FEED THE NEED-Karimah’s Cuisina Feeding the Homeless Friday 19th December 14

Seasonal Greetings, we need your help please, alhmdulilah praise God we have the money for food but we need to buy col



d weather sleeping bags which are £40 each and more thermal insulated containers to carry food , there are £50 each or more, we would also love to be able to take our super star volunteers out for a well deserved meal to say thank you for a good years work , they don’t expect it but it would be nice.We don’t have  any kore funding as we have only been going for a couple of years, all praise is due tot eh Creator we mange to deliver a quality service to thehomeless within our means however its out intention to expand and provide more services and better and quality and for that we need your help……have a wonderful break from work  and please remember those less fortunate than you…:)


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Its freezing in the UK and some of us are exposed to more germs than other, please keep your immune system boosted,

ECHINECHEAS, in UK you can buy the ground herb in capsules on line from



*be mindful of consumption of animal products, cream, cheese, butter, red meats, this are hard for body to digest as well as fighting virus,

try to eat more fish and veggie meals

start you day with a glass of water plus good squeeze of fresh lemon juice
then eat fruit then eat breakfast

wrap up warm

Fruit First...Force Yourself

Fruit First…Force Yourself

buy olbas oil, put a few drops on a hankie, scarve, gloves,

olbas oil dilute a few drops on olive oil and rub on chest, should keep the vampires away this time of year

any other tips email me xxx

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THE MOSQUITO FAR FROM ORDINARY                              


Holy Quran, chapter 2, surat al baqara, ayat/ verse 26 

Sahih International

Indeed, Allah is not timid to present an example – that of a mosquito or what is smaller than it. And those who have believed know that it is the truth from their Lord. But as for those who disbelieve, they say, “What did Allah intend by this as an example?” He misleads many thereby and guides many thereby. And He misleads not except the defiantly disobedient,”.


The Mosquito...far from ordinary

The Mosquito…far from ordinary

This ayat has for some time baffled me and then I saw one explanation by the Sunnah the better brother but quickly forgot it, the following is an amazing  breakdown of the scientific attributes of Allah’s design of the mosquito, Yusef Chambers  in technical scientific design terms but still no explanation, no tafsir-



“Allahu Akbar!!

“The Mosquito, an ordinary little creature!!! ALLAH gives us its example in the Quran, to show us how this little creature has an extremely complicated nature

1- It is a female

2- It has one hundred eyes in it’s head

3- It has 48 teeth in it’s mouth

4- Inside it’s little body there are three complete Hearts!!

5- It has six knives in it’s nose and each knife has it’s special use

6- It has three wings on each side

7- In the body of this insect is a digital X-RAY machine, which it uses to distinguish the human skin in the dark, in violet colour

8- It’s body also contains a small vaccine working as a local anesthetic to help it to insert its thorns in the human skin without any feel or pain caused by the suction of the blood

9- It has an instrument for blood testing, because it doesn’t like all blood types!!

10- It has a special mechanism to speed up the blood flow so it can draw it faster!

AND the most strange discovery by Science is that there is another very small Microscopic Insect living on top of this Mosquito!!

AND that is what ALLAH means in the verse 26 of Surah Al-Baqarah:
“Surely Allah is not ashamed to set forth a parable even of a mosquito or any thing above that;” (Quran 2:26) “

This detailed breakdown of the mosquitos attributes doesn’t explain the parable.

However as a grandma, who would love to explain this to my grandson, I will put forward one explanation, one tafsir that will connect the ayat and the breakdown of the parable

Regardless of the observation, the reality, the Truth is this insect is a magnificent in design , something so small , yet so complex, 3 hearts in one body….now that’s what  we can call supreme engineering masha’allah, it proves the supremacy of Allah, no human has come close to that kind of design superiority in such a small creation.

Something we see as very small and in our ignorant we do not comprehend the complexity of Allah’s design in this creature, it bites some and not others because it is able to distinguished the blood type.it imparts disease that kills some and not other, something so small is capable to carrying death.

We should never under estimate Allah’s power, Allah uses this small female creature, complex and magnificent in design to punish some and leave others . as humans we have one heart inside out body, a pregnant woman has two hearts inside her body, but this minute creature has three hearts and so many other amazing features.

It is the complexity of design within such a small creature that you have to be in awe of Allah infinite ability and never underestimate things that seem insignificant. This small creature has the ability to distinguish variations in blood, if something as small as a mosquito can do this, do we think that there are larger creatures who are not able to do this?

As nutritionist I will tell you that diet plays a big part in  the taste of your blood, what we consume through our mouth informs that taste and type of our blood, what we put on pour skins is absorbs into the blood.

