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Hakeemah’s Corner: Health and Survival: Prepare to Live Healthy by ipinfo2
December 8, 2012, 1:07 am
Filed under: 2009 June Vol. 1, Hakimah's Corner

June Vol. 1, 2009

By Hk. Razia A. Mumin

We have come a long way in modern times, in regard to comforts and medical wonders and technology. Everything is quick and efficient. We live in a developed nation that is constantly trying to improve, and upgrade itself. We rush through life: to school, work, meetings, and business. Our day is well planned and set to fit into society much the same as every other American. Because Allah, the Most High, has pre-ordained that we maintain ourselves and our families, as well as be law abiding citizens, we as Muslims do this with pride.
However, through all of the hustle and bustle we occasionally need to stop and reflect. We should slow down, and using a microscope, look at our lives. Are we happy? Are we really doing what is expected of us? Whose standard of living are we living up to? Can we live healthier on our present income? Are we ever going to be self sufficient? (Do we have a choice?)
We can do better.
Our ancestors knew how to be self sufficient. In days of old, work consumed their time much the same way it does ours; however, their work consisted largely of manual labor. People were cutting wood, carrying water, tending the fire, cooking, farming, sewing the clothing, home schooling their children, tending gardens, raising animals, making soap, and doing community service. Although their life expectancy was much shorter than ours, and they didn’t have half of the modern conveniences that we have now, they definitely did a lot more work than we do now. We need to practice some olden day methods because, soon, there may be no way of getting around it. With the global economy the way it is, the olden days might just catch up to us again! It is better to be prepared.
If we want to survive the coming years on our own two feet, we need to pay more attention to our ancestor’s way of life. Read about them; do serious research. We have to incorporate naturalist ways of living and share our ideas and views with each other. We need to take a crash course, and act on it quickly.
We need to purchase organic seeds. Why organic? Because the quality of the finished product is healthier and easier to digest. After harvesting your produce this year, let some of your crops go to seed and save the seeds for the next planting season. Generally, you should plan your gardens early in the winter. As soon as the ground is workable, work it! Start your seedlings in your homes.
Start gathering and stocking the sorts of foods that will hold you over for long periods of time, such as: olive oil, ghee, chapatti flour, oatmeal, vermicelli, barley, garlic, onions, basmati rice, honey, nuts and dried fruits. We need to learn how to truly be self sufficient, and we need to do it now.
American Indians were self sufficient; they lived off of the land. They bartered and traded and made their own clothing, food, and medicine. People all over the world have been self sufficient for centuries. The consumer society that many Americans live in is now out of control. We need to refocus.
Here is a basic list of things you’ll need to get started.
1. First Aid- You can never be prepared enough. Have these on hand: surgical tape, gauze, du’a water, white cotton material, cotton balls, castor oil, white cotton wash clothes (collect them; you can’t have enough), peroxide, walnut powder (fungal problems and oral diseases), turmeric (antiseptic), cayenne pepper (bleeding, open wounds), charcoal powder (poison ingestion), baking soda (bee stings).
3. Herbs- If you don’t have the herbs below, plant them. Most of them are perennial and can save you a visit to the doctor’s office: amla powder (urinary tract infection, blood purifier), burdock, walnut powder, yarrow (fever, sore throat), elderberry, red clover, catnip, neem powder (anti viral, contains sulfur and penicillin), peppermint, cayenne, turmeric, alum powder (rotting and breaking teeth, tooth ache), licorice, cloves, myrrh, aloe, echinacea, fenugreek, plantain, horsetail, and raspberry, comfrey, and witch hazel.
4. Tools- A part of self sufficiency, you must collect them and keep them clean: hoe, splitting axe, pick ax, chainsaw, generator, cast iron cookware, rake, garden fork, shovel, wheel barrel, buckets, ladders, snow shovels, hammer, nails, hoses, work gloves, boots, hard hat waterproof outdoor clothing, flint rock, funnel and a watering can.
5. Essential oils- these are important also; if you can find a pure source it would be helpful to have: lemon, peppermint, lavender, rose, ginger and eucalyptus on hand.
6. Seeds to purchase- Remember organic is without a doubt the best. If you are having a problem finding them on or offline don’t let it stop you from planting. Perennials like asparagus will serve you for many years, Allah willing.
7. Skills to learn and teach-Basket weaving, sewing, knitting, fishing, crocheting, animal husbandry, building, gardening, car repair, shoe making and soap making.
8. Cleaning supplies- Castile soap is the cleanest of soaps and is multi purpose. You can grate a bar of Castile soap, add 1 egg, 1tsp olive oil, and 1tsp lemon juice and have an enriching shampoo. The following are a few inexpensive recipes for general cleaning. Dish-washing detergent: Mix together 2tbsp. baking soda and 2tbsp. borax. Add very hot water, then cold for washing dishes. Window cleaner: Mix 1 flat club soda (16oz) with 2 tbsp. baking soda and 2tbsp. borax. Mix ingredients together and put in spray bottle.

