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Ali Asif Rasheed
Eng. Syed Ashfaque Mazhar
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Fasting is one of the best acts
of worship. It is mandated by Allah (SWT) to purify the soul
along with the practice of good deeds. Thus the fasting person
ought to be aware of acts or behaviors that may spoil his fast
so that he or she will attain the highest benefit physically
Fasting is not only restraining oneself from food, drink and
sex - that restrain only the mouth and the private parts.
Every limb (Jawarih) must be restrained. The tongue must
desist from slander and backbiting. The eyes must restrain
themselves from any unlawful look. The hand must not touch or
take what does not belong to it. The ears must not listen to
idle talk, gossip, lyrics and notes that contain obscene and
indecent things; the nose must fast also by not sniffing,
smelling unlawful things. The feet must fast by not going to
places where sinful acts are propagated. When you eat Sahuur
and Iftaar, make sure the food on the table has been obtained
lawfully. If the servant has observed the fast in these terms
and acted accordingly, he or she will have gained positively
by Ramadan and will receive the maximum reward.
Hence, fasting is a state of mind that transcends the physical
restraint. In a hadith by Abu Hurairah, the Messenger of Allah
(PBUH) said: "It is not fasting, just to restrain from food
and drink, instead the fast is to cease from idle talk,
obscenity, and should anyone insult or provoke you, or act
ignorantly towards you, respond to it by saying, 'I am
fasting, I am indeed fasting.'" (Ibn Khuzaimah)
In another citation reported by Abu Hurairah (RAA) the
Messenger of Allah, (PBUH), said: "He who does not stop from
false talk or stop from acting upon false talk, Allah will
have no need that he abstain from his food and drink." (Bukhari)
Again, in the same spirit, the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:
"Many an observer of fasting will not receive from his fasting
any reward but the pain of hunger, and many a night worshipper
will not receive any reward from his prayer but the loss of
sleep." (Nasaie and Hakim)
These three ahadith are evidence that the most important thing
in the eyes of the Lawgiver is not merely physically
restraining from the obvious food and drink, but the total
commitment of the servant's body and soul to the letter and
spirit of fasting. The curfew of the body and mind during the
state of fasting enables the person who has fasted in the true
spirit of Ramadan to have the necessary requirements to
withstand the turbulence of life for the next eleven
months.When the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said in the hadith,
"Allah will have no need..." (Bukhari), he was indicating the
depth or seriousness of this case. If you fail the test, Allah
will have no need that he abstained... in that test. If Allah
rejects the test, who else will accept it? Nobody! Hence, the
pain of hunger and the burning of thirst will go unrewarded.
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I have been working in
Saudi Arabia for around 20 Years. Two
years ago I built a house in Lahore. My
family is back home and I am still in
Saudi Arabia. Last week my wife got a
notice from Income Tax Department. She
consulted the lawyer and he says that
there has been some changes in Income
Tax Laws and now we need to Pay Income
Tax. Can you please advise of the
changes and what sort of Tax is to be
paid by expatriates ? Thanks & regards,
Ghulam Murtaza, Jeddah
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property in Income Tax
Ordinance, 2002. It is a long
standing provision of the law
that income tax is levied on
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rentals. Wealth tax on property
is now abolished. If one is
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income from property, income tax
is payable by expatriate at
greater rate he being
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Sepcial for Ramadan
- 200 g. gram flour, sieved (besan)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1level tsp. bicarbonate of soda
- 1 level tsp. cumin seeds
- 2-3 drops of Yellow food color
- about 300 ml warm water
- 6 large size green chilies
- 1 small onion, skinned and finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. tamarind juice
- 1 tsp. Red chili powder
- 1\2 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds, ground
- 2 tsp. chat masala
1. Place the gram flour and the remaining dry
ingredients and food color in a bowl. Pour in the water
gradually and beat to a smooth and thick paste. The
consistency should be like thick pancake batter. Leave aside
to rest for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare the stuffing. Mix together the
chopped onions, chili powder, salt, pomegranate seeds, chat
masala and tamarind juice. Wash and pat dry the chilies. Make
an incision on one side of the chili lengthwise and remove the
seeds. Stuff each chili with good amount of stuffing and keep
3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a karahai to smoking
point, then reduce the heat to medium.
