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  1. Note- I have nothing against people who use anabolic steroids for their goals. My purpose is only to promote Natural Bodybuilding and reinstate the faith that young guys have lost in building a physique naturally. Get this straight: unless you are competing for a national or an international event, you don't have any business sticking needles in your butt or forcing pills down your throat. In short, you have no reason to get on a steroid cycle. Ever wondered why some people, even after decades of training, stay away from anabolic steroids? There must be something, right? Otherwise, nobody is dumb enough to not use anabolic hormones to get bigger and better in lesser period of time. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 1) No Adverse Health Effects Probably the number one reason why people choose to stay natural is that they want to avoid the serious ill effects which may come after the usage. I have covered the side effects in detail here. No doubt steroids give you all kinds of gains but this comes at a cost. A cost which you may pay by compromising on your health and *** drive! Super ripped bodies with massive mass built from anabolic use look good from the outside but you never know what's happening on the inside. 2. You Compete With Yourself Natural bodybuilding will bring out the best version of you. You will have to nurture patience, be dedicated and learn to embrace slow progress. In short, you will- a) Eat a balanced diet with little to no junk food. b) Get 7-9 hours of sleep. c) Work out consistently 3-6 days a week. d) Do the right type of training for your goal. e) Supplement with stuff you lack in your diet. You miss any of those and the results won't be optimal. While a regular kid not seeing results throws in another vial in his steroid cycle, a natural lifter has to throw in a good habit to see the result. For me personally, it has been seven years since I started working out from home as well as the gym. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 3) Brings Out Real Joy Nothing beats the happiness when you see an inch of gain on your biceps or when you lose an inch on a fat loss phase. You know how hard you worked to earn it and when you earn something by putting in efforts, it gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment. This sets you into a habit loop of 'hard work and results'. Daman Singh is an internationally certified sports Nutritionist and an athlete competes in Strongman and powerlifting without the aid of Anabolics .He also runs a YouTube channel named :- SIKHSPACK and you can follow him on Instagram and trains Drug free population .
  2. Fish oil is a pretty famous general health support supplement. The best part is that it walks the talk. Fish oil is a common term used to refer to two types of omega-3 fatty acids—eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It provides a host of metabolic, immune-protective and cognitive benefits. Fish oil primarily works through eicosanoids, which are signaling molecules. Here are top 5 benefits of using Fish Oil, if you aren't doing that already. 1) Supports Muscle Gains In muscle cells, fish oil can increase AMPK mRNA levels. It also reduces cortisol and rate of protein breakdown in the body by creating a more supportive environment for hypertrophy. This can lead to slightly greater increase in muscle gain over time. It has also proven to be an effective soreness counter supplement. Buy India's best Fish Oil supplements here 2) Lowers Excess Triglyceride EPA and DHA in proper dosages have shown to significantly reduce triglyceride levels. One meta-analysis showed a net reduction 15-30% in triglyceride levels (higher reductions seen in persons with higher baseline triglycerides). It is highly recommended for people with poor lipid profile or for those who have a family history of heart diseases or for athletes on anabolic steroids. © YouTube 3) Depression & Mood Fish oil has also shown to be beneficial for mood enhancement and reduction in depression. The benefits are comparable to an antidepressant pharmaceutical drug called fluoxetine, which is used in chronic depression cases. A reduction in aggression and anxiety levels is also noted, which is speculated to be secondary to improvements in mood state and general well being. 4) Joint Support & Inflammation Human studies have observed a reduction in inflammatory joint pain assessed by patient reports. Regular heavy lifting can cause inflammation in joints and connective tissues. We can say fish oil supplementation can be beneficial to prevent or even recover from joint injuries. © PIXABAY 5) Reduced Risk Of Diabetes Some studies suggest improvement in insulin sensitivity with fish oil supplementation in older individuals, and individuals who are obese or suffering from metabolic diseases. Thus, it appears that Fish Oil can reduce the risks of diabetes. Dosages For general healthy population 250 mg (EPA & DHA) combined is a minimum dose. For individuals looking to significantly improve health parameters or athletes wanting an edge in performance 1g-3g (EPA & DHA combined) will be a suggested dose. It is recommended to take it with a fatty meal for better absorption. The dosages can be evenly spread throughout the day to avoid fish burps. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  3. BCAA or Branch Chain Amino Acids have become a very common supplement these days. Every fitness enthusiast carries a sipper filled with BCAA and gulps the same between sets. If you haven't started this supplement or are planning to get into it, let me give you 4 reasons to do so. Before telling you the advantages of supplementing with BCAA, let me tell you clearly that you also need to meet your protein requirements from your daily food intake first. What are BCAA? BCAAs are a set of three essential amino acids, found in protein. (Whey protein supplements also have BCAAs.) Leucine Isoleucine Valine Since they are essential amino acids, your body cannot manaufactured them by itself and they have to be consumed through your diet. Unlike other amino acids, BCAA's are mostly broken down in the muscle rather than in the liver. This is the reason that they become significant in the muscle building process. © YouTube BCAAs may help in reducing fatigue A study published in US National Library of Medicine reported 15% less fatigue in those who were given BCAA supplements as compared to those who were given a placebo. In another study, due to this increased resistance to fatigue, people who supplemented with BCAAs took 17% longer to reach exhaustion levels as compared to a placebo group. This is especially true for untrained individuals, although athletes may also experience similar results. Buy the best BCAAs here BCAA may help in reducing soreness Yes BCAAs could also help you in reducing soreness. Supplementing with BCAAs may help your body in lowering the levels of enzymes called creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase. These enzymes are involved in muscle damage. Decreasing their levels in the blood supply may improve recovery and can also provide protection against muscle damage. In fact, a study published by the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermount , USA established that participants who were given BCAA supplements reported 33% lower muscle soreness than a placebo group. © YouTube BCAA may help in building muscles A majority of people buy BCAAs as it is sold as a muscle builder. The reason for this is the presence of leucine, which has anabolic effects on the body. According to a study published by the Dept. of Surgical Science, Sweden, leucine has anabolic effects on protein metabolism by increasing the rate of protein synthesis and decreasing the rate of protein degradation in resting human muscles. Also, when recovering from endurance exercise, BCAAs were found to have anabolic effects in human muscles. Therefore supplementing with BCAAs may help you in building more muscles. BCAA may help you with weight loss The actual reason why people started using BCAAs as a supplement was that it helped them save muscle tissue while they were on a calorie restricted diet. When you go on calorie deficit diet for weight loss/fat loss, there is always a risk of muscle tissue being targeted by your body to be used as a fuel source for energy production. However, this situation can be prevented if you are supplementing your body enough BCAAs so that your hard earned muscles can be spared. There have been various other studies that have linked more weight loss with people who took BCAA supplements as compared to a placebo group. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  4. Whey protein supplements are one of the world's most used bodybuilding and muscle building supplements. It is effective, easy to use and even satisfies your taste buds. Here are top 5 reasons to start supplementing with a whey supplement if you are serious about general health or muscle building. 1) Ease Of Use © Thinkstock First things first, eating a lot of protein throughout the day with food alone can get a bit difficult. While eating can become monotonous, drinking calories doesn't. Most whey supplements provide 20-30 grams of quality protein per serving that you can easily consume without having to cook. Just put it in a shaker, add water and you are good to go. It can be had on the go, in times of desperate protein need and can even be a staple in your routine diet. Buy India's best whey protein supplements here 2) Easily Digested © Thinkstock Whey is one of the fastest digesting proteins and doesn't take over an hour or so to get assimilated by the body and put to work. Theoretically, whey protein navigates through your digestive tract in less than 1.5 hours when taken with water. Casein protein is another variant which is slow digesting. Very less number of people are allergic to whey and chances are that you wouldn't be too. Buy Casein protein here 3) Complete Source Of Protein © Thinkstock Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and whey contains all the essential amino acids. Most plant proteins are incomplete sources of protein and thus don't provide optimum nutrition. Isoleucine, valine and leucine are the three most important amino for muscle protein synthesis and why comes loaded with all the three making it one of the best complete source of protein. 4) Faster Muscle Recovery From Intense Workouts © Thinkstock Recovery is the phase where your body grows. Micro traumas induced by intense workouts need quick digesting proteins for starting the repair process as soon as possible. Whey protein does just that. Since it's very quickly digested, athletes from almost every discipline prefer using it. Buy essential amino acids here 5) You Can Add It To Your Favorite Shakes Apart from its effectiveness for building muscle, the fact that it can be added to various shakes makes it a kickass product. Calculate your calories and just add the required amount and you are all set.
