An Unexpected Ramadan Gift
This isn’t a small masjid, yet it is quite obvious how it could no longer contain the growing number of people who come for the afternoon prayers. Just a few days ago, the huge chandeliers were dusted and rubbed until each crystal sparkled like diamond. The carpets were vacuumed and glass windows cleaned. Yesterday, an air-conditioned tent was put up where free food is served to anyone who came in during iftar to break their fast. All these in preparation for the holy month of Ramadan.
The Unexpected Gift
The other night, I woke up to find a huge paper bag sitting on the dining table. It was three in the morning, time for me to begin preparing for suhoor, or the meal consumed early in the morning before fasting.
Turns out our landlord stopped by around midnight and presented this as a gift for Ramadan. He personally visited each apartment and handed out a bag to everyone. Such a sweet gesture!
The box contains mixed baklava. Baklava—characteristic of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire—is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.
These baklava from Alsultan Sweets have just the right amount of sweetness and tasted very fresh!
Ingredients mentioned on the box: Pistachio, cashew, flour, sugar, butter, and pine.
Alsultan Sweets gained entry in the Guinness Book of Records for making the largest pack of candy in the world in 2010.