Thursday, 29 September 2016

Taqwa Connection


Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. After 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, & trading labor & goods without any problem, they had their first serious rift.
All their years of brotherhood & love fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding & it grew into a major difference, & finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.
One morning there was a knock on the older brother's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days work,” he said.
“Perhaps u have a few small jobs here & there, I can help u ?”
“Yes,” said the older brother. “I do have a job for u. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor, in fact, it’s my younger brother. Last week there was an open field between us but he took his bulldozer , dug it up to the river & now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll be one better than him. See that pile of wood? I want u to build me a fence – a high fence – so I won’t need to see his place & his face anymore.”
The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Trust me. I’ll be able to do a job that pleases u.”
The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready & then he was off for the day.
The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing.
Just before sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer’s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped.
There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge… a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work handrails & all – & the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched.
“ U are a good man to build this bridge after all I’ve said & done.” The younger brother said tearfully. .....conned
The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, & then they met in the middle, taking each other’s hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for u,” said the older brother.
“I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but, I have many more bridges to build.
Build bridges
Not fences.
If u are currently in a strained relationship with anyone, do away with the stress & heartache u are bringing onto urself. Be the bigger person & forgive just for the pleasure of اللّه Subhana Ta'ala. U'l instantly feel better as if u have broken free from chains that were tieing u down..
Our Nabi Kareem sallallaahu alayhi wasallam has said ;
" Do not hate one another, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert each other, and O, Allah’s worshipers! Be brothers. It is not permissible for any Muslim to desert (not talk to) his brother (Muslim) for more than three days.”
[Bukhari]

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Forgiveness Unlimited

Forgiveness Unlimited!!

As the sun rises in its brilliance on this Magnificent day of Arafah...
So too do the hands of the Hajis rise... towards our Beloved Allah!!

One of the best days of the year..forgiveness unlimited!!
The day when shaytaan stands rejected and humiliated!!

Allah draws near towards the earth...
Cleansing all of their sins just like they were at birth!!

Tears flowing..hearts emploring...servants begging!!
Sweltering heat but no1 cares..all are sobbing and asking..

The young..the old..the strong...the weak
All gathered at 1 valley..the pleasure of their Lord they seek..

Our Most Kind Allah...forgive us ..forgive us..we have sinned in abundance.
From head to toe we are flowing in the blackness of sins..

Ya Rabb...Accept the duas and pleas of our hajis at Mina ..Arafaat Muzdalifah..Makkah and Madeena Tayyebah
And make us from amongst them in the near future inshaAllah!!!

لبيك الهم لبيك!!

_Banuhaashim_


Saturday, 24 September 2016

How to generate Love of Allah

5 Ways of Generating the Love of Allah Ta’ala into Our Hearts


1 • Abundant remembrance of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala through Zikrullah. The more a person makes the Zikr of Allah, the more HIS love increases in a persons heart.

2 •  Pondering over the innumerable Ni’mats (bounties) that Allah Ta’ala has bestowed upon us.
When one contemplates over the continuous bounties Allah has showered upon him, then the response to Allah would be, that one begins to  love Allah, (his BENEFACTOR ) more and more …

3 • Keeping the company of the friends of Allah Ta’ala, in whose companionship, the effects of Allah Ta’ala’s muhhabbat (love) is engendered into our hearts.

4 • Remaining in the obedience of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. The more one obeys his Beloved, the more his love  increases.

5 • Making Dua to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala to instil HIS love into our heart.

اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّىْ اَسْئَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَنْ يُّحِبُّكَ وحُبَّ عَمَلٍ يُّقَرِّبُ اِلى حُبِّكَ

Allahumma inni as-aluka hubbaka, wa hubba may-yuhibbuka, wa hubba ‘amalin yuqarribu ila hubbika.

O Allah! I ask You for Your love and the love of those who love You, and for the love of every action which will bring me closer to Your love.



DOWNLOAD EXPLANATION HERE ~ 40 MINS

https://veiledgems.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/ml-naeem-motala-sb-the-love-of-allah1.mp3


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1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp TCC Creamy Garlic Marinade
1 Tbsp TCC Special Blend Marinade
1 tsp oregano & dry herbs
Bell tomatoes
Spinach
Onion rings
Method:
Mix all ingredients, mix well! Wrap it up in a foil! Leave space on top for it to fluff up!
Bake, 170ºC, 10min, until fluffed! Top with tomato & onion! Enjoy!

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Hadith

Today's Beautiful Hadith is about Wudu
 
Narrated `Urwa's father: Aisha said, "I borrowed a necklace from Asma' and it was lost. So Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) sent a man to search for it and he found it. Then the time of the prayer became due and there was no water. They prayed (without ablution) and informed Allah's Messenger about it, so the verse of Tayammum was revealed." Usaid bin Hudair said to `Aisha, "May Allah reward you. By Allah, whenever anything happened which you did not like, Allah brought good for you and for the Muslims in that."
(Bukhari Vol. 1, Book 7, Hadith 332)


Rabbana

Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For Thou art the All-Hearing, the All-knowing [2:127]

Rabbana taqabbal minna innaka antas Sameeaul Aleem

رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ العَلِيمُ

Our Lord! Make of us Muslims, bowing to Thy (Will), and of our progeny a people Muslim, bowing to Thy (will); and show us our place for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning, Most Merciful [2:128]

Rabbana wa-j'alna Muslimaini laka wa min Dhurriyatina 'Ummatan Muslimatan laka wa 'Arina Manasikana wa tub 'alaina 'innaka 'antat-Tawwabu-Raheem

رَبَّنَا وَاجْعَلْنَا مُسْلِمَيْنِ لَكَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِنَا أُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ وَأَرِنَا مَنَاسِكَنَا وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَآ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ

Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire [2:201]

Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil 'akhirati hasanatan waqina 'adhaban-nar

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance, make our foothold sure, and give us help against the disbelieving folk [2:250]

Rabbana afrigh 'alaina sabran wa thabbit aqdamana wansurna 'alal-qawmil-kafirin

رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى القَوْمِ الكَافِرِينَ

Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error [2:286]

Rabbana la tu'akhidhna in-nasina aw akhta'na

رَبَّنَا لاَ تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا

Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us [2:286]

Rabbana wala tahmil alaina isran kama hamaltahu 'alal-ladheena min qablina

رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا

Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith [2:286]

Rabbana wala tuhammilna ma la taqata lana bihi wa'fu anna waghfir lana wairhamna anta mawlana fansurna 'alal-qawmil kafireen

رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لاَ طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا أَنتَ مَوْلاَنَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

Our Lord! (they say), Let not our hearts deviate now after Thou hast guided us, but grant us mercy from Thine own Presence; for Thou art the Grantor of bounties without measure [3:8]

Rabbana la tuzigh quloobana ba'da idh hadaitana wa hab lana milladunka rahmah innaka antal Wahhab

رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ

Our Lord! Thou art He that will gather mankind Together against a day about which there is no doubt; for Allah never fails in His promise. [3:9]

Rabbana innaka jami'unnasi li-Yawmil la raiba fi innallaha la yukhliful mi'aad

رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ جَامِعُ النَّاسِ لِيَوْمٍ لاَّ رَيْبَ فِيهِ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ

Our Lord! We have indeed believed: forgive us, then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire [3:16]

Rabbana innana amanna faghfir lana dhunuubana wa qinna 'adhaban-Naar

رَبَّنَا إِنَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Mercy Mission to Turkey

