Apr 24, 2016

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12 Favorite Foods of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)


The study of life of the Messenger of Allah shows that although he lived most of his time in austerity, yet he always remained thankful to God for all. He used to eat everything he was presented with and never complained about it. Everybody must have a knowledge what foods are most liked by our Prophet (Peace be upon him) and what are the health benefits of these Sunnah Foods? Some of them are also mentioned in Holy Qur’an. Some of the most favorite foods of the Holy Prophet are as follows:

Dates (Khajoor)

Dates are considered to be very healthy to use as they include vitamins and useful minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and calcium for which are highly essential for human body.

Regarding great benefits of dates, Holy Prophet said:
“He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.” (Bukhari)

dates

Figs (Injeer)

Figs are linked with curing ailments of stomach, strengthening of bones, and curing of piles and gout diseases. It is among the liked foods of the Prophet . It is also one of the fruits from Paradise, and there is a separate Chapter in the Holy Quran on it. 

Allah SWT says in Holy Quran: 
“By the fig and the olive” [Quran, 95: 1]
The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said: Figs are a fruit from Paradise – a cure for piles.
Injeer

Honey (Shehd)

Considered to be the best natural therapy for curing almost every disease, the Holy Prophet used to take honey and also recommended it to others.
“Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur’an is a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you remedies, the Qur’an and honey” [Bukhari]
honey

Olive and Olive Oil (Zaitoon)

Olive is also one of the foods from Jannah (paradise) and it has been mentioned along with figs in the Holy Quran: “By the fig and the olive” [Quran, 95: 1]

Hazrat Muhammad used to take it himself and also suggested it to others because of its great curing benefits.
Narrated by Abu Hurairah (R.A):
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said “Eat Olive and use it as an ointment as it produced from a blessed tree.” (Tirmidhi)
olive

Barley (Joo)

Rasulullah , liked it very much, and used to have in the shape of bread, porridge, and dough.

Ummul Manzar states that the Prophet  along with Ali came to their house, they had dates and those were presented to them. Both of them ate from those dates. When Ali (R.A) consumed a little of those, the Prophet  said; “You recently recovered from illness, hence you are weak, hence don’t eat more. Therefore, that lady prepared a dish from barley and beet root. Then, the Prophet  told Ali “eat from it, it is better for you”. (Tirmidhi)

The modern scientific research also proved the great effects of this food on health and is considered to be among world's healthiest nourishments.
barley

Grapes (Angoor)

The Prophet Muhammad used to eat it keenly and was also presented with grapes as a present. It is also one of the fruits of the heaven, and is mentioned in the Holy Quran: 
“And from the fruits of the palm trees and grapevines you take intoxicant and good provision. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who reason.” [Quran, 16: 67]

The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said: Grapes purify the blood, provide vigor and strengthen the kidneys, making them clear.
grapes

Vinegar (Sirka)

The Messenger used to eat vinegar with olive oil. 
Jaabir bin Abdullaah (R.A) reported: “The Messenger of Allah asked his family for a condiment and they replied, “We do not have anything but vinegar”. So he called for it and began to eat, saying, “How good a condiment is vinegar” (Muslim)

So, it was preferred by Rasulullah to have vinegar as a flavor while having something to eat.
The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) used to mix vinegar in olive oil which is now a trend in the poshest Italian restaurants.
vinegar

Milk (Doodh)

It is associated with strengthening of bones as it contains calcium, curing gastric diseases, strengthening of memory and vision and many other healthy effects on one's body.
The Messenger  of God used to love having milk of goat and camel which was common at that time. 
The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said: Milk wipes away heat from your heart, just as you wipe sweat off your eyebrows. It renews brain energy and makes you less forgetful.
milk

Cucumber (Kheera)

Cucumber is vastly linked with quenching thirst, curing the inflammation of stomach, easing down pains of bladder etc. 
The Holy Prophet used to take it as a means of Salad.
“The Messenger of Allah used to eat Qiththa (cucumber) with Rutab (fresh dates)." (Tirmidhi)
cucumber

Meat (Goshat)

It is rich in protein, iron, zinc, selenium. Good for bones, teeth, strengthening the immune system, body tissues and many more.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said;”Meat is the king of foods (sayed ut Tawam).”
meat


Pumpkin (Kadoo)

It is medically proven as a source of lowering the risk of prostate cancer, protecting against swelling of joints, lessening of wrinkles on face, stimulating the functioning of kidneys etc. It was also the top most desired food of Rasulullah .
“The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) amongst all other foods, liked pumpkin. (Tirmidhi)
pumpkin

Melon (Kharbooza)

The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said: No woman who eats melon during pregnancy will fail to give birth to a child that has good character.
melon

These are 12 of the many favorite foods of the Holy Prophet , which he used to eat and also recommended them to his followers because of their greater implication regarding health of human body. It is Sunnah to use these foods.

