes
A pinch of salt and lemon juice (to highlight the flavors of the fruits and to prevent the fruits’ color from turning brown.)
Add the juice of half a lemon at the bottom of the bowl and add a pinch of salt.
Add the raisins, then the rest of the fruits.
Add the juice of the other half of the lemon.
Add the almonds and mix the salad well and enjoy this healthy recipe with your family.
Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) said: “I have never been satiated with food but disobeyed or almost disobeyed [Allah].”
Salman and Abu Juhaifa reported: “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the people who ate to their fill the most in this world will be the hungriest on the Day of Resurrection.” Al-Tabari said: But satiety, although permissible, it has an end to it and what is more than normal, is extravagance…
Allah has permitted us to eat what is good and not harmful to us mentally and physically. Allah warned us from following Satan because every sin against Allah is from the work of Satan, this also applies to extravagance in food.
Allah says: “O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” (Al Baqara: 168)
Here’s a recipe of a healthy chicken soup with vegetables.
1 boneless chicken breast cut into small pieces
2 cups of pumpkin, cut
1 cup of cauliflower, cut
1 zucchini, cut
1/2 a cup of green beans
1 celery stick, cut
1 small potato, cut
1 carrot, cut
Parsley and mint, for garnish
Sea salt (to taste)
Add water in a small saucepan and leave to boil. Add the chicken and leave for a quarter of an hour.
Add the vegetables and leave until cooked.
Remove the vegetables from the pan and mix them in the blender, then return it back to the saucepan with the chicken. Add some water if necessary. Sprinkle mint and parsley when serving. Enjoy it with your family members.
Joseph (PBUH) was told: “You shall not hunger while in your hands are the treasures of the earth,” to which he replied: “I fear in being filled that I would forget the hungry. One of the benefits of hunger is to remind us of the hungry and the needy.
The scholars have mentioned many benefits of moderation in food and not being wasteful. They said: Do not forget the affliction and suffering from Allah, and do not forget the people of affliction, the satiated forget the hungry and forgets hunger, and the wise person sees the scourge of others he remember the scourge of the Hereafter.
Allah has commanded the Apostles not to eat anything but good or from what they earn, and He linked food to good deeds. [ Allah Almighty said], “O messengers, eat from the good foods and work righteousness. Indeed, I, of what you do, am Knowing. ” (The Believers: 51)
Feeding the needy is the best and most honorable deeds, and it is one of the attributes of the righteous. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a believer happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger.”
It is difficult for the believer to pass on by a hungry person who does not have a bite to eat, especially during the month of Ramadan after fasting the whole day. So remind yourself of the importance of feeding and helping the needy at all times, especially during this holy month.
A Simple and Light Chicken Recipe with Garlic
2 pound cut up chicken
5 garlic cloves cut into small slices
1/2 a cup of fresh parsley, chopped finely
Salt, black pepper, dried thyme (to taste)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Butter (as needed)
Juice of one lemon
Preheat the oven to 450 ° F or (225 ° C). Place the chicken pieces in a butter-topped baking pan. Add salt, pepper, and thyme to taste. Sprinkle garlic and parsley on chicken pieces, then add lemon juice and olive oil.
Place the baking pan in the oven until the chicken becomes golden and the garlic slices are brown and toasted, about 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Reduce the temperature slightly at the end. Enjoy it with your family!
Scholars have cited many benefits of moderation in food and not to be wasteful. They said: The satiety causes apathy and blinds the heart, and a wise person one who does not eat much but thinks clearly and stays alert.
Overeating leads to dull thinking, and a tendency to sleep. “My son, if the stomach is full, the idea is dormant, the wisdom is lost, and the body is unable to worship,” said Lukman the wise.
The believer must take care of his body, without harming it by depriving his body from food or by overeating. And satiety makes the body heavy and lazy, which makes us ignore work and worship, especially during the month of worship. It is better for the fasting person to eat what is enough to remain healthy and active for worship. Excessive eating leads to laziness and sluggishness and pushes the person to sleep after Iftar, which prevents him from praying ‘Isha’ and Taraweeh.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from disability, from laziness…” (Narrated by Abu Dawood)
Laziness is being unwilling to do the work while having the ability to work. Laziness not only harms the person himself but harms the society because the person fails to fulfill his duty in society.
Recipe of a Refreshing Lemon Juice with Mint that will keep you energized, active and full of vitality.
A cup of water
The juice of one lemon lemon
Fresh mint leaves
Add the lemon juice to the cup of water, then add a zest of lemon peel and mint. Enjoy this refreshing drink after food, it also helps digestion.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) choose to refrain from eating too much food in many hadiths.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with a little food), and a kafir (unbeliever) eats in seven intestines (eats much food).” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari).
