Saturday, 21 January 2012

10 Common Medications your Child Should Never Take.

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Parents want to do everything they can to help their sick child feel better, but they need to be very careful about giving them medications. Many medicines are made for adults only and never should be given to a young child or baby. Even some medications specifically made for children can be dangerous if given improperly or in the wrong dosages. Before giving any medicine to your kids, please review these 10 common medications your child should never take.

  1. Aspirin – The number one medication to avoid using for kids is aspirin since it’s been linked to Reye’s syndrome. Although most parents know this, they may not be aware of all the products that contain aspirin. Check the ingredients of all medications before giving them to children to make sure they don’t contain aspirin.
  2. Vicks – A common home remedy to relieve congestion in infants was to put Vicks on the baby’s feet or chest. This is no longer recommended for kids under 2 since several children ended up in the hospital with respiratory problems. Never put Vicks around a child’s nose or let them swallow it because it can harm their eyes and is poisonous.
  3. Antihistamines – Many cold medicines contain antihistamines like diphenhydramine or loratidine that have been found to be ineffective for treating cold symptoms in children. Why give your kids something that could cause more harm than good? You should only give children antihistamines if they are prescribed by your pediatrician for allergies.
  4. Sudafed – This common decongestant has also been found to be ineffective for relieving cold symptoms in children. Since Sudafed has no proven benefit for common viral illnesses, it’s generally not worth the potential side effects of irritability, restlessness and nervousness.
  5. Cough medicines – Coughing is how a body clears out the lungs, so cough suppressants are never a good idea for children. You’re much better off treating the underlying cause of the coughing than trying to stop it. You should always check with a doctor before giving your child a cough medicine.
  6. Pepto-Bismol – This common remedy for stomach discomfort and diarrhea should never be given to young children since it contains aspirin. Using Pepto-Bismol to relieve vomiting or diarrhea can definitely do more harm than good.
  7. Alka-Seltzer – Another product that contains aspirin is Alka-Seltzer, so your child should never take this medication. The information on the box clearly indicates that it’s not recommended for children under the age of 12.
  8. Sleeping pills – Most sleeping pills and PM medications contain diphenhydramine which, as previously noted, is not recommended for children. Although this antihistamine is commonly used to cause drowsiness, in children it can have the opposite effect and cause them to become restless, irritable and have difficulty sleeping.
  9. Antibiotics – Although antibiotics have been routinely prescribed for viral infections, the risk can outweigh the benefits. They will not cure or shorten the duration of the illness and overexposure to antibiotics has lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.
  10. Pseudoephedrine – This nasal decongestant is a common ingredient in children’s cough and cold medications and is not recommended for children under the age of 2. Pseudoephedrine has never been shown to have any beneficial effect yet it can have significant harmful effects.

Parents should read labels of all OTC (over the counter) medications for the recommended children’s dosages. They will clearly state which drugs are intended for adults and not for children under the age of 12. Also check the ingredients listed to make sure they don’t contain aspirin or any of the other medications that can be dangerous to children. Kids will get sick, but it’s important to remember that common illnesses are only temporary. It’s much better to be safe than sorry and give your child something that will only make them feel worse.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


Melons are a popular summer fruit and are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and they contain minerals which help the body to use its natural fluids more effectively. They are excellent for maintaining hydration in hot weather.

Melons, in particular, watermelon is cold and moist and has a cooling effect on the body. It is therefore extremely beneficial if it is eaten during hot weather. It is also particularly good at helping to alleviate symptoms for illnesses which relate to the digestive and urinary tracts as it is considered to be a potent cleanser. It is also associated with reducing the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

The consumption of Musk Melon with fresh dates can be traced directly to Sahih Hadith.

It is recorded that our Mother A'ishah (radhi Allahu anha) narrated, "The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to eat melon with fresh dates, and he used to say: "The heat of the one is broken by the coolness of the other, and the coolness of the one by the heat of the other.""Classed as Hasan by Al Albani - Sunan Abi Dawood Book 27, Hadith 3827

Musk melon can be grown organically in the UK in a heated greenhouse or outside in the garden in a tunnel -

Find out more about the benefits of Dates by clicking here.

Amongst the numerous benefits of rmelons, these below have been specifically recorded in the works of Ibn al Qayyim (rahimullah) with regards to the Prophetic Medicine;
  • It facilitates the hydration of the body and brain, helping to quench the thirst.
  • It eases constipation.
  • It helps to expel bladder and kidney stones.
  • It helps to cleanse the stomach of ailments just as vomiting does.
  • It purifies the vision.
  • It increases the level of spinal fluid.
  • It helps those suffering from inflamed haemorrhoids.
  • It helps reduce the symptoms of the common cold.

Watermelons (and other types of melons) are an excellent nutritious food for women whilst they are pregnant.

