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Friday, August 22, 2014

Mendidik Bagaimana?

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Anak 4 tahun mahu merempit

Amar merupakan anak saudara saya yang berumur 4 tahun. Pada hari raya Aidiladha, dia mengikut saya balik ke rumah (yang tidak jauh daripada rumah opahnya.)

Semasa dalam perjalanan, saya melayan Amar berbual-bual. Tiba di lampu isyarat, Amar ternampak sebuah motosikal besar.

Amar berkata, “Amar nak motor besar tu.”

Saya balas, “Oh! Amar suka motor besar.”

Amar mengangguk-angguk kepala.

Saya berkata lagi, “Tapi motor tu berat.”

Amar balas, “Motor berat. Amar nak naik. Amar nak angkat!”

Sebetulnya saya terkejut. Saya pasti, bayangan dalam fikiran saya sama dengan apa yang Amar fikirkan. Mesti dia membayangkan orang naik motosikal yang mengangkat tayar depannya. Entah di mana dia melihat aksi tersebut.

Saya beritahu Amar, “Amar, tunggu Amar besar, baru boleh naik motor besar. Amar perlu belajar ‘bawa’ motor.”

Amar balas, “Motor berat . Nanti Amar jatuh.”

Saya jawab, “Perlu belajar. Mula-mula memang jatuh.”

Namun, satu perkataan yang diucapkan oleh Amar (selepas itu) membuatkan saya terkejut besar.

Kata Amar, “Makngah, merempit!”

Ha? Tahu pula dia perkataan merempit. Bayangkan, seorang kanak-kanak 4 tahun sudah tahu konsep merempit dan aksi merempit itu. Tertanya-tanya juga dalam hati, “Di manakah dia belajar semua itu.”

Biasanya, kita selalu menggunakan kata larang, “Jangan”. Banyak sangat larangan yang dibuat oleh ibu bapa., contohnya:

“Jangan lompat-lompat. Nanti jatuh.”

“Jangan berlari. Nanti jatuh.”

“Jangan main game. Pergi tidur.”

dan macam-macam lagi larangan.

Atau mungkin kita mengkritik anak-anak kita atau anak-anak saudara yang nakal dengan kritikan seperti,

“Kamu melompat-lompat. Sudah macam monyet. “

“Kamu ini tidak tahu duduk diam. Asyik mahu berlari-lari sahaja.”

“Kamu degil. Tak nak dengar cakap emak. “

Daripada member larangan atau membuat kritikan, lebih baiklah kita mengikut sunnah. Nabi Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasaalam menerangkan kesalahan.

Jadi,kepada Amar, saya berkata, “Amar, kalau Amar besar nanti dan mahu ‘bawa’ motor besar atau pun buat aksi angkat motor, Amar boleh buat di litar.”

Balas Amar, “Litar itu apa, makngah?”

Saya balas, “Litar itu tempat orang berlumba motosikal . Litar itu di stadium. Di sana, akan ada motorsikal sahaja. “

Apabila Amar diam, saya sambung lagi memberikan informasi. Kata saya, “ Kalau ‘bawa’ motor dan angkat motor di jalan raya akan membahayakan diri sendiri dan orang lain. Di jalan raya , ada banyak kereta dan ada banyak lori. Kemungkinan apabila ‘angkat’ motor, boleh berlaku kemalangan. Kereta boleh langgar motor.”

Kata Amar, “Merempit,ya makngah.””

Saya balas, “Merempit di litar. Bukan di jalan raya. Nanti, minta ayah bawa Amar ke litar. Boleh lihat orang berlatih ‘bawa’ motosikal.”

Pengajarannya di sini ialah anak-anak kecil belajar daripada apa yang mereka lihat. Jika mereka melihat contoh kurang baik, maka yang tersemat di minda itu adalah yang tidak baik. Lazimnya, kita membuat larangan , itu tidak boleh, ini tidak boleh tanpa memberikan alternatif lain atau cara lain boleh melakukan sesuatu yang diingini.

Misalnya, kalau anak-anak suka melompat di sofa, boleh sahaja terangkan kesalahan itu dengan menyatakan kesalahan dan menyatakan juga yang betul.

