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a fresh start Ramadan has come and gone and now I am left with an important decision. Do I fall back into my old habits or do I move into a brighter future and maintain my Ramadan habits. What I decided to do this year is to look at the days and months after Ramadan as a brand new start; an opportunity for me to start afresh and change my bad habits. During Ramadan I spoke to you all about making a conscious decision to pray on time, read the Qu’ran more and live my life more in according to Islam. Although I was fasting, my days remained the same in terms of activities. I did reduce the number of times I went out and limited my visits to friends, but nevertheless, I came to realize that I did not lose anything from doing so. Instead I gained more time to focus on myself and my faith. With this in mind, continuing my daily routines the same way I did during Ramadan would not be so difficult. All I need is Allah’s guidance and determination. This month, I want you to do the same. Analyse the changes you made to your life during Ramadan and find a realistic median between your regular life and Ramadan. Pray for guidance and go forth with the positive changes in your life.

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FAITH Life After Ramadan Why Is Paradise Under Her Feet? (Mothers)

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VICTORIA FALLS CANALS OF VENICE GREAT BARRIER REEF LI RIVER SUEZ CANAL LAKE COMO BAIKAL

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ictoria Falls present a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below. The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls. HAYATIONLINE.COM

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he Canal Grande snakes through the city of Venice in a large S shape, traveling from the Saint Mark Basin on one end to a lagoon near the Santa Lucia rail station on the other. This ancient waterway measures 3,800 meters (2.36 miles) long and ranges from 30 to 90 meters (about 100-300 feet) wide. In most places, the canal is approximately 5 meters (16 feet) deep. The canal is an ancient waterway, lined with buildings - about 170 in all - that were mostly built from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Most were constructed by wealthy Venetian families. The majority of the city’s traffic cruises up and down the canal, be it private boats, vaporetti (water buses), water taxis or the famous gondolas. Foot traffic gathers around three famous bridges that cross the canal: the Rialto Bridge, the Ponte Degli Scalzi, and the Ponte dell’Accademia. A fourth, modern (and controversial) bridge was recently added not far from the Scalzi bridge: the Calatrava Bridge.

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he Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by the Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and is an important part of local groups’ cultures and spirituality. The reef is a very popular destination for tourists, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions. Tourism is an important economic activity for the region, generating over $3 billion per year.

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i River, one of China’s most famous scenic areas, was listed as one of the world¡¯s top ten watery wonders by America National Geographic Magazine.Originating in Mao’er Mountain in Xing’an county northeast of Guilin, the Li River winds its way southeast for about 437 km, passing through Guilin, Yangshuo, Pingle, Zhaoping and finally meets Xi River in Wulin. It boasts the largest and most beautiful scenic area in China and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

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he Suez Canal ( In Arabic: Qanat as-Suways), is an artificial sea-level waterway running north to south across the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. The canal separates the African continent from Asia, and it provides the shortest maritime route between Europe and the lands lying around the Indian and western Pacific oceans. It is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes. The Suez Canal is one of the most important waterways in the world. The canal is extensively used by modern ships , as it is the fastest crossing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean . Tolls paid by the vessels represent an important source of income for the Egyptian government.

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ake Como, Lago di Como in Italian, is Italy’s most popular lake and also its deepest. Lake Como is shaped like an inverted Y giving it a long perimeter. The lake is surrounded by mountains and hills and dotted with beautiful villas and resort villages. There are good hiking paths, boat trips and water activities. Popular since Roman times, Lake Como is a top romantic travel destination and a great spot for photography.

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o large that it is often mistaken for a sea, Russia’s Lake Baikal is the deepest and oldest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake by volume. Famous for its crystal clear waters and unique wildlife, the lake is under threat by pollution, poaching and development. Located in south-central Siberia, not far from the Mongolian border and surrounded by mountains, forests and wild rivers, Baikal is an immense and breathtaking area of natural beauty. Although it’s not the biggest lake in the world in size - that distinction goes to the salty Caspian Sea - it is the largest by volume. Nicknamed the Pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal holds about 20% of the world’s fresh surface water - more water than all of the North American Great Lakes combined.

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Say, ‘In God’s grace and mercy let them rejoice.’ That is better than all they accumulate. (Qur’an, 10:58)

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oday is one of the happiest days for millions of Muslims all over the world. While we’re sad to see the blessed month of Ramadan go, we’re so grateful for having completed a month of intense fasting and detoxification; a month meant to cleanse our hearts, minds and bodies so we can be closer to God with our souls and spirits. We experienced a special sweetness of faith during this past month, and now we celebrate with family and friends, fun festivities, delicious food and sweets of all kinds. As we rejoice and celebrate, we can also remember that we have another happy camper celebrating too. He was locked up during Ramadan, and he just gained his freedom. For the last month, he’s been watching millions of Muslims fill up the masajid, pray intensely during the night, supplicate fervently to Allah, give abundantly in charity, and feel more motivated to do good than ever before. He saw Muslims who would drink often now stopped drinking; people who didn’t feel like praying before want to pray regularly; believers who never opened the Qur’an throughout the year choose to read it and contemplate its meanings. He saw Muslims who envied and hated one another stand side by side in prayer and become the closest of brethren. Before, they were held back by his whispers and their sins, distractions, temptations. Now that weight is lifted, so they picked up speed and worship became easier and more enjoyable. So, he was chained and they were freed. He was restrained so we could be liberated. 22

