Food for one suffices two and food for two suffices for four.
This is Maggi. Not any other normal Maggi but with ‘kal ki bachi hui sabzi’.
As I opened the Fridge to dice some veggies in my noodles, I hesitated. I know things are not smooth outside. Shelves are being emptied. Prices are hiking. Going out is not safe.
‘What if things do not change soon’, I thought and shut the door back. To butcher a whole carrot, capsicum, tomatoes, onions, and whatnot…Just to dice a few pieces from each for a single plate was not a wise idea.
‘Better I should eat plain noodles 🤷♀️’
‘Hey, but wait!’
I opened the fridge again. My hands reached for that small bowl in the middle shelf which had a small portion of the leftover from the last meal. We had mix veg curry with lots of carrots, green peas, mushrooms in a thick onion and tomato gravy.
I emptied the whole bowl in the pan of simmering noodles waiting for their topping.
Trust me Maggi was never this tasty.
This slowdown, this lockdown is teaching a lot, making all of us to make better choices. Choices not just to live now but to survive in the long term too. In isolation it is giving us time to rediscover the ways to live; to not waste, but to be conservative.
Just like it taught me to first use what was already there instead of reaching for the next (how to use leftover food in light of Islam). If what I cooked for two for one time sufficed me for the next time, it was definitely sufficient for the three too.
Jabir reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
Food for one (person) suffices two, and food for two (persons) suffices four persons and food for four persons suffices eight persons. [Sahih Muslim 2059 d]
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No matter how empty shelves are, trust me, do your part, Allaah will suffice you ❤️.
Hoarding of our groceries should not starve others. No matter how uncertain are things ahead, don’t forget to share with the second what you cooked for one. After all, food for one suffices two, and food for two suffices four.
“Or feeding, on a day of severe hunger, an orphan of near relationship, or a needy person in misery. And then being among those who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another to compassion. Those are the companions of the right.” [Qur’an 90:14-18]
May Allaah SWT give us ability to not waste or hoard but to revive the forgotten sunnah of sharing.
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