People of the Cave (II) and Ramazan Series Episode 2
July 11, 2014
Continuing from the previous weeks’ blog on Surah Kahf, the second story or message given to us in the Surah is that both wealth and poverty are tests for us. A test of our humbleness, our piety, and our ego boosts, our simplicity and how soon we forget that we have been created from dirt. The dialogue between a rich and poor man in a garden makes us realize that we have to be complacent with what has been given to us. The associated ego, pride and arrogance that come with wealth are highly condemned in the Quran. It is about the despicable attitude of making people feel insignificant, taking pride in materialistic gains, never to realize that everything has been provided to us by Allah, and will not be with us on the Day of Judgement.
The utmost belief of grasping and understanding the concept of “Whatever Allah wills” is necessary for all Muslims. Lack or gain of wealth, health, social status, employment, kindness, gratitude, complacency and so much more that we encounter in life is all ‘what Allah wills.’ The belief in permanence is wrong on our part and we have been told as a society and on individual basis to realize and accept graciously that this world is a test, merely a stage, which will be over and wrapped up sooner rather than later.
Leaving you with this intense message and moving onto something sweet I would like to share a recipe with you of Streusel Layered Banana Bread. Moist, sweet, and nutty with a caramel stream marbled in between this bread can be eaten at any time of the day. The butter is browned for an intense, nutty aroma mashed bananas caramelize whilst baking, giving off a sublime texture and taste. The walnut and brown sugar streusel is layered in between the batter, which upon baking, turns into a toffee cinnamon spiced nutty layer running through the bread. Open your fast with a thick chunky slice of this aromatic bread accompanied with a steaming cup of tea….Aaah…Intense comfort