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The Pmb Muslim Women's Organisation will be collecting funds for the
  SYRIAN CRISIS:
Mercy Mission to Turkey ߒԊA gift of Vision ߑӠto a Syrian refugee child.The relief project will take place at the As-Salaam school in Reyhenli, Turkey, where over 2000 refugee kids are in dire need of medical assistance.
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ZAKAAT and SADAQAH will be utilised for meals and other provisions for the families.☕ߍ⊊We appeal to our
community to help brighten the lives of our brothers and sisters in Syria by making a contribution toward this worthy cause.
A team of 15 optometrists and some doctors will be departing from SA on the 29TH of September 2016
In Sha Allah to conduct:
Eye screenings, Examinations,
Provide treatments and Provide spectacles            
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Banking Details:
Pmbwo
Zakaat acc details
First National Bank
Acc 55131178284
Code 250068
Ref:Syria :Mercy/Zakaat
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Pmb Muslim Womens Org.
First National Bank
Acc No: 62053456169
Code :   250068
Ref: Syria:Mercy(sadaqah /lillah
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Kindly sms 0832786030 with name and address if 18A tax certificate is required.
All funds collected wil be forwarded to the IMA. 
For further details contact:
Hamida   Moosa:0836786557
Rashidar
Essa:  083 276 030
Sumiyya Mota   : 0837869371
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Hadith

The noble Messenger sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam said,

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~Recorded in Tabarani [Mu`jam al-Kabir]


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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Kashf al shub'haat

Assalaam alaikum. Bismillah.

Kashf Al shub'haat (removing doubts)
By Muhammad Abdul Wahhab

CH. 2 part 1.
Showing proofs that the Idolator's whom the Messenger (peace be upon him) fought believed that Allah is the creator:

Believing that Allah is the creator and sustainer does not make one a Muslim if one chooses to worship others besides Him.

Allah says:
Say (O Muhammad), "who provides for you from the sky and the earth? Who owns (your) hearing and sight? Who brings out the living from the dead and the dead from the living? And who disposes the affairs?"

They will say, "Allah" say: will you not then be afraid of Allah's punishment (for setting up rivals in worship with Allah?). (Yunus: 31)

What we learn:
1. That the Mushriks believed that Allah is the creator and sustainer, disposer of affairs, who brings rain, causes life and death.

2. This belief did not make them Muslims since they left out the most important factor: to worship Allah alone and to keep away from the worship of idols.

3. They did not worship him alone. Rather they worshipped others with Him or worshipped others besides him.

4. Saying laa ilaaha illa Allah while committing shirk does not include one among Muslims. The statement is empty. It has no meaning to its reciter.

5. Many are deluded that saying the Shahadah makes them Muslims even if they worship others beside Allah.

6. Islam is a religion with laws and regulations. U have to fulfil them before u enter and its main regulation to gain entry, is to do away and reject false gods. If u do not, then u may as well seek another religion.

(Explanations are mine).
To be continued inshaa Allah.


Broken hearts

*BROKEN HEARTS*

When ur heart has broken, remember: the Qur'an is for the broken hearted.

When the tears of Nuh (alayhis salaam)'s heart must have matched the rain pouring from the sky........ when the heart of Musa (alayhis salaam)'s mother almost broke as she parted with her infant son.........when Adam & Hawa (alayhimus salaam)'s shame engulfed them at their mistake,..........when Ayyub (alayhis salaam)'s physical pain must have matched the emotional turmoil of losing his family-
   they found solace in the One Who never disappoints, in The All Wise, The Ever-Knowing.

You may be in pain. But remember: So were they. The Qur'an is filled with narratives of experiences that could break a heart into a million pieces. But through every test, the Prophets & righteous (alayhum salam) were not shattered- they found strength, solace & the glue to keep their hearts together with Allah.

The Qur'an is for the broken hearted. The Qur'an is for *you*. Allah will never leave you, nor will He ever disappoint you - even if it takes time to understand His wisdom."

   "Your Lord has neither forsaken you
    nor hated you.
    Aиϑ indeed the Hereafter is better
    for you than the present.
    Aиϑ verily, your Lord will give you
    so that you shall be well-pleased"
(Qur'an, 93:3-5)


Istighfaar

There are two things in the earth that give a person safety and security from the punishment of Allah.
The first has been removed, whilst the second still remains.
As for the first, it was the Messenger of Allah ( ﺻﻠﻲ ﺃﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭ ﺳﻠﻢ ).

*“Allah would not punish them while You (SAW)were among them.”*
_[al-Anfal (8):33]_

As for the second, it is istighfar.

*“Allah would not punish them as long as they sought forgiveness.”*
_[al-Anfal (8):33]_
*ﺃﺳﺘﻐﻔﺮ ﺃﻟﻠﻪ …*

Do not ever leave istighfar!

Please share and remember that you will receive the reward for all those who make istighfar, due to your reminder.

Astaghfirullaaha wa 'atoobu 'ilayhi.

Rasul Allah (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, *“If anyone continually asks forgiveness, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, relief from anxiety, and will provide for him from where he never realized.”*

_[Abu Dawood, Hadith 59]_


Bridal showers

For Ibrath:                                      BRIDAL SHOWER...

Among the barakah destroyers of recent times are the “bridal shower” parties that take place. “Bridal shower” parties were known to be a get-together of friends of the bride-to-be.

Each invited person was expected to bring along a gift. This was bad enough as it is actually a sophisticated manner of begging.

However, it has recently emerged that these parties have in many instances become much worse. Music is played. Dancers and singers are hired. Obscene pictures are plastered all around. Other vulgarities take place. This is extremely shocking.

May Allah Ta’ala save us! If the run-up to the Nikah is such a “shower” as above, one cannot expect “barakah” to pour down on the marriage. It is a recipe to destroy the sacred bond. It is the formula to lay a bed of thorns — Allah forbid!

Let us shower our Nikahs with barakah. Showers of barakah come from adopting the Sunnah in our Nikahs and by refraining from things that invite the wrath of Allah Ta’ala.


Hadith

Beautiful Hadith is about Jibraeel
 
Narrated Jundab bin `Abdullah: Gabriel did not come to the Prophet (peace be upon him) (for some time) and so one of the Quraish women said, "His Satan has deserted him." So came the Divine Revelation: "By the forenoon And by the night When it is still! Your Lord (O Muhammad) has neither Forsaken you Nor hated you." (93.1-3)
(Bukhari Vol. 2, Book 21, Hadith 225)


Duaa for ease of difficulties

Dua for Ease in Difficulties

،اللَّهُمَّ لَا سَهْلَ إِلَّا مَا جَعَلْتَهُ سَهْلًا وَأَنْتَ تَجْعَلُ الْحَزْنَ إِذَا شِئْتَ سَهْلًا

Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja’altahu sahla, wa anta taj-alul hazna izaa shi’ta sahla

“O Allah, there is nothing made easy except what you make easy, and You make the difficulty easy, if You wish.”

~ Ibn Hibban in his Sahih #327 and Ibn As-Sunni #351


Surah Kahf

Ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked us to recite Surah Al-Kahf every Friday?

This surah has four stories in it, let’s explore what lessons can be learned from them:

1. The people of the cave

It’s the story of young men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they decided to migrate for the sake of Allah and run away. Allah rewards them with mercy in the cave and protection from the sun – they woke up and found the entire village believers.

Lesson: Trial of faith

2. The owner of two gardens

A story of a man whom Allah blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the man forgot to thank the one who blessed him with everything and he even dared to doubt Allah regarding the afterlife. So his garden was destroyed – he regretted, but was too late and his regret did not benefit him.

Lesson: Trial of wealth

3. Musa (‘alayhissalam) and Khidr (‘alayhissalam)

When Musa (‘alayhissalam) was asked “who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of Earth?” Musa (‘alayhissalam)) said that it was him as he assumed he was the only prophet on Earth at the time. But Allah revealed to him that there’s someone who knows more than him about certain things. Musa (‘alayhissalam) traveled looking for him learned how divine wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.

