Friday, April 4, 2008

A little Barakah...

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We ate out yesterday and very nice it was too. The prices in the restaurant we went to are excellent; there are not many places where a family of 7 can choose a wide selection off the menu (hummus, mutabbel, Turkish bread, kibbeh, salad, open shawarma, chicken shish tawouk, lamb chops, chicken soup, lentil soup and drink freshly squeezed orange and pomegranate juice for just 120Riyals (c. $32 or £16)!

As we preparing to leave hubby noticed a sign inside the restaurant which mentioned that lots of places are increasing their prices but they do not intend to.

The closing sentence, referring to profit, said (in Arabic): A little bit with Barakah (Allah's blessings) is better than a lot with greed.

Beautiful! No wonder it's one of our regular places to go with the kids! Far better than McDonalds and Pizza Hut!


Naeem: said...


What a beautiful sign! Which restaurant was this?

Umm Ibrahim said...

Assarayah - Turkish restaurant off Olaya... on Dabab st I think. Quite popular; you must've heard of it even if you haven't been there!

American Muslima Writer said...

That's fabulous that a restraunt is looking more about customer's needs than wordly needs. You should definitly point out to the manager that you appreciate their sign and their manners they'd love the compliment! I wish I could eat there too now...may Allah reward them for doing what is right.
Sounds tasty!

Mona said...

that's a beautiful sentiment :)
and your dinner sounds fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Yaaah it so delicious good to know that , miss all back home restaurant and food .
god plus u and your family ( youbareek leekom )in evrything ,i like your blog a lot keep the good work :)

Umm Ibrahim said...

American Muslima Writer You're right! Maybe hubby did say something though when he paid... I'm not sure. :)

Mona The food there is fantastic; highly recommended! Do you have a blog? Your ID just took me to a profile page, no blog addy though. :(

Yazeed Thanks for your kind comment. Allah bless you and your family too, ameen. :)

Umm Ibrahim said...

Ah... I see; I found your blog Mona... thought I recongnised the name. :)

Asad said...

I could really go for some shawarma. It's been a long time since I had some.

Aafke said...

It sounds like a much better place to go to than those American franchises.
I have my favorite place to get my chips from: they are really home made and taste so good, you wont like other chips for a long time!

I agree you should tell them about your appreciation!

Getting hungry here...

Naeem: said...

AA- Umm Ibrahim,

Assarayah - one of my favorite places in Riyadh....We always go there. I seriously believe they have the best shwarmas in town!

And yes, you're absolutely right about their amazing prices!

You got good taste sis! :-)

American Muslima Writer said...

By the way You're tagged!
Write a six word memoir.
See my blog for details and example. :)

Mona said...

glad you did :)

Umm Ibrahim said...

Asad: As br. Naeem say this place does fantastic shawarma!

Aafke: I'm Brit not American but have recently discovered Applebees... OMG, I dream about the place now! LOL. So much for choosing local businesses rather than franchises.

Naeem: I have impeccable taste. ;) LOL

AMW:Tagged? Yikes that one looks difficult!