ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM WA RAHMATULLAH Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam.
Dairy Consumption In Winter Can Battle that Tired, Sluggish Feeling
Studies have shown that diets that are well balanced in a certain range of products can help decrease blood pressure, reduce osteoporosis, maintain a healthy weight and even help lift your spirits. What many of us don't know is that it's a fairly common household product – dairy – that offers all these benefits. Just three daily servings provide the body with vital nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D.
Calcium helps build strong bones and the vitamin D in dairy provides key routes for the absorption of calcium. Dairy also provides other essential nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Dairy products, and milk in particular, also have the ability to increase satiety or fullness resulting in reduced overall calorie consumption. Lower calorie intake can lead to successful weight control.
Besides providing absorption for calcium, vitamin D which is commonly found in dairy products and in sunlight, can be an antidote to that tired, depressed feeling associated with winter and shorter hours of sunlight. During these frigid weeks, human absorption of sunlight is decreased as the days are shorter, often resulting in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Syndrome. Increasing the consumption of dairy products can potentially normalize vitamin D levels and lift that cloud over your head.
IFANCA Halal-Certified Cosmetics – At A Website Near You
Muslims invariably read labels before they purchase cereals, meat or toothpaste. The same rules apply when choosing cosmetics and personal care products, as well. If the ingredients are pure the product is permissible, so long as their use does not cause any harm, either to one's health or socially. However, if a product is composed of impure substances such as porcine collagen, gelatin or hydrolyzed animal protein, or other similar impure constituents, it is Islamically prohibited.
Award-winning company, Sunrider International, manufactures over 415 products including a line of health and beauty products that are certified as halal by IFANCA. Twenty-year-old CNI Enterprise, a multi-level marketing company based in Malaysia, also offers its own range of IFANCA halal-certified cosmetics. At both companies, each product is carefully formulated with the finest ingredients, an in-depth knowledge of cosmetics and the latest trends, and a manufacturing process that meets the highest levels of quality control. The cosmetics work in harmony with all skin types, skin tones, and ethnicities. Jojoba oil, squalane, herbal extracts and vegetable-based ingredients are just some of the ingredients used to enhance one's natural beauty.
However, are Muslim women permitted to use cosmetics? According to shaikh Jaafar Al-Quaderi, IFANCA Religious Advisor, make-up that does not draw inappropriate attention is permissible.
"Use of cosmetics and make-up that has been determined to be halal is permissible for women to wear if it is done in a manner that does not attract undue attention. When make-up is done in a manner that makes a person self-confident and pleasant (in appearance); and does not convey the impression of bad taste or poor grooming, it is permissible. But wearing excessive make-up, that attracts undue attention from others is not allowed," he says.
And what about creams and other skin care products? According to the Shaikh, "Creams, lotions and similar products are modern versions of oils intended to keep the skin healthy and pliable and to prevent dry skin. So there is no prohibition against the use of such products as long as they are free from haram (not lawful for Muslims) or mashbooh ingredients. However, when it comes to making ablution (wudu) or ghusl after applying such a product, you have to know exactly what type of product you are using. They are two types; one that leaves a perceptible layer on the skin and the other that washes off easily. The first kind, such as lipstick, leaves a perceptible layer on the skin, and prevents water from getting to the skin or the organs that should be washed during ablution or ghusl. It must be removed in order for the ablution to be complete. The second kind is a cream or color that does not leave any perceptible layer on the skin but becomes part of the skin like henna or oil that doesn't prevent water from reaching the skin. It is not obligatory to remove such a product before one makes the ablution or ghusl," he says. [God knows best] Trial Sets of Sunrider cosmetics and beauty products are available. IFANCA halal-certified makers of cosmetics and beauty products include Sunrider International (www.sunrider.com), CNI Enterprise (www.mycni.com.my), AloeCorp (www.aloecorp.com), Neways (www.neways.com) and USANA Health Science (http://www.usana.com/dotCom/index.jsp).
IFANCA certifies over 300 companies in China that export their ingredients to USA and other countries.
In 2009, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Roderick Smith, said his country and the Philippines, though both affected by the global financial recession, could tap the halal industry as a tool to recover fast from the economic set back. The world halal industry is said to be generating some $600 billion in revenues.
Mainstream Canadian grocery chains like Wal-Mart, Metro, Price Chopper, and Food Basics now stock halal certified products, including those certified halal by IFANCA.
The US mandates New Traceability Laws for slaughterhouses, with effect from June 2010.
True. China is amongst the top ten countries of the world with the highest population of Muslim citizens and its Midwest, specifically Ningxia, could very well become a major hub of import-export activity for the entire Islamic world. As the halal industry expands 'beyond halal meat, beyond borders, and beyond religion', the expansion is turning China into a uniquely advantageous base camp. Ningxia became the only Hui autonomous region in China and is home to the largest Hui population in the nation. The Hui are 36 percent of Ningxia's population and they have already built a trade in Islamic food and products, with 10,000 enterprises owning 300 patents and taking up to 80 percent of the region's food industry. It generates an output exceeding RMB 7 billion in value annually, tapping Islamic food and products markets in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, and is exporting to Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Egypt and Malaysia. Source www.chinatoday.com
True. He was speaking at the 2nd National Halal Forum in Manila, Philippines. Source: Manila Bulletin, www.mb.com
True. 5% of the Toronto population is Muslim, making it the highest concentration of Muslims in any city in the USA or Canada. Source: www.TorontoMuslims.com
False. The EU mandates Traceability Laws for EU Slaughterhouses with effect from January 2010. Information will be available as to what the animals have been fed, including medicines, their health status and how they have been raised. The rules already apply to calves. The move is part of the 'gate-to-plate' safety control system being implemented in the EU. Source www.halal.com
The Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America (MAS/ICNA) held their 8th Annual Joint Convention at Hyatt Regency Chicago, Riverside Center, Chicago on December 24th through December 27th, 2009. IFANCA had a booth at the event. "The interest in halal products and their availability is increasing by the day. Our presence at the event was to showcase both our efforts and to help Muslim consumers and businesses connect to the sources that provide halal goods," said Dr. Chaudry, President IFANCA. Several thousand Muslims were at the event and visited the booth.
2005 was the year multi-level marketing company, MonaVie, made a foray into the foodservice industry. Committed to producing beverages for healthy living, Monavie's formulas are unique with as many as 19 fruits, including Acai, in the blended formulas. Acai fruit picked from the Amazon has powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins which neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals in the body. The antioxidants and phytonutrients present in the fruits boost health. MonaVie market extends from the America’s including the USA, Brazil and Mexico to Singapore and the East. As of June 2009, their products have been halal certified by IFANCA, assuring Muslims around the globe that MonaVie products are both halal and healthy. Their halal certified products include MonaVie Active Juice, MonaVie Original Juice, MonaVie Pulse Juice, MonaVie Original Gel, MonaVie Active Gel and MonaVie Pulse Gel. These can be purchased online.
Melaleuca – Your Source For Products Ranging From Oral Hygiene To Fiber Beverages
Most people associate a specific brand or company with one or two specific products. However Melaleuca (www.melaleuca.com), which received IFANCA halal certification in 2007, has certified a unique range of wellness products. They offer nutritional supplements, dental floss, mouth rinse, cough drops, tooth polish, tooth gel, nutritional shakes, energy bars and fiber beverages.