FEED THE NEED RAMADAN 2016

  Karimahs Cusina, feeding the homeless on the streets of Central London.

By the grace of Allah (God) we have been knocking this project out in Central London.

“Quality before quantity “ is our motto, where ever possible.

We strive to practice what we preach and Islam says in the Quran,

Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – سورة البقرة

 Verse 267

“you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy”

Basically don’t give what you won’t take.

As a qualified nutritionist and most of Karimahs Cuisina members are foodies of one sort or another, our standards are high.

We cook brown rice , infused with cardamom, cloves, cassia bark and turmeric, we add frozen mixed vegtables and red lentils, a meal in it’s self.

We cook a madras lamb mince curry made with good quality lamb, all fresh ingredient including fresh garlic and ginger in the masala,  and topped off with fresh  chopped parsley and coriander for additional vitmains and minerals.

Homeless people are needy not starving, they are often malnourished, meaning they are force or choose to eat junk because they are used to it.

However there have been a number of tiems on the street where they have given us feedback that they think what we give them is “quality” and “made with love”.

“we can tell that you think about us when you are making it”

Some of them know what good taste like.

We have very little core funding, perhaps £30 a month regular donations.

In Ramadhan people are more generous, so this is a little reportage to show you what we do when you are more generous, we do more, alhmdulilah, praise God.

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20 AND 30 LITRE NEW COOL BAGS WHICH ARE GREAT AT KEEPING FOOD WARM

10 WARM WEATHER SLEEPING BAGS

10 WARM WEATHER SLEEPING BAGS

63 KILOS OF RICE WILL DO US 7 OUTINGS INSHA'ALLAH

63 KILOS OF RICE WILL DO US 7 OUTINGS INSHA’ALLAH

6 KILOS OF RED LENTILS WILL ONLY DO US 3 OUTINGS INSHA’ALLAH

SPICES FOR THE RICE WILL LAST 6-7 OUTING INSHA’ALLAH

Now it’s time to peel 15-20 kilos onions and get on with the masala, there’s other ingredients like olive oil, tomato passata,curry powder, sea salt,etc.

Its Ramadhan, I am tired but I think you get the idea by now.

I believe that Allah test people by many means and because we have stuck to this premise of quality for poor and vulnerable people, this is why this small project has been consistent, alhamdulilah.

Our volunteers are street souljahs, day in day out, winter, spring, summer and fall, I all have to do is call and they come running, hungry for good deeds to obey Allah and seek His Face in the next life insha’allah.

BANK DETAILS KARIMAHS CUISINA NAT WEST

REF: FEED , ACCOUNT 61933090  SORT CODE 55-50-28

IBAN GB93 NWBK 5550 2861 9330 90

 

Feed the Need , feeding the homeless in central London is next week insha’allah, please we need your donations as well as buying ingredients, food containers, drinks etc, we can buy socks and pants,PLEASE REFERENCE YOUR PAYMENTS “FEED” barak allahfeekum

Bradford Literature Festival 2015

Bradford Literature Festival

"Liberation" by Mark Davis
“Liberation” by Mark Davis

 

We were asked to give a lecture, as part of this festival, about Ramadhan and Nutrition.

 As a published author it was a blessing and honour to be asked to be part of this prestigious event with authors from all around the world, Alhamdulillah.

I have wanted to go to Bradford for ages, ever since seeing east is east on channel 4 TV but the Bradford we saw was nothing like that.

Stately listed Victorian building hosted the Bradford literature festival.

I thought, “Do they know what they are letting themselves in for?” as I am not the most subtle of speakers. I was immediately reassured by Irna Qureshi, one of the festival founders, she let me know that I was just the ticket they needed. Such a sweet lovely lady maasha’allah.

Bradford Literature Festival Featured Author Speaker
Bradford Literature Festival Featured Author Speaker

The organizers put us up in the swanky midland hotel and we hit the ground running. Bumping into Festival Photographer Mark davits in the hotel lobby and then once again in the town square, casually leaning up against flag pole, he asked me,

“How would you feel about walking through eh center of the town’s foundation?

Moments later, soaked from head to foot, thank God I took my biker boots off, he was grinning from ear to ear telling me the foto was called liberation and it would be entered for the spirit of Bradford competition at The Caravan Gallery.

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

I had an amazing young, bright and sparky PA with me all the time, a young Pakistani sister who is set for great things inshaa’allah.

 We ate great curry at Kashmir , near the Alhambra Theatre and the restaurateurs wrapped up all the untouched left overs which we gave to a couple of homeless who were made up by the gesture.

Kashmir Curry House, Bradford, the Best Peshwari Naan
Kashmir Curry House, Bradford, the Best Peshwari Naan

The talk went well,alhmdulilah, it was more like an intimate conversation with a group of health conscious spiritual people than a lecture, just the sort of crowd I like.

