“Have We not opened your breast for you (O Muhammad)? And removed from you your burden. Which weighed down your back? And have We not raised high your fame?” (The Quran, 94:1-4)
These verses were revealed during the early part of the Prophet’s life in Makkah, when he was in such a weak and difficult position that he could not even move about in the city, preach or pray freely. The Holy Quran in this background states that his name has been exalted with great esteem. Let us see how Allah has raised the status of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Muhammad is the most popular name in the world. A very common practice amongst Muslims is to have Muhammad as the first, middle, or last part of their names. This is a unique honor that Allah gave only to Muhammad (peace be upon him). Millions of Muslims have always carried this name, making it the most widely known and repeated name throughout the world.
In addition, Allah has made Prophet Muhammad’s name an integral part of the basic Kalimah (article of faith) of Islam. Every practicing Muslim recites this kalimah as a daily routine of his life. Countless persons thus recite Prophet Muhammad’s name countless times, every day in their lives.
Moreover, Allah has made Prophet Muhammad’s name an integral part of Adhan which is regularly called from each mosque throughout the world five times a day before prayers. Due to the oval shape of the earth, there is always a city where a certain prayer times begin. As a result, no hour passes by where Prophet Muhammad’s name is not called out in this world!
The best things that no hand has touched, and no eye has seen, await the believers in the hereafter, so do not fall in love with the temporary things of this life when the Hereafter has the best of things.
Beautified for mankind is love of the joys (that come) from women and offspring; and stored-up heaps of gold and silver, and horses branded (with their mark), and cattle and land. That is comfort of the life of the world. Allah! With Him is a more excellent abode.
By Shaykh Omar Subedar
Approximately 1450 years ago humanity was in complete lost. Man had adopted a route in life which Allah had not approved of. Communities, such as the ‘People of the Scripture’ where being misled by their leaders, who were entrusted with the responsibility of guiding the community by safeguarding the divine texts and disclosing it to them in its entirety. Instead they distorted its teachings and the teachings of their Prophets and beguiled the public into believing in whatever corrupt concepts they fabricated. All of this they did for the sake of monetary gain and protecting the hierarchal system they had established. A lengthy era had passed in which no Prophet was sent by the Almighty for the guidance of mankind. Finally, 570 years after Allah’s [sent] spirit and word, Ësä ibn Maryam عليه السلام had ascended to the heavens, Allah blessed humanity once again for the final time by sending a man who He has described as; a witness, a bringer of good tidings, a Warner, one who invites to Allah by His permission, and an illuminating lamp [33:45].
It was in the desert valley of Makka that Allah blessed the young widow, Amina with a son who was to become the paradigm of spiritual excellence, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم. Signs were shown to her before, during and after his birth that displayed his greatness and exceptionality. It was only after the age of 40 that Allah sent him to the world with the mission of taking humanity out of the depths of darkness and deviation towards the light of guidance and spiritual success. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم fulfilled the task with a level of patience, tolerance and perseverance that was rarely witnessed in history before and after two decades of intense work, Allah the Exalted finally opened the doors of victory and an entire nation was transformed. The divine message was delivered in full and the religion of salvation was complete.
While performing the ‘Farewell Pilgrimage’ the Prophet received the revelation; This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. [5:3]. It was only a few months after this revelation that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم passed away however before returning to Allah he left with his nation some guidelines in order to protect them from repeating the very mistakes the previous nations made and said, “I have left two things with you; so long as you hold fast to them you will never fall astray. [They are] the book of Allah and the traditions of his Prophet.” [Al Mu’atta: 685]
He did prophesies however that after his departure from this world differences would surface in his nation; so much so that they will end up being divided into 73 groups. He issued a stern warning to those who will be responsible for these divisions by introducing their novel ideas and concepts in the religion and said, “Whoever introduces something in this matter (i.e. religion) of ours which does not belong to it, it will be rejected.” [Bukhäri: 2697]
According to another narration the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم explained, “Whoever observes a [religious] practice that does not conform to our affair (i.e. religion), it will be rejected.” [Muslim: 4493]
He warned the public from being deceived by exclaiming in a sermon, “…Beware of new [religious] affairs, for every innovation is [an act of] misguidance.” [Abu Däwōd: 4607]
He also stated in another sermon, “…The best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and the worst [religious] practices are the innovated ones. Every innovation is [an act of] deviation.” [Muslim: 2005]
For those who refuse to take heed of these strong warnings and go ahead promoting new practices and philosophies in the religion and try to justify them by falsifying statements on behalf of our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has declared, “Whoever lies about me should occupy his seat in the fire [of Hell].” [Bukhäri: 107]
As for the innocent public who does not have the ability to distinguish between truth and falsehood from the onset of these teachings, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has strongly advised, “…Adhere to my practices and the practices of [my] rightly guided successors. Bite them with [your] molars…” [Abu Däwōd: 4607]
The human body, which is made up of 55- 75% water is in need of constant water replenishment.