Lesson: Trial of knowledge

4. Dhul-Qarnayn

Allah mentions the story of a great king who was given knowledge and power travelling the world helping people and spreading all that’s good. He was able to overcome the problem of Yajooj-Majooj by building a massive dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.

Lesson: Trial of power

In the middle of the surah, Allah mentions Iblees as the one who stirs these trials:

And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was of the jinn and departed from the command of his Lord. Then will you take him and his descendants as allies other than Me while they are enemies to you? Wretched it is for the wrongdoers as an exchange. 18:150

In many hadith, the messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) mentions that the one who reads and memorises verses of Surah Al Kahf will be protected from the trials of the Dajjal.

Abu Darda’ (radi Allahu ‘anhu) narrates that the prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: He who memorizes the first ten verses of Surah Al Kahf will be protected from the trial of the Dajjal. In another narration, it is the last ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf. (Muslim)

Now let us see what the relationship is between Surat al-Kahf and the Dajjal:

Dajjal will appear before the day of judgement with 4 trials:

A) He will ask people to worship him and not Allah: Trial of faith.
B) He will be given powers to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth: Trial of with his wealth.
C) He will trial people with the “knowledge” and news he gives them: Trial of knowledge.
D) He will control huge parts of the Earth: Trial of power.

How to Survive these Trials

Allah mentions in the surah how we can survive these trials:

1. Good companionship

And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect. 18:28

2. Knowing the truth of this world

And present to them the example of the life of this world, [its being] like rain which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it and [then] it becomes dry remnants, scattered by the winds. And Allah is ever, over all things, Perfect in Ability. 18:45

3. Humility

[Moses] said, “You will find me, if Allah wills, patient, and I will not disobey you in [any] order.”18:69

4. Sincerity

Say, “I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.” 18:110

5. Calling to Allah

And recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord. There is no changer of His words, and never will you find in other than Him a refuge. 18:27

6. Remembering the Hereafter

And [warn of] the Day when We will remove the mountains and you will see the earth prominent, and We will gather them and not leave behind from them anyone. And they will be presented before your Lord in rows, [and He will say], “You have certainly come to Us just as We created you the first time. But you claimed that We would never make for you an appointment.”And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, “Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?” And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injust[truncated by WhatsApp]


Dry dams

*DEENS SOLUTION TO DRY DAMS*

As we know just last year our country was stricken with drought. Once again we are facing a peril of severe water restrictions due to extreme scarcity of water.

This is not the first time a calamity of this sort has dawned upon us (Muslims). We know that in the time of *Musa عليه السلام*, a drought had befallen them but the solution was simple, *Musa عليه السلام* gathered his people and turned to *الله سبحانه وتعالى*, beseeching Him for the blessing of rain, but a message was sent down saying that there is a sinner amongst them and only after he repents then such bounties of *الله سبحانه وتعالى* will descend upon them. From this we see that the barrier between us and the blessings of *الله سبحانه وتعالى* is our sins which serve rather as a magnet to the *عذاب* _(punishment)_ of *الله سبحانه وتعالى*.

*Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم  said:*
*_"When that time comes, await Allah's سبحانه وتعالى  punishment, ... and many other calamities will follow in quick succession as if the string of a rosary (Tasbeeh) has broken and the beads are falling rapidly..."_* [Mishkat]

It is only our sinful behaviour that is the cause of such *عذاب* _(punishment)_ befalling our communities. As Muslims, we know that we need to turn to *الله سبحانه وتعالى* in *istighfaar* for our sinful behaviour so that *الله سبحانه وتعالى* , through *His Infinite Mercy*, may pardon us and grant us favourable conditions (آمين ).

_*Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.'*_ [71:10-12]

A very virtuous act, as prescribed by the ulema, is to carry out *istighfaar* everyday together as family -as well as in the community - by reciting the following dua 300 times:

*لا اله الا انت سبحانك اني كنت من الظالمين*
*_"(Oh Allah) there is no deity except for Thee, Glory be to Thee, surely I am from amongst the sinners."_*

We should also recite the following duaa for rain and protection from drought as mentioned in the Hadeeth :

*اَللّهم السْقِنَا غَيْثًا مُّغِيْثًا مَّرِيْئًا مَّرِيْعًا نَّافِعًا غَيْرَ ضَارٍّ عَاجِلا غَيْرَ آجِل*
*_"Oh Allah, shower upon us abundant rain, beneficial not harmful, swiftly not delayed."_*

We make dua that *الله سبحانه وتعالى* forgive us, alleviates our difficulties and favours us with good conditions.
*آمين يا رب العالمين*


Malva pudding and custard


1cup castor sugar
1egg
11/2tab jam
Beat well
11/4 cup flour
1tsp bakin powder
Pinch salt
Sift add to above
11/2 tab melted butter
1cup milk
1tsp bicarbonate
1tsp vinegar
Mix well. Add to above
Bake 180.  25-30 min
Sauce:
1/4 butter
11/4 cup sugar
11/4 cup milk
250 ml fresh cream ( I add little less)
1tsp water
Boil pour ova cake while hot
Njoy with custard ultramel

Malva Pudding
1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tablespoon apricot jam 1 cup cake flour 1/4 cup self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Pinch salt 1 tablespoon melted butter 1 teaspoon vinegar 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Syrup:
1 cup fresh cream or ideal milk 4 tablespoons butter 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Method:
whisk the sugar, egg and jam together. Add the sifted dry ingredients and mix well. - stir the butter, vinegar, milk and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl. Add to the batter and whisk until well combined. - pour into well greased muffin tins or alternatively, into one large ovenproof dish. - bake in a moderate oven until a skewer comes out clean when poked into the center. - pour syrup over hot pudding. Serve as desired.
Syrup Method:
stir all the ingredients for the syrup together in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool.

Chicken with patteriya


RECIPE CREDIT : BARBIE V
Marinate 1chicken:
1-2Tblspns red masala
1tsp salt
1/4tsp arad
1tsp dhania jeeru
1/2tsp whole jeeru
1tsp fine red chillies
Pinch saffron
Handful of fried onions(crushed)
1/2 cup sourmilk
1cup liquidised tomatoes
2Tblspn lemon juice
2whole elachie
2 whole peppercorns
2 cloves
Cinnamon stick
1whole green chille
Cook in 2Tblspns of ghee till 3/4 done.
Fry patteria & add to chicken
Cook for little while.(must be saucy)
NOTES:I used cubed chicken fillets n added more green chillies n potatoes
I did not fry my patta,placd them over d curry just before serving

Allah's coffee



A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some
expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

"If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee Allah has provided us."            
 Allah brews the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee!

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything."


Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to Allah.

A short dua

••A SHORT but POWERFUL Dua •• Are you aware of it?

Al-'Abbās, [رضي الله عنه ] the uncle of the Prophet , came to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) and said: “Ya Rasūlullāh, teach me a du'ā'.”
The Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم ) said: “O my uncle, say:

Allāhumma inni asaluka al Aāfiyah
اللهم إني أسألك العافية

(O Allāh, I ask you for Aāfiyah)

•••Now, What is Aāfiyah ?

•Aāfiyah means “to save me from any afflictions.
•To be healthy, you are in Aāfiyah.
•To have enough money to live, you are in Aāfiyah.
•To have your children protected, you are in Aāfiyah.
•And if you are forgiven and not punished, you are in Aāfiyah.

● Aāfiyah means :

“O Allāh, protect me from any pain and suffering” This includes Dunya and Aakhirah.•••

Al-'Abbās [رضي الله عنه ] thought about this for a while, and then he came back after a few days and said (paraphrased):

“Ya Rasūlullāh, this du'ā' seems a little short. I want something big.”

The Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم ) said, “My dear uncle, ask Allāh for Aāfiyah, for Wallāhi, you cannot be given anything better than Aāfiyah.”

It is a simple Du'ā'. Sincerely mean what you say.

