Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dahi phulkian( white lentil fritters in yogurt sauce)

Assalamo alaikum,

I really apologize for not posting since two weeks even though I promised myself that I won't skip a week but some how I got distracted ,but today I gathered my strength and motivation to get back on track and inshAllah (if Allah wills) I will continue doing it.I always look forward to my readers comments it keep me going Alhamdulilah.

As I was fasting for Ashura 9th and 10th Muharram,i decided to make full fledge Iftar so I made some channa(black whole gram), pakora, and dahi phulkian.

This recipe of Dahi phulki I learned from my Appa (my second oldest sister) who lives in Pakistan .When I first tried this recipe I used to be scared of making dahi phulki's ,cause you want your phulki's to be soft inside and should not have lumps but as she told me It would come out good ,trusting my Appa I tried it and it came out really good.i hope when you guys make it will have the same results inshAllah!!

Dahi phulkian


Maash ki daal 1/2 cup

Baking powder 1/2 tsp

Oil to deep fry the phulkees (round fritters)


Yogurt 1 cup

Chaat masala

Sugar 2 tbsp

Salt 1/2 tsp

Tamarind and dates chutney ( recipe in the end)



Soak Maash daal in warm water for at least 2 to 3 hrs

After that drain it out leaving enough water so you can blend it in blender,if doing first time drain it out completely and in blender at little water so the consistency of batter should be about pancake batter no too thin or not very thick so when you take it out with a spoon it easily drops in your wok.

Now add the baking powder to Maash daal purée and blend it one more time


Take out the batter in a bowl and heat oil on medium high .


With a teaspoon drop Maash daal batter in wok or karahi,it should come up to surface while browning showing they are lump less


Turn around with slotted spoon to make sure to brown evenly on both sides


Take them out in a sieve to drain excess oil out

Make a mixture on part milk and two parts water enough to soak the dahi phulki's


Soak the dahi phulki's in milk mixture for 30 minutes

While phulki's are soaking ,make a yogurt mixture consisting of yogurt,sugar and salt mix is well

Now take out the phulki's one by one from milk mixture squeezing it to take out excess liquid and place in the yogurt mixture


Coat the phulki's with the yogurt ,garnish it with chaat masala and tamarind chutney .Enjoy!!!



Tamarind and dates chutney


Tamarind paste 1/4 cup

Dates pitted 1 cup

Brown sugar 1/4 cup

Crushed Cumin seeds (zeera) 1 tsp

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste



Soak tamarind and dates together in warm water until both are softened

Pulse this mixture until you get a coarse mixture

In a small pan cook dates mixture,red chillie powder ,salt ,brown sugar and crushed cumin seeds until the mixture thickens

Cool it down and store it a jar in the fridge




Sunday, October 27, 2013

French bean and potato sabzi

Assalamo alaikum,

After Eid ul Adha it was constant marathon on meat, meat this meat that .At every Eid parties main dishes would be made of mostly meat it's not that I don't like meat but our stomachs need some break .So I decided to cook French beans,French beans are very famous in my house hold anyway I cook them it will be loved,specially my kids who are little picky about veggies.

Today I'm sharing a recipe with you guys usually "sem "or "papdi" is used in my household ,but I had French beans on hand so I decided to use them ,this recipe is easy and comes out delicious .i hope all my friends will enjoy this !!!


French beans 1 pd frozen or fresh

Potatoes Peeled and cut in cubes 3

Onion sliced one medium

Tomatoes chopped 4 medium

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Red chili powder 1 tsp or to taste

Fenugreek seeds 1/4 tsp

Garlic paste 1 tsp

Oil 2 tbsp

Coriander 1/2 bunch chopped



Heat oil in pot and add fenugreek seeds(methi Dana)

When fenugreek seeds starts to turn brown add green beans and sliced onion fry until onion turn pink




Now add garlic paste fry a little bit more

It's time for spices now add turmeric powder,chili powder,and salt


Cook until spices and garlic is fragrant

Now add cubed potatoes and tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are softened

Now add enough water to cover your beans and potatoes ,put flame on high until water start bubbles

Then cook it covered on low flame until potatoes are done

Cook on until the gravy achieves desired thickness

Garnish it with chopped coriander and serve hot

This sabzi goes equally well with chapatis and white rice

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe .

