While the fasting season comes to an end we know that the hunger pains of the poor and our own hunger for justice is ever with us, but in the midst of it we are commanded to laugh and be joyful. Below is a Persian parable from Nasr Eddin Hodja on "Rich and Poor."
Famine and calamity gripped the land. Yet for that, not everyone was dying of hunger: the rich had stored away wheat, oil, dried vegetables, and meats. So the lady Khadija said to her husband, "Nasr Eddin, the whole town considers you a wise man. Stop just sitting around with your arms crossed doing nothing; go to the town square, call the people together, and try to convince the rich to give the poor something to eat." Nasr Eddin found that his wife was very correct in her wisdom. He did as she said. Many hours later he returned home, his face radiant. "My wife, let us give thanks to Allah the Merciful!" "So you succeeded in your task?" she asked. "It was not an easy mission, and I was only partially successful," Nasr answered. "What do you mean that you were 'partially successful'?" "Well... exactly that. I have completely succeeded in convincing the poor of receiving something to eat!"
Blessings and peace in this season of joy.