“Di ruang tamu, tidak boleh melompat-lompat. Kalau mahu melompat-lompat , lakukan di halaman rumah. Lebih baik, jika melompat-lompat di taman permainan.”

“Di dalam rumah, tidak boleh berlari-lari. Jika mahu berlari-lari , lakukannya di halaman rumah atau di padang yang luas. “

Selamat mengamalkan sunnah.



Writer's Homework:

1. List kesalahan yang selalu anak-anak buat di dalam sehelai kertas.

2. tulis pula alternatif dan cadangan untuk mereka (anak-anak), supaya mereka mengubah kelakuan mereka.

3. Elakkan mengeluarkan perkataan 'jangan' dan ayat kritikan.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

[Interview] Secrets of a Productive Muslimah – Maryam Amirebrahimi (Part 1)

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At ProductiveMuslimah, we are believe the ultimate secret to a successful Muslimah is that she strives with sincere intentions and uses all the resources around her to achieve the highest stations in Paradise. We are always looking for the ‘secrets to productivity’ and wanted to explore how some of the Muslim women today manage time effectively and perform the best in all the roles they hold being a mother, wife, daughter, professional, activist and more! So we decided to get some of the ‘Productive Muslimahs’ of our time in the hot seat to find out their top tips and secrets to become a Productive Muslimah!

We are very excited to be joined in the first part of a series of interviews with Sister Maryam Amirebrahimi, a regular author on, a Tae Kwon Do second degree black belt, student of knowledge and hafidha of the Qur’an! She is in our ProductiveMuslimah hot seat today so we asked her to tell us her secrets on how she manages to stay productive while juggling her studies, writing and family life!

1) We’re very excited to have you share your Secrets as a Productive Muslimah so thank you for joining us! First, tell us who inspires you to be a Productive Muslimah?

It’s an honor to be with you!

My inspirations are Noor al-Din, Asad al-Din and SalahuDin, may Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) have mercy on them all.

Their dedication to something greater than themselves; their focus on using their time productively and yearning to see the fruits of their efforts with their last breath- or dying while they tried for it- just blows me away. I wish I could have even an ounce of that type of sincerity and persistence, combined with incredible adab and justice. SubhanAllah! Imagine, people now, like me, in America, are praying for God to have mercy on them, centuries after they have passed. Imagine how special their lives must have been for Allah to honor them so greatly after their deaths! I try to remind myself of their sacrifices when facing my own small hurdles and that reminder gives me strength, by God’s will, to hopefully make better decisions.

In contemporary times, my husband. Beyond a spouse, he’s a mentor, a role model, and the example of who I want to be. Not everyone has that relationship with their spouse and I recognize that I am very blessed.
Beyond him, my parents and his parents, my brother and my husband’s siblings. And my relatives in general, may God be pleased with them. Each one of them have incredibly unique qualities that I glean wisdom from whenever I am in their presence and interactions with each one of them drive me to want to become a better person and more sincere activist.

2) You are currently studying for your second BA in Islamic Studies mashaAllah! You are a black belt in Tae Kwon Do – we don’t know how you manage it all! How do you manage your time effectively to ensure you succeed in all these areas of your life?

Correction, I’m actually a second degree black belt in tae kwon do…That’s a level higher and requires more training and testing!

The best way for me to manage my time is by having a schedule and goals. I write out my daily, short and long term goals, and then come up with a system on how to approach attaining them through prioritizing what needs to be accomplished by the particular times. I often have to revisit that list and extend the time I need to complete a particular goal or readjust my goals in general based on what comes up in life. However, there are some things that remain constant, but just change in their scope (ie: It used to be memorizing the Qur’an. Once I was blessed with completing my memorization, it is now reviewing it with precision).

Anything Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has blessed me with completing took lots of duaa, a lot of time, a lot of support from others, and a lot of dealing with changes.

How I Came to Study Arabic and Islamic Studies

I knew I wanted to do a degree in Islamic Studies when I was 16. It literally took 10 years for me to be able to embark on that journey. I had to study the basics- beginning with Qur’an and Arabic. I’m not Arab, have no background in the Arabic language, and starting to understand the Qur’an, read it and eventually begin memorizing it, was a nine year path that will continue for a lifetime, God willing.