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Have you seen people who live for a cause? They eat, sleep, breathe and die for their work. Imagine if these people were prevented from living their passion; and not only that, but imagine that they watched all their life’s efforts being destroyed right before their eyes. They have no control and can’t change what happened. It would probably make them sad, frustrated and angry. If they were given the power and freedom again, they could at least rebuild what was destroyed and fix what was broken. Of all non-human creation, Satan is probably the most passionately committed to his cause. Yet, his mission in life is not to build, but to destroy. His sole purpose is to mislead and deviate and burn, as is his nature. Speaking to God, he said, “I swear by Your might! I will tempt all of them, except Your sincere servants,” (Qur’an, 38:82-3). So now that he’s liberated, he’s not just walking towards us casually; he’s coming back with a vengeance. Fasting is designed by God to increase our taqwa. While taqwa is often translated as God-consciousness, its linguistic root connotes protection from harm. Fasting is a shield that protects us from harming ourselves and others, that protects us from the harmful effects of our sins. It’s a shield that protects us from getting burned by Satan’s tricks, and ultimately, from getting burned by the Fire. One of Satan’s tactics is to make us indulge in our physical pleasures, cravings, and desires in the most unbridled way. He wants to ignite the animalistic tendencies within us and make


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choose and continue till your last breath.”1

So, before we get caught up in our busy lives and demands of family, work, or school again, now is the time to inculcate the good practices and habits we gained from Ramadan—no matter how small. Perhaps you didn’t used to pray sunan and voluntary prayers, and now you do. Maybe you would pray late often, and you found yourself praying more on time. Perhaps you would flirt a little much with the ladies, and during Ramadan you had some selfcontrol. Maybe you were used to hearing or seeing shameful things, and you found it improper to do so during Ramadan. Perhaps you tried performing night prayers for the first time, and you absolutely loved it. Or maybe you didn’t feel the need to make du`a’ (supplication) before, but you poured your heart out to Him one night and felt an amazing, healing effect. Or maybe, like many people, you would think about food most of the day and God says in the Qur’an, “O Believers, do not follow fasting made you focus on more important matters in Satan’s footsteps—if you do so, he will urge you to like nourishing your soul. indecency and evil; and if it were not for God’s grace and mercy towards you, not one of you would ever What else? What other positive changes did you have attained purity. God purifies whoever He wills; experience? Keep reflecting on your special moments and God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.” (24:21) and changes during Ramadan and hold on to those. Keep nurturing these feelings, habits and practices. During the blessed month of Ramadan, we may Continue to fast, pray, read Qur’an, and forgive. have gained more spiritual awareness, clarity and Continue to shine with love, patience, and empathy. focus, and even felt a deep desire to become better Give a little more than before, and don’t give up on Muslims, believers, and worshipers. Let’s not allow yourself or on God’s mercy. Remember that Satan those feelings to dissipate and disappear just because wants to take you away from God’s remembrance Ramadan has passed. While the shade of Ramadan and bury you under layers of darkness and fleeting has left, the shade of God’s Mercy is everlasting. If pleasures, but God is calling you to purity and peace, God purifies whomever He wills, let’s also do our and to what gives you life. part in pursuing and recommitting to the path of purification. As Khurram Murad says, “The initial So make this Eid a memorable one. Be happy and desire and ensuing effort to do and become good, is rejoice in God’s bounties and blessings, and start part of the continuing process of self development, a pursuing the endless opportunities for rising to greater process that may begin at any point in life that you spiritual heights. Out of God’s mercy, He restricts our access to these two pleasures during fasting so that they don’t consume us and define our being. Through fasting, our relationship with these desires becomes less obsessive and animalistic, and more tamed and disciplined. So, when the month-long training is over and we’re back on the battlefield with Satan, his avenues to our hearts and minds are tightened and restricted. If we choose to broaden those pathways and re-indulge in our desires again, we invite him back into the very veins that run through our bodies; but if we feed these instinctual appetites in moderation and through the proper channels, we loosen Satan’s grip and become freed to nurture a deeper spiritual relationship with God throughout the year.

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account, but sometimes they take suggestions and ideas from their followers because after all, the page is for them Just Muslim Things didn’t expect their account to become big so quickly. They were impressed with how many followers they could gain just by posting a humorous Muslim post. In our interview they specifically let us know that they by far have the most amazing followers ever. They always leave such amazing and sweet comments that inspire them to keep going and they want their followers to be as comfortable as possible. Just Muslim Things really hopes to inspire people and themself to be better Muslims. They want to let everyone know how peaceful and fun being a Muslim can be and at the same time maybe even attract some non-Muslims as well.


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BEHIND HAYATI MAGAZINE FATIMA tOGBE This is an exclusive look into Hayati Magazine, its founder and it mission. Fatima Togbe created a new platform for Muslimahs to be able to express themselves, read up on the latest fashion and stay well rounded with house cleaning tips, recipes, faith articles and more.

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am sure that you have heard stories about fashion magazine editors being all pointy elbows, high heels at dawn and preposterous. However I’m sure that in real life, you know that Fatima Togbe probably doesn’t fall under the popular ice queen editor legends. After taking a virtual tour of her office, I was very surprised to find that the office of Fatima Togbe, the respected and influential editor-in-chief of Hayati Magazine, is kind of a mess.

wearing clothes in the season they’re designed for. ‘I love mixing the old and the new.’ She has Dolce & Gabbana skirts from her mom’s 1980s storage that she still wears. During her career Fatima has certainly done more than work a good look. When she founded Hayati Magazine, she was the one and online worker for up to 6 months. Her long days and sleepless nights have turned Hayati into what it is today. A former model, she speaks English, French and a smattering of Portuguese and still has an extensive portfolio and memories to look back on.

