Article From www.jamiat.org.za
From Mark Stibich, Ph.D., Your Guide to Longevity.
Turning off your television will gain you, on average, about 4 hours per day. Imagine if you took that time to exercise, give your brain a workout and develop strong relationships. Not only would you be adding years to your life, you would become more interesting, energetic, and fun. So take the plunge and try not watching TV for a week. At first it will be strange and awkward, but stick with it and soon you will love all the extra time.
1. Television Eats Your Time
The average U.S. adult watches more than 4 hours of television a day. That's 25 percent of waking time spent every day. Imagine if you suddenly had 25 percent more time -- that's three extra months per year! You could get in all your exercise, cook your meals from scratch and still have time left over to write a novel.
Over a lifetime, an 80-year-old person would have watched 116,800 hours of television, compared to only 98,000 hours of work. As a nation, adults watch 880 million hours of television every day or 321 billion hours per year. Whew! Imagine what could get done if we all just stopped watching TV.
2. Television makes you stressed
With the average of four hours a day gone, it's no wonder everyone is feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. We put aside paying bills, finishing projects, making phone calls and cleaning our homes to watch TV. We feel overwhelmed because of all the things we should be doing (exercising, spending time with family, eating right) go undone.
And when we feel overwhelmed, tired, and exhausted we don't have energy to anything but -- you guessed it -- watch TV. It is a dreadful cycle. So take a break from TV for a week and see what happens to your life.
South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)
No.84 | January 2014 : Rabiul Awwal 1435
It is hard to resist the waves of aroma that emanate from freshly baked bread, buns and golden pastry as is the pervasive, addictive smell of skewered seekh kebab, roast chicken, boti, tikka meals, lamb chops, steaks and rotisseries. Without doubt this is the quintessential element that enhances the appearance of the products and increases the desirability to consume it.
These foods are generally prepared using the process of basting which involves meats cooking in either its own juices or some type of preparation such as a sauce or marinade. The meat is left to cook, then periodically coated with the liquid. In the case of baking it is used to spread milk and syrup on loaves, buns, pies and other pastry cakes to make the finish shiny and brown once out of the oven.
In all probability the basting brush used is one containing pork bristle, the hair of the pig, since this is the most widely available raw material in the world for this application.
Whilst we as mere mortals allow ourselves to be misled by our own vagaries, following Divine Injunction is sufficient basis for our guidance and salvation. These injunctions are very clear and unambiguous. The Bible proclaims pork as, "Forbidden and unclean" in (Leviticus 11:7-8, Deuteronomy 14:8), "inhabited by the devil" (Matthew 8:24-34), and it’s "repugnance and impurity" was entrenched in the Final Revelation, the Noble Quraan (Surah 5:v4, Surah 6:v145, Surah 15:v115.)
Hadhrat Jaabir (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever recites durood one hundred times upon me daily, Allah Ta’ala will fulfil one hundred of his needs, seventy of the hereafter and thirty of this world.
Giving Preference to the hair of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)
Abu Hafs Samarqandi (Rahimahullah) writes in his book ‘Rownaqul Majaalis’, “In Balkh there lived an extremely wealthy merchant. When he passed away, his two sons divided his estate equally among themselves. Among the inheritance were three strands of hair of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). After each brother taking one hair, the elder brother suggested that the third hair be cut in half, so that each may be able to equally share the third hair. However, the younger brother was overcome with grief and distress upon hearing this suggestion and thus exclaimed, “The blessed hair of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) shall never be cut.” The elder brother then suggested, “Will it please you that the three strands of hair come to you as your portion of the inheritance, while I take the rest of the estate?” The younger brother agreed to this with great pleasure and satisfaction. Thus the elder brother had acquired all the wealth that the father had left behind, while the younger brother had the three strands of hair. The younger brother kept those mubaarak strands of hair with him all the time. Very often, he would take them out, look at them and recite durood upon Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).
It was not long thereafter that the elder brother lost all his wealth, while the younger brother became extremely wealthy. After some time when the younger brother had passed away, a pious person had seen a dream wherein Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) appeared before him and said, “If any person has a need, he should proceed to the grave of this person, and beg Allah Ta’ala to fulfil his need.”
From: Ihyaaud Deen
Washington - In the early years after the 9/11 attacks against the US, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the US kill terrorists, current and former US officials said.
