Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Great Conquest of Istanbul

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw)is reported to have said something to this effect:   
"Constantinople will definiately be conquered what an excellent leader is its leader and what an excellent army is its army." (Hadith, Musnad-I Ahmed Bin Hanbel)

"Sins of the first army from my ummah, who go to conquer the city of Caesar (ie. Istanbul), are forgiven." (Hadith, Sahih Al Bukhari)

The two ahdith mentioned above had inspired and motivated numerous muslim armies to conquer Istanbul, however, many got as far as to besiege the city, but none could penetrate it's solid was. It was the magnificent Sultan Muhammad the second who inspired by the words of the Prophet (saw) took up the challenge.

Galata Area
In a short-time he managed to besiege the city from both and and sea. The siege continued for days due to the inability to penetrate the mighty fortresses of Istanbul. The Sultan was no ordinary man, despite his young age, he had an amazing intellect. His mind was as sharp as a sword. He displayed great passion and vigour in his actions. A man who was creative and innovative even in the most tense circumstances. His inability to penetrate the great fortresses, eventually led him to one of the most genius ideas that was ever recorded in history. Seventy battle ships were made to slide over Galata Hill into the golden horn on rails greased with animal fat, towed by oxen and controlled by hundreds of men with ropes. What an amazing site it must have been, to witness ships "sailing" on land. A canon launched by the Sultan blasted the first hole through the walls. The strong city gates of Istanbul were finally demolished.

Istanbu had eventually surrender to Fatih Sultan Muhammad. Not only was he one of the youngest magnificent conquerers of history but also proved to be one of the most intellectual and broad-minded emperors in history by the administration system he established, which was based on equality, freedom of religion and trade practises. He had immediately started reconstructing the city.

The young conquerer, by his courage and tolerance, speeded up the process of renaissance and the reformation movement which enabled Europe to evolve to its current state.

In conclusion, he left a model city, an outstanding example to the world in which people of various religions, culture and languages co-existed in peace for 559 years. For the very same reason, Istanbul has been a "city of peace" for 559 years.

The Universal Islamic & Cultural Trust
invite you to
Lectures by Historians from Turkey

Date: Friday, 1st June 2012
Time: 7pm
Venue: Orient Hall
Donation: R175 pp

Ladies accommodation provided.

Call: 031-2078596 / 083 516 4276

Quotes by Hitesh Surujbally (Contributor to The Life & Style Mag)

"Choose to love rather than hate.

Choose to laugh rather than cry.

Choose to create rather than destroy.

Choose to persevere rather than quit.

Choose to praise rather than gossip.

Choose to heal rather than hurt.

Choose to pray rather than curse.

Choose to live, rather than die!"

                           ~ Hitesh Surujbally 


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Life & Style Mag Contributor - Zohra Soomar

Zohra Soomar [BComm (Honours) HED is in the beauty Business for 17 yrs.

She works mostly with the Guinot Range of Skin care Products and Kryolan Basics make-up.

She is the owner of The Beauty Studio, in Florida Road
and can be contacted on 082-786-0332.

She will be heading the Beauty Focus Section of The Life & Style Mag!

The Life & Style Mag Contributor - Razeena Khan

Razeena Khan grew up in Toronto Canada and is living in Durban for past 11 years.
A wife and mother of 3 girls (18, 6 and 3).
Razeena, qualified as a Pharmacist in 2009 and Works part time as a pharmacist. 

She is currently studying towards her Masters in Pharmacy Practice. 

Monday, 28 May 2012

The Life & Style Mag Contributor - Christine Hardy

Remedy for Reducing Stress

Has the stress of your daily life,work,family,responsibility, taken its toll?

Experience total and true peace of mind,body,heart and soul.
NO therapist needed.                           

