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.
LABBAIK ALLAHUMA LABBAIK - REFLECTING ON HAJJ
Labbaik ALLAHuma Labbaik, Labbaika La Sharika Laka Labbaik, In-nal-hamda, Wan-ni'mata, Laka Wal-mulk, La Sharika Lak. (I respond to Your Call, O ALLAH, I respond to Your Call and I am obedient to Your Orders, You have no partner, I respond to Your Call, All the praises, thanks and blessings are for You, All the sovereignty is for You, And You have no partners with you.)
"And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel. They will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj), that they may witness things that are of benefit to them, and mention the Name of ALLAH on the appointed days over the beast of cattle that HE has provided for them (for sacrifice). Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time." (Al-Hajj: 27-28)
It is Hajj season again and we want to wish our brothers and sisters who have been blessed with the opportunity to perform Hajj a perfect Hajj that is accepted by ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and is rewarded with Jannah. Hajj Mabroor wa Sa'ie Mashkur.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Eid Mubarak. May this Eid bring peace and prosperity to the world. Ameen.
The following Ahadith from Sahih Al-Bukhari, shed some light on a few of the aspects associated with the month of Thul Hijjah and Hajj:
The Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, said: "Whoever performs Hajj, only for the sake of ALLAH and does not have sexual relations with his wife (during Hajj), and does not do evil or commit sins, then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew." (The reward for Hajj is a new start with a clean slate.)
Ibn 'Abbas, radiya ALLAHu anhu, narrated that the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, fixed Thul Hulaifa as the Miqat for the people of Madina, Al Juhfa for the people of Shaam (Syria), Qarnul-Manazil for the people of Najd, and Yalam-lam for the people of Yemen; and these Mawaqit are for those living at those very places, and for all those who come through them with the intention of performing Hajj or 'Umra; and whoever is living within these Mawaqit should assume Ihram (consecration) from where he starts, and the people of Makkah can assume Ihram (for Hajj only) from Makkah. (This sets the location where the state of Ihram begins for all pilgrims performing Hajj or Umra.)
Abdullah bin Umar, radiya ALLAHu anhu, narrated that the Talbiya of ALLAH's Messenger, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, was: Labbaik ALLAHuma labbaik, labbaik la sharika laka labbaik, in-nal-hamda wan-ni'mata laka, wal-mulka la sharika laka. (This means, I respond to Your Call, O ALLAH, I respond to Your Call and I am obedient to Your Orders, You have no partner, I respond to Your Call, All the praises, thanks and blessings are for You, All the sovereignty is for You, And You have no partners with you.)
Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri, radiya ALLAHu anhu, narrated that the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, said: "The people will continue performing the Hajj and 'Umra to the Kaba even after the coming out of Ya-juj and Ma-juj (Gog and Magog)." (This is a message that Hajj will be performed until the end of life on Earth. What a call our beloved Prophet, Ibrahim, alaihis salaam, made; the call which is heard around the globe and until the end of life on Earth!)
Umm Al-Fadl, radiya ALLAHu anha, narrated that the people doubted whether the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, was observing the Saum (fast) on the day of 'Arafat, so I sent something for him to drink and he drank it. (This shows one should not fast on the day of 'Arafa if they are performing Hajj. However, if one is not performing Hajj, they are encouraged to fast, as indicated in another Hadith.)
Ibn 'Abbas, radiya ALLAHu anhu, narrated that the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, said: "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Thu Hijjah)." Then some companions of the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, asked, 'Not even Jihad?' He replied, "Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for ALLAH's sake, i.e. with his life and property) and does not return with any of those things (i.e., is martyred)." (This shows the blessings placed in these days of Hajj. Let us make every effort to take advantage of the blessings.)
An increase in foodborne illnesses caused by eating fresh fruits and vegetables has the US Food & Drug Administration concerned. The products causing the illnesses include canteloupe, celery, green onions, lettuce and tomatoes. It is important to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly and to avoid cross-contamination with other foods by washing hands and utensils before handling different food items. (Reported by United Press International on January 28, 2003.)
