Khamis, 28 Mei 2015

The 7 foods experts won't eat

by Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief, PREVENTION, on Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:15am PST
How healthy (or not) certain foods are—for us, for the environment—is a hotly debated topic among experts and consumers alike, and there are no easy answers. But when Prevention talked to the people at the forefront of food safety and asked them one simple question—“What foods do you avoid?”—we got some pretty interesting answers. Although these foods don’t necessarily make up a "banned” list, as you head into the holidays—and all the grocery shopping that comes with it—their answers are, well, food for thought:

1. Canned Tomatoes
The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people's body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. "You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that's a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young," says vom Saal. "I won't go near canned tomatoes."

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe's and Pomi.

2. Corn-Fed Beef
The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming

The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. More money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. "We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure," says Salatin.

The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers' markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It's usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don't see it, ask your butcher.

3. Microwave Popcorn
The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group,

The problem: Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize—and migrate into your popcorn. "They stay in your body for years and accumulate there," says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.

The solution: Pop natural kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes, or soup mix.

4. Nonorganic Potatoes
The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

The problem: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes—the nation's most popular vegetable—they're treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they're dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. "Try this experiment: Buy a conventional potato in a store, and try to get it to sprout. It won't," says Moyer, who is also farm director of the Rodale Institute (also owned by Rodale Inc., the publisher of Prevention). "I've talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals."

The solution: Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn't good enough if you're trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh.

5. Farmed Salmon
The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and publisher of a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.

The problem: Nature didn't intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. "You can only safely eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer," says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. "It's that bad." Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.

The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it's farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.

6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones
The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society

The problem: Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. "When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract," says North. As it turns out, the casein in milk protects most of it, according to several independent studies. "There's not 100% proof that this is increasing cancer in humans," admits North. "However, it's banned in most industrialized countries."

The solution: Check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products.

7. Conventional Apples
The expert: Mark Kastel, former executive for agribusiness and codirector of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods

The problem: If fall fruits held a "most doused in pesticides contest," apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don't develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful. But Kastel counters that it's just common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most doused produce, like apples. "Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers," he says. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides (from all sources) with Parkinson's disease.

The solution: Buy organic apples. If you can't afford organic, be sure to wash and peel them first.

