Self Introspection


So yesterday we visited this burger joint for the first ( and probably last time) in this mall in Karachi. It is supposed to be this world renowned fast food chain. It opened in Karachi quite a few months back and was thronged with people left, right and centre then.

Now i.e. yesterday it was relatively quieter.

You see me and hubby, we are not really into this whole “what’s in, what’s out” thing. We don’t feel excluded if we have not visited any particular restaurant that almost everybody is going to and writing about our experience in a particular facebook group. 

We do not routinely check in our location on facebook either because we are cool like that. To be honest, we are pretty much non nonchalant about this whole facebook checking in places and restaurant gloating shpiel.

The only reason we went to this particular burger place was because it was half empty and personally i wanted some junk food in my system. This post however is not a review of the food. But if you have to know, it was like any other burger. Could be one from McDonald’s -just a bigger size.  Obviously these people disagree and hey, to each their own.

Anyway, somewhere during the meal, i thought, “I wonder how much those guys working in the kitchen earn in a month?”

” Can they afford to bring their family and kids to this place?”

” There are people dying of hunger and i am actually evaluating this burger i am munching?”

” I wonder if they have an all employee family day at this restaurant. Well, if they don’t, they should.”

” Who am i to judge anybody if i chose to munch on this thing?”

” Would my thoughts be different if i actually liked this?”

And then my hypocrisy dawned on me.

I make so many clothes. I buy so many shoes. I don’t really need them. There are people who spend any given year wearing just a pair of shoes. There are people who only own the one item of clothing on their body. And yet, i buy these items, discard them for the under privileged, and buy more clothes and shoes.

Who am i? What do i want? What do i need? Why am i here? 

What am i thinking?

Self righteous woman !

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Do you waste Food?


 

“Eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allâh) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance.”

Al-A’raf 7:31 of the Holy Quran

If there is one thing that really upsets me is when I see people wasting food. My mom taught me to finish whatever I put on my plate and to date, I try my best to do so unless I feel that one more spoon and I would just die or get sick. Even then, I ensure that the remaining food is not thrown but parceled and either consumed later or given to a stray cat to feast on.

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As Muslims, it is simply unbecoming of us to waste food. However even as good humans, we should be cognizant of the fact that in other parts of the world, people are dying because of starvation owing to famine, and here we are simply putting too much on our plate and then later leaving it.

If you are skeptical about the spices used in the food or whether the meat is rare, medium or well done, simply do not put a whole chunk on your plate. Put very little so you can taste and then decide whether you want to eat it or not. That is basic common sense.

Anas said: “The prophet ordered us not to leave anything in the plate and he said: “You do not know in which portion of your food Allah has put the Barakah (Blessing)”. Muslim

And what of people who go to buffets, weddings and all you can eat snack/salad items and fill their plates with layers and layers of food and salad to make a tiny mountain, only to leave the remnants of that mountain behind. Why such greed? Why can’t we just take a small/medium helping and then if we need more, get up and get some more of the food item?

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Be thankful for the food that you get on your plate and do not waste It because there are almost 925 Million people in the world starving because of hunger? Would you waste food if you were one of these people? The ones who go through the garbage to get a morsel of food?

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I am especially irked by the food items produced to get a mention in the Guinness World Book of Records. “World’s Biggest Pizza”, “World’s Biggest Cake” .Shame on you!

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Instead of wasting so many ingredients, you could be World’s Biggest Sane Person, if you instead donated the amount that it cost to makethis World Biggest Nothing, to a reputable charity providing food to the hungry. You wasted so much food for a stupid record. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Let us please try our best from this day:

(i) To only put the quantity of food that you can eat on your plate

(ii) To dispose off leftovers – not in the garbage can-  but in such a way that they can either be (a) reused or (b) given to a stray cat/dog who will consume these leftovers

(iii) To take care of the hungry in what little capacity you can.

Have a good day everybody.

Cheers. :)