Edible Arrangements is owned by 2 Muslim Brothers, Tariq and Kamran Farid

Amazing story.

At age 17, Tariq Farid borrowed $5,000 from his parents to buy a flower shop in East Haven, Connecticut, and within two years, he was running four flourishing stores. But after seven years as a florist, he came up with a new idea–bouquets you can eat. He and his brother Kamran opened their first Edible Arrangements store in 1999, creating, selling and delivering bouquets of fresh fruit sculpted to look like flowers.

Edible Arrangements began franchising in 2001. In 2006, they launched an add-on concept, Frutation, which gives franchisees the opportunity to offer fruit salads, smoothies and juices to go, alongside their fruit bouquets.

I went to their website and saw they had a nice Ramadan Kareem gift here.

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Merriam-Webster adds “Haram” to the dictionary

I wouldn’t be surprised if some Islam haters start complaining about how “sharia has invaded the English language”. Hahaha.

The irresistible power of the digital revolution to transform everything in its path has been confirmed, lest anyone still doubts it, by one of the arbitors of the English language itself.

Merriam-Webster, the revered publishing house known for its texts on American English, released today a sample of more than 100 new words it has granted entry into its Collegiate dictionary this year. Fully a fifth of them relate to technological innovation.

The entry:

Items, usually foods, forbidden under Islamic law

Source (via ChillYoIslamYo)

Olives, Hummus, Pita and some Cheese are a threat to the Security of Israel

Hummus can be very dangerous to Israelis. They are afraid of its killer taste.

A West Bank checkpoint managed by a private security company is not allowing Palestinians to pass through with large water bottles and some food items, Haaretz has learned.

The security company also dictates the quantity of items allowed: Five pitas, one container of hummus and canned tuna, one small bottle or can of beverage, one or two slices of cheese, a few spoonfuls of sugar, and 5 to 10 olives. Workers are also not allowed to carry cooking utensils and work tools.

Eat more here.

May God bring justice to the innocent people under an oppressive regime unchecked by “Free and Democratic” world.

The Cheescake Factory – Some cheesecakes use beef gelatin

Update as of Thursday January 5, 2012 via Sameer Eats:

from GuestRelations@thecheesecakefactory.com
to eat@sameerseats.com
date Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM
subject Greetings! 408007

Dear Sameer:

It’s so nice to hear from you again. Thank you for your continued interest in The Cheesecake Factory! To answer your question, several of our cheesecakes do contain animal gelatin. The majority of those use beef gelatin, however two varieties do contain pork gelatin: our 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake and our Lemoncello Cream Torte.

As with most high end pastries and desserts, we have chosen products containing gelatin over products containing a host of gums and artificial additives. Gelatin is not added directly to any of our desserts, rather it is a sub ingredient in one of the essential ingredients in these cakes. The amount would be considered trace.

We continue to search for and test ingredients that contain neither, however at this time a suitable substitution has not been found. In the interim, I have provided a list below for our cakes which do contain animal gelatin. I hope that this information is helpful and will allow you to continue to enjoy our wonderful desserts.

Original Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
Cherry Cheesecake
Brownie Sundae Cheesecake
Godiva Cheesecake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake
Key Lime Cheesecake
Dulce De Leche Caramel Cheesecake
Low Carb Cheesecake
Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel
White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake
Wild Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake
Lemoncello Cream Torte
30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake


Shannon Powers
Guest Services, Consultant


Got this in an email:

Thank you for your interest in The Cheesecake Factory. About half of our cheesecakes contain beef gelatin. None of our desserts that we serve in our restaurants contain pork gelatin. The following cheesecakes contain beef gelatin:

Original Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
Brownie Sundae Cheesecake
Godiva Cheesecake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake
Key Lime Cheesecake
Dulce De Leche Caramel Cheesecake
Low Carb Cheesecake
Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel

The rest of our cheesecakes do not contain any gelatin. If you have any further questions, please let us know at your earliest convenience. I hope that you will visit us soon and enjoy some of our wonderful cheesecake!


Valarie Newell
Guest Services Coordinator

So for the Muslim meat only eaters, the above cheesecakes can’t be in your stomach, but if you take the “AK” way (eating from the ahlul kitab aka people of the book) then continue to enjoy your cheesecakes.

I love cheesecake!

EDIT: For those who don’t know of the two opinions, please see it here.

May Allah bless Umar Lee!

Sh. Hamza Yusuf haters click here.


I agree with what Umar said in his last post here with letting Sh. Hamza speak for himself.

So to celebrate my agreement withim, this post is dedicated to my brother in Islam whom I love for the sake of Allah aza wa jall.   May Allah bless you.  May Allah forgive you.  May Allah protect you.  May Allah give you what is best in this world and in the next.  May Allah shower his mercy on you and your family.  May Allah make it easy for you and your family to live comfortable in this world.  May Allah accept your and your families duas.  May Allah allow reunite you with your loved ones in jannah.


Now let’s all focus on tomorrow!

Precious Provisions: Fiqh of Food and Clothing – Sh. Yasir Qadhi – NJ – Jan 9 to 11, 2009

precious-provisions-food-clothing-fiqh-yasir-qadhiHave you ever heard this before:

“What is wrong with a Big Mac?
If it’s not pork, Alhamdulillah!!!”


“Don’t you know that’s haram? It has gelatin!”
“No brother, I called the company they said it ‘beef’ gelatin.”
“Really, does that mean the gelatin in Skittles is halal to eat?”

The above was taken from a short snippet of the class description that can be found here on the Al-Maghrib Institute website. Al-Maghrib really knows how to grab the readers attention. Most of the quotes above and on their website is exactly what I hear many times over and over in almost every discussion of eating zabihah vs. eating ahl-al-kitab or for short “ak”. I think this class is unique and ground breaking. It’s rare to relate the fiqh of food with the fiqh of clothing.

This class looks to be a tasty and fashionable ilm-filled weekend. Click here to register for the class.

ONE Sabbath or ONE Iftar

This is a promo video of the organization called ONE which is trying to put an end to worldwide hunger and poverty. They are reaching out to the various faiths in trying to mobilize each religious community to join and help the fight against hunger and poverty through out the world. The sad reality is that many of these poverty stricken people are Muslims but yet there is a lack of Muslim help on such a large scale like ONE. Imam Johari Abdul Malik and Native Deen’s, Naeem Muhammad, are featured in the video.