I started learning Arabic when I was in college, taking classes with local instructors. By the time I was blessed with going to study Arabic in Egypt four years later, I had the basic functional reading skills but I was super slow, could only read with tashkil and had no idea what I was reading.

After studying Arabic in Cairo for a year, it then took me an additional three years practicing reading until I was literate enough to study Islamic texts completely in Arabic. Yes, I had wanted this degree when I was 16. But there were so many steps and levels I had to complete before fully embarking on this journey.

Even though it was not the way I envisioned it, nor was it in the timeline I had wished it, Allah had the better plan. Now, with a master’s in Social Justice Education and having memorized the Qur’an, all praise to the Lord, I can approach my Islamic Studies degree with a critical mind trained in intense academic research, with a focus on understanding what I am learning with the backdrop of Quranic literacy and with an understanding of how Islam’s thematic social justice applies to our lives in the west.

I am mentioning this example only to explain that some of us want to change the world, or accomplish something specific, and kind of expect it to just happen. It doesn’t “just happen.” It isn’t luck, it isn’t being special. It’s knocking like crazy on doors to open and breaking them down when they do not. And they won’t always break down. So then what? Regroup. Prioritize. Figure out what you can do where you are, even if you feel you are physically, mentally and spiritually stuck.

Additionally, different goals took place at different times in my life, and benefited me in different ways in different stages. For example, I completed my second degree black belt degree when I was younger. However, the skills and outlook I gained through the training continue to affect my self-awareness now.

Finally, I know I will burn out if I don’t have some special time for me. I schedule “me” time in- including working out, just vegging out and watching something, reading fiction or going out in nature. I also carve out relationship time, whether with my husband, family or friends, and those interactions always help give me grounding and center me.

3) We all love a bit of “me-time” here at Productive Muslimah! You’ve authored some great articles What tips can you offer our readers or sisters who may be aspiring writers?

Speak to people all the time! Learn from other people’s experiences and their life stories. Understand that anyone can be your teacher and that you have no idea who truly are those close to God and who He has blessed in secret. Regardless of their spiritual connection or religious affiliation, you can benefit from everyone. If someone doesn’t help you become a better person or have a renewed perspective, they will at least help you realize what qualities you should not cultivate and who you should protect yourself from becoming.

Realize that your personal hardships and sometimes greatest tests in life are tailored to you specifically by the Most Loving Lord just so that you could come out and help others through your personal narrative.

And the more you practice, the more feedback you take in and use to help create your style, the more progress you’ll find yourself making, God willing.

4) Seeking knowledge clearly has an important position in the life of a Productive Muslimah. Why do you think reviving female scholarship is important and how can we use it to become more productive as an Ummah?

Women in Education and Scholarship

Did you know there are over 8000 female hadith scholars in our Islamic history? And that’s just in the science of hadith. Some of the greatest scholars of certain time periods were women and their students were some of the greatest male scholars whose names we praise often and know well. When women are involved in circles of knowledge, what do you think happens? Of course, an Islamic literacy revolution! Women provide a unique insight and perspective of the world that we deeply need for our communities once again.

Young women, as well as young men, frequently ask me about issues they have with a misunderstanding of a hadith or an ayah, or doubts of faith or Islam’s relevance when having heard something from who they think is a scholar but who does not seem to embody or espouse the most empowering understanding of Islam.

How We Can Embody the Great Female Scholars

The best way to help liberate ourselves and others from the confusion and doubts in faith that we or others experience, is though knowledge and skilled mentorship. Through both of those avenues, inshaAllah we will begin to see a rise in young people who are Islamically literate and confident in Islamic texts, teachings, and applications for living an Islamically relevant life.

With this understanding, our outlook on life; our community work, our social justice work in society, our interactions in frustration and our responses in hardship should propel us to make every interaction and mundane situations an act of worship and closeness to God, an act of benefiting ourselves and those around us, simply through our consistent awareness of our intentions.

Additionally, I have authored an article explaining my personal, painful journey as a woman who sought to be a student of knowledge. It reflects the experiences many women have told me they have personally had, where they have been told or inadvertently taught that their personalities, their style, their sense of being, is antithetical to Islam. Because of this, they begin to change the very core of who they are, sometimes experience depression, and eventually, often leave Islam or the community because they simply cannot handle the messages of being told that they are a temptation and constantly in the wrong for simply existing.