Your lungs expel between two and four cups of water each day through normal breathing – even more on a cold day. If your feet sweat, there goes another cup of water. If you make half a dozen trips to the bathroom during the day, that’s six cups of water. If you perspire, you expel about two cups of water.
Loosing water can cause tiredness and dull critical thinking abilities. Adequate water consumption can help lessen the chance of kidney stones, keep joints lubricated, prevent and lessen the severity of colds and flu and help prevent constipation.
Health benefits of water
Water is crucial to your health. Every system in your body depends on water.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration. Even mild dehydration – as little as a 1 percent loss of your body weight – can sap your energy and make you tired. Dehydration poses a particular health risk for the very young and the very old. Signs and symptoms of dehydration include:
• Excessive thirst
• Dry mouth
• Little or no urination
• Muscle weakness
• Light headedness
How much water do you need?
A healthy adult’s daily fluid intake can vary widely. Most people drink fluid to quench thirst, to supply perceived water needs and “out of habit.
• Replacement approach. The average urine output for adults is 1.5 litres a day. You lose close to an additional litre of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your fluid intake, so you if you consume 2 litres of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups), along with your normal diet, you can replace the lost fluids.
• Dietary recommendations. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men consume 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups).
You can choose any of these fluid intake approaches to gauge your fluid needs. But your current total fluid intake is probably OK if you drink enough water to quench your thirst, produce a colourless or slightly yellow normal amount of urine, and feel well.
Factors that influence water needs
• Exercise. If u sweat, you’ll need to drink extra water to compensate for that fluid loss.
• Environment. You need to drink additional water in hot or humid weather to help lower your body temperature and to replace what you lose through sweating.
• Illnesses or health conditions. Some signs and symptoms of illnesses, such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea, cause your body to lose extra fluids. To replace lost fluids, drink more water or oral rehydration solutions
• Pregnant or breast-feeding. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional water to stay hydrated and to replenish the fluids lost, especially when nursing
Fruits and vegetables – besides being good sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber – contain lots of water. For example, oranges are 87 percent water, and cucumbers are 95 percent water. Milk, juice and other beverages also have large amounts of water. Conversely, dried fruits, nuts, grain products and baked goods generally contain less water.
Make it count: Meet your water needs through food and beverages
caffeinated beverages – such as coffee, tea or soda – can contribute to your total fluid intake. But your best beverage is still water. Water is calorie-free, inexpensive when drawn from a faucet or fountain, and readily available in and out of your home.
Staying safely hydrated
Make a conscious effort to keep yourself hydrated and make water your beverage of choice. Nearly every healthy adult can consider the following:
• Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal.
• Take water breaks instead of coffee or tea breaks.
• Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at social gatherings.
If you drink water from a bottle, thoroughly clean or replace the bottle often. Every time you drink, bacteria from your mouth contaminate water in the bottle. If you use a bottle repeatedly, make sure that the bottle is designed for reuse. To keep it clean, wash your container in hot, soapy water or run it through a dishwasher before refilling it.
We all Know Water is a Blessing from Allah SWT that we can never be grateful enough fo,r so use it wisely and count your blessings each time you take as sip and remember those who have been deprived and tested in this world by not having water in abundance like we do. Allah knows Best