Positive or negative ,feedbacks are highly appreciated !!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bhuna gosht (meat in thick gravy)

Assalamo alaikum,

Eid_Mubarak every body!!! It was an amazing Eid for me lots of work but with lots of fun.MashAllah my preparation started way ahead of Eid day prepping my kitchen ,fridge and home for Eid .i had to empy out my freezer as lots of meat would be coming in on Eid day and second day of Eid. I fried lots of onions so on Eid day cooking would be quicker .I bought some pearl onion ,peeling them would have been hard task but somebody told me soaking them in water would make easier peeling it surely made it easier to peel then I put those in a jar with white vinegar ( this is good to eat with meat helps with digestion). I sharpened my knife as we will be cutting big pieces of meat into smaller pieces that comes after Qurbani .I made also sawaiayian will surely post that recipe too inshAllah.

Also I had prepare clothes for kids,myself and my hubby dear new clothes only needed some ironing for morning prayers eid day.

Then on Eid day ,I hope it's not getting boring for you guys I'll just make it short after Eid prayers me and my younger ones went to Eid carnival and my husband and older boys went to slaughter house for Qurbani.i had really good time at the carnival organized by our mosques ,when it was almost time for my husband to come home with meat I went t home .i cooked kaleji (goat liver ) on Eid day,lamb stew and Grail .I was so busy could not take picture of all those dishes but I will surely post the recipe inshAllah.

Today I'm sharing the recipe of bhuna gosht that I made for a Eid party at my brothers house,I made it in a big amount but you can always reduce the ingredients as per your requirement .

Bhuna gosht


Beef/mutton/. 6 pd

Onion 6 medium sliced

Garlic paste 2 tbsp

Ginger paste 2 tbsp

Whole garam masala. ( bay leaves,green cardamom, black cardamom, cinammon sticks, cloves, whole black pepper)

Oil 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Coriander powder 3 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

Chilli powder 3 tsp

Cumin powder 2 tsp

Garam masala powder 2 tsp

Yogurt 1/2 cup

Tomato purée 2 cups

Fresh coriander 1 bunch finely chopped

Green chillies chopped in big chunks for garnishing


Heat oil in big shallow pan

Add whole garam masala and fry for a 10 -20 seconds

Now add sliced onion until light brown

It's time to add your meat in and fry it for a minute

Now add ginger and garlic paste fry until meat changes it's color

Keeping cooking the meat until all redness of meat it gone

Put in your powdered spices and salt then fry until thoroughly mixed in with meat

Now put yogurt in the meat mixture fry again for 4-5 min on high heat

If the masala is too dry add may be 1/2 cup of water but if it has some liquid cover and cook on low flame until meat is tender

When meat is tender fry it again on high flame until you have thick gravy and oil Separates from gravy.

Add in your tomato purée and cook on high flame until tomatoes changes color and oil is Seperate from gravy

Add chopped coriander and green chillies and mix again

This kind of curry is really good with Naan and parthas

I hope you will enjoy my recipe as well as me and my family did!!

Comments are always welcome on this blog:))




Monday, October 7, 2013

The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

Assalamo alaikum
As we are in already in first ten days of Dhul hijjah I just wanted to share this post from my cousin on Facebook it is very informational regarding the importance of first 10 days of Dhul hijjah.
I hope you all will like it and benefit from this post.

