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On 16 Mar 2012 at Wekanda Jummah Masjid, Colombo 02

Transcribed to English by Brother Sameer Yunus (SLHub Team)
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Oh Muslims of Sri Lanka your motherland and mine is currently facing many challenges and obstacles from Western nations. At a crucial time like this every Sri Lankan voice must express loyalty to the land of our forefathers. This needs to be showcased for the entire world to see. At this point in history, where do we stand as Muslims?

Like the body, the brain is made entirely from molecules derived from food, air and water, so changes in these factors can directly affect our mental health. Here are some factors which have been found to help improve intellect.

This story about "Istighfar" (seeking forgiveness from Allah) is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated Sunni theologians, often referred to as the "Sheikh ul-Islam" or the "Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah."

ALLAAH said that his Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) said, And He feeds me and quenches my thirst and when I fall sick then He (Allaah) cures me. [Soorah Shu'araa:80]
Some scholars of Tafseer explain that there is a relation between what we eat and drink and falling sick since most people fall ill because of their diet. This could be a reason why Allaah mentioned that Ibrahim (peace be upon him) recognized that Allaah is the One who provides sustenance for us but that sickness is due to our own self and this is why sickness is mentioned after food and drink in this verse.

Patience is half of faith; for this is a quality composed of patience and gratitude (shukr). As one of the ancestors (salaf) has said: Faith is in two halves: one half patience, one half gratitude. And the Most High said: Indeed in that there are signs for each one who is patiently persevering and truly grateful [Surah Ibrahim: 5].

The great scholar Ibn al-Qayyim mentioned the numerous benefits of using the siwak (miswak) in his Prophetic Medicine, and said that it was a commonly-used and recommended act by the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi sasallam).
"If it were not that I would make it difficult for my community, I would order them to use the siwak before every time of prayer." (Bukhari, Jumu'a, 8)

Ibn al-Qayyim detailed the benefits of eating watermelon in his book "The Prophetic medicine." He said eating watermelon cleanses the body and helps to expel stones from the stomach (perhaps referring to kidney or gall stones), and is quicker to digest than cucumber. He also said that it is beneficial for a fever, and if ginger is added to it, it can also be used to treat a chill. He said that to gain the full health effects, it should be eaten in season, before a meal, as it has a cleansing effect upon the stomach and removes ailment from it.

Few things are more demanding than eliminating bad habits, since they are part of our daily routines and personality. It takes days of patience and practice to break old habits.

The findings of these new studies give more reasons why breastfeeding is beneficial for the long-term health of your baby. Ingredient in Breast milk Protects Babies' Intestines, Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that an ingredient in human breast milk protects and repairs the delicate intestines of newborn babies.

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