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  • Heartbreaking story of Hareem’s fight against Cancer

    On the 13th of August 2017, Hareem Ahmed had vomited blood and was in and out of consciousness. The emergency services were informed and admitted Hareem into Queen’s Medical Centre. The doctor that reviewed Hareem’s medical records had made the assumption that Hareem had acid reflux, as the doctors suggested his health to be perfect for his age – if not better.

    Whilst Hareem was admitted he underwent an Endoscopy scan which uncovered a large sized lump in his oesophagus. The doctors had informed Hareem’s family this could be cancerous. He was subjected to a CT scan which confirmed the family’s worst fear, Hareem had been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, which has now spread to his gland. This came as a shock to even the doctors as they stated they’ve never experienced this in their lifetimes and is extremely rare to be diagnosed with oesophagus cancer at the age of 24.

    He currently is 24 years of age, this form of cancer is extremely rare in a young adults as “less than 15% of cases are found by people younger than age 55.” We, Hareem’s brothers, are starting this GoFundMe page on his behalf to help fund for his treatment abroad at John Hopkins hospital in America. The specific treatment that we are seeking at John Hopkins hospital is Immunotherapy, which would be the most effective treatment for the cancer that he has.

    Hareem had been diagnosed 6 days before his first wedding anniversary. Hareem Ahmed married on 26th of August 2016 and had dreams of having children. However, being diagnosed with cancer 6 days before your 1st wedding anniversary is heart-breaking. As you can imagine, a year prior to the diagnosis – on his wedding day, he was flooded with happiness which was amplified through his heart-warming smiley, even though he has always had that smile on his face. Despite the devistating news he was confronted with, he still smiles and laughs all the time. He’s still the same Hareem everyone knows him as; happy, cheerful and kind-hearted.

    Because of this, Hareem has now been forced to put his life on hold. During these 24 years of his life, he has been working towards helping others, having a family and owning his very own business. Hareem has dreams and ambitions to pursue a career within the Business Management and Marketing sector, as this was the subject he studied whilst at University. Furthermore, Hareem firmly believes owning a business isn’t enough as helping others is his ultimate goal.

    As Hareem firmly believes the family, friends and the general public will assist him in this time of need, Hareem wishes to help others through charity work once he is succesful in his battle with cancer. After being diagnosed with cancer, Hareem has stated he wishes to help those that most need it ranging from those with cancer to those that are homeless. Furthermore, he has also stated that once he recovers from this battle against cancer, he wishes to devot his life towards charity work by starting his own charity foundation and volunteering spare time in order to help those that most need it, as well as owning a business to get him by.

    Hareem is a very confident and well spoken individual who aspires to achieve the best he possibly can. He has a strong state of mind and has remained strong throughout this difficult time. He is very thankful for all the support he has been receiving and also reads every comment and message. As he is currently recovering, he’s unable to respond to everyone but he does want everyone to know he is very thankful and appreciative of all the support.

    We ask for your help to raise money for Hareem and the urgent treatment he requires to help get his life back on track. No amount is too small and we will forever be thankful for any help that is recieved.

    Go Fund Page : https://www.gofundme.com/hareems-fight-against-cancer

  • Customers demanding to know whether Cadbury is Halal or Not!

    Cadbury has been forced to respond to furious customers after an old picture surfaced online indicating that its chocolate Easter eggs in the UK are halal certified.

    Customers anger was sparked after the picture, which appears to have been taken in 2014, of a Cadbury’s employee holding a certificate showing its products are halal-certified surfaced on social media with the caption: “Cadbury proudly displaying their latest new halal certificates, pass it on.”

    As soon as the image was re-shared on Twitter some customers accused the brand of “Muslim appeasement” while other threatened to boycott it all together.

    As a result, Cadbury responded to the fierce reaction by explaining:

    “None of our UK products are halal certified and we have never made any changes to our chocolate to specifically make them halal.”

    “They are just suitable for those following a halal diet in the same way that standard food such as bread or water.”