“O Allāh, I ask You to be saved from any distress, grief, hardship, harm. Don't test me.”

All of this is included in:-
Allāhumma inni asaluka al-Aāfiyah
اللهم إني أسألك العافية
Riyadh As Saliheen, Sunan At-Tirmidhi

The best of you....

"The best of you are those who are the best to their wives, and I am the best of you to my wives.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3895; Ibn Maajah, 1977; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi

This hadith is often quoted in marriage talks, conferences, and articles, light-heartedly reminding husbands to pick up their socks or buy some flowers for their wives on their way home from work.

While this may earn some laughs and a guilty resolution to be more thoughtful towards their wives, this hadith tends to be brushed off as being very general and more of a vague reminder than anything else. Even when the hadith is discussed in a little more detail, we find that most teachers tend to apply it in a rather limited way – by mentioning that the Prophet (pbuh) used to do chores around the house, or be affectionate with them.

However, this hadith has far more depth to it than we realize – when we look at the Prophet’s (pbuh) relationship with his wives, we see that when he meant he was the ‘the best… to wives’ – he really meant ‘the best.’

The Prophet’s (pbuh) marriages with his wives were unique because not only did he have nine wives, but he had a wonderful relationship with them all. If one wants to know what a marriage expert looks like, we need look no further than the seerah (biography of the Prophet) itself. So what is the secret behind being the best husband?

We know that the Prophet (pbuh) married women of different ethnicities, from the Qurayshi noblewomen Khadijah bint Khuwaylid and Zaynab bint Jahsh, to the Jewish princess Safiyyah bint Hu’ayy; women of different personalities and temperaments, such as the high-spirited A’ishah bint Abi Bakr and Hafsah bint ‘Umar, and the calm, unruffled dispositions of Maymunah bint al-Harith and Umm Salamah. He was married to women as young as A’ishah and as elderly as Sawdah bint Zam’a; widows and divorcees, businesswomen, scholars, and mothers.

His relationship with every woman was unique, and each relationship was beautiful – and when we read about how he interacted with each and every one of them, we see that one of the defining characteristics he had, which ensured the success of his marriages, was emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is defined as the “capacity of individuals to recognize their own, and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.”

To have emotional intelligence is not so much a rare skill or complex ability, but simply the capacity to have compassion and empathy with those whom with one interacts, and to respond to them accordingly.

In a marriage, emotional intelligence can be summed up in the following ayah:

And of His signs is this: He created for you helpmeets from yourselves that ye might find rest in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Lo! herein indeed are portents for folk who reflect. [Qur’an 30:21]

The Prophet (pbuh) expressed his emotional intelligence, his capacity for love and mercy towards his wives, in numerous ways. When he was married to Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her), he already knew of her impressive career as a businesswoman managing her own caravan of traders. Rather than feeling slighted or insecure by the fact that he worked for her, and that it was her wealth supporting him financially, he never once expressed resentment – rather, he never stopped praising her and expressing his appreciation of her support for him.

A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that when she once made a snide comment about Khadijah, the Prophet (pbuh) responded vehemently in her defence:

“No, by Allah! Allah did not replace her with any better woman. She believed in me when people disbelieved, she supported me with her wealth when people denied me their material aid, and Allah blessed me with children from her while I was denied children by other women.”

In a time when more and more Muslim women have impressive careers of their own, and are sometimes earning higher incomes than their husbands, the Prophet’s (pbuh) appreciation and love towards Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her) is an example to Muslim husbands who may find themselves struggling with insecurities regarding their financial situations in comparison to their wives. Instead of making it a problem in the marriage, husbands can learn to use emotional intelligence to acknowledge that the size of one’s pay cheque is not a reflection of their masculinity (or lack thereof) and that it is not a reason to have a less than stellar attitude towards their wives.

The Prophet (pbuh) was also a man who was always ready to comfort his wives. On one occasion, he was traveling with his Companions and his wife Safiyyah (may Allah be pleased with her), when her camel became weak and began to fall behind. Frustrated at the distance between herself and her husband, Safiyyah began to weep. When the Prophet (pbuh) noticed that she was no longer next to him, he turned back to find her, and when he found her crying, he wiped her tears away himself and immediately looked for another camel. Rather than being annoyed or frustrated with her, the Prophet (pbuh) demonstrated his emotional intelligence by providing her with comfort, affection, and reassurance – thereby solidifying their relationship and increasing the love between them even more.

As for helping around the house, the Prophet (pbuh) did far more than just wash a couple of dishes or pick up dirty socks.

Narrated Al-Aswad:

I asked 'Aisha what did the Prophet use to do at home. She replied. "He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was time for the prayer, he would get up for prayer." (Bukhari)

Aisha reported:

“I was asked, “What did the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, do in his house?” I said, “The Prophet was a man among men. He would remove fleas from his clothes, milk his sheep, and serve himself.” (Musnad Ahmad 25662, authenticated by alAlbani)

These ahadith are self-evident: rather than waiting to be served by his wives, the Prophet (pbuh) would take the initiative to serve them and to take care of whatever domestic tasks he was able to do. An emotionally intelligent husband doesn’t take the casual approach of ‘well, I folded my own clothes last week, so I’m good’; he looks at his home, acknowledges what tasks need to be completed, and tries to lighten his wife’s workload without being even more of a burden. The point of this is not to ‘prove’ what a good husband one is and then bring it up repeatedly later on in defense of other bad habits – it is to sincerely develop a positive relationship with one’s wife. Most women, if not all, deeply appreciate it when husbands contribute by doing chores – it is a sign of respect and self-responsibility, a sign that the husband doesn’t view his wife as a maid, but as an individual whose passion does not lie solely in doing laundry or mopping floors.

Finally, the Prophet (pbuh) was a man who recognized the potential in his wives and encouraged them to fulfill that potential. Hafsah bint ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with her) was a woman of intelligence, and the Prophet (pbuh) wanted to foster that intelligence rather than stunt it. Once, a woman named ashShifa bint Abdullah, one of the few literate individuals of Medinah at the time, was visiting Hafsah and discussing medicine with her. The Prophet (pbuh) entered the home during their conversation, and noting Hafsah’s interest, he immediately told ashShifa to teach Hafsah both literacy and the healing arts.

Each and every one of these stories highlights just what it meant when the Prophet (pbuh) commanded the men of his Ummah to be the best they possibly could be towards their wives. The standard for best husband has already been set – to be humble and appreciative, to be loving and comforting, to being helpful and supportive – and when one considers the beautiful ways in which the Prophet (pbuh) exemplified these qualities on a daily basis, it really isn’t so difficult.

May our husbands fulfill the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and prove themselves to be amongst the best of men, ameen.

#TrueQawwam

THE SALAFI FEMINIST





Custard Biscuits


Recipe credit: @zaheera_b 
Picture credit: @firdowsbhoola

250gr marg/butter soft 
One cup icing sugar
7tbl custard powder 
Beat all together till yellow n fluffy now add in one egg n beat pinch of salt
Add in 1tsp bp n flour (2/3 cups) to make a soft dough
With trial n error I perfected my biscuit  
7 tbl gives u a nice colour n If u beat it well u will get a light n crisp biscuit.
Now nozzle out 
Bake 
Cool
Sandwich with choc or nutella.. njoyߘˀ


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

No place in the cupboards



Did you ever battle to find a place in the kitchen cupboards for the latest dinner set purchase, or the new Tupperwares?

Did you ever stand before your wardrobe before a function and find yourself at a loss regarding what to wear, simply because your collection was so extensive?

If your answer to any of the above is ‘yes’, then you need to stop and ask yourself the following questions:

“Is the wealth which I possess truly MINE or is it merely a trust from Allah Ta‘ala regarding which I will be held accountable?”