  5. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, US, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. The Department of Homeland Security has drafted rules seen by Reuters that would allow immigration officers to scrutinize a potential immigrant?s use of certain taxpayer-funded public benefits to determine if they could become a public burden. For example, US officials could look at whether the applicant has enrolled a child in government pre-school programs or received subsidies for utility bills or health insurance premiums. The draft rules are a sharp departure from current guidelines, which have been in place since 1999 and specifically bar authorities from considering such non-cash benefits in deciding a person?s eligibility to immigrate to the United States or stay in the country. ?Non-citizens who receive public benefits are not self-sufficient and are relying on the US government and state and local entities for resources instead of their families, sponsors or private organizations,? the document states. ?An alien?s receipt of public benefits comes at taxpayer expense and availability of public benefits may provide an incentive for aliens to immigrate to the United States.? Receiving such benefits could weigh against an applicant, even if they were for an immigrant?s US citizen children, according to the document. ?The administration is committed to enforcing existing immigration law, which is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer,? said Tyler Houlton, a DHS spokesman. ?Any potential changes to the rule would be in keeping with the letter and spirit of the law ? as well as the reasonable expectations of the American people for the government to be good stewards of taxpayer funds.? In 2016, nearly 383,000 people who would be subject to the new standards obtained permanent residence while already in the United States, according to DHS statistics. The rules would not apply to permanent residents applying for citizenship but would apply to a wide range of people living or working in the United States, including close family members of US citizens and workers employed by US companies. In addition, nearly 620,000 other immigrants living abroad obtained US permanent residence through the State Department in 2016. If DHS publishes a new rule, the State Department will decide then whether to change its guidance, said Ashley Garrigus, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. US immigration law has long required officials to exclude a person likely to become a ?public charge? from permanent residence. But current US guidelines, in place since 1999, narrowly define ?public charge? to be a person ?primarily dependent on the government for subsistence,? either through direct cash assistance or government-funded long-term care. Current guidance instructs immigration officers to look at a narrow range of public benefits in trying to determine whether someone is likely to become a burden, specifically directing officers not to consider most non-cash benefits, such as government food assistance programs or preschool programs. The new rules, if adopted in their current form, would significantly change these guidelines. Under the draft rules, a person would be considered a ?public charge? if they depend on ?any government assistance in the form of cash, checks or other forms of money transfers, or instrument and non-cash government assistance in the form of aid, services, or other relief,? according to the document seen by Reuters. Immigration restrictions Trump, who took a hard line on illegal immigration during the 2016 presidential campaign, has in recent months also taken aim at legal immigrants. He has advocated ending a visa lottery program and some kinds of family-based immigration. But many of the administration?s proposals would require congressional action. Several immigrant advocates and current and former US officials said the proposed rules could advance the administration?s goals without changing US law, by effectively barring lower- and middle-income people from immigrating. ?The big picture here is the administration is trying to accomplish by regulation the substantive changes to immigration law that it has proposed be enacted by statute,? said Barbara Strack, a career DHS official who retired in January and helped draft the 1999 rules. The experts and officials said they were also worried that the proposed changes would dissuade immigrants from using services to which they are entitled. ?It?s going to scare a lot of people into yanking their children off of needed healthcare, school programs, child nutrition programs, basic sorts of subsistence-level programs that have kept the population healthy and employable,? said Charles Wheeler, director of training and legal support at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. A 2017 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found that 5.5 percent of immigrant households with children received cash assistance, compared to 6.3 percent of native households. Four percent of immigrant households used housing assistance, compared to five percent of native households. And about 46 percent of immigrant households used Medicaid, compared to 34 percent of native households. Conservatives have long expressed concerns about non-citizens? access to public benefits, saying it is a drain on resources that should go to US citizens. ?Efforts to limit immigrant access to these programs mostly have not been very successful,? said Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favours stricter immigration policies. Among the benefits singled out in the draft rule for consideration are: health insurance subsidies such as those provided by the Affordable Care Act; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Children?s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); WIC, a federal program that feeds poor pregnant or nursing women and their children; transportation and housing vouchers; programs that help the poor pay their heating bills; and programs such as Head Start, which provides early education to low-income children. Some benefits would not be considered in making the ?public charge? determination under the draft regulations, including emergency or disaster relief, public health assistance for immunizations, attending public school, receiving free or reduced-price school lunches, and earned benefits such as disability insurance, Medicare, and unemployment payments.