    In a separate statement a spokesperson for Mondelez, which owns Cadbury, said: “In the UK our chocolate products are suitable for vegetarians and those following a halal diet, however they are not Halal certified.  As our chocolate products do not contain meat, the ritual of halal does not apply and in the UK carry no halal certifications of any kind. The only animal related products we use in our British chocolate are milk and eggs. We take care to point out if and when our products are suitable for certain sections of society who take an interest in the ingredients and manufacturing process.

    “Elsewhere in the world, we may label products with any number of certifications based on consumer interest and dietary requirements, and the best place for consumers to find that information is on the product label in that country.  However, Cadbury welcomes consumers of all faiths and none.”

    Under Sharia law, or Islamic law, products that contain pork are not considered halal and so should not be consumed by Muslims.

    The image  appears to originate from the firm’s Asia-Pacific market.

    In 2014, Islamic authorities in Malaysia confirmed Cadbury chocolate had been found not to contain pork DNA after concerns were raised about whether the company’s chocolate contained pig DNA.

    Source: Independent News

  • Dubai’s 22-carat Gold Tea!

    Dubai: Believe it or not, you can now drink gold in Dubai. Costing just Dh55 a cup, gold tea is available at a promotional price at Mocca Art Cafe, Downtown Dubai.
    “We introduced it around two weeks ago,” cafe founder and partner Ashraf Mahran told XPRESS. The 32-year-old Egyptian was inspired to bring the concept here after tasting it in a UK hotel.

    “Basically, we use gold-plated tea leaves that are edible and are approved by the authorities.”
    The tea travels far before being served here. “We source the tea from Ceylon, send it to Germany to get it plated, then to Morocco for flavouring. The end product is unique.”
    Mahran said the tea is popular among Emiratis, Westerners and other expatriates. “Gold tea is common in places like China, India and the West, but this is the first coffee shop to serve it here,” he said.
    The tea has a distinct taste. “The flavour is very distinct and the tea is beneficial to health as it is very relaxing,” he added.

  • Could this be the last we see of Amir Khan?

    Khan is due to return to the ring on April 21, his first fight since May 2016 when he was knocked out by Canelo Alvarez.

    The 31-year-old has since had hand surgery, endured a public break-up and reconciliation with his wife Faryal Makhdoom and appeared on “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”.

    And Khan’s next opponent Lo Greco took the opportunity at their first press conference to ridicule the Brit about his personal life, including a Tweet in which he accused Anthony Joshua of having an affair with his wife, an allegation all parties have now rejected.
    “After Canelo, you went on a losing streak: family, wife… and then you go out and you tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world,” Lo Greco said.

    “What is wrong with you, mate? What is wrong?

    “You go out and you tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world that he can have your leftovers.”
    At that point, Khan jumped to his feet and threw the glass of water in front of him into Lo Greco’s face.

    The action was in stark contrast to Khan’s quotes ahead of the press conference, in which Khan had insisted there was respect between the two boxers.

    “I can’t wait to get back into the ring,” Khan had said.

    “Phil Lo Greco will be coming with everything to win this fight and I’m not going to give him an inch.
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    AMIR KHAN had to be restrained by his new promoter Eddie Hearn after throwing a glass of water at Phil Lo Greco.
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    Khan is due to return to the ring on April 21, his first fight since May 2016 when he was knocked out by Canelo Alvarez.

    The 31-year-old has since had hand surgery, endured a public break-up and reconciliation with his wife Faryal Makhdoom and appeared on “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”.

    And Khan’s next opponent Lo Greco took the opportunity at their first press conference to ridicule the Brit about his personal life, including a Tweet in which he accused Anthony Joshua of having an affair with his wife, an allegation all parties have now rejected.

    Amir Khan press conference brawlGETTY

    Amir Khan triggered a press conference brawl by throwing water at Paul Lo Greco
    “After Canelo, you went on a losing streak: family, wife… and then you go out and you tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world,” Lo Greco said.

    “What is wrong with you, mate? What is wrong?

    “You go out and you tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world that he can have your leftovers.”

