Dear little sistar, a letter for you about.pearl-in-shell… VIRGINITY Is a precious thing, it is something if I had my life again, knowing what I know now I wouldn’t have given away so easily but I have an excuse; I was not a Muslim, I wasn’t told but I was told by my father do not commit adultery and that’s all he said and I thought adultery was just between married people, poor thing he was too embarrassed to tell me any more than that. Virginity is a commodity some men want, especially young men, they feeling that no man has been there before, especially for the mother of their children, it is a little bit sad that in some cases it is the only thing that some men look for in a woman and they do not look for deen or intelligence. Still if you have your virginity value it, it’s a precious commodity to be looked after. As a mature woman, a mother and grandmother maasha’allah I will tell you more than that. I will tell you the things I wish I was told and we will start with a proverb from the bible, because as a Muslim we are supposed to know of the torah, the zebour, the injeel and the Quran. In the book of matthew7;6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Virginity is a pearl, your pearl and its precious, the womb and Allah are connected Ar-Rahman , one of Allah’s most beautiful names is directly associated with the womb

In a HADITH QUDSI it is reported that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said that Allah said:

أَنَا الرَّحْمنُ خَلَقْتُ الرَّحِمَ وَشَقَقْتُ لَهَا اسْمًا مِنِ اسْمِي، فَمَنْ وَصَلَهَا وَصَلْتُهُ وَمَنْ قَطَعَها قَطَعْتُهُ