Rabu, 27 Mei 2015

25 Ridiculously Healthy Foods

The following power foods can claim big bragging rights: They can fend off serious diseases like diabetes and cancer and heart problems; fortify your immune system; protect and smooth your skin; and help you lose weight or stay slim.
If you're eating most of them already, good for you! If not, now's the time to load up your shopping cart and supercharge your health!
1. Eggs
Egg yolks are home to tons of essential but hard-to-get nutrients, including choline, which is linked to lower rates of breast cancer (one yolk supplies 25% of your daily need) and antioxidants that may help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Though many of us have shunned whole eggs because of their link to heart disease risk, there’s actually substantial evidence that for most of us, eggs are not harmful but healthy.
People with heart disease should limit egg yolks to two a week, but the rest of us can have one whole egg daily; research shows it won’t raise your risk of heart attack or stroke. Make omelets with one whole egg and two whites, and watch cholesterol at other meals.
2. Greek Yogurt
Yogurt is a great way to get calcium, and it’s also rich in immune-boosting bacteria. But next time you hit the yogurt aisle, pick up the Greek kind—compared with regular yogurt, it has twice the protein (and 25% of women over 40 don’t get enough). Look for fat-free varieties like Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt (90 calories and 15 g of protein per 5.3-ounce serving).
3. Fat-Free Milk
Yes, it does a body good: Studies show that calcium isn’t just a bone booster but a fat fighter too. Recent research from the University of Tennessee found that obese people who went on a low-calorie, calcium-rich diet lost 70% more weight than those who ate the least. Vitamin D not only allows your body to absorb calcium, it’s also a super nutrient in its own right. Recent research found that adequate D levels can reduce heart disease risk, ward off certain types of cancer, relieve back pain, and even help prevent depression, but most of us don’t get nearly enough of the 1,000+ IU daily that most experts recommend.
A splash of milk in your morning coffee isn’t enough to provide the calcium and vitamin D you need. Use milk instead of water to make your oatmeal, have a glass with breakfast, or stir some chocolate syrup into it for an after-dinner treat.
4. Salmon
Salmon is a rich source of vitamin D and one of the best sources of omega-3s you can find. These essential fatty acids have a wide range of impressive health benefits—from preventing heart disease to smoothing your skin and aiding weight loss to boosting your mood and minimizing the effects of arthritis. Unfortunately, many Americans aren’t reaping these perks because we’re deficient, which some experts believe may be at the root of many of the big health problems today, like obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
Omega-3s also slow the rate of digestion, which makes you feel fuller longer, so you eat fewer calories throughout the day.
5. Lean Beef
Lean beef is one of the best-absorbed sources of iron there is. (Too-little iron can cause anemia.) Adding as little as 1 ounce of beef per day can make a big difference in the body’s ability to absorb iron from other sources, says Mary J. Kretsch, PhD, a researcher at the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, CA. Beef also packs plenty of zinc (even minor deficiencies may impair memory) and B vitamins, which help your body turn food into energy.
If you can, splurge on grass-fed. Compared with grain-fed beef, it has twice the concentration of vitamin E, a powerful brain-boosting antioxidant. It’s also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Because this type of beef tends to be lower in overall fat, it can be tough—so marinate it, and use a meat thermometer to avoid overcooking.
6. Beans
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect food than beans. One cooked cupful can provide as much as 17 g fiber. They're also loaded with protein and dozens of key nutrients, including a few most women fall short on—calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Studies tie beans to a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and breast and colon cancers.
The latest dietary guidelines recommend consuming at least 3 cups of beans a week—3 times the measly 1 cup we usually get. Keep your cupboards stocked with all kinds: black, white, kidney, fat-free refried, etc. Use them in salads, stuffed baked potatoes, and veggie chili or pureed for sandwich spreads.
7. Nuts
In a nutshell: USDA researchers say that eating 1½ ounces of tree nuts daily can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Walnuts are rich in omega-3s. Hazelnuts contain arginine, an amino acid that may lower blood pressure. An ounce of almonds has as many heart-healthy polyphenols as a cup of green tea and 1/2 cup of steamed broccoli combined; they may help lower LDL cholesterol as well.
The key is moderation, since nuts are high in calories. Keep a jar of chopped nuts in your fridge, and sprinkle a tablespoon on cereal, salads, stir-fries, or yogurt. Or have an ounce as a snack most days of the week.
8. Edamame and Tofu
Soy’s days as a cure-all may be over—some claims, such as help for hot flashes, don’t seem to be panning out—but edamame still has an important place on your plate. Foods such as tofu, soy milk, and edamame help fight heart disease when they replace fatty meats and cheeses, slashing saturated fat intake. Soy also contains heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats, a good amount of fiber, and some important vitamins.
Soy’s isoflavones, or plant estrogens, may also help prevent breast cancer. Some researchers believe these bind with estrogen receptors, reducing your exposure to the more powerful effects of your own estrogen, says Prevention advisor Andrew Weil, MD. But stick with whole soy foods rather than processed foods, like patties or chips, made with soy powder. Don’t take soy supplements, which contain high and possibly dangerous amounts of isoflavones.
9. Oatmeal
Fiber-rich oats are even healthier than the FDA thought when it first stamped them with a heart disease–reducing seal 10 years ago. According to new research, they can also cut your risk of type 2 diabetes. When Finnish researchers tracked 4,316 men and women over the course of 10 years, they found that people who ate the highest percentage of cereal fiber were 61% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
To reap the benefits, eat 1/2 cup daily—preferably unsweetened. For a versatile breakfast, top with different combinations of fruit, yogurt, and nuts. You can also use oats to coat fish or chicken or add texture to meatballs.
10. Flaxseed
Flaxseed is the most potent plant source of omega-3 fats. Studies indicate that adding flaxseed to your diet can reduce the development of heart disease by 46%—it helps keep red blood cells from clumping together and forming clots that can block arteries. It may also reduce breast cancer odds. In one study, women who ate 10 g of flaxseed (about 1 rounded tablespoon) every day for 2 months had a 25% improvement in the ratio of breast cancer–protective to breast cancer–promoting chemicals in their blood.
Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of flaxseed a day on your cereal, salad, or yogurt. Buy it preground, and keep it refrigerated.
11. Olive Oil
Olive oil is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), which lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise “good” HDL cholesterol. It’s rich in antioxidants, which may help reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, like Alzheimer’s.
Look for extra virgin oils for the most antioxidants and flavor. Drizzle small amounts on veggies before roasting; use it to sauté or stir-fry, in dressings and marinades, and to flavor bread at dinner in lieu of a layer of butter or margarine.
12. Avocado
These smooth, buttery fruits are a great source of not only MUFAs but other key nutrients as well. One Ohio State University study found that when avocado was added to salads and salsa, it helped increase the absorption of specific carotenoids, plant compounds linked to lower risk of heart disease and macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. “Avocados are packed with heart-protective compounds, such as soluble fiber, vitamin E, folate, and potassium,” says Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman's Diet.
But they are a bit high in calories. To avoid weight gain, use avocado in place of another high-fat food or condiment, such as cheese or mayo.
13. Broccoli