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I love Bradford and want to come here again…. inshaa’allah.

http://www.bradfordliteraturefestival.co.uk/

 

FEED THE NEED PROFILE

FEED THE NEED  Among the many diverse food and nutrition-conscious activities delivered by Karimah’s Cuisina is FEED THE NEED, feeding the homeless in Central London.  

Servants of Allah
Servants of Allah

 However, inspired by the Quranic ayats, we set out to do what Allah has instructed us to do, to feed the needy:  “And righteous are those who give food, in spite of their own need, to the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of Allah, saying in their hearts: ‘We feed you for the sake of Allah Alone; we desire nothing in return from you, not even a word of thanks.’”  Surat Al-‘Insān (The Man) Chapter 76, 8-9 Another inspiration was the Conservative Party’s Big Society ,which seemed to offer faith based organisations an opportunity to  pick up the slack where the government was making cuts. And finally the Islamic classic scholar, Imam Al Ghazali, has a book of manners about eating and he mentioned “Mercy Tables”, and so FEED THE NEED came into being.  

Feed The Need
Feed The Need

Three years later, we are stronger than ever. Alhamdulillah rabeel alameen, praise The Creator, we have a strong core team of volunteers and regular sponsors, masha Allah, as God would have it be.   So what is Feed The Need, feeding the homeless in Central London?

Madras Breast of Chicken Curry
Madras Breast of Chicken Curry

We cook healthy meals from scratch, usually, but not always, brown rice with mixed vegetables, meat or vegetarian medium curry thats as good as anything you will get in Brick Lane and provide healthy additive-free soft drinks. Sometimes it’s like ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and we have to think on our feet to make something fresh and funky with donated ingredients. When it’s cold, we take tea and coffee and at this time of the year we distribute mince pies, socks, hats and toiletries, when funds permit.   We distribute in central London to relieve the hunger of the ever-growing number of homeless people in need whose home is literally on the streets. Though some are Muslim, most people we meet are not. Alhamdulillah, meals have been delivered regularly: monthly or bi-monthly for three years.   Most of our volunteers have their Food Health and Hygiene Qualification, paid for by our fundraising and support from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council.   Previously using the kitchen of Al Manar Cultural Centre in Ladbroke Grove gave us more scope to increase volumes. However the kitchen was taken over by a take-away franchise. So currently we are negotiating with a local community centre in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Insha Allah using a commercial kitchen will help to engage more volunteers from the wider community.   How charity helps us We accept raw ingredients that are often donated charitably to include in our menu. We do not take cooked food as we have reputation for quality, clean food that we prepare to our own, high standards for immediate delivery to ensure freshness without the need to reheat. Alhamdulillah, our regulars recognise our care and thoroughness. Quality not quantity is the ethos behind everything we do. Halal meat, fish, lentils, brown rice, onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, vegetables, fruits, salad vegetables and spice are ideal donations of raw ingredients. At certain times of the year we are open to receiving warm blankets, good condition shoes and warm clothes, mainly, but not exclusively, for men.     Financial donations enable our expansion, to reach more hungry homeless people more frequently, to pay for equipment as well as food, and to enable us to cover costs for our volunteers.   BANK DETAILS KARIMAHS CUISINA NAT WEST UK ACCOUNT 61933090  SORT CODE 55-50-28  IBAN GB93 NWBK 5550 2861 9330 90 Reference FEED            How can YOU help: with donations? Arrangements to contribute any item other than money can be made with our Amir, Faisal Mu’meen on 07966394595 or our Amira, Karimah Bint Dawoud, at karimahscuisinaa@gmail.com   How can YOU help: with your time? Could you spare 4 hours a month to be part of the team helping to shop, prepare, cook, clean, pack or come out on the street with us to distribute the meals? It’s quite a baton-passing challenge and beside good references, you need enthusiasm and to work well within a team with the clock ticking.   Maybe your strengths are marketing and fundraising? Could you help us?   We would love you to be part of the Feed The Need team so please email vipkarimahscuisina@gmail.com  to let us know you’ve checked your diary and want to join us.    And please remember keep us in your duaas.   Be a part of this noble endeavour. Feel free to get in touch. We would love to hear from you. Jazakumallahkhayrun, may Allah reward you with good. Ameen.   The Founder of Feed The Need

Karimah bint Dawoud- c/o 1st Witness management
Karimah bint Dawoud- c/o 1st Witness management

Alhamdulillah rabeel alameen. Karimah Bint Dawoud, the Glam Imam is a Muslim chaplain, who specialises in Islamic wellbeing, nutrition and gender issues. In between interviewing potential husbands, jumping up and down on the bed with her grandson and taking food photos, her role is as go-between for the Shariah council and the wider community. Also Karimah has been an agony auntie for the last few years, experienced on the subjects of families, marriage, weight loss and Islam, masha Allah. A revert to Islam, she is a qualified nutritionist and award-winning author of ‘Heavenly Bites’, currently compiling a second book, masha Allah.  

