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Farming for the Future

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2018 13:54

There was once a farmer who planted a seed. With great care, he pressed the seed into the ground, marked the area and watered the small mound of soil. Day after day, he diligently watered the seed, watching as it gradually sunk its roots into the soil and pushed its tender stem out of the ground, emerging into the light.

As time passed, the plant grew stronger and firmer, and the aging farmer grew weaker and frailer. Yet, not for a single day did he neglect to water and tend to the tree. Without fail, he would examine the leaves and branches for signs of fungus, disease and pests. He would tie the thin trunk to a wooden stake embedded into the ground to ensure that the trunk grew straight and not crooked. He would prune the plant to promote growth and would hasten to shelter it when the weather became inclement.

Seeing this unceasing effort, someone asked the aging farmer, “Why are you undergoing all this trouble?” The farmer replied, “This tree is my investment. One day, it will give shade and shelter to people and feed them as well. Even if I am not alive at the time, I will surely reap the rewards!”

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Lemon and Date Chicken

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2018 06:14

A light and bright chicken dish

Marinate 1 chicken cut into pieces in:

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp ginger garlic

1 tsp dhana jeero

1 tsp green chillies

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Sleep and Wakefulness

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Last Updated on Saturday, 24 March 2018 06:18

Sleep and wakefulness are factors that contribute greatly to our state of health. As long as a person is awake, he is involved in some form of exertion which creates heat and burns energy. In turn, this energy needs to be replenished. To some extent, the body can replenish this energy through digesting food. However, the most natural and simple way for the body to retain and restore energy is through sleeping which is vitally necessary for the body.

This can be understood through the example of a person who eats and drinks, but does not sleep at all. Despite eating and drinking, he will eventually become totally exhausted and overcome by fatigue. Hence, it is clear that there is no replacement for sleep.

Conversely, if a person sleeps too much, his body will become weak and lazy and his muscles will become stiff. This is commonly seen in people who are bedridden. Their bodies become stiff and lose their elasticity, and if their posture is not changed, bed sores, etc., begin to set in.

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Hazelnut and Raspberry Meringue Cake

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Last Updated on Saturday, 10 March 2018 15:22

A delicious summer cake.

Lightly toast 140g of skinned hazelnuts. Grind them to a powder taking care not to let them become oily.

Whisk 4 egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually add in 250g of castor sugar.

Mix in ½ tsp of vanilla essence and ½ tsp of vinegar.

Gently fold in the ground hazelnuts.

Line 2 sandwich pans with baking paper.

Empty the batter into the pans and smooth.

Bake on 180 degrees celcius for 30-40 minutes.

Whip 300ml of fresh cream with 3 Tbsp icing sugar.

Lightly crush 2-3 cups of fresh raspberries with sugar as needed.

Sandwich the cool cake with half of the cream and berries. Top with the other half. Refrigerate until serving.

The cake should be eaten on the day that it's assembled.

 

The Map of Marriage

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 March 2018 16:45

Any intelligent person undertaking a very long journey – through a route which he has not travelled before – will ensure that he makes adequate preparations before he departs. He will seek advice and directions and will make enquiries regarding the road and what to expect. After making all the appropriate preparations and taking all the necessary advice and directions, he will most likely carry a GPS to guide him along the way and prevent him from taking any wrong turns.

Marriage is also a journey. However, the journey of marriage is meant to last a lifetime. It takes one through different terrains and past various sceneries. While it may generally be smooth sailing, like a luxury car on an open freeway, there are sometimes the odd and unexpected gravel patches. While the route may mainly usher one past gardens, rivers, waterfalls and rolling seas, it does also sometimes lead one through dry and quiet deserts. If the traveller keeps his eye on the road and focuses on his destination, he will insha-Allah safely pass through all the hills and valleys as well as gardens and deserts.

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