The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah
By: Sheikh Ahmad Musa Jibril

The same way Allah (azza wajal) created the months, he chose out of them Ramadan to give extra reward to his servants. By the same token, when he created the days, he chose the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah to be the best days.
This season of worship brings many benefits, such as the opportunity to correct one's fa...ults and make up for any shortcomings or anything that one might have missed. Some may have missed the opportunity in Ramadan or after and regret it. Now there is a chance to make up for it. Every one of these special occasions involve some kind of worship through which the slaves may draw closer to Allah (azza wajal). Likewise, every one of these special occasions have some kind of blessing though which Allah (azza wajal) grants His favor and mercy upon whomever He wills.
The happy and successful believer is the one who makes the most of these special months, days and hours attempting to draw closer to Allah through acts of worship; he will most likely be touched by the blessing of Allah and will feel the joy of knowing that he is safe from the flames of Hell.
What are the ten days of Dhul Hijjah ?
The ten days of Dhul Hijjah are the first ten days of the 12th Islamic calendar month called Dhul Hijjah. These are the days when most of the pilgrims make a journey to Makkah and perform their tasks of Hajj. Just as they have a special chance to get extra reward, the ones who were not able to go to Hajj are also given a special chance to get extra reward during these days.

What is the significance of these 10 days?

1)Allah (azza wajal) honored them by mentioning them in the Qur'an.
Allah (azza wajal) says: :
"That they might witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e., reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.), and mention the name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice)..." [al-Hajj 22:28]
The majority of scholars agree that the "appointed days" are the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, because of the words of Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him and his father), "The appointed days are the first ten days (of Dhul Hijjah)." [This is related by al-Bukhari]

2) Allah (azza wajal) honored them when he swears an oath by them in the Qur'an as well, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.
Allah (azza wajal) says: (interpretation of the meaning): "By the dawn; by the 10 nights" [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Ibn Abbas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: "This is the correct opinion."
3) They are considered the most honorable and best days ever.
Ahmad and at-Tabarani record from Ibn 'Umar that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "There is no day more honorable in Allah 's sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allah than those in these ten days. So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah : La ilaha illAllah ), takbir (Allah is the greatest : Allahu akbar ) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allah : alhumdulillah) a lot [on those days]." [Reported by Ahmad, 7/224; Ahmad Shakir stated it is saheeh]
Narrated Ibn 'Umar: On the Day of Nahr (10th of Dhul Hijjah), the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) stood in between the Jamrat during his Hajj which he performed (as in the previous Hadith) and said, "This is the greatest Day (i.e. 10th of Dhul Hijjah)." The Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) started saying repeatedly, "O Allah ! Be Witness (I have conveyed Your Message)." He then bade the people farewell. The people said, "(This is Hajjat-al-Wada)." [Bukhari 2.798]
Ibn 'Umar narrated that at Mina, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "Do you know what is the day today?" The people replied, "Allah and His Messenger know it better." He said, "It is the forbidden (sacred) day. And do you know what town is this?" They replied, "Allah and His Messenger know it better." He said, "This is the forbidden (sacred) town (Mecca). And do you know which month is this?" The people replied, "Allah and His Apostle know it better." He said, "This is the forbidden (sacred) month." The Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) added, "No doubt, Allah made your blood, your properties, and your honor sacred to one another like the sanctity of this day of yours in this month of yours in this town of yours."
4) Worshipping in them is better than going to Jihad (the peak of matters of worship that you can do).
There is nothing more of a collection of hadith but on jihad, but these days, worshipping is better than Jihad. The Prophet of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said for one to be better than one who worships in these days he must take his wealth and family and go to Jihad and does not come back and looses his wealth.
Ibn 'Abbas reports that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these days [meaning the ten days of Dhul Hijjah]." The companions asked, "O Messenger of Allah , not even jihad in the way of Allah ?" He said, "Not even jihad, except for the man who puts his life and wealth in danger [for Allah 's sake] and returns with neither of them."[This is related by the group except Muslim and an-Nasa'i]
5) It is narrated from some of the sahabah and tabi'een, Saeed ibn Jubair (among others), that when the first ten days arrived they used to take advantage and worship in them as much as they could to the point that he could not do any more.
Why are these days so special?
Ibn Hajar rahimahu Allah said the apparent reason they are so special is because the mothers of the acts of worship of Allah occur in them which does not happen in any other days (meaning salah (prayer), charity, fasting, and hajj).
Are these days better than the last ten days of Ramadan?
Most scholars adopt the opinion that these days are better than the last ten days of Ramadan. However, what holds the last ten days of Ramadan at a higher status is the night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) which is equivalent to one thousand months (83.33 years).
The following hadith may shed some light in showing that worship during each of these first ten days of Dhul Hijjah with nightly prayer is like worshipping during the night of power (Laylatul Qadr).
Abu Hurairah relates that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "There are no days more loved to Allah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer salatul tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power. [i.e., Laylatul Qadr]." [This is related by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and al-Baihaqi]
What do I do in these ten days?
1- Dhikr (praise of Allah (azza wajal)
a) Say tahlil
La ilah illah Allah
b) Takbir
Allahu akbar
c) Tahmid
Alhamdu lillah
d) Tasbeeh
Subhan Allah
Ahmad and at-Tabarani record from Ibn 'Umar that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "There is no day more honorable in Allah's sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allah than those in these ten days. So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah : La ilaha illAllah ), takbir (Allah is the greatest : Allahu Akbar) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allah : alhamdulillah) a lot [on those days]." [Reported by Ahmad, 7/224; Ahmad Shakir stated it is saheeh]
e) Istighfar
"Astaghfer Allah"
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Whoever wants his book given to him on the Judgment Day as he is happy then let him do alot of Istighfar."
Do not only do Istighfar for yourself but rather for the entire Ummah because the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) taught us that when you do Istighfar for the entire Ummah you will get the reward for each one of them.
"Allahuma 'ghfir lilmu'mineen walmu'minat."
f) Making salah and salam on the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)
Every time you make salah and salam on the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) a angel goes to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and tells him that son of so and so did salam on you. Every time you do salah and salam on the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) the angel do salah and salam upon you, their salah and salam on you is asking Allah (azza wajal) to forgive you.
g) General tasbeeh that we know of in the authentic Sunnah
These should always be on our minds and tongues, but more importantly in these days.

