The Healing Power of Honey

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Anemia: Honey enriches blood. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.

Baby’s feeder: Four teaspoonfuls of honey in a baby’s bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If the baby’s motions are too liquid, reduce the honey by half a teaspoon; if it’s too solid, increase by half a teaspoon. (Caution: don’t give honey to babies under one year old.) For teething, honey rubbed on a baby’s gums is also a mild sedative and anesthetic.

Burns: Apply honey freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and heals quickly without scarring. Apart from being a salve and an antibiotic, bacteria simply cannot survive in honey.

Bed-wetting: A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fear in children.

Conjunctivitis: Dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, apply as a lotion or eye bath.

Cough mixture: Combine 6 ounces (170 g) liquid honey, 2 ounces (55 g) glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Facial cleanser: Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal and apply as a face mask. Leave on for half an hour and then wash it off. It is an effective cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

Fatigue: Dissolve a dessertspoon of honey in a jug of warm water and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it’s quickly absorbed by the digestive system.

Food preservative: If you replace the sugar in cake and cookie recipes with honey, they’ll stay fresher longer, due to honey’s natural antibacterial properties. Reduce liquids in the mixture by about one-fifth to allow for the moisture present in the honey.

Hair conditioner: Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil. Apply to hair, cover them with a warm towel for half an hour and then wash with shampoo. It feeds hair and scalp. Your hair will never look or feel better!

Insomnia: A dessertspoon of honey in a mug of warm milk helps to fall asleep.

Migraine: Use a dessertspoonful of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the start of a migraine attack, and, if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

Nasal congestion: Place a dessertspoon of honey in a pot of heated up water and inhale the fumes, after covering your head with a towel, so that the steam does not escape.

Osteoporosis: Research has shown that a teaspoonful of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis.

Pain relief: Mix three tablespoons of honey in boiled water and drink. Honey has natural pain relieving powers.

Poor digestion: Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This mix is also wonderful for joints and promotes weight loss.

Sore throat: Let a teaspoonful of honey melt in the back of mouth and trickle down the throat. It eases inflamed raw tissues.

Stress: Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming the highs and raising the lows. Use approximately 25 percent honey to water ratio.

Compiled by Bisma Ishtiaq

Youth Club – Inspiring Positive Change

46Based in Islamabad and Lahore, Youth Club is an organization comprising self-driven young people in a quest to engage other youth in constructive activities. Raja Zia, Ameer of Youth Club, speaks to “Hiba” about this unique platform, enabling the youth to utilize their time, skills and energies in a positive direction.

1) When and how was Youth Club formed?

Youth Club was the brainchild of a group of very dedicated sisters (in Islam), who were committed to ‘inspire positive change’. Allah (swt) put a lot of Barakah in their efforts, and the club grew to become a non-profit organization, calling people towards the Deen of Allah (swt) and helping them find productive ways of utilizing their energies.

The core team of Youth Club includes people from well-educated backgrounds, having a wide range of expertise. They bring a lot of talent, flavour and energy to the organization, which is one of the reasons why it is easy for us to connect with the youth.

Currently, Youth Club has branches in two major cities: Islamabad and Lahore. Both teams manage various events and activities on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis to keep people engaged and craving for more!

2) What is your vision for Youth Club?

The Youth Club’s vision is to educate people: we aim to eradicate slavery to the creation and bringing people closer to their true purpose in life – to find peace and tranquility through submission to the will of their Creator (swt).

3) What were the initial challenges that you faced? How did you overcome them

We faced numerous challenges on both individual and organizational levels right at the onset of this project. We had to deal with friends, family members and relatives, who said this couldn’t be done, as well as with those who claimed that many ‘Maulvis’ had tried this before without much impact on society. Alhumdulillah, the individuals that make up the team have high resolve and constant focus on the objectives. By the mercy of Allah (swt), this has kept us going, come hail, come storm!

Then, there were challenges in terms of getting the team to gel together, to be on the same page and to realize the common goal and the enormity of the mission at hand. This was achieved through regular trainings and workshops, as well as collective participation in monthly events. And though there are some disagreements or differences at times, Youth Club still remains one big happy family that is expanding fast, much like an average Pakistani family!

But the battles are far from over. With the financial crunch still in our rear view mirror, some of the current challenges include maintaining a constant stream of funding for our various Dawah projects spread across Lahore and the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

4) Can you broadly categorize the activities you plan for the youth and describe the ways you execute them?

When we first started, our team was high on enthusiasm, yet often times lost sight of the ‘big picture’. Recently, however, we have had some major organizational changes, after an extensive series of workshops with an industry expert, helping us to define our role within society, our mission and our plan of action. This has led us to formulate the following areas:

  • Street Dawah

A select group of Youth Club brothers gather together (usually on Saturday nights), setting up Dawah stalls at popular commercial areas for discussing the Deen of Allah (swt) with public. This gives us an excellent opportunity to feel the pulse of the nation, remove any misconceptions, address prevailing issues and simply give good advice in light of the Quran and the Sunnah.

  • Workshops

A variety of workshops are conducted at regular intervals by experts, from time management and team building to purpose of life. The workshops typically come with interactive sessions, live broadcast, online quizzes and certificates upon successful completion.

