DDT and Breast Cancer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It’s been a while since my last post, but I hope that my belated ‘Eid Mubarak to those who I didn’t get a chance to congratulate is still accepted. I hope all of you had a wonderful Ramadan and ‘Eid. I also hope that we are all moving towards improvement now that Ramadan has ended.

Living on Earth held a show with Doctor Barbara Cohn, on the topic of DDT, a powerful insecticide which was used in the mid 1900’s and which is now banned in North America, and its relation to breast cancer for women who were children between 1945-1965. Below is the transcript of the show, along with a link to the audio if you prefer listening in.

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HOST: Steve Curwood
GUESTS: Dr. Barbara Cohn, Van Jones, Nate Tyler
REPORTER: Jeff Young, Ingrid Lobet

CURWOOD: From Public Radio International—this is Living on Earth.

DDT and Breast Cancer

CURWOOD: From the Jennifer and Ted Stanley studios in Somerville, Massachusetts, this is Living on Earth. I’m Steve Curwood. For years the pesticide DDT has been a major suspect in the breast cancer epidemic. But studies looking at DDT residues in the tissue of women with breast cancer have been contradictory.

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives is based on actual blood samples preserved from as long as 40 years ago and the results are startling. It shows that if a female is exposed to DDT before puberty, she is five times as likely to get breast cancer as a woman who is exposed to DDT later in life. And virtually every female in the U.S. who was a child between 1945 and 1965, when DDT was widely used, is in a high-risk category. Dr. Barbara Cohn from the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, California was the lead author of the study. I asked her how she was able to get her data

Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Poor, Think Glocally

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

If every single one of us thought globally and acted locally would there remain any needy person in this world? Imagine if we all took charge and fed our neighbors, the Muslims and non-Muslims at the shelters, and on the streets.

An Afghan child sleeps as his mother begs for alms in Herat, Afghanistan. During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims consider the giving of alms mandatory.
Source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News – Sep 19, 2007, page 8a

Imagine if we took the time to help alleviate some of the pressure some people face because of being underpaid, not having good stable jobs, not having a reliable car. The world would be a much better place.

Kashmiri orphans receive food before Iftar, the meal Muslims eat to break their dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramadan, at the Jammu Kashmir Yateem Khana in Srinagar, India

What if we were that person who could not afford any food or water?

Somali children rummage through garbage to look for food in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007. Somalia is facing skyrocketing food prices during the holy month of Ramadan, the latest blow in a country struggling with a deadly insurgency, residents said Monday. Staple foods such as rice, spaghetti and cooking oil have nearly doubled in price, and many blame the lack of security combined with the monsoon season, which makes it perilous for ships carrying food to arrive in port.

What if our children had to depend on donations?

Poor residents seen receiving food during the fasting month of Ramadan at the Sunni mosque of Abdul Qadir al-Gailani in Baghdad

And what if at the moment that our families and neighbors were needy of food, you saw this?

Have we failed?

Chefs put finishing touches to a chocolate model of the Grand Mosque in a luxury hotel in Jakarta September 16, 2007. The chocolate sculpture, measuring 2.5 metres by 5 metres, was made from 150 kg of chocolate. The model will be displayed in the lobby of the Grand Melia Hotel during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Alhamdulillah for the many blessings we already have. Alhamdulillah for having a stable home, food on the table, and clean clothes to wear.

A Palestinian refugee, who fled Nahr al-Bared camp during fierce fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants, prepares food for the iftar, or breakfast meal, which breaks their Ramadan fast, at a school where she and others have taken refuge in the nearby Beddawi camp in north Lebanon

But what if this was our son or little brother, our spouse or our mother?

An Afghan woman with her son wearing leg supports begs for alms at a roadside in Kabul, Afghanistan

Enough is enough, right? Go to your local Masjid, donate some money and volunteer some of your time. Also, donate essentials (or anything else that someone could use). Here is a small list of needed food/necessity items.

1. Bags of Rice, Dried Beans, Pasta, Flour, Sugar, Sandwich Bread, Powdered Milk

2. Canned Tuna, Hummus, Ful, Fruit, Vegetables

3. Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pasta Sauce

4. Cooking Oils (Canola, Olive)

5. Boxes/Bags of dried cereal

6. Toilet Paper, Diapers, Women necessities

7. Don’t stop at the basics if you can give more. Give away toys, clothing, meat. We can do so much.

Next time you sit down to eat ask yourself, how many more could eat from this food?

Contact Islamic Relief. http://www.islamic-relief.com/

Learn How You Can Help in other ways.

Remember that the more mercy we show to others, the more Mercy Allah will show to us on the day when we will need it the most.

Please, let’s stop talking and get acting. Allah could remove our own blessings. Let us feed those who are starving. Let us clothe those who have nothing. Let us bring smiles to those who only wait for ease. I know it breaks your heart to see these pictures. How could it not hurt?

If you have other ideas that may encourage others to act, I encourage you to post them here and I will add those ideas to this post. This post will stay up for a while. Anytime you help, make du’aa’ for people, pass this message along, please rate this entry (any number). Allah knows how much we all help. And remember that the best charity is that which is given in secret. So don’t expose yourself. But help. It could be our children, our brothers, our friends in this situation, tomorrow.

