(compare the following article about "Horticultural Therapy" to the 'Paradise' in Quran)
Modern Science & Medicine Prove:
Islam: Still The Best Medicine!
- Yusuf Estes
We would like to call attention to an article written here in the U.S.A - some time back, actually on Friday, June 6, in 2003.
The story is entitled - "Tranquility grows well in a garden."
This article states Americans are awakening their "inner transcendentalist with healing havens" -- gardens designed to bring peace to the owner.
They call their "sanctuaries" by a new name - "tranquility gardens."
The picture in the article shows a woman named Molly Matthews as a "horticultural therapist" and she is designing these "tranquil gardens" for people in California (where else?).
Anyway, take a look at some of the terms used in the article...
"Gardens have always been a safe haven and a place to renew"
".. bring pleasure, and in times of uncertainty and stress.."
"people are being more mindful of their surroundings.. looking outside and thinking, 'What can I do to make this my palace .. my oasis?'"
And the so-called horticultural therapist says...
"You need to be away from the cement, which is numbing to people."
She goes on to include many things straight from the Quran in her theme of peaceful gardens, including...
"angels"; "jewelry"; "shells from beaches, layered on panels..
She even suggests... "man-made ponds"...
Her instructions for a "tranquility garden" include:
"Select a SACRED area... in green space, add COMFORTABLE SEATING"; "colorful and fragrant flowers"; "Embellish with calming elements - water and wind are sensory... soothing"; "Top choices... birdbaths, wind chimes and small water fountains."
Quote: "It's important to feel like you're in an EDEN, a sanctuary." -- Molly Matthews, horticultural therapist.
Now - Here is our question:
Why is it when Ms. Matthews says it, it makes USA Today news?
But when Allah Almighty says it, they make fun and ridicule or call it a book of terrorism?
Can you believe it?
Doctors and scientists - turning to the teachings of Islam for answers to complicated questions on the origin of life, human development and even space travel - but then call it by some other name and claim they have "discovered" something new?
Think about these proofs from the sunnah (way of Muhammad as examples for all humans) for instance:
Allah's messenger, Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught us over 1,400 years ago:
* Always wash your hands, wrists, arms, face, etc., after using the toilet.
* Wash hands before and after you eat.
* Always eat with your right hand (use your left hand for dirty and impure things and the right hand for eating, drinking and shaking hands).
* Don't eat until you are hungry.
* Never fill your stomach.
* Divide your stomach into three parts; one for food; one for drink; and one for air.
* Always sit while you are eating or drinking.
This was 1,400 years ago. Today we are so modern. Right? Well, think about this:
1) Public television aired a program dealing with the epidemic level of the spread of hepatitis B, sometime back. They proved that it was largely due to those who were food handlers in fast food restaurants. The workers were not washing their hands after going to the toilet. They would handle the food with filth from the toilet still one their hands. Other programs exposed the fact that office workers were spreading many diseases that could have been avoided by washing their hands after using the toilet as well. In one example, tests were conducted on keyboards of computers, telephone receivers and other things that were touched and shared on a regular basis in a large office complex. The study showed that many germs and even fecal matter (human waste) was found everywhere in the office and even in the air that they were breathing. Emphasis was on the fact that the people were not washing themselves after going to the toilet.
2) In a study done by the United States Navy during the time of the Clinton administration, they wanted to determine the effects of cleaning and washing after using the toilet. On one ship every single person (around 200 or so, if I remember correctly) were commanded to wash before and after going to the toilet and before eating, etc. The findings? Very clearly, the evidence showed that these men had a definite decline in sickness, headaches, colds, diseases and no mention of any hepatitis at all.
3) There is a series on TV about how they only now are discovering the only way to insure longevity (long life) is not related so much to what you eat, but rather: how much you eat. They are calling for smaller portions; not to eat until you are hungry; not to fill your stomach; even telling people to begin by cutting the amount they eat -- in HALF.
4) Many people, even Muslims today, are saying things against the sunnah of Muhammad, peace be upon him. Some say it is not valid today. Others claim they don't see any value in it or that it is something not important and some are even making fun of his way and his teachings as though this is something old fashioned and outdated. (Aouthubillah).
Yet, when the same thing is coming from a non-Muslim doctor in Washington, DC... I'll let you decide about this one:
One night while driving home very late, from a fundraiser in Virginia, I was very tired. So, while waiting for a light to turn green, I laid my head on the steering wheel. When the light turned green, my little daughter started tapping my shoulder and saying, "Daddy, wake up!" "Daddy, you have to drive." I said, "I'm too tired." She then turned on the radio in the car very loud in an effort to wake me up. There was a man's voice saying, "Never stand up when you eat or drink." He continued; "Never, ever stand up when you eat or drink; always sit down while eating and drinking." By now, I was wide awake and driving again. I thought, "Who could be talking like this?" This was sounding like Muslim preachers telling their followers to emulate the prophet, peace be upon him, in sitting while you eat and being careful of your eating habits; not to fill your stomach; always wash your hands. The voice on the radio continued, "If you knew the damage that you are doing to your body by standing while you eat, you would never do it." He then began to name the various parts of the body that are effected by standing rather than sitting while you eat, "Your esophagus, the stomach, kidneys, liver, etc." He was a doctor and he said, "Most of the operations would not be necessary if people would only SIT DOWN WHEN THEY EAT OR DRINK."
Interesting, isn't it?
Of course, now if we were to sit while we eat and take small portions and not eat to our fill, we would have to ask ourselves the question, "Am I doing this for Allah and His messenger, peace be upon him, or am I doing it for my health?"
5) I received an email that was trying to make fun of what Allah mentioned in the Quran about "gardens underneath which rivers flow" in the Paradise. They were saying that it did not make any sense for people to need gardens in Heaven nor did they need rivers, nor fragrances, nor couches to sit on, nor any of the things referred to in conjunction with such teachings. They were ridiculing these references in Quran and claimed it proves Islam is wrong. (Aouthubillah)
When we visited the university of Curacao near South America, 135 people accepted the truth of Islam and stood up for shahadah (it's on video at www.WatchIslam.com) And while we were in Flint, Michigan, (2 shahadahs); Merrillville, Indiana (1 shahadah); Chicago, Illinois for two separate nights (2 more shahadahs).
Then in North Carolina, many more stood up for shahadah when we did an open house there. Hundreds and hundreds of Muslims are coming out for the events, but the problem is that they are only bringing one or two non-Muslims to attend this things. I pray that Allah will guide us all to do our jobs, before it is too late. Ameen.
Keep up your dawah efforts there and make sure that you hold fast to the rope of Allah (don't let the shayton separate your community).
Proof: TV - Modern Doctors, Therapists - Sunnah & Quran - ISLAM is Haqq (truth)
Well? Did you make the connection between what "Modern Day Experts" are saying about getting their "Jennah" on earth and what Quran is teaching the Muslims about the tranquility in Paradise?
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