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Nosey Parker


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2020 09:06

The term ‘nosey parker’ refers to a person who is overly inquisitive and pries into other people’s affairs. While there is no consensus regarding how the term was coined or who the original and proverbial Mr. Parker may have been, what we DO know is that every society has its share of ‘nosey parkers’.

A nosey parker is the person who wants to know how much rent you pay, how much the car costs, what you bought on holiday, who paid for your tickets, what you keep in your freezer, whether you get along with your mother-in-law, how much your husband earns, what you have in your shopping bags and a host of other questions that DO NOT RELATE TO OR CONCERN THIS PERSON IN ANY WAY.

In the case of a divorce, the nosey parker is the one who embarks on an investigation to unearth every nitty-gritty detail though it has absolutely nothing to do with him. In other words, the only purpose for enquiring is to quench his thirst to know intimate details of other people’s lives – something which people resent and dislike. At times, a nosey parker may try to justify his behaviour by stating that his intention is to help and assist. However, the fact of the matter is that nobody asked for his assistance, so what gives him the right to dig into other people’s affairs???

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What’s in a Laugh???


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2020 08:53

The abbreviation “LOL” stands for “laughing out loud”, and is commonly used in place of the now outdated “HAHAHA!”. Nevertheless, the mere fact that we even express our laughter in written communications highlights the point that laughter is a meaningful and purposeful response.

To phrase it differently, there may be only two repeated letters in HAHAHA, however laughter actually says quite a lot. In fact, laughter, in different circumstances, can convey completely different meanings.

For example, if a person says in all seriousness, “My mother passed away,” and his statement is received with laughter, he will feel hurt and offended. On the contrary, if one has to make a joke, and the response is laughter, then one will feel pleased and happy. In the same way, if a person is convicted of a crime, and he has to sarcastically laugh in the face of the judge, then he could possibly be charged with contempt of court!

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Summery Couscous Salad


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 November 2020 15:48

Perfect for a light meal on hot days.


1 cup couscous

1 carrot grated

1 red pepper diced

1 green chilli chopped

Handful of mushrooms finely sliced

Handful of spring onion chopped

¼ onion finely chopped

Small handful of mint leaves chopped

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What Will Become of Her?


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 October 2020 08:38

There were many men who would not drink coffee, yet after a few years of marriage, they became regular coffee consumers. Likewise, there were many women who had never drank a sip of tea, yet after a few years of marriage, they became regular tea drinkers.

There are many other examples that illustrate the manner in which one spouse’s ways, tendencies and habits rub off onto the other. It can be as simple as taste in food, or a little more involved such as developing punctuality and fastidiousness. Nevertheless, the point is evident – spouses have a profound effect on one another, to the point of even altering their habits and ways.

This is exactly why it is so important to ensure that one marries the correct spouse. Often, a person is aware of a major Deeni weakness in their potential spouse (e.g. lack of commitment to salaah). However, they feel that it will not affect them, or they will be able to influence their spouse and change them for the better. Though this is certainly a possibility, we must acknowledge that there is a definite possibility that they will imbibe some bad habits and evil ways from their spouse. Hence, without ever regarding oneself as superior or better, nevertheless prudence demands that one refrain from taking such a chance – especially since one’s greatest asset (Deen) is at risk.

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Chocolate Crinkles


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2020 08:49


180g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

60g butter

1 ½ cup flour

¾ tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

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