A word to the wise, mosquitos hate vitamin B6  in the blood, it is wise to eat tahini, sesame seed paste, chickpeas, pistachios, sunflower seeds.


  1. Nutrition Facts

Sesame seeds

Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 573
  1. % Daily Value*
Total Fat 50 g 76%
Saturated fat 7 g 35%
Polyunsaturated fat 22 g  
Monounsaturated fat 19 g  
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 11 mg 0%
Potassium 468 mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 23 g 7%
Dietary fiber 12 g 48%
Sugar 0.3 g  
Protein 18 g 36%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 97% Iron 81%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 40%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 87%
*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

We need a shift in paradigm, the way we see things, we need a shift in diet and we need a shift ion out hearts to want to shift and stop being ignorant of some many things, may Allah forgive us and make it easy for us ameen.







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Alhamdulilah rabeelalameen, tonight’s FEED THE NEED, feeding the homeless on the streets of Central London was the best , the biggest and the most beautiful so far, maasha’Allah.We have 4 new additions to our all star team, like our food we go for quality over quantity…tonight, today was amazing maasha’Allah, it was freezing on the streets,  we gave out about 140 meals;brown rice with mixed vegetables in the spices turmeric and cardamom rice, lovely lamb mince madras curry or spinach and lentil madras curry, loads of  added fresh garlic and ginger to boost immune system and fight inflammation and cold,quality not quantity means that more meals get eaten not trashed,hot tea and coffee, biscuits, over 100 pairs of thick socks, thick woolly hats, toiletries and Meriemme’s brownies.We recycled all our vegetable peeling etc, wrapping, plastic and collect all paper , plastic etc after the food was eaten and recycled  that too, so tired and spaced out when we get back , been in at least an hour and just realised that I still have my woollie hat and hijaab on :)

alhmdulilah, praise the Creator, Allah mounded our hearts to FEED THE NEED.


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Among the many diverse food and nutrition-conscious activities delivered by Karimah’s Cuisina is FEED THE NEED, feeding the homeless in Central London.

  However, inspired by the Quranic ayats, we set out to do what Allah has instructed us to do, to feed the needy: 

“And righteous are those who give food, in spite of their own need, to the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of Allah, saying in their hearts: ‘We feed you for the sake of Allah Alone; we desire nothing in return from you, not even a word of thanks.’” 

Surat Al-‘Insān (The Man) Chapter 76, 8-9

Another inspiration was the Conservative Party’s Big Society ,which seemed to offer faith based organisations an opportunity to  pick up the slack where the government was making cuts.

And finally the Islamic classic scholar, Imam Al Ghazali, has a book of manners about eating and he mentioned “Mercy Tables”, and so FEED THE NEED came into being.


Feed The Need

Feed The Need

Three years later, we are stronger than ever. Alhamdulillah rabeel alameen, praise The Creator, we have a strong core team of volunteers and regular sponsors, masha Allah, as God would have it be.


So what is Feed The Need, feeding the homeless in Central London?

We cook healthy meals from scratch, usually, but not always of brown rice with mixed vegetables, meat or vegetarian medium curry, and provide healthy additive-free soft drinks. Sometimes it’s like ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and we have to think on our feet to make something fresh and funky with donated ingredients. When it’s cold, we take tea and coffee and at this time of the year we distribute mince pies, socks, hats and toiletries, when funds permit.


We distribute in central London to relieve the hunger of the ever-growing number of homeless people in need whose home is literally on the streets. Though some are Muslim, most people we meet are not. Alhamdulillah, meals have been delivered regularly: monthly or bi-monthly for three years.


Most of our volunteers have their Food Health and Hygiene Qualification, paid for by our fundraising and support from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council.


Previously using the kitchen of Al Manar Cultural Centre in Ladbroke Grove gave us more scope to increase volumes. However the kitchen was taken over by a take-away franchise. So currently we are negotiating with a local community centre in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Insha Allah using a commercial kitchen will help to engage more volunteers from the wider community.


How charity helps us

We accept raw ingredients that are often donated charitably to include in our menu. We do not take cooked food as we have reputation for quality, clean food that we prepare to our own, high standards for immediate delivery to ensure freshness without the need to reheat. Alhamdulillah, our regulars recognise our care and thoroughness. Quality not quantity is the ethos behind everything we do. Halal meat, fish, lentils, brown rice, onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, vegetables, fruits, salad vegetables and spice are ideal donations of raw ingredients. At certain times of the year we are open to receiving warm blankets, good condition shoes and warm clothes, mainly, but not exclusively, for men.  