Pick any life-threatening disease—cancer, heart disease, you name it—and eating more broccoli and its cruciferous cousins may help you beat it, Johns Hopkins research suggests. Averaging just four weekly servings of veggies like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower slashed the risk of dying from any disease by 26% among 6,100 people studied for 28 years.
For maximum disease-fighting benefits, whip out your old veggie steamer. It turns out that steaming broccoli lightly releases the maximum amount of sulforaphane.
14. Spinach
We’ll spare you the Popeye jokes, but spinach has serious health muscles. For one thing, it contains lots of lutein, the sunshine-yellow pigment found in egg yolks. Aside from guarding against age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, lutein may prevent heart attacks by keeping artery walls clear of cholesterol.
Spinach is also rich in iron, which helps deliver oxygen to your cells for energy, and folate, a B vitamin that prevents birth defects. Cook frozen spinach leaves (they provide more iron when cooked than raw) and serve as a side dish with dinner a few times a week.
15. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are our most common source of lycopene, an antioxidant that may protect against heart disease and breast cancer. The only problem with tomatoes is that we generally eat them in the form of sugar-loaded jarred spaghetti sauce or as a thin slice in a sandwich. For a healthier side dish idea, quarter plum tomatoes and coat with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Roast in a 400°F oven for 20 minutes, and serve with chicken.
16. Sweet Potatoes
One of the best ways to get vitamin A—an essential nutrient that protects and maintains eyes, skin, and the linings of our respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts—is from foods containing beta-carotene, which your body converts into the vitamin. Beta carotene–rich foods include carrots, squash, kale, and cantaloupe, but sweet potatoes have among the most. A half-cup serving of these sweet spuds delivers only 130 calories but 80% of the DV of vitamin A. Replace tonight’s fries with one medium baked sweet potato (1,096 mcg) and you’re good to go—and then some.
17. Garlic
Garlic is a flavor essential and a health superstar in its own right. The onion relative contains more than 70 active phytochemicals, including allicin, which studies show may decrease high blood pressure by as much as 30 points. High consumption of garlic lowered rates of ovarian, colorectal, and other cancers, according to a research review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Allicin also fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold.
The key to healthier garlic: Crush the cloves, and let them stand for up to 30 minutes before heating them, which activates and preserves the heart-protecting compounds, according to a 2007 study from Argentina .
18. Red Peppers
Citrus fruits get all the credit for vitamin C, but red peppers are actually the best source. Vitamin C may be best known for skin and immunity benefits. Researchers in the United Kingdom looked at vitamin C intake in 4,025 women and found that those who ate more had less wrinkling and dryness. And although getting enough vitamin C won’t prevent you from catching a cold or flu, studies show that it could help you recover faster.
Vitamin C has other important credentials too. Finnish researchers found that men with low levels were 2.4 times likelier to have a stroke, and Australian scientists recently discovered that the antioxidant reduces knee pain by protecting your knees against arthritis.
19. Figs
When you think of potassium-rich produce, figs probably don’t come to mind, but you may be surprised to learn that six fresh figs have 891 mg of the blood pressure-lowering mineral, nearly 20% of your daily need—and about double what you’d find in one large banana. In a recent 5-year study from the Netherlands , high-potassium diets were linked with lower rates of death from all causes in healthy adults age 55 and older. Figs are one of the best fruit sources of calcium, with nearly as much per serving (six figs) as 1/2 cup of fat-free milk.
Serve by chopping and adding to yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal, or green salads. Or enjoy them as a savory snack: Cut a slit in the side and stuff with 1/2 teaspoon of a low-fat version of a soft cheese such as chèvre or Brie.
20. Blueberries
Blueberries may very well be the most potent age-defying food—they’re jam-packed with antioxidants. When researchers at Cornell University tested 25 fruits for these potent compounds, they found that tangy-sweet wild blueberries (which are smaller than their cultivated cousins) packed the most absorbable antioxidants. Research shows a diet rich in blueberries can help with memory loss, prevent urinary tract infections, and relieve eyestrain.
Add up to 1/2 cup of blueberries to your diet a day for maximum health benefits, recommends Ronald Prior, PhD, adjunct professor of food science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville . This alone provides just about double the amount of antioxidants most Americans get in 1 day.
21. Asian Pears
One large Asian pear has a whopping 10 g of cholesterol-lowering fiber, about 40% of your daily need. People who ate the most fiber had the lowest total and LDL cholesterol levels, according to a recent study of Baltimore adults. The same researchers found that people who ate the most fiber also weighed the least and had the lowest body mass index and waist circumference.
Serve by dicing it into a salad of Boston lettuce, crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, and mandarin oranges. Or make it a dessert: Add peeled and cored pears to a saucepan with 1 cup white wine, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, and enough water to cover the pears. Cover and simmer 40 minutes or until pears are soft.
22. Lychee
A French study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that lychee has the second-highest level of heart-healthy polyphenols of all fruits tested—nearly 15% more than the amount found in grapes (cited by many as polyphenol powerhouses). The compounds may also play an important role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer.
Serve by peeling or breaking the outer covering just below the stem; use a knife to remove the black pit. Add to stir-fries or skewer onto chicken kebabs to add a sweet, grapelike flavor.
23. Apples
One of the healthiest fruits you should be eating is one you probably already are: the apple. The Iowa Women’s Health Study, which has been investigating the health habits of 34,000 women for nearly 20 years, named apples as one of only three foods (along with pears and red wine) that are most effective at reducing the risk of death from heart disease among postmenopausal women. Other massive studies have found the fruit to lower risk of lung cancer and type 2 diabetes—and even help women lose weight.
In fact, one of the only things that could make an apple unhealthy is mixing it with sugar, flour, and butter and stuffing it into a mile-high pie. Instead, have one as an afternoon snack with a tablespoon of peanut butter, or add slices to sandwiches or salads.
24. Guava
Native to South America , this tropical fruit is an excellent source of skin-healing vitamin C, with 250% of your RDA per serving. One cup of guava has nearly 5 times as much C as a medium orange (377 mg versus 83 mg)—that’s more than 5 times your daily need. It’s also loaded with lycopene (26% more than a tomato), which may help lower your risk of heart disease. And according to research by microbiologists in Bangladesh , guava can even protect against foodborne pathogens such as Listeria and staph.
You can buy guava juice, or simmer chunks in water as you would to make applesauce. Guava also makes a super smoothie: Blend 1/2 banana, 1/2 ripe guava, a handful of strawberries, 1/2 cup soy milk, and a few ice cubes.
25. Dark Chocolate
Thank you, dark chocolate, for making us feel good—not guilty—about dessert. Dark chocolate is filled with flavonoid antioxidants (more than 3 times the amount in milk chocolate) that keep blood platelets from sticking together and may even unclog your arteries.It may also help with weight loss by keeping you feeling full, according to a study from Denmark. Researchers gave 16 participants 100 g of either dark or milk chocolate and 2 hours later offered them pizza. Those who consumed the dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories than those who had milk chocolate, and they were less interested in fatty, salty, and sugary foods.
Try a chocolate with 70% or more cocoa. Two tablespoons of dark chocolate chips with fresh berries as a midafternoon snack or after-dinner dessert should give you some of the heart-healthy benefits without busting your calorie budget. 