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Health and Survival tips for 2009
(Take the time to be healthy
We have come a long way in 14, 00 years, in regards to modern comforts and medical wonders. We have seen lots of changes in travel, broadcasting, massive building, and production. Everything is quick and efficient. We live in a developed nation that is constantly trying to improve, and upgrade itself. We rush through life, to School, work, meetings, and business. Our day is planned and set to fit into society as every other American. Allah Ta Ala has pre ordained that we maintain ourselves and our families, and be law abiding citizens. We as Muslims do this with pride.
However, through all of the hustle and bustle we occasionally need to really stop and reflect. We should slow down, and using a microscope, look at our lives. Are we happy? Are we really doing what is expected of us? Whose standard of living, are we living up to? Can we live healthier, on our present income? Are we ever going to be self sufficient? Do we have a choice?
We may or may not ever have a lot of money however; we do have intelligence, a will to survive and the ability to do better. We can do better.
People the world over have the same basic needs,
And they are food, shelter and clothing. Times as they are now, we need them as inexpensively as possible. Our ancestors knew how to cut a corner.
In days of old, Work consumed the day the same as ours, however it was manual labor. People were cutting wood, carrying water tending the fire, sewing the clothing, farming, home schooling their children, tending to the garden and raising animals, cooking, making soap, doing community services……that was defiantly a lot more work than we do today. Also their life expectancy was much shorter than ours; they didn’t have half of the modern conveniences that we have now. We need to practice some olden day methods because there is no getting around it, they olden have caught up with us again!
If we want to survive the coming years ahead on our own two feet, on minimum wage or no wage we need to pay more attention to our ancestor’s way of life. Read about them and do serious research. We have got to incorporate naturalist ways of living and share our ideas and views with each others. We need to take a crash course, and act on it quickly! We need to purchase organic seeds. Why organic, because the quality of the finished product is healthier and easier to digest. When you plant this season let some of your crops go to seed and save the seeds for the next planting season. Plan your gardens NOW, early in the winter and as soon as the ground is workable work it! Start your seedlings in your homes as soon as possible. Start gathering and stocking things that will hold you over for long periods of time such as; olive oil, ghee, chapatti flour, oatmeal, vermicelli, barley, garlic, onions, basmati rice, honey, nuts and dried fruits. We need to learn how to truly be self sufficient, NOW!
American Indians were self sufficient they lived off of the land. They bartered and traded and made their own clothing, food, and medicine. People all over the world have been self sufficient for centuries. The consumer society that many Americans live in is out of control, and most probably will be coming to a screeching halt, very soon. We need to refocus, and get ready.
Here is a basic list of things you’ll need to get you started;
First Aid
Unexpected accidents happen all the time. You can never be prepared enough especially if you have small children.
Surgical tape, gauze, dua water, white cotton material, cotton balls, castor oil, white cotton wash clothes (collect them, you can’t have enough), peroxide, walnut powder (fungal problems and oral diseases), turmeric (antiseptic), cayenne pepper (bleeding, open wounds), charcoal powder (poison ingestion), baking soda (bee stings).
Clothing
Wool, cotton, muslin, terry cloth, corduroy, and flannel are the best, synthetic fabrics hold bacteria longer which contributes to yeast infections.
Herb to have on hand
If you don’t have the herbs below, plant them. Most of them are perennial and can save you a visit to the doctor’s office.
Amla powder (urinary tract infection, blood purifier), Burdock, walnut powder, yarrow (fever, sore throat), elderberry, red clover, catnip, neem powder (anti viral, contains sulfur and penicillin), peppermint, cayenne, turmeric, alum powder (rotting and breaking teeth, tooth ache), licorice, cloves, myrrh, aloe, Echinacea, fenugreek, plantain, horsetail, and raspberry, comfrey, and witch hazel.
Tools
Tools are all apart of self sufficiency. You must collect them and keep them clean. They will serve you as you serve them.
Hoe, splitting axe, pick ax, chain saw, generator, cast iron cook ware, rake, shovel, wheel barrel, buckets, ladders, snow shovels, hammer, nails, and a watering can
Best Oils to Use
Most people use oils for frying food. The truth be told they may taste good but they are not good for you. The lower the heating time the more nutritious the oil will be. Many oils are not safe for deep frying. Anything that say’s light, unrefined, or mechanically pressed, cannot withstand the intense heat. The composition of oil is changed when it reaches a certain temperature. The best of the best are the following;
