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Hwaa Irfan

Hwaa Irfan serves as consultant, counselor and freelance writer. She is focusing on traditional healing mechanisms as practiced in various communities, as opposed to Western healing mechanisms.

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Vitamin E: A Natural Gift From Allah

The Qur’an (Surat Al-A’araf 7:160) recommends that we “eat of the good foods We have provided for you.” However, studies in 2001 showed that only about 25% of the general population globally eats whole foods while the other 75% subsists mostly on processed and devitalized “modern” foods (Diet and Disease, Raskin). This fact has resulted in the …

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Self-development Through Martial Arts

Self-development Through Martial Arts

Al-jihad al-akbar – the greater jihad, is the inner battle; the invisible war towards self-development and unity of mind, body and soul. Many Islamic scholars view this as the prime ambition in Islam, for without this inner jihad, man’s will over his personal and public life is meaningless as man’s physical tendencies and weaknesses can’t be …

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Endangered Tree: Hope for Prostate Cancer

Endangered Tree: Hope for Prostate Cancer

The interrelationships of man and nature are one of the miracles of Allah. However, in modern times this delicate interrelationship has been threatened many times by the extinction of various species of plants and animals. One of the medicinal species threatened with extinction is the ancient medicinal tree Prunus Africana. This slow-growing evergreen, which is found …

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Traditional Medicine Finds Connection with Naturopathic Healing

Traditional Medicine Finds Connection with Naturopathic Healing

The traditional world of healing (naturopathic) is developing a healthy partnership with many areas of allopathic medicine (Western). One such area is the study of the role the human psyche plays in healing. After being trained in complementary medicine, Drs. Reilly and Taylor have said, “I now see the whole person and not a biochemical …

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Thirst Inducing Soft Drinks

Thirst Inducing Soft Drinks

Some of us are already feeling the heat, as we flex our muscles to reach for a soft drink to quench our thirst. However, ice-cold soft drinks actually numb our taste buds to the reality that we are consuming a can or bottle of “liquid candy” containing the equivalence of seven teaspoons of sugar that …

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Pros & Cons of Garlic's Medicinal Properties

Pros & Cons of Garlic’s Medicinal Properties

Garlic, despite its offensive odor, has remained a part of the domestic arena with properties established in traditional and holistic healing practices. Natural healers know that garlic is a powerful medicine. Recently, however, modern medicine has also studied garlic as more and more bacteria become increasingly resistant against man-made antibiotics. In their studies, scientists have …

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