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Monday, 28 July 2014

EID Day: Lets make a delicious Disaster!

How many of you agree that the best thing about Eid day is the DESSERTS! The only thing I love about cooking is desserts. I perceive Desserts as simply spreading smiles, love and happiness right from the kitchen into the hearts. The only problem is my family doesn’t view my desserts as happiness. Most likely they view it as a waste of resources.

A dessert without chocolates is a bore so all of my DISASTERS include lots of chocolates. Did you see what I did there? Now let me enlighten you. 
Once I made this perfect ultimate valentine chocolate dessert, called “Chocolate Mocha Pot de Crème.” It was simply a chocolate pudding in cups with a name that I couldn't even pronounce. It took me only 15 minutes to cook it then I left it in the fridge over the night.
Next day enthusiastically I asked my family to taste this awesome chocolate pudding expecting lots of praises. The first thing they asked was what it is called. I thought for a moment then said hesitantly “Chocolate Crème La Something.” They gave me a confused suspicious look. Yet they had no escape but to taste it reluctantly as I was jumping up and down busting with excitement. The next thing my family said was: “Wow nice, it’s good chocolate syrup so where is the dessert?”

It’s hard to be a good cook when you are so creative and artistic that none of your desserts resembles the original recipe in any way. After a long list of dessert disasters I have come to this conclusion that desserts just don’t get along with my freestyle cooking. They are more traditional and allow no space for my innovative ideas.

Let’s see if I succeed in making the vanilla dessert or disaster tonight for the Eid day while my family tries their best to keep me out of the kitchen. Now I want you to share what you love about Eid day and let me know what desserts are you having this Eid. May this Eid bring us lots of lovely desserts, Eidi, joy and happiness…!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Repentance: To Illuminate You

I have found three main categories of new generations of the Muslims around me. One who is lost in western culture and the luxuries of this world, the other extreme are the ones who follow Islam because they are forced to. Then there is this third category, these are the young brilliant students torn in between the other two extremes.

This third generation has the most knowledge of Islam; they have spiritual insight, thirst for knowledge and thus understand what Islam really is. The only problem is they are confused, they watch the tyrants enjoy life and the innocent suffer. They see their friends skip Salat, lost in the world of pleasure and get away with it. They think they are the only one against the world of evil so they almost give up on the hope to make a difference. What they forget is Islam is the hope, the brightest lamp, the positivity itself; it is the light that ignites the hearts and eliminates darkness.

The thing that amazes me most is the youngsters who are farthest from their Rub become the closest to Him. This is cause they were the most desperate to run away from the darkness to the light. They have witness what it is like to live in the shadows of depressions. They once longed for freedom; and now they have realized you can only free yourself from salivary of all creations of this world when you become a slave to its CREATOR.

Whenever you will leave the route ALLAH has decided for you, you would only end up suffering. At first you will feel you are so close to your destiny that you can almost grab it. It seems so near making you explode with pride that you did it on your own. Unfortunately when you extend your hand, and reach it, everything falls apart. All efforts go in vein all that looked too real too close was never there, never yours.

Then you find yourself on the ground, exhausted, tired, helpless and lost so then you repent. It’s just a beautiful reminder for the AR-RAHMAN that we are HIS slave and no matter how miles we walk away it is HIS Territory and HIS Will.  May He the MOST LOVING forgive us and guide us to the right paths and destinies in this month of RAMADAN KAREEM. Ameen