All it takes is 1 min in the morning and 1 min in the evening.                                       
With these few( 7 )small yet simple doses of daily readings.                 
Which if read continually and with consistency will most definitely yield great and wonderful benefits for its reader. اِنْ شَاءَ اللَّه 

NO worries of this world will sway you or put you down.                                                                                                

1. Subhanallah (Thrice).                

2. Alhamdu lillah (Thrice).               

3. Allahu akbar (Thrice).                 

4. Astaghfirullah (Thrice).             

5. Salallahu alaihi wasallam (Thrice).                                               

6. Laa ilaaha illaa anta subhaanaka inni kuntu minathaalimin  (Thrice).                                              

7.Hasbunallahu wa ni'mal wakil ni'mal moulaa wa ni'man nasir (Thrice).

These few short verses are Your Peace Of Mind and Your Hearts Remedy

The Adventures of Professor Twiddle & The Terrific Time Machine

Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Life & Style Mag Contributor - Hitesh Surujbally

Hitesh Surujbally is an inspired, motivated and empowered SUPERSTAR committed to providing world class, services and 

products which empower individuals and organisations to live with purpose and Inspiration maximising their true 
potential enabling them to be the best that they can be.

He offers 1 hour presentations for conferences or organizations to powerful and life transforming weekend courses 
and one on one consultation.He is driven by Desire, Determination and Dedication and well as 

Persistence, Perseverance and emPowerment helping you make a success in the 5 Golden Spheres of Life: 

Health, Wealth, Love, Spiritual and Social.

Hitesh Surujbally has dedicated his life to the study of human behaviour, the laws of the universe and understand how the human mind works To date has written 4 books. His dream and vision is to travel around the world, inspiring people to live their best life, by simply obeying by rule: FOLLOW YOUR HEART. Hi energy and enthusiasm on stage will leave you feeling like anything is possible. He is a dynamic keynote speaker who is definitely one the best in the word in his field. 

He gives you information which will lead to inspiration, that results in transformation!Life is a game play it! 

Success is a choice, choose it!
"Be the SUPERSTAR you are, I AM !!!" Hitesh Surujbally

For more information visit: 


FB: hiteshsurujbally
Twitter: @hsurujbally

BBM: 27E14DE7

The Life & Style Pre-Ramadaan Fashion Show & Mag Launch

Date: 8th July 2012

Venue: Balmoral Hotel

Models wanting to participate may contact the Fashion Show co-ordinator: Safia Kazi  via bb pin 23180a3a

Designers wanting to participate may contact the Event organiser, North Beach Events on 083-623-1154 /

Be sure to make yourself available for an event that you cannot afford to miss!

Benefits & Uses of Vinegar

1. Insect bites or stings will be soothed quickly by pouring vinegar on it.

2. Pour vinegar on sunburn.

3. If you drink a teaspoon or so of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water to help with digestion, bowel function, cholesterol, and even preventing ulcers. With the latter you might have to help a little with the stress of course.

4. Salicylic acid is what you use on warts. Vinegar is acetic acid and works in the same way, however more gently.

5. Just 5% of vinegar mixed in a solution of your choice, can kill 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, 80% of germs (viruses).

6. A teaspoon or two of vinegar will cure hiccups.

7. Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and honey mixed with enough hot water to melt the honey has been known to help with headaches and weight loss.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

The Life & Style Mag Contributor - Ammarah

Ammarah is a Presenter at Radio Islam International.

She Presents The Womens Weekly Program Every Tuesday Afternoon from 2 to 3pm, The Household Express Program Every Thursday Morning from 10am to 11am.

You can email her on   

Ammarah will be heading the In the Kitchen Section of The Life & Style Mag, with recipes, Hints & Tips and much more.

The Life & Style Mag Contributor - Safia Kazi

Safia kazi is a fashion and image stylist trained by Colorworx International.

She uses her expertise in this field together with expertise and experience as a professional nutritional consultant to educate young girls through lectures and workshops.

Empowering young women to develop a healthy, confident self image equipping them with the necessary tools to excel in society!

Butterfly Beauty is her "baby" through which she supplies Lakme cosmetics - High performance, superior quality make up specifically created for indian skin!

Catch Safia Kazi's take on Fashion & Style in The Life & Style Mag.....coming soon!

