What about …. #21

We all fall sick once in a while, we have to take what is necessary to get on our feet again, and for that we’ve got two types of medicine, the Chemical and the Herbal. Once someone told me that “every Chemical medicine is natural, because what we call Chemical, comes from nature itself”.

Actually I think that’s true, let’s say for instance that you have a headache, you might take an aspirin (or a paracetamol / ibruprofene, they’re all non inflammatory drugs, in which the major ingredient is the Salicylate found in the brark of the willow tree) which consist of about 90% acetylsalicylic acid, along with a minor amount of inert fillers and binders, or you might drink a decoction of a willow tree’s bark. Both will give you the same result, in approximately the same amount of time. But we must chose between the passion of herbalism and its preparation or the practicity of the drug already in a tablet. Herbal medicine vs Chemical medicine is what we’re going to focus today.

Let’s start with a bit of History: Since the beginning of times people cured themselves with plants; wounds, colds, pains, etc…were taken care of quite easily, obviously not every disease had its cure but most of them had. Greeks and Egyptians were the most renowned for their healing theories. Lots of stories are known from the middle age, the preparations were made by a herbalist which were mostly men at the time. Women who possessed the knowledge were treated as witches in most places till the 19th century when women began to stand up for themselves. Very few women were renowned for their knowledge in the 12th century; there was Dorotea Bucca head of the university of Bologna in Italy and Abbess Hildegarde of Bingen in  Germany.

Still, women couldn’t practice herbalism without apprehension, “The superior learning of witches was recognised in the widely extended belief of their ability to work miracles. The witch was in reality the profoundest thinker, the most advanced scientist of those ages… As knowledge has ever been power, the church feared its use in women’s hands, and levelled its deadliest blows at her”. Matilda Joslyn Gage, 1893,

During the 16th and 17th century, all across Europe, in every town and village, women were killed, en masse, as witches. The killings went on for two centuries and touched everyone’s lives. They spread fear, destroyed networks and resistance and did not stop until the population was sufficiently subordinated and the emerging state, capitalist social relations and church had got its claws into the lives and psyches of the people. The beginning of the western medicine started in Iran. The best university of medicine was in Isfahan, at the time of Avicenna in the 11th century. Muslims and Jews students learned together, they spread their knowledge wherever they went. Medieval European medicine became more developed during the Renaissance of the 12th century, when many medical texts both on Ancient Greek medicine and on Islamic medicine were translated from Arabic during the 13th century. The most influential among these texts was Avicenna’s The Canon of Medicine, a medical encyclopedia written in circa 1030 which summarized the medicine of Greek, Indian and Muslim physicians until that time.

Herbalism is a way of curing diseases in a natural way, as all the plants are not harmless, a herbalist is necessary to find the right plants and to prepare them in the right way. The plants are gathered, dried for a few days and then, either they are stored as they are or they are used to prepare the medicine and then stored for further necessities because sometimes it takes up to a month depending on the medicine and taken many times a day. Knowledge, patience and passion are required for the job. But as I said, all plants are not harmless such as these Marijuana, Cannabis and Hashish.

I would say that the chemical medicine (also called drugs) started with Pasteur in the 19th century, this kind of medicine is obtained through extraction from medicinal plants, but more recently also by organic synthesis. Much more diseases are cured, and in a easier way to take. Lots of expenses are needed and it takes years of learning and research to find a cure.

For instance, Sometimes a part of the body can’t make enough of a certain substance, and this can make a person sick. When someone has type 1 diabetes the pancreas can’t make enough of an important chemical called insulin, which the body needs to stay healthy. If the body makes too much of a certain chemical, that can make us sick, too. Luckily, medicines can replace what’s missing (like insulin) or they can block production of a chemical when the body is making too much of it. Many people also take chemical medicines to control illnesses that don’t completely go away, such as diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure. With help from these medicines, people can enjoy life and avoid some of the worst symptoms associated with their illnesses which can’t be found in the Herbal medicine. Finally, there are important medicines called immunizations, and they are usually given as a shot. They prevent people from catching serious illnesses.

So the pros and cons of these two kinds of medicine are:
I think that for the love of Nature and what has been given to us through those little harmless leaves and roots, it’s better to use Herbal medicine as long as the disease isn’t life threatening, but for much more serious diseases, the chemical medicine is mandatory.  Now the choice is  yours, do you prefer to heal Naturally or Chemically?

What about…. #15

We’ve seen many representations of angels along the centuries, some are beautiful, some are ugly, some have female names while others have male names. But why do we incarnate them into abhorrent figures?

