By Karimah Bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain.

My Neighbours Vegetable Gift
My Neighbours Vegetable Gift

Every day I thank Allah for my car, my decent neighbors and my spacious living space, since I have been making this duaa the relationship my my neighbors, muslim and non muslim has improved , alhmdulilah.

A few years ago I read the following hadith that inspired me to be grateful to Allah for these blessings.

“116. Nafi’ ibn ‘Abdu’l-Harith reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Part of the happiness of the Muslim man includes a spacious dwelling, righteous neighbour and a good mount”

Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari
by Imam Bukhari
Translated by: Ustadha Aisha Bewley

Dodging raindrops and puddles  I went to the farmers market this morning to buy honey. As you know I am of the school of thought that local honey is always best, English honey is thick and spicy compared to cheaper Argentina honey that’s exported  here, that taste too sugary because sometimes they feed the bees too much sugar.
Anyway back on the honey trail I also needed some carrots I heard they are good for bones and oesteoarthris etc, and that was my budget honey and carrots. I strive to live up to my name at the same time get the balance with being frugal.
“Carrots and honey , carrots and honey”, my mantra as I approach the market, I bought what I needed from the usual stalls and had a bit of wonder. Tempted by some edible flowers, my thing at the moment, I asked would they be there next week and was comforted that they would inshallah.
As I returned home I got a text from my non-muslim neighbour that said she was going away and that she had loads of fruit and vegetables.
All praise is due to the Creator, I now have 2 punnets of redcurrants, sweet and hot peppers, Portobello mushrooms, cucumbers and courgettes and cheeses…all organic…….by the grace of the Creator see the reward for a  little restraint .

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