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Passion Islam I January 2009 CORRESPONDENCE I 27
The Wooden Bowl

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A frail old man went to live with his ate alone while the rest of the family food when I grow up.” The four-year-
son, daughter-in-law, and four-year- enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather old smiled and went back to work.
old grandson. The old man’s hands had broken a dish or two, his food The words so struck the parents
trembled,his eyesight was blurred, was served in a wooden bowl. that they were speechless. Then tears
and his step faltered. The family ate When the family glanced in started to stream down their cheeks.
together at the table. But the elderly Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he Though no word was spoken, both
grandfather’s shaky hands and failing had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. knew what must be done. That evening
sight made eating difficult. Peas Still, the only words the couple had for the husband took Grandfather’s hand
rolled off his spoon onto the floor. him were sharp admonitions when he and gently led him back to the family
When he grasped the glass, milk dropped a fork or spilled food. table. For the remainder of his days
spilled on the tablecloth. The son and The four-year-old watched it all in he ate every meal with the family. And
daughter-in-law became irritated with silence. One evening before supper, for some reason, neither husband nor
the mess. We must do something the father noticed his son playing with wife seemed to care any longer when
about Grandfather,” said the son. I’ve wood scraps on the floor. He asked a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or
had enough of his spilled milk, noisy the child sweetly, “What are you the tablecloth soiled.
eating, and food on the floor. So the making?” Just as sweetly, the boy Allah mentions in Surah Al Isra
husband and wife set a small table responded, “Oh, I am making a little 17:23-24 - And your Lord has
in the corner. There, Grandfather bowl for you and Mama to eat your decreed that you worship none but
Him. And that you be dutiful to your
It looks like those
parents. If one of them or both of
them attain old age in your life, say
artist have been at
not to them a word of disrespect, nor
shout at them but address them in
it again
terms of honour.
And lower unto them the wing
Sent in by of submission and humility through
mercy, and say: “My Lord! Bestow on
them Your Mercy as they did bring
me up when I was small.”
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