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Pre-Ramadhan Reflections

Pre-Ramadhan Reflections

The Companions prayed for 6 months for the opportunity to witness Ramadhan, for the opportunity to become closer to God, to become better individuals. The reason why Ramadhan has been prescribed to us is in order that we may become conscious of God, which will help us to become better human beings…

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Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore
Letter to the Self # 27: Destination or the Journey!
Letter to the Self # 26: Change
Letters to the Self #25: Window of Opportunity
Letters to the Self #24: More Than You Think You Are Able
Letters to the Self #23: Submission
Letter to the Self #22: Do You Have Trust Issues?
Letter to the Self #21: Possessions
Letter to the Self #20: Sacred Spaces
Letter to the Self # 19: The Big “I”
Letter to the Self # 18: Insecurities
Letter to the Self # 17: Backbiting
Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?
Letter to the Self # 15: Beyond the Limited Self
Letter to the Self # 14: A Better Way
Letter to the Self # 13: The Spoken Word
Letter to the Self # 12: A Blessing or a Curse?
Letter to the Self # 11: Purpose

Letter to the Self #10: Let’s Partey
Letter to the Self #9: Looking Good
Letter to the Self #8: Worship
Letter to the Self #7: Rights of the Body
Letter to the Self#6: Time
Letter to the Self #5: Gratitude
Letter to the Self #4: Laziness

Letter to the Self #2: Ego
Letter to the Self #3: Arrogance

Shaban: Letters to the Self

Heavenly Signs: We are a Part of the Universe

Military officer Gabriel Muthike Nyaga holds an unidentified object, which is said to have landed at Kihiu Mwiri 15km from Thika town, on 30 July 2011 - Photo by John MuchuchaHeavenly Signs: We are a Part of the Universe


Tucked away safely down here on earth, the limits of our imagination is confined to sci-fi films, and the odd natural disaster – ok increasingly natural disasters, but sometimes we do need to be reminded we are a part of something more…

July 2011 to date has been a busy time with that something more when it comes to comets. The preoccupation with comets Elenin and Nibiru also takes away from the comet show that has been taking place since the  beginning of the year,  but has particularly busy in July 2011.

1st July – Ballyeaston, U.K. A fireball was sighted near the village, and reported to Armagh Observatory

1st July – 31stU.S. – Across the U.S. 277 reports for July alone were recorded.

1st July – Dandenong, Australia – At 4.50am flames of green, blue, and yellow caught the attention of one witness.

1st July Doveton, Australia – What looked like a faking star turned bright green and blue, then yellow before disappearing.

1st July Melbourne, Australia – A huge green ball with a purple –white tail fell was witnessed.

1st July Renfrewshire, Scotland – At 00:40 a blue colour meteor lit up the sky. It seems the same meteor appeared blue-orange from Rhyl, North Wales, had a sparking green and red coloured tail, which is a sign fragmentation from East Midlands at 23:37, and at  low altitude from Bakewell in Derbyshire at 23:38.

5th July – Ballyclare, U.K. – Fireballs lit up the 11,00pm sky

6th July – Matawai, New Zealand – A low flying bright meteor lit up the early morning (5.50am) sky, as sparks from its orange-red tail were flying off it before a boom was heard,

7th July – Poland – A comet registered by the Poland Fireball Network had travelled cross most of the Polish sky as recorded by an observatory station in the village of Podgorzyn before fragmenting. Experts agree that it came from the area of Jupiter.

16th July 2011 – Kilimambago, Kenya. An explosion was heard about 10am which was compared to a plane crash. Eye-witness accounts saw it spinning on impact before landing in a cornfield. Police and military found a hot smooth black object weighing 11 pounds.

30th July – Kabati, Kenya – At 9.00am an explosion drew the attention of military personnel caused by an object weighing 2 kilograms. The impact could be heard 5 km away


















Dec 2012

Rocks recently found in Morocco are recent migrants to Earth.

“The rocks not only are rare because they came from Mars — of the roughly 24,000 meteorites that have been discovered on Earth, only about 34 hail from the red planet, NASA says — they also just arrived. The biggest of the 15 rocks weighs more than 2 pounds. They’re worth 10 times the price of gold.”



American Meteor Society

Bright Fireballs Over Poland

Fireballs Spotted in the Sky

Klotz,. I. “Rocks Found in Morocco Came From Mars.”

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Mysterious Object Fell from the Sky

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The Inconsistencies of Norway’s 7/11

Suspect, Anders Behring Breivik wearing a Masonic apron and outfit.The Inconsistencies of Norway’s 7/11

Despite being portrayed by the media as inept due to the length of time it took them to reach the island of Utoeya, it has now emerged that police knew the name of gunman Anders Behring Breivik before they even arrested him, a startling admission that prompted one of Britain’s top news anchors to question how authorities were aware of the gunman’s identity in advance.