Financial donations enable our expansion, to reach more hungry homeless people more frequently, to pay for equipment as well as food, and to enable us to cover costs for our volunteers.



ACCOUNT 61933090  SORT CODE 55-50-28

 IBAN GB93 NWBK 5550 2861 9330 90

Reference FEED         


How can YOU help: with donations?

Arrangements to contribute any item other than money can be made with our Amir, Faisal Mu’meen on 07966394595 or our Amira, Karimah Bint Dawoud, at karimahscuisinaa@gmail.com


How can YOU help: with your time?

Could you spare 4 hours a month to be part of the team helping to shop, prepare, cook, clean, pack or come out on the street with us to distribute the meals? It’s quite a baton-passing challenge and beside good references, you need enthusiasm and to work well within a team with the clock ticking.


Maybe your strengths are marketing and fundraising? Could you help us?


We would love you to be part of the Feed The Need team so please email vipkarimahscuisina@gmail.com  to let us know you’ve checked your diary and want to join us.


 And please remember keep us in your duaas.


Be a part of this noble endeavour. Feel free to get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Jazakumallahkhayrun, may Allah reward you with good. Ameen.


The Founder of Feed The Need

Karimah bint Dawoud- c/o 1st Witness management

Karimah bint Dawoud- c/o 1st Witness management

Alhamdulillah rabeel alameen. Karimah Bint Dawoud, the Glam Imam is a Muslim chaplain, who specialises in Islamic wellbeing, nutrition and gender issues. In between interviewing potential husbands, jumping up and down on the bed with her grandson and taking food photos, her role is as go-between for the Shariah council and the wider community. Also Karimah has been an agony auntie for the last few years, experienced on the subjects of families, marriage, weight loss and Islam, masha Allah. A revert to Islam, she is a qualified nutritionist and award-winning author of ‘Heavenly Bites’, currently compiling a second book, masha Allah.


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Nutrition and Michael Brown Killing

I am not going to say much about this but I have to say something, as the mother of a young black man who has been stopped by the police so many times, every time I hear a siren I pray for him, where ever he is and where ever I am alhmdulilah maashallah I pray for his  safety.

I am lover of Black men, my father is a black man and I think , wasn’t it white men that brought black men from African, stole them away, kidnapped them for 5oo years of slave labour , so they could build the  white  empire on their backs, like the Pharoahs used the Isrealites ?

And now as black people are on the rise once again, maasha’allah as God would ahve it be,accessing education and business there are some white folks who just can’t deal with it and feel the need to keep black folks in their place, and where is that place i wonder? The problem with guns and jobs that  give individuals access to a LEGAL gun, is that these jobs attract people with good intention, who genuinely want to up hold justice and the law but these positions also attract the scum of the earth, with a bad agenda, who have no intention of upholding the constitution.

May Allah have mercy on Michael Brown’s soul ameen

PLEASE WATCH…..from a clinical nutrtionsit perspective, the diet of too many of these people, who are supposed to be law enforcers, is deficient and thus effecetting their mental, yes the mental health of the police needs to be questione.A diet that lack omega 3 oils, affects the brain in that it perceives challenges as threats, from a UK perspective we have no respect for the typical american diet, no respct at all, I am not defending the outrageous behaviour of the police man who murdered Michael Brown, I am just adding in my opinion from a qualifed nutrtionist perspective, one of the reasons why we have too many white trigger happy policemen in the USA

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COMFORT FOOD……maybe you have had a bad night , late night before, maybe you are going through an emotional crisis and the first thing you want ,when you get up is comfort and a nice cuddle from someone safe. Sometimes, all the time , that person is not there and we resort to comfort food. Before you reach for the black forest gateau and coffee, let me tell you that you can have that black forest gateau and coffee, just not now, just not yet, you can have it later, after you eat some fruit. Fruit first thing in the morning has so many health benefits to keep you bright eyed and bushy tailed; its boosts the immune system, its anti-aging, it gets rid of dark circles under your eyes, it opens the digestive passage way with the most easily digestible food and its full of sun fired goodness and energy….just do it, love yourself even if you think no-one else does , you will see its worth it in the long run…because I love you xxx

Fruit First

Fruit First

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FEED THE NEED, feeding the homeless on the streets of Central London

FEED THE NEED….It creates good karma to feed the needy, it  is a noble deed to feed the needy, its an act of a human society to look after those who are destitute and any society or state than prohibits the feeding of the homeless contains the seeds of its own destruction, you have been warned.

Come rain or shine, fasting and jubilation we have gone out on the streets of Central London and feed the need people who are mostly not yet Muslim; they are mostly Polish, Russian , Romanian and a tiny percentage of North Africans.Regardless of race, creed , colour or gender we distribute ahome cooked healthy meal and drink to those in need.