North Beach Events - KidZ nd TeenZ Family Fun Day

Alhamdullilah the book launch for Yawar Baigs books was an overwhelming success.The next event is a 

KidZ and TeenZ family fun day
Date: 24 June
Venue: Balmoral Hotel
Times: 9.30am  to 4.30pm
Whole day of fun activities crafts, writing workshops, mendhi, face painting, health care professionals, supplements, demos and talks.

Am looking for exhibitors who sell educational material , health foods, supplements, financial products, books,clothing physios, OTs, speech therapist, phychiatrist,counselling services and so on to exhibit. 
cost is R400

Program wil include talks on-
1. Behavioural problems and instilling respect and etiquettes-Safeeyah Moosa- Journey therapist
2.Challenges facing youth and solutions-Ahmed Moola Cii youth foundation facilitator
3.Parenting skills- Edris Khamisa
4.Pros and cons of social networking- Ashwin Singh - clinical psychologist.
5.Trauma and stress and ways to destress eg homeopathic remedies,
supplements, meditation-( require speaker)

Please contact me if you are interested in exhibiting and I will send you an application form.

031 3329724 after hours 

The Life & Style Mag Contributor - Naseema Mall

Naseema Mall is a freelance journalist and a publisher.
Having worked in Egypt for several years both as a journalist at an online news site and as an editor at a publishing house, Naseema returned to South Africa in 2007 and started her own publishing company, Breeze Publishing.  
Although she continues to write on a freelance basis, Naseema has her efforts concentrated on her publishing company.

Read Naseema's Book reviews in The Life & Style Mag....coming soon.!/pages/Breeze-Publishing/171125486256336

Friday, 25 May 2012

Life & Style Abhaya Fashion Show & Mag Launch

A pre-ramadaan extravaganza for ladies only with fashion, hi-tea and glitz and glamour.

Date: 8th July 2012

Venue: Balmoral Hotel, 125 Marine Parade, North Beach

Times: 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Organised by: North Beach Events -

Life & Style Mag's Contributor - Rehana Rawat

Rehana Rawat is a Bachelor of Education graduate with a major in English.
She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember and writing for almost as long.
With a keen interest for everything Indo-Muslim, her observations and comments on human nature has been published in a variety of media sources.
She dabbles as a Mendhi artist and spends her days disciplining the youth.
She is overly sentimental, and still refuses to eat,the first sweet her husband ever gave her!

Eid Shopping Festival

The EID SHOPPING FESTIVAL aims to bring together people from all spheres of the South African society in a festive environment with an opportunity to enjoy themselves.

This unique event Features:

An exhibition of exciting stalls,
Selling Fashionable & Islamic Clothing, Gifts & Ramadan treats
Promoting Islamic businesses & Products
Organisations who collect charity donations for Islamic Relief & Aid.
Islamic Finance & investment Platform
Islamic Education Platform with the feature on
An Islamic Exhibition of Arts & Culture
A series of Talks, Workshops & Seminars by local & international speakers.
An evening Concert & Entertainment throughout the Festival by on-stage artists in the form of Nasheed or Comedy Sketches.
Fashion Shows highlighting International Trends
Islamic Film Festival
Mouth-watering Cuisines emanating from a variety of cultures.
Kids Entertainment & Education
Fantastic Give-aways

Hosted at the Coca Cola dome in Northgate Johannesburg from the 12th – 15th July 2012.

With over 30 000 expected visitors - Can you afford not to exhibit/participate at this much anticipated event?

call Shenaz 082 410 1372 or email

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is known as Natures miracle Plant.
Aloe Vera Juice can assist in treatment of many sicknesses.
It also helps prevent sickness.
Please let me know reasons you would consider taking aloe products and I will send you info on product you should take, reasons it will help you.
Skin care and personal Care products in Aloe range are excellent as well.
Aloe Vera was Cleopatra's beauty secret.....
Contact Hawa bibi.. 0793338770.. Bb pin 26E18C00.... E mail

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa

Perfect for those cold Winter nights....Sent to Durban Muslima by Ammarah of Radio Islam

½  cup dark/caramel chocolate chips
2 ½  cups boiling water
2 cups milk
¼ cup of milk powder / cremora
¼  cup of chocolate syrup
3 heaped tablespoons of smooth peanut butter (Black Cat) Dash of vanilla essence Pinch of salt

Heat water and milk until hot. Add chocolate chips, chocolate syrup and smooth peanut butter. Use your whisk to combine all until melted.
Thereafter use your immersion blender (stick blender) to blend altogether, this makes it creamier and smoother. Just before serving, stir in a dash of vanilla essence and a pinch of salt.
Serve in a glass mug with a swirl of peanut butter or a few choc-stix criss-crossed over the top.