“Did I buy these items because I needed them or did I buy them on impulse or to keep up with the latest fashion and trend?”

“Could I have done without these items? If yes, then what stopped me from rather giving some of the money in sadaqah to the poor?”

Remember! Islam allows us to use and enjoy the bounties of this world. However, Islam does not allow extravagance and waste. If we use the bounties of Allah Ta‘ala without being wasteful and express gratitude to Him, these same bounties will both give us satisfaction and enjoyment and also become a means of us earning reward.


Tahajjud Salaah

Tahajjud Salaah

Hazrat Abu Umamah Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said : > Hold onto Tahajjud, for (1) verily it is the practice of the pious ones before you, > (2) a means of gaining closeness to your Rabb, > (3) a means of expiation of sins, > (4) a deterrent from committing sins.

~ Tirmidhi


Evils of matric balls

https://soundcloud.com/ibnsuliman/the-evils-surrounding-matric


Nas Creations


Hadith

 
Narrated Ibn `Umar: I saw that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) used to ride on his Mount at Dhul Hulaifa and used to start saying, "Labbaik" when the Mount stood upright.
(Bukhari Vol. 2, Book 26, Hadith 590)


Gems from Qur'aan and Sunnah


Strawberry Mousse

Jelly:
1 litre water
3/4 cup sugar
1 heaped tsp falooda powder
5 tblsp strawberry milkshake syrup

Boil and set in container

1 tin ideal milk chilled in fridge overnight
Beat adding 2 tblsp icing sugar until trippled in volume
Mix in 500ml strawberry yogurt

U can pour this over ur set jelly or u can grate or slice the jelly into the yogurt mixture

Allow to chill well
Decorated with sweetened fresh cream and fresh strawberries. Recipe credit Safiyya Kader nd Cooking Queens


Monday, 19 September 2016

Mohammed (saw)

He is Al-Amin, He is As-Siddiq , He is the most praised one, He is the mercy to the worlds, He is a warner, He is the barrer of glad tidings, He is the blessed one , He is a miracle , He is the one with an exalted standard of character, He is the best example to mankind, He is the one with sublime qualities.

The one who has the character of Adam Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the recognition of Sheath Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the bravery of Nuh Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the friendship(with Allah) like Ebrahim Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the sacrifice (for the sake of Allah) of Ismael Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the contentment of Ishaac Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the Glad tidings of Yacoob Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the Beauty of Yusuf Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the strength of Moosa Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the jihad of Yusha Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the love of Danial Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the reverence of Ilyaas Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the obedience of Yunus Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the patience of Ayub Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the voice of Dawood Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the abstenence of Yahya Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the piety of Isa Alayhis Salaam.

The one who has the characteristics of Approximately 124 000 Ambiyaa Alayhimus Salaam.

He is the Messenger of Allah.
He is the Beloved of Allah.
He is the Nur of Allah.
He is the reflector of the Majesty of Allah.

HE IS MUHAMMAD ﷺ.

O You who Seek beauty from is Light send Durood and Salaams upon him and his Family.

اَللّٰھُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰی مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلٰٓی اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ


Bringal chutney

6  Lg bringals
2 1/2 Tbsp turmeric
Salt to taste
1 1/2 Tbsp cumin
2  Tbsp ground garlic
2  Tbsp crushed red chillies
3  Tbsp garam masala
3 1/2  c oil
1  tsp fenugreek seeds
1  c vinegar
1  c  sugar

Wash bringal, cut off stalks n cut into cubes
Sprinkle with  
1 Tbsp turmeric
Salt.

Add the rest of the turmeric, garam masala,  ground cumin, garlic n chillies to the vinegar. (Only put chillie seeds in if you want it very hot)
Fry Bringals til Brown then drain n place in bowl
Add the spiced vinegar to the oil you cooked the bringal in, 
Boil for 10 minutes
Put Bringal into oil/vinegar
Add sugar
Boil  15 minutes
Allow to cool and Bottle the next day Lasts for at least 6 weeks

Can also serve as a side dish


Peanut Mint Chutney

1 bunch fresh mint
1 bunch dhunya
(Both above take off leaves only, wash well n drain very well)
250gr roasted peanuts - husks taken off n ground into powder
4 green chillies
1/2 tsp fresh crushed ginger n garlic
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
Juice of 1fresh  lemon (OR  2 tsp  white vinegar)

Put leaves into blender w
1 Tbsp water n all the rest EXCEPT  peanuts n lemon juice
When it's a pulpy mess
Add peanut meal n blend
Take out of blender
Add lemon juice
Stir through well.
(Lazy pp like me add lemon juice in blender n give just one last turn)

Serve with meat or veg,  good on fresh bread.
Keeps for 5-10 days.


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Coriander chutney

1 big bunch dhunya
Pkt of dates
4-6 chillies
1 Tbsp sugar
Salt to taste

Blend together well.

Meat   Veg   Bread


Duaas for Children

Beautiful Duaas from the Quran !!! ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓
For pious children:

رَبِّ هَبْ لِي مِنْ لَدُنْكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ الدُّعَاءِ
رَبِّ لَا تَذَرْنِي فَرْدًا وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الْوَارِثِينَ
Rabbi habli milladunka zurriyatan tayyibatan innaka sameeud dua.
Rabbi laa tazarni fardan wa anta khair al wariseen
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For the one who is afraid :
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْوَهَّاب��ُ
Rabbana laa tuzigh qulubana ba'da iz hadaytana wa hablana milladunka rahmah innaka antal wahhab
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Do you want shahada?say this Duaa:
رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا بِمَا أَنْزَلْتَ وَاتَّبَعْنَا الرَّسُولَ فَاكْتُبْنَا مَعَ الشَّاهِدِينَ
Rabbana aamanna bima anzalta wa ittaba'nar rasula faktubna ma'ash shahideen
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Overwhelmed by life's problems? Say this Duaa:
حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ
Hasbiyallahu laa ilaha illa hua alayhi tawakkaltu wa hua rabbul arshil azeem
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If you want yourself and your children to be regular in their salaat:
رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلاةِ وَمِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِي رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاءِ
Rabbijalni muqeem as salaata wa man zurriyati rabbana wa taqabbal dua
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If you want your spouse and children to be Khair for you :
رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا
Rabbana hablana min azwajina wa zurriyatina qurrata a'yunin wa ja'alna lil muttaqeena imama
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A blessed home:
رَبِّ أَنْزِلْنِي مُنْزَلًا مُبَارَكًا وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الْمُنْزِلِين��َ
Rabbi anzalni munzalan mubarakan wa Anta khair al munzileen
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Keep the shaitaan away from you:
رَبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ
Rabbi a'uzubika min hamazaatish shayadin wa a'uzubika rabbi an yahdurun
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Afraid of the torment of the hell fire:
رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا
Rabbanasrif anna azaaba jahannama inna azaabaha kaana gharama
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If you are afraid Allah may not accept your good deeds:
رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Rabbana takabbal minna innaka antas sameeul aleem
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If you are sad, complain to none other than Allah:
إنما أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّه
Innama ashku bassi wa huzni ilalaah
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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Lamb Kharahi


200 grams lamb cubed
1tsp chilli powder
1tsp tumeric powder
1 chopped onion
1 smll green pepper
2 red tomatoes liquidized
1 stick cinnamon
Pinch cardamom
Pinch ground cloves
1 tsp Ground ginger n garlic
1 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
Simmer 1 tbsp oil in chopped onion until golden
Add all your spices and let it simmer for 3 mins on low heat.
Add salt tomatoes and lamb.cook until your meat is tender. Thereafter cube your green pepper and garnish .also garnish with chopped coriander.
Enjoy

(credit - from my recipe group 2)


Prescriptions from the Quraan

Shaykh Sha'arawiy says:

  *عجبتُ لأربع يغفلون عن أربع:*
I'm baffled by four persons faced by four situations, but forget four solutions:

  *1 - عجبتُ لمن ابتُـلى ( بغم ) ، كيف يغفل عن قول : ۞ لا إلهَ إلاّ أنتَ سُبحانكَ إني كنتُ من الظالمين ۞*
1. Someone in Grief, how does he forget: (Laa ilaaha illaa anta, sub-haanaka, innii kuntu minadzaalimeen).

