Healing Recipes: Cooking with Baba Asad Palestinian Kufta

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Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said “Eat olive oil and massage it over your bodies since it is a holy (Mubarak) tree”. He also stated that olive oil cures 70 diseases.

 

Dear Readers,

 

Please find below a guest post by Mayar Assaf. We bring to you healing recipe from the land of Palestine, Kufta. The Palestinian Kufta contains powerful Quranic Super Food Olive Oil.

Allah ﷻ says in the Quran (about the olive tree),

“And a tree that grows out of Mount Sinai which produces oil and a condiment for those who eat.”

[Surah Al-Mu’minun, Verse 20]

Low in cholesterol and high in fiber, olives are really good for the digestive system and heart health. They are a good source of iron, copper and monounsaturated fatty acids, and they are high in antioxidants called polyphenols, which are helpful in preventing heart-related diseases.

Olives are packed with energy, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, iron magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, sodium, and vitamins E, A and K, making them an excellent food choice. Extra virgin olive oil can reduce inflammation as it contains oleic acid.

“It was narrated from ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah  said:‘Season (your food) with olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it comes from a blessed tree.’”

[Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 4, Book 29, Hadith 3319, Graded Sahih by Darussalam]

As narrated in the above-mentioned hadith, olive oil is good for the body even when massaged. The anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil are useful in reducing pain in individuals with arthritis. This is not just to treat pain in the body, even when applied on the skin and scalp, it makes the skin soft and helps with hair growth.

 

Following the events of October 7, the genocide in Gaza and the massacre of over 7,000 children has left people globally traumatised. The trauma inflicted by the Gaza genocide has had an impact on mental health. People suffering from eating disorders experienced varied emotions from anxiety to insomnia, some reported that their appetite has changed, as well as their taste buds.  We should keep in mind that Physical symptoms from stress can suppress appetite and can also result in binge eating. A person’s hunger and fullness cues only regulate when they are eating consistently, therefore we highly recommend keeping up with meal times and eating for mind body and soul.

 

We hope you’ll enjoy this healing recipe by Baba Asad. Thank you for this courageous video and for educating us about Palestine. We stand with you and Palestine in Solidarity. Our Prayers are with you all.

 

Cooking with Baba Asad | Our

Thoughts on Palestine

Miar Assaf

 

 

In this video, Leena and her Palestinian father cook a traditional Palestinian dish called Kufta while  illustrating the Palestinian issue. 

 

 

**Ingredients:** 

– 2 lbs ground meat (a mix of buffalo & lamb) 

– 1 bunch of Italian parsley 

– 2 medium onions 

– 2 tbsp Arabic mixed spices (seven spice) 

– 1 1/2 tbsp Salt 

– Pepper to taste 

– 3 tomatoes 

– 3 yellow potatoes 

– 2 tbsp tomato paste 

– Olive oil 

 

**Directions:** 

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Finely chop parsley and onion in a food processor. Mix ground meat with the parsley and onion  mixture. 
  3. Add spices and salt to the meat and mix. 
  4. Press the meat mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. 
  5. Slice fresh tomatoes and potatoes. 
  6. Season sliced potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
  7. Layer tomatoes and potatoes on top of the meat. 
  8. Bake at 400°F for 30-35 mins. 
  9. Once finished, separate the meat broth from the pan and add 2 tbsp tomato paste to the broth.  Whisk together until smooth to create the tomato sauce. 
  10. Pour this tomato sauce over the meat. Serve with rice. 

Leena created this video to reveal the reality of what’s been happening on this land for over 75  years. Her grandparents were directly affected by the great catastrophe (Nakba) that happened in  1984 and her father explain everything his family had gone through at that time. They suffered from  horrific criminal acts against them from displacement, killing, intimidation, kidnap, rape, to  distortion and more. These violent acts were purposely created against civilians children and  women to terrify them and force them to leave their lands.  

 

In his story, his mom was living in Jerusalem she had to fly to Jordan with her family. They thought  they will return to their homes in few days but its been over 75 years now and all Palestinians are 

still waiting to return back! 

The violent acts were intentionally committed against civilians, children, and women to terrorize  them and force them to leave their lands. Despite promises, Palestinians are still waiting to return  home after 75 years. 

Regarding recent events, her father explains that the background of such acts is the ongoing occupation, and an ayah is quoted

كَتَبۡنَا عَلَىٰ بَنِیۤ إِسۡرَ ٰۤءِیلَ أَنَّهُۥ مَن قَتَلَ نَفۡسَۢا بِغَیۡرِ نَفۡسٍ أَوۡ فَسَادࣲ فِی ٱلۡأَرۡضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ ٱلنَّاسَ جَمِیعࣰا

Which means that who ever kill an innocent life as if he killed the whole humanity. To emphasize the sanctity of innocent lives in Islam. He dispels the misinformation about Hamas and clarifies that their issue is with the Zionist leadership, not the Jewish people.

Which means that who ever kill an innocent life as if he killed the whole humanity. To emphasize the  sanctity of innocent lives in Islam. He dispels the misinformation about Hamas and clarifies that  their issue is with the Zionist leadership, not the Jewish people. 

Gaza, a tiny strip of land, 365km2 with over 2 million people living there, described as an open-air  prison . Social media has played a crucial role in revealing the truth, prompting global  demonstrations in support of Palestinians. 

The West Bank faces similar oppression, with more than 200 killed and over 1500 arrested in the  past two months. Leena’s father shares personal experiences of soldiers marching through streets  with machine guns and fighter jets shaking houses during his visit to Palestine at age 14 years and  he still remember that scene. 

Killing, arresting, demolishing, sabotage, checkpoints, stealing lands, giving settlers the right to  destroy and kill without mercy, restricting building, all these horrific acts were done to the  Palestinian in the west bank and still! 

The ongoing genocide, with over 20,000 lives lost, aims not just at Hamas but at erasing  Palestinians and taking over their land for natural resources. The Israeli plan extends beyond Gaza,  the West Bank, and Palestine, including all lands between Nile and Euphrates. 

Palestine, historically a land of coexistence among Christians, Muslims, and Jews, has faced  disruption due to Zionist influence. Leena’s father emphasizes that Israeli actions won’t solve  anything but will breed a new generation filled with anger and resistance. 

 

Please support Gaza as much as you can through charity, prayers, and contributions. Here are some  trusted links: 

  1. https://irusa.org/middleeast/palestine/? fbclid=PAAabDqWTKIrNSE_RHE8hrkKAvKI7ALKaxXXOe5LalVDIgKf5HKi7lbjU9no_aem_AfNWKLUSftqU_jsi6UfTfSUtCOWfLxGh33p5Bk6_Oj1PXhSHAnaXqj E5Wu7imUv24zg
  2. https://pcrf1.app.neoncrm.com/forms/gaza-relief
  1. https://www.unfpa.org/donate/Gaza/1
  1. https://islamicaid.com/current-appeals/palestine-appeal/

 

REF: https://youtu.be/3mSl6cxcGcw?si=5qhZlCRIxdKSQFcc

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