ETTIQUETTS OF EATING IN ISLAM

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The religion of Islam is a complete code of life. It is not limited to physical, spiritual and emotional areas; rather it gives teaching to all aspects of life and also tells how to fulfil one purpose. What is the purpose of human life? Islam gives a very clear vision that the purpose of human life is to worship the One True God ALLAH Almighty. It is a thing to understand that all our actions, deeds no matter how grand or how small or trivial, can be easily turned into worship. All actions that we do in the daily course of our life can be raised to the level of worship simply by remembering to praise ALLAH Almighty and to seek His pleasure.

Religion Islam makes remembrance so easy by giving us proper guidelines. It teaches us in a moderate and gentle way that life is given to us to worship ALLAH Almighty, and worship is the only meaning of human life. Even eating has manners and etiquette; Food plays vital role in our daily lives. Islam also gives great importance to Cleanliness and purity and it is an important part of religion Islam.

Not only a Muslim purifies and cleans himself before doing acts of worship but he must pay great attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of his bodies and his surroundings at all times. Our bodies are gift to us and living in filthy and dirty conditions causes so many dangerous disease and ill health. Therefore, before cooking or making food it is very important to be sure that the food, the food preparing area and the hands through a person is going to touch the food must be clean.

Muslims begin every action or task by mentioning the name of ALLAH Almighty, and so eating. It is very significant to keep in mind that Islam is a moderate way of life; we must not overindulge and also should not deprive ourselves of the delicious food that ALLAH Almighty has provided for us. Eating by using the right hand is one such etiquette and it is obligatory for Muslims to eat with their right hand unless there is a genuine reason such as injury or illness.

In situations where all are eating from common platters, taking the food that is near and directly in front of you is considered good manners. Reaching over other peoples and looking for the most delicious pieces of food that you want to eat can make others uncomfortable and it gives your bad impression or makes you appear to be greedy or ungrateful.  Part of the etiquette of food eating includes eating in moderation or limit and not overindulging in eating no matter how much appetizing the food is.

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BIBI HAJRA AND STATUS OF WOMEN IN ISLAM

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The status of Women in Islam can not be doubtful as Islam has given privileges and rights to women which they never had in any other religions. But still nowadays the most frequent attack on Islamic values and morals is to question the status of women in Islam. The status of women in Islam is unique and matchless does not have any resemblance with previous religions or systems. Let us talk about the status of women in Islam with view to the history of Safa and Marwa. Safa and Marwa are two hills near to Holy Kaaba in city Makkah. Muslims who perform the Hajj and Umrah should run between the hills of Safa and Marwa. This is in the memory of a mother’s sacrifice for her son.

The great woman was Bibi Hajra (May ALLAH Almighty be pleased with her). She was the wife of Hazrat Ibraheem (A.S). Bibi Hajra was the Mother of Hazrat Ismaeel (A.S). Bibi Hajra’s sacrifice took place when She was left alone with her baby Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) in the valley of city Makkah all for the sake of ALLAH Almighty.

Verse 14:37 of Holy Quran;

Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House, our Lord, that they may establish prayer. So make hearts among the people incline toward them and provide for them from the fruits that they might be grateful.

When Bibi Hajra became thirsty and Her Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) child also became thirsty. She started looking at her baby tossing in agony. She left him, for she could not bear looking at him, and found that the mountain of Safa was the nearest mountain. She stood on it and started looking at the valley enthusiastically so that she might see somebody, but She could not see anyone. Then she descended from Safa and when she reached the valley, she ran in the valley like a person in trouble and distress, till she crossed the valley and reached Marwa where she stood and started looking and expecting to see some water or someone help, but she could not see anybody. She repeated that act (running between Safa and Marwa) seven times. This act of running between the hills of Safa and Marwa by Bibi Hajra was so much loved by ALLAH Almighty that ALLAH has made running between Safa and Marwa obligatory for every man and Woman who performs Umrah and Hajj.

Verse 2:158 of Holy Quran;

Indeed, as-Safa and al-Marwah are among the symbols of ALLAH. So whoever makes Hajj to the House or performs ‘umrah – there is no blame upon him for walking between them. And whoever volunteers good – then indeed, ALLAH is appreciative and Knowing.

Today we drink from Zamzam water and it is ever flowing water, when you go for Umrah and Hajj. What a beautiful example of Status of women in Islam!!

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MONTH OF RAJAB

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The whole world is the creation of ALLAH Almighty, however, some places are considered more divine and sacred than others. For instance, prayers offered at Holy Makkah and Madina carry more significance and value than those offered at a normal and ordinary place. This is because few places are more sacred and close because of their origins or their history.

The Month of Rajab

In the same way, some months carry more significance and value than other months. For example, month of Rajab is considered more sacred. This is because of numerous reasons. The reasons are elaborated below.

The Significance of the month of Rajab

When the moon is sighted on the 1st night of Rajab, it is among the most blessed and sacred nights. During this night ALLAH Almighty accepts the supplications and prayers of His beings. The night is so blessed that Hazrat Ibna Soolki prayed to ALLAH Almighty to bestow him with death on the 1st night of Rajab.

According to Kitaabul Barkaat, individuals who fast (roza) on the 1st Thursday that arrives after the moon is seen will get or gain a place in Paradise (jannat) as a reward.

Furthermore, the Prophet (PBUH) says that,

“In Paradise (jannat) there is a canal named Rajab. Its water is whiter than milk, cooler than ice and sweeter than honey. The one who observes even a single fast in Rajab, he/she will be entitled to drink its water.”

The month of Rajab is so sacred that the Prophet (PBUH) said that if any Muslim woman or man observes fast (roza) for one day and spends the whole night worshipping ALLAH Almighty in the month of Rajab, ALLAH Almighty will write worshipping worth a year in his or her book of deeds and actions.

For all those peoples who cannot fast (roza) during the month of Rajab, they can give charity or bread to the poor and needy for every day of the month.

This shows that the month of Rajab is a sacred and blessed month that offers many rewards. As a Muslim, it is most excellent to take advantage of the blessings of this month.

Conclusion

The month of Rajab is a blessed month and a person should avail the opportunity to collect as many benefits as possible. Worshipping ALLAH Almighty during the month can help you in gaining tremendous rewards

Sometimes, people also learn Holy Quran during the month of Rajab to add more superior deeds in their deed book. It is a month during which ALLAH Almighty promises to listen to the prayers of his servants, forgive the sinners and reward those people who managed to repent on their sins. During this month of Rajab,

ALLAH Almighty also does not refuse any plea. Hence, being a Muslim, make sure you utilize this month to add more excellent deeds to your deed book.

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