Don't you see what Allah says afterwards?
  *والله يقول بعدها ؛  ۞ فاستجبنا لهُ ونجيناهُ من الغم ۞*
"So, we responded to him and saved him from GRIEF..."

  *2 - عجبتُ لمن ابتُـلى ( بضرّ ) ، كيف يغفل عن قول : ۞ ربي إني مسّنيَ الضرُ وأنتَ أرحمُ الراحمين ۞* 
2. Someone in SICKNESS, how does he forget to say (Rabbii innii massaniya-dhurr wa anta Arhamur-Raahimeen)

Don't you see what Allah says afterwards?
*والله يقول بعدها ؛ ۞ فا ستجبنا له وكشفنا ما به من ضر ۞*
"So, we responded to him and cured him from all his SICKNESS..."

  *3 -عجبتُ لمن ابتُـلى ( بخوفٍ ) ، كيف يغفل عن قول : ۞ حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل ۞*
3. Someone in FEAR, how does he forget to say (Hasbunallaahu wa niimal-wakeel)
Don't you see what Allah says afterwards?

*والله يقول بعدها ؛  ۞ فانقلبوا بنعمةٍ من اللهِ وفضلٍ لم يمسسهم سوء ۞*
"Therefore, they returned with a great bounty from Allah and a great favour; ... no evil had befallen them."


4- عجبتُ لمن ابتُـلى
بمكرِ الناس ) ، كيف يغفل عن قول : ۞"وَأُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إِلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ" ۞
4. Someone facing PEOPLE'S EVIL; how does he forget to say (wa ufawwidu amrii illa-llaah, innallaaha baseerun bil-ibaad)

Don't you see what Allah says afterwards?
  *والله يقول بعدها ؛  ۞ فوقاهُ اللهُ سيئاتِ ما مكروا ۞*
"Thus, Allah protected him from the EVIL they had planned..."


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Two Ingredients Pizza Base

Two Ingredients Pizza Base
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Salwaa Smith - Cape Makay Cooking & Other Delights
Makes 1 large Pizza
2 cups self raising flour
1 cup low fat plain yoghurt
In a bowl mix the 2 ingredients until a dough forms. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
Flour a work surface and using a rolling pin, roll the dough until it is roughly the size of the pizza tray you are using. Place the rolled out dough onto the tray and top with fillings of your choice.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Chocolate Cupcakes


4 eggs
1 1/2 C castor sugar
1/2 C oil
1 C boiling water
4 Tab cocoa
1 3/4 C flour
3 tsps b pd
Pinch of salt
1 tsp v ess
Method
Beat eggs n sugar until light n fluffy  10 mins
Mix  cocoa with boiling water leave aside
Add oil n v ess beat until  blended
Sift flour with 3 tsp b pd n salt 3 tyms
Fold into liquid mixture add the cocoa mixture n mix lightly until well blended
Fill half way in paper  cups which have been lined in muffin trays Bake 180g  15 to 20 mins until done garnish with chocolate
ganache.
Ganache
200g plain  chocolate
60g   butter
1/2 cup fresh cream
Melt choc n butter remove from heat whisk in  cream leave to  cool n thicken
Decorate as desired


Bar One Cake

Recipe
2 Cups of flour
3 Eggs
250Gr. Margarine
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup Maas (sour milk)
5ml Vanilla essence
½ Cup cocoa
5ml Baking powder
5ml Bicarbonate of soda
1 Tin Nestle Cream
2 Bar One Chocolates
Pinch of salt

METHOD :
Bowl 1: Melt margarine,1 cup sugar & vanilla essence – mix well & add 3 Eggs & beat well together
Bowl 2: Mix maas (sour milk), cocoa & 1 cup sugar together
Sift remaining ingredients together & fold in the liquids from bowl 1 & bowl 2 mixtures into dry ingredients until all is well incorporated.
Bake at 180 Deg for 20 - 30 MINS if baking in a baking tray or make into cup cakes & bake for 15-20 mins.
SAUCE :
Cut the chocolate into pieces in the dessert cream & heat in the microwave until its melted (usually takes about 2 mins)
Allow to cool & thicken, then pour over cake. (I usually leave it in the fridge for about an hour or so depending on how thick you want it)


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Nazz Passion fruit mini cakes


Recipe credit:nazzi_khan
Perfect quick n easy tea cake

I used *Nazz flop proof plain cake* recipe fr dese cakes and topped wit passion fruit topping.

Preheat da oven to 200'C

take 6 large eggs n beat with 2 cups castor sugar n for dis recipe i used 2 tsp of coconut essence.u can use vanilla or caramel

Beat til double in volume and white in color.very imp step.must be white.

Meantym boil 3/4 (three quarter cup) milk with 125gr butter til melted

Sift 2 cups flour wit 2tsp baking powder twice

Add spoonfuls of da flour at a tym to da egg mixture and beat on medium

Den pour sloooowly da warm milk butter mixture into da flour..beat til combined and a flowing consistency

Pour into well greased oven pan or 2 round pans or lined cupcake pans.i used mini rounded pan wit12 holes

Put into the oven n immediately drop da temp to 180'C and bake.bake in da centre shelf of ur oven
10 mins fr mini cakes or cupcake
(sumtyms sooner)
15 to 20 mins if using dis recipe for oven pan
chk wen it rises .donot ova bake

Meantym make da topping

*Granidilla topping*
Recipe cedit: shais_kitchen

3-4 granidillas
1 cup icing sugar
1 tab water
Mix well to form a glaze

Remove cakes from oven and pour glaze ova hot cakes and cover


**Dis is my best eva plain cake...flopproof...
Quick n easy...
Its an ideal base fr many recipes
P.s i tried 7 eggs in an oven pan n da cake was super smooth..


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Banana Salad

Quick,  easy,  sweet n FATTENING !!!

Slice as many bananas as you want to use.
Sprinkle with a little lemon juice to prevent discolouring.
Mix condensed milk and mayonnaise in equal amounts,
Mix in the banana.
Don't blame me  !!
You were warned.


Cashew nut halwa

*CASHEW NUT HALWA*

2 cups Nespray
1½  cups Sugar
185 gr Butter
1 × 290 gr Tin Cream       
1½  cups chopped Cashew Nuts
1 tsp Cardamon Powder     
Whole cashew nuts for decorating (walnuts can be used instead of cashews)           
            *~ METHOD~*
~Preheat oven to 140 deg.
~Combine all ingredients together.  
~Pour into an oven proof pan and place into oven.
~Stir mixture at 10 min intervals.
~When the mixture turns light gold, add cardamon.
~Pour into a pyrex tray and smooth top with a tablespoon.  
~Takes 40 to 50 min to cook.
~Cut into squares when cold.   
~Decorate with cashews.