For instance, when one drives to work in the morning or leaves in the afternoon, or waits in a lobby for a turn, or just generally having spare time, and one does not know what to do, then one should praise Allah (azza wajal).
Abu Hamzah Albaghdady said "It's impossible for you to claim you love Allah and not praise him continuously, and it's impossible that you praise Allah continuously and not see the sweetness of that in this life; and its impossible you see the sweetness of praising Allah and then be preoccupied with other than him."
Not praising Allah (azza wajal) cotinuously is a sign of a hypocrite. This is a danger in itself.
Allah (azza wajal) said "When the hypocrite stand up to worship they perform it languidly and to be seen of men, and they do not praise Allah but a little." 4:142 Allah (azza wajal) said they praise Him but they do not do so but a little.
Ibn Abbas said "There is no fard except that Allah put limits to it and excused you with excuses one may have except the Dhikr/praise of Allah its has no limited time span, no limited amount, and no excuse."
Allah (azza wajal) said "Remember Allah , standing, sitting and reclining." 4:103
*Important note on Takbeer should be loud for men during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah: Takbeer. It is Sunnah to say Takbeer ("Allahu akbar"), Tahmeed ("Al-hamdu Lillah"), Tahleel ("La ilaha ill-Allah ") and Tasbeeh ("Subhan Allah ") during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, and to say it loudly in the mosque, the home, the street and every place where it is permitted to remember Allah (azza wajal) and mention His name out loud, as an act of worship and as a proclamation of the greatness of Allah (azza wajal).

