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Stir Fry Lamb Chops Kidney Heart & Brain
- 4 lambs kidneys
- 2 lambs hearts
- 2 lambs brains
- 4 lambs chops
- (1) 1 tsp. garlic paste
- (2) 1 tsp. ginger paste
- (3) 1 tsp. chili powder
- (4) 1 tsp. whole red chili crushed
- (5) 1 tsp. coriander crushed
- (6) 1 tsp. cumin seeds
- (7) 1 tbsp. dried fenugreek leaves
- (8) 1\4 tsp. ground mace ( javetri )
- (9) 1 tsp. ground turmeric
- (10) 1\2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- (11) 1\2 tsp. aniseed
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1\2 cup oil
- 1" fresh ginger cut into thin stripes
- 2-3 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
- 2 green chilies
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
1.Remove excess fat from the meat. Wash and pat dry.
Cut the kidney and heart into small pieces. Leave the lamb
2. Boil 2 cups of water with 1\2 tsp. of turmeric. Add
the brains and boil for two minutes. Discard the water roughly
chop the brain and put it aside.
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Pakistanis for America” holds “Eid Millon Party”
2004) An Eid Millon party was held in New Jersey under the
banner of Pakistanis for America. The function was presided
over by the president of the society Shafqat Rasool Khan,
while the ambassador of Pakistan Ashraf Jhangir Qazi was the
guest of honor. Pakistan counselor Shoukat Haroon in his brief
speech introduced the Ambassador to the attendants of the
party. Messages of big shots, like Governor New Jersey James E
Macgreey, state senator Jons Corzine, executive Hudson county
Tom Deceise and Mayer Jersey city Glenn D Cunninghum were read
by the different representatives of them. The function started
with the recitation of Holy Quar’an. Begum Sofia and Miss
Noureen recited Pakistani and American national anthem
respectively. Syed Mohammad Umran welcome
the guests and pointed out the aim and objects of the society.
Voice President Kashif Aslam pointed out the history of
Pakistanis American in his speech. President Shafqat Rasool
Khan in his presidential address declared that the society has
more than 2000 registered members in New Jersey and trying to
make more by cards and flyers. He urged that society is doing
its utmost to open the same in New York. In the award given
ceremony, different Pakistanis were awarded for their best
services toward Pakistani community. Imtiaz Choudary for
political and social services, Iqbal Jaddoon for helping the
people on 9/11.Ehtasham Kazmi for column writer, Saleem Rizvi
for legal services, Soshela Gudwani for immigrant services and
newspaper “New York Awam for its services toward the
community. Pakistan Ambassador Ashraf Jhangir Qazi in his
address said, “ I appreciate the
work of Pakistanis for America and wish that the rest of
Pakistani living abroad should follow this example”. The guest
of honor urged that Pakistanis should prove themselves as a
symbol of unity living in USA and should bring a good name to
Pakistan. After the dinner the famous singer “Muni Begum” sang
her favorite songs.
NY poetess honored in the Bay Area
On Friday, December 26, the Urdu Academy of North America
hosted an evening with Humaira Rahman, an Urdu poetess based
in New York. Her first book, "Indimal" (Consolation) was
produced in 1986, while "Intisab", her second book, was
published eleven years later. The occasion was made possible
by Humaira Saaheba and her family holidaying on the West
Coast. Learning of her visit, the Urdu Academy decided to take
advantage of this happenstance to introduce Ms. Rahman to
lovers of Urdu literature in the Bay Area. About thirty people
attended the program at Swagat Restaurant in Mountain View.