Selasa, 26 Mei 2015

Berkat sayang dan muliakan kucing

Kisah Dari Tanah Suci ini untuk iktibar bersama. Kisah ini mengenai seorang wanita Muslimah Melayu berasal dari Perak yang menunaikan haji kira-kira enam tahun lalu.

Wanita ini kerana sudah tua dan uzur, lutut pun lemah dan sentiasa sakit, menggunakan  kerusi roda semasa tawaf dan saie. Dia mengupah petugas Arab menolaknya, tujuh kali pusingan tawaf dan tujuh kali berulang alik antara Bukit Safa dan Marwah.

Beliau menunaikan tawaf rukun dan saie saja. Yang sunat tak mampu kerana uzur. Lagi pun wangnya hanya cukup-cukup saja. Namun, ada satu amalan mulia dimiliki Muslimah ini. Yakni mencontohi sunnah Nabi s.a.w., mengasihani dan menyayangi kucing di desanya.

Dia amat suka memelihara kucing. Di rumahnya banyak kucing. Dia melayan makan dan minum kucing. Dia pungut kucing yang dibuang orang, diberikan makan dan minum, dirawat dan dimandikan dengan sabun wangi.

Walaupun banyak kucing jalanan itu lemah, sakit, kurus kering atau lumpuh, tetap diambilnya untuk dirawat di rumahnya. Ada yang berkudis dan sakit serius. Pendeknya rumahnya menjadi pusat kucing kurap.

Maka terkenallah rumahnya jadi pusat rawatan kucing. Mana-mana kucing yang mati dikuburkan di kebunnya. Demikian begitu kasih Muslimah ini kepada makhluk Allah yang lemah lembut itu.

