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Upgrade Your Salah

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatAllah wa barakatu 🙂

Upon our return to Allah SWT, our Salah (prayer) is the first thing we will be asked about.

In Surat Al-Ma’idah, ayah 6, Allah SWT says:

“O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful.”

(Sahih International)

A major take away from ayah is the emphasis on entering salah in a purified state.

What’s interesting to me is that when we think of purification, we typically think external (i.e. washed hands, showered, clean clothes, etc)

But what about internal purification?

What about purifying our organs to run smoothly?

What about following the Sunnah of purifying our stomachs (i.e. 1/3 air, 1/3 water and 1/3 food)?

Did you know that the food we eat literally becomes our cells?

It’s a no brainer -> GIGO -> aka -> Garbage In, Garbage Out

How can you expect to have energy to have an awesome salah if the fuel you feed yourself is not efficient?

How can you expect to have energy during Ramadan if you are already tired all the time, even when jacked up on coffee?

You can’t.

Not correctly anyway.

*|FNAME|*, I’m not saying that we should be obsessed with health as a goal, but we should be interested in health as a vehicle. Mainly because it is this temporary body that transports us in this world to our ultimate destination.

It is a trust given to us by Allah SWT.

We certainly should not treat our body like it is going to last forever, because we surely know it’s not. But we should be mindful of the condition of this vehicle by which we enter Allah’s mercy or Allah’s wrath, SWT.

With all that being said, I am on a mission.

I am going to help you be healthier, so that your Salah, Iman, and Ramadan can benefit from it, inshaAllah

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Not feeling my program? No problem. Let me still jumpstart you with some tips and delicious recipes about how to get more veggies in your diet.

Lots of veggies in your diet is one of many important aspects to good health..

Veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Veggies give you awesome skin.
Veggies reduce inflammation.
Veggies help regulate your bowel movements (yea, I said it)
Point blank: they are nutritional rockstars
But you probably knew this already.
I mean it really isn’t rocket science.
Here’s the thing though.
Veggies aren’t exactly what people crave.
I don’t really care if you ‘know it’.
I care that you actually implement it.
So here’s my gift to you today -> 3 awesome recipes that will have you craving veggies…
Yes, you heard right…craving…veggies..
Recipes are below … Enjoy 🙂
Zucchini Pasta (Total time 10 mins, 1 zucchini = 1 serving)
  1. Using a carrot peeler, peel zucchini lengthwise to form very thin ‘fettuccine’ like strips
  2. Add small amount of oil/water mixture to pan and cook zucchini on low heat, while shaking pan and adding your favorite seasoning. The longer you cook it, the softer it will be, so cook to your preferred texture
  3. Register for my Healthy Living Challenge, because there is a lot more of where this came from.

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Cauliflower Rice (Total time 10 mins, Makes 6 servings)
  1. Use knife to remove leaves from cauliflower
  2. Cut the flowers off into medium sized cubes and discard (or save for other recipe) the hard inner core
  3. Place cut up flowers into food processor and process until evenly chopped but not completely pulverized
  4. Cook your portion in skillet with small amount of oil and season as you wish. Store excess processed cauliflower for later use

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Kale Chips (5 mins prep time, 25 mins total time, makes 2 servings)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Rip 2 cups worth of kale leaves into chip like sizes (no stem)
  3. Place dried ripped kale leaves (no stem) in oven dish with 1 teaspoon evenly spread oil
  4. After it has baked for 10 mins, open oven and toss/flip kale and add a squeeze of lemon, allow to cook for an additional 10-15 mins until firm
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Are you a male? 

Since I don’t work with men individually, this is a great way to still benefit from my health programs. I highly recommend that you do this program with your wife, sister, mom, or daughter.

Assalamu alaykum,

May Peace Be Unto You

Love from New Jersey,

Yasmin

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