Studies have found that the consumption of watermelon can reduce the risk of certain cancers. Research carried out in Korea found that men with a high intake of watermelon, along with other fruit, had a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Another study found that those who consumed watermelon, along with other foods high in carotenoids, had a lower risk of prostate cancer.

Watermelon is most beneficial when it is eaten in season and at room temperature. Though if watermelon is to be served chilled, any possible harm resulting from the coldness of it on the stomach can be balanced by adding ginger to one’s meal.

It is best to eat watermelon before a meal or in the mornings for breakfast.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Healthy Sleeping etiquettes from the Sunnah.

Sleep is just as important to maintaining a healthy body and mind as diet and exercise, and just as some diets can be unhealthy, some types of sleep can also be.

The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) did not oversleep or deprive his body of necessary sleep, making his method in this regard the most perfect. He used to sleep when sleep is warranted and would lay on his right side and remember Allah in supplication until sleep overwhelmed his eyes. In addition, his body would not be burdened with overeating or overdrinking. He neither slept on the bare floor, or on high beds. Rather, he had mats made of leaves, used to lean on a pillow and would sometimes place his hand under his cheek.

It is accepted by most physicians that a good night's sleep should last anywhere between 4 and 8 hours for those that have reached the age of maturity (baligh). Anything longer than this may be considered excessive.

Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad (may Allaah have mercy on him) said, “There are two qualities that harden the heart: sleeping too much and eating too much.” Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimullah) also said, “As for the five things that corrupt the heart, they are those that are referred to: mixing excessively with people (so as to gossip and talk a lot), wishful thinking (daydreaming), being attached to anything other than Allah, eating one’s fill, and sleeping a lot.” These five are the greatest corrupters of the heart.

Sleeping too much deadens the heart, makes the body heavy and overweight, makes one lazy in worship and slow in thinking, wastes time, and generates a great deal of carelessness and laziness. Some of it is very Makrooh and some is physically harmful; oversleeping brings no benefit to the body.

At the same time, sleeping too little is also unhealthy as Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Safaareeni (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “It is not right to resist sleep a great deal and stay up late often. Resisting and avoiding sleep will lead to other problems such as bad moods, muddled thinking, and exhaustion that prevents one from understanding and working properly, and it can lead to many fatal illnesses.”

Creation is based on balance and whoever adheres to moderation has achieved all goodness in sha’Allah.

Here in this post I have used the guidance of the Qur’an and Sunnah to collect evidence which highlights the impact of correct and incorrect sleeping etiquettes on mental and physical health.

Better quality sleep.

There are some important points in daily life and prior to sleeping that need to be focused on;

Heavy meals in the evening should be totally avoided, as should drinking caffinated drinks before bed (like tea, coffee, cola etc). The last meal of the day should be a light one and it should be taken at least two hours before sleep.

We should all have a regular sleeping habit. One of the conditions for enjoying quality sleep is to sleep and wake up at the same hours. It is particularly important to have regular sleep on week days. The disruption of this regularity at the weekend is one of the stumbling blocks standing in the way of a quality sleep.

One should lie on the right side. Lying flat on one’s back or lying prone can bring certain problems. Snoring or interruption of respiration only occurs while lying flat on one’s back.

The most suitable position for sleeping is to turning to the right side. A person unconsciously moves and changes position 10 or 15 times during his or her sleep as a result of Allah's Divine Mercy.

Here, one remembers the verses of the Holy Qur’an about the sleeping positions of the “people of the cave” as Allah the Beneficent says,

"We caused them to turn over to the right and the left..." 
(Surah al Kahf 18:18).

Moreover lying on one’s right is also the tradition of Allah's Beloved Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Conducting Wudhu (ablution) before sleeping.

Doing Wudhu (ablution) before going to sleep is one of the things which is highly recommended.

A hadith was narrated to this effect, in which the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “When you go to bed, do Wudhu’ as for prayer.” (Narrated in al-Bukhari, 247; and in Muslim 2710).

Ibn Hajar said, “The apparent meaning is that it is recommended for everyone who wants to go to sleep to renew his Wudhu, even if he already has Wudhu. It may be interpreted as applying only to the one who has broken his Wudhu.”