  6. If the name Roberto Esquivel Cabrera does not remind you of anything or anyone, then chances are you were probably too busy looking at his pictures all this while that you never bothered to remember his name. In 2015, the 55-year-old Roberto made headlines for owning the world's largest ***** (a staggering 18.9 inches long), which touches his knees. While, he broke the internet back then and people didn't think twice before cracking jokes on his super long 'manhood', Roberto is far from getting any potential suitors. Roberto, who once wished to work in the porn industry, has now been registered as disabled because he cannot kneel or wear any uniform. In fact, Roberto now has to depend on food banks and benefits from the government to keep him going. © Facebook/ Trivias And Facts 101 He said “I cannot wear a uniform like anybody in the companies and also I cannot get on my knees.” He further added, “I cannot run fast and so the companies think badly of me. They say that they will call me, but they never do.” In fact, Roberto faces a lot of problems like urinary tract infections and trouble sleeping because of his ***** that is wrapped in bandages. According to the doctors, he actually has 6 inches of functional *****, the rest of it is the foreskin. However, he does not want to undergo penile reduction because he wants it to be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. © Facebook/ Roberto Esquivel Cabrera People can never get anywhere close to understanding the pain and troubles Roberto goes through every day. However, he seems to be happy with his ***** because no one else has that size. He said, “I would like to be in the Guinness Book of Records but they don't recognize this record. I am famous because I have the biggest ***** in the world. I am happy with my *****, I know nobody has the size I have.'” Roberto further added, “Every four months they give me some economic assistance but it is not enough. I visit the food banks every day to take my meals at 12 'o clock”. However, Roberto is quite happy with his ***** and wishes to go back to the U.S. and spend the rest of his life there. In fact, he even said, “I don't feel sad because I know in the US there are a lot of women. One of them will be the right size for me.” © Facebook Roberto is still hopeful about becoming a porn star and thinks he will make a lot of money in that profession. He added, “And the people are not like over here, they are more liberal: they don't care about what I have in my pants.” We appreciate the optimism in Roberto's attitude and for all those who were drowning in the pool of jealousy, turns out it's not something rewarding. It has become more of a bane that a boon. Source: Daily Mail
  7. ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the ruling party always has an option to dissolve the assemblies if they are faced with a situation which calls for it. ?Ruling parties always have this option. If it comes to that, and if we face a situation which calls for it, then we might go for it. But there has been no discussion on this as yet and no decision either? he said in an interview to a private channel. It will be a political move, the foreign minister added. He also said Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are not in a position either to dissolve their assemblies. Asif?s comments are in response to the increasing calls for resignations from political opponents, the latest being demands for Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif to step down. An unprecedented alliance of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri on Thursday demanded Shehbaz?s resignation in the wake of the Model Town inquiry report. ?Enough is enough! Nawaz Sharif?s brother Shehbaz must resign. After this report, he stands condemned, and a condemned man cannot remain the chief minister of the largest province of Pakistan,? Zardari told reporters at a press conference alongside Qadri in Lahore. Model Town report: Zardari, Tahirul Qadri demand Shehbaz Sharif?s resignation 'Now we will not tolerate Shehbaz; we'll fight and take to streets,' says Zardari after meeting Qadri The foreign minister criticised the alliance, saying ?people of the same flock? are coming together and trying to achieve what should only be done through a vote. He also slammed Zardari, saying the PPP co-chairman has destroyed PPP and is celebrating the demise of the party envisioned by its founders, in a reference to Zardari?s dance moves at a rally. Model Town report The Punjab government, at the behest of the Lahore High Court, made the report for the Model Town incident public on December 5. The report was drafted by Justice Baqir Najfi and termed the 2014 tragedy in Lahore's Model Town as the "most unfortunate incident" in the country's history. Justice Baqir Najfi commission inquiry report said that police tried to cover up the facts regarding who gave orders to open fire on protesters, according to the commission report released Tuesday. The report added that no legal opinion was sought from the Punjab advocate general prior to the start of the operation. The commission also stated that on the ground, the standoff continued the whole night, resulting in minor injuries to police constables as well as PAT workers.
  8. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don't benefit from the addition of music therapy on top of their usual treatments, according to results from a large international clinical trial. Researchers found that children with ASD in nine countries scored similarly on a test of their social skills whether or not they had received the music therapy. "Music therapy - like many other interventions that have been suggested - does not improve autism symptoms," said senior author Christian Gold, of the Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Center and Uni Research Health in Bergen, Norway. ASDs are developmental disorders that can lead to social, communication and behavioral challenges. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 68 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with an ASD. The anecdotal link between music and ASD goes back many years, Gold and colleagues write in JAMA. During music therapy, a person helps a child spontaneously make music through singing, playing and movement. There are about 7,000 music therapists in the United States and about 6,000 in Europe, the researchers write. For the new study, the researchers recruited 364 children ages 4 to 7 years from 10 treatment centers between 2011 and 2015. The centers were in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Israel, Italy, Korea, Norway, the UK and the US All of the children received the usual care a child with ASD would receive in their region, but half of the children were randomly assigned to also get music therapy. Usual care could range from early intensive behavioral interventions, to speech and language therapy, to sensory-motor therapies and medications, Gold told Reuters Health by email. "Music therapy is also among the interventions that have been recommended when it is available," he said. "Some parents who are frustrated with behavioral interventions may experience it as bringing back the joy of being with their child in a natural way." After five months of therapy, the researchers did not find a difference between the two groups of children on a measure of social skills. Gold said parents should continue to pursue music therapy if they feel it's a good match for their children, but don't expect it to be a so-called treatment. "Since the very first descriptions of autism in the 1940s, it has been noted that many people with autism have a special interest in music," he said. "Music therapists can help them to pursue that interest. If they also learn something about social communication through that, even better. But the pursuit of music or music therapy should not be guided primarily by the hope to reduce core symptoms of autism, because that may not be the result." The researchers also point out that the new results conflict with a review of previous studies that was published in the respected Cochrane Library. The review found a benefit from music therapy, but the studies included in that analysis were smaller and were rated as only of low to moderate quality. There is still room for additional research to see if music therapy may lead to benefit among some children, said Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, of the Boston University School of Medicine. "Although the study taken as a whole makes it look like music therapy is not effective, if you pull out certain sub-populations it may work," said Broder-Fingert, lead author of an editorial accompanying the new study. She said parents who are considering music therapy should consider the new study's findings. "As a parent, you also have to think of the outcome that matters to you," Broder-Fingert said. Gold added that more research is warranted. "Efforts are already underway to improve music therapy, for example by improving their specific skills or by involving parents more actively," he said. "We should not assume that what music therapists are doing already is working well, but should try to continuously develop it further and test it."
