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CUBSA AL LAHM
Rice with Meat
- 1 kg. Lamb ( with bones ) cut
into large pieces.
- 1\2 kg. Tomatoes.
- 4 Onions.
- 4 Cups rice.
- 3 Glasses corn oil or melted butter.
- 4 Cinnamon sticks.
- 4 Dried limes.
- 8 Cardamom seeds.
- 3 Chilli peppers (optional ).
Wash and drain the meat.
Peel and chop the onions; fry until golden brown.Add the meat
,stir until brown; add the chopped tomatoes. Add boiling water
and simmer over a medium heat until cooked. Add salt to taste.
Add the limes , cardamom seeds chilli peppers and cinnamon .
Add s sufficient water to cook the rice .Clean and wash the
rice. Add to the meat and leave until the rice is cooked.
Boiling Pasta & Noodles
Boil pasta/noodles in plenty of water and remove just before
it is fully cooked. They continue to be cooked even after it
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Won't Help Chronic Pain
Depression Also Linked With
Worsening Chronic Pain
commonly used to treat chronic pain. Although it may help in
the short term, its long-term effectiveness is less clear,
however. In fact, a new study shows that chronic pain could
get worse after massage treatments, especially if the
patient is depressed, writes lead researcher Dan Hasson,
with Uppsala University in Sweden. His study appears in the
current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
Diffuse chronic pain is a common problem that is difficult
to treat, writes Hasson. Studies of mental relaxation and
massage have not been conclusive in determining which works
best. Also, those studies have not shown whether patients
get relief in the long term, he notes.
Massage vs. Mental Relaxation
The 129 patients in Hasson's study all had suffered from
diffuse pain for at least three months. "Many of them
suffered from depression and had several other diagnoses,"
he writes. Half the patients got 30-minute massages -- once
or twice a week -- during the five-week study period. The
other patients were asked to listen to a mental relaxation
tape twice a week.
"During treatment, there was a significant improvement in
all three main outcome measures: self-rated health, mental
energy, and muscle pain in the massage group," writes Hasson.
However, at the three-month follow-up, the massage group had
deteriorated significantly -- reporting significantly
worse pain. The relaxation tape group did not report
changes in symptoms.
Those with increased muscle pain reported less mental energy
and feelings relating to depressed moods.
Depression Leads to Worse Pain
His study supports the theory that depressive moods and
lower mental energy are related to long-term worsening of
chronic pain, writes Hasson.
The origins of chronic pain are more complex, possibly
explaining why massage works best with injuries and other
acute episodes, he says.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is
based on the Law of Similars. The truth of this law has been
verified experimentally and clinically for the last 200 years.
Let's look at an example: If your child accidentally ingests
certain poisons, you may be advised to administer Syrup of
Ipecac to induce vomiting. Ipecac is derived from the root of
a South American plant called Ipecacuanha. The name, in
the native language, means "the plant by the road which makes
you throw up." Eating the plant causes vomiting. When a group
of healthy volunteers took this substance to determine the
effects of this drug, they found that the drug induced other
symptoms as well. The mouth retained much saliva. The tongue
was very clean. There was a cough so severe that it led to
gagging and vomiting. There was incessant nausea. While it is
expected that vomiting would usually relieve the nausea, this
was not the case.
Such an experiment, using healthy volunteers, is called a
proving, and it is the homeopath's source of information
about the action of a drug.
Of what use could this plant be? If a person were suffering
from a gagging cough after a cold, or a woman were
experiencing morning sickness with incessant nausea that is
not relieved by vomiting, then Ipecacuanha,
administered in a minute dose, especially prepared by a
homeopathic pharmacy in accordance with FDA approved
guidelines, can allay the "similar" suffering.
Samuel Hahnemann described this principle by using a Latin
phrase: Similia Similibus Curentur, which translates:
"Let likes cure likes." It is a principle that has been known
for centuries. Hahnemann developed the principle into a system
of medicine called homeopathy, and it has been used
successfully for the last 200 years.
Back up your personal files or send video
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Although I enjoy testing any new email client I can
get my hands on, I run Outlook 2003 at home. This
solid, no-nonsense program works better than ever.
But as we all know, even the best apps get better
with extra goodies. So, on tonight's "The Screen
Savers" I'll show you two invaluable Outlook
Personal Folders Backup (Outlook 2000/2002/2003)
Each Outlook .pst file contains your Outlook
folders, including your Inbox, Calendar, and
Contacts. You can have a single .pst file, usually
called Internet Folders or Personal Folders, in your
Folder list. You may also have an additional .pst
file used for archiving called Archiving Folders.
