Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Healing Earth Natural Nutritional Advice (HENNA)

Bism Illah.

Over 38 years of reading and researching food, nutrition, natural health, exercise, and wellness has brought me to several conclusions. That there is no single "diet" that is truly balanced, sensible, and in line with the Sunnah.Certainly there are elements of the types and state of the foods eaten in the time of our Prophet Muhammad, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, in the various wholefood, food combining, paleo, primal, and raw diets. However, not one of them makes complete sense and aligns itself with what was clearly good, wholesome food and what is stated in Qur'aan.

After all, we know that Allah did not send any message to us through the Qur'aan or His Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, that grains or legumes were to be avoided as harmful to us. Quite the contrary, grains were a normal part of the Prophet's diet - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - as we read the ahadeeth that he never ate bread made from fine flour and took a barley porridge with him on his seclusion periods in the cave of Mt. Hira. Adas, lentils or similar, are mentioned in the Qur'aan in Surat-ul-Baqarah...not in a condemning way, but simply as the food the people of Bani Isra'eel were used to. As for meat, poultry, and fish,  Allah sent down quail (according to several translations) to Bani Isra'eel, informed us that all seafood is lawful for us without the requirement of legislated slaughtering, and the Prophet - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - loved meat. Even though he ate it infrequently, that was not due to his personal preference, but what was available to him in his simple lifestyle.

So, as with anything, we take the good from each thing and discard what is questionable. Where does that leave us? With an untainted, unrefined, unprocessed, wholefood diet that includes every food group in  moderation - raw, sprouted, fermented, sun dried, and cooked - seeking nourishment, good health, and energy to worship our Creator, inshaa Allah.To that end, we will be posting various nutritional concepts, guidelines, and recipes under the acronym HENNA (Healing Earth Natural Nutrition Advice.) All good and success from this advice is solely from Allah, subhaana wa ta'ala and may all be protected from any errors or harm in it, which is from our own faults and those of shaytaan, the accursed.

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