Purdue University researchers have found that ozone can eliminate insects in grain storage without harming food quality or the environment. The chemical fumigants currently used to rid grain of insects are highly toxic and can even affect humans. More work will be needed before ozone can be used to kill bugs in grain. (Reported by Ascribe News on January 23, 2003.)
Utah farmers are concerned about a repetition of the problems faced last year when a mild spring followed by freezing temperatures in May killed most of the fruit blossoms and reduced harvests up to 75%. (Reported by the Salt Lake Tribune on January 25, 2003.)
The FDA issued a warning letter to Kraft Foods for violating Truth-In-Labeling laws. The laws do not allow milk protein concentrates in products marketed as 'cheese'. Apparently, Kraft has marketed some cheese products that contain the milk protein concentrates. (Reported by US Newswire on January 9, 2003.)
Iodine is an essential trace mineral that is important for normal thyroid function.
Iodine is found in seafood, kelp and dairy products. However, the primary source of iodine for most Americans is iodized salt.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of iodine is 150 micrograms (mcg) for males over 11, 175 mcg for pregnant females and 200 mcg for lactating women. For children the RDA is 70 mcg below 3 years, 90 mcg below 6 years and 120 mcg below 11 years.
Iodine deficiency can cause goiter, cretinism and hypothyroidism.
Too much iodine intake can reduce thyroid gland function.
Chromium is an essential mineral that is important for the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. It also activates several enzymes.
Chromium is found in yeast, beef, liver, eggs, chicken, oysters, wheat germ, bananas, apples, spinach and butter.
There is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of chromium, but the safe intake level is up to 0.2 milligrams (mg) for men and women over 6 years old, 0.04 for infants up to 6 months, 0.06 for babies up to 1 year old, 0.08 for children up to 3 years old, and 0.12 for children up to 6 years old.
Chromium deficiency may impair glucose tolerance.
This information was extracted from information on Medlineplus.
The following are new additions to the IFANCA Halal Certified Products. For more information, check out the entire listing of retail IFANCA Halal Certified Products. Please note, not all the products produced by these companies are certified Halal. Only those listed below are certified Halal.
The retail Halal Certified Product Additions are:
Available In These Markets
Phytoplex Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Phytoplex Anti-Dandruff Gel Phytoplex Collagen Infusion Phytoplex d2 Colour - 48 colours Phytoplex Empha Silky Gloss Phytoplex Hydrating Conditioner Phytoplex Hydrating Shampoo Phytoplex Newlook Styling Wonder Phytoplex Nutrient Gel Phytoplex Nutrient Shampoo Phytoplex Sebum Control Gel Phytoplex Sebum Control Shampoo
Colinno Hair Cosmetics Sdn. Bhd. Selangor, Malaysia
Royal Tongan Limu Liquid Dietary Supplement
NBTY Inc. New York, USA
Baak Fung Yuen Ching Yam Yuen Daai Woot Lok Daan Gu Ci Zeng Sheng Wan On Gung Ngau Wong Yuen (MAL 2002 0923T) Peking Tongrentang Te Zhi Bai Geng Wan (MAL 2001 4419T)
Hai-O Enterprise BHD. Selangor, Malaysia
Assorted Nougat Almond Fruit Assorted Nougat Vanilla Chocolate Granulated Nougat Montelimar Vital Nougat Cream Nougat Tendre Montelimar Nougat Vital Soft Nougat Vanilla-Raspberry-Pistachio- Mocca Soft Nougat with Almonds & Pistachios Soft Nougat with Natural Almond Soft Nougat with Natural Dried Fruit Tenderhearted Nougat Almond Tenderhearted Nougat Bar Almond Tenderhearted Nougat Bar Cappuccino Tenderhearted Nougat Bar Fruit Traditional Almond Nougat Traditional Fruit Nougat Traditional Nougat Zachte Nougat Tendre Montelimar
Vital & Zoon N.V. - S.A. Nevele, Belgium
In addition, the following ingredient and food service suppliers have been certified Halal:
Hermann Laue Spice Company, Inc.
Celite Corporation (Worldwide Moinerals Inc.)
IFANCA welcomes these companies to the family of Halal Certified Product Producers.