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Thai Butternut Soup

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:28

An exotic twist on an old favourite

Braise one chopped onion and 1 Tbsp ginger garlic in 1 Tbsp butter.

Add:

2 ½ cup of cubed butternut

2 ½ stalks of celery roughly chopped

2 Tbsp of brown sugar

1 ½ cup of vegetable stock

20ml of Worcestershire sauce

20ml of sweet soy sauce

1 Tbsp of chilli sauce

Cook till tender.

Add 1 can of coconut milk and the zest and juice of 1 lime. Liquidize.

Add salt, pepper and more chillies to taste.

   

Embodiment of Honesty

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Monday, 20 November 2017 15:12

Shaikh ‘Abdul Qaadir Jeelaani (rahimahullah) is a personality who needs no introduction as his piety and righteousness are well known. He narrates the following inspiring incident from his youth:

On the occasion when I took leave of my mother to travel to Baghdad, seeking the knowledge of Deen, she made over to me forty dinars (gold coins). In order for the gold coins to be safe and concealed, she sewed them into my kurta, near the region of my armpit. Thereafter, when bidding me farewell, my mother made me promise that I would always be truthful.

During the journey, our caravan was accosted by sixty robbers. At first, none of the robbers interfered with me. Eventually, one of the robbers passed by and asked me, “O pauper! How much of money do you have?” I replied by truthfully stating, “Forty dinars.” He asked me, “Where is the money?” I replied, “Sewn into my kurta beneath my armpit.” On account of my forthright honesty, the robber thought that I was joking and thus left me, continuing on his way.

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Meal Guidelines

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 08:33

People are generally particular regarding WHAT they eat. However, equally important to WHAT we eat is WHEN we eat. Ideally, a person should only eat when hungry, and should stop eating when satiated, before completely filling the stomach.

Haarith bin Kaldah, the renowned Arab physician, was once asked, “What is the best medicine?” He replied, “Necessity i.e. hunger.” He was then asked, “What is disease?” He replied, “The entry of food upon food.” The explanation of this statement can be found in the remark of Ibnu Sina who is reported to have said, “Never eat a meal until the one before it has digested.”

Since the norm in society is for three meals to be eaten daily, it is important for the times of these meals to be fixed so that each meal can be digested correctly.

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A Shining Star

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:55

Ask your children:

1. What should we do when we are in difficulty?

2. Who should we turn to for help?

3. How should we treat the poor?

Now tell them the story:

Ismaa‘eel was a little boy who always had a smile on his face. He was very hardworking and Allah Ta‘ala had made him intelligent. He always came out first in madrasah and it was his dream to become a pious Moulana one day.

Once, Ismaa‘eel’s father suddenly fell very ill! His sickness became worse and worse, until three days later, he passed away. Because his mother was alone, Ismaa‘eel had to leave madrasah and help her at home. They had very little money, and sometimes there was no food in the home for days. Ismaa‘eel and his mother would be starving, but they never ever complained or begged. They remained patient and happy with whatever Allah Ta‘ala had decided for them.

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Powerful Prescription

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:47

Sayyidah Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and requested, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Teach me some words to recite through which I will make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) answered, “Recite Subhaanallah ten times, Alhamdulillah ten times and Allahu Akbar ten times. Thereafter, ask your needs of Allah Ta‘ala, for He will say, ‘I have done so! I have done so! (I have fulfilled your needs)’” (Musnad Ahmad #12207)

The prescription given to Sayyidah Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is one that is both easy to recite and extremely powerful. We all have needs, and every person is totally dependent on Allah Ta‘ala alone for the fulfillment of his needs. Hence, before supplicating to Allah Ta‘ala and presenting our needs to Him, let us strive to recite the zikr prescribed above. It will take only a few moments, but the effect of the du‘aa that is answered will be long lasting.

   

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