Justeru, ada kucing-kucing peliharaannya manja, gemuk dan sihat, serta cantik-cantik belaka, berkat khidmatnya, yang ikhlas. Tahun itu beliau berangkat, menunaikan haji dengan menggunakan perkhidmatan Tabung Haji. Gembira dan sayu nian kalbunya, kerana hajatnya untuk ke Tanah Suci, solat di Masjidilharam dan melihat Baitullah di depan mata sudah terkabul sudah. Ingin di hatinya untuk tawaf banyak-banyak seperti orang muda dan sihat. Tetapi apakan daya, lututnya sakit manakala badan uzur. Setelah solat fardu sentiasalah beliau memanjatkan doa dan pertolongan Allah, agar hajatnya dimakbulkan.

Pada suatu hari, semasa hendak pergi solat di Masjidilharam dengan keadaan bertongkat, beliau terjumpa seekor kucing yang kurus, comot, lemah dan lapar.

Apabila kucing itu hendak bangun berjalan, ia jatuh berkali-kali. Kasihan nian wanita tua itu melihat makhluk Allah itu menderita dan sengsara di kota suci Makkah. Lantas diambilnya kucing itu, diurutnya tubuhnya yang lemah itu. Dibelikan sebungkus nasi berlauk dan diberikan minum air zam-zam yang murni.

Dengan takdir Allah, kucing itu pulih dan sihat. Kucing itu telah menggesel kaki Muslimah tadi, lalu menjilat kedua-kedua tapak kakinya. Ajaib sungguh, kaki dan lututnya yang sakit tadi, tiba-tiba menjadi sihat dan kuat, seperti orang muda. Muslimah tua tadi dapat tawaf sebanyak-banyaknya, ikut suka hatinya. Tertunailah hajat yang terbuku di hatinya selama ini, berkat menolong seekor kucing di Makkah yang mulia itu.. Setelah tawaf wida (selamat tinggal) dan menziarahi Masjid Nabawi, hajah yang solihah tadi berserta rombongannya bersiaplah untuk pulang ke Malaysia .

Sewaktu hendak menaiki tangga pesawat di Jeddah, Muslimah tua tadi terlopong melihat seekor kucing yang mirip kucing yang ditolongnya sewaktu di Makkah dulu. Kucing itu duduk di sisi tangga pesawat itu sambil matanya merenung sayu padanya. Apabila Muslimah tadi sampai ke anak tangga teratas, kucing tadi ghaiblah daripada pandangannya.

Demikianlah ganjaran dan berkat orang yang mengasihi kucing, seperti Nabi kita s.a.w. mengasihinya di dunia ini, lebih-lebih besarlah pahala menunggunya di alam akhirat nanti. Amin.


Isnin, 25 Mei 2015

Misteri Batu Hajar Aswad

Neil Amstrong telah membuktikan bahwa kota Mekah adalah pusat dari planet Bumi. Fakta ini telah diteliti melalui sebuah penelitian Ilmiah. Ketika Neil Amstrong untuk pertama kalinya melakukan perjalanan ke luar angkasa dan mengambil gambar planet Bumi, dia berkata : "Planet Bumi ternyata menggantung di area yang sangat gelap, siapa yang menggantungnya?."

Para astronot telah menemukan bahwa planet Bumi itu mengeluarkan semacam radiasi, secara rasmi mereka mengumumkannya di Internet, tetapi sayang nya 21 hari kemudian website tersebut ghaib yang sepertinya ada asalan tersembunyi di balik penghapusan website tersebut.

Setelah melakukan penelitian lebih lanjut, ternyata radiasi tersebut berpusat di kota Mekah, tepatnya berasal dari Ka'Bah. Yang mengejutkan adalah radiasi tersebut bersifat infinite (tidak berujung), hal ini terbuktikan ketika mereka mengambil foto planet Mars, radiasi tersebut masih berlanjut terus. Para peneliti Muslim mempercayai bahwa radiasi ini memiliki karakteristik dan menghubungkan antara Ka'Bah di planet Bumi
dengan Ka'bah di alam akhirat.

Di tengah-tengah antara kutub utara dan kutub selatan, ada suatu area yang bernama 'Zero Magnetism Area' , ertinya adalah apabila kita mengeluarkan kompas di area tersebut, maka jarum kompas tersebut tidak akan bergerak sama sekali kerana daya tarik yang sama besarnya antara kedua kutub.

Itulah sebabnya jika seseorang tinggal di Mekah, maka ia akan hidup lebih lama, lebih sehat, dan tidak banyak dipengaruhi oleh banyak kekuatan gravitasi. Oleh sebab itu lah ketika kita mengelilingi Ka ' Bah, maka seakan-akan diri kita di-charged ulang oleh suatu energi misterius dan ini adalah fakta yang telah dibuktikan secara ilmiah.