4. Dip each chili into the batter and coat it
thoroughly with the better and then using your fingers lift it
out of the batter and at once drop them into the hot oil. Be
careful not to splash yourself with hot oil. Fry 2-3 chilies
at a time. (Don't try to fry too many at a time.) Fry for a
few minutes, then carefully turn them over. Fry the mirch
pakoras for 5-8 minutes to a crisp golden color, drain
thoroughly with a perforated slice. Then place them on
absorbent kitchen paper.
5. Sprinkle with chat masala.
6. Serve with
Podinay Ki Chutney
Sweet tamarind chutney
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balanced diet during Ramadan
Eat a wide variety of foods
-Make sure that your diet remains balanced and healthy during
this fasting period. Our bodies need at least 40 different
nutrients every day. The way to ensure variety, and with it a
well-balanced diet, is to select foods each day from each of
the five food groups:
Breads, cereals and other grain products
*Fruit and vegetables
*Meat, fish and poultry
*Milk, cheese and yoghurt
*Fats and sugars
-Small changes in your cooking, make healthy food
*Always trim off all excess fat before cooking
*Remove poultry skin before or after cooking
*Choose light meat (breast) instead of dark meat (leg, wing)
*Bake, grill or roast foods rather than frying
*Vegetables should be steamed or boiled with as little cream
or margarine as possible
*Fried and fatty foods
*Avoid taking in too much salt ,add sliced lemon or lemon
juice *Foods containing too much sugar
*Over-eating especially at sehri
*Too much tea at sehri
*Haleem is an excellent source of protein and is a
*Dates are excellent source of sugar, fibre, carbohydrates,
potassium and magnesium
*Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and
*Almonds are rich in protein and fibre with less fat.
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to all my Muslim brothers and sisters! May Allah Almighty,
forgive us, bless us and keep all of us healthy because health
is the biggest blessing, without it, nothing seems useful; no
fun at all, in life. Pray for your health and every body’s
health because Allah will accept all of our prayers in this
precious, holy month. “Oh! Dearest Allah, please, do forgive
Now let’s begin it. Sure you’ve heard many people saying that
I cannot see far clearly, maybe you’re one of them, and
actually these are the “nearsighted or myopic” people.
Nearsighted people have difficulty seeing any objects at a
distance, but they can see every thing, which is near to eyes,
such as reading material or sewing.
Symptoms and Signs
Nearsighted people often have headaches or eyestrain, and
might squint or feel fatigued when driving or playing sports.
Causes of nearsightedness
When we see any object, the light rays of that object focus on
our retina (the sensitive part of our eye) but in nearsighted
people same rays will not focus on retina but it’ll focus in
front of retina, because nearsighted people have longer
eyeball from the normal eyeball. Actually Nearsightedness is
usually hereditary problem, and appears in childhood. This
vision problem may stabilize at a certain point, although
sometimes it worsens with age.
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lenses or with surgery, depending on your vision problem, you
may need to wear your glasses or contact lenses all the time,
or only when you need distance vision, like driving, looking
at blackboard or watching television.
Nearsightedness easily correctible with glasses, contact
lenses or vision surgery. But in some rare cases where the
myopia is so severe it is considered “pathologic”. This kind
of problem typically develops by age of 12 in those, who have
an extraordinarily lengthened eyeball. This elongation of the
eyeball increases with age, and can result in a progressive
and severe loss of vision. Until now, doctors have not
succeeded in stopping this problem 100%. Eye doctors could
only prescribe the strongest possible glasses, and hope for
the best. Laser treatment is unreliable; in many cases it only
makes matters worse. So the best way to prevent any loss of
your vision, is to go to your doctor and get your eyes checked
Dr. Waseem Khan
OPHTHALMOLOGY Riyadh, KSA
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Reiki - Natural Healing
Happy Ramadan to all ! May Allah accept our fasts and
prayers and may He bless us all.