The Takbeer may include the words:
"Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah ; wa Allahu akbar wa Lillahil-hamd"
(Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah; Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise)," as well as other phrases.
Takbeer at this time is an aspect of the Sunnah that has been forgotten, especially during the early part of this period, so much so that one hardly ever hears Takbeer, except from a few people. This Takbeer should be pronounced loudly, in order to revive the Sunnah and as a reminder to the negligent.
Ibn Umar and Abu Hurairah (radhi Allahu anhum) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. The idea behind reminding the people to recite Takbeer is that each one should recite it individually, not in unison, as there is no basis in Sharee'ah for doing this.
2- Fast in these days what you can:
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said "Whomever fasts for the sake Allah will get for each day will be farther from hell by a trench the distance the sky is from hell." Imagine if you fast these ten days, how far your distance will be from hell.
Rewards for fasting Sunnah is what Allah (azza wajal) says to the people in heaven "(And it will be said unto those therein): Eat and drink at ease for that which ye sent on before you in past days." 69:24 A fasting person gets the reward of an accepted dua'a before he breaks his fast.

3- Give charity:
These are things we should all do throughout the year more so during these first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

Allah (azza wajal) said "And whatsoever you spend (for good) He replaces it. And He is the Best of Providers." 34:39
Ibn Katheer said Allah will replace the charity given in this life by giving the charitable believer the same back or more and in the life after with reward.
Ibn Umar heard the verse "You will not attain piety until you spend of that which you love. And whatsoever you spend, Allah is Aware thereof." He looked around and could not find anything he loved more than a female slave he owned so he freed her for the sake of Allah (azza wajal).

4- Recitation of Qur'an :
This should be a daily habit more so during these days.

