WELCOME TO THE BLESSED MONTH OF RAMADAN
Ramadan is just around the corner and we thought it appropriate to congratulate everyone on the advent of the blessed month, and to review and remind each other the purpose and meaning of fasting.
Ramadan is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, known as the Hijra calendar. The calendar derives its name from the Hijra (migration) of Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, [SAS] (may peace and blessings be upon him) from Makkah to Al-Madina. The Muslim calendar consists of 12 months and each month commences with the sighting of the new moon. This means the Hijra year is shorter than the Gregorian year, so Ramadan and the other months span all the seasons over a 33-year cycle. [The actual fixing of the years according to the Hijra calendar was not set until the Caliphate of Umar bin Al-Khattab, radiya Allahu anhu, (may Allah be pleased with him).]
During Ramadan, all able Muslims, male and female, are required to fast from dawn (Fajr), to sunset (Maghrib) for the entire month. Fasting consists of refraining from eating, drinking and marital relations during the fasting hours. After Maghrib and until Fajr, Muslims may partake of these activities.
Fasting was prescribed for a specific reason, which has been clearly stated in Qur’an as follows:
"O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may attain Taqwa (God-Consciousness, self-restraint, piety)." (Al-Baqara: 183)
This verse clearly states that the purpose of fasting is to increase one’s Taqwa. Taqwa is a difficult word to translate and has been translated as self-restraint, God-consciousness and perhaps other things. Taqwa is a state whereby the being is aware of his existence, aware of his purpose in life and is focused on fulfilling that purpose as best he can. The purpose of humanity is stated in Surat Adh-Dhariyat as follows:
"And I (Allah) have not created the Jinn and mankind, except to worship Me (Alone). I do not seek sustenance from them (i.e., provision for themselves or for my creatures) nor do I require that they should feed Me (i.e., feed themselves or MY creatures). For Allah is the All-Provider (source of all sustenance), Owner of Power, the Most Strong." (Adh-Dhariyat: 56-58)
Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, (Glory be to Him) has created humanity for the sole purpose of worshipping Him. This means we should not become misguided, forgetting the purpose of life and becoming immersed in worldly and material endeavors. Those have their place, but they must not become the purpose of our existence. Fasting is a means of helping us refocus on our purpose. It removes the indulgence in food and other pleasures for a period of time, freeing us up to refocus on our purpose in life. Along with fasting, we are also recommended to increase our recitation of the Noble Quran, increase our voluntary salat (prayer), increase our dhikr (remembrance of Allah), increase our supplications and make an extra effort to avoid speaking ill of others or to others.
Ramadan is an opportunity to examine our lives and implement the laws and ideals prescribed to make our lives better and to help secure a peaceful place in the eternal life to come. As with all Islamic practices, there is a balance between dedicated acts of worship and other activities that don’t appear to be related to worship. (For a Muslim, all activities are acts of worship, if they are moral and good and they are performed with the intention to please Allah.). Allah, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, gives us this balance in Surat Al-Baqara, stating:
"It is permitted for you to enjoy your wives during the night of the fasts. They are Libas (garments, screens, body covers) for you and you are Libas for them. Allah knows that you used to deceive yourselves but He accepted your repentance and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what Allah has ordained for you (offspring), and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from its black thread (darkness of night); then complete your fast till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while you are in retreat in the mosques. Those are limits (set by) Allah so do not approach them. Thus does Allah make clear His Signs to mankind: that they may attain Taqwa."
Thus we are allowed to eat and enjoy our family life, even during Ramadan, but in the proper time and the proper way. This frees up more time for contemplation, Dhikr and other activities in the pursuit of Taqwa. In other ayat, Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, teaches us that when one attains Taqwa, Allah will provide him a way out of all difficulties and He will also provide him with sustenance from sources he could not even imagine. Attaining Taqwa is a marvelous state, for with a guaranteed way out of all difficulties and assurance of sustenance, one will feel peace and security. Reaping this reward requires effort and sacrifice and Ramadan and fasting have been granted as an aid to help us on the path to Taqwa. At the same time, we have been permitted to eat at night, since we must eat to maintain our strength for worship. Also, we are permitted to enjoy our families since this is a normal human urge, which must be satisfied in a moral manner. And the limits for fasting and breaking the fast have been provided in a manner that can be understood by all.
We can learn other lessons and for each of us, Ramadan brings additional lessons. Some of us may identify with the poor and needy and be more generous in charitable contributions during this time. Others take time off of work to spend more time reciting and memorizing the Quran. Still others may make a greater effort to be tolerant, even when their rights are violated. As the Prophet, SAS, said: The losers are the ones who complete Ramadan without having gained anything but the deprivation from food. Not everyone is able to fast and those who are exempted from fasting, either temporarily or permanently are disclosed in the Quran, along with any compensation they must make.
