You know very well that we, your readers, are grounded, and that, too, indefinitely. I am sure most of us don’t have treadmills or other such stuff. Despite fasting, I have put on weight, and the cause is not only food but lack of exercise. Why do you keep publishing recipes that are not only easy to make but are loaded with calories? Not fair!
Sarmad Athar, Multan
It’s tough, this lockdown, Sarmad, but putting on weight is not an acceptable outcome of this lockdown. Do you have a roof? Walk there. Jog where you stand; it really works.
What a strange Eid this is going to be! Without the usual Eid get-togethers at relatives’ and friends’ houses, many of you will be bored and even depressed. We know it’s tough for all young people forced to stay put, so, folks, as everyone has become so fond of quoting this Persian/Hebrew gem of wisdom, introduced to English language by Edward FitzGerald, we will make use of ‘this too shall pass’, too. Like all other bad stuff. We just have to be strong enough and deal with the repercussions of COVID 19. Folks, we must not give into doom and gloom, and try to come up with ways to make this Eid worth celebrating, by thanking God for His blessings, and praying for those who are fighting for their lives.
Along with that, try new recipes, talk to friends, make cards and come up with schemes to lighten the environment around yourself. And do nothing to risk catching COVID.
Stay home and stay safe! And celebrate Eid with your family. Eid Mubarak, one and all!
Till next time,
Narrated Abu Salama (R.A):
I asked Abu Said (R.A), and he was a friend of mine, (about the Night of Qadr) and he said, “We practiced Itikaf (seclusion in the mosque) in the middle third of the month of Ramadan with the Prophet (S.A.W). In the morning of the 20th of Ramadan, the Prophet came and addressed us and said, ‘I was informed of (the date of the Night of Qadr) but I was caused to forget it; so search for it in the odd nights of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. (In the dream) I saw myself prostrating in mud and water (as a sign). So, whoever was in ltikaf with me should return to it with me (for another 10-day’s period)’, and we returned. At that time there was no sign of clouds in the sky but suddenly a cloud came and it rained till rain-water started leaking through the roof of the mosque which was made of date-palm leaf stalks. Then the prayer was established and I saw Allah’s Apostle prostrating in mud and water and I saw the traces of mud on his forehead.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 32, Number 233
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