  9. Most people relate the words ‘weight training’ and gym to getting muscular or losing fat. However, this outlook is short-sighted and very misinformed. Weight training brings along a multitude of benefits which people aren’t aware of. Here, let me take you away from muscles for a while and put things into perspective. 1) Better Heart Health (You Thought Only Cardio Can Give You That!) When you lift weights, especially in a short rest period type of training, your heart has to work extra hard to keep up with the pace. And when your muscles contract as a result of lifting weights, your arteries dilate. This causes increased cardiac output and at the same time lowers your blood pressure after the exercise has been completed. In a receont study, 12 weeks of weight training program performed 3 times a week decreased blood pressure in middle-aged men and cut their risk of heart attack nearly by half. 2) Increased Bone Density It is a well-documented fact that weight training results in significant increase in bone mass. This means fewer chances of fracture as you age. A major chunk of elderly population suffers from “Osteoporosis” which is nothing but bone weakness. Weight training helps to reduce the chances of Osteoporosis if coupled with good dietary habits and supplementation- vitamin D and calcium. 3) Prevention of Diabetes and Decrease In Insulin Resistance A lifestyle of a healthy diet and exercise has shown to reverse/prevent Type 2 diabetes. The more muscle you train, the lesser insulin resistant you become. Your cells can use glucose in a more efficient way. Weight training will also keep your blood sugar levels in control as the muscles will use most of the blood glycogen for replenishment. Prevention of Type 2 diabetes is easier when coupled with the right diet and exercise along with medication. 4) Super *** Life Who doesn`t want to be better in bed, right? The more you train with weights, the better your T levels will get over time, of course, coupled with good nutrition. A fitter body, less body fat, higher testosterone levels, elevated mood, better energy levels all this comes to those who engage in weight training. It`s the best way to spice up your *** life without taking help of any doctor or medicines. Medications which claim to increase libido are mostly garbage. 5) Helps Puling Out Of Depression Whenever you workout, a feel good sensation or a sense of pleasure is felt which is due to the release of endorphins, which act similar to drugs like morphine. These are the feel good chemicals which reduce the chemical imbalance in the brain that causes depression. Give a programmed workout a try and your need to rely on medication for depression will go down. 6) Improved sleep Want to sleep like a baby? You know the answer. Countless studies have shown that people who engage in exercise get more sound sleep and wake up fresh as well. Resistance training increases your body temperature, warming you up from the inside. It`s just like a hot shower people take just before going to bed to sleep better. In a study, the participants worked out on 3 separate days. On the days they worked out, they fell asleep sooner when they hit the bed as compared to when they didn`t as was measured by sleep trackers. Note- However, be wary of the time you exercise. Exercising close to bedtime can keep some people awake due to the activation of the nervous system while inducing sleep in the others. Choose yours carefully! Singh Daman is an On-Floor and online Personal Trainer and PG diploma holder in fitness and nutrition who believes Physical Fitness is as important in one`s life as Breathing, Sleeping, and eating. Connect with him on his YouTube Page
  10. New claims for jobless benefits sank at the end of April, and the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits hit a 17-year low, the US Labor Department reported Thursday. The figures were more evidence of the persistently tight job market and came a day before the department is due to release its monthly employment report. In the week ending April 29, initial claims for unemployment insurance fell 19,000 to 238,000. Analysts had been expecting a drop of only 11,000. The less volatile four-week moving average held steady at 243,000, down 750 from the prior week's figure. Meanwhile the total number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell 23,000 to 1,964,000, the lowest since April 2000. Though they see big swings from week to week, jobless claims data can be used to measure the prevalence of layoffs and the health of labor markets. Job creation has been steady for many months, dropping the unemployment rate to 4.5 percent, and companies are reporting difficulty finding workers to fill open positions and in some cases have had to offer higher pay and benefits, even for low-skilled work. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left its benchmark interest rates unchanged but signaled it may persist with an expected course of rate increases during the year, in large part due to strong job creation and low unemployment.
  11. Fish oil has become a common supplement amongst fitness enthusiasts. From bodybuilders to normal guys, fish oil is a part of every supplement stack these days. And why not...it’s great supplement! Let’s find out whether it’s the hype behind fish oil is real or is it just a myth. Fish Oil Is Not Just For Bodybuilders © Twitter Though there is a general belief that supplements are meant to be used only by people who hit the gym and weight train, this does not hold true for fish oil. Any healthy person can and should consume fish oil supplements if he is not able the meet the requirements of essential fatty acids naturally. Moreover, it is not a supplement that’s just available at a bodybuilding supplement store. Fish oil supplements are available at any local drug store. Anyone who is looking for an overall health support supplement can choose look at consuming more fish oil. Combination of EPA & DHA © Twitter Fish oil is the combination of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) amongst other essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It is called Fish Oil since it is derived from tissues of Oily Fish. These are essential Fatty acids since they cannot be produced within our body and have to be consumed either naturally or in the form of supplements. Though there are other sources of these fatty acids like flax seeds and such, fish oil is considered to be amongst the most potent. Fish Oil and Muscle Building: How It Works © Twitter Both EPA and DHA increase the rate of lean tissue gain by increasing the rate of cell synthesis and decreasing the degradation of old cells, thereby helping the body to maintain a positive cell balance. They also support Insulin Function and fatty acid metabolism. In a study publish in National centre for Biotechnology Information, it was established that fish oil supplementation causes a considerable increase in the muscle protein anabolic response. In one study, a group was given six grams of fish oil per day and were able to lose around 1.2 percent body fat on an average. Also, EPA and DHA also help in increasing cardiac output and stroke volume, which benefits the movement of blood flow in the body and may help in increasing performance. Other Health Benefits of Fish Oil Fish oil has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. People who eat a lot of red meat, including body builders, tend to have high blood pressure. It is essential for them to have a good amount of fish oil daily to reduce the chances of blood pressure related diseases. Another benefit of fish oil is that it has been a very good supplement for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. Various studies report that consuming fish oil may reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Not just this, fish oil also helps in reducing inflammation. Intense physical activity can lead to joint pains and inflammation and fish oil has been effective to counter these problems. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  12. People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely, and governments should do all they can to encourage more active commuting, scientists said on Thursday. In a study published in the BMJ British medical journal, the researchers found that cycling to work was linked to the most significant health benefits - including a 45 percent lower risk of developing cancer and a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-active commuters. Walking to work was linked to a 27 percent lower risk of developing heart disease and a 36 percent lower risk of dying from it, though it also appeared to have no effect on cancer risk or overall premature death risk, the study showed. The research involved 264,377 people with an average age of 53 whose data forms part of the UK Biobank - a database of biological information from half a million British adults. Since the study was observational, no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect, the researchers said. Its findings could also be affected by some confounding factors, they added, including that the mode and distance of commuting was self-reported, rather than objectively measured. However, "the findings, if causal, suggest population health may be improved by policies that increase active commuting, particularly cycling", they said. These would include creating more cycle lanes, introducing more bike buying or hiring schemes, and providing better access for cyclists on public transport. Lars Bo Andersen, a professor at the Western Norwegian University of Applied Sciences, who was not directly involved in the research but wrote a commentary on it in the BMJ, said its findings "are a clear call for political action on active commuting", saying this had the potential to significantly improve public health by reducing rates of chronic disease. "A shift from cars to more active modes of travel will also decrease traffic in congested city centres and help reduce air pollution, with further benefits for health," he said. View the full article
  13. � کنوارے رہنے کے فائدے کنوارے بندے کو یہ بڑا فائدہ ہے کہ وہ بیڈ کے دونوں طرف سے اتر سکتا ہے ٹھیک کہتے ہیں ‘ میں تو کہتا ہوں کنوارے بند ے کو یہ بھی بڑا فائدہ ہے کہ وہ رات کو گلی میں چارپائی ڈال کر بھی سو سکتا ہے‘‘ کمرے کی کھڑکیاں ہر وقت کھلی رکھ کر تازہ ہوا کا لطف اٹھا سکتا ہے‘رات کو لائٹ بجھائے بغیر سوسکتاہے۔۔۔ میں جب بھی کسی کنوارے کو دیکھتا ہوں حسد میں مبتلا ہوجاتا ہوں‘ شادی شدہ بندے کی یہ بڑی پرابلم ہے کہ وہ کنوارہ نہیں ہوسکتا‘ البتہ کنوارہ بندہ جب چاہے شادی شدہ ہوسکتاہے۔ ہمارے ہاں کنوارہ اُسے کہتے ہیں جس کی زندگی میں کوئی عورت نہیں ہوتی‘ حالانکہ یہ بات شادی شدہ بندے پر زیادہ فٹ بیٹھتی ہے‘ کنوارے تو اِس دولت سے مالا مال ہوتے ہیں۔ فی زمانہ جو کنوارہ ہے وہ زندگی کی تمام رعنائیوں سے لطف اندوز ہونے کا حق رکھتا ہے‘ وہ کسی بھی شادی میں سلامی دینے کا مستحق نہیں ہوتا‘ اُس کا کوئی سُسرال نہیں ہوتا‘ اُس کے دونوں تکیے اس کی اپنی ملکیت ہوتے ہیں‘ اُسے کبھی تنخواہ کا حساب نہیں دینا پڑتا‘ اُسے دوستوں میں بیٹھے ہوئے کبھی فون نہیں آتا کہ ’’آتے ہوئے چھ انڈے اور ڈبل روٹی لیتے آئیے گا‘‘۔ اُسے کبھی موٹر سائیکل پر کیرئیر نہیں لگوانا پڑتا‘ اُسے کبھی دوپٹہ رنگوانے نہیں جانا پڑتا‘ اُس کا کوئی سالا نہیں ہوتا لہذا اُس کی موٹر سائیکل میں پٹرول ہمیشہ پورا رہتا ہے‘ اُسے کبھی روٹیاں لینے کے لیے تندور کے چکر نہیں لگانے پڑتے‘ اُسے کبھی فکر نہیں ہوتی کہ کوئی اُس کا چینل تبدیل کرکے ’’میرا سلطان‘‘ لگا دے گا‘ اُس کے ٹی وی کا ریموٹ کبھی اِدھر اُدھر نہیں ہوتا‘ اُسے کبھی ٹی سیٹ خریدنے کی فکر نہیں ہوتی‘ اسے کبھی پردوں سے میچ کرتی ہوئی بیڈ شیٹ نہیں لینی پڑتی‘ اسے کبھی کہیں جانے سے پہلے اجازت نہیں لینی پڑتی‘ اسے کبھی کپڑوں کی الماری میں سے اپنی شرٹ نہیں ڈھونڈنی پڑتی‘ اسے کبھی انارکلی بازار میں مارا مارا نہیں پھرنا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی بیڈ روم کے دروازے کا لاک ٹھیک کروانے کی ضرورت پیش نہیں آتی‘ اسے کبھی دو جوتیاں نہیں خریدنی پڑتیں‘ اسے کبھی بیوٹی پارلر کے باہر گھنٹوں انتظار میں نہیں کھڑا ہونا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی دیگچی کو ہینڈل نہیں لگوانے جانا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی کسی کو منانا نہیں پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی کسی کی منتیں نہیں کرنی پڑتیں اسے کبھی آٹے دال کے بھاؤ معلوم کرنے کی ضرورت نہیں پیش آتی‘ اسے کبھی نہیں پتا چلتا کہ اس کا کون سا رشتہ دار کمینہ ہے‘ اسے کبھی اپنے گھر والوں کی منافقت اور برائیوں کا علم نہیں ہونے پاتا‘ اسے کبھی اپنے گھر کے ہوتے ہوئے کرائے کا گھر ڈھونڈنے کی ضرورت پیش نہیں آتی‘ اسے کبھی بہنوں بھائیوں سے ملنے میں جھجک محسوس نہیں ہوتی‘ اسے کبھی کسی کے آگے ہاتھ نہیں جوڑنے پڑتے‘ اسے کبھی ماں کو غلط نہیں کہنا پڑتا‘ اس کی کنگھی اور صابن پر کبھی لمبے لمبے بال نہیں ملتے‘ اسے کبھی بدمزہ کھانے کو اچھا نہیں کہنا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی میٹھی نیند کے لیے ترسنا نہیں پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی سردیوں کی سخت بارش میں نہاری لینے نہیں نکلنا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی کمرے سے باہر جاکے سگریٹ پینا نہیں پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی چھت کے پنکھے صاف نہیں کرنے پڑتے‘ اسے کبھی ’’پھول جھاڑو‘‘ خریدنے کی اذیت سے نہیں گذرنا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی پیمپرزنہیں خریدنے پڑتے اسے کبھی کھلونوں کی دوکانوں کے قریب سے گذرتے ہوئے ڈر نہیں لگتا‘ اسے کبھی صبح ساڑھے سات بجے اٹھ کر کسی کو سکول چھوڑنے نہیں جانا پڑتا اسے کبھی اتوار کا دن چڑیا گھر میں گذارنے کا موقع نہیں ملتا اسے کبھی باریک کنگھی نہیں خریدنی پڑتی‘ اسے کبھی سستے آلو خریدنے کے لیے چالیس کلومیٹر دور کا سفر طے نہیں کرنا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی الاسٹک نہیں خریدنا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی سبزی والے سے بحث نہیں کرنا پڑتی‘ اسے کبھی فیڈر اور چوسنی نہیں خریدنی پڑتی‘ اسے کبھی سالگرہ کی تاریخ یاد نہیں رکھنی پڑتی‘ اسے کبھی پیٹی کھول کر رضائیوں کو دھوپ نہیں لگوانی پڑتی‘ اسے کبھی دال ماش اور کالے ماش میں فرق کرنے کی ضرورت نہیں پیش آتی‘ اسے کبھی نیل پالش ریموور نہیں خریدنا پڑتا‘ اسے کبھی اپنی فیس بک کا پاس ورڈ کسی کو بتانے کی ضرورت پیش نہیں آتی‘ اسے کبھی ہیرکلپ نہیں خریدنا پڑتے‘ اسے کبھی موٹر کا پٹہ بدلوانے کی فکر نہیں ہوتی‘ اسے کبھی اچھی کوالٹی کے تولیے لانے کی ٹینشن نہیں ہوتی‘ اسے کبھی کسی کے خراٹے نہیں سننے پڑتے‘ اسے کبھی نیند کی گولیاں نہیں خریدنی پڑتیں ‘ اسے کبھی سکول کی فیس ادا کرنے کا کارڈ نہیں موصول ہوتا‘ اسے کبھی کرکٹ میچ کے دوران یہ سننے کو نہیں ملتا کہ ’’ویرٹ کوہلی اتنے چوکے چھکے کیسے کیسے لگا لیتا ہے؟‘‘ ۔۔۔ کسی سینئر کنوارے کا شعر ہے کہ۔۔۔! ’’ہم سے بیوی کے تقاضے نہ نباہے جاتے ورنہ ہم کوبھی تمنا تھی بیاہے جاتے