I hope this article, which outlines both my journey and steps towards a solution, will inshaAllah help shed light on why this path is essential for more women to embark upon.

Well, we’ve got some great tips there from Sister Maryam, and a unique insight into how she strives to be a productive Muslimah! Join us next month for the second part of Sister Maryam Amirebrahimi’s interview, where she gives us advice of Qur’an memorisation, taking an active role within the community and tells us what you’d most likely catch her reading!

About the Author:

Maryam Amirebrahimi received her master’s in Social Justice Education from UCLA, where her research focused on the effects of mentorship rooted in Critical Race Theory for urban high school students of color. She holds a bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University, where she served as the President of the Muslim Student Association for two consecutive years. Currently, she is pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies through Al Azhar University’s distance learning program. Maryam spent a year studying the Arabic language and Qur’an in Cairo, Egypt, and has memorized the Qur’an. She has been presented the Student of the Year award by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Maryam frequently travels to speak and work with different communities to address a variety of spiritual topics and social issues. She writes about topics related to social realities, women’s studies and spiritual connections on the popular online blog, Maryam is a dynamic and outspoken proponent for social justice and women’s rights.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Buasir dan bahaya darah dalam najis

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Oleh Meran Abu Bakar

PENDARAHAN semasa membuang air besar sering berlaku kepada sesetengah orang dan masalah ini biasanya dikaitkan dengan penyakit buasir. Ramai yang berasa malu bagi mendapatkan rawatan doktor dan mengambil keputusan untuk merawat sendiri.

Buasir merupakan bengkakan yang terjadi di dalam dubur. Bengkakan ini tidak normal dan mereka yang mendapat buasir biasanya tidak berasa sakit apabila membuang air besar.

Boleh dikatakan setiap seorang daripada tiga orang pernah mengalami pendarahan akibat buasir dalam hidupnya. Pakar berpendapat buasir adalah implikasi kepada postur manusia yang berdiri kerana haiwan merangkak jarang mendapat buasir.

Demikian dijelaskan oleh Pakar Perunding Pembedahan Am, Hospital Damai Service (Melawati), Dr. Chaw Chee Kien pada forum awam mengenai Bahaya Darah Dalam Najis di hospital tersebut baru-baru ini.

Menurut Chee Kien, di dalam saluran dubur manusia terdapat struktur yang dikenali sebagai vaskular endocushions yang menyebabkan otot-otot dubur kenyal.

Biasanya struktur ini kecil dan tidak ketara. Walau bagaimanapun apabila seseorang itu mengalami sembelit atau meneran semasa membuang air besar, struktur ini membengkak.

“Selepas beberapa lama, ia hilang sifat kenyalnya dan terjulur keluar daripada dubur. Proses ini sering diiringi dengan pendarahan dan akhirnya menjadi buasir.

“Dengan kata lain, buasir adalah akibat langsung sembelit dan proses meneran,’’ katanya.

Beliau menambah, terdapat beberapa simptom buasir. Pesakit biasanya mendapati ada darah berwarna merah cerah yang keluar sebelum atau selepas meneran ketika membuang air besar.

Darah tersebut mungkin menitis, menyembur keluar atau hanya memberi kesan kepada tisu tandas yang digunakan.

“Jika perkara ini berlanjutan untuk beberapa lama, pesakit mungkin akan mengalami anemia akibat kehilangan banyak darah. Ada juga pesakit yang mengalami pendarahan yang membimbangkan sehingga menyebabkan mereka sering pitam.

“Ada juga pesakit yang tidak mengalami pendarahan. Buasir jenis ini hanya berbentuk gumpalan di dalam alur dubur. Gumpalan ini mungkin keluar semasa pesakit membuang air. Ia boleh masuk semula ke dalam alur dubur apabila ditekan tetapi ada juga yang kekal di luar dubur. Pesakit mungkin tidak berasa sakit tetapi ada masanya mereka berasa tidak selesa dan gatal-gatal,’’ katanya.

