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Wednesday, 24 March 2021 / 10 Sha'ban 1442 AH


The Month of Shabaan: Part 1

Virtues of the Month of Sha`baan

Sha’baan is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar, falling between the Holy month of Rajab and the glorious month of Ramadan. The word ‘Sha’baan’ means to spread or distribute. This month was so called because during this time the people of Arabia dispersed in search of water or set out on military expeditions after the holy month of Rajab had ended.

Sha’baan is one of the meritorious months for which we find particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. It is reported in the authentic Ahaadith that Nabi ﷺ used to fast most of the month in Sha’baan. These fasts were not obligatory on him but Sha’baan is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramadaan. Therefore, Nabi ﷺ began his preparations of fasting right from the month of Sha`baan. read more

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Ashraful Aid   Calendar
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Sehri Ends 4:52am 4:37am 4:56am 5:24am
Fajr begins 4:57am 4:42am 5:01am 5:29am
Sunrise 6:13am 6:02am 6:23am 6:52am
Zawaal 12:14pm 12:02pm 12:25pm 12:53pm
Asr Shaafi 3:40pm 3:28pm 3:51pm 4:18pm
Asr Hanafi 4:34pm 4:21pm 4:42pm 5:10pm
Maghrib 6:18pm 6:06pm 6:25pm 6:56pm
Esha 7:32pm 7:23pm 7:43pm 8:01pm

Lessons Drawn from a Hilarious Incident

A  donkey cart transferred books from a library.
I was observing from my class the loading of books onto the cart.
The cart tilted with the weight, and the donkey was left suspended in mid-air. I laughed as two men tried to bring the donkey back to earth. It was a joke I enjoyed at the time. Upon reflection, I now draw lessons from that incident.

Carrying books of knowledge does not mean anything to a donkey.
Even if it does, information overload leaves it suspended in the air.
It takes a lot of effort to bring a donkey down to earth.

Book knowledge is book knowledge, which doesn't mean much if not understood and applied correctly. Carrying it, copying and pasting it, and not practicing it is belittling and abusing that knowledge.

~ Zaki Sema ~





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Chef Zana’s Butternut Soup

This savoury butternut soup is my midweek winter warmer! It’s nourishing, smooth, creamy and just yummy.


  • 1 butternut, peeled and cored
  • Half an onion, sliced
  • Water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube or chicken stock cube
  • 3 quarters of a cup Nestlé evaporated milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Cracked black pepper

Cut butternut into slices, and put into a deep pot with the sliced onion. Add enough water to cover the butternut, and bring to boil. Once butternut has softened, add in the stock cube.

Simmer until butternut is fully cooked, soft, and breaks apart when poked with a fork.

Remove from heat and blend. I use a stick blender.

Add the evaporated milk, salt, teaspoon of sugar and black pepper to taste. Blend until fully incorporated. Return to heat and simmer for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.

Garnish with pan roasted pumpkin seeds and a swirl of cream.

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The Little Turtle

A little turtle begins to climb a tree slowly. After long hours of effort, he reaches the top, jumps into the air waving his front legs, until he crashes heavily into the ground with a hard knock on his shell.

After recovering his consciousness, he starts to climb the tree again, jumps again, and knocks the ground heavily again.

The little turtle persisted again and again while a couple of birds sitting at the edge of a branch, watched the turtle with pain. Suddenly the female bird says to the male,

"Dear, I think it's time to tell our little turtle he is adopted."

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