She sits down to chat with me via Skype and slides a cup of tea closer towards herself before leisurely taking a sip… Wow! She’s a lot more relaxed and With an online audience of 880,000+ readers, Hayati easy going then I imagined. Magazine may not be the powerhouse of the millionstrong print title publications world-wide but with With clichés out of the equation, I notice that there’s Fatima’s leadership it has gone from a non-existent something innocent and serene about Fatima; or title to a visually arresting, risk-taking title that outperhaps diplomatic and courteous. I can’t decide. fashions the fashionable in the Muslimah world and influences the influencers. Her face is attractive: big brown soft eyes, electrifying smile and a modelesque bone structure. She is 26 and Hayati Magazine’s language is Islam. Fatima has Kate Moss slim, an impression enhanced by her choice skillfully found a way to incorporate every aspect of caftan: a green silk linen caftan with intricate bead of the Muslimah’s faith and lifestyle into a monthly work all around her neck and her sleeves and a black publication. With a growing team of creative silk hijab which accentuates her face.Accessories are employees, Fatima now spends a lot of time in West a gold Cartier watch and gold stud earrings. Africa looking at ways to expand the Muslimah fashion industry. As behooves her position, Fatima has her own Fatima was born in Philadelphia, USA, in a family that style. Unlike other editors, she does not fuss about holds culture and education above everything else. HAYATIONLINE.COM

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Her mother encouraged her to go to university where she studied business administration and graduated. Fatima then surprised everyone by starting a pastry business with her best friend immediately after graduating. The business lasted just a little over a year. While she was soul searching and dedicating herself more to Islam, she began to look for Muslimah magazines which could rival Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. When she found none, she started a blog and did not think much of it, until it turned into Hayati; a full blown magazine. Fatima worked all day and night making her dream of owning a magazine a reality. It took time for her parents to approve, but eventually they became her greatest supporters. To end our interview, I asked Fatima what Hayati Magazine’s mission is, she energetically replied: “Hayati is a Muslimah lifestyle magazine. Our mission is to influence Muslim women’s whole lives, helping them to be fashion-forward, smart and modern within the limits of Islam. With intelligent, in-depth writing and a current array of fashion that is both aspirational and accessible, Hayati inspires its readers to build not just personal style but personal power.

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WHY IS PARADISE UNDER HER FEET? By: Parisa S. Popalzai, PhD

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ne day I was speaking with a mother of five children about her life and aspirations. After giving her a brief summary of my education and work experience, she slightly sighed when she said that she had to stop pursuing her college education to raise her children. She described her role as just a plain housewife and mother as if it was something ordinary and unexciting. Knowing how well-behaved and sweet all her children were, I was surprised that she was so quick to dismiss her great contributions to society. Sadly I have met many mothers who have expressed such tones about their role as mothers and wives, wishing they had done something more interesting with their lives. Moreover I have met other mothers who decided to put their careers on hold to raise their children and as a result felt a little disappointed that they were not able to pursue the career they spent years studying for. In each case, the mothers felt that while motherhood was an important role, they could be contributing much more to society if they were not hemmed in by the responsibilities of changing diapers, washing bottles and chauffeuring children from one activity to another. However, most mothers underestimate the actual impact they have to social change and that what they do today with their children will affect the course of the future. Unfortunately with our communities giving mixed messages to women about their role in society, it is not surprising to see such attitudes coming from the new generation of mothers. Western societies tell us that freedom and honor for women are attained when she becomes an independent career woman, not shackled by the responsibilities of motherhood or even a stable marriage. On the other extreme, our eastern cultures tell us that a woman’s honor and value are derived the more subservient and quite she is, accepting her role as the servant of the home—cooking, cleaning and ensuring the home and family are well taken care of above her own needs, education, and development.

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And yet some societies go to the extreme to call women a temptation and shame that need to be hidden in the dark corners of the home in order to prevent the spread of evil in society. In between these two extreme philosophical view points, the Muslim woman knows that Islam elevates and values her unique role and contributions while respecting and safeguarding her specific needs and nature. In all spiritual aspects, she is seen as equal in the sight of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He) as indicated in the following verses: “For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise, for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.” (Qur’an 33:35) Yet regrettably in many societies including our own Muslim countries, women are still fighting for their human rights. This mixed attitude regarding women has existed since the creation of the first woman. In the Qur’an, Allah (swt) has shown us that societies’ views about women are often wrong and contradictory. Speaking in regards to the Arab’s contradictory views on women—making her a Goddess on one hand and a source of shame and disgrace on the other—Allah revealed the following verses: “So have you considered al-Lat and al-`Uzza? And Manat, the third—the other one? Is the male for you and for Him the female? That, then, is an unjust division. They are not but [mere] names you have named them—you and your forefathers—for which Allah has sent down no authority. They follow not except assumption and what [their] souls desire and there has already come to them from their Lord


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guidance.” (Qur’an 53:19-23)

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Allah clarifies that what cultures attribute to women are usually man-made and incorrect. Women are neither angels nor devils, but a creation of Allah (swt) from the same nature and source as man, with every ability for good and evil as he has. Yet being the only one of the two who is able to conceive and give birth, the woman has a unique role and contribution to society that cannot be fulfilled by any man.

Mu`awiyah bin Jahima al-Sulami in which he came to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah ‫( ﷺ‬Allah bless him and give him peace) I desire to go on the military expedition and I have come to consult you.’ He (Allah bless him and give him peace) asked, ‘Do you have a mother?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘Stay with her because paradise lies beneath her feet.’