Apr 4, 2016

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PTA started campaign against Fraud Calls/ SMSs and Fake Prize Schemes


Don't get trapped in prize and lottery scams, join PTA in the movement against deceptive and fraudulent calls and SMSs. Anonymous calls and SMSs can deprive you of your money. People are deceived and deprived of their hard earned money through fake text messages and phone calls from unknown numbers enticing them with attractive prizes, lotteries and plot or winning any draw.
fraud-calls

More so full scale calls and marketing messages from these unwanted numbers irk the customers and snatch their right of privacy. All customers using mobile phones are being informed and alerted through this advertisement that they should not transfer any cash or mobile credit in response to such calls and SMSs from unknown numbers, failing which they themselves will be responsible for any loss accruing from such frauds. If you face such situation, inform the mobile company, FIA and PTA as per the following instructions.

Fake Prize Schemes and Financial Fraud

People often received spamming messages about fake prize schemes e.g.
Benazir Income Support ke taraf se apko Rs.25000 mubarak ho apka yeh number BISP mein Register tha. ap is number per rabita karen.
  • Register your complaint at helpline of mobile operator 
           Ufone 333, Zong 310, Warid 321, Mobilink 111, Telenor 345 
  • Contact helpline 0800-26477 or FIA (UAN: 111-345-786 or www.fia.gov.pk) to register your complaint in case of BISP (Benazir Income Support Program) fake message.

Unsolicited/ Marketing/ Spamming Calls and SMSs

  • To report obnoxious calls and SMS, type sender’s cell number, give a space, type the received message and send it to 9000 e.g. and send it to 9000.
  • To block publicity messages, type REG and send it to 3627 to get registration in “Do Not Call Register (DNCR)”. Contact concerned mobile operator if the problem still persists. To allow such messages again write UNREG and send it to 3627.

Obnoxious/ Unknown Calls and SMSs

  • Text or dial 420 for required unwanted numbers (for Mobilink, Telenor, Zong or Ufone)
  • Text or dial 9211 for required unwanted numbers (for Warid Telecom)

In case your complaint is not redressed call at PTA’s toll free helpline (for PTCL/NTC landline only) 0800-55055 or landline 051-9225325 or E-mail at complaint@pta.gov.pk or visit PTA website to register your complaint.



Mar 13, 2016

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20+ Great Inventions and Innovations by Muslim Scientists


Muslim scientists made innumerable discoveries, inventions and researches about architect, engineering, medicine, surgery, physics, chemistry, philosophy, astrology, geometry, mathematics and various other fields. They are founders of many branches of science and have written numerous books of science. They eliminated misconceptions from found in the ancient science theories. Many terms of today’s science are actually given by these Muslim scientists and researchers. Major fields of Muslim scholars, scientists and researchers were medical, chemistry, astronomy and architecture.

From vaccination to surgery and from parachute to windmill, the Muslims have given the world many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. Here is list of 20 great inventions of Muslim scientists.

PINHOLE CAMERA

Muslim mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham invented the first pinhole camera in 10th century.


ALGEBRA, TRIGONOMETRY AND NUMBERING SYSTEM

Algebra was named after al-Khwarizmi's book, Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah, much of whose contents are still in use. The work of Muslim mathematicians was imported into Europe 300 years later. Algorithms, trigonometry, cryptology and writing style of numerals also came from the Muslim world.

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

Many modern surgical instruments are of exactly the same design as those devised in the 10th century by a Muslim surgeon called Al-Zahrawi. In the 13th century, a Muslim medic named Ibn Nafis described the circulation of the blood, 300 years before William Harvey discovered it. Muslims doctors also invented anesthetics.


PARACHUTE

A thousand years before the Wright brothers a Muslim astronomer and engineer named Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. Though he was not fully successful in flying but had given the concept of airplane and parachute.

