Muslim Celebrations

 

Islamic_mosqueMuslims practice Islam a monotheistic religion based on the teachings of the prophet Muhammad (7th century). Muhammad lived during the 7th century. The word Islam means “submission”. It is the total surrender of oneself to God. There are between 1 billion to 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide and the second largest religion.

Holidays are based around the life of the Muhammad. The Islamic calender mostly follows the lunar cycles; however, the sects of Islam, Sunni and Shia, vary in the way it is interpreted. The two main holidays are Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

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photo: A mosque on the western Bank of the Suez Canal, Port Said, Egypt. The phtotgraph was taken from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while transiting the Suez Canal to the Red Sea.

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Semolina Halva

2 cups semolina 3/4 cups margarine 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar 3-1/2 cups half-and-half 1/8 cup pine nuts Melt the margarine in a pan. Add the pine nuts and semolina. Saut over medium-low heat 30-40 minutes or until pine nuts change color, stir continuously. Stir in milk. Stir in sugar. Cover and cook over low heat [...]

Semsemia (Sesame Bars)

1 pound sesame seeds 8 ounces honey 4 tablespoons peanut butter 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 tablespoon rose water* 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1-1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts Lightly grease a 9″ x 14″ baking pan. Quickly toss the sesame seeds in a saucepan over medium-high heat to brown; set aside. Combine honey, peanut butter, [...]

Pakora (Deep-fried Vegetables)

If besan, chick pea flour is available where you live use that instead of regular flour. batter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup plain yogurt pinch of baking powder 1 small clove garlic, minced salt to taste chili powder to taste vegetables to choose from: potatoes, thinly sliced yams/sweet potatoes, thinly sliced eggplant, thinly sliced [...]

Fattoush (Special Salad)

salad 1 Romano lettuce, shredded 1 cucumber, thinly sliced 1 large tomato, diced 1 bunch of radishes, sliced 1/2 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 4 green onions chopped with the green ends dressing 2 minced cloves of garlic 1/4 cup lemon juice dash of apple cider 1/2 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon [...]

Samak bi Taheeni (Fish in Sesame Sauce)

2 pounds fish filets salt 1 cup olive oil 1-1/2 cups sesame oil 1-1/2 cups thinly slice onion 3/4 cup lemon juice water Clean and salt fish. Refrigerate 4 hours. Bring fish to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350F. Drizzle fish with olive oil. Bake fish until fish flakes easily with a fork. Meanwhile saut [...]

 

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