Folders Backup lets you back up any or all of these
.PST files at regular intervals, keeping all your
Outlook folders backed up and safe. You choose which
.pst files you wish to back up and specify how often
you want to back them up. Personal Folders Backup
can also remind you to back up your files
periodically, making it a giant organizational tool
for those who use Outlook heavily and have lots of
Once you back up your data, you can
copy them to CD or DVD. The backups are exact copies
of your original files, saved in the same file
Note: Personal Folders Backup
only backs up .pst files. If you have a Microsoft
Exchange Server mailbox, make sure your server admin
regularly backs up your server mailbox folders.
Video E-Mail (Outlook 2003)
Use a Web camera to send a video email to your
friends and family. Clearly, you'll only want to use
the tool with your real friends and family because
of the attachment properties. Think of how happy
grandma will be when she checks her inbox and finds
a video check-in from you! You won't even have to
call anymore. OK, maybe you'll still have to call.
I'm not a miracle worker, people.
The secret of carrier pigeons' uncanny
ability to find their way home has been discovered by
British scientists: The feathered navigators follow the
roads just like we do.
Researchers at Oxford University spent 10 years studying
homing pigeons using Global Positioning System (GPS)
satellites and were stunned to find the birds often don't
navigate by taking bearing from the sun.
Instead they fly along motorways, turn at junctions and
even go around roundabouts, adding miles to their
journeys, British newspapers reported.
"It really has knocked our research team sideways,"
Professor Tim Guilford said in the Daily Telegraph.
"It is striking to see the pigeons fly straight down the
A34 Oxford bypass, and then sharply curve off at the
traffic lights before curving off again at the
roundabout," he said. Guilford said pigeons use their own
navigational system when doing long-distance trips or when
a bird does a journey for the first time.
But when they have flown a journey more than once they
home in on an habitual route home. "In short it looks like
it is mentally easier for a bird to fly down a road...they
are just making their journey as simple as possible."
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CONSULATE GENERAL OF PAKISTAN (Press Wing) Jeddah
(Sohail Ali Khan,
Press Attaché, 7th Feb. 2004) Provincial Minister and Head of
Pakistani Haj delegation Dr Irfan Gul Magsi has welcomed the
decision of Saudi government to compensate the relatives or
legal heirs of those Pakistani Hajis who were died in Jamarat
Stampede on 10 Zul Hijja. Three persons related to the Haji
who died in stampede will perform Haj next year and all the
expenditure will be borne by the Saudi government . This was
disclosed by him while addressing a concluding press briefing
before his departure to Pakistan last night.
however, stressed the need to take immediate steps to avoid
occurrence of such tragic incidents in future. In his
recommendations on Haj 2004 , he would suggest to the Prime
Minsiter of Pakistan Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali to constitute
a Ulema Committee to suggest means to counter such incidents
and this Ulema committee should also benefit from the
experience of other countries, he added. We will share our
recommendations with Saudi Ministry of Haj also.
Dr Irfan Gul
Magsi who is heading Ministry for Auqaf, Ushr, and Relgious
Affairs in Government of Sindh informed journalists that he
would submit his report to Prime Minister this month and will
request for early beginning of Haj arrangements for Haj 2005.
Dr Irfan Magsi told that he and other members of Haj
delegation collected a lot of information on Haj arrangements
and also visited a number of camps and interacted with Hajis
coming from different parts of the country. He will
incorporate all these observations in his report and will
pinpoint the shortfalls in Haj Operations and suggest
measures to improve performance.
Dr Magsi said
that one of these suggestions would be to have a well
equipped media center in Haj operation where all
communication facilities like fax, internet connection and
computers will be available. These journalists will work to
ensure better services to Hajis and will interact with haj
delegation on daily basis and they will be provided briefing
on daily progress. He noted that provision of information to
the relatives of Hajis back home about their near and dear
ones is an essential part of Haj operation. He admitted that
facilities available to journalists were not sufficient and
need to be organized. Especially, on the occurrence of such
tragic incidents like Jamarat Stampede their role become very
important in transmitting facts as quickly and accurately as
question, Dr Irfan Gul Magsi appreciated the hospitality and
arrangements made by the Saudi Government for the welfare and
security of the hajis coming from all over the world. He
congratulated leadership of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for
ensuring welfare of Hajis and also lauded the announcement of
the Khadimul harmain Sharifain King Fahd to constitute a high
level committee to suggest measures for improvement in
facilities for Hajis in Makkah, Madinah and Mashair al
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Medical researchers contend that no disease ever
identified has been completely eradicated.