    Amir KhanGETTY

    Amir Khan accused Anthony Joshua last summer but recanted the accusation
    At that point, Khan jumped to his feet and threw the glass of water in front of him into Lo Greco’s face.

    The action was in stark contrast to Khan’s quotes ahead of the press conference, in which Khan had insisted there was respect between the two boxers.

    “I can’t wait to get back into the ring,” Khan had said.

    “Phil Lo Greco will be coming with everything to win this fight and I’m not going to give him an inch.

    “He’s an aggressive fighter who is always looking to press the fight and come forward. That makes for a very exciting and action-packed fight for the fans.

    “He’s shared the ring with the likes of Spence Jr and Porter, so he’s operated at the highest level.

    “I respect him as a fighter and know he will be coming with big ambitions but I’m going to put on a great performance and prove to the boxing world that the king is well and truly back.”

  • Mac Cosmetics – List of Halal and Haram options!

    Mac Cosmetics, whether you’re a makeup artist, a makeup enthusiast, or someone who wears makeup occasionally, you’ve definitely heard of Mac Cosmetics.

    But, to buy or not to buy? Does it contain a nice little piglet or two? Maybe piglet’s friend cow is in with him?

    Well if you’re a Mac lover you can heave a great sigh of relief because Mac ensures its customers that most of their products are plant based. The only ingredients that are animal based in their products are Beeswax, Lanolin, and Carmine.

    Beeswax and Lanolin are both permissible for Muslim consumers, but Vegans may want to avoid these ingredients for personal reasons.

    Carmine on the other hand is a debatable ingredient. In lip products this ingredient is definitely Haram due to the fact that you will end up consuming the product. On other areas of the face this product is debatable and up to your own discretion.

    Unfortunately in every shade of lipstick, the ingredient list only states carmine as being a “May Contain” ingredient (depending on the shade of lipstick). Fortunately, the company will kindly tell you which lipsticks have and do not have carmine in them. I have emailed a number of companies, and I will tell you that Mac is one of the few companies that will tell you if a particular shade of lipstick has carmine. This makes Mac a great company for Muslim consumers. The only downside is that you have to wait for Mac to respond to your inquiry before you can go out and purchase your lipstick, and if you’re impatient like me, you’re really going to hate having to wait before you buy your desired product.

    Just to help some of you sisters out, I have compiled a list of some of the Mac lipsticks/lip liners that DO NOT have carmine. Keep in mind that Mac has a huge assortment of lipstick shades, so if your lip product isn’t on the list, make sure to give them a call:

    LIPSTICK
    Pro Longwear Lipcreme
    Lip Pencils
    Lip Glass
    Brave
    Till Tomorrow
    Spice
    2N
    Ruby Woo
    Sweet Ever After
    Whirl
    Lust
    Snob
    Unlimited
    Stone (discontinued)
    Just Superb
    Girl About Town

    Oak
    Deelight
    Cherish

    What Comes Naturally
    Loud and Lovely
    Kinda Sexy

    Entertain Me
    Fashion Scoop
    Twig

    Night Moth
    Double Dare
    Myth

    Boy Bait
    Profusion (discontinued)

    Floral Abundance
    Kraft (discontinued)

    Angel

    Please Me

    Mac Red

    Russian Red

    Taupe

    Honeylove

    Velvet Teddy

    Morange

    Spice is Nice

    Verve

    Mocha

    Retro

    Amorous

    Del Rio

    Rebel

    Captive

  • Brillo Pads Rumours

    Q. Do Brillo® Steel Wool Soap Pads contain animal products?
    A. Yes, the soap in Brillo® Steel Wool Soap Pads is made from natural beef tallow.

    http://www.brillo.com/faqs.asp

    Brillo pads are permissible to use as the soap despite being sourced from beef tallow, is subject to a complete chemical metamorphosis thus rendering “the end product” pure.

