Saturday, May 27, 2017

Surah Hud Chapter 11 Verse 9, 10 , 11

Friday, May 26, 2017

Fasting - An Islamic Perspective

Fasting in the month of Ramadaan is one of the Pillars of Islam.

Fasting in Islam means abstaining from eating drinking, smoking, allowing anything to enter in the body and sexual Intercourse, from the break of dawn until sunset. 

However fasting does not only mean refraining from eating and drinking. Fasting is prescribed on us so that we may achieve Taqwa (Piety, Consciousness of Allah, Fear of Allah)

Allah the Most High said:
“O you who believe, fasting is prescribes for you as it was prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you that you may achieve Taqwa (Piety, Consciousness of Allah, Fear of Allah) [Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 183)
 Aboo Umaamah said: I came to Allaah’s Messenger (pbuh) and asked, “Instruct me to do something which will put me in paradise,” and he replied, “You should fast for there is nothing equal to it.” When I came to him a second time, he said, “You should fast.”
Collected by Ahmad and an-Nasaa’ee [Saheeh Sunan an-Nasaa’ee, vol. 2, Hadidth no. 2099.]
(The Narrator: Aboo Umaamah: Aboo Umaamah’s actual name was Sudayy ibn ‘Ajlaan and he was among the companions who narrated many sayings of the Prophet (pbuh).

The reason for the superiority of fasting over other deeds is that riyaa (show off) does not take place in it as easily as it does in other deeds. Other deeds require actions while fasting requires intention
which is normally hidden from people.

Fasting of the Heart
The understanding of fasting among most people is to abstain from food, drinks and sexual intercourse from sunrise to sunset. That is fasting according to the letter of the law (Sharee‘ah). But the meaning of fasting and its goal and the greatness of fasting lies in the heart fasting from evil and
abandoning the corruptions of pride and jealousy.
It is sad to mention that some people although they pray and fast but their hearts are hardened, they don't speak truth, they are involved in haram business and riba as well as they do not estabilish good family relations.
So fasting in the month of Ramadan is a way to train people to improve themselves and the diseases of their hearts. Among the signs of the righteous in Ramadaan is the smile, good character, gentleness, visiting, returning greetings and maintaining good family relations.
For the heart to fast from false pride and vanity a person should be down to hearth and have to protect himself from arrogance and attitude.

Surah Hud Chapter 11 Verse 6

Monday, May 22, 2017

Surah Hud Chapter 11 Verse 3

Understanding The Basic Workup Done For Infertility

Infertility is defines as the failure to conceive after 1 year of unprotected intercourse in women under 35 years of age and after six months in women 35 or older
The workup for infertility begins with the clinical history and examination.

The ability of a couple to become pregnant depends on normal fertility in both the male and female partners and so both must be evaluated.
Although a variety of tests are available for evaluating female infertility, it may not be necessary to have all of these tests. Doctors usually begin with a medical history, a thorough physical examination, and some preliminary tests.

Medical History :
A woman's past health and medical history may provide some clues about the cause of infertility. Following questions are usually asked during the history:
  • Age at which menses started.
  • The duration of menstrual cycle and if its regular or not.
  • Any pain during periods / intercourse
  • Frequency of sexual intercourse
  • any history of illness /surgeries in the past
  • Any medications which the patient might be taking.
  • Any children from previous relationships (if any)
A physical examination usually includes a general examination, with special attention to any signs of hormone deficiency or signs of other conditions that might impair fertility. The points that are noticed include:
  • Pallor for anemia
  • Acne, excessive facial hair
  • Breast development
  • Pelvic examination for any masses. 
After a detailed clinical history and examination , doctor may need some basic investigations to find out the cause for infertility. These tests are explained below: 