The supplication which Rasool'Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) taught us to recite;

Al-Bara 'bin 'Azib (radhi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to me, "Whenever you go to bed perform ablution like that for the prayer, lie or your right side and say, "Allahumma aslamtu wajhi ilaika, wa fauwadtu amri ilaika, wa alja'tu Zahri ilaika raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. La Malja' wa la manja minka illa ilaika. Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta wa bina-biyika-l ladhi arsalta" (O Allah! I surrender to You and entrust all my affairs to You and depend upon You for Your Blessings both with hope and fear of You. There is no fleeing from You, and there is no place of protection and safety except with You O Allah! I believe in Your Book (the Qur'an) which You have revealed and in Your Prophet (Muhammad) whom You have sent). Then if you die on that very night, you will die with faith (i.e. or the religion of Islam). Let the aforesaid words be your last utterance (before sleep)." I repeated it before the Prophet and when I reached "Allahumma amantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta (O Allah I believe in Your Book which You have revealed)." I said, "Wa-rasulika (and your Apostle)." The Prophet said, "No, (but say): 'Wanabiyika-l-ladhi arsalta (Your Prophet whom You have sent), instead."
Sahih Al Bukhari Volume 1, Book 4, Number 247

Al-Nawawi said, “If a person has Wudhu, that is sufficient for him, because the point is to go to sleep having Wudhu, lest he die in his sleep, and so that his dreams will be more true, and so that the shaytaan will be less likely to play with his dreams and terrify him.”

Best times of the day or night to sleep.

According to Ibn Qayyim (rahimullah), the closer sleep is to either the very beginning or the end of the day, the less beneficial it is and the more harmful, especially sleeping between As'r and Maghrib, and sleeping at the very beginning of the day (before the sunrise), except in the case of one who has stayed up late and is overwhelmed with sleep.

The best and most beneficial times of the night to sleep is during the first half of the night (immediately after Ishaa) and this is the best sleep according to experienced Hakeems. In their view, anything more or less than that will have a proportionately detrimental effect on the body.

A kind of sleep that is of no benefit is sleeping straight after sunset, until the twilight has disappeared (Maghrib). The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) disliked sleeping at this time, therefore it is considered makrooh according to Shari’ah and is naturally disliked.

Some of the Salaf (Companions of the Holy Prophet) disliked sleeping after the Faj’r prayer.

The practice of the Blessed Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and his Companions after praying Faj’r (the time between early dawn and sunrise) was to remain sitting in the place where they had prayed until the sun rose, as is reported in Sahih Muslim (1/463) in the hadith of Sammaak ibn Harb, who said, “I asked Jaabir ibn Samurah, ‘Did you used to sit with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)?’ He said, ‘Yes, frequently. He would not get up from the place where he had prayed until the sun rose. When the sun rose, he (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would get up. They used to talk about things that had happened during the Jaahiliyyah, and they would laugh and smile.’”

As far as a person’s sleeping after praying Faj’r is concerned, no text (from either the Qur’an or hadith) has been reported to indicate that this is prohibited, so the general principle applies (i.e., everything is permitted except that which has been expressly forbidden).

It is important to note however, that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) asked his Lord to bless his Ummah in the mornings, as is reported in the hadith of Sakhr al-Ghaamidi, who said, “The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “O Allah, bless my Ummah in the mornings.’ Whenever he sent out troops or an army, he would send them at the beginning of the day.’” Sakhr was a trader, and he used to send out his caravans at the beginning of the day, and he did very well as a result and made money.” (Reported by Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah, with an isnaad in which there is some jahaalah (i.e., one narrator is unknown); corroborating evidence is to be found in a hadith narrated by ‘Ali, Ibn ‘Umar, Ibn ‘Abbaas, Ibn Mas’ood and others, may Allaah be pleased with them all.)

For this reason some of the Salaf disliked the idea of sleeping after Fajr. Ibn Abi Shaybah reported in his Musannaf (5/222, no. 25442) with a saheeh isnaad from ‘Urwah ibn al-Zubayr that he said: “Al-Zubayr used to forbid his children to sleep in the morning.” ‘Urwah said: “I do not hear of any man who sleeps in the morning, but I lose interest in that person.”

In summary then, people should make the most of this time which can bring many benefits and blessings in this world and in the Hereafter, but if a person sleeps at this time to gain strength to do his work, there is nothing wrong with this, especially if it is not easy for him to sleep at any other time of the day.

Ibn Abi Shaybah reported in his Musannaf (5/223, no. 25454) from the hadith of Abu Yazeed al-Madeeni who said, “Umar came to Suhayb one morning and found him sleeping, so he sat down until he woke up. Suhayb said, ‘The Ameer al-Mu’mineen is sitting in his place and Suhayb is sleeping!’ ‘Umar said to him, ‘I did not like to disturb your sleep that could be beneficial for you.’”

What to recite before sleep.

The best things to recite before sleeping are Ayat ul Kursi and the following three Surah’s of the Holy Qur’an three times each;

Surah Al-Ikhlaas (112)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Say: He is Allah, the One!
Allah, the eternally Besought of all!
He begetteth not nor was He begotten.
And there is none comparable unto Him.

Surah Al-Falaq (113)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak.
From the evil of that which He created;
From the evil of the darkness when it is intense.
And from the evil of malignant witchcraft.
And from the evil of the envier when he envies.