Arroz Marisco (seafood rice)


Recipe Credit:Saima Latif(Brisbane)

500g shrimp meat
250 g prawn meat
250g fish fillets
500 g tastic rice soaked for a few hours
4-5 medium tomatoes
2 large red capsicum
1 large bunche fresh chopped coriander
2 medium onions
5-6 dry Birds eye chillies
Extra chilli powder ( optional )
2 Tblsp crushed garlic
Salt to taste
500ml Chicken stock
Fry cubed onion in olive oil and butter till golden brown add birds eye chillies
Add garlic n tomato n fry till well braised
Add prawns, capsicum n some chopped coriander . Cook a little n turn off heat so it marinates n absorbs flavours well
When ready to serve add stock n boiling water n soaked rice n allow to cook till rice is almost done
Add fish pieces at end n cook till just done. Add water to thin down as required. Add more coriander and stir thru. Serve garnished  with remaining coriander

Serve as a soupy dish with crusty bread
A squeeze of lemon enhances the flavour... Serve with lemon wedges
You can add any seafood of your choice
Enjoy ߘˀ


Mealie Meal roti

*2 teacups of maize Meal (I used Nyala)
*4 Teacups of boiling water to which I added. ...
*2 tspn stork margarine
*2 tspn oil
Salt to taste

Added the two cups of maize Meal to pot of boiling water....let it cook for 10 mins

Cooked maize Meal was emptied out into dish. ..allowed to cool for few mins. ...and then measured out 3 teacups of flour. .
Using oiled palms I needed and prepared dough. ...These measurements were perfect. ..no jaggered edged roti's. ..soft and pliable. ...easy to roll. ..no fold overs. ..toasted well on thawa and came out soft oil free even tho I jus touched both sides a wee bit.
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Mini Carrot Cake

1 cup oil (250ml)
3 eggs
1 cup sugar(200g)
½ cup flour(70g)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon(5ml)
2 cups finely carrots(500ml)
1 cup chopped pecan nuts(100g)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda(5ml)

Icing
100g soft butter
125g cream cheese
500ml(285g) sifted icing sugar
125ml(50g)chopped walnuts

Method
Pre-heat oven 180 degrees. Grease or line 12 cup muffin tray.
Beat oil, sugar and eggs until creamy. Mix together flour , soda, salt, cinnamon and add to the egg mixture.
Add carrots and pecan nuts and mix well. Spoon batter evenly into the muffin cups & bake at 180 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes until done. Cool before icing.
ICING:
Beat butter until creamy, add cream cheese & beat until smooth. Stir in sifted icing sugar, refrigerate until slightly firm, spread over cakes & sprinkle with nuts.
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Hadith

Today's Beautiful Hadith is about Shepherds
 
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah did not send any Prophet but shepherded sheep." His companions asked him, "Did you do the same?" The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, "Yes, I used to shepherd the sheep of the people of Mecca for some Qirats."
(Bukhari Vol. 3, Book 36, Hadith 463)


Wise words

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat

If one has been favoured by Allah with wealth, then he should also perform Qurbani on behalf of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), his Sahabah, his Ummah, the Prophets and for his own living or deceased relatives, friends and teachers who have conveyed Deeni knowledge.

One should always remember and never overlook our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and perform Qurbani on his behalf. Aboo Talhah ( radhiyallahu anhu) has related that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) sacrificed one ram and while sacrificing the other he said, "This is on behalf of every one of my Ummah who believed in me and testified (to my prophethood)." (Tabrani)

It is a matter for deep thought and consideration that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam ) kept his Ummah in his mind while offering the sacrifice and it is deplorable for the Ummah not to remember him at the time of Qurbani.

And Allah knows best!

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Salted caramel cake

Salted caramel cake
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
Beat together till fluffy
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp bp
Vanilla essence
Put into a oven baking tray and bake on 180 for 20 minutes depending on your oven
When cool  spread with fresh cream  on top  lastly make a caramel ganache with half tin caramel treat and 1/2 tin nestle cream and a pinch of salt drizzle on cake decorate with caramel popcorn chocnuts whispers and crushed peanut brittle. Enjoy

(credit Shamima - taken from my recipe groups)


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Lady Barakah

Who was Lady BARAKAH????

A young Abyssinian girl ended up for sale in Makkah. There were many like her, boys and girls, Arabs and non-Arabs, who were captured and brought to the slave market of the city to be sold.

A terrible fate awaited some who ended up in the hands of cruel masters or mistresses who exploited their labor to the full and treated them with the utmost harshness. A few in that inhuman environment were rather more fortunate. They were taken into the homes of more gentle and caring people.

Barakah, the young Abyssinian girl, was one of the more fortunate ones. She was saved by the generous and kind Abdullah, the son of Abdul-Muttalib. She became the only servant in his household and when he was married, to the lady Aminah, she looked after her affairs as well.

Two weeks after the couple were married, according to Barakah, Abdullah’s father came to their house and instructed his son to go with a trading caravan that was leaving for Syria. Aminah was deeply distressed and cried: “How strange! How strange! How can my husband go on a trading journey to Syria while I am yet a bride and the traces of henna are still on my hands.”

Abdullah’s departure was heartbreaking. In her anguish, Aminah fainted. Soon after he left, Barakah said: “When I saw Aminah unconscious, I shouted in distress and pain: ‘O my lady!’ Aminah opened her eyes and looked at me with tears streaming down her face. Suppressing a groan she said: “Take me to bed, Barakah.”

“Aminah stayed bedridden for a long time. She spoke to no one. Neither did she look at anyone who visited her except Abd al-Muttalib, that noble and gentle old man. “Two months after the departure of Abdullah, Aminah called me at dawn one morning and, her face beaming with joy, she said to me:

“O Barakah! I have seen a strange dream.” “Something good, my lady,” I said.

“I saw lights coming from my abdomen lighting up the mountains, the hills and the valleys around Makkah.” “Do you feel pregnant, my lady?”

“Yes, Barakah,” she replied. “But I do not feel any discomfort as other women feel.” “You shall give birth to a blessed child who will bring goodness,” I said.

So long as Abdullah was away, Aminah remained sad and melancholic. Barakah stayed at her side trying to comfort her and make her cheerful by talking to her and relating stories. Aminah however became even more distressed when Abdul-Muttalib came and told her she had to leave her home and go to the mountains as other Makkans had done because of an impending attack on the city by the ruler of Yemen, someone called Abrahah. Aminah told him that she was too grief-striken and weak to leave for the mountains but insisted that Abrahah could never enter Makkah and destroy the Kabah because it was protected by Almighty. Abdul-Muttalib became very agitated but there was no sign of fear on Aminah’s face. Her confidence that the Kabah would not be harmed was well-founded. Abrahah’s army with an elephant in the vanguard was destroyed before it could enter Makkah.

Day and night, Barakah stayed beside Aminah. She said: “I slept at the foot of her bed and heard her groans at night as she called for her absent husband. Her moans would awaken me and I would try to comfort her and give her courage.”

The first part of the caravan from Syria returned and was joyously welcomed by the trading families of Makkah. Barakah went secretly to the house of Abdul-Muttalib to find out about Abdullah but had no news of him. She went back to Aminah but did not tell her what she had seen or heard in order not to distress her. The entire caravan eventually returned but not with Abdullah.

Later, Barakah was at Abdul-Muttalib’s house when news came from Madinah that Abdullah had died. She said: “I screamed when I heard the news. I don’t know what I did after that except that I ran to Aminah’s house shouting, lamenting for the absent one who would never return, lamenting for the beloved one for whom we waited so long, lamenting for the most beautiful youth of Makkah, for Abdullah, the pride of the Quraysh.

“When Aminah heard the painful news, she fainted and I stayed by her bedside while she was in a state between life and death. There was no one else but me in Aminah’s house. I nursed her and looked after her during the day and through the long nights until she gave birth to her child, “Muhammad”, on a night in which the heavens were resplendent with the light of Allah.”

When Muhammad was born, Barakah was the first to hold him in her arms. His grandfather came and took him to the Kabah and with all Makkah, celebrated his birth. Barakah stayed with Aminah while Muhammad was sent with the lady Halimah who looked after him in the bracing atmosphere of the open desert. At the end of five years, he was brought back to Makkah and Aminah received him with tenderness and love and Barakah welcomed him “with joy, longing and admiration”.

