For full recipes, please visit our recently launched Egyptian Cuisine Recipes web site.

al-Hakim: Religious Policies

Al-Hakim's religious policy was as erratic as his other policies. He would issue a decree, then after a while, he would annul it for no apparent reason. His policies were catastrophic for Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike, and his actions caused a change in world history as you will see below.

Forbidding Sunnis from Pre-Noon and Taraweeh Prayers, and other things


al-Hakim: Threatening death for trivial things

Al-Hakim also was used to threaten death for seemingly trivial things.

For example, he said that death is the punishment for anyone who addressed any other person as Sayedna or Mawlana:

معاشر من يسمع هذا النداء من الناس أجمعين إن الله وله الكبرياء والعظمة أوجب اختصاص الأئمة بما لا يشركها فيه أحد من الأمة‏.‏
فمن أقدم بعد قراءة هذا المنشور على مخاطبة او مكاتبة لغير الحضرة المقدسة بسيدنا أو مولانا فقد أخل أمير المؤمنين دمه
فليبلغ الشاهد الغائب إن شاء الله‏.‏

Those who ate fish without scales, or possessed raisins were threatened with execution:


Installing KDE Desktop on Ubuntu Server LTS 14.04



In mid June, my laptop hard disk died. Suddenly, there was a flurry of disk I/O wait, then applications started to report errors trying to write anything.

With a 500GB 2.5" laptop disk lying around that was used for backup, I replaced the dead disk with this one.

I had an Ubuntu Server 14.04 CD lying around, and therefore did not bother to download Kubuntu 14.04.

My laptop's home directory is backed up daily via ssh to the server. So my data was safe.

How to upgrade a Linux laptop to a new hard disk



Recently my laptop hard disk died suddenly, and I had an unused 2.5" laptop disk lying around, so I just put that in, and installed Ubuntu Linux LTS 14.04, then added the packages I needed.

However, using smartmontools, I found out that the not so new disk has unhealthy statistics, and did not want to risk down time on my main computer.

Another Internet Scam: Beneficiary of Unclaimed Fund



Here is another form of "you are the beneficiary of an unclaimed fund" scam. The name of the deceased rich person is Khalid. What a coincidence ...

From: Barrister Ebunie Johnson Nzewi

Good Day khalid,

This is to officially notify you on the unclaimed fund left by Mr.khalid, who was burnt to death with his entire family, in when their car collided with a trailer while they are coming back from a holiday in a resort off the town.

Another sad case from India scammed of $13,400

Here is another case of someone from Hyderabad, India, who was scammed of 700,000 Indian Rupees, which is the equivalent of almost $13,400 US Dollars.

Moreover, this was all borrowed money.

He writes:

sir , i have been trapped into this and i lost 7 lakhs .. i didn't know anything about this . and i almost registered a case by cyber crime and it tooked nearly 2 months and still no response .. that all money was borrowed by my relatives and i have to pay them back very soon... please if anything can happen by you.. help me...


Flashing Android OmniROM KitKat 4.4.4 on an Acer Iconia A500 tablet



Attached are the slides from my presentation tonight at the KWLUG on how to flash a custom Android ROM (in this case OmniROM) on the Acer Iconia A500 tablet. The podcast is here.

The whole process was done without any Windows software. All was done from Linux.

  • Getting a CPU ID using APX mode, then getting an SBK (Secure Boot Key) from that.
  • Installing Timmy Dean's V4 Rollback.

Easy slow cooker recipe for chicken or beef


If you have a slow cooker, cooking can be done with minimal preparation time, using cuts of meat that are often tough for other methods.

Note that food from the slow cooker does not look very appetizing if it is served as is. The taste and convinience, however make up for it. If you want, you can use garnishing to make the dish look better on the plates.


You do not need any cooking fat for this dish, which makes it the more healthy.

Pasquale Kitchen Express inspired pan grilled chicken, beef, veal or liver



Fast, tasty and healthy is a rare combination. One thing I always looked for is tender and flavorful meat dishes. If it is dry or tough, it does not matter how it tastes.

One technique to make the meat tender, is to use a combination of pan grilling and steam sautee. This is the technique used by the late chef Pasquale Carpino to make a four course meal in less than 25 minutes!

Here, I describe this technique, combined with my own experimenting and variations of that technique.


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