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Iftar

Anas ibn Malik was one of the companions who had served the Prophet (s.a.w.*) for many years. He therefore knew Prophet Muhammad’s habits very well.

dates for suhoorWhen the Prophet (s.a.w.) observed a fast, he usually broke it with milk and dates. And in the early hours of the night, he would take some simple food for his suhoor.

Milk for iftarOne day, Anas knew that the Prophet (s.a.w.) was fasting; so he arranged for his iftar*. Anas kept the milk and dates ready. However, at the time of iftar, the Prophet did not appear for the breaking of the fast. Anas  thought that he may have accepted an invitation from someone and broken his fast elsewhere. So Anas ate the food himself and decided to go sleep.

question markSoon, be that as it may, the Prophet entered the house with another companion. Anas asked the companion discreetly whether the Prophet (s.a.w.) had already eaten.

“No,” replied the companion softly. ‘The Prophet had to deal with some urgent work. He was delayed so much that he is now late for iftar.”

worryAnas felt so ashamed! There was no food left that he could offer to the Prophet if he (s.a.w.) asked for food. There was no more milk either. Anas waited expectantly, ready to explain the situation to the Prophet.

Actually, the Prophet had already sensed that Anas was hesitant in offering him food. This was not like Anas at all. The Prophet (s.a.w.) thus clearly understood that there was no food or milk in the house, without Anas uttering even a single word.

cheerful wordWhat the Prophet did was remarkable. He behaved as if he were not hungry at all and went without supper with a cheerful face.

Anas used to say: “The Messenger of Allah never mentioned this incident during his lifetime to anyone.”

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Moral:

1) Consider the feelings of other people. Do not embarrass them if they had made a mistake.

2) Be patient. Tolerate the mistakes of others.

3) Do not make life difficult for anyone.

4) Be cheerful despite not being offered food by your host. Or despite not having things done your way.

6) Even when you are hungry, do not be grumpy.

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A Hadith quote on patience:

Narrated Abu Said Al Khudri:

Some Ansari people asked for something from the Prophet (s.a.w.) and he gave them. They again asked him and he again gave them. And then they asked him for more and he gave them again till all that was with him had finished. And then the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “If I had anything, I would not keep it away from you. (Remember,) whoever abstains from asking others, Allah will make him contented, and whoever tries to make himself self-sufficient, Allah will make him self-sufficient. And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.”

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Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 24 Hadith 548

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Three of the many Quran quotes on patience:
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Quran; surah 3 ayah 200
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patience quotes from quran
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This story has been edited from a Facebook post by Sheikh Dr Reda Bedeir
Reda Bedeir
*Rough Translations

  •  s.a. w. = sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam  = Prayer of God be upon him (Prophet Muhammad) and peace
  • iftar = a meal that a person takes to break the fast

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