Surah An-Naas (114)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind.
The King of mankind.
The God of mankind.
From the evil of the sneaking whisperer.
Who whispers in the hearts of mankind.
Of the jinn and of mankind.

Then blow into cupped hands, thereafter wiping on the body three times, starting at the front of the body with the head as reported in Al Bukhari;

The other very effective prayer formula is Ayat ul Kursi;

Ayat ul Kursi (from Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 255)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal.
Neither slumber nor sleep overtake Him.
Unto Him belong whatsoever is in the Heavens and whatsoever is in the Earth.
Who is he that can intercede with Him save by His leave?
He knows that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He wills.
His Throne includes the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them.
He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.


It was narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudri (radhi Allahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, "If while you are praying, somebody intends to pass in front of you, prevent him; and should he insist, prevent him again; and if he insists again, fight with him (i.e. prevent him violently e.g. pushing him violently), because such a person is (like) a devil." Narrated Muhammad bin Sirin: Abu Huraira said, "Allah's Apostle put me in charge of the Zakat of Ramadan (i.e. Zakat-ul-Fitr). Someone came to me and started scooping some of the foodstuff of (Zakat) with both hands. I caught him and told him that I would take him to Allah's Apostle." Then Abu Huraira told the whole narration and added "He (i.e. the thief) said, 'Whenever you go to your bed, recite the Verse of "Al-kursi" (2.255) for then a guardian from Allah will be guarding you, and Satan will not approach you till dawn.' " On that the Prophet said, "He told you the truth, though he is a liar, and he (the thief) himself was the Satan."
Sahih Al Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 495

Keeping the Awrah covered.

It is not recommended to sleep naked, even when sleeping in the same bed as one’s spouse or if the whole body is coved by a blanket.

According to the Islamic Scholars, the Awrah must be covered in all circumstances except when it is necessary to uncover it, such as when bathing, having marital relations, relieving oneself, etc. But when there is no reason, the awrah must remain covered, even for young babies and the elderly, because of the report narrated by Bahz ibn Hakeem from his father, from his grandfather, who said: “O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), what should we do about our awrahs?” He said, “Guard your awrah except from your wives and those whom your right hand possesses (concubines).” He asked, “What about when a man is with another man?” He said, “If you can manage not to let anyone see it, then do that.” He asked, “What if one of us is alone?’ He said, “Allah is more deserving that you should feel shy before Him.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2769, and Ibn Majah, graded as Hasan by Darussalam).

Based on the above, it is not permissible for Muslims to sleep with no clothes on that would cover their awrahs, whether they are sleeping with or without their spouses. This is particularly true for ladies.

It is Sunnah to dust off the bed before sleeping.

It is highly recommended to dust down the bed before lying down on it. It can be dusted down with the edge of one’s garment, or with something else, like a small towel or piece of cloth.

Al-Bukhari (6320) and Muslim (2714) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (radhi Allahu anhu) said, “The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “When one of you goes to his bed, let him dust off his bed with the inside of his lower garment, for he does not know what came onto it after he left it. Then let him say ‘Bismika Rabbee wada’tu janbi wa bika arfa’uhu wa in amsakta nafsi farhamhaa wa in arsaltahaa fahfazhaa bimaa tuhfaz bihi ‘ibaadika al-saaliheen’ (In Your name, my Lord, I lie down, and in Your name I rise. If You should take my soul then have mercy on it, and if You should return my soul then protect it as You protect Your righteous slaves).”

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Sharh Muslim, “The ‘inside of his lower garment’ means its edge. What is meant is that it is recommended to dust down his bed before lying on it, lest there be a snake, spider or scorpion or other harmful thing on it. And he should dust it down with his hand covered by the edge of his lower garment, lest something bad happen to his hand if there is anything there.”

Never sleep on the stomach.

The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) expressly forbade people from sleeping on their stomachs as it is the same way in which the dwellers of Hellfire will lie.

Ya’eesh ibn Tihfah al-Ghifaari reported that his father said, “I stayed as a guest with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) with those of the poor of whom he hosted. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) came out in the night to check up on his guests, and saw me lying on my stomach. He prodded me with his foot and said, ‘Do not lie in this manner, for it is a way of lying that Allah hates.’” According to another report, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) prodded him with his foot and woke him up, and said, “Do not lie like this, for this is how the people of Hell lie.” (Reported by Ahmad, al-Fath al-Rabbaani, 14/244-245; by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2798, Shaakir edn.; and by Abu Dawood, al-Sunan, Kitaab al-Adab, no. 5040, al-Da’aas edn. Also reported in Sahih al-Jaami’, 2270-2271).

It is also advised never to put babies and toddlers to sleep on their stomachs. Regardless of what conventional western medicine mentions on the topic, this method of sleeping increases the risk of cot death and childhood allergies.

The Beloved Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) left no good thing but he told us about it and left no evil thing but he warned us against it.


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