Health & Wellbeing

  • Can We Use Deodorants, Creams, and Perfumes That Contain Alcohol?

    Yes it is permitted to use deodorants and creams containing alcohol, as it is invariably synthetic alcohol and not the khamr (wine) that is absolutely impermissible and filthy.

    Non-wine alcohol is not ritually impure. As a result, it is permitted in external uses, such as in perfumes and soaps. [Mufti Taqi Usmani, Takmilat Fath al-Mulhim; Shaykh Mustafa Zarqa, Fatawa]
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  • Is Creatine is halal?

    Creatine is a organic acid of nitrogenous base found in the muscle of animal and also precursor of Glycine amino acid.


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  • Since none of the products contain animal or alcohol ingredients, we would
    regard them as Halal.

    Crest Complete Toothpaste
    Extra Fresh
    Extra White
    Fresh Breath & Extra White
    Mild Fresh
    Crest Decay Prevention Mild Mint Toothpaste
    Crest Revitalising Toothpaste
    Energising Mint
    Invigorating Mint
    Crest for Kids Toothpaste
    Oral B Stages Berry Bubble Toothpaste
    Oral B Mouth Rinse
    Anti-Plaque
    Sensitive
    Fixodent Denture Cream
    Original
    Food Seal
    Fresh
    Hygiene
    Neutral

  • Avon – Halal or Haram?

    From Avon


    ‘All Avon products declare a list of ingredients on the packaging or product in accordance with the EU legislation.Avon practise strict quality control procedures so that the products are sold when fully satisfied with the safety and quality.  All our products go through safety testing procedures for both raw ingredients and finished formulations before released.

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  • The brain should not be taken for granted. Look after it through Tilaawah, fresh air, sunlight and mental exercise. Fresh wholesome food stimulates and improves brain function.

    Fresh Cold-water Fish contain docosahexanoic acid (DHA). There have been over 3000 studies on the enormous benefits of fish oil for the human body, not least of which the impact these oils have on the brain.
    Eggs have been shown to be an outstanding brain food due to the choline in the yolk. Children especially will benefit from eating eggs regularly.
    Animal protein is important for brain function. It is the best source of Vitamin B12, without which our cognitive function seriously declines. Apart from all the other problems caused by a lack of Vitamin   B12, the brain relies heavily on B vitamins, in particular B12.
    Nuts  & Seeds are wonderful lubricators of the brain. Eat the seeds rather than the oils. This is the most natural way to obtain healthy fibre, minerals, oil, and other nutrients, as the oils are extremely unstable once pressed and go rancid very quickly. ?Roasted? nuts are often deep-fried, making them lose their goodness.
    Brightly coloured fruit & veg generally advertise their potent antioxidants to us. Eat a variety of ?colours? daily. These antioxidants are powerful memory boosters, enhancing memory preventing oxidation of the brain and generally improving moods.
    Green foods such as watercress (reputedly a favourite of Ummul Mumineen Aishah raḍiayllāhu ?anhā), lettuce, spinach and kale are high in folic acid, known to help boost brain power.
    Green Tea prevents brain oxidation ? a major cause of depression.
    Water stimulates brain activity. Dehydration severely interferes with brain activity.
    Things to avoid
    Stress is amongst the worst interference of brain activity. Relax, be gentle and engage in remembrance of Allāh and ṣalawāt (salutations) upon His Messenger, Muhammad ṣallallāhu ?alayhi wa sallam.
    Lack of sleep causes cognitive decline.
    Hydrogenated Oils & Trans Fats contribute to the oxidation of the brain. They are found in vegetable oils, margarines, pastries and processed and refined foods.

    High sugar intake will promote high insulin release which can have a very destructive force on the brain.  Substitute sugar with the Sunnah of honey where possible.

  • The Stinging nettle plant has many traditional uses, mainly in the anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and urogenital departments. The usefulness of nettle leaves as an anti-inflammatory in rheumatic pain is confirmed by a number of clinical studies. Studies have also convincingly confirmed its traditional use for allergies.

    The plant

    Nettle originates from Eurasia, but is now distributed in most of the colder, moist climates. This perennial herb grows to about a metre tall. Other than the strongly serrated leaves, the most striking feature is the fine, brittle hairs covering the leaves and stems.

    Uses Other uses include blood pressure lowering and heart rate-lowering. The use of nettle root extract in benign prostate hyperplasia is also being studied intensely and offers amazing promise for older men. Nettle also helps prevent hair loss.

    To make your own, use about 80g of either leaf or cleaned root to a litre of boiling water. In the case of leaves this amounts to about 4 cups. Allow to cool, strain off the leaves and drink the watery tea. Note that roots and leaves have different effects. According to folklore, half a cup of this infusion should be drunk 2 to 3 times per week for preventative purposes, or the same amount daily for treatment purposes. Long term use is not recommended.

    Growing your own

    Stinging nettle grows like a weed and will not be confined to a particular spot. It is recommended that it be grown in pots to prevent unwanted expansion. Seeds are not easy to obtain, but it grows well from rootstock. It grows best in moist shady areas.

    Glossary

    Anti-inflammatory: opposing the pain, heat, redness and swelling produced by the body’s immune reaction to injury or foreign objects.

    Cardiovascular: of or pertaining to the heart and blood vessels.
    Urogenital: of, or pertaining to the body system responsible for urine excretion, including the kidneys, bladder and genitalia.
  • Theobroma cacao or the cocoa tree, is a small (4–8 m tall) evergreen tree, native to the deep tropical regions of Central and South America. Its seeds are used to make cocoa powder and chocolate. Humans have consumed the cacao bean and its surrounding fruit for over 2000 years. Theobroma (cocoa) is Greek for “food of the gods.” Its main psychoactive component is theobromine.

    Cocoa may be famous foremost as a delicious food, however there are also health benefits – proven and anecdotal. Traditionally the cocoa plant had several uses, including the control of parasites, as an antiseptic, and even as a remedy for snakebite.
    Several clinical trials have demonstrated the usefulness of cocoa for several applications, most notably as a cough suppressant. The November 2004 edition of New Scientist mentioned double-blind studies which indicated cocoa to be far more effective than conventional cough remedies such as codeine. Cocoa also has a high number of anti-cancer plant based chemicals, including theobromine and related beneficial compounds.
    Theobromine has diuretic properties, useful for someone suffering from liquid retention. It also has dilatory effects on the circulatory system, helping to reduce the effects of high blood pressure. It is also thought to reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.
    Addiction
    Many people would testify that they are chocoholics. This may be related to both its sensuous eating and taste qualities and its effects on the brain. Chocolate is a comfort food, with high fat and sugar levels. It stimulates dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure and has similar, yet milder, properties to caffeine. Besides theobromine, cocoa also contains other psychoactive compounds which may contribute to its addictive nature, e.g.  methylxanthines, biogenic amines and cannabinoid-like fatty acids. Yet there are no recognised physical withdrawal symptoms.
    Modern chocolate
    Modern processing may include chemicals used in growing cocoa and other additives which deplete theobromine. Milk chocolate contain high levels of milk, fat, sugar and emulsifiers such as soy lecithin. The sectors of the chocolate industry have been accused of using child and slave labour.

    Food as close to its natural state generally has more benefit. Good chocolate contains cocoa butter, cheaper variants contain vegetable fat. If organic products are unavailable, dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. It has less sugar and dairy but has a far higher cocoa content.

  • Can we use Alcohol based gel?

    Yes, it is permitted to clean one’s hands with such a gel, because

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