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Chocolate Crinkles

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2020 08:49

Ingredients:

180g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

60g butter

1 ½ cup flour

¾ tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

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The Dignity of Domestic Staff

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2020 08:58

From gardeners to domestic workers and drivers – many homes employ one or even multiple staff to fulfil the household needs. These staff may be South African or from another country, they may be old or young, they may be educated or uneducated, and they may be skilled or unskilled. Regardless of these variances, there is one important point that we must bear in mind regarding our staff – they are Allah’s living creation and should thus be treated in a kind and just manner.

Unfortunately, since the working class are disempowered, it is often witnessed that people take undue advantage of them. At times, they are made to work overtime without compensation, or their pay is cut even though they may not be liable for the damage in sharee‘ah or it was not conclusively proven that they had stolen the missing item. Likewise, there are many other ways in which their rights are trampled and they are ill-treated, and it is only their desperation for the income that prevents them from speaking out and challenging their employer.

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Are My Children Faithful and Responsible?

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2020 13:51

(Advice of ‘Allaamah ‘Abdul Wahhaab Sha’raani [rahimahullah])

Some seniors have mentioned that when your son grows up (and commences adulthood) then you should treat him like your (younger) brother (i.e. do not continue treating him like a child, but rather begin to train him by gradually giving him responsibilities and monitoring his progress).

I once saw a person who entrusted all his wealth to his son before he had tested his son (to see whether he was responsible and trustworthy or not). The son then said to the father, “O my father! I fear that my brothers will fight with me for this money. They will demand from me the money that I want to spend on you and your dependents. Hence, I want you to sign a document in which you relinquish all control of the money to me so that none of my brothers will have a valid case against me.” The father (trusted his son and) did as his son requested, after which his son claimed ownership of all the money and did not give his father even a single dirham (silver coin).

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Orange Streusel Cake

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:12

Streusel:

½ cup flour

½ cup packed light brown sugar

¼ tsp salt

4 Tbsp butter, melted

½ cup sliced almonds

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Skeletons in the Closet!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2020 16:18

The term ‘skeleton in the closet’ refers to a deep, dark, mortifying secret from a person’s past that they hope will never be discovered. However, since the skeleton is located in such close proximity – secreted within the closet in the house – it’s imminent, accidental discovery is actually rather likely.

There are many husbands and wives who may have old ‘skeletons’ in their closets, although they have now reformed their ways and are currently leading clean lives. Perhaps they were involved in an illicit relationship in their teens or at some other point before their marriage, or perhaps they had other unsavoury habits that they prefer remain buried in the past. In many cases, if these skeletons had to surface, they could completely destroy the marriage and even a person’s reputation and dignity in society. In this regard, there are a few things that we should bear in mind.

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