By: Mufti Ismail Menk
Visiting the sick, assisting them in any way, inquiring about them and praying for them has many benefits, hence it is considered a great act of worship.
It boosts the morale of the sick, making them feel much better, giving them a sense of belonging which contributes to their recovery.
Welcome to all things related to halal cooking, eating, and of course the halal kitchen itself. I hope you will join me in sharing and exchanging delicious halal recipes for all seasons and all meals you can prepare any day of the week. So, what’s all this halal talk about?
Why Halal? Muslims who follow the Islamic dietary standard of eating will consume halal (means‘permissible’ in Arabic) foods and beverages. These are considered pure foods ordained for mankind by Allah (God) in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). Commonly recognized items that are not halal are pork and all its by-products as well as any type of intoxicating drink, or even drugs. That said, an observer of Islam (i.e. a Muslim) doesn’t drink alcohol or eat pork or foods with their by-products or derivatives. For example, boxed jello and marshmallows usually contain gelatin, which is often derived from pork and therefore not halal (but it could be if halal ingredients are used). Additional non-halal things include birds of prey, carrion, carnivores, blood and human body parts (i.e. hair, which is becoming a common ingredient in processed foods like bread).
Amir Khan performing ablution (wudu) with one of Penny Appeal’s orphans from The Gambia before offering prayer, Alhamdulillah.
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Allah’s mercy is beyond limits but there is a special kind of mercy He has promised to His most-beloved servants. Nouman Ali Khan explains the different groups of those special people that will receive Allah’s special mercy, care and immediate response, in an exclusive 2-day event at Fanar – Qatar Islamic Cultural Center on 27th – 28h June 2013.
Snake Island is located just off the coast of Brazil. This amazing island is home to a vast colony of golden lancehead pit vipers, a species listed among the most poisonous snakes on the planet. The Brazilian Navy forbids civilians from landing on the island. And there is a good reason for this restriction: there are at least 5,000 snakes writhing all around the place. Only few scientists are allowed to enter this secret serpentine paradise, known as Snake Island.
Google Data Center, The Dalles
The construction of Google’s enormous Data Center at the Dalles, which cost a whopping $600 million, was kept secret from the press and the society. The Data Center, known by the codename of “Project 02” in its early days, was opened in 2006. The opening of this center was also shrouded in secrecy and all visiting journalists were required to sign confidentiality agreements. The Data Center itself is surrounded by a perimeter fence that is patrolled by guards and is constantly under closed-circuit surveillance.