Edirne historical hospital: Dar al Shifa

Dar al Shifa , as it is used in the Ottoman, can be described in the simplest term as the place that offers health service to public. “Darussifa” is also named “Shifakhane,” “Mâristan,” “Bîmaristan,” “Dârüssıhha,” “Dârülâfiya,” “Me’menülistirahe” and “Dârüttıb” in Anatolia. Having gathered under the name of Dar al Shifa , these institutions became reliable healthcare organizations that had trusted and reassuring staff. These healthcare organizations offered health service without any discrimination of religion, language and race. It was always a condition for the doctors to work here that they…

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Exploring halal opportunities in a growing market

The scope and sphere of the food manufacturing/processing sector continues to adjust to dynamic changes in the marketplace. Various issues are coming together to shape food buying habits i.e. demography, culture, ethnicity, religion, healthy lifestyles and environmental concerns. Consumers are not only interested in what they eat. They are interested in where food comes from and how it’s processed and manufactured. Suppliers are taking notice of this complex scenario and the new doors and avenues that need to be explored. A case in point is the opportunities presented by the…

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Global Halal movements and market opportunities

The expanding Halal food market represents a significant opportunity for food and beverage, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies with a growing Muslim population of about 1.7 billion worldwide.  By 2025, the halal consumers will make up 30 percent of the world demographic. Some 25 years ago, the halal market was still in a developmental stage on the global scene. Today, the word halal has gained continuous momentum both in the industry and halal community at large due to the transformation and rapid benefits of sophisticated communication. Halal is a benchmark for…

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Dangers in Supermarket Juices

Fruit juice production is quite problematic. It is necessary that every substance used in production process must have a reliable halal certificate. If you think that supermarket juices are only fruit juice, you are certainly wrong. If they were really only fruit juice, there would be no problem except the danger of alcohol that might be formed in fruit juices. Unfortunately, however, many additives and various substances besides fruits are used in supermarket juices; and this is a grave risk in terms of both our belief and health. As a…

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The value of health

Health is one of the greatest blessings that Allah (swt) gave us. Without a proper health our life would be unbearable.  Whatever we do we can’t pay our debt to Allah (swt) for this great blessing. However, we mankind are ungrateful. We do not know the value of our health until it goes away or we begin to fear losing it. As our Prophet Muhammad (saws) says, “Many people give themselves a raw deal with regard to two blessings: health and spare time.” (Tirmidhi) As we have a blessing like health, we…

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Islamic Food Habits

Although there are some indigenous characteristics in the patterns of consuming food in different Muslim cultures, Islam has laid down some specific and useful codes of conduct for eating which were recommended by the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims have contributed much to the nutritional practices of the world’s many cultures. The Muslim’s nutritional practices are expected to be determined by the injunctions and regulations of Islam, as outlined in the Qur’an and explained by the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). There are more than 1.2 billion Muslims of different nationalities,…

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Dietary Prohibitions

Maintaining a balance between the requirements of the body and soul, Islam has laid down simple dietary rules. Islam allows its adherents to eat all that is pure and nutritious through halal earning. For the general wellbeing of human beings, Islam prohibits certain categories of foods and drinks, as well as certain sources, means, and methods of earning. These forbidden categories are to save people from harm. As a preventive measure, the things which lead to unlawful things are also prohibited. “He makes lawful to them what is good and…

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Benefits of Fasting

There are many benefits of fasting. Some of them are as follows: 1. It reminds us our Lord and that we are His servants. 2. It teaches us to give thanks to Allah for the bounties. 3. It teaches us to help the poor and hungry and to have compassion for them. 4. It restricts the feeling of limitless freedom of the evil commanding soul. 5. It helps us to acquire good morals. 6. It prepare us to get maximum utilization from the Qur’an 7. It brings in great rewards…

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Miswak and Toothbrush

“At the time of our prophet there was no toothbrush. That is why he used miswak. So, there is no need to use miswak today.” How can we give an answer to this claim? The real reason for us to perform the obligatory and to abstain from the forbidden is the command of Allah (SWT). The benefits, wisdom or profits might be cause of choice; but they cannot be the real reasons for practicing a deed. For instance, the prayer (salah) is shortened during journey. The apparent cause for shortening…

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Hunting

Hunting Hunting is the pursuit of game or other wild animals for food or sport. Wild animals, birds, or fish hunted for food or sport are called game. A person who hunts game for food or sport is called a hunter. Hunting was a means of livelihood for primitive man. As the civilization advanced, in addition to the pursuit of game for food, man started hunting for sport as well. Various game laws then came into existence for the protection of game animals, birds, and fish. Game laws defined conditions…

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