1. Blood test for hormones: FSH, LH, estradiol, prolactin & AMH are done on day 1-3 of the menstrual cycle. 
FSH- Follicle stimulating hormone is one of the most important hormones in the normal menstural cycle. It helps in producing mature eggs by stimulating the ovaries. If the ovaries are not working and the eggs are not developing, the body response is to increases FSH production.
LH- Luteinizing hormone, again an important hormone that helps an egg to grow and be released once mature. 
The time when the egg is released from the ovary it is called ovulation. Ovulation can be tracked by urine testing strips which detect a rise in LH at the time of ovulation. 
Estradiol-is tested to check the quantity and quality of egg production. 
Prolactin- hormone is normally responsible to produce milk for breast feeding.This hormone naturally prevents conception by inhibiting ovulation in breast feeding mothers. If abnormally high without a woman breast feeding it may lead to irregular menstrual cycles and lack of ovulation. 
AMH- a recent test introduced to check ovarian reserve. If low means the woman is approaching menopause and chances to conceive are low. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Understanding Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome
  (PCOS)  is a problem in which a woman's hormones are out of balance. It can cause problems with the periods and make it difficult to get pregnant.

Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is why it is called polycystic ovary syndrome. The cysts are not harmful but lead to hormone imbalances.

The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown but doctors believe that hormonal imbalances and genetics play a role. Women are more likely to develop PCOS if their mother or sister also has the condition.

Risk factors for having PCOS are being overweight and not doing enough physical exercise.

Symptoms Of PCOS
Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:
 -Irregular menstrual cycle. Women with PCOS may miss periods or have fewer periods (fewer than eight in a year). Or, their periods may come every 21 days or more often. Some women with PCOS stop having menstrual periods.
 -Too much hair on the face, chin, or parts of the body where men usually have hair. This is called "hirsutism."
 -Acne on the face, chest, and upper back
 -Thinning hair or hair loss on the scalp.

 -Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
 -Darkening of skin, particularly along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath breasts
-  Difficulty in conceiving .

A Common Question: Can I get pregnant if i have PCOS?

Nifaq (Hypocrisy): Definition and Types

Linguistically, Nifaq is derived from the hole of raters or mice that is, articles holes in the grounds, when that animal is chased from one hole he would exit from another one, or it means a tunnel or a subterranean excavation used for hiding.

In the Sharee'ah: Nifaq (hypocrisy) means a pretense of loving Islam while concealing Kufr and evil. A hypocrite is given this appellation because he enters the religion from one door and exits from another.

Hence, Allah, the Exalted, cautioned against hypocrites saying:
“Verily, hypocrites are the rebellious.” (Soorah at-Tawbah Chapter 9 verse 67)
 And Allah, the Exalted, says:
“The hypocrites (think) that they deceive Allah when in fact it is Allah who deceives them.” ( Soorah an-Nisa Chapter 4 verse 142)
 Types of Hypocrisy:

Hypocrisy is of two types:

The first type: Doctrinal hypocrisy which is major hypocrisy; the one who upholds it displays Islam and conceals infidelity.

This type constitutes absolute apostasy, and condemns those who uphold it to the lowest level of Hell-Fire.

Allah  has described its people as possessing evil characteristics; such as Kufr, lack of Eemaan, derision of faith and its people and inclining entirely to the enemies of Islam for sharing their hostility. Such people exist in every age, particularly when Islam prevails and they cannot resist it publicly, therefore they pretend to be Muslims in order to plot against it and its people privately. And because they live with the Muslims, they ensure the safety of their blood and properties.

A hypocrite displays his belief in Allah  and His Angels and His Books and His Messengers and the Final Day, while in fact, he is far from believing in all that, rather the denies all that and does not believe in Allah.

Allah has uttered a speech which He revealed to a human and made him a messenger to mankind to guide them with His permission, threaten them, and warn them against His punishment. Allah has revealed those hypocrites and exposed their secrets in the Qur'aan and unveiled to His slaves the conditions of the hypocrites in order to be cautious against them.

In the beginning of Soorah al-Baqarah, Allah, the Exalted, classifies mankind into three categories;
  1. the believers, 
  2. the infidels and 
  3. the hypocrites. 
He revealed four verses with respect to the believers and two verses with respect to the infidels while he revealed thirteen verses with respect to the hypocrites due to their large number and severity of
their affliction and commonness of their deception, and severity of their hostility against Islam and its people. For the affliction Islam suffers through them is intensive because they are counted as Muslims and supporters of Islam, while in fact they are it enemies. They express their enmity to Islam in every form which the ignorant thinks of it as knowledge and reform, while in fact it is utter ignorance and corruption.