Even after having his number plate, Oslo police did not follow Breivik from Oslo to Utoya Island. It seems that Oslo Police Department’s Operation Leader Britt Børve blocked the anti-terror DELTA force pursuit of Breivik. Twice Børve prevented the DELTA anti-terror force’s request to use the police helicopter nor did she mobilise any other helicopters. Børve did not forward the tip from a member of the public about the Fiat Duplo van with the green registration plates and the number VH24605 to the region’s police districts, the radio, TV & newspapers. Børve refused back-up fromneighbouring police districts’ offers to support the Oslo PD operation, neither did Børve order roadblocks and control posts.

During his Channel 4 News broadcast on Friday evening, host Jon Snow asked “why police knew the killer’s name by the time they had arrived on the island,” reported the Telegraph live blog.

“He surrendered the moment police called his name 3 minutes after they arrived. What we don’t know is how the police knew the terrorist’s name before they arrested him,” said Snow, who is recognized as one of Britain’s most trusted news anchors, and cannot be dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist”.

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By Hwaa Irfan


Much has already been written about the breaking of the Ramadhan fast, iftar, and one is not sure what more can be said with or without the incoming requests except to bring it back to the basics.

There have been varied concerns pertaining on how to break the fast, but the underlying condition on how to break the fast is preceded by how one fasts! In the hot summer months this is emphasized even more so, as increasingly more and more Muslims are finding it difficult to fast.

Putting health reasons aside, and demanding daytime activities, the problem is exacerbated by the increasing preoccupation with food as the sole function of Ramadhan. How one fasts makes a big difference towards one’s ability to sustain one’s fast, towards one’s daily activities, and towards one’s acts of worship. For instance it is reported in Ibn Majah, ad-Darimi, Ahmad and al-Bayhaqi that Prophet Muhammed (SAW) said:

“Perhaps a person fasting will receive nothing from his fasting except hunger and thirst.”

This tradition underlines the problem if fasting is only about not eating and not drinking because the mind and the heart centre is not working in alignment with the body creating inner conflict between what one is doing and what one wants to do.

Five things that break the fast are telling lies, backbiting, telling tales, perjury, covetousness and lustful eyes. The first degree of fasting outlined by Imam Ghazzali is the fast of the ordinary person: abstinence from all forms of physical distractions that satiate the nafs in one form or another, including arguing, and perfume. By doing so one weakens the lower desires and strengthens the higher self, with body, mind, and soul working as one instead of against each other. By doing so there is a greater release of energy for daily activities and one arrives in a state of calm on breaking fast instead of making that desperate rush for food. Hunger is going without food for days, and starvation is never knowing if  that hunger will be appeased – one will not die like the thousands on the Horn of Africa from drought and failed harvests.

Then there is the fast of the few which involves abstinence involving the all the senses including the hands and feet which requires greater synergy between the soul, heart center, and the body.

What happens when the soul, heart center, and the body is not working together towards the same goal is that the whole evening after iftar is placed at the mercy of how one responds to food at iftar. This might sound dramatic, but what happens is that the body is shocked into action by a sudden rush of food exposing one’s self to gastronomical upsets like constipation, one is unable or reluctant to move, all subsequent acts of worship become unimportant, the cook, more often the wife spends all her time in the kitchen preparing, cooking, and washing, and the challenge becomes how to spend the next evening more interestingly with all eyes on ‘Eid! We are more than the sum total of replaceable parts of modern medicine, and Ramadhan offers us the chance to recognize our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and our Creator on less mechanical terms.

Remember, the first three days are the most difficult, but after that it is much easier.

A Summer’s Iftar

The good news is that Ramadhan in the summer allows us to fast with less concern for food, and to break that fast with more concern for water. Given that humans are mostly constituted of water, Ramadhan in the summer serves as a good reminder of our priorities. Even in these times of widely available commodities, the examples set by Prophet Muhammed (SAW) still remain the best ones, short and sweet not just so that one can avoid a bloated stomach, but also so that one can do something productive with the rest of the evening. This is indicated behind the ahadith:

“The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.” (Al-Bukhari 3: 31 # 178)

To hasten the breaking of the fast does not mean to eat quickly, but to eat little so that one can proceed to prayers, and then have a full meal afterwards.

