Author: ohmygolly

The Search for Halaal

Originally posted on Diaries of a South African Muslimah in the USA “O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome in the earth, and follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! He is an open enemy for you” Surah Al-Baqarah – Verse 168 Alhamdulilah, my husband was fortunate to be granted admission to study at Harvard University in the United States of America. After much deliberation, we decided to embark on this journey of learning, mindful of the fact that with it would come many challenges. In addition to the task of packing the material possessions of our relatively young married life together, a few thoughts lingered in our minds. The biggest concern centered on Ramadaan in the USA and finding halaal food – would it be easy or difficult? Alhamdulilah, Ramadaan or the preparations for Ramadhaan, is simple when you’re in South Africa. We are quite fortunate to be able to walk down Fordsburg’s Mint Road after Taraweeh and grab a bite to eat from the many stores lining up the street, confident in the knowledge that what we are eating is halaal. We have halaal butchers in most cities and towns in South Africa, which is a great help when your preference is to cook rather than to eat out. In addition to that, being of Indian descent, we have our mothers, in...

Read More

Helping Hands – The young Muslim’s charity organisation

Helping Hands is a charitable organization founded by the youth, with aims of targeting the youth in order to get them proactive towards social development and upliftment.  Muslimah(Life)Style spoke to the young Muslim woman behind it all… A young Muslimah was recently confronted by a world different to her own when she visited an orphanage in Lenasia, a suburb Gauteng, South Africa . Spurred on by the desperate conditions that broke her heart, she decided to get proactive and started using technology in order to help the orphanage. Nineteen year old Lutfiya Shaik, a travel and tourism student in Johannesburg, visited her aunt in Lenasia during Ramadan.  Her aunt heard of an orphanage that was in a terrible condition and this inspired Lutfiya’s  curiosity and she decided to investigate for herself. She was taken aback by their conditions and decided that she needed to do something about it, “After I saw the sad state of the orphanage, I was determined to make a difference.  So I sent out messages to my friends showing them pictures of the orphanage and they were just as affected as I was.  We then came up with the name “Helping Hands”, spreading the word over social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.  As more and more people came to know of our intentions to help, the group grew larger and larger in a...

Read More

Mosque opening: Masjid-ul-Furqaan

The Muslim community of the leafy suburb of Houghton, Johannesburg, recently held their official opening weekend of Masjid-ul-Furqaan. The Houghton Muslim Association provided separate opening days for men and women so that all members of the community could tour the facilities freely. After beautiful renditions of Urdu Nazm’s and recitation of Quraan, Moulana Sulaiman Ravat, the keynote speaker, addressed the importance of Muslim women in the community and as the facilitators of Deen in their homes. He stressed the importance of seeking success in all aspects of our lives, yet always trying to persevere for success in the Hereafter....

Read More

Archived Posts

Newsletter Sign Up