When Allah (swt) created Hawa (Eve, the first woman), He told Adam `alayhi salatu wassalam (may Allah send his peace and blessings on him) that Allah created his wife (zawja which literally means his pair or other half) with whom he was to live in peace and tranquility. Thus she is referred to as a source of peace and tranquility for the family and it was only after her creation that the first family could be started. As such, her name rightfully alludes to her role as a “container of life”, for mankind could not reproduce without her. Allah (swt) created the relationship of husband and wife to be interdependent and complimentary, with each partner being a garment for the other. Unfortunately with the passage of time, falsehood and injustice prevailed in the world. Alas women’s gifts to society were slowly disregarded and ignored and she was not valued for what she brought to the world.

Scholars have shortened the meaning of the full hadith and reworded the last part to the phrase “paradise lies at the feet of the mother”. Through this hadith, it is commonly understood that by behaving kindly and taking care of one’s aging parents, particularly for one’s mother, a person will attain paradise. Like many verses of the Qur’an and hadith, however, there is deeper and additional layer of meaning associated with this hadith. It not only highlights the importance of taking care of one’s mother and meeting her needs, but it is also acknowledges her strong influence on her children as she can be the source to guide them to paradise. Furthermore, when Allah’s Messenger was asked who deserves a person’s greatest respect outside of Allah and His Prophet, the reply was one’s mother three times before one’s father. This great respect for one’s mother is not unwarranted as she spends at least three-fourths more amount of time It was only after Islam that the tides turned and women raising her children than the father and helps her were again becoming valued and respected. In Islam, children develop the characteristics to make them she was not only put on equal footing with men, but successful in life. her exclusive role was also highlighted. The Qur’an often mentions the pains of pregnancy, childbirth and Reflecting deeper on the relationship of a mother nursing that woman endure to bring life to the world. and child, we know that the first nine months of the Therefore, Allah (swt) put the command to respect child’s life is exclusively spent inside the womb of one’s parents right after the command to worship his/her mother, completely interconnected physically, Him, and made a special mention of the mother’s emotionally, and spiritually. After birth, the child is sacrifices as described in Surah Luqman, Ayah 14: still usually connected physically to the mother as she nurses her child for up to two years, and her child “And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his begins to learn from her speech and mannerisms. parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in Even after becoming self sufficient, the child spends weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two more time with the mother who is usually the one years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is who cares for the education, safety, and nutrition of the [final] destination.” the child. Of course this is not the case for every family, but in majority cases, even with the advent The status of the mother was further elevated by the of the career woman, the burden of the household oft-quoted hadith (narration) of the Prophet ‫( ﷺ‬peace and children fall 75% on the mother. With such be upon him) which is cited in the Musnad of Ahmad influence on a child’s development, a mother has a HAYATIONLINE.COM

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heavy responsibility to direct a child to a path that from Satan, the expelled [from the Mercy of Allah].’ will make him or her successful in this life, but most ” (3:35-36) importantly, in the afterlife. There are several lessons we can learn from the story This emphasis of mothers as leaders of the future of Maryam’s mother. First of all, while both Mary’s Ummah (community) are clearly illustrated in parents were righteous, Allah (swt) highlights the the stories mentioned in the Qur’an and Seerah iman (faith) and righteousness of Mary’s mother as (biography of the Prophet ‫)ﷺ‬. In the entire Qur’an, she had a direct role in deciding how she was going one will not find any negative attributes associated to raise her unborn child. At the time of conception, to the Prophets’ mothers, while on the contrary, she was planning and praying for her child’s and one finds that Prophet Abraham’s own father died a grandchildren’s education, upbringing and safety, to disbeliever. As the Qur’an lacks any information on the level of even choosing an appropriate name for Prophet Abraham’s mother, we can only assume that her daughter and naming her Maryam, which means she was not like her husband and at least supported someone who abides to Allah’s will and worships Abraham’s inclinations to rebel against polytheism at Him constantly. The surah (chapter) named Maryam a young age. We also know that both his wives were further shares details about Maryam’s upbringing. She righteous women who mothered and raised great was sent to the temple to receive the highest spiritual Prophets. In the story of Hajar, we see that Ismael knowledge under the care of Zakaria (Zachary). (as) replied to Abraham’s request to sacrifice him with She achieved such a high spiritual status that Allah “You will find me patient.” These were very similar (swt) praised her as the best of all women (3: 42) words of patience that Hajar said to Abraham when and provided her with sustenance straight from the he was leaving her and her infant child in the middle heavens. He then chose her for a special mission, to of a barren desert. Even as a single mother, Hajar was serve as a miracle and a sign for her society. able to raise a son worthy of being a Prophet and to springhead the family line of Prophet Muhammad ‫ ﷺ‬Furthermore, while the other Prophets’ mothers are by ensuring their family rights to the well of zamzam not specifically mentioned, we know that Yusuf (as) and the Kaaba. and Ben Yameen (as) had the same father as their ten other brothers but a different mother. As such, Additionally, the stories of two other great Prophets their characteristics were far different than their older start with the stories of their mothers. The mother siblings. Even our beloved Prophet Muhammad ‫ﷺ‬, of Musa (as) was a righteous woman and was given was cared for by his mother and two foster mothers inspiration directly from Allah (swt) to put him in the (Halima and Barakah) for the first six years of river only to be saved by another righteous woman, his life. While his own mother died when he was ‘Asiya, the Pharoah’s wife. In his life, Musa (as) young, Barakah (an Abyssinian slave woman whom (Moses) was further supported by his sister as well the Prophet called Ummi—my mother) stayed and as his wife. Yet strangely there is no mention of his supported the Prophet and his family even beyond father. Similarly, the story of Isa (as) (Jesus) starts her death. He was also cared for by his uncle’s wife not only from his mother, but his grandmother. It is and the mother of Ali, Fatima bint Asad, whom the her prayers that were accepted by Allah (swt) when Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬also called mother. As such, we can see that she gave birth to the mother of Isa (as). the mothers of Prophets were not ordinary women. They themselves had a high status in their respective “[Mention, O Muhammad], when the wife of `Imran societies; they had impeccable character, purity, and said, ‘My Lord, indeed I have pledged to you what honor; they were wise with strong iman (faith) and is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so goodness; they contributed their time, wealth and accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the energy for performing good deeds; and most often, Knowing.’ But when she delivered her, she said, ‘My they were highly educated, as was the case of the best Lord, I have delivered a female.’ And Allah was most woman in the world, Maryam, mother of Isa (as). knowing of what she delivered, ‘And the male is not like the female. And I have named her Mary, and I On the flip side, the Qur’an speaks of the case when seek refuge for her in You and for her descendants a child disbelieved in his father who was a Prophet of 44

