Food Wastage And Extravagance

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Wednesday 3rd August 2022 / Muḥarram 1444H

Food Wastage And Extravagance

Allah, سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ, has blessed me with the opportunity to eat at restaurants up and down the country. Many times, I have witnessed large quantities of food being left over, which then goes to waste.

Question number one is why do we order so much food in the first place that it gets left over?

Question number two is why do we leave the food behind for it to go to waste?

Most restaurants will offer a service to pack the leftovers for you to take home. Then why do you leave it behind? Those which provide a buffet service bear the brunt of the abuse. Most individuals will take more food than they can eat, leaving a substantial amount of it, untouched, on the plate.

Remember, food and drink is a very precious bounty of The Almighty. Millions of people are on the brink of starvation almost on a daily basis. And here we are being so ungrateful to the luxuries that have been bestowed upon us. Is the same sort of wastage taking place in our homes as well?

My message today is to value each and every thing you have been given, however small or trivial it may look to you. Thank The Almighty continuously for bestowing us with so many favours. Remember, the tables can turn in seconds. Today, we may be wasting food and drink. Tomorrow, we may end up begging for it.

May The Almighty grant us all the ability to value each and every blessing that He has bestowed upon us, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala