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Ramadhan-ul-Mubaraq


DHIKR DURING RAMADHAN

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Ramadhan is a very special time for worship, both collectively as well as individually. While study circles, congregational prayers and other activities are carried out collectively there are also many opportunities for individual worship.

Dhikr (or Zhikr) is the remembrance and glorification of Allah in order to become closer to Him. Dhikr is practiced around the globe by Muslims who glorify and praise Allah. Dhikr can be done either silently in your heart, or audibly with a group of people, asking for forgiveness or praising the greatness of Allah.

If we look at our everyday lives we all, in some way or another, participate in Dhikr. Whether it is through a conscious effort after salah, or just at times of distress or happiness – we all feel the need to remember Allah. Dhikr is a form of worship that carries much reward.

Abu Hurairah reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said:

“Allah, the Exalted and Glorious stated: I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by a cubit, and if he draws near Me by a cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two arms. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.” (Hadith from Sahih Muslim & Bukhari)

Supplication (dua) is not only the continuous outpouring of a person’s heart before their Lord, but it is also an expression of their sense of nearness to Allah. We acknowledge the might and power of Allah as well as the grace and blessings we are given. If we could conceive how much a person supplicates, what he supplicates for, and the way that he supplicates, then we could start to understand how much love they have for Allah in their soul.

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who uttered these words:

" There is no god but Allah, the One, having no partner with Him. Sovereignty belongs to Him and all the praise is due to Him, and He is Potent over everything" one hundred times every day there is a reward of emancipating ten slaves for him, and there are recorded one hundred virtues to his credit, and one hundred vices are blotted out from his scroll, and that is a safeguard for him against the Satan on that day till evening. And no-one brings anything more excellent than this, except one who has done more than this (i.e who utters these words more than one hundred times and does more good acts) and he who utters:" Hallowed be Allah, and all praise is due to Him," one hundred times a day, his sins are obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the ocean”. (Hadith Sahih Bukhari)

This hadith shows us how by increasing our remembrance of Allah, we can increase the amount of reward we obtain. Dhikr does not have to be organised, or complicated. It is something which can be done quickly, and if done with sincerity of the heart it can have a huge positive effect. Dhikr can be done at any time, almost anywhere. Here are some verses from the Qur’an encouraging remembrance:

"Truly Allah leaves to stray whom He wills; but He guides to Himself those who turn to Him in penitence. Those who believe and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” 13: 27-28 The Holy Qur’an

“Bring your Rabb to remembrance deep in your soul with humility and in reverence without raising your voice, both in the mornings and in the evenings; and be not of those who are heedless.” 7:205 The Holy Qur’an

“Those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and meditate on the creation of the heavens and the earth. Then cry out:" Our Rabb! You have not created this in vain. Glory to You! Save us from the punishment of Fire.” 3:191 The Holy Qur’an

Whatever we are doing, we can always remember and praise Allah. If we remember Allah in all our actions then we will be rewarded not only for the intention, but also for the act that is carried out.

This short poem sums up how our actions can be part of Dhikr and how every part of the body praises Allah:

Dhikr of the eyes, which consists in weeping

Dhikr of the ears, which consists in listening

Dhikr of the tongue, which consists in praise

Dhikr of the hands, which consists in giving

Dhikr of the body, which consists in loyalty

Dhikr of the heart, which consists in fear and hope

Dhikr of the spirit, which consists of utter submission and acceptance.


Health Benefits of Dates 

 What nutrients are there in dates? A lot indeed! Here are delicious dessert fruits with much needed minerals and energy to help you stay fit and healthy!
 
Botanically; they are the fruits grow on the palm tree belonging to the family of Arecaceae of the genus: Phoenix and scientifically named as Phoenix dactylifera. The tree is believed to have originated in the lands around the banks of Nile and Euphrates rivers. Date palm is now extensively cultivated for its edible fruit in warmer climates across all the continents.
 
The date fruit is a "drupe" in which an outer fleshy part (exocarp and mesocarp) surrounds a shell (the pit or stone) of hardened endocarp with a seed inside. The fruit is oval to cylindrical in shape, 3–7 cm long, and 2–3 cm diameter, and when unripe, range from bright red to bright yellow in color, depending on the variety.
 
Date fruit pulp taste very sweet, described as reminiscent of sugar syrup and honey mix. It contains single, brown colored, hard seed about 2–2.5 cm long and 6–8 mm thick. The seeds vary in size depending on cultivar type. In any case, they are generally inedible and discarded.
 
There are many varieties of date palm cultivated and some important varieties that are popular for their high quality are ‘Amir Hajj’, ‘Saidy’, 'Khadrawy' and 'Medjool'.
 
Nutrition Value
Dates (Phoenix dactylifera), medjool, | Nutritive Value per 100 g | (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle
Nutrient Value
Energy
277 Kcal
Carbohydrates
74.97 g
Protein
1.81g
Total Fat
0.15 g
Cholesterol
0 mg
Dietary Fiber
6.7 g
Vitamins
 
Folates
15 µg 
Niacin
1.610 mg
Pantothenic acid
0.805 mg
Pyridoxine
0.249 mg
Riboflavin
0.060 mg
Thiamin
0.050 mg
Vitamin A
149 IU
Vitamin C
0 mg
Vitamin K
2.7 µg 
Electrolytes
 
Sodium
1 mg
Potassium
696 mg
Minerals
 
Calcium
64 mg
Copper
0.362 mg
Iron
0.90 mg
Magnesium
54 mg
Manganese
0.296 mg
Phosphorus
62 mg
Zinc
0.44 mg
Phyto-nutrients
 
Carotene-ß
89 µg 
Crypto-xanthin-ß
0 µg 
Lutein-zeaxanthin
23 µg 
Health benefits of dates
  • Wonderfully delicious, dates are one of the most popular fruits with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, required for normal growth, development andoverall well-being.
  • Fresh date is made of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and dextrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, dates are being used to breakfast during Ramadan months.
  • The fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. It is also a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
  • They contain many health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic(prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.
  • They are a good source of Vitamin-A (contains 149 IU per 100 g), which is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. Vitamin A also required maintaininghealthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A is known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • The fruit is very rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen free radicals and thereby found to be protective against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
  • Zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions; thus it offers protection against age related macular degeneration, especially in elderly populations.
  • Dates are an excellent source of iron, contains 0.90 mg/100 g of fruits (about 11% of RDI). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
  • In addition, They are good in potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
  • They are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Calcium is an important mineral that is an essential constituent of bone and teeth, and required by the body for muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nerve impulse conduction. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth.
  • Further, the fruit has adequate levels of B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. These vitamins are acting as cofactors help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Vitamin K is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood as well as in bone metabolism.
 
 
Dua/ Prayer
Allahummaghfirlii warhamniy wahdiniy wa 'aafiniy warzuqniy wajburniy war fa'aniy.
(Oh Allah, forgive me and have mercy on me, and keep me on the right path, and keep me healthy, and provide me with halal sources of living, and complete my shortcomings and make my rank high).




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