SHAMPOO AND SOAP

Soap and shampoo was invented by Arab Muslims.


MINERAL WATER AND PERFUME

Jabir ibn Hayyan was a great Muslim chemist in 8th century. He invented many basic processes and apparatuses of chemistry which are still in use. He invented the perfume and pure water through distillation, filtration, evaporation and purification process.


CRANKSHAFT

Crank-shaft was created by a Muslim engineer Al-Jazari to raise water for irrigation. He also invented or refined the use of valves and pistons, devised some of the first mechanical clocks driven by water and weights, combination lock, and was the father of robotics. 


ARCHITECTURAL INVENTIONS

Pointed arch, castle building, dome building technique and watch towers was made by Muslim architects. Architect of Henry V's castle was a Muslim.


WINDMILL

The windmill was invented in 634 for a Persian caliph and was used to grind corn and draw up water for irrigation. It was 500 years before the first windmill was seen in Europe.

VACCINATION

Children in Turkey were vaccinated at least 50 years before the West discovered it.

FOUNTAIN PEN

The fountain pen was invented for the Sultan of Egypt in 953 after he demanded a pen which would not stain his hands or clothes.


COFFEE

Coffee was originated from Kaffa, Ethiopia. By the late 15th century it had arrived in Mecca and Turkey from where it made its way to Venice in 1645. It was brought to England in 1650 by a Turk who opened the first coffee house in London. The Arabic qahwa became the Turkish kahve then the Italian caffé and then English coffee.

THREE-COURSE MEAL

Ali ibn Nafi Ziryab came from Iraq to Cordoba in the 9th century and brought with him the concept of the three-course meal - soup, followed by fish or meat, then fruit and nuts. 

GLASSWARE

Ali ibn Nafi Ziryab also introduced crystal glasses which had been invented after experiments with rock crystal by Abbas ibn Firnas.

DEGREE AWARDING UNIVERSITIES

The first formal university was Al-Karaouine, founded in 859 by Fatima al-Fihri in Fes, Morocco. Upon the successful completion of course, this university granted them a certificate known as an “Ijaza”. Al-Azhar University was founded in Cairo (Egypt) in 970, and in the 1000s, dozens of universities were established throughout the Middle East. The concept of institutes that grant certificates of completion (degrees) spread into Europe through Muslim Spain, where European students would travel to study. The Universities of Bologna in Italy and Oxford in England were founded in the 11th and 12th centuries and continued the Muslim tradition of granting degrees to students.

CARPETS

Origin of carpets is Iran and nearby Muslim countries.

CHEQUE

The modern cheque comes from the Arabic saqq. In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman could cash a cheque in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad.


SHAPE OF EARTH

500 years before Galileo, Muslim scholars revealed the truth that earth is spherical. They also calculated the circumference of the earth.


ROCKET AND TORPEDO

By the 15th century Muslims had invented both a rocket and a torpedo, and were being used by their militaries.


CHESS

Chess, into the form we know it today, was developed in Persia. From there it spread to Europe. Click here to read complete interesting story of Chess.

GARDENS

Muslims developed the idea of the garden as a place of beauty and meditation. The first royal pleasure gardens in Europe were opened in 11th-century Muslim Spain.

Mar 12, 2016

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4 Crazy Pakistanis who are extremely Over-eaters


These 4 Pakistanis eat a lot. They are extremely overeaters or either might have eating disorder.

Abdul Sattar of Mirpur AJK eaten 24 kg meat, 3 kg yogurt and 30 cold drinks in a single sitting of continuous 3 hours.


Anwar of Sargodha eats 100 rotis a day.


2 Children of Rajanpur drink 5kg milk each daily.


18 months old baby girl of Lahore eats 20 rotis a day.



Mar 10, 2016

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Pakistanis with the most Children


Until 20th century, it was very common to have more than 6 children, and even in many cases more than 10 children by a single couple in Pakistan and India. Now when governments and international organizations are advocating birth control through every means, most of the people have 2 to 3 children on average. Though it is not very common but some people have many children. 

Following are Pakistanis who have fathered most children:
Dr. Jan Muhammad of Quetta has 33 children including 14 sons and 19 daughters, from 3 wives and he is planning for his 4th marriage. They all are living jointly and very happily. He enjoyed playing with his children. Watch this video by Dawn News.