Many thanks to the sister who shared these saddening pictures with me. May Allah reward you immensely. Ameen

Let’s Be Strangers

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Brother Sa’ad posted the following video. Jazak Allahu khairan for sharing such powerful words with us.

Here it is for the rest of you.

“Islam has started strange and will become strange again. Therefore, good news for the strangers.” [Muslim]

Another beneficial lecture: The Strangers

I’m happy to be a stranger. Are you?

Husn adh-Dhann

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Allah Most High has said,

 إِنَّ بَعْض الظَّنّ إِثْم

 Verily, some suspicions are sins…

‏عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏قَالَ ‏‏ حُسْنُ الظَّنِّ مِنْ حُسْنِ الْعِبَادَةِ

From Rasulullah [saws] who said, “To have good thoughts (or suspicions) is from well-conducted worship.” [abu dawood]

And our Beloved, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, reminded us,

‏ ‏إِيَّاكُمْ وَالظَّنَّ فَإِنَّ الظَّنَّ أَكْذَبُ الْحَدِيثِ وَلَا ‏ ‏تَحَسَّسُوا ‏ ‏وَلَا ‏ ‏تَجَسَّسُوا ‏ ‏وَلَا تَنَافَسُوا وَلَا تَحَاسَدُوا وَلَا تَبَاغَضُوا وَلَا ‏ ‏تَدَابَرُوا ‏ ‏وَكُونُوا عِبَادَ اللَّهِ إِخْوَانًا

“Avoid suspicion, for suspicion is the gravest lie in talk and do not be inquisitive about one another and do not spy upon one another and do not feel envy with the other, and nurse no malice, and nurse no aversion and hostility against one another. And be fellow-brothers and servants of Allah.” [sahih muslim]


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Reflect upon the beauty of the way in which both the land and sea are made,

and contemplate the Attributes of Allah outwardly and secretly.

The greatest evidence of the limitless perfections of Allah can be found

both deep within the self and on the distant horizon.

If you were to reflect on physical bodies and their marvellous forms

and how they are arranged with great precision, like a string of pearls;

Beloved Ramadan: Around-The-Net! (& An Announcement)

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

This is my new category, Around-The-Net. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while but haven’t had it in me to start. This time around I think it’s an excellent time to start! There are some wonderful reminders that have been written for us this Ramadan, about Ramadan. Some offer us hard-hitting advice that should put us in reflection mode, others are random and bit old, and others just wish us all a Ramadan Mubarak!  So let us begin.

The Florida Suhba dates have been announced! [Pleaste note that there may be changes]

Alhamdulillah, I am pleased to announce the dates of the suhba. The suhba in Orlando, Florida, will be held January 4-7. More details will be up over the next few weeks.

Ramadan Wishes Around-The-Net

Ramadan Mubarak!!

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Ramadan Mubarak

Our experiences in life carry with them many lessons. We meet someone and they teach us random things about life, intentionally and unintentionally. Allah sends these lessons to help improve our conditions. We should take heed of these many moments, whether they are good, bad or seem ugly, because indeed all of the affairs of the believer are good.

A sister dying

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Update: Sister Naila has passed. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Keep her in your ad’iyah and offer any type of support at the link provided below. If you couldn’t find where I linked it, here you go: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/naila Keep her family in your prayers and remember death often. May Allah accept her deeds, forgive and have mercy on her and grant her firdaws al ‘ala. Ameen

Sister Naila Ahmed is the aunt of a dear sister that some of you know, a friend, a mother, a wife, a teacher, a daughter. She has touched the lives of many. She is our sister. She has suffered from cancer and is now waiting for His decree. She’s had the blessing that many of us pray we have when we are in such a state; to ask for water to make wudu’ so she could offer her prayer to her Lord. Now she rests, as her family wonders if she will go now or tomorrow. What happens next is only known to Him. Keep your sister in your prayers.

May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala accept her deeds and forgive and have mercy on her and her family. آمين

We’re next.

Muslim Support Groups: An Example

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Brothers and Sisters, this is a wonderful example of what we need in our communities. Masha’Allah, some communities really have gotten together to help each other, in many amazing ways. Let us aim to form similar things, even if it is just a small group working together, with or without the support of the majority. There are so many Muslims that need that push in the right direction, that have no place to go, lack good Muslims around them, no place to find clothing and the accessories that many of us have easily available. Unfortunately, our priorities are all over the place. Sometimes we go to the Masjid looking for information and we are pushed aside as if we are not important. When Muslims are trying to change their life for the better they need alternatives. So let us give them those alternatives. We can even do so much online. Let us work together to bring support. Remember, pebbles build mountains. Let us think of ways of helping and providing a true support group via the internet. I’m in, are you?

Paradise 4-Ever


9 Miserable Days at Prince Hamza Hospital

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Dad was driving his car when he became very ill and hit his car where it was found. He got out of his car feeling very dizzy and fell down. Some unknown students took him Prince Hamza Hospital, where he was diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Because the hospital is really bad and I can’t begin to explain how horrible it is, my dad ended up with a) a brain seizure, b) severe pneumonia, c) kidney malfunction and d) blood infection. All which he picked up and was caused by his stay at the Prince Hamza Butchery (that’s what we’re calling it now). The reason his mobile was turned off is because it was stolen, either by the people who transferred him, or most probably at the hospital.

SubhanAllah! Read it and let others know: 9 Miserable Days!!

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