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JOURNEY TO THE DAY OF RESURRECTION, PART-VIII
By Gheyas S Mahfoz Hashmi, Jeddah (email@example.com)
… Continued from previous issue.
In previous issue the scene of Qiyamat was presented. Now we start next stage, i.e. Shafayat Kubra (Grand Mediation).
The Paradise will be near to the believers. They will be inpatient to see the beauties of Paradise. Hence, they will go to the Messengers for mediation with Allah to get Jannah. Similarly, the distressed people will be in search of a person who will mediate with Allah so that the proceeding of Hisab wa Kitab (Accountability & Judgement) should be started. Both will be in hurry to have Hisab & Kitab fast, but the difference is that Mumin (believers) would like to have their award (Jannah) as soon as possible in place of good deeds they did in this world, and the distressed people would like to see judgement of their fate, whatsoever it is, as soon as possible, as their waiting period is tiresome for them. In order to understand this situation we should take an example of the one who appears, here, in an examination, and both kind of examinees (who did well and who did not do well) await results to be declared as soon as possible.
The place “Moqam Mahmoud” is reserved for our prophet (S). It is the highest place in Paradise, for which we pray after every Aazan (After-Aazan Dua). The time other messengers will apologize in Mahshar, only our prophet (S) will be honoured to have the mediation. Its description in a long Hadith (Bukhari & Muslim) at the authority of Abu Hurairah is mentioned. It can be briefed as follows [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 6, Hadith No. 3]:
Narrated Anas Radi Allaho Anhu: The Prophet (saaws) said, "On the Day of Resurrection the believers will assemble and say, 'Let us ask somebody to intercede for us with our Lord.' So they will go to Adam and say, 'You are the father of all the people, and Allah created you with His Own Hands, and ordered the angels to prostrate to you, and taught you the names of all things; so please intercede for us with your Lord, so that He may relieve us from this place of ours.'
Adam will say, 'I am not fit for this (i.e. intercession for you).' Then Adam will remember his sin and feel ashamed thereof. He will say, 'Go to Noah, for he was the first Messenger Allah sent to the inhabitants of the earth.'
They will go to him and Noah will say, 'I am not fit for this undertaking.' He will remember his appeal to his Lord to do something of which he had no knowledge, then he will feel ashamed thereof and will say, 'Go to Khalil-ur-Rahman* (i.e. Abraham). They will go to him and he will say, 'I am not fit for this undertaking. Go to Moses, the slave to whom Allah spoke (directly) and gave him the Torah.'
So they will go to him and he will say, 'I am not fit for this undertaking,' and he will mention (his) killing a person who was not a killer, and so he will feel ashamed thereof before his Lord, and he will say, 'Go to Jesus, Allah's slave, His Messenger and Allah's Word and a spirit coming from Him**.
Jesus will say, 'I am not fit for this undertaking, go to Muhammad the slave of Allah whose past and future sins were forgiven by Allah.' So they will come to me and I will proceed till I ask my Lord's Permission and I will be given permission.
When I see my Lord, I will fall down in prostration and He will let me remain in that state as long as He wishes and then I will be addressed, '(Muhammad!) Raise your head. Ask, and your request will be granted; say, and your saying will be listened to; intercede, and your intercession will be accepted.' I will raise my head and praise Allah with a saying (i.e. invocation) He will teach me, and then I will intercede. He will fix a limit for me (to intercede) whom I will admit into Paradise. Then I will come back again to Allah, and when I see my Lord, the same thing will happen to me. And then I will intercede and Allah will fix a limit for me (to intercede) whom I will admit into Paradise, then I will come back for the third time; and then I will come back for the fourth time, and will say, 'None remains in Hell but those whom the Qur'an has imprisoned in Hell' refers to the Statement of Allah: "To abide therein forever."
Indeed, they will be fortunate enough who are allowed to go to Jannah without Hisab. Let us work and pray that we should be among those being entered Jannah without Hisab.
..... to be continued, insha-Allah
Health Corner ....
A blood test that can tell sex of a 5-week-old fetus: Ratio of 2 Enzymes in Mom’s Blood Determines Gender
London: A pioneering blood test that could allow pregnant women know the sex of their unborn child as early as five weeks has been developed, but scientists have warned that it has potential for promoting sex-selection.
A team led by Dr Hyun Mee Ryu at Cheil General Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, found that various ratios of two enzymes which can be extracted from a pregnant mother’s blood indicate the baby’s gender as early as five or six weeks.
Knowing the sex early, the scientists said, is important if the mother is a carrier of an X-chromosome gene that can cause a disease like muscular dystrophy or hemophilia. They said that female fetuses are either free from the disease or are carriers, but a male has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease and parents may choose to abort the pregnancy, the Daily Mail reported.
However, this method “might promote the potential for sex selection. Therefore, there should be careful consideration about the use of this analytical tool in clinical situations”, the scientists warned.
Current ultrasounds can detect a baby’s sex at around five months, while available invasive testing can work at 11 weeks. But these tests carry a one to two per cent risk of miscarriage as they require a sample from the amniotic sac that protects the fetus.
Writing in the The FASEB Journal, Dr Hyu said their test could “reduce the need for invasive procedures in pregnant women carrying an X-linked chromosomal abnormality and clarify inconclusive readings by ultrasound.”
For their study, the team collected maternal plasma from 203 women during the first trimester of their pregnancies between 2008 and 2009. They were able to accurately detect the gender of the baby from as early as five weeks by measuring the ratio of the amount of the enzymes — DYS14 and GAPDH — in the blood plasma.
“Although more work must be done before such a test is widely available, this paper does show it is possible to predict the sex of a child as early as the first few weeks after conception," said Dr Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the journal which published the study. .... PTI [http://bit.ly/xQVOM8]
Antioxidant-rich foods prevent heart diseases
Eating broccoli, apples and berries can also help in the management of diabetes.
People who eat a diet rich in foods containing powerful antioxidants not only lower their risk of developing heart disease, but can slash their cholesterol and even get diabetes under control, suggest experts. The secret lies in a regular dose of potent, health giving foods rich in antioxidants called flavonoids. They are found in abundance in plant-based foods with onions, apples, berries, kale, and broccoli having highest concentration. They are also found in high amounts in tea, berries, chocolate and even red wine.
They work by fighting harmful molecules accumulating in the body that damage healthy cells. A 12-month trial carried out by scientists at the University of East Anglia found that diets high in these flavonoids could reduce the risk of heart disease for women with Type 2 diabetes. The new study also found out that regularly eating flavonoid-rich foods could also help in the management of diabetes.
The study looked at 93 postmenopausal women with Type 2 diabetes from the age of 51 to 74. Half were given two small bars of flavonoid-enriched chocolate each day and half were given placebo chocolate bars. Those receiving extra flavonoids reduced the risk of a heart attack by 3.4%. Their insulin resistance and cholesterol levels were significantly reduced by the flavonoids. ANI