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Wednesday, 03 Rabi-u-Thani 1432 H / 09 March 2011



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08.03.2011 - Mayyit of: Naasir Hatia - VENUE: Maree Street Bramley Park Sandton - TIME: TBC - QABRASTAAN: Avalon - CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural
May Allah (SWT) grant us and all the Marhoomeen Forgiveness and Jannatul Firdaus (Ameen)

Abul Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbas al-Zahrawi

(Known in the west as Abulcasis) was born in 936 C.E. in Zahra in the neighbourhood of Cordova. He became one of the most renowned surgeons of the Muslim era and was physician to King Al-Hakam-II of Spain. After a long medical career, rich with significant original contribution, he died in 1013 C.E.

He is best known for his early and original breakthroughs in surgery as well as for his famous Medical Encyclopaedia called Al-Tasrif, which is composed of thirty volumes covering different aspects of medical science. The more important part of this series comprises three books on surgery, which describe in detail various aspects of surgical treatment as based on the operations performed by him, including cauterization, removal of stone from the bladder, dissection of animals, midwifery, styptics, and surgery of eye, ear and throat. He perfected several delicate operations, including removal of the dead foetus and amputation.

Al-Tasrif was first translated by Gherard of Cremona into Latin in the Middle Ages. It was followed by several other editors in Europe . The book contains numerous diagrams and illustrations of surgical instruments, in use or developed by him, and comprised a part of the medical curriculum in European countries for many centuries. Contrary to the view that the Muslims fought shy of surgery, Al-Zahrawi's Al-Tasrif provided a monumental collection for this branch of applied science.

Al-Zahrawi was the inventor of several surgical instruments, of which three are notable: (i) an instrument for internal examina- tion of the ear, (ii) an instrument for internal inspection of the urethra, and (iii) and instrument for applying or removing foreign bodies from the throat. He specialized in curing disease by cauterization and applied the technique to as many as 50 different operations.

In his book Al-Tasrif, Al-Zahrawi has also discussed the preparation of various medicines, in addition to a comprehensive account of surgical treatment in specialized branches, whose modern counterparts are E.N.T., Ophthalmology, etc. In connection with the preparation of medicines, he has also described in detail the application of such techniques as sublimation and decantation. Al-Zahrawi was also an expert in dentistry, and his book contains sketches of various instruments used thereof, in addition to a description of various important dental operations. He discussed the problem of non-aligned or deformed teeth and how to rectify these defects. He developed the technique of preparing artificial teeth and of replacement of defective teeth by these. In medicine, he was the first to describe in detail the unusual disease, haemophilia.

There can be no doubt that Al-Zahrawi influenced the field of medicine and surgery very deeply and the principles laid down by him were recognized as authentic in medical science, especially surgery, and these continued to influence the medical world for five centuries. According to Dr. Cambell (History of Arab Medicine), his principles of medical science surpassed those of Galen in the European medical curriculum.


* Did you know all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes.

* Did you know that frogs don't drink (they absorb water through their skin).

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* UK admits Libya mission failure - Arrest of eight-man team by rebel forces proves embarrassment for Britain's foreign minister. William Hague, the UK's foreign minister, has acknowledged he personally authorised a failed secret mission in Libya.

* Head of Libyan opposition says Gaddafi 'will not be pursued' if he quits within 72 hours and stops bombing countrymen. Rebels will not pursue Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi over crimes they say he has committed if he steps down from his post in the next 72 hours, the head of the rebel National Libyan Council has said.

* International Women's day: A time for celebration mixed with realism - Women can celebrate a century of impressive achievements, but many inequities remain – and we need political commitment and adequate funding to combat them.

* Committee probing Gauteng tolls to report in April - The steering committee established to look into other options than tolling to fund the improvement of Gauteng roads was expected to submit a report by the end of April, according to Minister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele.

* Man killed in robbery - A 68-year-old man was stabbed to death during a robbery at his home in Booysens.


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Fillet steak with mushroom sauce

1 kg whole fillet, cleaned and trimmed
5ml salt
5ml black pepper
60ml oil for frying

Mushroom sauce:
30ml oil
1 med onion chopped
30ml crushed garlic pun net mushrooms sliced
250ml fresh cream
30ml flour, mixed with 100ml water
10ml salt
5ml black pepper

Cut fillet at 3cm intervals. Sprinkle fillet with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large saucepan and fry fillet until it is cooked through. Set aside.

Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté onion until soft and sauté onion until soft and golden. Add garlic and mushrooms sauté for 5 minutes. Add cream, flour mixture, salt and pepper. Allow to cook until sauce thickens. Pour sauce over the cooked fillet.

"'n Afrikaanse Moslem Webtuiste en 'n Blog gerig op die Afrikaanssprekende Christen deur S'aad Bekker:

"Ons voel mos nie almal altyd dieselfde nie, is dit nie? Partymaal voel jy goed en ek dalk bietjie af, soos Allah wil. Kliek hier vir die nuutste Dagstukkie om jou aan te moedig. Ons het ook al die Dagstukkies wat ons nou al uitgestuur het saam op een bladsy gesit, juis vir jou gerief. As ek dus 'n Dagstukkie uitstuur en jy voel dis nou nie vandag vir jou bedoel nie, dan kan jy sommer maklik vir jouself al die Dagstukkie-opskrifte gaan deurkyk totdat jy een vind wat jou hart aanraak. Of as iets gebeur wat jou so bietjie van balans af gooi: besoek die Dagstukkies! Jy weet nooit, dalk wil Allah jou juis deur 'n besondere Dagstukkie bemoedig.

E-pos ons by as jy die Dagstukkies op jou rekenaar wil ontvang..."


A man left work Friday afternoon, but, instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend, hunting with the boys and spending his pay cheque without telling his wife.

When he appeared at home, Sunday night, he was confronted by his very angry spouse, who barraged him for two hours with a tirade of yelling.

Finally, she stopped the nagging and simply said to him, "How would you like it if you didn't see me for two or three days?"

To which he replied, "That would be fine with me." So, Monday went by and he didn't see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results.

On Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

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