تین شادیاں،33بچے۔۔۔۔کوئٹہ کے ڈاکٹر جان محمد چوتھی دلہن لانے کو تیار
Posted by Dawn Urdu on Monday, February 29, 2016


Muhammad Yousaf of Sargodha's village Nathuwala has fathered at least 41 children (10 sons and 31 daughters) from 7 wives. He wanted to have more than 100 children. He is a worker at local farm house. He even forgets the names of his children. Watch a video about him.


Feb 28, 2016

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How to find Phone Number from SIM - Zong, Ufone, Mobilink, Telenor, Warid


If you have forgotten your mobile phone number, you can know it from your SIM card very easily. When you have so many SIMs, you cannot remember each and every number. You may have forgotten it for a moment and you need it for mobile load or to share your number with someone. If you don’t know or have forgotten your mobile number, you can identify it from your SIM. Although you can check it by making a missed call to any other available mobile phone but what if you have not balance? Every mobile network provides some short codes or a SMS service for all such cases.

Recently I need to use an old SIM but I haven’t remembered its number. Than one of my friends told me that there are some particular codes for each mobile network to find phone number. When you dial these codes or send message, you will get your phone number.


Below are codes for each of the operators.

How to find phone number from Ufone SIM 

Dial *780*3# and your number will be displayed in a popup window “Your Number is: +923330000000”
Text MYNO TO 120.

How to find phone number from Zong SIM 

1. From your phone, dial *100# and then select 2nd option by writing 2. Enter any other active number on which you can receive SMS. You will get an SMS “Please call me back at 0923130000000” on other number which will show your Zong’s SIM number. 
2. Text MYNO to 777. Rs. 1.50+tax are charged for each message.

Find phone number from Mobilink SIM 

Dial *99# and press call button.

Find your phone number from Telenor SIM 

1. Send a blank SMS to “7421″ and you will get your SIM number on same mobile in a SMS.
2. Send SIM serial number (which can be seen at the back side of each telenor SIM which starts with 0060) to 346 by using another Telenor SIM and you will get the number of that specific SIM via SMS on other SIM.

Know your phone number from Warid SIM 

In SMS write “MYNO” or “MyNumber” and send it to “6060″ or “321″ you will get your mobile number. Rs 2+Tax per SMS will be charged for this service.

Finding Phone Number from an Android Phone

You can also find phone number of Android phones. Go to Settings, About Phone, Status, SIM Status and then My Phone Number.

Finding Phone Number from iPhone

In iPhone, your own phone number appears at the very top of your contacts list.
It can also be found from Settings, Phone and then My Number.

You can not only know your own mobile number but also you can find mobile number of any SIM card.

Feb 27, 2016

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Comparison of all Smart Watches aka Kids Trackers


All mobile network operators of Pakistan have launched their Smart Watches (commonly known as Kids Trackers) during the last couple of weeks. We have published a detailed post about Ufone's UWatch. These watches are meant to track location of the kid who is wearing the watch, voice calling to and from preset numbers, SOS call and notification to the parents when the kid enters or leaves the designated safety area.  All of the smartwatches have almost same features as the basic purpose of all these watches to track kids. But here we will show you, if there is any difference in features, price or recurrent charges.

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Comparison of Kids Smart Watches

Zong Kid's Watch

Price: PKR 6,500 with 1 year warranty
Subscription Charges: Free for first year (detail given below)
Free Resources: 600 On-net minutes, 100 Off-net minutes, 2000 SMS, 250 MBs data for 1 year

Ufone UWatch

Price: PKR 6,999 with 6 months warranty
Subscription Charges: PKR 3,000 per year.
Free Resources: After paying the annual subscription charges, free resources including 100 minutes Ufone to Ufone, 100 MBs and 2000 SMS will be given every month for a year.

Telenor Companion

Price: PKR 7,000 (Device Price 6,000 + Security Deposit 1,000)
Monthly Line Rent: PKR 300 + tax 
Free Resources: 300 all networks minutes and 300MBs internet monthly

Mobilink Kids Tracker

Mobilink has also announced its Kids Tracker Watch for pre-order but details about its price and subscription charges is not officially revealed yet. In fact, Mobilink is going to launch a number of tracking devices e.g. Portable GPS Tracker, Geo Tracker, GSM Smart Watch, Vehicle Trackers for Fleet Management and Asset Tracking etc.

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