Sister Ammarah is on air @ Radio Islam as follows:-
Mondays, 2pm to 3pm ..................... Natural Health
Tuesdays, 2pm o 3pm ...................... Womens Weekly
Thursdays, 10am t 11am .................. Household Express

Sister Ammarah will be compiling the "In the Kitchen" section of "The Life & Style Mag" with her tantalising receipes, hints & tips.

Trekking the Great Wall of China to raise funds

Sister Hasina is doing a great wall of china trek to raise money for orphans.
She will be leaving soon as the trek starts on the 29th of May.
Let's open our hearts and join hands to support this noble cause.

Here are the details, zakaah is also welcome BANKING DETAILS:
Muslim Hands
Standard Bank
Acc No : 071 621 881
B/Code: 031110
Ref : 938831

Fax No: 039 6820523

The above reference is important as this is her Donor ID and allows all contributions received for her efforts to be captured accordingly.

Kindly email or fax copy of deposit, as I personally keep records of all donors and sponsors for her projects.

You can also view the details of the trek online at  

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Islam Channel, going off air

Can you imagine a day without Live prayers from Makkah?

Can you imagine Fridays without translated Jummah Khutbahs?

Can you imagine Hajj without Live coverage?

Can you imagine a year without The Global Peace & Unity Event?

Can you imagine a day without Islam Channel?

31st May 2012 Islam Channel goes off air in South Africa.

Please sign the petition before they shut it down, every vote counts. Please spread the word.

Jazak'Allah Khair

Feedy Needys Fundraising Dinner

Venue: Elangeni Hotel
Date: 30th June 2012

Five course meal with stand up comedy entertainment and lots of give-aways.
Tickets are R250.00
All proceeds will go toward our orphans and vulnerable children.

Contact the organisers on 0824263123 for more info

Monday, 21 May 2012

Free Quraan classes for females!

Alhamdulillah soon we will be in the mubarak month of Ramadhan.Are we spiritually prepared? Let's make a start now! Insha allah. How? By taking out only  hour per week for Tajwid & Quraan classes. This will certainly please our Creator cos we're taking time out to go out in His path to seek knowledge from His kitaab. By attending these classes desr sisters we will brush up on:

1.Tajwid-rules of the quraan eg: qalqalah; ghunnah; madd etc.

2.Learning where the letters emanate from eg: throat; lip; nasal passage etc.

3.Learning qualities of letters eg: soft; heavy; harsh etc.

4.Fluency in recitation

5.Rules of waqf i.e stopping-where; when; how etc.

6.Qiraat style-to recite in a voice that will please Allah Ta'ala.

Do u apply the above correctly in Salaah and Quraan recitation? Do u know that to recite  letter correctly we will obtain the reward of  virtues? Alhamdulillah! Do u know that it is compulsory (fardh) to seek knowledge in the science of Tajwid & correct recitation? Are u fulfilling this Fardh act? Moreover-You can assist your ma'soom children with their sabak/surahs.

Remember-You will not be asked to recite individually-no embarrassment caused whatsoever. Come on sister, let's give this Quraan classes a shot!! You need to come in with your full Quraan and whudu only,Insha Allah.

Venue: Madressah Tut Taufeeq- 12 Rivonia Place, Overport.

Time: 11am - 12 noon, Tuesdays.

Be a strong muslim and say YES! to this. Bring along other sisters as well(y).

Contact : 031 2078175 or 0721008600

Salon Stylistique Hair & Beauty

Facials from R30
Waxing & Threading
Cuts and Sets from R100
Tint / highlights / Cut and set with treatment R350

Contact Melissa 073-595-3469 / bb pin 21c93f63

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Cheesy Crumbed Steak in Garlic Sauce


Cheesy steak & mashed potato.

