Breads from the Arab World

Get acquainted with three kinds of bread that lie at the heart of many cultures across the Arab world. The region known more popularly as the Middle East is home to many different countries and people. It houses a diverse range of cultures and religions, each of them bearing striking similarities as well as differences. … Read more

Why McDonald’s is Not Halal

Sya Taha takes a look at relevant verses in the Qur’an to examine how permissible the fast food giant’s offerings really are. I grew up in Singapore, where our minority Muslim community enjoys the benefits of the Islamic Religious Authority of Singapore (better known as MUIS), a semi-state institution that governs the collection and disbursement of … Read more

5 mistakes I made in my first Ramadan

Having converted the day before the fasting month, Theresa Corbin recalls how she had to figure it all out on her own. “Ash-hadu an la ilaha ilallah, wa ash-hadu an la Muhammad Rasulullah,” I said for the first time on the evening of November 16, 2001. It was the evening in which Ramadan began that year. “Oh, … Read more

9 child-friendly iftar recipes to attempt with your kids this Ramadan

If you’re one of those people whose kitchens must remain spotless, you’d better look away now. Mariam Mokhtar shares some recipes that the little chefs in your home can help out with. The countertop is dusted in flour. Vegetable peelings, scattered like confetti, lie strewn across the floor. Amidst the kitchen mess a fasting kid continually queries: … Read more

Amina Elshafei: MasterChef of Halal Proportions

Brought up in a multicultural household in Sydney, MasterChef participant Amina Elshafei speaks to Tazin Abdullah about what inspires and moves her to cook. Food court at the Blue Mountains, Sydney. Typical packed lunchtime crowd at a tourist destination. You finally get to the end of the long queue knowing that, like every other time, you’re going … Read more

5 savoury facts about rendang, a legendary dish

The history, ingredients, and reverence of rendang are as rich and savory as the dish itself, shares Afia R Fitriati. Rendang is a popular spicy dish found in some countries in Southeast Asia. It is so popular, in fact, that it has become one of the must-serve dishes for festive occasions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, … Read more