The event consisted of a series of papers on Ms Rahman's
personality and work by local litterateurs, a presentation of
poetry by local talents, and in the final section for the
visiting poetess. Local writer and literary figure Ali Hasan
Cemendtaur emceed the prose section of the program. Shahab
Riazi presented a biographical account of Humaira Rahman's
career. He urged that she dwells too much on her gender,
shortchanging her stature as relevant to all humanity. In his
review of "Intisab", referred to Humaira Rahman as a natural
poetess "to whom the poetry comes with the ease the same way
revelations come to the prophets." Zulqarnain Asad, an
academic and connoisseur of Urdu, read an article on Ms
Rahman's poetry and her art. He said that there is no parallel
in Urdu literature of the way Humaira has described the
fulfillment of being a mother. Renowned local poetess Noshi
Gilani presented some thoughts on Humaira's poetry and her
personality, quoting extensively from "Indimal" and "Intisab"
in her speech. In her experience, she said, both a
conversation with Humaira Saaheba and her poetry were
wonderfully fluid in their nature. In the break between
sessions, wonderful homely snacks were served as refreshments,
including samosay, pakoray, and ghulab jamun and tea. The
whole event left one with the impression that in this age when
the most famous blondes in Hollywood are falling in love with
the Sufi elders of our poetic tradition, poetry by women
steeped in that tradition might just be what the Guru ordered
for a thirsty soul. Noshi Gilani emceed the poetry session
when the meeting resumed after the break. She read some of her
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Community Forum Forms in NY
(CP, NY 2004) A new organization for the betterment and to
solve the community problems is founded in New York. Various
cultural, social, literary, writers and journalists’
organizations voluntarily merge their organizations to newly
formed “Pakistan Community Forum”. It is said unanimously that
all Pakistani organizations should get unite to face the
changing factors of present situation and be should united to
face the problem that community is facing. The associations
and organizations which announced to merge or to cooperate
with the new forum are Pakistan league of America, Ghalib
Academy, Urdu Anjuman, Aalmi Urdu Tehreek, Halqa Arbab-a- Zouk,
Progressive Writers Forum, Hulqa Fun-o-Adab of north America,
Karwan-a-Fiqr-o-Fun, Bazm-e-Khayyam, Pak US Cultural Society,
Sajana Freedom Forum, Zafar Zaidi Memorial Society, Adara
Fiqr-e-Nuo, Pak America Rabata Committee, Muslim Day Parade
Committee, Jan Foundation, weekly Pakistan News, Sada-e-Pakistan,
Awam, New York Awam, Color of Asia, Peace TV and PTN. The
meeting of coordinators was held in a local restaurant and
unanimously Doctor Shafiq was nominated as a chairman for the
forth coming meeting to pay tribute to Joher Mir, while the
members of the committee are Mohammad Tahir, N.M. Danish,
Masroor Jawaid, Ashraf Main, Hamad Khan, Jamal Mohsin, Mohsin
Zaheer and Arif Afzal Usmani. Famous Pakistani poet Ahmed
Faraz is expected to be the guest of honor.
Pak-USA Women Association forms
(CP,NY,Jan,2004 ) Pakistani women
living in New Jersey US have formed an association named
Pakistan-USA Women Association. In the first meeting held in
Ramadan on an Iftar Party, it was announced that the new
association will work for the betterment of Pakistani women
living in America.
NoorJehan Noori are being
elected as President and V-President unanimously.
Neelo who is the Editor of South
Asian Newspaper is nominated as press correspondence. In their
short speeches President and vice President invited Pakistani
women to join hands with them to solve the basic problems of
them while living abroad. It is said that the association will
try its utmost to provide opportunities to solve the language
problem, help to find jobs for jobless, provides legal advice
to those facing divorce cases. It is added that a computer
training center and a marriage beaurue will also be operated
very soon. Pakistani women can get the free membership of the
association. For the membership, contact 917-693-3839 or
Program” under consideration
(CP, Jan 2004) Different proposals are under
consideration for the illegal immigrants in United States, a
spoke man of White House said. Majority of Democrats and
Republicans are supporting “Amnesty Program” for the illegal
immigrants, he added. Tom Rich the minister of Home Security
urged that some solid steps should be taken for 8 to 12
millions illegal immigrants. It is said that if the Amnesty
Program is to be proclaimed then all those who have applied
under the section 245-1 shall get the legal status, if they
are pass through legal process.
years old honors US nationality
(CP, Jan 2004) A 104 years Old Russian immigrant Khamovik is
being awarded American citizen. He is celebrating his 105
birthday in Feb, 2005. His elder son is of 72 years of old. He
participated in World War II and immigrated to US in 1996.
