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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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The Ultimate Kindness​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2019 16:54

Every mother knows that it is impermissible for a child to breastfeed after the age of two. At the same time, mothers understand that their infant children cannot progress from a purely milk-based diet to a diet of solids overnight. If this drastic, unfamiliar change is thrust upon the child in an instant, he will struggle to adapt and his digestive system will suffer.

In exactly the same way, we all know that once a child becomes baaligh (reaches the age of maturity), it is compulsory for him to perform all the five daily salaah on time. Furthermore, in the case of a male, these salaah will have to be performed in the masjid.

Just as a mother begins weaning her breastfeeding child in advance, and gradually introduces solids to him, so that when he is two years of age, he is already accustomed to solids and can easily make the transition, the parents should adopt the same approach for their children’s salaah.

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