‘I Am Ar-Rahman. I created the RAHAM (womb) and derived a name for it from My Name. Hence, whoever keeps it (family ties), I will keep ties to him, and whoever severs it, I will sever ties with him.’. The order of the first three root letters is the same ر raa ح hee م maa It would do all of well to think of this and the high status of womb-man in Allah’s Plan Now we are speaking of virginity in the sense of a young woman not having any sexual experience not those nasty girls who have anal sex to keep their hymen in place, nasty on so many levels nasty. As women if we only knew that our womb and Allah are so connected, we would not be in such a rush to open our legs, even within married to the dogs and pigs. There are people who behave like dogs and pigs everywhere, even in our ummah. Our womb was created to carry life ad that life should be nurtured by an intelligent holistic mother and father who both know that mind body and soul is vital to create a wonderful new human being. As sistars do we think will that men we are speaking with for marriage, does he fear Allah? Is he disciplined? Does he guard his prayers or keep you talking on the phone all night? What’s he like with his mum and his sisters? What are his sisters like? We have already made up our mind to marry him because we have fallen for his charm thinking that we are different to all the other women before we can fix him…vanity. We should think is this man good enough to take my virginity and if we study the life of the prophet Muhammad salah la alaihi wa salem more we would have the best example to measure by. However if we are not guarding our prayers, studying Quran and sunnah enough and patterning our heart with Islam by Allah grace ..Who can we blame when we marry a less than mediocre brother? We get what we deserve… and if we do not value ourselves enough we can only blame ourselves. Virginity is precious to think careful before you FALL and by fall I mean let your guard down a\and stumble around like a drunken fool, getting confused not knowing where to go. It is not befitting of virgin practicing Muslims to give their virginity away so easily and the wisdom of the wali has to be involved I would say from the beginning to keep the dogs and pigs away May Allah guide us and protect us, forgive me this is not a scholarly article but a letter to my little sistars The following are a list of questions to ask a prospective spouse taken from I know its a long list but take your tiem and get to know a brother or sister before you give away your precious pearl.
Why are you interested in marrying at this time?
How would you describe yourself?
What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?
Describe three experiences you’ve had that you’ve benefited/learned from.
What has been the hardest obstacle you’ve faced thus far in life? How has it affected you?
If there was one thing you would like to change about yourself, what would it be?
What are your goals for this life? What would you like to accomplish before you die?
What are you looking for in a spouse?
What role do you think parents should play in helping to select your spouse?
What process do you want to use to determine whether you have found the right spouse? Phone? E-mail? Chaperoned or unchaperoned in person? How much time do you want to decide?
What do you do to feel close to Allah (swt)?
How to you hope to get closer to Allah (swt) through marriage?
What do you want to improve about yourself Islamically?
How many times per day do you pray? What about while at work?
How much Qur’an have you memorized?
To what extent are you involved in the Islamic community?
Do you fast during Ramadan?
How do you determine how to distribute Zakat? How do you give in Sadaqa?
Have you been on Hajj or Umrah? When would you like to go?
Are you affiliated with a particular masjid or Islamic group?
How important do you think it is to only eat Halal meat?
How important do you think it is for women to wear hijab? What about men?
How do you like to celebrate religious holidays?
Do you go for jummah prayers?
Do you have non-Muslim friends?
What do you think Muslims should do on American holidays?
What do you think parents/extended family’s role should be in making important decisions: wedding planning, child rearing, vacations, where you will live?
What do you do if there is a conflict between your spouse and your family?
Are you comfortable living with extended family, particularly as they age? Are other accomodations possible?
How much time do you anticipate spending with your extended family, in person or by phone?
Would you describe the character of your family members?
What have you learned from observing your family that you do or do not want to incorporate into your marriage?
What career path do you plan on taking?
Will both husband and wife work outside the home?
Under what conditions would you be willing to move to further your or your spouse’s professional growth?
How much time do you spend at work?
How do you plan to balance time at work and time with the family?
What kind of business functions will you ask each other to host/attend?
Would you encourage/support the idea of me going back to school for advanced degrees?
How would we support ourselves if we both had to be in school?
How do you like to spend your free time?
How much time do you spend watching TV?
What interests would you like to share with your spouse?
How much time alone would you like to have?
How do you feel about separate vacations? Business trips? Conferences?
How much time do you want to spend with friends? By yourself? As a couple?
How would you feel about your spouse having friends of the opposite gender?
Where do you want to live? Why?
Will you want to live near your extended family?
Do you prefer city? Suburb? Countryside?
Do you want to live in the U.S. or abroad?
How important is it to live in a large Muslim community?
How many children do you want to have?
When do you think you’ll be ready to have children?
How will you distribute responsibility for child rearing? Diapering?
What do you think it is important to teach children?
What is your view on raising children? Do you spank?
To what extent would you be willing to utilize family members, friends, baby sitters or day are to watch your children?
How will you ensure your children have a good Islamic education?
What would you do if you could not have children?
Do you want your children to grow up bilingual? In what languages?
How many personal savings/checking accounts would you want?
Who should be responsible for paying bills?
What about prior assets?
How will you determine how much should be spent on the household? On personal items? On charity?
How much should either person be able to spend by themselves without consulting the other?
How much should be paid out in maher (dowry)? Up front versus deferred?
If we were on an uncomfortably tight budget, and your brother asked you for a generous loan for a third attempt at a start-up when the first two had failed, would you give it to him?
What would be your top five criteria for developing a financial plan?
Should the wife change her last name?
What last name should the children carry?
How do you feel about cleanliness, neatness and housework?
How do you feel about knickknacks and artwork?
Who is responsible for work around the house?
What are the household chores you are used to doing?
Have you ever lived alone? Have you ever had a roommate? Have you always lived with your parents?
How do you feel about pets?
What are your preferences in terms of food? Mostly from your own ethnic group, or a more diverse palate? Only home-made, or also convenience or from restaurants? Meat or vegetarian?
If we were both working and we both got home about the same time, would you expect the wife to always be the cook?
How do you feel about smoking?
What are your pet peeves?
How should disagreements be resolved?
How do you act when you get upset?
How would you go about making you spouse happy when s/he was feeling down?
What would you want your spouse to do if you disagreed about something?
What if the disagreement is over an interpretation of Islam?
Who would be your choice of arbiters, or how do you feel about arbitration?
How do you feel about marriage counseling?
What are your views?
What is your experience with families with a second wife?
Will infidelity automatically end the marriage?
What role does culture play in your life?


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Karimah bint Dawoud Islamic Nutrition

as salam alaikum, peace and love of Allah brothers and sistars, just a few of the organisations that have featured my revert to Islam story and/or my limited knowledge as an islamic nutritionist…alhmdulilah maasha’Allahkarimah-nutri-card-logos

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Salad Daze

Maybe Akala will do a poetry /nutrition workshop with us insha’allah, see you in Grove …

Salad days” is a Shakespearean idiomatic expression to refer to a youthful time, accompanied by the inexperience, enthusiasm, idealism, innocence, or indiscretion that one associates with a young person. A more modern use, especially in the United States, refers to a heyday, a period when somebody was at the peak of their abilities—not necessarily in that person’s youth.


Discovery Apples, beetroot, watercress,cilantro vinaigrette  and sesame seed salad.