Dates and Water

“Prophet Muhammed used to break his fast before praying with some fresh dates; but if there were no fresh dates, he had a few dry dates, and if there were no dry dates, he took some mouthfuls of water.”  (Abu Dawud #13, ahadith #2349)

This combination demonstrates kindness to one’s body, as the process of fasting detoxifies the body. By drinking water one helps to purify the body, rehydrate it, and by eating fresh dates, which is a superfood, one is introducing a vitamin and mineral packed food into the system unadulterated by cooking or sweetening (candied dates).

Parched Barley
“ ‘Abdullah b. Abi Aufa reported: We were with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) on a journey during the month of Ramadan. When the sun had sunk he said: So and so, get down (from your ride) and prepare the meal of parched barley for us. He said: Messenger of Allah, still (there is light of) day. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Get down and prepare meal of parched barley for us. So he got down and prepared the meal of parched barley and offered him, and the apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) drank that (liquid meal). He then told with the gesture of his hand that when the sun sank from that side and the night appeared from that side, then the observer of the fast should break it.”  (Muslim #006, Ahadith #2422)

Barley is another superfood that has been neglected in the commercialization of foods, which nutritionally speaking is a blessing. It is a slow-digesting food which serves well if one is on a journey. It has also been viewed as the only vegetation on earth that can become a sole source of nutrition from birth to old age, with scholars of Hadith finding that it is beneficial for coughs, a diuretic, inflammation of the stomach, and expels toxins from the body.

Prophet Muhammed (SAW) would recommend talbina for the sick and the grieving. Talbina is satoo (powdered barley), milk and honey.

Barley contains 28 amino acids 8 of which cannot be produced by the human body. Barley contains: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, glucan, iorn, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, vitamins B₁, B₂, B₆, C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, amylase, dextrin, phospholipids, maltose, glucose, sulphur, niacin, and protein. Dr. Howard Lutz of the Institute of Preventative Medicine, Washington found “… it improves stamina, sexual energy, clarity of thought, and reduces addiction to things that are bad for you.”

Plant geneticist Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara discovered that the high organic sodium content of barley keeps calcium in solution form in the bloodstream and it actually dissolves calcium deposits in the joints. Barley also replaces the organic sodium of the stomach lining, which assists digestion by improving the hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The enzyme superoxide dismutase, was isolated from barley and has been found t be a powerful antioxidant.

Instead of consuming questionable wheat products, try replacing wheat with barley. Drinking barley water cleanses the skin, which can be made by using 3 tablespoons of barley boiled in 3 cups of water for one hour, strain, cool, and add honey or orange juice to make it more palatable. Added to diluted cow’s milk, provides good nutrition for the young.

Barley Soup

–        1 cup of dried barley

–        ½ cup of dried lentils

–        6 cups of water

–        3 small diced onions

–        2 tablespoons of olive oil

–        1 tsp. of turmeric

–        ½ ground black pepper

–        1 cup of cooked chickpeas

Fry onions in hot olive oil until golden brown. Add all other ingredients except for chickpeas and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 1 – 1 ½ hours stirring occasionally. Add chickpeas near the end of cooking time.


Natural yogurt is a slow digesting enjoyed during Ramadhan. It takes care of the intestinal flora, and is suitable for those who have lactose intolerance. As a custom, many Middle Eastern countries have enjoyed homemade live yoghurt as a condiment, often adding salt, mint and garlic. It is enjoyed with a variety of vegetables and meat. Naturally sweet yoghurt (curd) is more nutritious than ghee or milk, so the wisest decision if one has a limited choice of alternatives to commercially produced yoghurts is to cherish the benefits of making yogurt at home.


• High sugar foods which offer no nutritional benefits and increases thirst and risk of dehydration.

•Caffeine drinks like coke, coffee and tea are best avoided to prevent dehydration.

• Smoking affects the utilisation of various vitamins, metabolites and enzyme systems within the body

Latest Research

The Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute has found routine periodic fasting lowers risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, but also causes significant changes in a person’s blood cholesterol levels. Dr. Horne explained:

“Fasting causes hunger or stress. In response, the body releases more cholesterol, allowing it to utilize fat as a source of fuel, instead of glucose. This decreases the number of fat cells in the body… This is important because the fewer fat cells a body has, the less likely it will experience insulin resistance, or diabetes.”

This is contrary to what is being propagated by certain state and corporate media which is basing the dangers of Ramadhan fasting on bad habits of high sweet consumption.

It has also been found that fasting triggers human growth hormone which protects muscles and regulates the metabolism



Intermountain Medical Center (2011, May 20). Routine periodic fasting is good for your health, and your heart, study suggests.­ /releases/2011/04/110403090259.htm

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