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Tobacco

Tobacco Crimes Against Non-smokers

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated in its 2007 report that nearly half the people who smoke regularly will eventually be killed by tobacco. What is very alarming, however, is that hundreds of thousands who have never lit a cigarette are also killed each year by tobacco. The culprit is passive smoking. Most smokers know …

Pets

Cuddly Pets: More Than Meets the Eye

I once met a person who said her family consists of four members. Next, she said she’s an only child. Doing the math was easy, so I couldn’t help but ask about the two-member discrepancy. “Oh! The cats of course!” was the answer that I got, but didn’t expect. Like this person, pets owners have …

Organic

Are Organic Foods Healthier?

In the ongoing debate about the health value of organic food, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has submitted a rebuttal – organic food has no nutritional benefits over ordinary food.

Pharmacology

Islamic Roots of Modern Pharmacology

Around the 8th century, one man took it upon himself to dig deeper into this amazing world of chemistry. A long forgotten historical figure, Khaled Ibn Yazeed came from the house of the Umayyad Caliphate. It was very unusual for a man in his social and economical stature to adopt such an unrecognized profession. However, his …

Bioethics

What’s the Shari’ah Relationship with Bioethics?

Bioethics is the study of the ethical issues emerging from advances in biology and medicine. It also denotes moral discernment as it relates to medical policy and practice. Bioethicists are concerned with the ethical questions that arise in the relationships among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, and philosophy. It includes the study of values …

Mental disorders

Religion in Mental Health: Soul Under Pressure

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depressive disorders are the fourth leading cause of ill health and disability amongst adults worldwide. By 2020, it is expected that mental health disorders will represent the world’s largest health problem (Duckworth p.2). Researchers view the spread of urbanization as a major contributory factor to this. Although it does …

After Death

What Happens to Your Body After Death?

There are numerous traditions in which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) recommended to maintain the health and prepare the believers physiologically.

Smiling

Smiling: Low Cost Medicine?

As Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) teaches us as Muslims, “Your smile for your brother is charity.” (Narrated ‘Aisha [The Prophet’s wife] -may Allah be pleased with her).

Circumcision

Science Learns the Value of Male Circumcision

A scientific discovery in 2013 explained the benefit, but not the value of circumcision. The value, as Jews and Muslims have always known, is in doing something that God wants humans to do.

Curiosity

Encouraging Healthy Choices by Piquing Curiosity

You might prefer watching TV rather than exercising, or ordering pizza instead of preparing dinner. Psychologists call this a ‘want/should conflict’. People often favor the ‘want’ option, which focuses on the impulsive satisfaction of desire regardless of its impacts, over the ‘should’ option. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used curiosity to influence people to …



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