I would like to take the opportunity of this precious
month to promote the benefits of natural healing. Many of our
less fortunate brothers and sisters suffer from ailments that
make it difficult for them to fast. Some have to let go of the
privilege of fasting in order to continue the prescribed
allopathic regime. While I do not wish to interfere with the
allopathic treatment, I do want to highlight that especially
during the month of Ramadan, a sick person may find ‘solace’
in natural healing while at the same time, reaping the
spiritual and healthy benefits of fasting. I will state my
case with a few examples. A person suffering from body ache,
arthritis or rheumatism, etc., may not need to break his fast
in order to take pain killers. Aromatherapy offers a wide
variety of natural pain killers that require only topical
application. Additionally, Reiki healing also provides
effective pain relief while calming the body, mind and spirit.
For people who are addicted to starting off their day with
tea, coffee or some other form of nicotine intake, the first
three days of fasting can induce severe headaches.
Aromatherapy has a lot to offer to curb these headaches and
cravings. Essential oils like clary sage, lavender, peppermint
and eucalyptus, if diffused throughout the day, can render you
headache free or can at least reduce the severity of the
headache until it is time to break the fast and to re-program
the body to the new schedule. Optionally the topical
application of aromatic blends can also ease the headaches and
carry you through an active day without your regular
stimulants. Fifteen minutes of Reiki on various head positions
can help eliminate the headache without the necessity of
taking any medication.
For people suffering from less serious bacterial infections,
fasting becomes difficult for the time period requiring the
regular use of antibiotics. As I have written in the past and
as I continue to promote the antiseptic, antibacterial,
antiviral, antifungal and immune stimulating properties of
essential oils, I maintain that aromatherapy essential oils
are very capable of fighting infections and should be given a
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The Spirit in this Ramadan last through the Whole next
Assalam-o-alikum. Ramzan Mabrook. With the coming of the holy
month a sensual serenity in atmosphere can be felt. We,
ourselves, feel that special change and find ourselves more
inclined towards performing pious deeds and remembrance of
The reward of good deeds gets many folds in this holy month.
No wonder, people get so generous in Ramzan. It is observed
that everyone becomes giving, thoughtful, and bighearted. Why
should it be that we practice this value, so much emphasized
by our religion, only for one month in a year? Why do we not
exhibit this attitude in other months? Why cannot we be
practicing this every month of each year and every day
throughout the year? Why only in this month do we think about
the homeless, the poor and the hungry. Do we think that their
hunger and homelessness will magically go away after our one
day/one month help. There are 365 days in our year. What
considerations do we give to these issues throughout the year?
With such attitude aren’t we quite like the ones whom we call
the hypocrite. If (God forbid) one of us were among the
homeless or hungry, would we not wish for someone to reach out
to us on more than just one day a year.
Those who have much say they have no time. They lead very
busy, occupied lives. Among these “They” many of us fall too.
We have no time because of priorities we have made for
ourselves. Sadly, these priorities do not include those who
truly do need our help. Those who have enough for a day think
to store surplus for the month. Those who have sufficient for
month save for year and then this greed makes them stock for
years and ultimately this concern goes for their generations
to come. If we could spare a morsel to feed one starving
mouth, it would not empty our stocks but would surely save one
of our fellow-being from the clutches of starvation. The Holy
Prophet (peace be upon him) and his family were most
charitable. Once some meat came as gift to Prophet’s wife.
Soon a beggar came by and she handed all to him, while she had
noting for herself and family. They spent months with little
or negligible food but never accumulated the so many gifts
that they received. They always gave them to the needy.
So let this ramzan be special one that turns you into a
charitable human being for all years to come. May Allah give
guide us. Ameen! Ms. Amna Tariq Makkah
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