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January 18, 2012

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As a child, I was blessed to grow up around a remarkable human being by the name of Ale Nabi. He was one of my father’s closest friends and someone who I came to embrace just like an uncle. What was remarkable about him was not the status or wealth that he came from, but the nobility and content of his character. As a professor of English he was always admired by his students. As a husband and father of three, he was always loved by his family. As a friend of many, he was always known for his kindness and generosity. He was constant in his devotion to God, through times of ease and difficulty.

Three years ago, Ale Nabi returned to his Lord and Creator after a long and difficult battle with Alzheimer’s. A couple of weeks ago, I finally had the chance to visit his family in Canada and to visit his grave, to bid him farewell in person. As I stood there in prayer at Ale Nabi uncle’s gravesite under the cold rain, what struck me the most was that his grave was completely unmarked — no name, no dates, no lasting words, nothing. Yet, the feeling of angelic presence around his grave was so powerful and overwhelming. It was a reminder that our true legacy as human beings is not found in what is inscribed on our tombstones when we die, but, rather, in the way that we live life and in the way we make a difference in the lives of people around us.

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Woman die from heart attacks more than men? How to save your own life ladies!

I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on!
 I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I’ve ever read. 
 Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction). Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack.. you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack. 
 ‘I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, ‘A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.
 A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you’ve been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you’ve swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn’t have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation–the only trouble was that I hadn’t taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.
 After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).
 This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. ‘AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening — we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven’t we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I’m having a heart attack!
 I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn’t be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else… but, on the other hand, if I don’t, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.
 I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics… I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn’t feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in. 
 I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don’t remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like ‘Have you taken any medications?’) but I couldn’t make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.  
 I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stints.
 Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.  
 . Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men’s symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn’t know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they’ll feel better in the morning when they wake up… which doesn’t happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you’ve not felt before. It is better to have a ‘false alarm’ visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!  
 2.   Note that I said   ‘Call the Paramedics .’ And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!  
 Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER – you are a hazard to others on the road.  
 Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what’s happening with you instead of the road.  
 Do NOT call your doctor — he doesn’t know where you live and if it’s at night you won’t reach him anyway, and if it’s daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn’t carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr will be notified later.  

 3.   Don’t assume it couldn’t be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it’s unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.
  

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How much do you know about the Postpartum Part of A Woman’s Life?

As the saying goes…”There are some things better left unsaid,” however in most cases knowing what to expect can help ease some of the fears and anxieties we feel when placed in a situation much like ‘the postpartum period.’

Are certain topics taboo or just too embarrassing to discuss?  I guess no one in the group wants to be the one to start a conversation off on the topic of hemorrhoids!?

For example…who knew that something as routine as going to the bathroom could turn out to be the most terrifying thing one attempts after giving birth? For most of us this can be a very daunting task especially if you’ve just had a vaginal delivery and have had to undergostitches and perhaps experienced some bruising, you’re probably worried sick that if you push anything else out right now you’ll do some major damage!

To help ‘ease’ the situation be sure to drink lots of fluids and incorporate fiber rich foods into your diet. Which leads up to my next taboo topic…hemorrhoids!

Some women develop hemorrhoids either during their pregnancy or at birth. Hemorrhoids are simply blood vessels that have become swollen; symptoms can range from mild to the more painful. Hemorrhoids typically go away on their own and sometimes with a little help.

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January 9, 2012

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Okay, seriously, whats wrong with kids. Shouldn’t they be doing something with their lives..but i did laugh at 1;18-1:23. Either way STUPID.

FreeFalling Video. 

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Alhamduillah  we interact with many people throughout the day, but it seems like we are hardest on our own children, our own family, and our own sisters in Islam.  We offer a critical eye rather than an empathetic shoulder to lean upon. We might see a sister wearing a hijab in a style that does not fit our personal approval or understanding of Islam, discounting that she is taking steps to cover in a society that chastises women for being modest.  We might see our children investing their time in a colorful art project, and hone in on the glue leaking from the corners.  We complain our kids are not completing tasks in a way that measures up to our expectations.  We might shun sisters that are struggling to learn the tenets of Islam, or distance ourselves from those that are tested with difficulties of life.  Ultimately we need to ask ourselves, are we really being compassionate sisters for the sake of Allah? To read in full click below.

Compassionate Sisters

January 6, 2012

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Absolutely Amazing! Most Peaceful Slaughtering Method

Okay. Whenever Eid comes around, as I would like to call it Choti Eid, i always get sad that my family has to sacrifice animals. I’ve seen it happen, and it breaks my heart, but I know that it is because God commanded it. I came across this video which is STUNNING. i mean seriously though, if this doesn’t make you understand that islam is a peaceful religion, then you need to get your brain checked forreal forreal. It almost is like a miracle, you have to watch it especially at 4:50. You should however watch the whole video and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SHARE IT, AND SHOW THE MALES IN YOUR FAMILY. You have to do this right!

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How to slaughter the halal way!

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Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes & Pork ( Beef Gelatin)

Wow Wow Wow, WHO KNEW?! I found Mr. Sameer on Twitter, please follow him @SameersEats He posted up this letter he sent to Cheesecake Factory asking about what is in the cheesecakes! And i am shocked to see the results. Hope this helps people!

Dear Sameer:

It’s so nice to hear from you again. Thank you for your continued interest in The Cheesecake Factory! To answer your question, several of our cheesecakes do contain animal gelatin. The majority of those use beef gelatin, however two varieties do contain pork gelatin: our 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake and our Lemoncello Cream Torte.

As with most high end pastries and desserts, we have chosen products containing gelatin over products containing a host of gums and artificial additives. Gelatin is not added directly to any of our desserts, rather it is a sub ingredient in one of the essential ingredients in these cakes. The amount would be considered trace.

We continue to search for and test ingredients that contain neither, however at this time a suitable substitution has not been found. In the interim, I have provided a list below for our cakes which do contain animal gelatin. I hope that this information is helpful and will allow you to continue to enjoy our wonderful desserts.

Original Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
Cherry Cheesecake
Brownie Sundae Cheesecake
Godiva Cheesecake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake
Key Lime Cheesecake
Dulce De Leche Caramel Cheesecake
Low Carb Cheesecake
Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel
White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake
Wild Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake
Lemoncello Cream Torte
30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake

Sincerely,

Shannon Powers
Guest Services, Consultant

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Who wouldn’t want shade.

‎”Allah (SWT) would say on the Day of Judgement:
Where are those who love each other for the sake of My glory? Today I will shelter them with My shade, as there is no shade today except My shade.”
— Reported by Muslim, Hadth.

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Parents.

Take care of your parents if you want your kids to take care of you when you are older. History has a way of repeating itself.

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Angels at the masjid.

Abu Hurayrah, “the Prophet (saw) said, “When Friday comes, the angels stand at the door of the mosque and write down who comes first When the Imaam comes out, they close their records and sit down to listen to the dhikr.”" [Bukhari 2/284, Hadith no. 799 & Muslim]