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Wednesday, 25 October 2017/ 04 Safar 1439H


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My Best Friend

The following is a diary entry of 14 year-old Muslimah.

Dear Diary,

When I hear anyone telling me about their best friend, I would feel "Oh I wish I had a friend like that!"

The fact is I had many friends. They were countless. Whoever I met I called them my ‘friend’ but I never had any best friend in my life. I saw my mother, my sisters, my brothers, my cousins, my classmates, etc. talking about their friends and heard them talking about the strength in their bond of friendship. Many times I heard them say to each other: "We have been through a lot together, we shared good times and bad times, laughter and tears, and no matter what we were there for each other." These words made me yearn to have a best friend. I realized best friends are a blessing from Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala (the Exalted and Glorified) and no matter what we do we cannot earn best friends unless Allah (swt) wills. Last year I was really silly that I used to have an imaginary friend who I always shared my feelings with and made everybody believe that this friend was real. My imaginary friend was my best friend who was with me during times of joy and hardship.

Sometimes I would not have control over my tears and it would flow through my cheeks and would drench my scarf. I wondered why? Then I realized it is because I lack something precious in life…A BEST FRIEND! No imaginary friend can replace a real friend. I became desperate and wondered "Am I so cruel that nobody wants to be close to me even if I try to be close to them?" I sunk deep inside but never showed my emotions and pretended I didn't give way to my emotions.

I cried so much when I was alone. One day when I was crying for a friend, fears of shiver suddenly ran up my body… I wondered why? Then felt a voice inside me saying,”Stop! Stop this nonsense! How can you cry? And why are you crying? Don’t you know Allah is the Walee of the believer? Are you a believer? If so, then stop! And talk to your Best Friend!"

"Allah is the Walee (The Protector/Friend) of those who believe and takes them from darkness into light." (Qur'an 2:257)

SubhaanAllah! (Glory be to Allah) He (Allah (swt), my Protector and my Friend) had been there with me even before I was born. He is there for me at all times. He would never abandon me. His word (Quran) is a source of encouragement, hope and a counsel for me …He is The Best of all best friends anybody can have! And I know my Best Friend will surround me with many more companions in the Hereafter. I will ask Allah (swt) to surround me with friends like Fathima radi Allahu `anha (may Allah be pleased with her) bint Muhammad salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings be upon him), one of the noble woman in the entire world, because I read her story was so impressed and touched by her wonderful noble quality! Now will I say “Oh I yearn for a best friend!"

No. I will try my best to work according to the way my Best Friend advised and InshaAllah I will get to see my other friends like Fathima (RA) bint Muhammad (saws) in the Hereafter!!!

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Honey & Mustard Chicken Strips

3 tbsp butter - 3 tbsp oil - 1 medium onion, minced - 1/2 cup tomato puree - 1/2 cup liquid honey - 1/4 cup cider vinegar - 1 tbsp worcester sauce - 1/2 tsp each of dried thyme, oregano, basil, paprika, pepper & salt - 1 tsp mustard powder - 500g chicken breasts, stripped - 2 tbsp olive oil to braise chicken - 1 clove garlic, minced - 200 ml fresh cream.

Heat butter & oil in pot. Add onion & sauté until tender. Add tomato puree, honey, vinegar, worcester sauce & seasonings. Simmer until sauce is thick & glossy. Braise chicken in olive oil & garlic until golden-brown then add to sauce. Add water & fresh cream & simmer until done.

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