    Please note:
    The information in the question refers to the North American version of Brillo Pads. With reference to the UK version of Brillo soap pads, the UK subsidiary is currently investigating the source of the soap pads as they have several suppliers. The information will be on their website as they receive it.

    http://www.scjohnson.co.uk/nqcontent5125.html?a_id=5849

    And Allah knows Best

  • Ofsted Question Muslim Girls

    Ofsted’s recommendation for inspectors to question Muslim primary school girls if they are wearing a hijab has been condemned as “kneejerk, discriminatory and institutionally racist” by more than 1,000 teachers, academics and faith leaders.

    Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted and chief inspector of schools, said the move was to tackle situations in which wearing a hijab “could be interpreted as sexualisation” of girls as young as four or five, when most Islamic teaching requires headdress for girls only at the onset of puberty.

    “While respecting parents’ choice to bring up their children according to their cultural norms, creating an environment where primary school children are expected to wear the hijab could be interpreted as sexualisation of young girls,” Spielman said.

    The Muslim Council of Britain secretary-general, Harun Khan, responded to the move saying: “It is deeply worrying that Ofsted has announced it will be specifically targeting and quizzing young Muslim girls who choose to wear the headscarf.

    “It sends a clear message to all British women who adopt this that they are second-class citizens, that while they are free to wear the headscarf, the establishment would prefer that they do not,” he said.

    “The many British Muslims who choose to wear the headscarf have done extremely well in education and are breaking glass ceilings. It is disappointing that this is becoming policy without even engaging with a diverse set of mainstream Muslim voices on the topic,” he added.

  • Are Skittles Halal or Haram? 2018

    This was because it contained E120 cochineal but recently has been removed. The Wrigley’s Website still lists E120 as an ingredient but it is no longer listed on a back of the packet and it says “Suitable for Vegetarians” : Skittles is a brand of fruit-flavoured sweets, currently produced and marketed by the Wm.7 May 2015
    So they are #HALAL now!

  • The Facts on Cannabis Oil to treat Cancer

    The hype: Cannabis oil is often heralded as a treatment to destroy or shrink cancerous tumors, as well as a cure for diabetes, ulcers, arthritis, migraines, insomnia, infections, and many other diseases. Also called marijuana oil or hemp oil, it’s extracted from marijuana plants, often with higher proportion of a compound known as CBD (cannabidiol), which has less of a psychoactive effect than the more-famous THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) compound that gets marijuana users high.

    Cannabis oil is available in several forms with different potencies. It can be infused into cooking oil that users squirt under the tongue or mix into food. Its vapors can also be inhaled. By federal law, cannabis products are illegal, though several states have enacted laws to legalize their medical use.

    The evidence: While commercially available cannabis compounds are FDA-approved to reduce cancer treatment–related side effects such as nausea and vomiting and to improve appetite, no clinical trials have shown that cannabis products can treat cancer.

    Claims that cannabis oil cures cancer are anecdotal and largely unsupportable, based on scant research done in mice and in labs. Side effects can include memory and attention loss. Perhaps most important, there is evidence that cannabis compounds may inhibit enzymes that patients need to metabolize other anticancer drugs, thereby increasing their toxicity or reducing their effectiveness.

    The verdict: “So far, there are no human studies that show cannabis oil can be used as cancer treatment,” Dr. Yeung says. “Patients who are using it — or any form of marijuana — should let their doctors know so they can advise you properly.”

  • Is RedBull Haram?

    Here is what reply I got from Red Bull UK:

    “Thanks for getting in touch about this.

    I can 100% confirm that Red Bull contains no animal derivatives and that all ingredients are synthetically produced and are not extracted from any animal source (so the bull’s urine myth is completely untrue!)

    Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid, which naturally occurs in the body of all mammals (including humans.) However, the Taurine that is contained in Red Bull is synthetically produced and contains no animal extracts or derivatives, therefore it is suitable for consumption by
    vegetarians and vegans as well as being certified as Halal and Kosher by the relevant federations.

    The wikipedia information relates to Taurine in general and the majority of the information (particularly about where it comes from) does not apply to the Taurine in Red Bull.

    Best regards
    Red Bull UK”

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