Combine the stock, raisins, butter, cumin, salt and pepper and a large pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in couscous, pears, cilantro and lemon juice. Cover tightly and let sit 10 minutes.
Remove the cover and use a fork to fluff the couscous. Sprinkle with almonds and serve immediately, or keep warm and garnish with almonds just before serving.
* Different brands of couscous require different amounts of liquid. Consult your package for exact amounts.