The CIA promised the prisoners freedom, safety for their families and millions of dollars from the agency's secret accounts.
It was a risky gamble. Officials knew there was a chance that some prisoners might quickly spurn their deal and kill Americans.
For the CIA, that was an acceptable risk in a dangerous business. For the American public, which was never told, the programme was one of the many secret trade-offs the government made on its behalf.
At the same time the government used the risk of terrorism to justify imprisoning people indefinitely, it was releasing dangerous people from prison to work for the Central Intelligence Agency.
The programme was carried out in a secret facility built a few hundred yards from the administrative offices of the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The eight small cottages were hidden behind a ridge covered in thick scrub and cactus.
The programme and the handful of men who passed through these cottages had various official CIA code names.
But those who were aware of the cluster of cottages knew it best by its sobriquet: Penny Lane.
It was a nod to the classic Beatles song and a riff on the CIA's other secret facility at Guantanamo Bay, a prison known as Strawberry Fields.
Nearly a dozen current and former US officials described aspects of the programme to The Associated Press. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the secret programme publicly by name, even though it ended in about 2006.
Some of the men who passed through Penny Lane helped the CIA find and kill many top al-Qaeda operatives, current and former US officials said. Others stopped providing useful information and the CIA lost touch with them.
When prisoners began streaming into Guantanamo Bay in January 2002, the CIA recognised it as an unprecedented opportunity to identify sources. That year, 632 detainees arrived at the detention centre. The following year 117 more arrived.
"Of course that would be an objective," said Emile Nakhleh, a former top CIA analyst who spent time in 2002 assessing detainees but who did not discuss Penny Lane. "It's the job of intelligence to recruit sources."
By Dave Lindorff on Nov 18, 2013
Late last May, Reniya Manukyan, the widow of Ibragim Todashev, publicly disputed a claim by the FBI that her dead husband was a murderer. Two months later, Manukyan received a letter from her bank informing her that her personal account was being cancelled. She had a month to withdraw her money. Her “offense”? Neither the bank nor the FBI will say. Manukyan was widowed May 22 by seven bullets fired into Todashev under suspicious circumstances by an FBI agent while he was being held and interrogated in his Florida apartment by several agents and Massachusetts State Police troopers. The FBI subsequently claimed Todashev, along with alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had slain three drug dealers in a grisly 2011 murder in Waltham, Mass.
But Manukyan provided an alibi for her dead spouse: bank records of purchases he had made in Atlanta on Sept. 11, 2011, the day of the killing. After she revealed publicly that she had those records, Manukyan received a bizarre communication from her Atlanta bank. The message, mailed on August 28, 2013, informed her bluntly that her account was being cancelled. No reason was given.
Besides parents' rights, a great emphasis is also laid on the rights of other relatives. In Islamic terms, 'Silah-Rahimi' is used to denote good treatment towards the relatives'.
In the Qur’an, where the Muslims are enjoined to show kindness to parents, they are also required to treat the other relatives with love and sympathy and to pay due regard to their rights as well.
Allah has declared, "I am Allah, I am Ar-Rahman (The Merciful), I have created the bond of kinship and named it Rahim,-which I have derived from the root of my name of Rahman. Thus, whoever, shall join it tie. Rahim, I shall join him, and whoever will break it, I shall break him."
The Almighty has designed the system of birth in such a way, that whoever is born, is tied to the bonds of kinship-and these bonds carry certain claims and rights. Thus, whoever fulfils these claims, by being kind to his relatives and treating them well, Allah will "join him" i.e. He will make him His own and bestow His favor and mercy on him. And whosoever will violate these claims, Allah will "break him" i.e. He will have nothing to do with him.
Fulfilling The Rights Of Relatives
It is related by Anas radhiallahu anhu that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said "Whoever wants an increase in his sustenance and that the marks of his feet remain for a long time in the world (i.e. to live long) - he should be kind and helpful to his relatives."
Basically, there are two ways of being kind and considerate to relatives. One is by giving them monetary assistance, when needed, and the other is by devoting a part of one's time and energy at their service.
Family quarrels, which generally arise from the disregard of the relatives' rights, affect a man's health and make it difficult for him to concentrate in his work. Those who treat their relatives well and are helpful to them, are free from tensions of this kind and they are happier and more peaceful.