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father. Yet Umar became one of the best Muslims after accepting Islam, unlike his father. And Hazrat Ali’s mother was one of the first to accept the message along with her son, while her husband Abu Talib died without pronouncing Shahada (the declaration of faith). Fatima bint Asad loved and took care of the Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬while he was living with them as a young orphan boy and the Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬called her mother and named one of his own daughters after her. When she died, he placed her in her grave with his own hands and used his shirt for her shroud, showing mercy and love to her as she showed him when he was a child.

Another famous story is that of the grandmother of Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz, who became a wise and righteous Caliph after the four rightly guided Caliphs. His grandmother was a milkmaid’s daughter who refused to adulterate the milk with water in the absence of the Caliph’s presence, saying if the Caliph is absent to witness it, Allah is not. Upon learning of her high moral character and faith, Umar ibn alKhattab married her to his third son Asim, saying about her “such a girl would become a great mother. Her integrity is not to be weighed with few coins; it is to be measured in the scale of national values. I shall offer her the highest award in my gift, which shall Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: also be in the highest interest of the nation.” The Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬said, “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects. The ruler is a guardian While history books unfortunately ignore to mention of his subjects, the man is a guardian of his family, the day-to-day sacrifices of parents who raised the the woman is a guardian and is responsible for her great men and women of their time, we all know that husband’s house and his offspring; and so all of you people do not achieve greatness in a vacuum. They are guardians and are responsible for your subjects.” had to learn to walk and talk like each one of us, and [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] those initial early stages of their lives set the stage for their greater achievements and characteristics later. Thus we can surmise that in almost all of the historical accounts of great men and women, there is usually More contemporary examples of the connection an untold story of a wise, strong, and loving mother. between mother and child include Stalin and Hitler. At The stories of the Sahaba (Companions of the Prophet an older age when Stalin asked his mother, “Why did ‫ )ﷺ‬also demonstrate this. Sumayya radi Allahu `anha you beat me so hard?” Stalin’s mother replied, “That’s (may Allah be pleased with her) was not only the first why you turned out so well.” While her intentions martyr of Islam but she was a strong mother who were to have him become a priest, her own actions as raised her son Ammar to be among one of the first an adulteress and also living in a broken and violent people to accept Islam. While little is written about family situation led Stalin to go on a different path. Hazrat Abu Bakr’s mother, we know she was called A similar case was with Hitler’s mother and father, Umm Khayr (the mother of goodness) and the Prophet which started with adultery and poor parental role ‫ ﷺ‬made a special prayer for her to become Muslim. modeling. Yet these two infamous men were close to Almost nothing is written about Umar Ibn Khattab’s their mothers who were their main caretakers as their mother, yet we know he had an idolatrous and cruel fathers passed away or left early from their lives. Continue on p.62 HAYATIONLINE.COM

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Furthermore, in my personal experiences working with parents and children, I see that children’s behavior resembles much more their mother’s behaviors than their father’s. I also personally know of people who had embraced Islam, but later turned away from Islam fearing what their mother would say if she found out. Her influence and the fear of her disappointment were so great that they gave up Islam for her sake. Thus, we see the strong influence that mothers have in their societies. Recent studies have also shown that there is a direct link between a mother’s well-being and education to a child’s well-being and education. Thus if a mother has a good upbringing and is well-educated, she will raise a child who is also well-mannered and educated. Thus the Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬has said that one who raises their daughters well and educates them will enter Paradise, as she will grow up and become a mother who will continue that barakah (blessing) in the form of raising her own children with the proper education and iman. Adab, which is the etiquette and manners of goodness, respect, honesty, and integrity, is first and foremost taught by the mother. Consequently, a child who sits at the mother’s feet—as young children often do—will also follow in her footsteps. Thus, she can be a source of guidance or a source of misguidance depending on her own nature. For this reason, the Prophet ‫ ﷺ‬advised that when a Muslim man is seeking a wife, he should marry one who has sound aqeedah (creed) more than fixating on her beauty, status, or wealth as she will be the mother of his children and the future generation of believers. Even with a non-Muslim mother, a Muslim needs to show respect and love since she has taught him something of value that has allowed the person to recognize and embrace the truth of Islam. Like the archers in the battle of Uhud, mothers have a crucial yet sometimes unexciting job of protecting the Ummah from the stealth enemies. If a mother leaves her station unprotected, chasing after the booty of this life, her children can fall prey to the media propaganda, peer pressure and other worldly distractions. Mothers have always been the backbone of societies and their disintegration means the disintegration of the future Ummah. While the term “mothers of the believers” refers to the Prophet’s wives, in general all women have the potential of fulfilling the role as a mother of a believer. If a Muslim leads even one person to the path 60