When Muhammad was six years old, his mother decided to visit the grave of her husband, Abdullah, in Madinah. Both Barakah and Abdul-Muttalib tried to dissuade her. Aminah however was determined. So one morning they set off- Aminah, Muhammad and Barakah huddled together in a small hawdaj mounted on a large camel, part of a huge caravan that was going to Syria. In order to shield the tender child from any pain and worry, Aminah did not tell Muhammad that she was going to visit the grave of his father.

The caravan went at a brisk pace. Barakah tried to console Aminah for her son’s sake and much of the time the boy Muhammad slept with his arms around Barakah’s neck.

The caravan took ten days to reach Madinah. The boy Muhammad was left with his maternal uncles of the Banu Najjar while Aminah went to visit the grave of Abdullah. Each day for a few weeks she stayed at the grave. She was consumed by grief.

On the way back to Makkah, Aminah became seriously ill with fever. Halfway between Madinah and Makkah, at a place called al-Abwa, they stopped. Aminah’s health deteriorated rapidly. One pitch dark night, she was running a high temperature. The fever had got to her head and she called out to Barakah in a choking voice.

Barakah related: “She whispered in my ear: ‘O Barakah, I shall depart from this world shortly. I commend my son Muhammad to your care. He lost his father while he was in my abdomen. Here he is now, losing his mother under his very eyes. Be a mother to him, Barakah. And don’t ever leave him.’

“My heart was shattered and I began to sob and wail. The child was distressed by my wailing and began to weep. He threw himself into his mother’s arms and held tightly onto her neck. She gave one last moan and then was forever silent.”

Barakah wept. She wept bitterly. With her own hands she dug a grave in the sand and buried Aminah, moistening the grave with whatever tears were left in her heart. Barakah returned with the orphan child to Makkah and placed him in the care of his grandfather. She stayed at his house to look after him. When Abdul-Muttalib died two years later, she went with the child to the house of his uncle Abu Talib and continued to look after his needs until he was grown up and married the lady Khadijah.

Barakah then stayed with Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and Khadijah(R.A.) in a house belonging to Khadijah(R.A.). “I never left him and he never left me,” she said. One day Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, called out to her and said: “Ya Ummah!” (He always called her “Mother”.) “Now I am a married man, and you are still unmarried. What do you think if someone should come now and ask to marry you?” Barakah looked at Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and said: “I shall never leave you. Does a mother abandon her son?” Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) smiled and kissed her head. He looked at his wife Khadijah(R.A.) and said to her: “This is Barakah. This is my mother after my own mother. She is the rest of my family.”

Barakah looked at the lady Khadijah(R.A.) who said to her: “Barakah, you have sacrificed your youth for the sake of Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace). Now he wants to pay back some of his obligations to you. For my sake and his, agree to be married before old age overtakes you.”

“Whom shall I marry, my lady?” asked Barakah. “There is here now Ubayd ibn Zayd from the Khazraj tribe of Madinah. He has come to us seeking your hand in marriage. For my sake, don’t refuse.”

Barakah agreed. She married Ubayd ibn Zayd and went with him to Madinah. There she gave birth to a son whom she called Ayman and from that time onwards people called her “Umm Ayman” the mother of Ayman.

Her marriage however did not last very long. Her husband died and she returned once more to Makkah to live with her “son” Muhammad in the house of the lady Khadijah. Living in the same household at the time were Ali ibn Abi Talib, Hind (Khadijah’s daughter by her first husband), and Zayd ibn Harithah.

Zayd was an Arab from the tribe of Kalb who was captured as a boy and brought to Makkah to be sold in the slave market. He was bought by Khadijah’s nephew and put in her service. In Khadijah’s(R.A.) household, Zayd became attached to Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and devoted himself to his service. Their relationship was like that of a son to a father. Indeed when Zayd’s father came to Makkah in search of him, Zayd was given the choice by Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) of either going with his father or staying with him. Zayd’s reply to his father was:

“I shall never leave this man. He has treated me nobly, as a father would treat his son. Not a single day have I felt that I am a slave. He has looked after me well. He is kind and loving towards me and strives for my enjoyment and happiness. He is the most noble of men and the greatest person in creation. How can I leave him and go with you?…I shall never leave him.”

Later, in public Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) proclaimed the freedom of Zayd. However, Zayd continued to live with him as part of his household and devoted himself to his service.

When Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) was blessed with prophethood, Barakah and Zayd were among the first to believe in the message he proclaimed. They bore with the early Muslims the persecution which the Quraysh meted out to them.

Barakah and Zayd performed invaluable services to the mission of the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace). They acted as part of an intelligence service exposing themselves to the persecution and punishment of the Quraysh and risking their lives to gain information on the plans and conspiracies of the mushrikin.

One night the mushrikun blocked off the roads leading to the House of al-Arqam where the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) gathered his companions regularly to instruct them in the teachings of Islam. Barakah had some urgent information from Khadijah(R.A.) which had to be conveyed to the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace). She risked her life trying to reach the House of al-Arqam. When she arrived and conveyed the message to the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace), he smiled and said to her:

“You are blessed, Umm Ayman. Surely you have a place in Paradise.” When Umm Ayman left, the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) looked at his companions and asked: “Should one of you desire to marry a woman from the people of Paradise, let him marry Umm Ayman.”

All the companions remained silent and did not utter a word. Umm Ayman was neither beautiful nor attractive. She was by now about fifty years old and looked rather frail. Zayd ibn al-Harithah however came forward and said:

“Messenger of Allah, I shall marry Umm Ayman. By Allah, she is better than women who have grace and beauty.”

Zayd and Umm Ayman were married and were blessed with a son whom they named Usamah. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, loved Usamah as his own son. Often he played with him, kissed him and fed him with his own hands. The Muslims would say: “He is the beloved son of the beloved.” From an early age Usamah distinguished himself in the service of lslam, and was later given weighty responsibilities by the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace).

When the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) migrated to Madinah, he left Umm Ayman behind in Makkah to look after certain special affairs in his household. Eventually she migrated to Madinah on her own. She made the long and difficult journey through the desert and mountainous terrain on foot. The heat was killing and sandstorms obscured the way but she persisted, borne along by her deep love and attachment for Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. When she reached Madinah, her feet were sore and swollen and her face was covered with sand and dust.

“Ya Umm Ayman! Ya Ummi! (O Umm Ayman! O my mother!) Indeed for you is a place in Paradise!” exclaimed the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) when he saw her. He wiped her face and eyes, massaged her feet and rubbed her shoulders with his kind and gentle hands.

At Madinah, Umm Ayman played her full part in the affairs of the Muslims. At Uhud she distributed water to the thirsty and tended the wounded. She accompanied the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) on some expeditions, to Khaybar and Hunayn for example.

Her son Ayman, a devoted companion of the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) was martyred at Hunayn in the eighth year after the Hijrah. Barakah’s husband, Zayd, was killed at the Battle of Mutah in Syria after a lifetime of distinguished service to the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and Islam. Barakah at this time was about seventy years old and spent much of her time at home. The Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace), accompanied by Abu Bakr(R.A.) and Umar(R.A.) often visited her and asked: “Ya Ummi! Are you well?” and she would reply: “I am well, O Messenger of Allah so long as Islam is.”

Barakah was unique in that she was the only one who was so close to the Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) throughout his life from birth till death. Her life was one of selfless service in the Prophet’s household. She remained deeply devoted to the person of the noble, gentle and caring Prophet(may Allah bless him and grant him peace). Above all, her devotion to the religion of Islam was strong and unshakable. She died during the caliphate of Uthman(R.A.) and her place in Paradise was assured.

BARAKAH, better known as Hadhrat Umm Ayman(May Allah be pleased with her) is one of the very few persons, if not the only woman to have the special honour of having witnessed the different stages of the life of Nabi Muhammad(may Allah bless him and grant him peace) from before his birth, through his childhood – through his young and adult life through – to his demise.

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