The Perfect Partner


Saturday, 10 March 2018 15:42

(Respected Wife of ‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) had married her, although she was older than him in age, solely on account of her piety and righteousness that was well-known to the people of her area.

Describing his nikaah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) mentioned the following:

“My nikaah incurred very little expenses, as I spent a total of only two hundred rupees. I gifted to my wife a set of ordinary, simple clothing. You will perhaps be surprised to learn that I performed my own nikaah. The reason for this is that there was no ‘Aalim in the village where my wife lived. Hence, I recited the khutbah of the nikaah and thereafter performed my own nikaah in the presence of the witnesses.”

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Lemon and Date Chicken


Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:34

A light and bright chicken dish

Marinate 1 chicken cut into pieces in:

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp ginger garlic

1 tsp dhana jeero

1 tsp green chillies

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Hazelnut and Raspberry Meringue Cake


Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:24

A delicious summer cake.

Lightly toast 140g of skinned hazelnuts. Grind them to a powder taking care not to let them become oily.

Whisk 4 egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually add in 250g of castor sugar.

Mix in ½ tsp of vanilla essence and ½ tsp of vinegar.

Gently fold in the ground hazelnuts.

Line 2 sandwich pans with baking paper.

Empty the batter into the pans and smooth.

Bake on 180 degrees celcius for 30-40 minutes.

Whip 300ml of fresh cream with 3 Tbsp icing sugar.

Lightly crush 2-3 cups of fresh raspberries with sugar as needed.

Sandwich the cool cake with half of the cream and berries. Top with the other half. Refrigerate until serving.

The cake should be eaten on the day that it's assembled.


The Map of Marriage


Thursday, 08 March 2018 10:10

Any intelligent person undertaking a very long journey – through a route which he has not travelled before – will ensure that he makes adequate preparations before he departs. He will seek advice and directions and will make enquiries regarding the road and what to expect. After making all the appropriate preparations and taking all the necessary advice and directions, he will most likely carry a GPS to guide him along the way and prevent him from taking any wrong turns.

Marriage is also a journey. However, the journey of marriage is meant to last a lifetime. It takes one through different terrains and past various sceneries. While it may generally be smooth sailing, like a luxury car on an open freeway, there are sometimes the odd and unexpected gravel patches. While the route may mainly usher one past gardens, rivers, waterfalls and rolling seas, it does also sometimes lead one through dry and quiet deserts. If the traveller keeps his eye on the road and focuses on his destination, he will insha-Allah safely pass through all the hills and valleys as well as gardens and deserts.

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Women’s Dress within the Home


Tuesday, 06 March 2018 10:28


Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Is it permissible for a lady to wear clothing that is partially transparent at home in front of the maid and children? When I say ‘partially transparent’, I mean her skin and underwear can be clearly seen. 

Also, what does the sharee‘ah say about such conduct and dressing? 


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