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I made sushi…!

// January 7th, 2012 // 4 Comments » // family, Information

I’ve made sushi a couple of times before, but this time I think I finally got it right. I made 6 kinds of sushi:


In the first plate I made smoked salmon nigiri and a deep fried maki with smoked salmon, crab, crispy tempura, and avocado.

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In the second plate I made 4 makis. One with shrimp tempura, avocado, and some mayo. In the second I put smoked salmon, avocado, and crispy tempura. In the third I put shrimp tempura, avocado, and cream cheese! In the last one I put something of everything!

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My guests said they loved it, but maybe they were just being nice :P Who knows, if this phd thing doesn’t work out, then maybe I can just open a sushi place back home!

رحمك الله يا شيخنا

// December 16th, 2007 // 9 Comments » // family, life, Personal

I usually write in English, but this time I need to make an exception because it is about someone I really love and care about. Last night my uncle sheik ali aljumah past away. May Allah forgive him for all his sins and grant him alfirdous…

توفي البارحة عمي الشيخ علي الجمعة رحمه الله رحمة واسعة. كان الشيخ أستاذا مشاركا بجامعة الامام محمد بن سعود الإسلامية في القصيم و رئيسا لقسم السنة في كلية الشريعه وأصوله. أسال الله العلي القدير أن يغفر لشيخنا و أن يجعل ما أصابة من مرض خلال العامين الماضيين كفارة لذنوبه، و أساله جل و علا أن يجمعنا به في الفردوس الاعلى.

سيصلى على الشيخ غدا الأحد بعد صلاة العصر ان شاء الله في جامع الونيان في القصيم.

هذه نبذه عن الشيخ

و هنا بعض فتاوي الشيخ

تحديث: ارسل لي احد الاحبة صور لجنازة الشيخ (لرؤية الصور مكبرة، اضغط عليها)

كم تمنيت أن أكون معهم فأصلي عليه

Eid… any ideas ?

// October 27th, 2006 // 1 Comment » // family, friends, me

First of all I would like to say Happy Eid and may allah accept our good deeds and forgive us for all the sins we have comitted.

This eid (like all the other eids before) was in Qassim with my relatives. The eid is always in qassim because my oldest relative lives there, even though most of my relatives live here in Riyadh.

Anyways, this is how our eid in qassim goes:
– we pray fajr on the day of eid.
– we go back home for dates (sunnah), and we have coffee.
– we go to pray eid prayer.
– we go to my uncle’s house and wait for my cousins and uncles to come back from eid prayer.
– we all go to my uncle’s mosque (he’s the imam of the mosque).
– at the mosque all the neighbors come and sit together.
– after about 30 minutes of this gathering, the food is brought to the mosque, each house brings a big plate of food. Then we start to eat, but you have to move on to other plates and taste their food.
– after that we go back home and sleep till aser prayer.
– after aser we go and visit a few relatives, and that finishes after isha prayer.
– we go to an “isteraha” were we gather with many of other relatives. Each year a different family hosts the dinner.

and that’s how we celebrate eid alfitar. Eid al-adha is about the same, but without the mosque gathering in the morning, because everyone is busy sacrificing their sheep.

I know it might seem fun and exciting, but I have been living the same eid routine for years. Kids are the ones that find eid to be really exciting. I’m not saying i’m bored, all i’m saying is that I don’t find myself all excited for eid, and it would be nice to have something new each year.

I was talking to a few of my friends and they also agreed that eid isn’t as fun as it used to be, and it’s because we are growing older. So, I started thing of ways to make eid more exciting.
– There is a nice way some people like to celebrate christmas. It’s called “secret santa”, and the way it works is that all the names of the people participating are put into a bowl, then each person draws a name from the bowl (if you get you name, then you have to put the paper back). Then, you will have to buy that person you got a gift, and give it to him or her on christmas. The same thing could be done in your family or friends for eid. The good thing about it is that you don’t have to buy so many gifts, which means you kind of save money and time. Another good thing about it is that there is someone working hard to give you the perfect gift for eid, because that person is only thinking about what to get you, so you’re more likely to get something you might actually like…


UPDATE Oct. 28th:
A friend of mine asked me to ask a sheik whether celebrating eid the “secret santa” way is haram or not. So, I asked a shiek about it and he said that it depends whether “secret santa” is religiously linked to christmas. So, if it isn’t religiously linked to christmas then it’s halal…