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Caramel Swissroll

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 December 2016 08:16 Saturday, 03 December 2016 06:28

Sift together ¾ cup of flour and 3 heaped teaspoons of baking powder.

Whisk 3 large eggs and ½ cup of castor sugar until they are thick and white.

Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.

Gently fold the sifted flour into the egg mixture.

Line a roughly 38 cm by 25 cm rimmed baking sheet with baking paper/wax wrap and spray it with non-stick spray.

Spread the cake batter evenly into the pan.

Bake on 180 degrees for 10 minutes.

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Keeping the Spark Alive

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 06:31 Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:25

When a couple just get married, they experience the feelings of romance and excitement that accompany the phenomenon of being newly-wed. Hence they constantly think about each other, continuously send messages to each other and keep giving each other gifts.

As time passes, however, and life settles into its routine, these initial feelings of excitement fade. While this is perfectly normal and nothing to feel depressed over, as a person cannot constantly live in ‘honeymoon’ mode, it does not necessarily mean that the spark in the marriage has to die out completely. Rather, by maintaining the spark in the marriage, the husband and wife will continue to find satisfaction in each other and the chances of them falling into haraam will be decreased. Hence, even when maintaining the spark, our intention should be that we are doing this out of appreciation for the gift of marriage which Allah Ta‘ala has given us and to ensure that we do not fall into haraam. By making the correct intention, even these seemingly mundane actions will become a means of reward.

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Son’s Career

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 14:33 Tuesday, 29 November 2016 14:27

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

My son will be completing his matric this year insha-Allah. He is very deeni inclined, loves the musjid, listens to deeni talks and Quraanic recitation from his phone and shows no inclination towards succeeding in his secular studies.

We come from a modern background. My husband is adamant in him going to university and getting a degree. I am afraid of my son not living to my husband’s expectations because at this stage, when he is so close to the final exams, he is showing no inclination to take his secular studies seriously.

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The Test of Gratitude

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 15:59 Monday, 28 November 2016 14:29

Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying:

There were three people from the Banu Israaeel whom Allah Ta‘ala decided to test; a leper, a bald man and a blind man. Allah Ta‘ala therefore sent an angel to them.

The angel came to the leper first and asked him, “What is most beloved to you?” The leper replied, “A good complexion and good skin, as the people detest me due to this illness.” The angel thus passed his hand over the leper, causing his leprosy to be removed and resulting in him being blessed with a good complexion and good skin. The angel thereafter asked him, “Which wealth is most beloved to you?” He replied, “Camels” The angel therefore granted him ten-month pregnant she-camels and said, “May you be blessed in this wealth.”

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#13) – Entering the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 November 2016 14:33 Saturday, 26 November 2016 14:26

When entering the home, one should first recite the sunnah du‘aa and thereafter make salaam to the household members in an audible manner. The sunnah du‘aa to be recited is:

 اَللّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ الْمَوْلِجْ وَخَيْرَ الْمَخْرَجْ بِسْمِ اللهِ وَلَجْنَا وَبِسْمِ اللهِ خَرَجْنَا وَعَلَى اللهِ رَبِّنَا تَوَكَّلْنَا

O Allah! I ask You for the blessings of entering the home and the blessings of exiting the home. In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we exit, and on Allah alone, our Sustainer, we rely. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5096)

Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to him, “O my beloved son! When you enter (your home) into the presence of your family then make salaam, as it will be a means of barakah for you and your family.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2698)

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