Penelitian lainnya mengungkapkan bahwa batu Hajar Aswad merupakan batu tertua di dunia dan juga bisa mengambang di air. Di sebuah muzium di negara Inggris, ada tiga buah potongan batu tersebut (dari Ka ' Bah) dan pihak muzium juga mengatakan bahwa bongkahan batu-batu tersebut bukan berasal dari sistem tata surya kita.

Dalam salah satu sabdanya, Rasulullah SAW bersabda, "Hajar Aswad itu diturunkan dari surga, warnanya lebih putih daripada susu, dan dosa-dosa anak cucu Adamlah yang menjadikannya hitam.

Jami al-Tirmidzi al-Hajj (877)


Ahad, 24 Mei 2015

Betapa Pentingnya Seorang Perempuan Dalam Hidup Seorang Lelaki.........

Teringat pasal satu story...seorang lelaki balik rumah....dia jadi hairan giler..halaman rumah berselerak.. surat di peti pos tak berambil,anak- anak tengah main korek-korek tanah kotor, baju compang camping, penuh dengan tanah dan kotoran rambut tak bersikat, tak bermandi,;;; masuk ke pintu rumah, lagi lelaki tu terkejut...ruang tamu lagi teruk berselerak lelaki itu melaung nama isterinya... .sepi tiada jawapan masuk ke dapur..sinki penuh dengan pinggan mangkuk tidak berbasuh,periuk tidak bercuci. 

Mencari apa yang boleh dimakan tetapi tiada makanan yang dimasak masuk ke bilik air, baju masih belum berbasuh ,apatah lagi berendam lelaki itu cemas mencari isterinya..Dia bergegas ke tingkat atas, melihat isterinya terbaring di atas katil sedang membaca buku.."Awak sakit ke?"..Tanya lelaki itu.. "Tak lah", Jawab isterinya ringkas. "Kenapa teruk sangat rumah kita hari ni", tanya si suami lagi sambil meletakkan tangan di dahi isterinya, kot-kot isterinya demam.. 

Balas isterinya "Wahai suamiku, semalam semasa kita bertengkar, abang mengatakan yang saya ini hanyalah seorang suri rumah, duduk di rumah tidak sepenat diri abang yang duduk di pejabat, dan abang sering menanyakan apa kerja yang saya lakukan di rumah yang menyebabkan saya merungut kepenatan kadang-kadang. ....NAH, HARI INI SAYA TIDAK MELAKUKAN KERJA-KERJA YANG BIASA SAYA LAKUKAN SETIAP HARI.......  "

Wanita adalah insan istimewa, biarkan mereka terus membebel,merengek atau mengilai seperti pontianak . Seburuk-buruk perangai wanita, ia akan terus melekat di hati kita selagi hayat di kandung badan...

Best baca sampai abis!!!. It's true. To share..Dari Ilham seorang lelaki.. As for me is different, if my wife is not at home, rumah boleh jadik porak peranda. Memang true, jika isteri ada di rumah, kepala selalu pening. Pantang kalau isteri ada kat rumah and i'm off duty, sure at times boleh membuat kepala berserabut. Kalau madam takde kat rumah, alangkah tenteramnya hidup ini. Boleh buat apa yang kita suka. Boleh belengkar kat depan TV tanpa sebarang gangguan mental dah fizikal. Pendek kata, FreeeDoMmmmmlah!! 

But hairan bin ajaib, when dia betul-betul pergi meaning "She's Gone",aku pulak terasa separuh mati. Sehari dua memanglah shiookkkk, no one shouting from the kitchen for help, no one to komen this and that, no one to criticise. Everything will be smooth... 

Tapi, masuk hari ketiga, I felt something is missing. Lebih-lebih lagi bila tuala mandi dah berbau 'assshheemmmm' , tak tahu mana nak carik yang baru.. Colgate gigi dah abis , tak tahu kat mana dia stock up Air suam dah abis, malas nak boil...

Masuk hari ke-4, rindu mula terasa. Eventhough kat office, ramai yang cun melecun,wajahnya yang dah ditatap sejak tarikh bernikah itu juga yang mengetuk pintu hati. Memang lah dia tak se-cun SITI NURHALIZA but the smile yang ikhlas,forever melekat kat hati and sukar ada pengganti. Apabila rindu mencengkam, semuanya jadi tak tentu arah. Tengok TV citer best pun jadik tak best. Nasik bungkus faberite jadik tak faberite. Makan kat 5 star hotel jadik rasa cam makan kat kedai AA. Lebih-lebih lagi bila laundry basket dah makin bertimbun ngan baju kotor, fresh sluar dalam pun dah abis utk dipakai. Toilet dah mula licin berdaki...lantai dah berbelak, tak dimop... 