The recitors of the Qur'an are the special ones to Allah (azza wajal). The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) ordered recitation of the Qur'an and said alif lam meem is not one letter but rather alif is letter and lam is letter and meem is latter and for each letter is ten hasanat. So you get thirty hasanat just for Alif - lam - meem.
Asma' was asked how the Prophet's sahabah was whenever Qur'an was recited. She said their eyes would tear and creep the flesh. Just as Allah (azza wajal) said "Allah has (now) revealed the fairest of statements, a Scripture consistent, (wherein promises of reward are) paired (with threats of punishment), wherein it creeps the flesh of those who fear their Lord, so that their flesh and their hearts soften to Allah 's reminder. Such is Allah 's guidance, where h He guids whom He will. And him whom Allah sends astray, for him there is no guide." 39:23
Ibn Mas'ood said "For us it was hard to memorize but easy to abide by it, but there will come a time where its easy for them to memorize but not easy to abide by it." Now, we are at time of both the absence of memorization and the absence of abiding by it.
Mujahid was asked about two people; One who recited AlBaqarah and Al Imran and in the same duration someone recited Al Baqarah alone, which is better? He told them the one who recited Al Baqarah because he got more time to comprehend.
We all love the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and wish to see him on the judgment day, but imagine if he makes a complain to Allah (azza wajal) about you saying "And the messenger say: O my Lord! Lo! My own people make this Qur'an of no account." 25:30
Ibn al Qayyim said abandoning the Qur'an is of 5 kinds:
a- abandoning the listening recitation of the Qur'an .
(Some people even ask when they hear the Qur'an is there a dead person?)
b- abandoning the halal/haram (prohibition/commands)
c- abandoning the returning to Qur'an in our major and minor disputes.
d- abandoning the comprehension and understanding of Qur'an
e- abandoning the usage of Qur'an as a cure for our hearts.
(Instead of using Qur'an to cure our depression and ill feelings we use other
5- Making Continuous and Consistent Dua'a:
One who does not make dua'a may fall under the wrath of Allah (azza wajal) because the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said "Whomever does not ask Allah, Allah will put his wrath on him."
When you make dua'a desperately facing Allah (azza wajal) then know that Allah (azza wajal) will accept from you inshAllah. When scholars were asked how do we knew when Allah (azza wajal) would accept our dua'a? The response was when you become like a person who is drowning and seeks help from another desperately.
Seek the times dua'a is more likely accepted and among them are:
1- 1/3 end of night
2- before salah between Adhan and Iqamah
3- when the Imam is on the mimbar during Jumu'ah Friday
4- during the rain
5- in sujood
Start your dua'a in praising Allah (azza wajal) and the prophet Muhammad. Repent and ask for forgiveness, keep these things in mind when making dua:
1- Be persistent and cotinuously ask Allah (azza wajal) .
2- Have your heart there when you make dua'a.
3- Have wudu.
4- Give charity prior to dua'a.
5- Make dua'a in the times most likely accepted.
Imam Shawkani (rahimahuAllah) said "To know your dua'a is accepted is to have your heart ready, cry and shed tears to Allah, being persistent, and after that feeling, a burden taken off your shoulders."
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said "There is no one who sleeps on taharah and gets up and makes dua'a except that Allah will accept his dua'a as long as its in good."
6- Prayer of the night time:
There are special see-through rooms in heaven for those who pray at night. Allah (azza wajal) laughs to those who pray at night. If Allah (azza wajal) laughs to someone he is in good shape. It's the path of the righteous people, and keeper-away from sins.
Allah (azza wajal) said: "No soul knows what is kept hidden for them of joy, as a reward for what they used to do." 32:17
Hassan Albasri (rahimahuAllah) said "No one leaves prayer of the night except because of a sin he commited."
Aisha (radhi Allahu anha) said "Wallahi the prophet never left the prayer of the night time."
7- Fasting and specialty of the day of Arafah (9th day of Dhul Hijjah):
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said "There is no day that Allah will free people more than the day of Arafah."
There is no day that shaytan is seen more miserable than that day. This is because it is a day that all his prior work goes in vain. People on Arafat are repenting and those not in Hajj are fasting and asking Allah (azza wajal) for forgiveness.
Fasting this day will forgive a year prior to it and and a year after it.
Abu Qatadah reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "Fasting on the day of 'Arafah is an expiation for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of 'Ashurah is an expiation for the year preceding it." [This is related by "the group," except for al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]
Hafsah reported, "There are five things that the Messenger never abandoned: fasting the day of 'Ashurah, fasting the [first] 10 [days of Dhul Hijjah], fasting 3 days of every month and praying two rak'ah before the dawn prayer." [This is related by Ahmad and an-Nasa'i]
For those going to hajj it is better for them not to fast:
Abu Hurairah stated, "The Messenger of Allah forbade fasting on the day of 'Arafah for one who is actually at 'Arafah." [This is related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i, and Ibn Majah]
At-Tirmidhi comments: "The scholars prefer that the day of 'Arafah be fasted unless one is actually at 'Arafah."
8- Sacrificing and slaughter of an animal on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah:
Allah (azza wajal) the creator of the sky and earth the day and night has chosen some days over others to gather deeds. Sacrifice is one of these deeds.
Sacrifice on the 10th day has very great reward for those in Hajj and those not in Hajj as well. The timing for sacrifice is in the 10th day and 3 days following (11th, 12th, and 13th) It is to declare one Allah and to thank him and follow Ibrahim (alayhi salam)
Allah (azza wajal) said : "So pray unto thy Lord, and sacrifice." 108:2
Allah (azza wajal) said : "Say: Lo! my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the Worlds." 6:162
Some scholars say this is Wajib, but the jimhoor (vast majority) say it is Sunnah Mu'akadah (important sunnah). Either opinion on the importance of sacrifice to those who can afford it is apparent in the prophet's saying "Whomever plans not to sacrifice let him not come to our prayer area."
When you sacrifice you say "bismillah Allahu akbar Allahuma 3any wa3an ahl baity"
Translation "In the name of Allah - Allahu akbar - oh Allah this is for me and my family."
Reputable scholars all agree that doing the sacrifice is better than giving its equivalent, because sacrifice is a worship in and of itself.
Seven people may participate or share in sacrificing a Cow or Camel.
A leader of the household can sacrifice for himself and for his dependants such as children, women and men like the sahabah and salaf used to do. One planning on sacrificing should not cut his hair or nails until sacrifice is complete.
It is not requested that you do it by hand however that is the best, you may oversee the sacrifice as well or if unable give the power to someone to do this for you.
The sacrifice should be done after 'Eid prayer and you have until three days after, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) ordered those who sacrificed before prayer to do it again.
9- Repentance:
This should be done daily like the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) .

