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Whose is it???​

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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2019 15:43

When a couple are newly-wed, they are excited to embark on their journey of married life. As they are still ‘starting out’ in life, there is a lot that they still require. Accommodation... furniture... appliances – and the list goes on.

Most couples will start out gradually, acquiring the absolute essentials first, thereafter obtaining the other items that they require. Perhaps a portion of the monthly salary will be set aside for this purpose, while gifts given by family and friends will also contribute towards this cause. As time passes, they get more settled into their new home, until the time arrives when the windows that were once covered with brown paper are now covered with curtains or blinds.

At this juncture, the question which arises is, “Who does this all belong to?” In other words, if the husband and wife are asked, “Who does the bed belong to? The fridge? The lounge suite? The curtains? The crockery? Etc, etc, etc?” then what will they reply?

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The Garment of Marriage​

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2019 15:53

From a kurta to an abaaya, and a pair of pants to a shirt – almost all items of clothing are made in the same way – by joining different pieces of fabric together.

The process, in essence, is as follows:

First, different pieces of cloth are gathered. Then, they are trimmed and cut to size and shape. Finally, they are all joined together with thread and further strengthened through a process commonly known as ‘over locking’.

Now, believe it or not, marriage is exactly the same as sewing a garment. Two different people come together for the purpose of nikaah. In order to ‘fit’ one another and form a prosperous marriage, both have to ‘trim’ and ‘reshape’ themselves, by making adjustments to their ways, and certain sacrifices, for the sake of their partner, as far as their preferences, likes and dislikes are concerned. Finally, they are connected and joined by the thread of love.

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The Manner of Raising and Educating Young Girls in the Past (Part 3)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:41

“A Muslimah’s Guide to Living a Blissful Life” by Sayyidah Khairun Nisaa (rahimahallah) #9

Mothers would teach their daughters to deal with even the most difficult of challenges that related to maintaining hayaa (shame and modesty) in both an easy and pleasant manner, so that when these challenges did surface, the young girls did not find any difficulty in dealing with the situation.

Mothers would not allow their daughters to engage in anything that was against Deen and the sharee‘ah. Similarly, they would not allow them to read any literature besides the Quraan Majeed, hadeeth shareef and other kitaabs of Deen. In this regard, they would tell their daughters quite clearly, “To spend your time in (idle) things besides these (things of Deen) is an act of futility and is a waste.”

They would stress the importance of salaah and fasting on their daughters and would create the eagerness in them to recite the various forms of zikr and engage in du‘aa. They ensured that their daughters possessed all the kitaabs that related to various aspects of Deen. Hence, they would not carry out such actions or behave in such a manner that was contrary to Deen.

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Citrus Stew

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Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2019 13:49

Ingredients:

1 kg lamb leg, cut into pieces

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

2 onions chopped

4 tsp crushed garlic

4 Tbsp tomato paste

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Vegetables and Herbs and their Temperaments​

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Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2019 15:53

Previously, various fruits and their temperaments were discussed. Below, a list of various vegetables and herbs and their temperaments will be presented. The list will commence with vegetables and herbs available in winter, then summer, and then those found in most of the year or throughout the year.

Artichoke (globe variety): Hot and moist (third quarter of the year)

Broad beans: Dryness with some heat (second and third quarter of the year)

Brussels sprout: Cold and moist to cold and dry (second and third quarter of the year)

Asparagus: Hot and moist (last half of the year)

Olive: Hot and moist (first quarter of the year)

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