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of Islam, his/her place is in Jannah (Paradise). Imagine the countless Muslim mothers bearing the good fruits of tomorrow. Thus, it is because of her suffering and sacrifices that she is forgiven every sin when she brings a child into the world, or earns her martyrdom if she were to die in childbirth or nursing. In conclusion, while men and fathers strive to lead the current generation, mothers serve as leaders of the future generation. Consequently, if we want to foresee what the future ummah will look like, we must observe the state of today’s Muslim mothers. If our ummah is serious about ensuring a better and more hopeful future, we need to first ensure that our current Muslim mothers are receiving proper support, security, education, and respect to do their jobs well. When educated Muslim mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and friends help in raising believing and practicing children, it is then that insha‘Allah (God willing) the next generation will be blessed with leaders and scholars such as Imam Bukhari and Aisha bint Abu Bakr (ra). So when any woman discounts her role as a mother, I would like to reminder her that she is the leader of the future of Islam and that she is responsible for laying the road towards Paradise for the children at her feet.

About the Author Parisa S. Popalzai is an education consultant and author. She earned her BS in Management Science at UC San Diego with highest honors, her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and her PhD from the UCLA Center of Near East Studies with a focus on Islamic Studies, public policy and education. She helped with the development of the non-profit organization called Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) and worked on the California statewide initiatives for preschool education. She was a principal of a large Islamic school in Southern California, helped start a university in Jalalabad, Afghanistan and a school for disabled children in Kabul, Afghanistan.


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AN EXCLUSIVE WITH ESHARAT NASAR-AHMED Mother of two, an A’alima, founder of GNAAcademy and organizer of the Sound of Souls and the MOMO Awards, Esharat Nasar-Ahmed is a woman at the forefront of Muslim music worldwide. She considers herself an activist and speaks out at various conferences and events about the lack of recognition that Muslim voices deserve in the mainstream music industry. It is this cause which motivates her to organize incredibly successful and exclusive events such as the Sound of Souls and the upcoming MOMO Awards. Hayati has had the chance to sit down with this Muslim role model for an exclusive and here it goes:

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rom a very young age, Esharat had a passion for Islam, her religion. Coming from a humble and modest family, she was very fortunate to have parents who provided her with a strong and solid foundation in Islam, which eventually became the start of an exciting and creative journey for her.

and conferences. Going down memory lane, Esharat tells us “I can remember my first Na'at was at school. I must have been around 14 years old, when I was asked not only to organize the school assembly but to also perform; as was expected of every student at some point during their studies”. She continued the story by telling us “I was very confident and recited a well-known Na'at, 'Shahe Madina' as it was my favourite at the time. I had been singing it for as long as I can remember. After I finished performing it, I was shocked in the way my performance was received by the students as well as the teachers. I can't seem to explain the feeling that went through me at the time, but I realised my interest in Na’at had grown and I started to sing more and more. I enjoyed it. Actually, I have to admit that I loved it and still do. It wasn't about the attention; it was about me being able to do something I loved. This also enabled me to express my love for Islam and I felt a real connection with the Almighty and as a result. I felt at peace”.

Esharat was born and raised in the UK, but moved to Pakistan in 1995 to pursue studies in Islamic knowledge & the History of Islam. She remained there for eight years during which she studied the A’alima course at the DMG Bhera Sharif (A well-known Islamic Institute In Pakistan) founded by Justice Zia-ulummat Shaykh Mohammed Karam Shah Al-Azhari. Educated by the most renowned and pious scholars in Pakistan, she spent a good part of her early life learning and exploring Islam more deeply. During that time she was able to water her roots, grounded in a positive and strong foundation, which she could build on and grow into a woman with hopes, dreams Returning to the UK was a new horizon in Esharat’s and visions. life and also an opportunity to put her education and During the time that she spent in Pakistan, Esharat be- learning into practice. Having been introduced and came familiar with Na'at (Traditional/classical poetry versed in Nasheed (Islamic vocal verse or music), she sung without musical instruments). She was drawn to decided to pursue it further by sharing her knowledge Na’at and performed them at local and national events and providing the community she had been brought 66