Recipe coming soon for vinaigrette insha’Allah

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FEED THE NEED feeding the homeless in Central London Winter 2016

Alhamdulilah (praise God), we are still up to our arms in Qurbani meat donations. Maasha’Allah we are a small group of brothers and sisters but it only takes a small committed team to cook and distribute 15o portions of food. Ideally you need 3 sisters at any one time to cook and 3 to pack and ideally you need 3 brothers to front having out the food.More details of how to do it soon insha’Allah.


Right now we are preparing wholefood, home cooked meals to take out on the streets tonight.Most of the homeless in Central London are Romanian, Lithuanian, Russian, English business men who lost their business, their house, their wife, British service men  with post traumatic stress syndrome, down and outs and British men particularly that like the hobo existence.There are a few women.

It’s starting to get chilly  and we are making more of an effort to fund raise for sleeping bags, we had a cake sale/sleeping bags drop a couple of weeks ago and last week gave out 12 winter quality sleeping bags

Today insha’allah we we’ll be giving out food;brown rice with spices and mix vegetables in the rice, lamb curry using the Qurbani meat and a lentil and spinach  curry that’s ital like vital.




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Our butchers donated a whole lamb, 20 kilos , they actually gave us 2 lambs but we asked them to save one for next time insha’allah, for us to cook and feed the poor and needy.

We  make curry, not too spicy as most of the homeless are East European;Romanian, Russian, Lithuanian .We serve with brown rice which is healthier than white rice. We flavour the rice with spices and mixed vegetables. They get a E-number free drink and we have a few sleeping bags to give away.

Alhamdulilah for everything praise God.

Please contact if you want to get involved or donate


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We Have 2 Eids….Qurbani is Part of Hajj Eid

We Have 2 Eids….Qurbani is Part of Hajj Eid
Just like the Queen of England has 2 birthdays Muslims have 2 Eids.
Eid means celebration
We have one Eid after fasting approximately 30 days of Ramadhan
We have another Eid after the Hajj Pilgrimage rituals, that have been an ongoing annual pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudia Arabia, since the time of the Prophet Abraham.
Abraham’s first wife Sarah couldn’t conceive a child, so she gave him her assistant Hajja , an Egyptian of the Pharonic household, as a wife.
Hajja conceived Ishmael and Sarah became jealous and wanted Abraham to take Hajja and baby Ishmael away. He took them to Makkah, an Ancient Sacred site.
They settled there and the well of Zam zam revealed itself to Hajja and the baby Ishmael and the settlement around fresh water began
Abraham or Ibraheem(alaihi wa salem) as we call him, visited them regularly and together the father and son built a Sacred Tabernacle.
Allah/God through a dream asked Abraham to show his devotion by sacrificing his son. It was the custom of matriarchal religions of the time to sacrifice their king every year.
As Abraham was about to do this, Allah stop him and instructed him to kill a sheep instead.
This ritual of killing a sheep as a sacrifice exists to this day for people who perform the hajj pilgrimage and those who remain in their own homes who can afford to sacrifice a sheep, killed in the method of halal slaughter, which is more than just saying “bismillair”.

Karimah’s Cuisina is a faith based well being organisation  and part of our portfolio is to cook healthy nutritious food and distribute to the poor and needy. We get given meat from the Eid sacrifices which is know as Qurbani meat .

Summary of conditions for Halal slaughter
Islamic law requires that animals intended for human consumption be slain in a certain manner. The conditions for Halal slaughter can be summarized as follows:
• The animal to be slaughtered must be from the categories that are permitted for Muslims to eat.
• The animal must be alive at the time of slaughter.
• No electric shock, bullet or any other means should be used before slaughtering. Using any such method may lead to the death of the animal before it is cut. Islam prohibits Muslims from eating any meat coming from an animal that is dead before slaughter. Muslims are also advised to avoid eating anything doubtful.
• The animal must be slaughtered by the use of a sharp knife. The knife must not kill due to its weight. If it kills due to the impact the meat may not be permissible.
• The windpipe (throat), food-tract (oesophagus) and the two jugular veins must be cut.
• The slaughtering must be done in one stroke without lifting the knife. The knife should not be placed and lifted when slaughtering the animal.
• Slaughtering must be done by a sane adult Muslim. Animals slaughtered by a Non Muslim will not be Halal.
• The name of Allah must be invoked (mentioned) at the time of slaughtering by saying:
Bismillah Allahu Akbar. (In the Name of Allah; Allah is the Greatest.)
• If at the time of slaughtering the name of anyone else other than Allah is invoked (i.e. animal sacrificed for him/her), then the meat becomes Haram “unlawful.”
• If a Muslim forgets to invoke the name of Allah at the time of slaughtering, the meat will remain Halal. However, if he intentionally does not invoke the name of Allah, the meat becomes Haram.
• The head of the animal must not be cut off during slaughtering but later after the animal is completely dead, even the knife should not go deep into the spinal cord.
• Skinning or cutting any part of the animal is not allowed before the animal is completely dead.
• Slaughtering must be made in the neck from the front (chest) to the back.
• The slaughtering must be done manually not by a machine, as one of the conditions is the intention, which is not found in a machine.
• The slaughtering should not be done on a production line where pigs are slaughtered. Any instrument used for slaughtering pigs should not be used in the Halal slaughtering.

