10 minutes to make your Ramadan Suhour not only Sunnah but healthy
بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
Ramadan is right around the corner. And with less than 30 days we're really hassling to get ready to welcome Ramadan. For those that don't know what Ramadan is, is the most important month of the year for Muslims, the believers, and followers of the religion of Islam. We fast, we pray, we give charity, we do good deeds, we try to better ourselves and our relationship to God. It is the month that the believers await with eagerness.
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Fast (or saum in Arabic) as a term means not eating, drinking, smoking, engaging in sexual intercourse, gossip, cursing and any other worldy habits from sunrise till sunset.
The first step of the Ramadan Fast begins after midnight. People must prepare for the first day of fasting. Most reserve some hours in the night for quiet reflection and making the niyyah (intention). And most will have a meal which is called Suhour before the fasting begins. The muezzin (the person who makes the call to the Islamic prayer) usually making an announcement to people to warn them that the time is almost near and they can’t have any food after they hear the voice of imam calling all Muslims to prayer.
The stories in the Hadith (traditions of the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him) remind us that suhour (the meal before the fast) is an important and essential to health during Ramadan. It's one Sunnah we should not forget.
Talbina is a simple dish that was enjoyed by the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and his companions. It is made from barley flour, water and is often sweetened with honey. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used this dish as a means for curing the sick and to comforting those who have lost loved ones. Today, I'm presenting a variation on Talbina, adding oats and another Sunnah food nigella seed oil.
Aicha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated, “If any of the Messenger’s (peace be upon him) family became ill, the Messenger (pbuh) would say, ‘It (talbina) soothes the grieving heart and cleanses the ailing heart just as one of you cleans dirt off his face with water.
[Hadith Hasan].Barley, dates, nigella seeds, honey, and milk are all foods of the Sunnah and hold their own healing properties. This porridge combines all of these ingredients together to create a super Sunnah food!
The two main ingredients are barley and oats.
Barley lowers cholesterol and strengthens the heart; protects from cancer, alzheimer, and depression; controls blood sugar levels, Type 2 Diabetes, mellitus and hypertension, all without side effects.
Old-fashioned rolled oats are an excellent source of fibre , which is filling and helps maintain blood sugar—all factors that help control hunger during the fasting period. Fiber also helps prevent constipation, a common problem during Ramadan.
So let's get started with the recipe.
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