  14. [ Listen/Download Audio ] Right Click and Save Link/Target as: for download audio file Transcription of the Audio: Ramadhaan is a month of Forgiveness. Ramadhaan is a month of Rahmah. Ramadhaan is the month of generosity. Ramadhaan, the month that Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’ala accepts the Tawbah of the servants, and the month that Allaah blesses His servants. We are in need of Ramadhaan to correct ourselves, for we have forgotten Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala for the majority of the year. To correct ourselves for we have been neglectful. To correct ourselves for we are not upon the remembrance of Allaah. To correct ourselves because our hearts have gotten hard, some hearts are dead, some hearts are sick, some hearts are stone-cold, some hearts are black, getting no benefit whatsoever. Some hearts are so bad, and so ill that they see a good as a Munkar, (as an evil), and they see an evil as a good. These are not as they should be. We need a Ramadhaan. We need a Ramadhaan because our connection with Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala is not correct. We need a Ramadhaan because we do not have any Khushoo or devotion in our Salaah. We need a Ramadhaan because our Qura’an has dust and is sitting o­n a shelf. We need a Ramadhaan because we never read the books of Sunnah. We need a Ramadhaan because we don’t fast, and if we fast physically without food or drink, we don’t fast with our eyes by lowering them and our tongue by not slandering and our tongue by not lying and back-biting. We need a Ramadhaan to get ourselves back in order, to work for the Hereafter, to connect ourselves to Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. We need a Ramadhaan because relationships brother to brother and sister to sister is in a miserable condition. We need a Ramadhaan because we have bad thoughts about o­ne another. We need a Ramadhaan because of dhulm, injustice to o­ne another. We need a Ramadhaan because there is backbiting, there is envy, there is jealousy, and there is slander. We need a Ramadhaan because we are despicable, because we are sick, because we are ill. (All these are diseases of the heart) We need a Ramadhaan because we don’t believe in the promise of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala, or if we do, we do not implement it. We need a Ramadhaan because it is time for us to change and become something better then we are now. We need a Ramadhaan because that is the o­nly thing that is going to get us together… We need a Ramadhaan because we don’t have unity, there’s no brotherhood We need a Ramadhaan because there’s no respect for elders We need a Ramadhaan because there’s no real love between us We need a Ramadhaan, full of love and the Mercy of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. A Ramadhaan like we come in, like in a clinic or a hospital, trying to solve our illnesses, trying to come out of there without the disease we came with, trying to be better than we went in with. We need a Ramadhaan. Look around you, look to your right, look to your left, look in front of you and look behind you and you’ll say, “We need a Ramadhaan”. The sisters aren’t covering properly, we need a Ramadhaan. Brothers and sisters are mixing. We need a Ramadhaan. Talking o­n phones and o­n the internet, we need a Ramadhaan. This is a mess, we are in a fix, we are in a bind, and this is a problem… We need a Ramadhaan. We need a Ramadhaan to get ourselves together. We need a Ramadhaan, that we come in the Masjid and we face the Qiblah and we say “Allaahu Akbar” and we stand in qiyaamah a long time until those diseases, that filth, that sickness, that hardness the heart goes away. We need a Ramadhaan that reminds us of the Hell-fire. We need a Ramadhaan that tells us that we haven’t been given a certificate that we are people of Jannah. We need a Ramadhaan that lets us known that we are servants of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. And if we were to spend our whole life, from the time we were born until Yawm al Qiyaamah in Sajdaah, it would not be enough to thank Allaah for His Mercy, His Grace and His Blessings. We need a Ramadhaan and it is clear. If there is any fear of Allaah left in the hearts of ours and if there is any hope of Jannaah left in us, and if there is any desire to change and to be better and to be righteous and to come to the level of Ihsaan, to come to the level of a Mumim, to have taqwa, to fear Allaah … we need a Ramadhaan. We need a Ramadhaan, a month of Tawbaah. We need a Ramadhaan, a month of Maghfira. We need a Ramadhaan to correct our behaviour, to correct the differences & the difficulties and the envy / jealousies in our relationship between o­ne another. We need a Ramadhaan to understand that we have been committing injustice to o­ne another. And as the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said : ‘Az-Zulm (injustice) – “Zulumaat yawmal Qiyaamah” –we’ll be changed physically into darkness o­n the Day of Judgement.’ We need a Ramadhaan to understand the Hadith : to fear the duaa of the o­ne to whom we have done injustice. For there is not between Allaah and the person making the invocation, the person making that supplication of the person to whom injustice has been done, there is no veil between that person and Allaah. That duaa is immediately accepted. The oppressor is the o­ne for whom things are not going right; He is tripping into this and falling into that; He is Slipping there and sliding here. Why I can’t get ahead? Why I can’t progress in my Deen? Why I can’t memorize this ayah? Why I can’t understand this hadeeth? We may be living under the invocation, the answer for invocation for someone whom we abused or stepped over. You know you need a Ramadhaan. I know I need a Ramadhaan. We know we need a Ramadhaan. We need to get ourselves together. We’ve been running around in filth, we have been having our hearts around the low matters; We need our hearts to be around the thrones of Allaah; We need to think about the high matters, high goals; We need to think about Jannah; We need a hope for al-Jannah. You’re planning for marriage, you’re planning for education, you’re planning for a job, but we need to plan for the Jannah. We need to prepare for the Jannah during the month of Ramadhaan. “‘Nahnu be haajathin Ma’aasa fir Ramadhaan.” We are in severe need for Ramadhaan, so that we come into Ramdhaan with repentance, we come into it with regret, we come into it realizing that we are weak, that we need Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala to correct us, realizing that we are wrong and that we need Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala to place upon us that which is right, realizing that we are weak and that we need Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala to grant us strength. We need a Ramadhaan. Oh Yes !! We need a Ramadhaan. We needs nights of Qiyaam, we need dua and sujood, we need nights of Ramadhaan to do thilawaah of Qura’an. We need to listen to Husri, or Sudays or Shurain, or Hudhaifi. We need a Ramadhaan to listen to the Qura’an. When was the last time that we listened to the Qura’an?? When was the last time we recited Qura’an? We need a Ramadhaan to study Qura’an, to implement the Qura’an, and this Ramadhaan may be our final Ramadhaan. As o­ne brother spoke, I believe it is Abu Thasleem Hafidahullaah, where is the guarantee that this is not our final Ramadhaan? What is the guarantee that it is not our final Ramadhaan? We have to come into it seriously. And we want to come out of it much better than we came into it. We want to come out of Ramadhaan with Taqwa, because that was the main reason that it was legislated. “O you who believe fasting has been written upon you as it was written for those before you, so that you may gain Taqwa.” Taqwa is fear of Allaah. If we had taqwa, our condition will be better than it is now. If we had taqwa our relationships would be smoother, if we had taqwa …father to son who is a Muslim, sister to brother who is Muslim, uncle, aunt, niece and nephew who is Muslim, husband and wife who are Muslims.. the relationships would be better if they are based upon Taqwa. And we can achieve Taqwa during