Islamic Mission NY holds Condolence
(CP, Jan 2004) World Islamic Mission New York held a
condolence meeting for Moulana Shah Ahmed Noorani in Jamaica
Queens. Quaran-a-Kreem was recited. Moulana Mohammad Hussain
Rizvi, Moulana Mohammad Bashir Qadri, Qari Mohammad Hanif and
other members of Islamic mission delivered the speeches and
pay tribute to Moulana Shah Ahmed Noorani.
to “Johar Mir”
(CP, Jan 2004) A program is to be held to pay tribute to
famous poet Johar Mir for his service to Urdu language under
the supervision of Khaber Society, John foundation and Freedom
forum on 10th of Jan in New York. A music program
is also to be conducted.
Eid in Sacramento
Jan, 2004) Eid-ul-Fitr or the feast at the end of Ramadan
was celebrated with much fervor at the Sacramento Downtown
"V" Street Mosque on Tuesday November 25, 2003. And if one
is not mistaken, this was probably the 56th year that this
Muslim festival has been celebrated at this site, the oldest
such venue in the United States. Also known as the
"Pakistani Mosque" due to original membership and its
coincidental inauguration in Sacramento, California roughly
at the time of the birth of Pakistan in the 194's, its
founders were either themselves Pakistanis or the offspring
of the some of the first Muslims from
those parts of British India that later became Pakistan.
This reporter makes it a point to join in Eid-ul-Fitr
prayers at this historic site because if there is a place
where one can get the feel of rural Pakistan in the United
States on Eid day, this is probably the one.The Punjabi and
Pashto languages dominate here as Urdu is widely used for
inter-ethnic communications. English is spoken by our
younger generation and within the African, African-American,
Hispanic and White Muslims who are very much a part of
the colorful gathering here on this festive day.As usual
two "shifts" of morning prayers were held this year as
attendance was quite high (possibly due in part to Eid
falling so close to America's Thanksgiving holiday on
November 27th). Children were already off from school due to
this being holiday week, during which Pakistani families
like the rest of America congregate for their own version
of "Spicy Halal" Turkey. The second shift prayer saw
worshippers spilling out to the courtyard of this large
facility. The women's section was equally if not more
crowded and the children in bright new clothes could be
playing all over the place. Imam Qasmi conducted the prayers
this Eid-ul-Fitr, starting with his usual duplicate "Khutba"
(religious message before prayers) in both Urdu and English.
This year he dwelled into the subjects of the real meaning
of Eid and the importance of the Ramadan fasting period. He
also urged all in attendance to be thankful for what they
have because there are many in this world doing without.
said that the unfortunate could use some of our
generosity. He added that we were ambassadors of Islam in
this country and that in itself puts a lot of responsibility
on our shoulders in this land of opportunity. He spoke of
a world fast becoming a "global village" in which Muslims
have to participate at all levels. After a very festive
atmosphere had developed prayers in the courtyard of the
Mosque. Much traditional three step "hugging" and
consumption of a variety of foods took place. This year
Pizza and "Jalebi" (a syrupy desert shaped like a pretzel)
were a big hit. A group of Sikh visitors was also quite
visible while greeting Muslims in the Mosque courtyard.A
number of onlookers from the neighborhood also dropped in.
It was a morning of sharing faith, family and friendship,
some of the key ingredients to our religion that are hard to
In conclusion a hearty "Eid Mubarak" from Sacramento,
California where Muslims from what is now Pakistan have
lived for almost a century. This landmark mosque which has
seen much history and visiting Pakistani Prime Ministers and
Presidents over the past 50 years is very much a part of our
roots in America. And on this Eid day as all Muslims in
America celebrate their religion, Pakistani-Americans at
this Mosque also continue to celebrate their heritage.
Focus on Pakistan at City
College of San Francisco
(Ras,CF Jan 2004) One group of students at the City College
of San Francisco probably got more that they bargained for
on December 10, 2003 as its instructor Professor Javaid
Sayed made it a Pakistan Night of sorts for his “United
Nations Class” nearing the end of its semester. Room 301at
the Rosenberg Library witnessed a real grass roots type of
interaction between local students and their honored guest,
Pakistan’s Consul General in Los Angeles the Honorable Noor
Muhammad Jadmani. Jamdani was not alone in representing
Pakistan at this venue as a number of prominent members of
the Pakistani-American community in San Francisco also
showed up to represent their country of origin. And since
the topic for the evening was “Pakistan as a Frontline State
in the War on Terror” a report and a subsequent discussion
on this gathering became all the more important.
