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 on: March 22, 2019, 04:10:58 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Zeynab

A very common presumption of many of our scholars is that if they don't display rigidity in their advise, the people will take things too easy and deviate.  The reality is the opposite.  They have often taken people away from the path of Allah by their needless austere instructions.

 on: March 21, 2019, 05:33:48 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Ruhi_Rose


“[And] who remember God standing, sitting and lying down, and [thus] reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: "Our Lord! You have not created all this without purpose. You are limitless in Glory! Protect us from the torment of Fire.” (Qur’an: 3: 191).

Alhumdulilah.  This Verse makes it abundantly clear that those sisters and brothers who, because of physical disability or poor health, are unable to offer salat in the prescribed manner can definitely offer prayer and remember Allah Almighty either sitting on a chair or lying down. 

On this topic, one of our Muslim scholars said while answering a question, quote:  "We are to pray while lying down only when we are suffering from a disease that makes us virtually bed-ridden and unable to stand or sit.  Having said this, let me also point out, if we are not able to pray in the prescribed manner we can still practice dhikr and Du’a lying down on our sides."

Yes indeed, if a person is completely invalid or bedridden, they can of course offer salat and zikr in bed, not necessarily lying on their sides, they can offer prayer or zikr just as well lying on their backs.   However, this does not only apply in extreme cases of illnesses as described by this 'scholar.'   You may not exactly be an invalid nor bedridden, yet be unable enough to sit on a prayer mat and offer salat.  A person may be suffering from sensitive back problems like severe sciatica pain, profound slipped disc or disc degeneration pain, severe knee pain with acute stiffness etc.  These are chronic conditions and can make it next to impossible for a person to use a prayer mat in the prescribed manner.   Then again, what about those suffering from cancers and multiple sclerosis and so many other illness that leave the body frail, exhausted, when one is not yet bedridden but ill enough not to lead a normal life?    The sheikh hasn't taken into consideration so many conditions.  Of course those with common sense will observe his oversight.  But those who take the words of these scholars and sheikhs as law will only end up making their lives difficult.  The rigidity of many of our scholars can discourage a lot of such ailing people from offering their prayers altogether.   They may not be able to sit on a prayer mat comfortably because of their condition, yet they may take for granted that according to 'scholarly instruction' they aren't unwell enough to offer salat and zikr in a chair or bed either.

 on: March 21, 2019, 04:37:52 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Ruhi_Rose


Also, I will check with Bulk Barn if they are storing both kinds of almond flour, blanched and unblanched.

That's possible.    I'll also check with the branch close to my place.  But I'm pretty sure they had just the unblanched one which for us is pretty useless stuff.

 on: March 21, 2019, 04:33:56 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Zeynab

For those comfortable with online shopping, can find this item in various places including Amazon. 

Also, I will check with Bulk Barn if they are storing both kinds of almond flour, blanched and unblanched.

 on: March 21, 2019, 04:30:11 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

You're welcome Sis.  Yeah you did well putting up that appendix.

I was told that blanched whole almond flour from Walmart's Gerrard Square Supercentre called 'Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal Flour' is available for online purchase.  That's okay but I've also heard that this product is often out of stock.   Approximately 450gm for $17 or 18.  Price seems okay.

 on: March 21, 2019, 03:57:16 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Zeynab

Plenty of thanks for this experiment dear sis.  It saves me that work.  I understand  under-cooking the almond will have an affect on the halwa. You're absolutely right about that.   And with the color of the halwa being just a wee bit unnoticeably lighter, it's apparently not worth it.  The bottom line is, blanched almond flour or blanched ground almond is pretty much a necessity for this particular dessert.   I suppose I should highlight this point in the posted recipe so shoppers of ground almond who intend to prepare almond halwa can look for the right stuff - blanched ground almond.

 on: March 21, 2019, 02:42:37 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

Salam again sis.  Fortunately some bit of that unblanched almond flour was leftover in my kitchen cupboard.  So I experimented it with your guidelines and made a small quantity of almond halwa this evening.  Yeah, the color was just a big paler, a shade or two, but still quite dark.  Moreover, because I cooked the almond flour to the minimal to minimize the release of color and to prevent the almond skin getting darker, the halwa didn't taste as good as the darker one I made a couple of days earlier.  I was somewhat expecting that as it's essential to cook the almond flour for a sufficiently long time until it gives off enough cooked-almond fragrance.


 on: March 20, 2019, 07:58:39 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Zeynab

Really?  I didn't know Bulk Barn was selling unblanched almond flour these days.  In this case, yes, as you cook and boil the almond flour, the dessert will start to turn brown as the color of the skin dissolves out.  But if the taste comes fine, and it should, then it's okay.  I'll tell you what, you may find blanched almond flour (same as blanched ground almond) at Walmart.  However, even if you use the unblanched one, try to cook the almond to the minimal and then when you put it in the syrup, don't use yellow coloring.  In that case it's likely the brown color of the halwa will be paler.   As long as it tastes the same and the kiddos like it, don't worry about the color.

I will InshAllah visit Bulk Barn and buy a little almond flour one of these days, try it out and then let you know.  I'll also check if they are selling both blanched and unblanched or just unblanched.

 on: March 20, 2019, 01:41:09 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

Salams all  .... hey Sister Zeynab.  I tried out almond halwa (second recipe) again this evening .. after that many years!  Everything turned out fine but there was just a single problem.  The color of the halwa didn't come right.  Not my fault.  I got the ground almond from Bulk Barn.  Seems that they now make ground almond with the almond skin so it looks quite brownish.  After I cooked the almond powder in some oil for a while until I got a nice fragrance  then added some milk and cooked a bit again, it looked quite brown.  Then when I put it in the prepared syrup with some yellow color, it looked pretty dark brown ...... same color as gravy ..... looking at it one may think I burned it.  But I didn't, and it tastes quite good, just like before.  But the much darker color doesn't make it look as appetizing.   I could never guess it makes the appearance that different if ground almond is made with skin Sad      

 on: March 20, 2019, 01:18:47 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

hummmm ....   Huh

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