We cooked and took 5 kilos of free range lamb to a men’s hostel for vulnerable men with mental health, drug an alcohol issues.

Customary and Desirable Practices When Slaughtering
• Water should be offered to the animal before slaughter, and it should not be slaughtered when hungry.
• The knife should be hidden from the animal, and slaughtering should be done out of sight of other animals waiting to be slaughtered.
• Animals should be killed in a comfortable way. Unnecessary suffering to them must be avoided.
• The knife should be re-sharpened before slaughter.
Storage, Processing and Transport of Halal Meat
• Meat chilled or frozen for export to Muslims should be stored in separate cold stores other than those in which pork or other non-Halal meat is stored.
• Meat minced or processed for Muslims should not be minced in the same machines used to mince pork or other non-Halal meat.

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Raw Foodies of Rasoul Allah Maasha’allah

Raw Foodies of Rasoul Allah Maasha’allah


Alhamdulilah yesterday was a massive day for Karimah’s Cuisina Faith Based Well Being Organisation.
We, Muslim women, delivered a raw food workshop to the wider community, illustrating that Muslims are also on the progressive edge of Health Well Being and Nutrition.
We engaged the visitors of the Farm the City London to make raw veggie rice wrappers A.K.A. Summer Rolls.We made a sweet and spicy and another more spicy raw satay sauce and the rest is Herstory, a great time was had by all and everyone wanted seconds, alhmdulilah maashallah.




• 235 grammes salted peanut butter
• 150 grms sesame seed oil
• 5 small onions washed, peeled and chopped
• 1 clove garlic peeled and chopped
• 235grm coconut milk tinned ok
• 150 grm soya sauce
• Dry chillis to taste, add a few, keep tasting in between blending, then add more if desired
• 150 grm honey or brown sugar or tamarind paste
• Put all ingredient in blender and blitz
• Add more chillies to taste
• It’s so simple

Rice Wrappers can be bought at Oriental grocery stores….BUT…

It’s best to prepare veggies first, wash, peel, chop, slice, shred, chiffonier,grate

You can use


  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Bean sprouts
  • Sweet peppers
  • Chilli peppers
  • Spring onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Courgettes/zucchini
  • Radish
  • Avocado
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Rocket
  • Sweet corn /mini corn


Emma Brooks , one of the founders of Farm the City, with her sistar Roz


  • mint
  • thai basil,
  • cockscomb mint
  • perilla leaves
  • coriander
  • tarragon
  • garlic
  • chives
  • parsley
  • ginger
  • mustard
  • cress


Happy Campers eating sun fired food, with amazing maasha’Allah local Muslim young people who helped out preparing the vegetables as well as being involved in the urban gardening project that helped to grow them, alhmdulilah, praise Allah/Godkc farm raw sept 16 H text.jpg

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RAW SATAY SAUCE is perfect with raw rice wrappers and raw veggies

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• 235 grams salted peanut butter
• 150 grams sesame seed oil from Somali shops
• 5 small onions washed, peeled and chopped
• 1 clove garlic peeled and chopped
• 235 grams coconut milk tinned ok
• 150 grams soya sauce
• Dry chillis to taste, add a few, keep tasting in between blending, then add more if desired
• 150 grams honey or brown sugar or tamarind paste

• Put all ingredient in blender and blitz
• Add more chillies to taste
• It’s so simple

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let me make it really simple

cancer like an acidic body

some foods we eat create an acid environment in our body,

cancer likes acid, cancer like sugar

alkali foods neutralise acid foods

alkali foods combat cancer




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Children Vaccine UK


ACCORDING TO THE NHS website……in the UK , babies as young as 8-16 weeks are vaccinated with rotavirus vaccine to combat rotavirus infection which is a form of gastroenteritis, which the NHS same web page says is “Gastroenteritis can be very unpleasant, but it usually clears up by itself within a week. You can normally look after yourself or your child at home until you’re feeling better.”



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