Archive | November 23, 2010

The Peace that Will Not Proceed

The Peace that Will Not Proceed

By Hwaa Irfan

If anyone was in any doubt about the peace process between Israel and Palestine, or has been under any illusion that there is indeed a peace process, despite the fact that the Israeli government seems to avoid controlling it’s settler’s as much as it enjoys controlling Palestinians,  for the expansion of its concept of a state, well without further adieu the significant role of the U.S. leaves little left to the imagination. 

The global service of the Jewish people, JTA reports on how the U.S. will store “an additional $400mn in emergency equipment in Israel.” Either Obama is out of his depth when it comes to stabilizing the fragile U.S. economy through the multi-billion sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, China, and others, or the Obama Administration is setting up a warfare situation to finalize the re-balkanization of the world’s global resources, or both.

According to the report the deal will transpire over a 2-year period, with the military equipment to be delivered over that period, and to be made available to Israel in times of emergency. How that emergency is to be defined and by whom, given the errant behavior of a rogue state which pretty much creates its own illusions, and gets the rest of the world to believe in it – the military ware applied in the 2nd war on Lebanon was from the U.S. stockpile!

By 2012, $1.2bn of U.S. military equipment will be stockpiled in Israel whose only threat is a reaction to its barbaric and dehumanizing actions. Israels’ march forward to the realization of an Israeli state that will included parts of Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria continues unabated. The aim to push Palestinians out of Palestine into Jordan also continues unabated. Its desire to sustain the threat of global terrorism through undisclosed mercenary and PSYOPS tactics around the world, so that it can remain to be unnoticed in its ambitions plays the world like pawns in its games.

First reported in Defense News, the stockpile provides a supply depot for U.S. troops to use misnomered equipment such as “smart bombs”, when it chooses. This lack of conscientiousness of what is needed to re-balance the world, demonstrated the level of deception and lack of will to redress the damage that has been done by at least, three terms of Bush & Son global governance. These people are clearly obsessed with a notion of power, a power that can only be sustainable at a temporary cost to the rest of the world – temporary because no one will tolerate the consequences for long, and temporary because common interests are only in-common when there is a benefit to all parties involved.

The Illusion of Threat

One doubts that the fear of being attacked is genuine, but it does serve to promote the notion of a certain set of people as the enemy, and in that service, much can be done to betray the people of the world. All throughout the occupation of Palestine, Israel has never been under any physical threat, except the threat that it can never exist as a state in its own right on other people’s land. It has ignored it religious leaders, and the Jewry as a whole, creating a global elite that has very little to do with Judaism as a religious practice.

It is the inability to believe that others can treat them better than they treat others that seems to keep them determined in their actions/paranoia. The notion of natural justice is lost expecting those unlike them to behave in the same manner in which they behave. As they continue to demonize Iran, like Iraq in preparation for a greater war, there notion of Iran, is unfortunately liken to some Muslims who perceive power, status and nationalistic beliefs before they perceive Islam. When in 2001, the appeal of 10 Iranian Jews rejected by the Iranian judiciary, like automatons, the West and the believers in Western democracy shouted foul without recognizing that 8 Muslims were also accused of espionage. Neither did the West and its sympathizers note that the sentence was reduced from 4 – 13 years respectively to 2 – 9 years on the basis that they were found innocent of two of the charges against them. There is a long list of cases in the U.S. and the U.K of non-Muslims who have been found guilty when in fact quite blaringly innocent! All countries are sensitive to the security of their nations, but when fairness is ruled out, national security becomes a national obsession.

In the late 1980’s, the approximate number of Jews in the Arab world alone was 4,700,000. As one of the Peoples of the Book, Jews have had a place in Muslim societies since the dawn of Islam. The Sahifa, agreement of Medina in 622/3 C.E., stated:

  1. The Aus were to pay the blood money of the persons they had killed before, and every group was to redeem its prisoners with justice
  2. No Believer should seek to turn the auxiliary of another Believer against him
  3. God-fearing Believers shall oppose whoever seeks to sow injustice, sin, or enmity among the Believers; every man’s hand shall be against him even though he might be the son of one of them
  4. The Jews who follow us shall have aid and equality, except those who do wrong or aid the enemies of the Muslims
  5. No idolater shall take Qurayshi property or persons under his protection nor shall he turn anyone against a believer
  6. The Jews shall bear expenses with the Muslims as long as they fight along with them
  7. None may go to war without the Holy Prophets’ (SAW) permission, but they are not prevented from taking vengeance for a wound.