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up in, with the same privilege and teachings she had Once that event was over, Esharat still felt like there been blessed with. was something missing but she was not sure. After thinking it through, she felt there still wasn't enough In 2001 she set up her own organisation known as recognition for the Muslim music and media artists GNAAcademy, (Ghausia Nasheed & Arts Acade- in the industry. Through the Sound of Souls, it bemy). GNAAcademy is an energetic and ambitious came evident that talent does exist and there are artcreative instigator for Nasheeds and spiritual-based ists who need awarding for their hard work. Esharat art. It highlights the felt that some of the immense talent and artists were leaving creativity Muslim the Muslim music artists bring to the industry; possibly industry. Alhamdubecause they feel lillah, GNAAcadethat they are not bemy has a great track ing taken seriously record of mobilising enough and subsea refreshing enthusiquently do not have asm and spirit, and, a future as profesconnecting and unisional Nasheed artfying communities ists. in their work. It hosts numerous learning Upon the success of opportunities for Sound of Souls, Eschildren and young harat began workpeople in gaining an ing on a new proinsight and active educational pathways to becoming ject, the MOMO Awards, which is a first of its kind. a new generation of Nasheed artists. MOMO, which stands for Music of Muslim Origin, is an award ceremony that gives the best of Muslim After some time, Esharat could see her dream bearing talents an opportunity to showcase and celebrate their fruits; she had a vision which was to provide a plat- achievements. Esharat has always wanted to provide form for artists to be recognized, through the teach- a universal platform that will bring Muslim talent to ing of Islam and the discipline of Nasheed and mu- the media forefront and this is how MOMO's was sic. Her artistic flair was further recognized when she conceived. She wanted to prove to the world that designed and delivered a National Nasheed contest Muslim music does exist and is talent which can called, Sound of Souls. She described the experience grow and have a future just like other main stream of conducting Sound of Souls as a wonderfully magi- genres of music. The MOMO Awards has received cal journey in her life which allowed her to meet and huge recognition and acknowledgement from the work with established and recognized artists in the public worldwide so far, and is continuously picking UK but more importantly take her dream further and up steam. With an extensive list of nominations in bring a concept to life. various categories of Music and Media, the MOMO Awards is at its final preparatory stages in which the The event was an extravagant and soulful celebration winners are decided. We at Hayati Magazine are just which brought spectacular voices together, not only as excited as the rest of the world to attend this elite tohighlight the immense talent in the UK, but also to celebratory event in which Muslims will be awarded provide recognition to the best voices. Esharat goes for their contributions and achievements at the end of on saying “I felt a huge sense of relief because my this year. mission was almost complete; Alhamdulillah. I managed to collaborate thousands of voices, thousands Other than being at the forefront of the Music of Musof backgrounds and cultures together to create some- lim Origin Awards, Esharat also loves to listen to all thing truly spectacular”. kinds of music. She tells us that “it could be anything HAYATIONLINE.COM

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always and still believe in her dreams. They have supported her and empowered her to see through her visions and she is grateful to have them.

which has a beautiful meaning. Music for me can be anything from the sound of rain to the chirping of the birds. Something that is relaxing and soulful. If I had to pick a specific genre of music I have to admit I absolutely love listening to Sufi music and my favourite at the moment is ‘Yaar ko hum ne ja baja dekha ‘by Abida Parveen”. Sufi music talks about the true love of the creator, Allah swt. This is why Esharat feels so connected to the music in a way in which she says she can switch off from the world. Sufi music to her is a form of meditation. She feels refreshed and not only does it clear her mind but it also empowers her. “It's so difficult for me to explain my love and passion for Allah”, Esharat tells us. “It's an internal feeling of liberation”.

In terms of inspiration however, Esharat says that her two children are the prevalent inspiration towards working for the cause of Allah. Esharat believes that the mainstream music industry has developed into a very unconstructive industry, one that she would not allow her children to be exposed to; hence she felt it is imperative to provide an alternative music platform, which would underline the true exquisiteness of music. Music will always play a huge part in our lives, so she would rather her children grow up listening to positive music and she feels this can only come about if an alternative is provided. Esharat recalls a point in her life after having her two children where she gave up. It was Nasar, her husband, who was very optimistic about her vision and wanted her to continue with the GNAAcademy as he saw the potential his wife had in creating a unique and exceptional event.

When Sound of Souls was launched in Nottingham, Hasnaat saw its potential to become bigger which is why he encouraged her to hold the next event in London at a greater level. Although Hasnaat is not involved in the MOMO Awards as much as he would like to due to his own commitments of work, he is very much a part of the event.He is guiding Esharat in a positive direction and they often make decisions Along this journey of event planning, Esharat’s broth- together. Hasnaat will always be her first point of call er has been right by her side from day one. Hasnaat Esharat tells us. Proudly, she adds that “he will be atQureshi (Esharat’s brother) worked with her in man- tending the MOMO awards and celebrating the event aging the Sound of Souls. He manages an events com- with me, Insha'Allah”. pany called Qubacci and his wealth, knowledge and experience in the events industry contributed to the A positive Muslim role model for women and men success of Sound of Souls and provided Esharat with alike, Esharat is an Educator, Entrepreneur & an a first-hand insight of event management. He stood International music activist who speaks out about by her side and faced the challenges of producing the Nasheeds and the need for recognition of Muslim muSound of Souls. If it wasn't for Hasnaat, Esharat says sic worldwide. it would have been difficult. However together, they worked hard and created a successful event which is Follow this inspirational Muslim woman and stay up still talked about today. to date with the MOMO Awards on Twitter: @EsharatQ & @MOMOAWARDS Other than her brother Hasnaat whom she puts trust in, Esharat tells us that her husband Nasar has always been by her side. They are the two people who have

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1. Dare to Be Spare With too much furniture, even the most spacious living room can look like an episode of Hoarders. Ease congestion by sticking to the basics — a sofa, a bookshelf, a comfy chair, an end table, and a coffee table—and arrange so there’s clear, unimpeded traffic flow. — Meryl Starr, owner of Let’s Get Organized 2. Prune the Pileup Be ruthless: Save only the last two issues of magazines. Tear out articles and keep in a binder you’ll refer to later. — Justin Klonsky, Organizational expert for OCD Experience (Organize and Create Discipline) 3. Keep it Clean A stay-neat stat to memorize: The top of the coffee table should be 75% clear (yes, seriously). Styles with drawers or shelves below the surface will get you there fast. — Stephanie Hanes, prop stylist 4. Easy Come, Easy Go Corral smaller items — vases, candles — on a handled tray that’s a cinch to relocate in a company’s-coming pinch. — Justin Klonsky 5. Control Remotes Got multiples? Group them all together in a lidded box or a chic decorative bowl. — Stephanie Hanes 6. Pare Down Pillows A trio in complementary colors and patterns — one a solid — is your best bet for most sofas (a mega-couch can handle five, two of them solids). — Melissa Picheny, founder of declutter+design 7. Double Up Maximize storage and get extra seating with a hidestuff-inside ottoman. — Alejandra Costello, professional organizer 8. Floor Show Having too many area rugs can visually chop up a room. Instead, layer a statement rug over carpeting or bare floors. — Alejandra Costello 9. Rule of Three Restrict non-book items to a maximum of three per shelf. Their sizes and shapes can vary, but relate the pieces by color or theme — say, ceramic vases in shades of cream. — Melissa Picheny