The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what
No one seems to know why people blush.
In 1972, a group of scientists reported that you
could cure the common cold by freezing the big toe.
The number one cause of blindness in the
States is diabetes.
The adult human heart weighs about ten ounces.
People who laugh a lot are much healthier than
those who don't. Dr. Lee Berk at the Loma Linda School of
Public Health in
found that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones, and
strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds have it best -
they laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh
15 to 100 times a day.
People who have a tough time handling the stress of
money woes are twice as likely to develop severe gum
disease, a new study finds.
Between 25% to 33% of the population sneeze when
they are exposed to light.
Of the 206 bones in the average human adult's body,
106 are in the hands and feet. (54 in the hands and 52 in
In 1815 French chemist Michael Eugene Chevreul
realized the first link between diabetes and sugar
metabolism when he discovered that the urine of a diabetic
was identical to grape sugar.
Approximately 16 Canadians have their appendices
removed, when not required, every day.
Sumerians (from 5000 BC) thought that the liver
made blood and the heart was the center of thought.
Men have more blood than women. Men have 1.5
gallons for men versus 0.875 gallons for women.
The first Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages were
three inches wide and eighteen inches long. You made your
own bandage by cutting off as much as you needed.
The human brain stops growing at the age of 18.
In 1977, a 13 year old child found a tooth growing
out of his left foot.
The Choices You Make
of the things that bring you down are of your own choosing.
You choose them because you assume there's nothing better
available to you, but there always is something better.
Many of the things that bring you down are just old habits
that you've never managed to break. You assume they are a
permanent part of you, but they are not.
Sure it takes some effort to find and make better choices. Yet
those choices are indeed there, and once you begin to find a
few, a whole lot more will suddenly pop into view.
Yes, it takes time and commitment to overcome a destructive
habit. Once you do it, though, you'll feel like you can take
on just about any challenge, and you'll be right.
Think about who you really are, and what you truly want to do
with your life. Let your best vision of who you are, and of
who you can be, guide the choices that you make every moment.
Life can be easy, haphazard and empty, or it can be focused,
directed and full. The choices you make will make you who you
choose to be.
Engr Iqbal Ahmed Khan
Ras Tanura, KSA
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Diabetes, Prevent Ageing
Diabetes is a subject very close to my heart. Having lost my
father prematurely to this chronic disease, I know from first
hand experience how crippling and destructive it really is. I
was shocked to read that more than a third of the population
born in 2000 will get diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, the type that
typically arises from overeating and a sedentary lifestyle,
accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases. If
diagnosed with diabetes at age 40, men will lose 11.6 years of
life and women will lose 14.3 years of life as a result of the
disease. However, there are simple solutions that will prevent
and even cure type 2 diabetes. By controlling excess
carbohydrate consumption and exercising, the body has to
normalize its blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, many are
offered a drug solution such as insulin injections for a
disease that can be prevented. Making changes in your life
will help to optimize your insulin levels. Blood sugar is only
the symptom in most diabetics so the real challenge is to
control your insulin levels. Once the insulin levels are
stabilized it is common for the blood sugar to come back to
normal levels. Exercise helps to combat Insulin resistance. By
increasing the sensitivity of insulin receptors so the insulin
that is present works effectively. Regular daily exercise can
be as simple as a brisk walk for 30 minutes, an invigorating
lunch-time swim or playing with children in the evening. Do
whatever you love doing, but gets active!
Exercise will not only make your insulin work harder, but it
will also reduce your body fat. It has been shown that lean
mammals live longer. Eating less produces fewer chemical
by-products, known as free radicals, which can damage cells
but leanness may also play a role in promoting longevity.
Recent research could result in a new drug that would fight
obesity, and related illnesses like type 2 diabetes, by
blocking insulin receptors in fat tissue. The drug would need
to be targeted to fat only, however, as a loss of insulin
sensitivity through out the body results in type 2 diabetes.
It appears that leanness is a key contributor to a long life,
with insulin being the main reason. If you can understand
insulin’s role in health, you can prevent diabetes, ageing and
You may high insulin levels, if you have:
Excess Weight - High Blood Pressure - High Blood Cholesterol -
Diabetes - High Insulin Levels (above 5)
You can control your insulin levels by the following:
1. Increasing your activity and/or exercise, as mentioned
above. Muscle works on the simple principle, if you don’t use
it, you lose it. A lean body will make you live longer and
help your body use insulin efficiently.
