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Rules of a Muslim Home (#16) – Sleeping Early

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Last Updated on Saturday, 16 September 2017 16:18

Among the important rules of a Muslim home is that all members of the house sleep early. Thus, the entire family should retire to bed after performing the ‘Esha Salaah. There are great physical as well as spiritual benefits in this. In order to maintain one’s health, one must enjoy sound sleep. Many illnesses are related to the lack of sleep or the lack of good sleeping habits. The Mashaayikh generally advise that a person get at least six hours of sound sleep daily. One cannot function efficiently without having sufficient sleep.

Allah Ta‘ala mentions in Surah Rum:

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Tahneek

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:07

Among the teachings of Islam is that one carry out the tahneek of the newborn child.

Tahneek is for one to soften a date (or any other sweet food) by chewing it until it becomes a paste (so that it is easy for the child to swallow) and to thereafter place it in the mouth of the newborn child. It is preferable that the one carrying out the tahneek be a pious person. There are many ahaadeeth which mention Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) performing tahneek for the children of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

The primary reason for one to carry out the tahneek is that it is the teaching of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Nevertheless, the practice of tahneek contains numerous physical and health benefits as well.

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Coconut Steak Curry

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:55

Clean and cut 500g of tenderized steak into pieces.

Drizzle some lemon juice over the steak.

Soften one chopped onion in oil.

Braise with the onion:

1 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp ginger garlic

1 cinnamon stick

2 elachi

Add: 

1 tsp salt

1 tsp red chilli paste

½ tsp chilli powder

1 tsp dhana jeero

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp black pepper powder

Add steak and braise. Slit and add 2 green chillies.

Cook till tender.

Add 1 can of coconut milk. Simmer till thickened.

Serve with rice or roti.

   

Butterscotch Date Roll

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Last Updated on Sunday, 27 August 2017 09:07

A delicious (and easy) alternative to a traditional Swiss roll.

Place 150g chopped dates, ¾ cup boiling water and 1 tsp bicarb in your liquidizer.

Let it stand for 5 minutes.

Add 60g butter and 160 ml brown sugar. Process.

Add 2 large eggs, ¾ cup flour and 1 ½ tsp baking powder. Process.

Stir in 50g chopped pecan nuts.

Line a 25 by 30 cm baking sheet with baking paper.

Spread your batter evenly in the tray.

Bake on 180 degrees celcius for 15-20 minutes.

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Boundaries in the Bedroom

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:03

Imagine a person who hires a security guard to protect his home and family, only for the very same guard to later on become the greatest danger and threat to their safety! Imagine a person who daily takes a multi-vitamin supplement in order to improve his health, only for the very same supplement to later on become the cause of his health deteriorating, leading to his death!

In a similar vein, the hadeeth teaches us that one of the main purposes and benefits of nikaah is that it safeguards a person from falling into the sin of zina and other sins related to lust. However, this purpose will be defeated if a person fails to realize that even life within the bedroom has limits. A person’s bedroom life need not be ‘dry’. But on the same token, it is not necessary to resort to bedroom activities that are either outright haraam or totally unnatural and filthy in order to gain satisfaction. We are all aware that the husband may only seek satisfaction in his wife, and the wife may only seek satisfaction in her husband. But, this does not mean that they may satisfy themselves in any and every manner they please!

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