Beliau menjelaskan, buasir boleh dirawat apabila doktor sudah pasti yang pesakit benar-benar penghidap buasir dan bukan kanser anorektal atau penyakit lain.

“Doktor akan melakukan ujian rektal dan protoskopi terlebih dahulu. Adakalanya pesakit diminta menjalani ujian sigmoidoskopi atau kolonoskopi.

“Buasir Tahap 1 dengan pendarahan akan diberikan ubat vasotopik dan dinasihatkan agar mengubah diet. Diet tinggi serat seperti buah-buahan, sayur-sayuran dan bijirin tinggi serat amat baik bagi kesihatan. Suppositories juga biasa diberikan selain ubat Daflon yang berkesan. Pendarahan biasa berhenti selepas dua atau tiga hari.

“Buasir Tahap 2 dengan pendarahan juga akan dirawat dengan kaedah sama. Bagaimanapun, oleh kerana pada tahap ini sudah ada jisim yang terlunjur keluar daripada dubur, prosedur yang dilakukan ialah rubber ligation, suntikan fenol dan photocoagulation.

Inovasi terbaru

“Buasir Tahap 3 dan 4 biasanya memerlukan rawatan pembedahan. Kaedah yang telah lama digunakan ialah haemorrhoidectomy sama ada secara terbuka atau tertutup.

“Kaedah ini didapati sangat berkesan namun pesakit akan menghadapi kesan yang menyakitkan selepas pembedahan. Proses penyembuhan juga lambat dan biasanya mengambil masa sehingga tiga hingga empat minggu sebelum pulih sepenuhnya,’’ ujar beliau lagi.

Chee Kien berkata, kini terdapat inovasi terbaru dalam rawatan buasir yang dikenali sebagai PPH, iaitu dengan mengikat dan memotong buasir menggunakan alat seperti stapler yang berbentuk bulatan.

Melalui kaedah ini, pesakit merasai sakit yang minimum atau tidak berasa sakit langsung serta tidak meninggalkan luka yang perlu dirawat. Pesakit boleh kembali melakukan tugas harian seminggu selepas rawatan.

Beliau menambah, selain buasir, sebab lain pendarahan semasa membuang air besar berlaku kemungkinan disebabkan ketumbuhan barah di dalam usus besar.

Barah usus besar adalah barah kedua kerap berlaku di kalangan kaum lelaki selepas barah paru-paru dan barah ketiga kerap berlaku di kalangan kaum wanita selepas barah payudara dan barah serviks di Malaysia.

Mengikut Pendaftaran Barah Nasional 2003, kekerapan barah pada keseluruhannya di Malaysia adalah 134.3/100,000 di kalangan kaum lelaki dan 154.2/100,000 di kalangan kaum wanita. Ini bermakna lebih daripada 40,000 kes barah baru akan dikesan setiap tahun di negara ini.

“Kekerapan barah usus besar kian meningkat selepas umur 50 tahun dan umur purata pesakit-pesakit barah usus adalah di antara 70 dan 75 tahun.

“Di negara Barat, risiko mendapat barah usus besar dalam jangka hayat adalah enam peratus. Ini bermakna seorang daripada 18 individu akan mendapat penyakit ini dalam jangka hayatnya.

“Kebanyakan kes barah usus terjadi secara semula jadi tetapi lebih kurang 15 peratus kes-kes barah usus besar ada unsur genetik. Risiko mendapat barah usus termasuk pemakanan yang kurang serat atau daging merah dan lemak yang berlebihan. Rokok dan alkohol yang berlebihan juga dikaitkan dengan penyakit ini.

“Satu lagi punca barah usus yang lebih jarang berlaku di negara ini adalah penyakit radang usus besar. Serat di dalam pemakanan boleh mengurangkan risiko barah usus kerana ia mengurangkan kerosakan usus besar oleh bahan toksik yang terdapat dalam najis.

“Unsur-unsur yang boleh mengurangkan risiko barah usus termasuk sayur-sayuran seperti brokoli, vitamin A, C dan E dan ubat aspirin yang ada aktiviti anti-oksida,’’ jelas Chee Kian.

Kata beliau, ramai orang mempunyai salah tanggapan bahawa barah selalunya menyebabkan kesakitan ataupun tidak boleh dirawati selepas dikesan. Barah usus yang dikesan pada peringkat awal berpotensi bagi dirawati dengan sepenuhnya.

