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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 / 21 Rajab 1438H


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HADITH (Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be Upon Him)

Abu Bakrah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, "Shall I not inform you of one of the gravest of the cardinal sins?'' We said: "Yes, O Messenger of Allah!'' He (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, "To join others as partners with Allah in worship and to be undutiful to one's parents.'' The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) sat up from his reclining position (in order to stress the importance of what he was going to say) and added, "I warn you making a false statement and giving a false testimony. I warn you against making a false statement and giving a false testimony.'' The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) kept on repeating this (warning) till we wished he should stop. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary: The contents of this Hadith make the gravity of making a false statement abundantly clear. How unfortunate indeed it is that, like other major sins, the evil of giving false testimony is very common among the present-day Muslims. May Allah prevent us from it.

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1 kg mixed seafood (prawns calamari kingklip crayfish tails) - 3 large onions finely sliced - Cooking oil for frying - 200grm mushrooms chopped - 1 Green pepper seeded and chopped - 1 Red pepper seeded and chopped - 750ml uncooked rice - Salt and Tabasco sauce to taste. Marinade
60ml peri-peri sauce - 10ml grouched garlic - Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste - 5ml Tabasco sauce.

Combine marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl add mixed seafood and marinate for 1 hour. Fry onion in heated oil until golden 5-10 mins. Add mushrooms and fry a further 5 mins or until softened. Remove onions and mushrooms from pan and set aside. Fry peppers in oil for 5 mins remove from pan and set aside. Transfer seafood and marinade to frying pan and fry for 15 mins. Meanwhile boil rice in salted water until tender about 20 mins. Drain and rinse the rice.

Layer ingredients in a large saucepan as follows:

First rice, then onions and mushrooms (save some onion for garnish) then peppers and finally seafood mixture. Continue layering until all the ingredients have been used up. Sprinkling each layer with a little salt and Tabasco sauce.Steam covered over medium heat for 30 mins. Garnish with reserved onions. Serve on its own or as an accompaniment to Prawns curry.

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