Fillet Steak- cut into thin pieces & using a meat hammer get it into a round shape.

Marinate the steak:

Salt, pepper, vinegar,garlic, ginger, Red chilli flacks, soya sauce, 1/4tsp peri-peri aromat & texas steak (spice bottles).

Leave for an hour.

Dip steak into cake flour, followed by egg & bread crumbs. Fry on medium heat.

In a seperate pot make garlic sauce:

Butter, Garlic, salt, birco.


Lay Mashed Potato in a dish.

Add little garlic sauce.

Then Fried crumbed steak.

Little more garlic sauce & cheese.

N.B put the dish in the grill for a min to melt cheese.

Contributed by Sister Ammarah of Radio Islam

Sister Ammarah @ Radio Islam

Sister Ammarah is on air @ Radio Islam as follows:-

Mondays, 2pm to 3pm ..................... Natural Health
Tuesdays, 2pm o 3pm ...................... Womens Weekly
Thursdays, 10am t 11am .................. Household Express

Sister Ammarah will be compiling the "In the Kitchen" section of "The Life & Style Mag" with her tantalising receipes, hints & tips.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Islamic Relief SA Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Relief SA Fundraising Dinner

"World in Need"

Support this event on Friday, 25 May

And help contribute toward orphan and vulnerable children in SA and aborad,
as well as learn about IRSA and all we do.

Venue: NMJ Hall, Dbn. Tickets: R120.
Time: 19:30pm.
Contact 0827339000 for details.

Durban Muslima's Special: Prawn Curry

Shell & devein 700g prawns

Slice one onion and fry until golden brown in olive oil

Remove onion from oil and add prawns with 1tsp garlic, taj lavang, elachi to the oil.

Add in blender:
Fried onions
1 chopped tomato
1 small tin tomato puree
1 tsp rough salt
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
sprinkle of lemon pepper
sprinkle of tumeric
few stems of dhania of mint
1 tsp ginger & garlic
1 tsp garlic
1 Tsp Nando's Mediterranean Peri Peri Sauce
a squeeze from half a lemon
1 tsp vinegar
1 Tsp Sour milk

Once prawns are cooked, add blended mixture.
Add water and leave to cook.
Finally add, 2 Tsp Coconut milk
Garnish with Dhania

Serve with rice or naan, salads, papad and Mrs Balls Chutney.


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Hajj Odyssey

Meditation reconnects us with our true spirituality, resulting in deep inner peace, increased personal power and a clearer sense of purpose.

Alhamdullilah the cd Haj Odessy s 7 tracks . It takes one to Jabal Noor, Madinah, Arafaat  etc  and   educates one on the journey of Haj but it also allows one to be spiritually uplifted by the experience.

To purchase a copy of the Hajj Odyssey, email Rookaya Vawda on

To advertise or for more info email

Jimmys Butternut & Spinach

Cube butternut,steam with salt & 4T sugar when soft mash with butter & a little fresh cream (I used full cream milk).
Can add more sugar afterwards if required.

Spinach----Saute 1 onion in ghee add salt,pepper,green chillies,little garlic & braise spinach till done.
In a separate pot make a white sauce with butter,flour & milk when sauce thickens add 1tsp aromat,3T mayonnaise & half a cup grated cheese mix in spinach & serve side by side.

Courtesy of Menus 4 Mums (

For more info or to advertise on the Durban Muslima blog email

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Shawarma Pasta

500-750g steak cubed small

Marinate in:

2tbsp vinegar
3tbsp Worcester sauce
3tbsp steers chilli sauce
2tbsp mustard sauce
4tbsp tomato sauce
Red masala
Bbq spice

Cook till soft
Place at bottom of pyrex
Make salad kachumar with Handful steamed chopped pepper Onion, tomato, mic with chilli and tomato sauce Spread over steak
Fry chips ±2large potatos, slap chips, add vinegar,salt and chilli powder
Boil 2cups macaroni, put over chips
Drizzle just tomato sauce over
Last top with cheese
Bake at 180' till hot and cheese melts..enjoy!!