Everynite, very the lonely, baring atas katil nengok ceiling blindly... bila lonely gini, baru lah rasa benar kesepian. Jangan kata sebulan atau setahun....belum seminggu isteri takde kat rumah, aku dah terasa separuh pengsan. Bila bersendirian begini,dan terasa malam begitu dingin, barulah kita sedar betapa pentingnya seorang wanita bernama isteri...begitulah isteri kita rasa bila kita tinggalkan dia sendiri malam-malam agaknya ya.. 

So guys out there... jangan buli isteri kita. Kalau boleh, tolong dia buat kerja rumah. Bukan dok depan TV every weekend baca paper. Apa ingat dorang ni sumer kuli ke?! Maid ker?!! Kan dia tu bini kita, best fren kita, sweetheart kita... Ingat duit hantaran yang kita kasik dia masa nikah dulu cukup ker nak bayar gaji dia seumur hidup??!!  And furthermore, kan sama-sama keja carik rezeki, sama jugak lah buat keja rumah. Kadang-kadang bila poket kita sesak, tak ingat ker dialah orang yang paling terdekat kita nak kenyeng-kenyeng duit. Tak kesian ker nengok bini kita? Dah ler satu hari keja kat office, balik kena buat keja rumah lagi...penat tau!! 

Kalau aku lah diberi peluang jadik seorang wanita...tak rela!!! So to all mums and wives out there... life will be meaningless without you.

Sabtu, 23 Mei 2015


Hari itu, seperti kebiasaan Mashitah menjalankan rutinnya. Rambut anak gadis Firaun
disisir rapi. Perlahan-lahan dan lemah lembut perlakuannya selayak seorang penyisir
rambut istana. Sudah bertahun-tahun Mashitah bekerja di istana Firaun. Cuma bezanya
kini, hati Mashitah sudah diisi cahaya. Sinar iman dan hidayah sudah menyelubungi 
jiwanya. Kudratnya saja yang bekerja di istana Firaun, tetapi hati dan akidahnya 
terikat dengan ajaran Musa as.
“Allah!”kalimah itu terkeluar dari mulut Mashitah sebaik saja sikat yang dipegang 
terjatuh. Anak gadis Firaun turut mendengar kalimah itu. Serasa pernah didengar 
tetapi dia tidak ingat di mana. Mashitah lantas menekup mulutnya. Hatinya berdebar
tidak keruan. Bagaimana dia boleh terlepas cakap. Selama ini rahsia dia memeluk 
Islam dipendam sebaik mungkin. Semua tahu, Firaun memang akan menzalimi dan 
menjatuhkan hukuman kepada sesiapa yang menerima ajaran Musa ketika itu. 
“Mashitah, boleh kau ulang semula kalimah tadi?”Puteri Firaun meminta kepastian.
“Tiada apa-apa tuan puteri,” Mashitah menjawab ringkas. Segera disisirnya rambut 
puteri itu. Selesai saja tugasnya, Mashitah terus bergegas pergi. Langkahnya 
diekori dengan pandangan curiga puteri Firaun. 
“Nantilah, akanku laporkan pada ayahanda Firaun,”desis puteri itu.
Sememangnya tidak lama untuk menanti. Esoknya, berita pengislaman Mashitah sudah 
sampai ke telinga Firaun. Kemarahan Firaun kali ini benar-benar tercabar. Masakan 
dia begitu cuai sehingga pembantu istananya sendiri tega belot kepadanya yang 
mengaku sebagai tuhan.
Agenda jahat Firaun terus berkuasa. Dikerahnya pengawal memasak air panas di dalam 
sebuah kawah besar. Jika benar Mashitah mengengkarinya, hukuman berat pasti 
Lantas Mashitah dan keluarganya ditangkap. Suami dan dua orang anaknya termasuk 
seorang yang masih bayi dijadikan tawanan. Firaun bertanya dengan bongkak.
“Mashitah, siapakah tuhanmu?”
Mashitah menjawab “Tuhanku adalah Allah SWT”.
Sejurus itu, pengawal menolak suaminya ke dalam air panas. Tersentap hati Mashitah 
melihat suaminya yang meronta di rebus hidup-hidup. Firaun bertanya lagi soalan yang
sama namun Mashitah masih memberi jawapan yang sama. Kali ini, anaknya yang sulung 
pula ditolak ke dalam kawah.  Tersayat hatinya melihat darah daging sendiri lebur 
di dalam air menggelegak. 
Kali ketiga, Firaun bertanya lagi soalan yang sama. Pengawal pula sudah siap 
mengangkat bayinya yang masih merah itu untuk dicampak ke dalam kawah. Kala itu, 
naluri keibuan Mashitah benar-benar teruji. Tidak sampai hatinya mengenang anak 
kecil itu menanggung penderitaan direbus hidup-hidup. Dengan air mata yang berlinang,
hati Mashitah mula berbelah bahagi. 
“Tidak mungkin aku mengaku Firaun sebagai Tuhan, dan bagaimana pula aku tega 
membiarkan tubuh bayiku dimamah air panas, Ya Allah, kuatkan imanku,” Mashitah 
merintih sedih.
Di saat-saat getir itu, Allah menunjukkan kebesarannya. Bayi kecil Mashitah pun 
berkata-kata. “Ibu, usah bimbang, usah takut, kita berada di jalan benar. Syurga 
sedang menanti kita.”
Suara bayi kecil itu meruntun hati Mashitah. Demi Allah, imannya kian bertambah 
tatkala melihat kebesaran Tuhan. Mashitah merebut bayi kecil itu dari tangan 
pengawal. Lantas dia terjun bersama bayinya ke dalam air menggelegak. Hanya Allah 
mengetahui, betapa besar pengorbanan Mashitah. Demi mempertahankan iman, bukan saja
tubuhnya, malahan orang-orang kesayangannya turut terkorban. Syahidlah keluarga 
Mashitah dan terbukalah pintu syurga buat mereka. 
Diriwayatkan juga dalam perjalanan Israk Mikraj, Rasulullah tercium bau yang sangat
harum. Tidak pernah tercium bau semerbak itu dalam hidupnya.  
“Bau apakah ini?”tanya baginda.
“Inilah bau dari kubur Mashitah, salah seorang penghuni syurga yang tinggi darjatnya,”
jelas Malaikat Jibril.