The meaning of this hadith is that the believer mentions Allah’s name when he eats, so the Shaytan does not share the food with him. While the kafir (unbeliever) does not mention Allah’s name, so the Shaytaan shares with him his food.
A person must be disciplined in his food and drink especially during the holy month of Ramadan. It is a month of fasting and worship, not a month of food. The believer has to reduce the amount of food he eats to be able to engage in worship. Eating is to fill hunger and help you in worshiping Allah. An abdominal lust is one of the greatest causes of death and the cause of many diseases.
Muslim scholars have said: “The stomach is the House of disease, and diet is the head of healing.”
A light and nutritious recipe of hummus and mango salad.
2 cups cooked chickpeas (or a can of chickpeas, washed)
1 Red pepper, minced
1 Mango, minced
1 cup coriander leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon of black Pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Mix all ingredients, then place in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Enjoy this light and nutritious salad with your family.
Salt plays an important role in the regulation of fluids in the body and in regulating the functioning of the digestive system and has other health benefits. But too much salt intake also causes many health problems.
It was narrated that Ibn Abbas said: The Prophet (peace be upon him) in his fatal illness came out. He sat on the pulpit, and praising and glorifying Allah, he said, “Now then, people will increase but the Ansar will decrease in number, so much so that they, compared with the people, will be just like the salt in the! meals”.
Meaning, the number of believers would increase, but the number of Helpers would decrease to the extent that they would be among men as salt in the food, as salt is a very small amount among the food. We should control the amount of salt in our diet because if it exceeds the limit or lacks it makes damage to the body.
In order for you and your family to enjoy good health, use salt in moderation in your Ramadan dishes. Therefore, it is recommended to reduce the use of salt and compensate with herbs and spices to give more flavor and good taste to your meals. It is also advisable to use natural salts such as pink Himalayan salt or sea salt instead of using commercial table salt that has been processed, bleached, filtered and stripped out of minerals.
A Seasoning Mix Recipe that Reduces the Craving of Salt
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
A teaspoon of garlic powder
A teaspoon of onion powder
A teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
A teaspoon of ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
A pinch of ground clove
A teaspoon of Salt Sea (optional)
Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix until completely mixed. Put the mix in a sealed glass container and store the it in a dark, dry and cool place. If you are using whole seeds or whole spices, grind them ahead of time.
The Almighty said: “And We brought forth for you thereby gardens of palm trees and grapevines in which for you are abundant fruits and from which you eat.” (Al Mu’minun: 19)
Allah has blessed us with many blessings and fruits is one of the blessings. Dates, dried fruits and nuts are part of a healthy diet during the holy month of Ramadan. But avoid overeating dried fruits because they contain a high amount of sugar.
These foods provide the body with healthy nutrients. They give the body energy and thus help maintain vitality throughout this holy month. But, of course, it should be eaten in moderation to avoid weight gain.
A Delicious and Refreshing Dry Fruits Milkshake Recipe
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup of pistachios, unsalted
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup of dried raisins
3 dried figs
2 1/2 cup milk
Mix all the nuts and dried fruits with the milk in a mixer until the mixture becomes creamy, then pour and divide the mixture into cups.
Garnish with slices of dried fruit and nuts and serve immediately. Enjoy it with your family!
Allah says: “Eat and drink from the provision of Allah, and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.” (al-Baqarah: 60)
It is preferred to eat three meals during this blessed month. Eating iftar, a light midnight snack and suhoor will prevent you from eating constantly during the long night hours between iftar and suhoor. Eating nutritiously balanced meals during the holy month of Ramadan is very important. Iftar alone does not guarantee your body will get all the nutrients it needs.
Especially if you feel full quickly and can not complete your iftar meal. You can delay the main course of iftar until after Maghrib. So you can have plenty of time to digest the dates, soup, and salads and thus reduce the possibility of having an upset stomach that results from eating a large amount of food in a short time after a long day of fasting.
Allah has commanded us in the Qur’an to eat and drink and not to be extravagant. Therefore, let us thank Allah Almighty for his blessings in our prayers rather than spend the last ten nights of Ramadan eating from the time of iftar until the time of Suhoor.
Quinoa with Fruits and Honey – a Fulfilling and Nutritious Suhoor Recipe
1 cup of quinoa
2 cups Coconut Milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
1 peach, sliced
1/2 a cup blueberries
1/4 cup of roasted nuts
Wash the quinoa under cold running water and then drain it.
Put the quinoa and coconut milk in a pot, let it boil, then lower the heat and let it cook for 20 minutes or until the quinoa is fully cooked.
Lift from the stove, and fluff with a fork.
Add vanilla, cinnamon, honey, and mix. Then add the peach slices, blueberries, and walnuts on top. Enjoy this healthy suhoor meal with your family.