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Chicken Biryani

Author: 
Saadia Iqbal

For a traditional Pakistani/Indian dish, simmer tender morsels of chicken in a creamy, spicy blend of onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, tomatoes, yogurt, mint, cardamom and cinnamon. Finish by steaming with fragrant saffron rice and potatoes.

Servings: 7

INGREDIENTS:

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 small potatoes, peeled and halved

2 large onions, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves

Emmanuel Adebayor - 13 Reasons Why I Am A Muslim

Author: 
Emmanuel Adebayor

The famous footballer Emmanuel Adebayor has recently converted to Islam. In an article published in The Herald, Emmanuel Adebayor gives some reasons for why he converted to Islam and why he believed that Muslims are truer followers of Jesus (pbuh):

I GOT 13 VALID REASONS WHY AND HOW MUSLIMS ARE LIKE JESUS (PBUH) AND TRUER FOLLOWERS OF JESUS THAN MOST CHRISTIANS BELIEVE:

1. Jesus (pbuh) taught that there is only One God and Only God should be worshipped as taught in Deut 6:4, Mark 12:29. Muslims also believe this as taught in the Qur’an verse 4:171.

False Sightings or Exact Calculations - The Islamic Choice?

Author: 
Omar Afzal

False sightings - a bane of the Muslim Ummah for years - is "not very relevant", says Jibali (Wall Street Journal 1/7/97).

The Islamic way is to go only by the witness, even if false, as long as "he tried to be accurate".

One is amazed by how a sane Muslim can make such a brash statement after going through the Qura'n and the Sunnah.

In recent years several articles have appeared stating that an Islamic month begins only by direct or indirect sighting. Using calculations or any other method for ascertaining the crescent, or questioning any claim by a Muslim is invalid.

The Significance Of Eid al-Fitr

Author: 
Unknown

Islam has two major holidays, Eid Ul-Fitr (Post-Fasting Festival) and Eid Ul-Adha.

The word Eid itself is an Arabic word, whose root connotation is 'that which comes back, time after time, and rejoicing.' Its particular usage in Islam, for the two major holidays, is because these two days are meant to be days of rejoicing.[1]

The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "They are days of eating, drinking, and remembrance of God." [Reported by Bukhari in his Sahih, an authoritative collection of the sayings of the Prophet.]

In this same spirit, the Qur'an mentions:

How To Perform The Eid Prayer

Author: 
Unknown

The nights of both Eids, i.e. the nights preceding the Days of Eid, are auspicious occasions which should be observed with reverence and worship.

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said that these nights are great occasions of Ibadat and of gaining the proximity and special Mercy of Allah Ta'ala. These holy nights, should therefore not be allowed to pass by in idleness.

Full advantage should be taken of these opportunities by offering obedience and Ibadat unto Allah Ta'ala to the best of our abilities. Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness for sins), Tilaawat (reciting the Quran), Nafl Salaah, Durood, etc. should be profusely offered on these holy nights.

Why 2 Eids?

Author: 
Unknown

"Eid is on Tuesday. What d'you mean, we're having our on Wednesday. How come? Hey that's when our mosque is doing it so don't ask me!"

How many of us have had this kind of chat year in year out? Why do we have Eid on two separate days? Why can't the ulema agree to have it on one day? What are the arguments and debates behind the scene? Who's to blame?

The following saying of the Prophet (SAW) should make this clear: "Fast after sighting the moon and end the moon after sighting it. If it is cloudy then complete thirty days of shaban." (Bukhari)

The Science of Moon Sighting

Author: 
Syed Khalid Shaukat

This is an attempt to present a clear perspective of the science of moon-sighting and to clarify some of the common misconceptions about moon-sighting.

Main Factors for Crescent Visibility

Most people associate visibility with the age of the moon. The age of the moon is simply the time lapsed since the new moon. Crescent formation depends upon the angular separation of the moon from the sun as seen from the earth. As time passes from the instant of new moon, the moon moves slower than the sun appears to move (because of rotation of the earth). This causes the angular separation between the sun and the moon and the formation of the crescent. This may be explained better with the help of the following figure.

Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Decree/ Power)

In the Name of Allah, the Ever Merciful, the Most Compassionate

The excellence of this night in the last ten days of Ramadhaan is well known.The Prophet (SAWS) said:

"Whoever stands (in prayer) Laylatul-Qadr out of Faith and seeking reward, then his previous sins are forgiven." (Bukhari)

And the special du'a for this night is:

Allaahumma, innaka `Afuuwwun, tuHibbul `afwa, fa`fuu `annii

(Oh Allah, you are the One who pardons greatly, you love to pardon, so pardon me) [from the hadiith in at-Tirmithii and ibn-Majah -sahiih]

It has signs, for the Messenger (SAWS) said,

Laylatul-Qadr - The night of decree & it's virtues

Author: 
Muhammad Ma`ârij-ul-Islâm: translated by Raffiq Ahmed Moosa Patel

Abû Hurayra radiyallahu `anhu relates that the Holy Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

"Whosoever worshipped on Laylatul-Qadr, with faith and with a sincere intention, all of his previous sins are forgiven." (from al-Bukhârî and Muslim)

From the nights of the blessed month of Ramadan, one is known as Laylatul-Qadr and during it, blessings, rewards and an abundance of good can be gained.

Allah Most high has made worship during this night worth than a thousand months, i.e. anyone who spent this night in worship, would have worshipped an equivalent of eighty three years and four months - khayru(n)m-minalfi shahr

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