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Quran: Sura 6, Ayat no. 151

My 'favourite' Ayat/verse of the Quran this week

قل تعالوا أتل ما حرم ربكم عليكم ۖ ألا تشركوا به شيئا ۖ وبالوالدين إحسانا ۖ ولا تقتلوا أولادكم من إملاق ۖ نحن نرزقكم وإياهم ۖ ولا تقربوا الفواحش ما ظهر منها وما بطن ۖ ولا تقتلوا النفس التي حرم الله إلا بالحق ۚ ذلكم وصاكم به لعلكم تعقلون


Qul taAAalaw atlu ma harrama rabbukum AAalaykum alla tushrikoo bihi shayan wabialwalidayni ihsanan wala taqtuloo awladakum min imlaqin nahnu narzuqukum waiyyahum wala taqraboo alfawahisha ma thahara minha wama batana wala taqtuloo alnnafsa allatee harrama Allahu illa bialhaqqi thalikum wassakum bihi laAAallakum taAAqiloona

Translation of the meaning:

Say (O Muhammad SAW): "Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty - We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not near to Al-Fawahish (shameful sins, illegal sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, and kill not anyone whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause (according to Islamic law). This He has commanded you that you may understand.

Sura/chapter 6. Al-An'aam ayat/verse no.151

For further reading and better understanding of this verse and the whole Quran head on over to http://abdurrahman.org/qurantafseer/ibnkathir/



Viennese Whirls Biscuits

viennese whirls recipe | Halal Home Cooking
Asalamu Alaikum,

This was my first time baking viennese swirls, as you can see we have a 'big mama' biscuit with 2 babies.... soon to be 3!
viennese whirls recipe | Halal Home Cooking
Yes you guessed right or already know from my post on Cafe Muslimah I'm pregnant Alhamdulillah
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Food For Thought Friday - Sweet Potatoe



It's Friday, another week GONE and did i really appreciate the many blessings i have in my life?
Food is an absolute blessing Alhamduillah (All praise be to God), the fact we complain so much
about it, "there is nothing to eat" when your cupboards and fridge are half full, you have money in your purse, the thing is we are ever so picky, me included and for some nothing is every good enough INSTEAD we should think about the many people that have less than us both in terms of worldly and non worldly affairs i.e. religion.
A reminder to myself first and foremost: Give all thanks and praise to your creator more often and be content and satisfied with what you have and don't have because inshaAllah there is good in it.
I  wanted to start a weekly/monthly, depending how busy my stay at home days are, feature named food for thought friday i discuss and share health benefits of certain foods.

As i posted a sweet potatoe bread recipe recently, i found the following article fitting to start with.
Source : Healthy Muslim

The sweet potato is not actually a potato, or a yam. It is a nutritionally superior and versatile tuber that has a unique and distinctively sweet flavor. Here are some of the benefits of this delicious vegetable:
  • High Nutritional Value Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of starch and therefore, energy. They provide some protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and a huge amount of carotenoids, including Beta-carotene. It is these and other phytochemicals in the tubers that make them such a powerful anti-cancer food. A mere 100g a day has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of lung cancer.

  • Low glycemic index The glycemic index indicates the impact a food substance has on blood sugar levels. A high glycemic index means blood sugar levels can spike. diabetes and others who monitor their blood sugar levels seek to avoid foods with a high glycemic index or load. Sweet potatoes have a glycemic load of only 17, in comparison to a white potato, which has an index of 29. Their high vitamin B6 content also helps to keep blood sugar levels steady, helping to prevent mood swings and relieve depression. Recent research indicates that steaming or boiling sweet potatoes rather than roasting them helps to preserve their low glycemic index.

  • Good For Your skin Their high levels of Vitamin E means sweet potatoes are a skin superfood. Orange-skinned sweet potatoes are rich in the anti-aging, antioixidant Beta-carotene, which is stored in the fat layer of our skin and protects against the damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

  • A Versatile Vegetable Sweet potatoes are extremely versatile and make a wonderful health food for both children and adults alike. They can be boiled and mashed, roasted, or even juiced.
I hope you will enjoy the upcoming posts on food for thought friday and find a way to incorporate this sweet vegetable into your diet. I like to grate into salad (raw), roast along with other vegetables such as butternut squash or even in soup it would be tasty.

Do share with me your favourite sweet potatoe recipes in your comment.



I Changed My Mind Again!

Salam Alaikum / Hello,

Thank you all for being ever so patient with me and my changes which are now unchanged? what am i talking about? well i made my blog readers invite only BUT....... my posts were no longer showing in google reader and to cut it a long story short it's just easier and more convenient i keep the blog open.

My blog isn't personal as such i mean i don't divulge too much info! but my personality in my writing style comes across (i hope) and i don't feel great about the opposite sex having any piece of me.

When i found that a man (a muslim man at that) could read or would want to comment i felt quite put off the blogging experience because my blog is aimed at women only NOT that i discourage a man to get in the kitchen and cook for his wife and family no, that is something i champion at least every once in a while but you know i just don't feel comfortable with the men and woman interacting for no valid reason even in the virtual sense because it's not something permissible in the laws of my religion/Islam.

Anyway, i hope i made myself clear on the whole subject and please if you are a man and do follow my blog your free to take and use the recipes but i don't want to communicate i.e. comments with you in any shape or form unless of course you want to go through my husband? any comments from men that find will be deleted.

JazakAllah Khairan & Thank you for reading (assuming google reader is now publishing my posts again! lol)




G'ribiyia b's-smid / Algerian Semolina Sugar Cookies

algerian semolina sugar cookies recipe | Halal Home Cooking
Salam Alaikum / Greetings readers,

Ghoriba cookies are popular across all of the Arabic speaking countries including Algeria which is where this recipe originates from, although similar versions can be found in neighbouring Morocco.

The fine semolina gives these cookies a slightly chewy and pleasant gritty texture and my addition of a nut on top before baking adds a bit of crunch.
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