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According to recent research, American scientists established that those capable of forgiveness are healthier in both mind and body. Dr. Frederic Luskin, who holds a Ph.D. in Counselling and Health Psychology from Stanford University, and his team, studied 259 people living in the city of San Francisco. The scientists invited the subjects to attend six one-and-a-half-hour sessions, and aimed to instruct the subjects in forgiveness during their conversations.

The subjects of the experiments stated that they suffered less after forgiving people who had wronged them. The research showed that people who learned to forgive feel much better, not only emotionally but also physically. For example, it was established that after the experiment psychological and physical symptoms such as stress-related backache, insomnia and stomachaches were significantly reduced in these individuals.

In his book, Forgive for Good, Dr. Frederic Luskin describes forgiveness as a proven recipe for health and happiness. The book describes how forgiveness promotes such positive states of mind as hope, patience and self-confidence by reducing anger, suffering, depression and stress. According to Dr. Luskin, harboured anger causes observable physical effects in the individual. He goes on to say that:

The thing about long-term or unresolved anger, is we’ve seen it resets the internal thermostat. When you get used to a low level of anger all the time, you don’t recognize what’s normal. It creates a kind of adrenaline rush that people get used to. It burns out the body and makes it difficult to think clearly-making the situation worse.

In addition, Dr. Luskin says, when the body releases certain enzymes during anger and stress, cholesterol and blood pressure levels go up-not a good long-term disposition to maintain the body in.

An article called “Forgiveness,” published in the September-October 1996 edition of Healing Currents Magazine, stated that anger towards an individual or an event led to negative emotions in people, and harmed their emotional balance and even their physical health. The article also states that people realise after a while that the anger is a nuisance to them, and wish to repair the damage to the relationship. So, they take steps to forgive. It is also stated that, despite all they endure, people do not want to waste the precious moments of their life in anger and anxiety, and prefer to forgive themselves and others.

There’s a physiology of forgiveness… When you do not forgive, it will chew you up.

According to an article titled, “Anger is Hostile To Your Heart,” published in the Harvard Gazette, anger is extremely harmful to the heart. Ichiro Kawachi, an assistant professor of medicine, and his team scientifically demonstrated this with various tests and measurements. As a result of their research, they established that grumpy old men had three times the risk of heart disease than their more tempered peers. “The tripling of risk,” Kawachi says, “involves high levels of anger, explosive anger that includes smashing things and wanting to hurt someone in a fight.”

Researchers believe that release of stress hormones, increased oxygen demand by the heart’s muscle cells, and added stickiness of blood platelets, which leads to clots explain how anger increases the chance of a heart attack. Furthermore, at times of anger, the pulse rises above its normal level, and leads to increased blood pressure in the arteries, and thus to a greater risk of heart attack.

One of the moral traits recommended in the Qur’an is forgiveness:

“Hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorant.” (Qur’an, 7: 199)

In another verse Allah commands: “… They should rather pardon and overlook. Would you not love Allah to forgive you? Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 24:22)

Those who do not abide by the moral values of the Qur’an find it very difficult to forgive others. Because, they are easily angered by any error committed. However, Allah has advised the faithful that forgiveness is more proper:“The repayment of a bad action is one equivalent to it. But if someone pardons and puts things right, his reward is with Allah…” (Qur’an, 42:40)

“…. But if you pardon and exonerate and forgive, Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 64: 14)




Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam used to make this Dua: “Oh Allah you have made my appearance beautiful so make my conduct excellent”.

A Beauty Spa that is guaranteed to improve your health, physical radiance and arrange a palatial home in the gardens of Paradise:

Detox – spiritual detox/ de – stress

Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “He who constantly seeks forgiveness, Allah will show him a way out of every distress, a relief from every grief and will provide for him with such means of sustenance that he could never imagine.”

Facial – face lightening/radiance

Nabi Sallallahu alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “A person who recites Laa Ilaha Illalah 100 times daily, will on the day of Qiyaamat be raised with his face shining like the moon and none can surpass him in excellence on that day except one who recites this Kalimah more.”

Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “Salaah is a charm of the face, a light of the heart and a refreshment for the body.”


Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “A smiling face is charity.”

A smile is the cheapest and safest facelift.

Anti – Ageing/good health

Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “May Allah keep healthy and fresh one who hears my saying, learns it and conveys it as he heard.”

Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “Make it a practice to fast; you will always enjoy good health.”

Oral hygiene/ beautiful teeth

Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said with regards to the Miswaak: “It cleanses and sweetens the mouth and checks its bad smell and it straightens the gums.”


Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “A strong person is not he who overpowers his opponent but he who controls his anger.”

The messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to go swimming.


“Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam liked to walk about in the gardens to which He sometimes went for relaxation.”


Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “Anyone who performs Wudhu correctly, his sins will be removed from his body, even removed from under his nails.”


Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “Make it a point to make Zikr (Glorify Allah) counting on your fingers, because the fingers will also be questioned on the day of Qiyaamat about the deeds performed by them and will speak out what they did.”

Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “10 characteristics belong to the religion of Islam (two of them is) cutting the nails and washing the finger joints (to remove the dirt that usually accumulates there).”


Abu Muslim narrates: I went to see Abu Umaamah Rahmatullah Alaihima while he was in the Masjid. I asked him if had really heard Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam saying…

“When a person performs Wudhu with right performance and then says his Fardh Salaah, Allah forgives him all the sins committed that day by his feet in going towards evil…..?”

He replied, By Allah I have heard these words from Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam again and again.


Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “Verily when a Muslim performs an excellent Wudhu and then offers five times Salaah; his sins are shed off (his body) just as these leaves fall off (This tree in autumn).”

Beautiful eyelashes

Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: “Apply Kuhl (antimony/surma) regularly as it clears the sight makes the lashes grow.”

Beauty tips

For attractive lips…speak words of kindness

For lovely eyes…seek out the good in people

For a slim figure…share your food with the hungry and busy yourself in prayer

For beautiful hair…expose it only to those whom Allah Ta’aala has allowed exposure

For posture…walk with knowledge, sit with humility and pay attention to character nurture.

Could we ask for a more complete and perfect example?

Take a few seconds and send at least send one Durood upon Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam.

Five reasons why Allah uses problems

Five reasons why Allah uses problems…

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how Allah wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

Here are five ways Allah wants to use the problems in your life:

1. Allah uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes Allah must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is Allah trying to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.”

2. Allah uses problems to INSPECT you.
People are like tea bags…if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot ever water! Has Allah tested your faith with a problem What do problems reveal about you? “When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.”

3. Allah uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove…. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something… health, money, a relationship…by losing it. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.”

4. Allah uses problems to PROTECT you.
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem – but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered. “You intended to harm me, but Allah intended it for good…”

5. Allah uses problems to PERFECT you.
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. Allah is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to Allah and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity. “We can rejoice when we run into problems…they help us learn to be patient.. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust Allah more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.”

Here’s the point:
Allah is at work in your life – even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.

“Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way”

Allah Knows Best…

Divine Revelation


Wahy was sent down to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam through different means…

1. Sound of ringing bells

The first method was that He used to hear a sound similar to the ringing of bells. Since the narration mentions only this much, we cannot say with certainty in what sense this kind of Wahy has been similar to the sound of bells. However, some scholars think that it was the voices of angels while some others think that it was the flutter of its wings while bringing down the Wahy. Allamah Khattabi Rahimahulla is of the opinion that the similarity does not relate to the tune of the sound but its continuity. Just as the sound of a ringing bell is continuous and it does not break, the sound of Wahy (revelation) was also continuous.

2. Angel coming in human disguise

Another method of Wahy was that the angel used to appear in a human form and convey the message. In such a situation, generally Jibraeel Alaihis Salaam came in the form of the renowned companion of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, Dihyah Kalbi Radiyallahu Anhu. Allamah Ainy Rahimahulla states that the selection of Dihyah Kalbi Radiyallahu Anhu was probably because he was the most handsome person of his time. He was so handsome that he used to wrap a cloth around his face when coming out. However, In a narration of Umar Radiyallahu Anhu, It is mentioned that sometimes Jibraeel Alaihis Salaam came in other appearances too.

3. Angel coming in his original form

The third method of Wahy was that Jibraeel Alaihis Salaam came in his original appearance but this happened only three times in the life of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam. First, when he himself wished to see the angel in his original form. Secondly, at the time of ascension (Miraaaj) of the Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam to the heavens, and the third time in the very early days in Makkah. The first two sightings are authentic but the last one is doubtful.

4. True dreams

The fourth method of Wahy was that Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam used to have dreams before the revelation of the Quraan had started. Whatever he saw in a dream happened in exactly the same manner when he awoke. Also, when a hypocrite of Madinah had performed a spell on him, it was in his dream that he was informed of it and also informed of the method of breaking the spell.

5. Discourse with Allah

Like Musa Alaihis Salaam, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam also had the privilege of direct discourse wth Allah Ta’aala. While awake this happened only on the night of ascension (Miraaj). Apart from this he once had a direct talk with Allah in a dream.

6. Inspiration in the heart

The sixth method of Wahy was that, without appearing before him in any shape, Jibraeel Alaihis Salaam used to inspire something in the heart of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam. In one narration Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam is reported to have said: “The Holy spirit (Jibraeel Alaihis Salaam) inspired this in my heart” And the words of the narration of Mustadrak – Haakim are: “Jibraeel Alaihis Salaam infused in my heart that none of you would depart from this world until he has earned all his sustenance.”

 “An Approach to the Quranic Sciences” (Summarised)
~Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani~

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