  • Super Troopers

Youth Club is also doing Dawah for our young brothers and sisters in schools. Groups of three to four team members carry out fun, entertaining and interactive sessions for kids, helping them to understand and implement Islamic morals, manners and ethics, encouraging them to become better students and even better human beings!

  • Weekly Halaqahs

Various weekly Halaqahs (study circles), Quran Tafseer classes, etc., are held throughout the week for the general public.

  • Nashtas/Teas

Ever so often, the team has Nashta (breakfast) and tea meetings, where apart from engaging in our mutual love for fine cuisine, we get to know each other, benefit from righteous company and just develop that ‘o so beautiful’ feeling of love, respect and brotherhood. A much needed ingredient for that perfect teamwork recipe!

  • University/College Lectures

Some of our team members regularly tour colleges and universities, delivering lectures on subject relevant to the youth. So far, we have had an amazing response, and we find that more and more institutes are joining the bandwagon to invite our guest speakers over for a motivational session for their students.

  • Annual Conference/Tour

The highlight of all Youth Club’s activities is an annual conference or tour, which is usually conducted in the first quarter of the year – we invite to Pakistan renowned speakers from abroad and take them on a tour across various parts of the country. All this is done in an attempt to energize the youth and bring the timeless teachings of Islam back into their hearts.

Through such events, we have developed special strategic ties with the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) in the UK, resulting in an annual tour under the name of the “Winds of Change”, which has gained unprecedented popularity among the youth.

5) What has been the response? Do you require people to join the club formally or can they take part off and on in the activities?

By the mercy of Allah (swt), we are constantly receiving great feedback. People want to join and participate in the work that we do. For this we have designed membership forms that can be obtained and filled out online. A short-cut way of joining the team is that we give the opportunity to appropriately skilled people to join a project at hand on trial basis. Later, after considering a particular person’s trial performance, he or she may be moved into the core team.

6) Any plans for a Youth Club branch in Karachi?

Alhamdulillah, “Live Deen” is already doing a great job in Karachi. If we ever get enough manpower, we would love to have a team there as well and support them in their efforts. However, this can only happen once the working models have been fine-tuned in Islamabad and Lahore.

7) How can other brothers and sisters be a part of this? Can elder individuals volunteer their time or expertise as well?

People are welcome to help and support us in whatever way they can. Apart from the young, the young at heart will also do, Insha’Allah! We also advertise (usually via social media), if we need people for a particular assignment or task. So look out for that, too!

You can get in touch with Youth Club at:

Website: http://www.theyouthclub.org/

Email: info@theyouthclub.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/youthclub.pk

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/youthclubpk

Fitrah – Revert Support Programme

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The word ‘Fitrah’ refers to one’s inborn disposition towards virtue. It is the faculty of knowing Allah (swt) with which every child is created. Consider the following Hadeeth:

Abu Hurairah (rtam) reported: The Messenger (sa) said: “No one is born except they are upon natural instinct; then his parents turn him into a Jew or Christian or Magian; as animals produce their young with perfect limbs, do you see anything defective?” (Muslim)

Fitrah is a revert support programme. Functioning under the umbrella of Alwasila Trust, Fitrah’s aim is to “provide assistance and support to Muslims who are new to the Deen of Islam through educational, financial and social support.” Alhumdulillah, 12 individuals have accepted Islam through Fitrah. Families initially stay under Fitrah for three months, where they are given support in the form of food, housing, transport, education, etc. After that, they are encouraged to start their own business supported by Alwasila Trust’s “Rozgar” scheme.

As per their vision, the three-pronged approach of Fitrah works in the following areas:

Educational support: This includes the conduction of various courses as well as one-on-one counselling to introduce the beliefs and practices of Islam to the reverts.

Financial support: Zakat and Sadaqah are provided to the reverts as part of financial assistance. The idea is to relieve them from any previous loans and help create opportunities for entrepreneurship through Rozgar (another forum from Alwasila Trust that facilitates the lesser-privileged factions of the society to become economically independent).

Social support: This includes provision of emotional counselling in order to equip new Muslims to deal with the social struggles and opposition they might face.

So how does Fitrah choose the individuals to provide the aforementioned support? This is done through a systematic procedure in which newly-reverted individuals and families are adopted through Fitrah after a verification team reviews their background and authenticity. Currently, there are 16 individuals and 3 families under Fitrah’s care. Assistance is provided on various levels in order to ensure that a complete and well-rounded understanding of Deen is imparted to them.

Newly reverted men are enrolled in a weekly course that introduces them to the basic concepts and principles of Islam as well as fundamentals of the Quran and the Sunnah. Women are also sponsored for a Quran course. The duration of both courses is a year and a half.

Most families disown the members who revert to Islam. Hence, they are in need of housing. Initially the family is sponsored through a Zakat fund, which covers housing as well as the children’s education, if needed. A start-up loan for micro-financing is arranged through a Sadaqah Fund.

Counselling is offered to deal with emotional and social struggles met with during this period of change.

Brothers and sisters can support this effort by donations (as approximately PKR100,000- 150,000 is required to support one family through Fitrah).

Contact details

Website: www.fitrah.net

Email: info@fitrah.net