Sunnas Re-Discovered by Non-Muslims

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From: "Just A Sunnah"-- by Yusuf Estes

Bismillah Rahman Raheem - Salam alaykum ya'll:
Question: "What is Wrong with Rivers in Paradise?"


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 yourself after using the toilet.
* Wash hands before and after you eat.
* Always eat with your right hand
* Don't eat until you are hungry.
* Never fill your stomach.
* Divide your stomach into three parts; 1 part food; 1 part for drink & 1 part for air.
* Always sit while you eat or drink
>All of this came to us over 1,400 years ago. Today we are so modern. Right? - Well, think about this:

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1) "Gardens beneath which, rivers flow" > Prescription for peace in the heart - say modern day experts.
Someone sent me emal making fun of Allah and Quran where Allah speaks of "rivers flowing under gardens." He says people in Jennah (Paradise) don't need gardens, rivers, couches to sit on or anything of the things Allah Speaks of in the Quran. He claims this proves Islam is wrong (aothubillah). Strange thing is when their "experts" on mental health and inner tranquility speak they, teach us about almost the same things.
READ: USA - Today, an article in on page 7D, Friday, June 6, 2003,: "Tranquility grows well in a garden." It says that Americans are awakening their inner transcendentalist with healing havens -- gardens designed to bring peace to the owner.
They call their "sanctuaries" "tranquility gardens." They picture a woman named Molly Matthews as a "horticultural therapist" and she is designing these "tranquil gardens" for people in California.
Look also at the terms they are using in the article: ".. sanctuaries, also known as "tranquility gardens"" and "Gardens have always been a safe haven and a place to renew" and ".. bring pleasure, and in times of uncertainty and stress.." also, "people are being more mindful of their surroundings.. looking outside and thinking, 'What can I do to make this my palace .. my oasis?'"
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 as though it was straight from the Quran in her theme of peaceful gardens, including "angels"; "jewelry"; "shells from beaches, layered on panels" and 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. (Could someone please give her dawah (invitation) to Islam?)

Now I have a question: "Why do they make fun of Allah and His Book when He tells us about His creation of the human beings? Yet when Ms. Matthews says it, USA TODAY has to quote it?

Only Allah Guides - and we ask for Guidance from Hims, ameen.

2) US Navy "discovers wudu!"

The United States Navy conducted a study 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) "Don't eat until you are empty - and don't eat until you are full." (Muhammad, *p)

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) "Always sit down when you eat!" Islam teaches us when, how and how much to eat.

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 quite 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!" "Daddy, Wake UP!"
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) TV "Exposes" Toilet Training - for Health Reasons

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.

But when Allah Almighty says it, they make fun and ridicule or call it a book of terrorism? May Allah guide us all, ameen.

We have a program planned for today, inshallah, to give dawah to the non-Muslims everywhere around the world. Pray for us and for Allah to guide them, inshallah.

In recent programs we have witnessed many people changing their minds about Islam and the Muslims and even standing up and making their shahadahs to enter Islam. This is only from Allah.

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 (the devil) separate your community).


Let us stay in touch and keep me informed of the dawah activities there, inshallah.

Jazakalah khair was Salam alaykum, Yusuf Estes National Muslim Chaplain Washington, DC - USA


#1 Marvi 2010-10-12 06:29
Assalam o alaikum wa rehmatullah wa barakatuh,
My lots and lots of duas are with u and people like you.. May Allah bless us with the success of this world and the world hereafter. Ameen
JazakAllah Khair

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