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Ramadhan Reflections: What Do Your Actions Say About You?‏

What Do Your Actions Say About You?‏

 

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When we say we believe in Allah- what does that mean? How do we affirm our belief in God? Sometimes we get so caught up in appearances- what we think “holy” looks like that we forget, and how “good Muslims” should look that we lose sight of some more important things. Then we begin to judge people based on how they look and how  “Muslim” they are and then start to decide whether we feel they should have a “space” at the table.

At one point a group of Arabs approached the prophet peace be upon and said “we believe” and Allah tells us in the Qur’an, “don’t say you believe, instead, say that you’ve submitted and know that iman has not yet entered your hearts”.
In a hadith of the prophet pbuh said that Iman is something that resides in our hearts and is proven by our actions.
So if we mute out the voices that make us focus on how things should “look” and ask ourselves, “what do my actions say about my beliefs” this can be very telling. This does not mean, that we can simply say- “I believe” and I feel this in my heart and it’s enough. Instead, we need to recognize that, IF we believe, then by following what Allah asks of us, then Iman will fill our beings and we will begin to truly know Allah.

The only one who knows what resides in our hearts- is each of us and Allah. No one else can tell us what is in our hearts.

Sometimes we also get caught up in doing things to be seen by others. It is why we must remember that “actions are judged by intentions”. So when we do what we do, we need to ask ourselves, why?

Are we doing it to be seen?

To appear to be pious?

To make people think we really care or are active?

This is what takes us back to –what are my actions telling of me? Who are my actions for? It also means that sometimes people will not be happy with me. However, as long as we know that we did what is right, that we stood up to make change, to help others and we know that we did it for Allah- then we don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks or says. Instead we can rest because we have a clear heart.

This Ramadhan, let us focus on making sure that whatever we do, we do it for Allah and reflect on our actions to make sure they are in-line with our beliefs.


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Iftar…

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

Super Salmonella Bug Spreading Across Europe

Super Salmonella Bug Spreading Across Europe, and the U.S.

By Hwaa Irfan

Just as Europe has been coming to grips with the health crisis presented by an antibiotic resistant strain of E. coli by passing off an unqualified blame to Egypt, as if the heavens are confronting us with another opportunity to face the reality of biotechnology, Europe is now facing, and also blaming Egypt for its unhealthy practices that has led to the spread of another superbug, salmonella.

This superbug is yet another product of man’s engineering and treatment of bacteria that through mutation has now developed a level of resistance that to date cannot be treated.

To date 200 people in the U.K. have been infected with what has been called Salmonella Kentucky, but this goes back to 2000! Why they are raising it now and pinning the problem once again on Egypt once again has very little to do with fact, but a lot more to do with petty politics. At the same time, a recall of 36 million pounds of turkey has been recalled in the U.S. by the company Cargill, because its turkey has been directly linked to a salmonella outbreak in the U.S., causing one fatality, and has made 76+ others ill.

The American food industry has increasingly come under question with many being hospitalized over the years due to food borne illnesses. The FDA, and the EPA are noted for passing many foods for human consumption, especially meat which lacks proper inspection, and is noted for containing residual veterinary drugs, and pesticides. The situation was so bad that even Mexico refused to import American meat products. It was only in May 2011 that the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists filed a joint lawsuit against the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) which has permitted the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock since the 1950s. Director of the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Margaret Mellon commented in a press release:

“And over those decades the problem has steadily worsened. We hope this lawsuit will finally compel the FDA to act with an urgency commensurate with the magnitude of the problem.”

A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases found that 47% of the beef, chicken, pork, and turkey sampled from grocery stores in five U.S. cities carried drug-resistant S. aureus.

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur at the World Health Organisation, said that this salmonella superbug like E. Coli is drug resistant, and cannot be treated. The same researchers have found a significant rise in the problem in England and Wales, France, Denmark, and the U.S. in the period 2002 – 2008. It is a problem that has been kept quiet until now! The same researchers also believe, however like E. Coli, remains unproven that the current rise in infection is due to contaminated spices/fruit/vegetables imported from Africa.

However, the current fatality in the U.S. is linked to home production, and Cargill have isolated turkey products which carry the code “Est. P-963”. The Center for Disease Control, CDC have found the same strain of salmonella in 4 different retail locations, and three sample have been linked to Minnesota-based Cargill. CDC have been monitoring the situation where reported cases have been consistent for every month from March – July 2011. Most of the reported cases have occurred in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and Pennsylvania.

It was only last year that the Californian-based Valley Meat Company had to recall 1 million pounds of beef patties (equivalent to 2,300 heads of cattle) produced in 2009 due to ground beef contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 that causes permanent damage to organs.

In a country where profits matter more than the health of the nation, every year an approximate 70,000 people in the U.S die from bacterial infections that drugs are unable to kill disregarding the impact on the plant and animal kingdom which lack the human vocabulary to be heard. Has it is the time when all our deeds come to the surface, a serious restructuring of factory farming and food production needs to be rectified if it does not want  face the potential threat of consumer power, i.e. boycotts. If governments do not want to take responsibility for the fatalities, and survivors with long term health complications, then corporations, and factory farms must stand up and be counted.

Sources:

Borland, S. “Rise Of The Killer Bug: Super-Salmonella That Cannot Be Treated Is Spreading Across Europe.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2021799/Rise-killer-bug-Super-salmonella-treated-increase.html

“Death From Salmonella in California.” http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/08/02/business/AP-US-Tainted-Ground-Turkey.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

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