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Never Stand Up When You Eat or Drink
All Credit Goes to Ibn Al-Naphis
Akbar, The Great
New Website Launched - Unsung poems

Never Stand Up When You Eat or Drink

By Yusuf Estes

Many people, even Muslims today, are saying things against the sunnah of Muhammad, (peace be upon him). Some say it is not valid today. Others claim they don't see any value in it or that it is something not important and some are even making fun of his way and his teachings as though this is something old fashioned and outdated. Yet, when the same thing is coming from a non-Muslim doctor in Washington, DC... I'll let you decide about this one:

One night while driving home quite late, from a fundraiser in Virginia, I was very tired. So, while waiting for a light to turn green, I laid my head on the steering wheel. When the light turned green, my little daughter started tapping my shoulder and saying,

"Daddy, wake up!" "Daddy, you have to drive!" "Daddy, Wake up!"

I said,

"I'm too tired."

She then turned on the radio in the car very loud in an effort to wake me up. There was a man's voice saying,

"Never stand up when you eat or drink."

He continued;

"Never, ever stand up when you eat or drink; always sit down while eating and drinking." By now, I was wide awake and driving again. I thought,

"Who could be talking like this?"

This was sounding like Muslim preachers telling their followers to emulate the prophet, peace be upon him, in sitting while you eat and being careful of your eating habits; not to fill your stomach; always wash your hands.

The voice on the radio continued,

"If you knew the damage that you are doing to your body by standing while you eat, you would never do it."

He then began to name the various parts of the body that are effected by standing rather than sitting while you eat,

"Your esophagus, the stomach, kidneys, liver, etc."

He was a doctor and he said,

"Most of the operations would not be necessary if people would only SIT DOWN WHEN THEY EAT OR DRINK."

Interesting, isn't it? Of course, now if we were to sit while we eat and take small portions and not eat to our fill, we would have to ask ourselves the question, "Am I doing this for Allah and His messenger, peace be upon him, or am I doing it for my health?"

But when Allah Almighty says it, they make fun and ridicule or call it a book of terrorism.

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All Credit Goes to Ibn Al-Naphis

By Dr Ibrahim Shaikh

Who discovered Pulmonary Circulation, Ibn Al-Naphis or Harvey? Ibn Al-Naphis (Ala al-Din Abu al-A'la Ali ibn Abi Hazm al-Quraishi) of Damascus, an Arab physician of the thirteenth century (1210-1288 CE), explained the basic principles of the modern theory of the lesser or PULMONARY circulation nearly three hundred and fifty years before Sir William Harvey of Kent, England, who is wrongly credited with this discovery. This fact was acknowledged in 1957 by Professor Dr J B Latham of the University of Manchester at the tercentenary of the death of William Harvey (Sunday Times, 9 June 1957). He also stated that Ibn Al-Naphis had "recognised the fallacy of Galen's theory of invisible channels between the ventricles. He similarly explained that blood was purified in the lungs where it was refined on contact with the air inhaled from the outer atmosphere. "It should not be assumed too readily that great discoveries were made only in Europe." (The Statesman, Calcutta, 11 June 1957). Ibn Al-Naphis was the chief physician at the Al-Mansuri Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, where he practised and taught medicine and Muslim theology until his death at the age of 77. He wrote a book "Sharh al Qanun" in which he expounded the pulmonary circulation for the first time. This commentary was consulted by Ibn Al-Quff, a great scientist and contemporary of Ibn Al-Naphis. All scholarly standards and historical fairness should accredit Ibn Al-Naphis as being the first to discover and illustrate the Pulmonary Circulation.

(www.islamonline.com)

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Akbar, The Great

Lessons on Tolerance

Thomas Coryat, English traveler to India between 1612 and 1617, has a brilliant anecdote to tell. The only time Mughal emperor Akbar denied anything to his mother, he observes, was when she asked him to order the tying of the Bible around the neck of an ass and have it beaten around the streets of Agra because the Portuguese had tied the Qur'an around the neck of a dog in Ormuz and beat him around in the town. What the Portuguese had done, Akbar replied, was awful. But being a king, he could not replicate the same in his kingdom, for "the contempt of any religion is contempt of God".

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Unsung poems

A Website for Amatuer Writers, Poets. Etc.

By Mohammed Shuaib

I'm a student doing graduation in B.Com through Bangalore university. And I love writing poems, stories, articles, essays and songs both in English and Urdu. I have published some of my poems in various websites.

I'm an amateur writer. I found no source to give me guidelines to enhance my writing talent. Without any guidance I'm writing. So I realized about many fellow writers who write with great dedication but due to lack of basic skills get themselves discouraged. Eventually, I decided to build up this website which I had launched two years ago, to encourage the young poets to build up their writing skills and publish their work through us.

Unsung poems, is an international website which recognizes writers from every walks of life. Every one is welcome to participate in the contests that it organises. It not only commends the writers but also gives suggestions and tips to develop the skills in various writing fields.

We organise contests regularly to encourage the writers to keep their writing going on. This way we help the writer to enhance the writing skills through the practice of writing regularly. And we give exiting prizes to the winners.

The works submitted by the writer will be thoroughly read and selected poems will be published on this site. Do visit the web site www.unsungpoems.com

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