Contributed by Safiya Ally (Estcourt)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

IMASA hosts Mirza Yawar Baig

IMASA Durban Branch

will be hosting

Mirza Yawar Baig:
Leading international author, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Corporate Consultant, specializing in Leadership Development.

Date : Monday 21st May 2012
Venue : IMA Baytul Nur, 22 Browns Grove, Sherwood
Time : 19h30
Topic : Corporate Leadership, Lessons from the Sunnah

Tea and coffee will be served.

Seating is limited, so please reserve your seat with Suraiya / Sumaya at 031 2072250 (IMASA Durban)

This event is open to the public, brothers and sisters are welcome.

There is no charge for this event.

About Sheikh Yawar Baig…

In 27 years of training and consulting Sheikh Yawar Baig has taught more than 200,000 managers, administrators, teachers, technologists and clergy on 3 continents. He combines Eastern values with Western systems to transcend cultural boundaries. Yawar’s style reflects openness, commitment to quality and value-based professionalism. Yawar speaks five languages. He writes blogs, articles and books on topics ranging from leadership to politics to Islam, focusing on applying learning to create models of excellence in local communities. He is a dynamic and inspiring visionary. He is the founder & President of Yawar Baig & Associates™, and the Chairman of the Standard Bearers Academy.

To advertise or queries, email

Being Visually Impaired

Blessed are they who refrain from shouting when they speak to me.
Blessed are they that talk directly to me and not to someone else.
Blessed are they that say who they are when entering a room and say hello to me.
Blessed are they who say goodbye to me when leaving so I'm not left speaking to the air.
Blessed are they who tap my shoulder when they approach me from the back or side when speaking to me.
Blessed are they who wait for me to extend my hand before shaking it.
Blessed are they who places my hand on a object like a chair so that I can seat myself.
Blessed are they who do not leave me in a strange place without orientating me to it.
Blessed are they who offer me their arm as support to guide me without pulling, pushing or grabbing me.
Blessed are they who do not embarrass me in a group of people openly referring to my blindness in word or by action.
Blessed are they who laugh with me when I tell a joke related to blindness.
Blessed are they who treat me like a human being, for believe it or not I AM A HUMAN BEING.


Message from Sumaya & Ummaira Khan

As salaamu alaikum

I, Sumaya Khan together with Ummaira Khan would like to extend our heart felt gratitude to each and every person that was actively involved be it in attendance or in Dua's for making the Riaad Moosa's show a success.


This is just the first of many fund raisers as we have still a large amount outstanding.

A humble heart-rendering plea from Ummaira is: If it is within your power to help me by arranging an event or by donation be it big or small it would all make a difference towards my operation. I am also eligible for Zaakat or Lillah as well. Shukran and may Allah Ta Allah reward u all. Ameen.


To post on the blog or advertise or any other queries, email

Burfee Dessert

1lt milk
1 cup kilm
1/2 tsp elachi
2 d/spn custard powder
1 tsp rosewater
1/2 to 3/4 tin condensed milk (depends on how sweet u like things)
1 tin nestle cream sml
3tsp sugar
1-2 tsp china grass powder (I used 1 coz I wanted it soft)

Add klim, china grass, sugar, and custard powder in 1 cup milk and make a paste Bring the rest of the milk to near boil Add paste to milk just before it hits boil Stir til milk thickens to custardlike appearance Remove from heat Add elachie powder condensed milk, nestle cream, and rosewater Stir well Pour into bowl or mold and refridgerate

Contributed by, Safiya Ally (Estcourt)

Ughtee Hijaab - Sisters of Hijaab

A Crescent Old Girls' initiative:
A scarf collection drive as a pre ramadaan gift to under privleged girls.
We ask you to donate any scarf thats usable and tidy that you are not using anymore to please be dropped off at the following collection points:-
Howard campus jamaat khana
Westville campus jamaat khana
Anyone who cannot make it to those two venues or may have any queries may  contact:
Zameera Khan:
Aliya khan:
Aamina Latiff:
Collection drive closes on the 25th of May 2012 .

To advertise or for queries, email