Professor Javaid Sayed is a long-time San Francisco
community activist, poet, writer and orator. And for some of
us, seeing him in the role of a teacher in class for the
first time proved interesting but was not a surprise.
Teaching is as much his forte as his other work. And as
Sayed opened the session with an introduction of the United
and what it has tried to accomplish with its students by
having them interact directly with invited dignitaries and
through a live video contact with the United Nations in New
York itself, one can only wish that more college campuses
(he mentioned U.C. Berkeley) would pick up these classes to
widen the horizons of students in California. It is ironic
that San Francisco, which is the birthplace of the United
Nations does not have more of such educational outlets.
To the majority of the class that showed up and was not
“stressed by finals” (as Professor Sayed put it), there was
a “mini Pakistan” here for them to interact with. Sayed went
into the nature of weaponry today and how important issues
related to peace and war had become worldwide, especially in
the context of South Asia where the festering Kashmir
Dispute had caused much instability and a cause of conflict
between Pakistan and India, two poor countries with nuclear
weapons. He spoke of the involvement of the United Nations
in two important conflicts. U.N. Resolution 242 on the
Middle East and 247 on Kashmir and their significance in
history. An additional focus was put on the number of
occasions when Pakistan had offered its territory, its
infrastructure and its commitment to the United States
through the Cold War years and once again today in the War
on Terror “AT CONSIDERABLE RISK TO ITSELF”. The stress this
evening was on solutions of conflicts and external factors.
Poverty alleviation issues can be and are also directly
linked to solutions as is the prevention of war. “A nuclear
war anywhere is a nuclear war everywhere,” said Sayed.
Consul General Jamadani lived up to his introduction by
stating that Professor Sayed was a difficult act to follow
as he was just a budding diplomat and he had to speak after
a seasoned orator. He thanked everyone for coming and said
that he had spent a few years at the UN in New York himself
so he had a feel for how it works. On Pakistan he said that
“strategically, we are located in a very important area and
went into some of the geographical realities associated with
the country. “Pakistan is a nuclear state,” he said. But he
added that “we were forced to go nuclear,” to maintain a
strategic balance with an immediate neighbor. On terrorism
he said that it was not a new phenomenon. He said that
Pakistan had been fighting terrorism even before 9/11 and
that it had decided to join with the United States in the
war on terrorism because it saw a common enemy. “Terrorism
has no faith and no creed,” he said. He mentioned that there
was a growing sense amongst Muslims that their peaceful
religion was being targeted. “The essence of Islam must be
understood,” he added as the early Islamic period was a
model of democracy. “Islam’s vision is modern and
futuristic,” he said. On this war on terror he said that
Pakistan was not pressured but took the decision in its own
interest as it had itself been a victim of terrorism for
decades. He said that a few holdovers of the Afghan
Mujahideen era had become a problem for Pakistan and had
obtained sponsorship from foreign agencies. “Pakistan took a
strategic decision,” he said. “Our intentions should not be
doubted. We are acting against Al Qaeda.” But Jamdani also
stressed the need to understand the origins of terrorism.
“We must understand its causes,” he said. He said that some
states had used the post 9/11 world to suppress genuine
freedom movements. He added that Pakistan will continue to
do its part in this war on terror but that this issue for
which there is no quick fix has to be addressed in its
Dr. Abdul Jabbar who originated this course at the City
College of San Francisco was also asked to say a few words.
Jabbar called this United Nations class “education in
action” and said that learning about the world is essential.
He said that the media here sometimes does not allow us to
see the truth in its entirety.
A lively Q/A session followed during which only the
students of the class asked the questions. The lack of
democracy in Pakistan was pointed out by one student.
