Mother’s milk has miraculous benefits

Updated 30 January 2015

Mother’s milk has miraculous benefits

MOTHER’s milk is a matchless compound created by Allah to meet all the baby’s nutritional requirements and protect it against potential infections. The way that the nutritional values in mother’s milk are in just the right proportions for the baby’s needs means that it could well be described as “the miraculous compound.” It is also rich in nutrients that encourage brain cell growth and accelerate the development of the nervous system. Not even baby foods produced using the latest technologies can replace this miraculous food.

Changing nature mother’s milk
Mother’s milk changes with the baby’s stages of development, and the content of the milk also varies depending on the baby’s nutritional requirements at each particular phase. The milk in the days immediately after birth is known as colostrum, which is rich in protein and antibodies. This milk strengthens the baby’s immune system and helps the digestive system to develop.
After the first three or four days, the milk becomes thinner, more watery and sweeter: This is to provide the baby with hydration. Its sugar, protein and mineral contents are also in line with the baby’s needs. This milk is low in fat and high in carbohydrates. Mother’s milk is always ready at just the right temperature, and the sugar and fat it contains play an important role in brain development. In addition, elements within it such as calcium are important for bone development and growth.
The milk then gradually becomes thicker and creamier, in order to satisfy the baby’s hunger. The antibody contents of this milk are individualized, and vary according to each baby’s personal requirements; that is because Allah has created a special system for this purpose. When the mother touches and cuddles her baby, her body comes into contact with pathogens colonizing the child and produces the appropriate antibodies and immune cells.
The milk of mothers of premature babies miraculously contains greater quantities of fat, protein, sodium, chloride and iron, very much in line with the baby’s needs. It has been shown that premature babies fed on their own mothers’ milk develop better eye functions and score better on intelligence tests, among other qualities.
Although this miraculous compound is called milk, it in fact consists of 90 percent water. Babies of course need water as well as nutrients and water or other substances from sources other than mother’s milk may not be sufficiently hygienic. With mother’s milk, however, the baby’s hydration needs are met in the most hygienic form.
The mother does not herself decide to produce mother’s milk, the ideal food for a baby needing protection and nutrition, inside her body. No mother can know what nutrients her baby needs at every moment nor can a mother control the content of the milk produced inside her. Even though its properties are still not fully understood, mother’s milk changes according to the baby’s particular stage of development and the content of the milk also varies accordingly. Almighty Allah, Who knows and meets all living things’ needs, creates mother’s milk for the baby inside its mother.

Nutritional value varies
Mother’s milk contains different levels of nutrients to meet differing growth requirements depending on the baby’s sex. Experiments have shown that the fat, protein, vitamin, sugar, mineral and hormone levels in mother’s milk all vary for male or female infants. The structure of mother’s milk has a direct effect, not just on the child’s growth, but also on its behavior. Research has shown that milk produced for male infants is 35 percent richer in fat and protein. Although milk produced for girls is less fatty, it is very rich in calcium; this enables girls’ skeletons to grow faster.

It contains special therapies
It has recently been shown that mother’s milk, about which hundreds of scientific papers have been published, protects babies against cancer, although the mechanism involved is still unclear. Researchers say that when mother’s milk was shown to kill cancer cells produced in the laboratory this unlocked a huge potential. Catharina Svanborg, a doctor and immunologist at Lund University in Sweden, was part of a team that discovered these miraculous secrets of mother’s milk. The Lund University team described the way that mother’s milk protects against all kinds of cancer as a miraculous discovery.
Another important property of mother’s milk in terms of the baby’s development is that it contains Omega-3 fatty acids. The Omega-3 fatty acids are an important compound in the human brain and retina and are particularly important for newborn babies. Omega-3 also contributes to the proper development of the brain and nerves throughout pregnancy and early infancy.

Tailor-made for a baby’s needs
In addition to meeting the baby’s physiological needs, mother’s milk also meets its psychological ones. The baby grows to the sound of its mother’s heart inside the womb; it hears that same sound as it suckles its mother’s breast. This makes the baby feel happy and calm. A baby that feels secure in this way from the moment of its birth will develop more healthily in psychological terms. Allah creates a special bond between mother and baby. One verse reveals that:
“We have instructed man concerning his parents. Bearing him caused his mother great debility and the period of his weaning was two years: ‘Give thanks to Me and to your parents. I am your final destination’.” (Qur’an, 31:14)
It is exceptionally beneficial for the baby to be fed on mother’s milk for two years. This important information, only recently discovered by science, was revealed by Allah in the Qur’an 14 centuries ago: “Mothers should nurse their children for two full years …” (Qur’an, 2:233)
n The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science.

