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What do I Want in a Spouse?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2021 09:41

Allah Ta‘ala, through His infinite power, has created humankind with such variety that despite the people on earth numbering more than seven billion, every person is completely unique. Be it in physical appearance, or in habits and tendencies, or in societal status and nobility, or even in intelligence and understanding – no two people are completely alike. Allah Ta‘ala, in His limitless wisdom, has given different people different proportions of beauty, strength, wealth, intelligence, honour, etc.

Nevertheless, when a person is looking to get married and settle down, then there are many qualities and traits that one will seek in a spouse. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained that generally people look at four qualities when considering a spouse. These four qualities are wealth, societal status, beauty and Deen. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then urged us to ensure that we marry a pious spouse, as from all the various qualities, it is the quality of Deen and piety that is the most important. (Saheeh Bukhaari #5090)

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Practical Training

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 March 2021 13:46

Every parent is responsible for their child. As such, it is the duty of every parent to train and equip their child with the necessary and relevant skills, knowledge and understanding that they will require throughout their life.

Be it training in matters of hygiene, such as potty-training, teaching the child to bath himself, clean his teeth, etc., or in other basic skills, such as preparing a simple snack, packing the laundry away, cleaning a mess, etc. – every responsible parent ensures that their child receives practical training in order for the teaching to be effective and take root.

In the very same way, when it comes to matters of Deen, it is absolutely vital for parents to give their children practical training, according to their age, understanding and capability, so that the child will be equipped to traverse the path to Jannah. Through practical training, the lesson and teaching will become firmly entrenched and embedded in the heart and mind of the child and will remain with him until his death.

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Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

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Last Updated on Saturday, 06 March 2021 08:47

Ingredients:

Shortbread Base​

1 cup (136 grams) flour

¼ cup (21 grams) cocoa powder

113 grams butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature

⅓ cup (67 grams) sugar

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Take it in Your Stride

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2021 16:08

Every person has some idea of their ideal life in mind. Ask a child in school, and even that child will have an idea of the ideal life that he wants to lead. Likewise, even a person opening a business will have an ideal outcome projected. Generate x-amount of income in y-period, thus allowing the business to expand over z-amount of time, and so on.

A place in which everything always unfolds according to the ideal is known as a ‘Utopia’ – and it simply does not exist in this world. Rather, in this world, we will be confronted by the unexpected, surprised by the unpleasant and shocked by the horrific. In mere seconds, a plan painstakingly formulated over years of careful deliberation and pondering can be derailed and rendered useless.

It is ONLY in Jannah that everything will be ideal and perfect, and we will have no unwanted surprises.

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Mughlai Vegetable Curry

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2021 06:13

This rich, slightly sweet, North Indian vegetable curry has its origins in Mughlai cooking, which is a blend of Indian and Persian styles where you find fruit added to curries, unlike in other styles around India.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 small cinnamon stick

½ tsp crushed black peppercorns

3 green elachi

2 onions, grated

2 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste

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