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|01/02/02 at 05:31:35|
This is a true story, Subhanallah.
(Lo! Allah changeth not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their hearts)
Meanings from Surat: Ar-Ra'd
I sent my young brother to get me iftar from a local restaurant;
I honestly thought we had no food in the kitchen,
may be two boiled potatoes, oil, spices, bread...etc,
but no food...
I just couldn't imagine having two old, hard, boiled potatoes for Iftar!!!
I'm not asking for much, only local food, nothing swanky, just tasty,...
So I sent my brother...
The Maghrib prayer call started,,
my brother had not came,
I was hungry... I had dates, - I forgot to mention that in my kitchen's contents, but that's just dates-....
Then I went to pray the Maghrib, secretly supplicating that my brother would come... I don't want to eat these old, hard, boiled potatoes,
I prayed the Maghrib & even the Sunnah, no sign of my brother,... I shouldn't have depended on him, I know that he sometimes wonders off & loses track of time, in his own pleasing...
NOW...WHAT SHALL I EAT??? I'm HUNGRY!!!
I went to the kitchen & opened the fridge & took out the potatoes
Wait a second!!!!
I remembered the pictures of the bombings is
?What do they have to eat?
?Where r they staying?
?How happy they'll be if I offered these old hard potatoes for them??...
Questions & pictures pounded my brain!!
I took another lk around me,
& noticed a drastic change to the kitchen,
- I saw it with the eye that has seen the bombings -
It was well furnished, with loads of spices, fresh tomatoes, two potatoes, onion, fresh water, oil,......
A huge list!
Why did I ever send my brother to buy me food, I have enough food for many Afghans...?!?
My housekeeper entered the kitchen,
" Do you need anything?... I'll do this & that ... do u need coffee or tea... do??????"
The kitchen suddenly seemed overcrowded with things, I'd love to give away...
I took the potatoes, a tomato, oil, bread, celery...and sat on the floor & started to eat,...
Bismillah...mmmmmmmmm...this is one of the tastiest meals I have ever had...I had eaten in five star buffets & exquisite dinnings...yet this was yummy!!
As I scraped the plate with bread, I remebered the supplication:
"Al hamdu lelLah alathy at'aamany hatha wa razaqneehi men ghayri hawlen miny wala qowa"
All praise is to Allah, who had fed & provided for me this; without any might or strength of my own
went through my heart,,,
I remembered what was happening in Afghan...
I remebered the kids & the old,
the women & the warriors,...
...the ungratefulness of mankind towards their Lord; fighting His rulings & religion,
Or is it…
The cruelty of the acts taken against my sisters & brothers, my kids & my grandfathers ...
Or is it…
The fact that I'm watching this all, like one watches a movie; affected, yet "on the other side of the screen "
Is it because I'm watching with my hand in the popcorn cone!!!?
Is It ONE of thse factors , or ALL of them that caused the STING...?
My brother is very late...
How many young brothers were never found...
how many never returned?
l looked around my kitchen,
I found many, many things...
yet one thing I was looking for I didn't see a trace of...
I looked around & witnessed the double standards that enveloped our lives...
I looked and searched...
But the sting only deepened...
No, it's not a real meal I was looking for...
It is the
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|Re: True Story!!!!|
|01/02/02 at 09:20:06|
AlHumdullillah- this happened to me recently.
There was a week or two when the food in our house seemed sparse-
Allah swt put it all in perspective as the nightly news reminded me how much I really have.
May Allah swt forgive me.
|Re: True Story!!!!|
|01/02/02 at 21:45:05|
hey, that brother sounds a lot like me :) last night i called my sis and told her to be ready to go grocery shopping, so i got home 2 hours later and she was still sitting there dressed and ready to go. i told her i was too tired to go so she said 'grrr' and took off her hijab and stuff, and then a few minutes later i was like, "ok, maybe we should go." she was gonna kill me :)
well i guess the moral of the story is never trust your brother, otherwise you'll end up staying at home in the kitchen wearing your hijab and eating potatoes :)
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