This treaty was written following the Battle of Bu’ath in which Jewish tribesmen fought for the losing cause of ‘Abdullah bin Ubayy against Prophet Muhammed (SAW), and the Muslims. They would not support Prophet Muhammed (SAW) because he was not a Jew; however, the Muslims kept their word and Allah’s (SWT) covenant despite their antics.

The Jews had suffered greatly under the Goths in Spain, but the advent of Islamic rule brought them the freedom to practice their rites and traditions. They flourished in the fields of medicine, philosophy, literature, money-lending and the translation of Arabic text into Latin. The neighborliness between them and the Muslims influenced them to pray in Arabic, rather than the Hebrew which they knew so little of at the time, to perform ablutions before entering their synagogues, and to sing Jewish songs to old Arabic melodies. They lived this way for over 400 years!

Today, the life of acceptance has no meaning. The Zionists have brainwashed themselves and others into believing that their violation of the human rights of others is justified by their search for a home and their own human rights.

In fighting for a home separate from Muslims, they have broken the first 6 of their Seven Laws of Noah, so when they refer to their covenant with God, where do they stand when they have broken the covenant? At a press conference in Illinois, U.S. in March 2000, David Weiss of the Neturei Karta group in Jerusalem stated:

“The holocaust was divine punishment on the Jewish people for their abandonment of the Torah. Until the Zionist movement, Jews lived peacefully among their neighbors.”

Whether this is true or not, the Jews did live peacefully amongst Muslims, when non-Muslims did not give them that right.

“They call us colonists,” said one Jewish man to the Guardian Weekly reporter Linda Grant. 

“But if we lose, where do I go? Back to Yemen, where my grandfather came from in the 1930s?”

It did not occur to this man that he did come from somewhere, and that the notion of what he referred to as home has pushed the world towards a possible WWIII. Yet for Palestinians, the so-called peace process, despite what Zionists have put them through, has been about how to live with Jews as neighbors.

{And We had made known to the children of Israel in the Book, most certainly you will make mischief in the land twice, and most certainly you will behave insolently with great insolence.} (Al-Bani-Israel 17: 4)

“A person cannot be conscious of others when he lacks of consciousness of himself” – Hwaa Irfan

Sources:

JTA “U.S. to Store More Weapons in Israel.”  http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/11/2741699/us-to-store-more-weapons-in-israel

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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)

By Hwaa Irfan

The pomegranate is one fruit that is been placed in a class of its own when it comes to the plant kingdom: Granateae or Punicaceae under the umbrella of Lythraceae.

{In them will be Fruits, and dates, and pomegranates: Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?} (Ar-Rahman – 68-69).

The manifold attributes to mankind of the pomegranate is referred to in the Sunnah as follows: 

“…Then the earth would be told to bring forth its fruit and restore its blessing and, as a result thereof, there would grow (such a big) pomegranate that a group of persons would be able to eat that, and seek shelter under its skin…” (Muslims 41: # 7015)

In the Qur’an, pomegranate is included as part of the abundance that sustains us (An-Anaam 6: 99). The drought tolerant, low growing tree is native to Persia. As the oldest known edible fruit, other names for pomegranate in English include: Chinese apple. In Arabic, it’s called rowman, in Armenian, nur, in Bengali, Anar/Bedana, in Cantonese Ngon sehk lau, in German granatapfel, in Greek Rodi, in Indonesia Delima, in Polish Granat,  in Portuguese, Roma, and in Spanish Granada.

The pomegranate is now grown widely in Asia, Mediterranean countries, China, Egypt, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Spain, Turkey, but is mainly exported by Turkey and Spain. This self pollinating fruit, which is also pollinated by insects, grows to about 15 feet in height. Mainly propagated through soft and hardwood cuttings, the buds and shoots are red in color, and the evergreen leaves are thick and glossy, bearing crimson colored flowers, which have been used to produce a red dye. The small tree takes care of itself requiring little pruning, yet, is able to produce without fail many fruits 4 years after planting, and 7 months after flowering. In season from September through to November, the tree requires long hot summers, but is fairly adaptive. The fruit is about the size of an orange with a thick yellow to red colored rind. The pulp is acidic, but holds many seeds.

There are three kinds of pomegranates: sour, which is sometimes used for unripe grape juice, sweet, and very sweet. Fruits that produce hard seeds may not be very good for eating, but they produce more juice. 

Chemical Properties

 From the root to the leaves contain valuable properties including:

  • Punicotannic acid(bark)
  • Gallic acid (bark)
  • Mannite (bark)
  • Pelletierine alkaloid (bark)
  • Methyl-Pelletierine alkaloid(bark)
  • Pseudo-Pelletierine alkaloid (bark)
  • IsoPelletierine alkaloid (bark)
  • N-Methyliopelletierine
  • Ellagitannins
  • Pelargonidin
  • Punicalin
  • Punicalagin
  • Anthocyanins
  • Cyanin
  • Ellagic acid

Pomegranate contains many antioxidant properties like ellagic acid, which is a proven anticarcinogen, and is effective against fibrosis. Ellagic acid is also affective in the suppression of Ultra-violet induced skin pigmentation both orally and topically as proven by the study of Mineka Yoshimura and colleagues. 

At the Kingston University in London, U.K., The rind of the pomegranate has been used to make a powerful ointment that is able to treat the growing problem in hospitals of drug resistant microbes like the bacteria methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus by adding Vitamin C. and metal salts.

Another antioxidant is cyanin, which is responsible for the color of the pomegranate. Cyanins are antricarcinogen, maintain vascular health, are anti-inflammatory. A recent study published by the American Society of Nephrology by an Israelis team Ronit Geron et al, found that patients with kidney disease who drank pomegranate juice three times a week for a year before each dialysis session had reduced inflammation of the kidneys, free radicals were reduced, and were less likely to be hospitalized. The patients also had reduced blood pressure, and fewer cardio-vascular episodes. 

The therapeutic qualities include the following: (see It All Makes Good Scents  for definitions)

  • Anticarcinogen
  • Anthelmintic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Astringent
  • Cordial
  • Demulcent
  • Purgative
  • Vermifuge

The seeds act as a demulcent. The fruit is a mild astringent and refrigerant in some fevers particularly in respect of biliousness. As an astringent it is also affective against diarrhea. The bark has been used to remove tapeworm as an anthelmintic, which results in nausea, and vomiting as a purgative. In India, the rind is used for diarrhea, and chronic dysentry.

Pomegranate juice has been used in the treatment of dyspepsia, and leprosy, and the dried, pulverized flowers have been used to treat bronchitis. In Mexico, a decoction of the flowers has been used as a gargle to treat oral and throat infections. 

In Saudi Arabia, the powdered peel of the pomegranate rind is used to treat burns, and infected cuts and wounds, as a decoction the rind is used for sore throats, stomach aches and indigestion.

Nutritional Content

  • Dietary fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Folate
  • Choline
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Omega-6 fatty acids

The juice of the fruit has become a popular health drink in the U.S. being high in Vitamins C and K, folate, and choline, but most of the nutritional properties are actually in the rind of the fruit.

Recipes

The fruits are used for desserts in the Middle East – in Syria, it is sprinkled with sugar and rosewater.

Juice provides a cooling drink. Enjoyed as a fruit juice in Iran, the pulp sacs are removed from the fruit, and put through a basket press or quartered then crushed, and then strained for the juice. Sweetened to taste, sodium benzoate might be added to preserve the stored pomegranate juice. In South Carolina, pomegranate jelly is a favorite, which is made by adding 7 x ½ cups of sugar, and 1 bottle of liquid pectin to 4 cups of pomegranate juice.

The tannin, which is a carcinogenic, has been used to cure leather a yellow color in Morocco. 

In balance He gave us everything we needed, but as for what we want!

Sources:

American Society of Nephrology (2010, November 19). Pomegranate juice reduces damage to tissues, inflammation and infections, study suggests. ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/11/101119083126.htm

Hoffman, D. “The Holistic Herbal.” Element Books, U.S.  1988.

“More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate.” http://www.drugs.com/news/more-medicinal-uses-pomegranate-21597.html

“Pomegranate.” http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/p/pomegr60.html

“Pomegranate.” http://www.phytochemicals.info/plants/pomegranate.php

“Pomegranate.” http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Puni_gra.html

“Pomegranate, Raw.”  http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2038/2

Tous, J and Ferguson, L. “Mediterranean Fruits.” http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1996/V3-416.html#Pomegranate

Series:

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Lemons 

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Garlic

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Oranges

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Almonds

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Shea Butter

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Dates (Phoenix dactylifera)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Figs (Ficus Carica)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)