Last night was different, we had half of sheep left over froma lamb we sacrificed for Eid, this is special meat we call Qurbani, we had the ribs and chops, so we jerked it, covered it in out home made from scratch all raw ingredients jerk seasoning, marianted then roasted it and they loved it, recipe maybe coming soon inshallah

one of our wonderful volunteers is doing a masters in literature and asked if she could make a film baout what we do, she is so engaging maashallah, sitting having peronal conversation with the homless people while they were eating asking them about how they came to be homesless, alhmdulilah praise God they trust us now, after 2 years of being consistant , they know we are cool maashallah.

this was dinner last night maashallah , as God would have it be , please excsue typos im shattered.Alahmdulilah praise God.



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So many minor ailment could be rememdy by the use of diet, oils  and herbs, breathing, stretching, etc and not wasting the sdoctors time to leave him deal with more serious illnesses.

No house should be without this essential oil, as it is one of the most powerful immune system stimulants and sorts out most viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a snap, while it is great to clean wounds and also relieves muscle aches and pains.

I use tea tree oil regualry after I have a bath or shower or wash my hair, one drop on a cotton bud and wipe my ear out with it , the first time it tingles a bit but you get used to it.

The therapeutic properties of tea tree oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

Tea tree in Bloom

Tea tree in Bloom

Oil properties

It has a light spicy, rather pungent smell and is very pale in color with a watery viscosity.

Origin of tea tree oil

It is a small tree from New South Wales in Australia, similar to Cypress, with needle-like leaves and heads of sessile yellow or purplish flowers and grows to about 7 meters (20 feet) high and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations.

Even when this tree is cut down, it flourishes and is ready for cutting again in two years. The oil is only produced in Australia where the Aborigines used it for a long time for a variety of medicinal purposes.

In World War II, the producers and the cutters were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. Each soldier and sailor was issued with some as part of their kit, to treat tropical infections and infected wounds.

Tea tree oil is an ingredient of soaps, creams, lotions, deodorants, disinfectants and air fresheners. 

Extraction tea tree oil

It is extracted from the leaves and twigs by steam distillation and the yield is about 1.8%.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of tea tree oil (also referred to as ti-tree oil) are a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.

The therapeutic properties of tea tree oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.


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From Model to Madina by Karimah Bint Dawoud.

this is part of my biog in a matter of fact bullet points kind of way, where you will have to read betwen the lines until those lines get fleshed out.

Pre-Islamic Daze

Pre-Islamic Daze

• Was a fashion model in Zurich, Prêt a Porter, Paris, Mode Wochen, Munich, Igedo, Dusseldorf. London Fashion Week.
• Was a makeup artist for Gucci, Bride Magazine and Revlon.
• Spike Lee’s PA for do the Right Thing at Cannes film festival.
• Dated but not kissed,The Singer Formerly Known As Prince Played basket ball and went to see ” Terms Of Enderament “with him, dinner with him, Hollywood sign with him.
• Backing singer for Rory Bremner -19999999 nine teen! Top of the Pops and Wogan.

  • Toured Califronia with Aswad, reggae band at the height of their career.
    • Offered a record deal with Stock ,Aitkin and Waterman but turned it down.
    • Offered a music publishing deal by Wham’s manager Simon Napier Bell but turned it down.
    • The Sultan of Brunei said she is one of the most beautiful women he has ever seen.
    • Madame Ungaro of Bond Street said the same
    • Graduate of Central St Martins FINE ART DEGREE

karimah scatterbrook  june 14

• Converted to islam 11 years ago 2000 as she was looking for the Truth and interested in women rights

• Artist in residence Leighton House Museum for Festival of Muslim cultures, Sheikh Hamza Yusef asked to interview her mashallah for Saudi TV MBC.
• Now a Muslim chaplain and now offered scholarship to do Masters in Islamic Studies but turned it down to study Clinical Nutrition as fatness is a problem of the future. Does interfaith work relative to well being.
• A director of Karimah’s Cuisina faith based well being charity
• Author and photographer of “Heavenly Bites” cook book, “the best of Muslim home cooking”, out on Foyles, WH Smith and Amazon web sites.

• Part of Meanwhile Gardens committee, urban community garden with sky garden next to Trellick Tower, Ladbroke Grove, interested in British seasonal produce, working on next book, something more islamic :)

Saudi Muslimah in Madina Alhamdulilah

Saudi Muslimah in Madina Alhamdulilah

Favorite Quotes

“Food for one is enough for two” Islamic saying
” Heaven is at the feet of the mother” Islamic saying


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