Jumaat, 22 Mei 2015


Lihatlah api itu, panas membara. Barang terkena sedikitpun, kita pasti merintih 
pedih. Menyakitkan.
Rasulullah SAW pernah menceritakan betapa asalnya kejadian api di dunia ini. Setelah
Nabi Adam dihantar ke dunia kerana kesalahannya memakan buah larangan maka Allah SWT
telah memerintahkan Malaikat Jibril as supaya mengambil api dari neraka untuk 
dihantar ke dunia untuk kegunaan Nabi Adam as. 
Maka Jibril pun pergi menemui malaikat penjaga neraka yang bernama Zabaniah.
Jibril : Wahai Zabaniah, aku diperintah untuk mengambil sedikit api neraka untuk 
dihantar ke dunia. Api itu untuk kegunaan Adam di dunia.
Zabaniah : Sebanyak mana sedikit itu ?
Jibril : Sebesar kurma. ..
Zabaniah : Jika sebesar buah kurma api neraka itu engkau bawa, nescaya akan cairlah
tujuh lapis langit dan tujuh lapis bumi akibat kepanasannya.
Jibril : Jika begitu berilah aku sebesar separuh dari buah kurma…
Zabaniah : Jika sebesar separuh buah kurma api neraka ini engkau letakkan di dunia 
nescaya tidak akan turun walaupun setitik hujan dari langit dan tidak ada suatu pun
tumbuhan akan tumbuh di bumi nanti..
Memandangkan keadaan yang rumit itu, maka Jibril as pun menghadap Allah SWT untuk 
mendapatkan saiz yang perlu di hantar ke dunia.
Allah SWT pun memerintahkan supaya Jibril mengambil sebesar ZARAH sahaja dari api 
neraka untuk dibawa ke dunia. Maka Jibril as  mengambil api neraka sebesar zarah 
dari Zabaniah. Tetapi oleh kerana kepanasan yang keterlaluan api neraka sebesar 
zarah itu terpaksa di sejukkan dengan mencelupnya sebanyak 70 kali ke dalam sungai 
di syurga dan sebanyak 70 buah sungai di dunia.
Selepas itu Jibril a.s pun membawa api itu turun ke dunia dan diletakkan di atas 
sebuah bukit yang tinggi. Sejurus setelah diletakkan api tersebut, tiba-tiba bukit
itu terus meleleh dan cair. Maka cepat-cepat malaikat Jibril mengambil semula api 
tersebut dan menghantar semula ke neraka. Hanya sisa-sisanya sajalah yang terdapat 
di dunia ini seperti api yang sering kita gunakan untuk pelbagai keperluan termasuk
api gunung berapi dan sebagainya.
Maka, bayangkanlah kepanasan api neraka yang sebesar zarah yang terpaksa disejukkan
dalam 70 buah sungai syurga dan sungai dunia itu kita tidak termampu menahan 
kepanasannya, bagaimana dengan api neraka yang sebenar di akhirat nanti?

Khamis, 21 Mei 2015

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