As has been the case for many years now, we continue to witness famine, suffering and war in many places of the world, both among Muslims and non-Muslims. We ask Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, to help guide us to the path He has chosen for us and to give all of mankind the gift of peace and security.
Ramadan Mubarak to all our friends, readers and the entire Muslim Ummah.
(For more information on Ramadan and fasting, review Surat Al-Baqara, verses 183-187.)
Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.
Job Title: BD Marketing Specialist– New Markets Department: Brand Development
Reports To: Mary Courtney FLSA/EEO: Exempt Level/Zone: WL –1A Prepared Date: Jan 30 2013
The Ben & Jerry’s global Brand Development team is seeking a Marketing Specialist to support its growing business in new markets. This individual will be primarily responsible for executing innovation projects to support new launches and managing packaging updates to the existing product portfolio range. The role will require close interaction with R&D, design, supply chain, procurement, SMT, legal, and new market regional teams, to deliver products on time and in full.
We are looking for a strong candidate who:
• Is comfortable supporting complex projects and can work collaboratively and efficiently to deliver innovation and renovation projects to agreed timelines
• Is passionate about the consumer and can translate this to develop insightful innovation and communication
• Is quick thinking and able to react with keen business sense to challenging situations complicated by ambiguity
• Possesses exceptional attention to detail and is committed to delivering quality output
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Plays a key supporting role to the BD manager in developing and delivering innovation product launches and new market launches OTIF thru the INOPLAN funnel
• Responsible for execution and deployment of key innovation projects from concept thru to completion; from flavor development with R&D to the design/creative process, to timeline management with SC, to first production and final delivery to customer in Asia/ New Markets
• Post launch, support customer service issues and ensure appropriate followup for inquiries
• Support the leading of an internal team meetings and liaise with cross functional teams (R&D/ QA/SC/Legal/Regulatory) both in VT and regionally in Asia to manage project timelines
• Works closely supporting BD manager in developing product portfolio strategy that will define long term innovation pipeline for new markets. Coordinate the dept. budget via ARIBA and coordinate invoice payment to vendors. Coordinate all trade samples and free goods orders to AAMET to ensure delivery in market. Manage Halal certification for AAMET products- liase with IFANCA team to keep certification updated and current
• Exhibit commitment to the brand’s social mission and Marketing’s vital role in delivering all three elements of Ben & Jerry’s three-part mission statement. Additional responsibilities as required
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Marketing or the equivalent
• Experience in Marketing-previous experience with new product development or new launches preferred
• Experience managing projects cross functionally in a complex organization
• A real passion for brand, innovation and problem solving
• A strong bias for action – and entrepreneurial spirit
• Experience or exposure working in a cross cultural or international environment preferred
• Ability to build networks remotely
• Excellent communication skills in both oral and written
• Strong analytical and presentation skills
• Computer proficiency – Excel/ Word/Powerpoint
• A thorough understanding of company mission, goals and objectives.
None Limited travel as needed only WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office environment, some repetitive motion required. The above cited duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that an incumbent may be expected to perform.
Antioxidants are chemicals or substances which prevent or slow down the breakdown of other substances.
As the body metabolizes food, it forms substances called free radicals. Free radicals are unstable substances which stabilize themselves by reacting with other substances. If this sequence is not stopped, it will lead to a chain reaction, which can disrupt living cells.
To prevent this chain reaction, the body produces antioxidants. Antioxidants react with the free radicals and stabilize them while at the same time remaining stable themselves. As the body ages, or when it is afflicted with illness or disease, it may become unable to produce sufficient antioxidants. This may lead to cell damage. By eating foods which contain antioxidants or which contain substances that can be converted by the body to antioxidants, we can assist our body to remain healthy.
Among the antioxidants are Vitamin A/Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Selenium.
Vitamin A/Beta Carotene is needed for bone development, vision, reproduction and healthy skin. The body converts the nutrient beta carotene into vitamin A. Vitamin A can be found in liver, dairy products, eggs and fish liver oil while beta carotene can be found in dark red, green and yellow vegetables. Deficiencies of Vitamin A may lead to skin and eye problems.
Vitamin C is needed for collagen production for bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments; and may boost the immune system. It can be found in many fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and many leafy vegetables. Deficiencies of Vitamin C can lead to scurvy and sluggishness.
Vitamin E prevents cell membrane damage. It can be found in wheat-germ oil, soybeans, nuts, seeds, sweet potatoes.
Selenium is a essential mineral for normal functioning of the immune system and thyroid gland. It can be found in vegetables and grains grown in areas whose soil contains selenium, such as the American Midwest. Deficiencies may lead to thyroid and heart problems.
While supplements are available for all these antioxidants, excesses can lead to other problems. It is best to eat a balanced diet, with foods from all of the food groups.
(Extracted from information in The WashingtonPost.com, August 7, 2001 and www.HealthCheckSystems.com.)
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