the month of Ramadhaan. I don’t believe that our hearts are that hard, I don’t believe that we can’t change, I don’t believe that some of us who hold hatred for the last 10 years cannot learn to love, and because we have been taught deceit and deception now we can’t learn to trust. I don’t believe that those brothers who have left circumstances physically but have the teachings and the behaviours that they had while they were up there, that they can’t change. The sisters who remove their bodies from the fitnah and physically remove their bodies from a mistake, physically remove their bodies from foolishness but their hearts have to follow. Be iznillaahi tha’aalah ! Their hearts have to follow. We need a Ramadhaan to be as the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) was. That he was the most generous, he was generous in general and he was most generous in Ramadhaan. Like a wind … spending, giving to his right, giving to his left, giving in front of him, giving behind him, giving to anyone who came. He gave without them asking. We need a Ramadhaan to inculcate these qualities. We need to control our desires. We need to control our tongue. We need to control our limbs. We need to learn self-discipline. We need to control our anger. We must do things in Ramadhaan not out of habit, something that is just tradition., that we are more despicable when we went in. We have to change our condition. We have to change our connection with Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. For how light is the view of Allaah when they disobey Him. This is what was said by o­ne of the sahabas when he had the crown of the Persian King in his hand. And the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘that he had been sent before the hour. And my provision has been provided for me under the shade of my spear and humiliation has been written against anyone who goes against my orders. Humiliation has been written upon anyone who goes against my orders. If we want to continue in the position of humiliation that we are in, then do not take the grand opportunity act like it doesn’t exist, neglect and forget and be hard headed, be obstinate, follow your desires like you have been doing for the last 11 months and don’t benefit from Ramadhaan. And when our circumstances doesn’t change, when the Kuffar don’t remove their spears from our necks, when our women are consistently raped and they are now these days in many parts of the world, when all of that happens, don’t say “Why?” You know why. For we need a Ramadhaan and we have to correct ourselves in this Ramadhaan. And that you are a part of this Ummah and if you have an illness, and if you are a member of this ummah with a sickness, with filth, with crime, this affects the rest of the Ummah. It is like your body when you have an illness. It is like when you have hurt your finger or your toe, it affects the rest of the body. And it doesn’t have to be said to you that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “the believers are like o­ne body”. If we want to correct the position of the Ummah, then we must first start by correcting ourselves. Don’t worry about Ubyaid, Hassan and Musa, but worry about yourself. Be selfish this Ramadhaan. Not regarding giving sadaqa but where you are going to focus your rectification or how to rectify yourself. Your focus is going to be o­n yourself. Not worrying about this person and that person’s manhaj. Are you o­n the correct Manhaj?? Not worrying about whether a particular brother is o­n the bidah or the Sunnah. Are you upon the Sunnah? Have those brothers stopped committing their sins — have you stopped committing that sin? Has the brother made tawbah —- Have you made tawbah?? Has the brother corrected a situation —– have you corrected your situation? Worry about yourself. Worry about yourself this Ramadhaan. Any other Ramadhaan do what you will. But my sincere advice to you is, this Ramadhaan worry about yourself. Am I backbiting? Am I slandering? Am I committing fahishah? Am I committing gheebah? Am I committing Nameemah (tale-carrying)? Do I have ‘hasad’? Do I have pride (Kibr) ? Am I arrogant? Am I too harsh? Am I unkind? Am I not gentle enough? Am I gentle enough? Question yourself. Was my intention when I said what I said or did what I did for the pleasure of Allaah or to be noticed? When I spoke what I spoke was it for the pleasure of Allaah or to be seen or heard? Was I doing it “Haarisa min Qalbi’— sincerely from my heart or I did it to be known? ‘Khutbath Duroor’ — Loving to be known breaks it. Be Mukhlis. Be sincere. Be like that servant of Allaah like the Hadith that has been related in the Kitaab al tawheed of the soldier whose head is disheveled, who is bare-footed and dirty.. but he is sincere to Allaah. If he was placed at the rear of the army, he is pleased with that. And if he is placed in the front of the army he is displeased with that. His goal is Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. Not where I sit. Not us and them, Not you and I but his brothers and sisters ..its the servants of Allaah, it is the believers, it is the Muslim, the salafiyoon, it is Ahlul –athar, it is Ahlus-Sunnah, it is Ahlul-Hadith. No o­ne’ bigger and no o­ne is smaller . No o­ne wants to step o­n anyone nor desire that. All of us should be working for the pleasure of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. And if we don’t we have an illness which is Riyaah — doing things to be seen or Sum’aah — doing things to be heard and we need a Ramadhaan to correct that behaviour. If we find that we talk to the sisters or brothers too much, we need a Ramadhaan to learn to stop talking to those who are not halaal for us to talk to. And if we find that we are mixing too much, we need a Ramadhaan to start mixing with those whom you are not supposed to mix with. We find that we have jealousy in our hearts, vengeance in our hearts, distrust in our hearts for other Muslims based upon nothing but Shaitaan whispers to us, we need a Ramadhaan. We get all the good in front of us when we have the Book of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala and the Sunnaah of the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and the fahmas Salafus Saalih and the connection to the inheritors of the Prophet alaihissalaam – the Ulamaa – we got all the good in front of us but we are like that individual who has a disease and he has the prescription for the medicine in front of him but he refuses to open the package – let alone read it —– let alone take it. We need a Ramadhaan, Our condition won’t change. We’ll continue to complain. We need a Ramadhaan or we’ll forever be in pain. We need a Ramadhaan or we’ll go insane. We need a Ramadhaan, you and I. Why can’t we lift up, roll up our sleeves? Why do we have to beat the hands of o­ne another? Why do we have to step o­n somebody to get somewhere? Why do we have to step o­n our brother – he wants to go to the same place where you want to go? The Jannah. Why can’t we do it together? Why can’t we be side by side? You roll up your sleeves and I’ll roll up my sleeves, we’ll get busy and we’ll get help and support o­ne another. Why can’t we make excuses? Why can’t we forgive? Why can’t we forget? Why can’t we let things go? Upon clarity, upon Haqq, knowing the Sunnah, knowing the Deen, connected to the scholars, not preceding them in any statement or action and if they make a statement, we make their statement (not add our own), This is important. We need a Ramadhaan. This blessed month where you can go in as