All of this started long before the middle age, when women ha no value, some people prefering sons rather than daughters decided or presumed that angels were a feminine entity. As the Woman didn’t have any rights and was less valuable than a man, when a baby girl was born she had a higher chance of being  killed. So the fantasy of some minds (probably their mother) brought the idea with the support of the Church (as they love creating images, even of God ) that the dead children will become angels, and that women were more valuable for God maybe. Which is completely absurd. 

If angels can be female so they can also be male, that is they have the means to have children and have a family, so their duty toward their Lord will diminish as they will have a family to attend to. Can you imagine this? The servants of God saying “No sorry, not today. I promised my kid that I’ll spend the day with him you know, so today I’m off” it’s ridiculous. Angels aren’t male or female, they are different creatures, they were created long before us. As the Holy Scriptures tell us, they’re made of light while we’re made of clay. As far as I know we won’t see a s*** if we were to walk with a torch spreading clay around us. 

The angels that were sent to the prophets had the power (with God’s permission) to take the human form for the time they needed to transmit the message they were sent for. 

Some people believe in ghosts, they say that they want to communicate with the humans somehow. That’s why they move lamps, doors, mirrors…. you know the idea. Now, if those ghosts really existed and had the power to take another form but theirs, they would have become dogs or birds or humans in order to be seen and heard conveniently. 

So does the angels. They are different from us, they are good servants of God which need to take a human or whatever form so that we may interact with them. They’re not babies as the Church wants us to believe, they’re not women as some anti-feminists suggested; they’re made of light as The New Testament, The Old Testament and The Quran say.

What about #60

Being a muslim woman in the 21th century

We know that Islam is stigmatized by many people today, ignorance and fake news pushes them toward hatred. In some countries the way muslim women dress is a problem which turned out to be a political issue. In some countries the women wearing a hijab i.e veil, are refused entrance in some public place or schools. Even though the veil isn’t a law in Islam, it’s a choice, most women refuse to take it off. How could they take it off if the nuns still wear them? Let’s not forget that the veil was worn by Jews and the by Christians before being introduced in the muslim world.
To cut to the chase, what muslims are going through nowadays is what Catholics went through in the past century in the united states. They were persecuted , they were denied entrance in some places, they were beaten, they were pushed away from certain states which didn’t want them…. As protestants before them endured in Germany and France by the hands of Catholics, rivers of blood from both parties ended in the river La Seine, in Paris.
Some wild muslims believe that with violence they can obtain respect and peace, while some ferocious Christians believe that they can exterminate muslims from the face of the earth. Both are wrong. Hatred doesn’t get anywhere. But knowledge and good example does.

Speaking of which, as said in a previous post, the Quran isn’t a cosmopolitan magazine. It doesn’t teach us what to wear or how to fix our hairs. It is a book of knowledge and wisdom. The first word of the first sentence of the first chapter sent from God is “Read“. Yes, the word “Read“. To read is far more important than to drink or to sleep or to talk. To read means to get knowledge. Whatever the source is. To read is to know what other people learn, say, teach, work, how the sun has been created, how birds can fly, how Donald Trump became president, how dogs can smell your presence before you knock at the door, etc…. It is a valuable order that God asked us to do. Yet, in many muslim Asian and African countries women can’t read yet. What a shame! It’s not the religion’s fault, it’s the traditions. Women who are forced to marry someone who she’s never met; traditions. A woman who has to cover her whole face to go out; traditions. A woman who walks behind her husband; traditions….

I never wore a hijab, or dressed in an orthodox way. But I’m not a lesser believer.I’m a muslim woman and I know my rights as a Muslim, as a human being. As someone who has read the Old and New Testament, and I can assure you that the Quran has far more respect for women than the Bible does. Of course it’s not the Bible’s fault, as the Old testament and the Gospel came from God as much as the Quran has.
Let me give you this short tiny example, we all know the story of Joseph and his brothers don’t we?

Bible:
Genesis 37:9
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Genesis 37:10
And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
Genesis 37:11
And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Quran:
Joseph 12:4
When joseph said to his father: “Oh father! Verily I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and a sun and a moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me”
Joseph 12:5
He (his father) said “O my son! relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they should arrange a plot against you. Verily Satan is to man an open enemy!”
Joseph 12:6
“Thus will your Lord chose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams, and perfect His favor on you and on the offspring of Jacob, as He perfected it on your fathers Abraham and Isaac afortime! Verily your Lord is All Knowing, All Wise!”

Muslims believe that the Bible came from God but we believe as well that the human hand has its share in it too.
For those of you who think that the Quran is a weird book that has no interest in women and that should be avoided, I would like to say: Read it.
It is the only way for you to judge and to get an opinion worthy of listening.