Positive developments like the coming SAARC meeting in
Pakistan in January were also highlighted. A solution to the
Kashmir Dispute was deemed necessary as was the protection
of human rights in Kashmir. One student expressed her views
on America’s role in the world today from the point of view
of an African-American Muslim. The Consul General seemed
quite prepared for these questions. He concluded the evening
schedule by meeting the Pakistani-American community members
In conclusion this event reminded one of the times in the
1980’s when America and Pakistan were busy training and
supplying the anti-Communist “Mujahideen” fighters in
Afghanistan. After the Soviet Union was forced to withdraw
from its Afghan adventure, crumbling later to a downsized
Russia, the blowback from that operation first hit
Afghanistan itself and then Pakistan. It is sad to say that
the world took little notice till terrorism hit our own
shores here on 9/11. But as long as this “damage control”
operation is on, one can only hope for more fairness. Thus
far these mixed signals in the press here and the harassment
of people of Pakistani or Muslim descent in this country
have been less than encouraging. A Kashmir solution too
needs more air time. And Washington could use a better
understanding of the Pashtuns, the people who live along the
Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Their alienation is a worrisome
factor. Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past,
pursuing only short term interests and ignoring long term
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section. We would like you to participate and make it much bigger
than what it is now. Send us your stories, poems and drawings.
Asked for it". Children can ask all those odd questions and we will try to
bring them answers. Asking question is rewarding as well.
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Dear children, hope all of you are fine. The end of another
solar year is here. Time passes so quickly. Do not let time
use you…rather you shall use the time. Allah has sent us into
this world for a short time. We will return to Him after our
death. We shall indulge ourselves into such deeds and actions
that bring us Allah’s agreement and not His wrath.
Allah demands from us to respect our parents. In Holy Qur’an,
goodness to parents is mentioned at eleven places.
According to saying of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) Allah’s
agreement is in father’s agreement and Allah is displeased
when father is displeased with his child. Even if, God forbid,
the parents are non-believer, still Islam does not permit the
children to be disrespectful to them or to shout at them. If
parents strive to convert their children to non-Islamic
beliefs or they require something against Allah’s commandment,
then Allah’s says don't follow them, but still be good to
them. In surat Ban-e-Israil, Allah commands “…Whether one or
both of them (parents) attain old age in your life, do not say
to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them
in terms of honor…” meaning that if parents reach their old
age in front of children, and children feel irritated by any
of their action or saying, still they shall not speak with
them in harsh tone or scold them. Rather deal with them in
most respectful manner and be good to them and pray to Allah:
O Allah! Have mercy on them both, as they did care for me
when I was young."
Prophet’s companion, hazrat Abu-Hurera, relates that once a
man asked Prophet (p. b. u. h.) that who deserves most of my
good behavior. Prophet replied “your mother”. He repeated his
question three times and prophet replied “your mother” three
times. Then he again asked for the fourth time and Prophet
replied “your father”.
According to another saying of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) “Good
conduct towards father and mother is one of the deeds that win
the highest favor of Allah”. The Prophet of Allah said:
“Let that man be disgraced and disgraced again and let him be
disgraced even more.” The people inquired: “O Prophet of
Allah! Who is that man?” The Prophet stated “I refer to the
man who finds his parents old in age – both of them or one of
them – and yet did not earn entitlement to
by good service to them.” (Muslim)
Parental love is purely unselfish. Parents sacrifice their
ease to bring comfort to their children. Children should to be
respectful to their parents. Respecting parents mean
acknowledging that they are senior to us, have more exposure
to world and have lots more experience. This gives them an
edge over the reasoning of a child who may be a toddler or a
grown up youth. Even if a child disagrees with his/her parent,
it must be done such that parent’s dignity is maintained. When
disagreeing the child aught to note the tone of his/her voice
and gestures. It's not only what you do for your
parents that count only, but also how you do it. It is
the manner as well as the substance.
So let’s strive to give our parents the respect and honor that
they so much deserve for their tireless efforts for us. Our
smiles, good manners, good academic results, as well as hugs
and kisses bring them a world of happiness. And always
remember parents in your prayers: “O Allah! Grant forgiveness
to me and my parents and pardon all the faithful on the Day of
Mrs. Amna Tariq, Makkah
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