2. Reducing your intake of refined simple carbohydrates such
as white bread, cakes etc. These foods cause a surge in blood
sugar, which an alarm signal to the body to produce high
insulin to stabilities it. Blood sugar drops very quickly
which makes you even hungrier and so the cycle is repeated.
This results in a cycle of over-consumption that leads to
3. Eat foods that keep blood sugar stable, such as oily fish,
lean meat, porridge and high-fiber foods. Always try to eat
protein and/or fat with carbohydrates to dampen the insulin
response. Avoid eating unrefined carbohydrates on their own,
as this will just cause the blood sugar highs and lows as
4. Avoid excess consumption of caffeine in tea, coffee, soft
drinks. Caffeine also increases insulin levels, and if taken
with sweets and carbs, you are doubling the dangerous effect
of high blood sugar.
5. Try to prevent stress as much as possible. If you are
highly stressed, make sure you take time out to relax, so the
body can stabilize itself. Stress produces harmful hormonal
reactions in the body, which also cause high insulin levels,
so the cycles above continue. You may be wondering why a
simple thing like sugar can be the cause of so much disease. I
used to think this as well, because as a child, I loved eating
sweets as a reward for being a good girl? The immediate
reaction is that sugar tastes nice and sweet, so it must be
However, you have only to see how sticky it becomes,
especially when it becomes caramel or toffee. This is why it
is so toxic in the body. It literally sticks to proteins and
causes havoc to the cells in the body. High blood sugar is one
of most degenerative factors in disease and ageing. So the
answer is simple, prevent high insulin levels by controlling
your blood sugar and you will prevent diabetes, disease and
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DERAWAR FORT Cholistan
By S.A.J. Shirazi
historic Derawar Fort, enormous and impressive
structure in the heart of Cholistan desert, is
rapidly crumbling and if the immediate preventative
measures are not taken, the edifice will be
destroyed and the historians, researchers and
sightseers deprived of the view of the legacy of the
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The Spirit of Eid-Ul-Azha
Assalam-o-Aliakum. Dear ones, how are you? Ready, set, for
Eid-ul-Azha is a festival observed throughout the Islamic
world in celebration of Prophet Ibrahim's readiness to fulfill
Allah’s commandments and his desire to sacrifice everything
for God. During Eid-ul-Adha we remember the spirit of Prophet
Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and how he was willing to
sacrifice the person he loved, because it was Allah's command.
Allah asked Ibrahim to sacrifice his beloved son,
Ishmael …and the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) did not
even once think about questioning "why" or did not thought of
saying "no". Even the son, Hazrat Ismael (peace be upon him),
did not hesitate from fulfilling Allah’s command. They agreed
to do as Allah wanted; they trusted Him and had strong faith
in Allah. Hazrat Ibrahim tied a cloth around his eyes so as to
avoid the emotional feeling that might stop him from executing
Allah’s command, when he was to move knife on Ismael. Their
faith was rewarded and Allah spared the life of Hazrat Ismael
at the last moment. Just as the knife was coming down, Allah
descended a lamb in the place of Ishmael and that's what
Ibrahim actually sacrificed.
Eid-ul-Adha, is observed by slaughtering an animal like goat,
sheep, camel. The meat is divided into three equal parts and
each share is then distributing among relatives, friends and
the poor. This is the festival that gives poor Muslims the
treat to eat meat, which they are deprived of at their regular
meals because of the soaring prices of meat.
Eid-ul-Azha is the time for the renewal of our promise to
Allah that we shall be ready to sacrifice all we have for the
sake of the Allah Almighty. What is sacrifice... Is it just
slaughtering the goat, distributing meat & having BBQ? No.
Sacrifice is not just in the form of slaughtering animals or
giving out money to the poor.
Sacrifice by definition is the act of giving up something
valued for the sake of something more important or worthy.
When we ponder thoughtfully over to the concept of
sacrifice…we realize that the celebration of eid each year is
actually to enhance our spirit for incorporating the approach
of sacrifice in our every day life. It is every day matter. As
the hadith says Allah does not need the flesh and blood of the
animals you slaughter. It is our intention (niyat) that
matters and how we extend this mood of willingness to
sacrifice to our daily lives. We
daily come across situations full of choices and decisions…
and we all need to make some or the other sacrificial acts for
others everyday. Try to get the spirit on this eid and
to implement it all year around. You will feel the spiritual
comfort and peace as a blessing from Allah.
May Allah make us one of His beloved slaves and accept our
Mrs. Amna Tariq, Makkah
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