Oleh sebab itu, ujarnya, ujian pengesanan barah usus besar perlu dimulakan dari umur 50 tahun. Kaedah ini telah dibuktikan berkesan dalam mengurangkan kadar kematian daripada penyakit barah usus besar.

“Pengesanan barah usus besar adalah penting dan ia dijalankan oleh doktor melalui pemeriksaan yang teliti berserta ujian darah dalam najis, endoskopi usus besar dan X-ray usus besar. Apabila barah usus sudah dikenal pasti, ia biasanya memerlukan rawatan pembedahan dan rawatan kemoterapi atau radioterapi.

“Terdapat banyak inovasi dalam perjuangan menentang penyakit barah, misalnya ubat yang boleh mengurangkan ketumbuhan saluran darah baru dalam barah dan mengehadkan ketumbuhan barah tersebut. Teknik-teknik baru dalam bidang pembedahan seperti pembedahan laparoskopik juga mengurangkan kesakitan kepada pesakit dan membolehkan penyembuhan yang lebih cepat,’’ ujar beliau.

Chee Kien menjelaskan, walaupun pendarahan dalam najis biasanya disebabkan oleh buasir, kemungkinan kewujudan barah usus besar yang boleh memberi gejala yang sama perlu dikecualikan. Lebih-lebih lagi kewujudan barah usus besar boleh menyebabkan ketumbuhan buasir.

Pesakit-pesakit yang ada ketumbuhan buasir digalakkan untuk berjumpa dengan doktor supaya mereka boleh diperiksa dengan sepenuhnya.

“Secara kesimpulannya, walaupun pendarahan dalam najis biasanya disebabkan oleh buasir, pesakit-pesakit dinasihatkan untuk mendapatkan rawatan daripada doktor supaya kemungkinan ketumbuhan barah usus boleh dikecualikan.

“Barah usus besar yang dikesan pada peringkat awal boleh dirawat dengan sepenuhnya. Kaedah-kaedah baru di dalam rawatan buasir dan barah usus besar membolehkan pesakit-pesakit dirawat dengan lebih selesa dan sembuh dengan lebih cepat,’’ ujar Chee Kien lagi.


from writer's desk:

Sesungguhnya tiap penyakit itu ada ubatnya..maka janganlah kalian berputus asa dengan rahmat ALLAH..

~ Dalam diam rupanya ramai yang ada masalah ini(buasir), tapi malu untuk mendapatkan rawatan.

~ sebagai sebahagian dari warga masyarakat ini, saya menyeru..dapatkanlah rawatan sebelum menjadi semakin teruk.

~ Jenis rawatan mengikut kemampuan masing2..semoga dipermudahkan..amin...

[SISTERS] 5 Ways to a Healthier Diet

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We live in a time in which almost everyone knows the importance of a healthy diet, yet most consider their own way of eating far from the ideal. Unfortunately, when many of us decide it is time to take care of our bodies, we throw ourselves into a super strict regime which places the goal of being ‘healthy’ (no chocolate or sweets… ever) at the centre of our lives, where it eventually begins to dominate it. This approach is rarely effective in the long term and usually results in us burning out (eating nothing but chocolate and sweets…). So, we end up back at the beginning. What now? We take inspiration from this: “The deeds most loved by Allah (are those) done regularly, even if they are small” [Muslim].

With the right intention, caring for our body can be an act of ‘ibadah and taking this approach allows us to put the goal of a healthier diet back in its place, with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) firmly in the centre. Instead of overwhelming ourselves with impossible goals of flawless (aka joyless) eating, let’s instead focus on bringing some easy habits into our lives which, if maintained, can have a big and positive impact on our health.

Hunger-directed eating

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has created our bodies in the most perfect way with an in-built system, which tells us when and what we need to eat and when to stop eating it. However, most of us are so used to ignoring these cues that we no longer recognize them. Instead, we outsource this function of our body to things, such as diets which dictate when and what we can eat. Often we are told we need to eat a small meal every 3 hours to avoid becoming hungry and overeating, but hunger is not to be feared – it is simply our bodies communicating their needs to us. The eat every 3 hours ‘rule’ likely originated in the fact that most ‘naturally skinny’ people, i.e. hunger-directed eaters, tend to eat more frequently as they only eat what they need to and stop when they are full. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)himself said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air” [At-Tirmidhi].