Nutrition and Michael Brown Killing

I am not going to say much about this but I have to say something, as the mother of a young black man who has been stopped by the police so many times, every time I hear a siren I pray for him, where ever he is and where ever I am alhmdulilah maashallah I pray for his  safety.

I am lover of Black men, my father is a black man and I think , wasn’t it white men that brought black men from African, stole them away, kidnapped them for 5oo years of slave labour , so they could build the  white  empire on their backs, like the Pharoahs used the Isrealites ?

And now as black people are on the rise once again, maasha’allah as God would ahve it be,accessing education and business there are some white folks who just can’t deal with it and feel the need to keep black folks in their place, and where is that place i wonder? The problem with guns and jobs that  give individuals access to a LEGAL gun, is that these jobs attract people with good intention, who genuinely want to up hold justice and the law but these positions also attract the scum of the earth, with a bad agenda, who have no intention of upholding the constitution.

May Allah have mercy on Michael Brown’s soul ameen

PLEASE WATCH…..from a clinical nutrtionsit perspective, the diet of too many of these people, who are supposed to be law enforcers, is deficient and thus effecetting their mental, yes the mental health of the police needs to be questione.A diet that lack omega 3 oils, affects the brain in that it perceives challenges as threats, from a UK perspective we have no respect for the typical american diet, no respct at all, I am not defending the outrageous behaviour of the police man who murdered Michael Brown, I am just adding in my opinion from a qualifed nutrtionist perspective, one of the reasons why we have too many white trigger happy policemen in the USA

CRICKET LOVELY CRICKET-FIRE IN BABYLON

It’s interesting and necessary to show the world that women and men who love food and love cooking  and are absolutely foodies, refuse to be marginalized into the kitchen without an opinion, have they not learnt yet that the kitchen is the place of meeting , around the camp fire around the heated pot , communing , watching , reflecting and pondering what is going on, “wha tis going on”?

INSPIRING TO WORLD RELATIONS, RELATIVE TO RIGHT NOW, PLEASE WATCH THIS CLIP!!!!!!Yesterday I had the privilege of watching FIRE IN BABYLON, history of the west indies cricket team , who played like gentlemen till they were viciously inducted by the Australians team, into art of fast bowling.

The West Indies had naively thought that cricket was a gentlemen game, after the Australians showed them differently , the West Indies realized the gloves were off.Kerry Packer later had a little word in their ear and told them they needed to be more profession and assigned them a personal trainer.

Equation< African physique + 500 years of oppression via Transatlantic slave trade and dehumanization in Caribbean + enduring positive spiritual outlook, connected to teh One God +physical training= by the Grace of The Almighty, a team that smashed it up! And kept on smashing it up where ever they went internationally.

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Alhamdulilah it was political, it was spiritual and if you have been blessed with the ability to pick the sense form the nonsense you will insha’allah be inspired well and truly by the history of this amazing team, its worth buying the full DVD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbaI9xeMU-A

Viv Richards, my kind of man
Viv Richards, my kind of man

 

P.S.If Viv Richards is Muslim I would certainly considered being one of his wives 🙂 what a warrior maash’Allah!!!

Karimah’s Cuisina “CAKE COMPETITON ” MAY 2014

As salam alaikum wa rahmtulaahi wa barakatu brothers and sistars

Insha’Allah you are well and blessed by Allah with steadfast eman.

Insha’allah we are having a cake competition to raise funds for FEED THE NEED, feeding the homeless in central London.

Cake Competition
Cake Competition

Alhamdulillah we have been doing this regularly feeding project for nearly two years this Ramadan but can only keep it going when we tie our camel.

We have great prizes; cinema tickets, Lush products, signed copies of “Heavenly Bites, the best of Muslim home cooking” by Karimah bint Dawoud and more as well as rosettes for the top 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

The categories are:-

• best cup cake
• best sponge cake
• best iced cake
Date; 18th May
Venue: Hanwell Community Centre, Ealing, London W7 1PD
Time:2-4pm, judging 2.30 prompt
Participation means you agree that all cakes be sold for the charitable cause after judging.

For any questions, please email vipkarimahscuisina@gmail.com

OR PLEASE DONATE TO

BANK DETAILS KARIMAHS CUISINA NAT WEST
REF: FEED , ACCOUNT 61933090 SORT CODE 55-50-28
IBAN GB93 NWBK 5550 2861 9330 90