Allah (azza wajal) said: "Truly Allah loves those who turn unto Him, and loves those who have a care for cleanness." 2:222

One hadith says: "Every man has mistakes, but the best among them are those, who make repentance."
Allah (azza wajal) can change sins to good deeds as well, if He wants. He says: "Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (25:70).
Allah (azza wajal) can accept repentance for all kinds of sins and forgive them. He says: "Say: 'O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah : verily, Allah forgives all sins. Truly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful." (39:53).
But we should not postpone our repentance, because we do not know when we will die.
There are several things, which are helpful to do good repentance:
a) conviction that Allah (azza wajal) can forgive,
b) good behavior to the Muslims,
c) prayer which is relation between man and Allah (azza wajal)
d) good friendship
e) to remind Allah 's mercy always
f) to remind the death
g) patience which has two sides. Patience to be far from the sins and patience to do good deeds.
h) Man's sincerity to himself,
i) to realize, that every man has his mission, as Allah (azza wajal) says: "Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better." (16:125).
There are other things which obstruct repentance. They are opposite of things named above.
Rules for repenting:
a) Regret and show remorse for what you did asking Allah (azza wajal) to forgive you.
b) Plan on never going back to what you did.
c) Do good deeds to cover up for the bad sins.
d) If the sins concerns a person you must settle the dispute with him.
(ie. If you backbit a Muslim or stole money you must ask for forgiveness and return the wealth. If you know that doing so will cause more problems then seek a way to mention the person you mentioned in evil in good in a similar setting. Or if you indirectly return the wealth then that's good as well.)
10- Salah in general:
Every twelve raka'at per day you do, you get a palace in heaven.
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) recommended extra prayers for us because everytime we prostrate Allah (azza wajal) , it takes away a sin, and everytime you get up, Allah (azza wajal) adds a deed.
I ask Allah (azza wajal) that He forgive us for our shortcomings and the we take advantage of these sacred days getting the mercy and forgiveness of Allah. Ameen.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Tuna kababs

Assalamo Alaikum ,
Today when I'm writing this post my fingers and my eyes are crying for help.
Don't get scared I'm not injured or something only thing is that I'm writing this post on my iPhone yes I hope you guys are not thinking I'm crazy ;(
My dear hubby had to go out of town and his laptop was acting all weird so I had to give him my iPad. Other funny or may be sad thing happened I wrote whole post and then accidentally pressed the home button and when I got back to my blogger app oh !!!!nothing is there, please me for any errors
I just want to be punctual on my weekly blogs!!!

Today I'm going to share with you guys a simple and easy recipe (guess why) hahaha
Ok back to recipe I had these four can of tuna in my pantry which I bought for my amazing kids to make some sandwiches but they didn't like it so I was continuously thinking what to do with these cans of Tuna, searching over internet I found a tuna kabab recipe with little variation of my own i was ready to try this recipe for my family .
My kids and hubby really enjoyed it so I will be making some more ,you guys also try it and
Leave me your lovely comments about it!!
Tuna cans 5 oz
Boiled and mashed potatoes 
Chopped onion 1 medium
Chopped coriander 1/2 bunch
Chopped green chilies 2-4
Salt to taste
Red chili powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder 1 tsp
Egg 1
Bread crumbs 1 cup
Oil for frying

Drain tuna cans and flake it
Mix together mashed potatoes, all the spices ,chopped green chilies ,coriander and onion
Form kababs 
Dip it in beaten egg
Then in bread crumbs
Shallow fry in medium hot oil until golden brown from both side 
Serve with yogurt and chopped coriander dip
And enjoy!!