Drink more water

Supermodels often say they owe their clear skin to drinking lots of water, but the benefits of staying hydrated go far beyond aesthetics. While the exact amount we should be drinking each day is disputed territory, the color of your urine is a reliable indicator of if you are getting enough – if it’s yellow you need more, you want it to be light colored to clear. It is also helpful to keep in mind that it is extremely difficult to drink too much water so make an effort to always carry a large bottle of water with you and sip from it regularly. Another approach to getting your H2O is to drink a large glass when you wake up and a few glasses at every meal. If you’re still struggling, there are free apps which pop up with water reminders throughout the day – worth a try! To liven up your water you can add flavour with fruits, such as a squeeze of lemon juice (which also acts as a mild detox) or experiment with whole fruits such as strawberries and herbs such as mint – the variations are limited only by your imagination.

Avoid highly processed foods.

Ok, so most foods are processed to some degree but what we are talking about here are those products that when you read their ingredients you a) cannot pronounce them, b) they have numbers in their name and/or c) your great grandparents wouldn’t even recognize that as food. Many of these ingredients tend to be preservatives and artificial flavours and colouring. They are usually found in products whose appeal lies in their convenience, such as ready-made freezer meals. These are also enemies to good health, with disease having increased alarmingly since their entry into mainstream consumption. The best way to avoid buying these products is to find alternative ways to deal with those days when ready-made or effortless meals are required. One option is to set aside one day of each month to cook batches of homemade food which can be frozen and reheated when required. Another option is to add some quick and healthy meals to your repertoire such as pizza made using wholemeal flat-bread as a base and served with salad. When shopping, it is helpful to stick to the outer aisles of the supermarket, which is where the least processed foods are displayed.

Eat more vegetables

Vegetables are some of the best things we can put into our body but few of us get the recommended 5 servings a day. To this end, it is helpful to get into the habit of making a side salad for every meal. If that sounds boring that’s only because you haven’t learnt how to throw together a truly epic salad! I’m talking leafy greens, nuts/seeds, fruit (fresh or dried), vegetables (cooked or raw), meat (or tofu or tempeh for the vegetarians), spices, herbs, cheese and a dressing of your choice – it can be a satisfying meal in itself. An even easier way to sneak more vegetables into your diet is with a green smoothie, which can be had as a snack or a delicious breakfast on-the-go. Green smoothies can be made however you like, but the basic formula is water, fresh juice or milk of your choice as a base, leafy greens such as spinach or lettuce, any fruit you like plus any other addition you want. To ensure the taste and texture of the greens is sufficiently disguised, add a greater portion of fruit, use a high powered blender and enjoy!

Eat your breakfast

Studies have shown that a habit of skipping breakfast is one thing the vast majority of overweight people have in common. This is likely due to it triggering overeating later in the day. But what do you do if you simply do not feel like eating in the morning? Try waiting an hour or so after waking to give hunger a chance to kick in, but if it still hasn’t made an appearance, try something light like a glass of water and a small piece of fruit just to kick start your metabolism. Another common reason for missing breakfast is not having time. In this situation, night-before preparation is key but if that fails, try a healthy on-the-go breakfast, such as a smoothie or some plain yogurt with mashed banana, muesli, nuts, honey and cinnamon.

About the Author:

This article originally appeared in SISTERS Magazine, the international magazine for fabulous Muslim women co-founded and edited by Na’ima B. Robert, author of From My Sisters’ Lips. Productive Muslimah readers are entitled to full free copy of the magazine today. Click here to get your free copy of SISTERS Magazine.
Danyah Von Helms is a freelance writer based in Sydney, Australia.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Jari Panjang

~Aku Insan Hina Dina...mengharap Kasih sayang-Nya & Redha -Nya ~

Salam all..

Dengan Nama ALLAH Maha Pengasih Maha Penyayang..