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NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE Graham Cracker-Crumb Crust: •1 1/4cup(s) graham cracker crumbs, from 11 rectangular graham crackers •4 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, melted •1 tablespoon(s) sugar Cheesecake: •3 package(s) (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened •3/4 cup(s) sugar •1 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour •1 1/2teaspoon(s) vanilla extract •3 large eggs •1 large egg yolk •1/4 cup(s) milk •Fresh berries, for garnish METHOD •Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare Crumb Crust: In 8 1/2- to 9-inch springform pan, with fork, mix crumbs, melted

butter, and sugar until crumbs are evenly moistened. With hand, press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and up side of pan. Bake 10 minutes; cool crust in pan on wire rack. Turn oven control to 300 degrees F. •Prepare Cheesecake: In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in flour and vanilla until well combined. Reduce speed to low and beat in eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk just until blended. •Pour batter into prepared crust. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, until set but still slightly jiggly and moist in center, and pale gold near edge. •Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate overnight before serving. To serve, remove side of pan. Place cake on plate; garnish with fresh fruits.

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FRUIT GALETTE Crust: •1 3/4cup(s) all-purpose flour •2 tablespoon(s) sugar •1/4 teaspoon(s) baking powder •1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) cold butter or margarine, cut into pieces •1/3 cup(s) sour cream •1 large egg yolk •2 tablespoon(s) water Fruit Topping: •1/2 cup(s) sugar •2 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour •1/2 teaspoon(s) grated fresh lemon peel •1 pinch(s) ground nutmeg •1 1/2pound(s) mixed fruit, such as nectarines, plums, peaches (peeled), apricots (all pitted and thinly sliced); raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, and/or cherries (stems removed; pitted and cut in half) •2 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, cut into small pieces METHOD •Prepare Crust: In large bowl, with wire whisk, mix flour, sugar, and baking powder. With pastry blender or two knives used scissors-fashion, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In small bowl, with fork, beat sour cream, egg yolk, and water until blended. Drizzle sour-cream mixture over flour mixture and stir with fork until dough begins to hold together. Gather dough into ball; divide in half and shape each half into 82

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a rectangle. Wrap each rectangle separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or freeze 15 minutes, until firm enough to roll. •On floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 rectangle into 19-inch by 6 1/2inch strip. Using bowl or plate as guide, cut out three 6-in. rounds; reserve trimmings. With wide spatula, transfer rounds to large cookie sheet, leaving room for fourth round; refrigerate. Repeat with remaining dough and another cookie sheet. Gather trimmings; wrap in plastic wrap and freeze 10 minutes. Reroll trimmings into a 12-inch by 6 1/2-inch strip; cut out 2 more rounds; place 1 round on each cookie sheet and refrigerate while preparing Fruit Topping. (Discard remaining trimmings.) •Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare Fruit Topping: In small bowl, with fork, mix 1/4 cup sugar, flour, lemon peel, and nutmeg. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of mixture on each dough round, leaving 3/4-inch border. Arrange prepared fruit on top of sugar mixture. Fold uncovered border of dough over fruit, pleating edges and pressing them together to keep fruit in place. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup sugar over fruit and dot with butter. cookie sheets on two oven racks and bake until crust is well browned and fruit is tender, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating cookie sheets between upper and lower oven racks halfway through baking to ensure even browning. With wide spatula, transfer galettes to wire rack to cool.


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MERINGUE INGREDIENTS 4 large egg whites 1/4 teaspoon(s) cream of tartar 1 cup(s) confectioners’ sugar 1/4 teaspoon(s) peppermint extract (see note below) Red and green food coloring METHOD Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with foil. In small bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form, gradually sprinkle in sugar, beating until whites stand in stiff, glossy peaks. Beat in peppermint extract. Transfer half of meringue mixture to another bowl. Add enough red food coloring to meringue in 1 bowl to tint it a pale red. Add enough green food coloring to remaining meringue to tint it a pale green. Spoon red meringue into large self-sealing plastic bag, cut 1/4-inch opening at corner. Repeat with green meringue in separate bag. Fit large decorating bag (we used a 14-inch bag) with basketweave or large round tip (1/2-inch or 3/4-inch diameter opening). Place decorating bag in 2-cup glass measuring cup to stabilize bag, fold top third of bag over top of cup to keep top of bag clean. Simultaneously, squeeze meringues from both plastic bags into decorating bag, filling decorating bag no more than two-thirds full. Pipe meringue onto cookie sheets, leaving 1 inch between each meringue. If using basketweave tip, pipe meringue into 3- to 4-inch-long pleated ribbons, if using round tip, pipe meringue into 2-inch rounds. Bake meringues 2 hours. Turn oven off. Leave meringues in oven at least 30 minutes or overnight to dry. Let meringues cool completely before removing from foil with wide metal spatula. Store meringues in tightly covered containers up to 3 weeks.

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In this issue we go behind the founder of Hayati Magazine, Fatima Togbe.

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