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A rivulet beneath you Maryam


Qur’an Surah 19 Ayah 23-25:

23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): “Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!

24.But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): “Grieve not! for thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee;

25. “And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee.”

SAJ Pics – Orchid World, Barbados April 2018

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Daily Prompt: Bestow


Sura Fateha

‘Bestow’ is very familiar to me, and is familiar to every Muslim – it is included in The Opening – the first chapter of Al Qur’an. That chapter is Sura Fateha, (oftentimes referred to as the Mother of the Book) and we say it at least 17 times each day if we pray the obligatory salaat that is enjoined upon us to perform. We open every invocation with it, and ‘bestow’ is used in the request by us to be guided upon the right path, that path upon whom Allah swt has bestowed His favour.’

Below is a hadith which shows how the seven verses are related to each of us and our Lord, the Master of the Worlds:

(Allah, the Exalted, said, `I have divided the prayer (Al-Fatihah) into two halves between Myself and My servant, and My servant shall have what he asks for.’ If he says,

﴿ ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ 

(All praise and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of existence.)

Allah says, `My servant has praised Me.’ When the servant says,

﴿ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

(The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.)

Allah says, `My servant has glorified Me.’ When he says,

﴿ مَـٰلِكِ يَوۡمِ ٱلدِّينِ 

(The Owner of the Day of Recompense.) Allah says, `My servant has glorified Me,’ or `My servant has related all matters to Me.’ When he says,

﴿ إِيَّاكَ نَعۡبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسۡتَعِينُ 

(You (alone) we worship, and You (alone) we ask for help.) Allah says, `This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he sought.’ When he says,

﴿ ٱهۡدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٲطَ ٱلۡمُسۡتَقِيمَ  صِرَٲطَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنۡعَمۡتَ عَلَيۡهِمۡ غَيۡرِ ٱلۡمَغۡضُوبِ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا ٱلضَّآلِّينَ 

(Guide us to the straight path.The way of those on whom You have granted Your grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray), Allah says, `This is for My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he asked for.’).”


These are the words of An-Nasa’i, while both Muslim and An-Nasa’i collected the following wording, “A half of it is for Me and a half for My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he asked for.”


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A surprise! – a thankful tea-time at 75


Al  Qur’an 3:145

O you who believe,

eat from the good things we provided for you,

and be thankful to God,

if you do worship Him alone.

A Puff n’ Stuff Tea party delectables –


  • chicken empanadas
  • tuna puffs
  • mini vegetarian pizza
  • spinach & mushroom quiche
  • vegetarian spring rolls


  • mini mille fleur
  • mini eclairs
  • swiss roll
  • guava jam pies
  • coconut drops

Selection of Twining Teas

  • Darjeeling
  • Earl Grey
  • Lady Grey (not related to Earl Grey:))
  • Prince of Wales
  • English Breakfast

Black cherry punch