Saya ingin berterima kasih kerana masih menjenguk blog ini walau dah lama ditinggalkan. Saya tiba-tiba merasa terpanggil untuk meluahkan perasaan saya sebagai pemilik blog. poyo!

Suatu petang yang indah saya mendengar radio DJ yang bertugas sedang menemu ramah seorang tokoh dan bertanya pandangannya tentang bagaimana untuk membela nasib umat Islam yang semakin hari semakin tersepit dengan peristiwa penindasan di sana-sini. Mengambil contoh kisah yang terbaru , Umat Islam di Gaza.

Dipendekkan cerita, tokoh tersebut memberi pandangan supaya umat Islam berusaha untuk meningkatkan penguasaan terhadap ekonomi. Itulah yang dilakukan oleh musuh Islam melalui penguasaan terhadap Bank Dunia(sebagai pemula) dan akhirnya menindas negara-negara miskin dengan mengenakan bunga yang tinggi kepada mereka.

Saya bukan seorang yang mahir bisnes. Namun, saya ada darah bisnes. Arwah datuk saya seorang tukang jahit, penjual tembakau dan ada membuka kedai runcit pada suatu ketika dulu. Melihat akan kedudukannya yang agak dihormati kerana menjadi tumpuan untuk meminjam duit dan berhutang di kedai runcit. Saya terdetik untuk mengambil pengajaran dengannya.

Saya melihat hal itu dari sudut yang positif. Menjadi tempat orang mendapatkan bantuan kewangan sekalipun merupakan sesuatu yang berwajahkan 'bermanfaat kepada orang lain'. Ini bertepatan pada dakwaan, orang kaya yang dermawan lebih tinggi darjat mereka di sisi ALLAH daripada orang yang biasa yang dermawan.

Kemudian, saya telah memberi peluang kepada diri untuk mengembangkan bakat darah usahawan dalam diri. Alhamdulillah bermula dengan HPA..dan berkat tunjuk ajar dari semua leader yang suda berjaya, saya masih bersama dengan HPA walau jasad saya berada jauh dari aktiviti HPA. Oleh kerana kekangan keadaan, saya masih berhenti rehat di suatu tempat daripada bergerak. Seorang sahabat pernah mencadangkan supaya saya berkhidmat di Tawau kerana di sana kekurangan perawat.

Wah, memang bagus tawaran itu...T.T, tapi saya sedar saya ada satu misi yang sudah lama saya ingin selesaikan sebelum menutup mata. Saya ingin membawa keluarga saya bersama saya, mencari redha ALLAH..Maka, saya dalam proses menyelesaikan misi tersebut.

Setiap kali teringat, saya berasa sedih...Adakah saya akan terhenti dari menyebarkan manfaat kepada orang lain? Satu bisikan mengatakan...'Jika berasa sedih, pandanglah anak-anak muridmu dengan pandangan yang dalam. Mereka ini bakal menyambung perjuangan menyebarkan manfaat...Kamu juga akan menerima doa mereka..selagi mereka bernafas..'..Secalit senyuman menjernihkan rasa keruh di jiwa.

Semakin mengenang diri hanya akan buat hati jadi sedih. Haha..sebenarnya saya teringin kongsi satu kisah lawak. Kisah ini berlaku semasa dalam proses nak menukar Nama Upline dalam HPA. Kami (saya dan upline baru saya, K. Ayu) ke satu pejabat Pesuruhjaya Angkat Sumpah. Dan yang in charge di sana adalah seorang Lelaki Cina yang agak berumur. Semasa saya diminta menanda tangan satu borang di memerhati tangan saya. Dengan spontan dia berkata,' Jari kamu panjang. Kamu adalah seorang yang bagus untuk dijadikan partner bisness,' sambil berpaling kepada upline saya dan berkata lagi. 'Untung kamu ada dia sebagai partner...' Kak Ayu hanya tergelak kecil sambil kami berpandangan.

Alhamdulillah, kata-kata itu selalu jadi asbab untuk saya bangkit. Berjuta kelemahan diri. Bisnes ni macam sebati dalam jiwa tapi perlukan ilmu..

Doakan la saya menemui jalan kehidupan saya di mana-mana..'highway' ini akan dijadikan batu loncatan untuk memastikan misi saya tercapai..dengan izin ALLAH..