اَللّٰەُ اَکْبرُ اَللّٰەُ اَکْبرُ اَللّٰەُ اَکْبَرُ It was the first day of Ramadan. The elder aunt, after the ‘Asr Salah, was walking and reciting Tasbeeh (rosery). Noticing Amna, a sister-in-law of the aunt, coming towards her, the elder aunt asked a question, ‘Amna! I think there is nothing special being cooked in the kitchen!’ ‘Don’t worry. They are still young. They will do everything for Iftar’, replied Amna.
As the Iftar time came near, the dinning mat was spread. After a little while all family members including the elder aunt sat around it. Placing the rosary in her lap, the aunt said, ‘Amna, the dining mat has been spread, but there is nothing to eat on it.
‘Aunt! Everything is there’, Amna replied gently. Uncovering the tray, the elder aunt gave vent to her feelings by saying, ‘Only fruit and water! It is the first day of Ramadan! Brother! You should have prepared something more. We make many food items at our home. Pakoras, Samosas, Dahi bhalay and fruit chat are usually cooked in the blessed month of Ramadan. I can see nothing here. Your income is not as low as you are depriving your children of these foods.’
‘Sis! ‘Water and fruits are also the blessings of Allah Almighty, and there are people who do not have even these blessings,’ after listening to his elder sister the brother patiently said. ‘You should be grateful to Allah Almighty even for these blessings. These fruits are not even inexpensive and our purpose is not to eat to our fill, are we? Right now, we will eat fruit and then after the Iftar we will eat dinner. Eating Samosas and Pakoras on an empty stomach usually causes health problems,’ he added.
Listening to her brother, the elder aunt responded, ‘You are right, but we should also feed our family generously.’
‘Sis, you are absolutely right, but actually today is the first day of blessed Ramadan, and our stomachs are not habitual of bearing such appetite, so if we suddenly eat oily food, it may make us ill,’ placing his hand on the hand of his sister, consoling her the brother said. ‘We will make them tomorrow and will also distribute them in the neighbourhood,’ he added. اِنْ شَآءَ اللّٰه,’.
‘There is nothing to console me. You are embarrassing me,’ keeping her gaze lowered the aunt said. ‘No sis, I do not mean this at all. I am just making you understand this that we prepare and eat food according to our need. Extravagance is also prohibited in our religion. The same amount of money can be used to help a poor person, to provide him with food ration and to buy clothes for him. Allah Almighty also likes the act of helping others. We also try our best to have better things to eat (for Iftar) so that we do not fall ill. We should use the extra money for helping other Muslims.’
The aunt said, ’مَا شَآءَ اللّٰە You have become so smart that you are advising your elder sister.’ ‘Sis! You are sensible as you have understood what I have said,’ the brother said smilingly.
Ihsaas na ho insan mayn, kis kaam ki hay zindagi
Ihsaas hay tou zindagi, ihsaas hay tou bandagi