Extra virgin olive oil, ghee, almond oil, organic coconut oil, sesame seed oil (not good for high heat), peanut oil. Essential oils are important also, if you can find a pure source it would be helpful to have; lemon, peppermint, lavender, rose, ginger and eucalyptus on hand.
Seeds to purchase
Remember organic is without a doubt the best. If you are having a problem finding them on or offline don’t let it stop you from planting. These seeds will be helpful InshAllah;
Alfalfa, squash, beets, cucumber, eggplant, carrots, potatoes, kale, spinach, collard greens, asparagus (which is a perennial and will serve you for many years, Allah willing).
Skills to learn and Teach
Basket weaving, sewing, knitting, fishing, crochet, animal husbandry, building, soap making, gardening, and car repair and shoe making
Cleaning supplies
Cleaning is very important of course. Laundry detergents which are full of perfumes, petroleum, and chemicals they also are very expensive. The same applies to body soaps. Castile soap is the cleanest of soaps and is multi purpose. You can grate a bar of Castile soap and use it for laundry soap adding borax and baking soda. You can also grate a bar of Castile soap, add 1 egg, 1tsp olive oil, 1 tsp lemon juice and have a enriching shampoo. You will need to purchase baking soda, cream of tartar, organic vinegar and lemon juice for these recipes. Here are a few inexpensive recipes followed by a supply list.
Dish washing Detergent
2tbl baking soda
2tbl borax
Mix the two together and add very hot water, then cold for washing dishes.
Window cleaner
1 flat club soda 16oz more or less
2tbl baking soda
2tbl borax
Mix ingredients together and put in spray bottle.
Stain Remover
2tbl cream of tartar, water
Make a paste of the two and rub into stain. Allow it to dry before washing.
Clothes Brighteners
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons Epsom salts to the wash cycle.
Fabric Softeners
¼ cup baking soda, added to wash cycle.
Borax Fabric Softener
¼ cup or less borax, added to wash cycle.
No Static Cling
¼ cup of vinegar, added to the wash cycle will prevent static cling
Begin to wean yourself from processed foods. Processed foods are anything in a box, plastic bag, can or bottle. We have been happily consuming them for decades. Supermarkets, restaurants and fast food chains add fillers and unnatural oils to them, to avoid spoilage and increase the shelf life.
There have been many unexplained illnesses as of the last 10 years. Doctors are baffled and confounded with them themselves. Everyone is given antibiotics for basically every illness, isn’t that odd? Your body works very hard everyday to balance your dietary decisions. Excessive abuse of; sugar, artificial additives, homogenized dairy products, and man made fats like trans fats are very harmful. These products work against you and if you already have, chronic illnesses it adds to you problems. Today trans fats are working havoc on everybody. Do you know what trans fats are? They are created fats. Fat which are created when vegetable oil is put through a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenation happens when hydrogen gas is bubbled through vegetable oil (bottom of the barrel vegetable oil). This process causes the vegetable oil to become thicker and also alters its natural state and turns it into a chemically charged poison. You’ll see in the markets hydrogenated soy oil, and partially hydrogenated oil, it’s all the same poison.
One hundred years ago, the Proctor and Gamble Company brought it to the masses first with a product they named Crisco. Crisco is still on the market clogging arteries and constipating millions. Trans fats are similar to lard and margarine in that they clog the digestive tract, cause heart disease and raise your cholesterol. Tran’s fats are not going to disappear overnight. They are in everything and do harm to you! This is why we should limit our intake of processed foods. Here is a list of some popular items that contain Tran’s fats; frozen waffles, micro wave pop corn, crackers, cakes, cookies, pastries, pies, margarine and brownie mixes, fast food, and ready to eat frosting. Foods that don’t have trans fats are; fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, and others, barley, rolled oats, whole wheat, white and brown rice, to name a few.
Other foods that are beneficial and help you to live healthier are;
1. Ginger- Reduces headache pain, body pain and lowers cholesterol
2. Radishes- Reduce risks of Cancer, and enhances the immune system.
3. Fenugreek seeds- Aids in digestion, good for eyes, tonic for men, dries mucus, lowers fevers, and lower cholesterol.
4. Celery- Lowers blood pressure, it helps arthritis, gout, and kidney problems.
5. Asparagus- Wards off arthritis, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, helps fights heart disease.
6. Artichoke- Prevents Cancer, and heals the liver.
7. Cinnamon- Kills mouth microbes, kills infection, stabilizes diabetes, fights respiratory viruses.
We should also know by now that all genetically engineered foods and vegetables are still being tested on us the public, so we don’t really know the long term effects. If we don’t grow it ourselves we will definitely be at loss. There is no time like the present to prepare for what’s to come!

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