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A twist on Dates

There are few things better than opening a fast with a date, but if you’re looking to do something a bit different – perhaps you want a change or are planning on delivering treats to family and friends – here are four quick suggestions for a twist on plain dates. Use one, or mix a couple of the ideas to create your own twist.

For all the following, you will need to take the stones out of your dates first – but only cut from one side so your dates remain in one piece rather than being cut in half.

Go for a chocolate coating

Melt some chocolate (white, dark or milk) and then dip your dates in it. Leave to cool and set before doing anything with them. And while it might be tempting to coat the whole date in chocolate, just doing half will be more visually striking. If you have a really, really sweet tooth, you can also use caramel in place of the chocolate.

Add walnuts

Dates are wonderfully soft, but if you want to add a contrasting texture, put a walnut half where the stone would be. Alternatively, you can use whole pistachios or almonds.

Stuff with peanut butter

The sweetness of dates can be offset a little by stuffing them with a nut butter. You can stick with standard peanut butter (crunchy or smooth, whatever you prefer) or, if you want something a bit different or have a peanut allergy, you can use almond, cashew or another nut butter.

See more ideas in KMWALTR #004

General Secretary Update

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

We have had a busy month where we have hosted Kuwati embassy officials, reached out to the community, helped organise a careers event, continued with our usual and volunteer services. Been part of the film ‘We are Med¬way’ showcased in Rochester. Started preparing the New Masjid site for ground works in preparation for building the framework as well as dealing with unexpected storm damage.

We are gearing up for Ramadan and our target is to raise £100,000.00 during this month to take us a step closer to raising enough money to start the next phase of building.

Many people do not realise the extent of the building work carried out so far.

Our aim is to encourage and motivate people by arranging guided tours of the New Masjid site between 10.00am and 12.00pm every Friday in Ramadan. This will give an idea as to what the scale of the building will be. We hope that people will be motivated and encouraged by this.

May Allah guide us and have mercy on us.

Azeem Nader
General Secretary KMWA.

This update was originally featured in KMWALTR #004

Why is Ramadan so special?

Ramadan is one of the most significant month in the Islamic calendar (Hijri) and it is obligatory for Muslims to fast in this month. Here is why Ramadan is so special;

  • Holy Quran was first revealed in the month of Ramadan.
  • Fasting in the month of Ramadan is the fourth Pillar of Islam among the five.
  • Fasting helps to attain Taqwa (performing of actions which please Allah and abstaining from those actions that displease Him).
  • Ramadan is known to be the month of Quran. It is highly recommended in Ramadan to read and study the Holy Quran and to share with others.
  • The Night of Decree or The Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) is in this month, which is better than a thousand months.
  • In this Holy month, the gates of Paradise are opened, gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained up.

Read the full article in KMWALTR #004