the most despicable devil and come out like an angel. That blessed month when you can go in as a miser and come out as the generous … that blessed month where you can be o­ne of those hard-hearted brothers – (everybody usually gives you a smile but you don’t give anybody a smile) – and if you do it right, you’ll come out of Ramadhaan giving smiles to those brothers , not in the faces of the sisters but the faces of your brothers.. We need a Ramadhaan to correct our condition : we are slow, we are lazy, we don’t have any incentive towards the deen and the Aakhiraah, the Hereafter . Our incentives are towards the Dunya and if the opposite of this was true most of the neighbourhood around here would be Muslims. Many would enter Islaam in folds, as Sheikh Ubaid Madkhali Hafidaallaah says in his explanation of ‘Usool as thalaathah’, that Islaam is a Mahaasin – the beauty of it is explained. Islaam he said is a Mu’jizaa minal Mu’jizaath’ — Islaam is a miracle of the Mircales. Ayah minal Ayaahs. It is that, when it is presented to the hearts, when it is presented to the people, and it is done in the right way, what happens? They enter Islaam ‘Afwaajan’ – in the multitudes. He said that if o­ne of them has a business and we want to advertise, very few who wouldn’t advertise at all would say that “I have a business but I am going to be silent.” Business won’t be successful and no o­ne will benefit, he will loose. Generally a good business person gets a good advertisement – he may use the print media, he may use the radio, the audio media, to get his advertisement — his dawa’ah , he’ll call out so that people will come and he mixes in the most beautiful way and has the most beautiful response. This is what he does. The Sheikh said, ‘if we were to do that with Islaam, show its beauty, explain its Mahasin –its beauty, it is the natural fitrah of the person (unless his fitrah has been polluted) that he wants to know Islaam. He wants to know why he walks upon the earth. He wants to know his prayer. He wants to have his connection with his Creator. He wants to know the purpose of his existence. But who will explain it to him or her? Who will tell them? Who will open up those hearts? It is supposed to be ‘us’. Those of us who cannot express ourselves, what about our actions? If the person sees you are truthful , why you are truthful? Because Islaam teaches you truthfulness and you must be truthful and there is high martaba being truthful and minas-Siddeeqi is the o­nly martaba — level after the Prophets… It is the first level after the Prophets, rather. Closest to the prophet’s stations are those who are Siddiqeen, the most truthful. So you be truthful because of that. You keep your word because of that. You are gentle, you are nice, you have good behaviour, you have good etiquette, you have good deportment, so when it comes to Islaam it is Afwaajan. So if you don’t see them doing it, we are doing what we are not supposed to be doing. If we were doing what we are supposed to be doing, we would probably have to have this type of fundraising at o­ne of the football stadiums. If we are doing what we are supposed to be doing, people will be hearing Islaam from the radio, they will see articles written in the papers regularly, they would see good behaviour, they would see kindness and gentleness, patience and forbearance. They would see the qualities and characteristics of Mustapha sallallahu alaihi wassallam. i.e if we were doing our job. But we are not. Not the male or the female. Not father or mother or child. We are not upon what we should be upon, we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing. We need a Ramadhaan to clarify our situation. We need a Ramadhaan to put us in position. We need a Ramadhaan to give this Ummah a rebirth, air .. we have to understand that we are global. Whoever follows the Book of Allaah, the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and the Manhaj of the Salafus Saalih, then they are our closest brothers. And those who are upon ignorance, innovation, not mukaffarah, they are still brothers from a distant but from within this Ummah. So it affects all of us. And we are connected in that way. If you sit there saying, ‘I don’t care what they do to the Muslims in India doesn’t concern me; I don’t care if they bomb Afghanistan up the planet… I don’t care…. it has nothing to do with me …then you are a racist, a nationalist, you are not a Salafi. Because a Salafi concerns himself about this Ummah. Salafi at night thinks about this Ummah. Salafi cries in his salaah about the condition of this Ummah, he cries about all locally, he cries about their condition internationally. We need a Ramadhaan so that we can realize the Islaamic brotherhood again. We need a Ramadhaan because some of them never practiced brotherhood ever in their lives and may have been Muslims 50 years. We need a Ramadhaan so that the sisters learn sisterhood, We need a Ramadhaan so that we can focus o­n the Aakhirah — Hereafter and we give Naseehah and advice to o­ne another that is of benefit and that our talking and our mixing is just not about the Dunya, and what you want to do in the Dunya and how you are gonna be in this Dunya. We need a Ramadhaan so that people learn to inculcate in their children to be like Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq, Umar al-Khattab, Sa’ad abi Ibn Waqqas and like this. We need a Ramadhaan so that they can study knowledge. This Ummah needs another Bin Baaz, this Ummah needs another Al-Albani, this Ummah needs another Muqbil, this Ummah needs another Ibn Taimiyyah, this Ummah needs all of these and more. You are gonna tell me that none of them can come or no o­ne like them can from our families? None of them can come from us? Not everyone who comes from us have to be Goofi. Can’t our children speak the Arabic language at a young age? Can’t we put in the hands of our children books that will benefit the Ummah.. the same love the Kaafir have for Harry Potter and their imaginary books? Our hope is low. Our desire is low. We are supposed to be having high goals. We should be looking at our kids Abdullaah and Abdurrahman and saying : You might be Sheikh Naasir for this Ummah. We should be saying when listening to Sudaisi and Shuraim that it could be you leading the salaah in haram. We are supposed to be having high goals. But until we brush off the dust, the foolishness of the jaahiliyyah , the hastiness of the youth, the bad characteristics that we have, we have to get rid of them , we have to change our condition, we need aRamadhaan. We need our Qiyaam at night, we need recitation of Qura’an, we need to sit together and talk together o­nly about the deen, not about the Dunya, we need to worry about our status in the Aakhirah, in the Hereafter. We need to wake up from our sleep. Wake up Oh Sleepy o­ne. !! our slumber has been too long. You got to wake up, take wudoo, get within the caravan of Mohamed Ibn Abdullah, Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq, Umar al-Khattab, Ibn Taimiyyah – you have to get with it. How long are we going to stay sick? How long are we going to be unsettled? How long are we going to have our problems? We need a Ramadhaan. And let this Ramadhaan be the o­ne where you come out of it better, come out of it committed, come out of it devoted, you come out of it with your head held high. You are from the Ummah of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and don’t you forget it!! Walhamdulillaahi rabbil aalameen. 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