The beauty of prayer in Islam

Updated 23 September 2016

The beauty of prayer in Islam

GOING deeper into our spiritual state during prayers (salah) requires that we have a presence of heart and are mindful of the words being said during the prayers.
Our prayer will feel shorter, yet when we look at how much time we actually spent, we will think, “Did I just spend 10 minutes?” or even 15 and 20 minutes.
A person who began applying this said he wished the prayer would never end.
A feeling that Ibn Al-Qayyim describes as “what the competitors compete for… it is nourishment for the soul and the delight of the eyes,” and he also said, “If this feeling leaves the heart, it is as though it is a body with no soul.”

The love of Allah
Some people’s relationship with Allah is limited to following orders and leaving prohibitions, so that one does not enter hell. Of course, we must follow orders and leave prohibitions, but it needs to be done out of more than fear and hope; it should also be done out of love for Allah. Allah says in the Qur’an: “… Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him.” (Qur’an, 5:54)
We often find that when a lover meets the beloved, hearts are stirred and there is warmth in that meeting. Yet when we meet Allah, there is not even an ounce of this same feeling. Allah says in the Qur’an: “And (yet) among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals (to Him). They love them as they (should) love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.” (Qur’an, 2:165)
And those who believe are stronger in love for Allah. There should be a feeling of longing, and when we raise our hands to start the prayer, warmth and love should fill our hearts because we are now meeting with Allah. A dua of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “O Allah, I ask You for the longing to meet You” (An-Nisa’i, Al-Hakim)
Ibn Al-Qayyim says in his book Tareeq Al-Hijratain that Allah loves His Messengers and His believing servants, and they love Him and nothing is more beloved to them than Him. The love of one’s parents has a certain type of sweetness, as does the love of one’s children, but the love of Allah far supersedes any of that. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Any person who combines these three qualities will experience the sweetness of faith: 1) that God and His messenger are dearer to him than anything else; 2) that his love of others is purely for God’s sake; and 3) that he hates to relapse into disbelief as much as he hates to be thrown in the fire.” (Bukhari)
Thus, the first thing he mentioned was: “… that God and His messenger are more beloved to him than anything else…”
Ibn Al-Qayyim says: “Since ‘there is nothing like unto Him’ (Qur’an, 42:11), there is nothing like experiencing love for Him.”
If you feel this love for Him, it will be a feeling so intense, so sweet, that you would wish the prayer would never ever end.
Do you truly want to feel this love? Then ask yourself: ‘why do you or should you love Allah?’
Know that you love people for one (or all, in varying degrees) of three reasons: For their beauty, because of their exalted character or/and because they have done good to you. And know that Allah combines all of these three to the utmost degree.

All-embracing beauty
We’ve all been touched by beauty. It is almost fitrah (natural disposition) to love what is beautiful. Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, said about the Prophet, peace be upon him, that it was “as if the sun is shining from his face.” Jabir (may God be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah was more handsome, beautiful, and radiant than the full moon” (Tirmidhi)
Allah made all His Prophets have a certain beauty so that people would have a natural inclination toward them.
And beauty is more than what is in the face, because beauty is in all of creation and somehow has the ability to take our breath away and give us peace simultaneously. The glimmer of the crescent moon on a calm night, the intensity of a waterfall as the water drops for thousands of feet, the sunset by the sea … certain scenes of natural unspoiled beauty stirs something in us. As Allah is the One Who made it beautiful, so what of Allah’s beauty?
Ibn Al-Qayyim said: “And it is enough to realize Allah’s Beauty when we know that every internal and external beauty in this life and the next are created by Him, so what of the beauty of their Creator?”
This fitrah for loving what is beautiful is because Allah is beautiful. One of His Names is Al-Jameel (the Most Beautiful). Ibn Al-Qayyim states that the beauty of Allah is something that a person cannot imagine and only He knows it. There is nothing of it in creation save for glimpses.
Ibn Al-Qayyim says if all of creation were the most beautiful they could be (so let’s imagine, ever single human being looked as beautiful as Yusuf, peace be upon him, and the whole world was like Paradise), and all of them combined from the beginning of time until the Day of Judgment, they would not even be like a ray in comparison to the sun when compared to Allah. Allah’s beauty is so intense that we will not even be able to take it in this life. In the Qur’an, Allah describes Musa’s (peace be upon him) request: “And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, ‘My Lord, show me (Yourself) that I may look at You.’ (Allah) said: ‘You will not see Me but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.’ But when his Lord appeared to the mountain He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious.” (Qur’an, 7:143)
Even the mountain could not bear the beauty of Allah and crumbled, and when Musa, peace be upon him, saw this (he did not even see Allah), he fell unconscious. This is why on the Day of Judgment it is Allah’s light that will shine on everything. We talk about breathtaking beauty, but we have yet to experience Allah’s beauty. While things in this world can be beautiful or majestic or if they combine both they are finite, true majesty and beauty are for Allah: “And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor.” (Qur’an, 55:27)
Keeping all of this in mind, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Allah directs His Face toward the face of His servant who is praying, as long as he does not turn away” (Tirmidhi).
Remember this in your prayer, and ask Allah to allow you the joy of seeing Him in Paradise.