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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

Islam: What's It all About?

Author: 
Sajid Iqbal

Q: What is Islam?

A: The word "Islam" means peace and submission. Peace means to be at peace with yourself and your surroundings and submission means submission to the will of God. Islam is not just a religion but also a complete way of life. It deals with each and every aspect of life.

Muslims believe in one God and in the Day of Judgment and individual accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jacob Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus. God's message was reaffirmed and finalised by the Prophet Muhammad.

Homeless: Life living on the streets

With thousands of people living rough on the streets in the UK, Sajid Iqbal and Moheeb Ali, spoke to one man who has been homeless for the last 15 years across the UK speaking of what life is really like living on the streets.

How did you become homeless?

I was going through a difficult period in my life and I turned to drugs and alcohol. As a result, I lost my house, my friends and unfortunately my family too. When I first hit the streets I only had the clothes on my back and if you’re not streetwise, you’re done for!

Kashmir- The Forgotten Tragedy

Sajid Iqbal speaks to Shams Rehman, author of 'Azaad Kashmir and British Kashmiris'

Since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, the region of Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan. Not surprisingly, it remains a contentious issue for many Muslims in the UK, the majority of whom can trace their origins to Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

‘Azad Kashmir and British Kashmiris’ is a collection of articles on different aspects of Kashmir.  The book introduces the reader to the government, politics, economy, language and religion in this part of the divided Kashmir. It also touches upon some controversial issues and to what extent Azad Kashmir is ‘Azad’, meaning free.

What’s He Chattin’ About?

Author: 

Aalim: An Islamic scholar  

Allahu Akbar: This means God is Greater and is known as Takbir

Da'wah: An invitation usually to Islam or towards any good

Fatwa: An Islamic ruling based on evidences from the sources of Islam for a specific situation. They are usually issued by a Mufti only

Fitnah: In the Quran it is used to describe the trials and temptations that may face the believers. Now, it is used to describe the forces that cause mischief, chaos and scandal within the Muslim community, disturbing social peace and order

Hajjis: A title given to a Muslims who have completed the pilgrimage to Makkah

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Depression – What depression?

Author: 
Written By Khadija Tai

Having worked as a social worker for the last 8 years in Birmingham, I have come across depression almost on a daily basis. With my experience and real life exposure to this illness, I write the following:

 

So what is depression?

The general definition of depression is a psychological disorder that affects a person's mood changes, physical functions and social interactions.

Moroccan Lamb Kebabs

Skewered Kebab

Skewered Kebab
Skewered Kebab
Author: 
Saadia Iqbal

Accompany your spicy grilled lamb kebabs with pitta for a mouthwatering sensation. Serve with fresh green vegetables tzatziki sauce.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

Ready In: 30 Minutes

Servings: 6

INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds ground lamb

1 cup raisins

5 ounces goat cheese

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 red onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

Salt

Ground pepper

METHOD:

1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

Sheesha Bars - The Muslim Club OR Another Hub?

VOICE OF THE MUSLIM YOUTH:

Areeba Khalid, 25, Derby

I can’t believe some of the fuss that is being made about shisha bars. I think people would have a stronger point if they said shisha is Haram because it is bad for you by backing it up with evidence. Saying it is haram because of the environment (intermixing/music) – in my opinion sounds a little bit ridiculous. It’s like saying going to school/town/any other café is Haram because of what COULD happen. We live in a country and a society where intermixing/ background music is pretty normal. We’ve all been to schools and the majority of us work in such environments.

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