P.S : please excuse me for any mistakes during this post.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sweet pepper chicken karahi (Pakistani style stir fry)

Assalamo alaikum,

When I went to my local farmers market the other day I could not resist the beautiful and bright colors of sweet peppers not thinking what I'm going to cook with them i bought good amount .i really enjoyed them in my Salad ,very nice sweet peppery taste won't put your tongue on not a big of those very hot pepper I use them in my cooking as my dear hubby loves spicy food but me it's big no no.

Today when I took out chicken for cooking dinner I decided to use sweet peppers in my chicken karahi,usually chicken karahi is all about tomatoes ,this karahi (stir fry) is going to be about colorful ,bright and sweet smelling peppers also.

Please do try this recipe when you can cause I'm sure you will love it too as i did inshAllah !!!


Chicken 3pd cut into small pieces

Onion 2 medium chopped

Mixed sweet pepper cut length wise

Tomatoes 4 medium chopped

Garlic cloves 6-8 finally chopped

Salt to taste

Red chilli pd 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/2 tsp

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Oil 2 tbsp


Heat oil in a wok add chicken pieces fry until light brown

Now add chopped onion fry until onions are moisten and mushed

Add to this mixture garlic,fry until fragrant

After garlic add the spices and salt and fry for 2-3 mins

Now it's time to add our beautiful peppers which are thickly sliced

Fry,fry again at last you succeed I mean fry some more for 2-3 mins and add black pepper powder

When you see oil starting to Seperate from the gravy and onion are almost completely dissolved ,time to add our tomatoes cook uncovered for five minutes then cover it

Now simmer it on low heat until chicken is tender and gravy is thickened .

I was really tempted to sprinkle it with chopped corriander as usually done in a karahi (Pakistani style stir fry)
But It seemed to have good enough colors and beautiful aroma so I didn't.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe

You can have this karahi with Naan or plain rice .



Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Assalamo alaikum,
I'm back !!!after 8 long months but now I'm here to stay yeah inshAllah!!! (if Allah wills) I will continue to write good recipes on my blog .hope my visitors will enjoy it!!
So here we go ,today I'm going to share a recipe in which we traditionally use veal,beef or mutton but today I'm using chicken but I'm sure when made in your home its going to be a hit inshAllah!!!
Whole Chicken cut in small pieces 2-3 pd
Onion sliced 3
Oil 2 tbsp
Yogurt 2tbsp
Garlic cloves 10 sliced thinly
Ginger 1 inch piece shredded

Red chili pd 1/2 tsp
Turmeric pd. 1/8 tsp
Salt to taste
Whole black cardamon 2
Bay leaves 2
Cinnamon stick 2 1/2 inch pieces
Cloves 10
Whole black pepper 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Whole dried red chillies 3-4

Heat oil,and then fry sliced onion until golden brown
Now add sliced all of the whole spices and fry for few minutes
Then add sliced garlic fry until fragrant
Add chicken pieces cook until lightly cooked
Now add shredded ginger and fry again for few minutes
Add red chili powder,turmeric and salt fry for 4 mins
And also add yogurt
Keep frying the meat until all the spices and yogurt are mixed thoroughly
Now add 1 cup water cook on high heat until stew is bubbly
After 2 mins lower down the heat cook covered on low flame until chicken is tender
Now cook it uncovered on high heat until gravy is little thick
Now simmer on low flames so the oil separates from gravy
Enjoy your stew chicken with roti or rice!!!