Bakery in Seiyoun.
I’ll write about this bakery at the end of this post. Somethings must be explained first…
Before they ate much bread in Hadhramout, barley was the staple. And then bread came. Nowadays, especially in areas where there’s a lot of foreigners like Tareem, rice is becoming dominant. Tareemis don’t eat rice for dinner except if it’s an invitation. Otherwise, rice for lunch only. In areas like Ta’iz, they eat rice around once a week.
The Rice Revolution as one local calls it, is somewhat problematic as it is imported which means not locally grown. Firstly, it’s not the fitrah (nature) of the land – and ‘not eating what’s near,’ as per Hadith. This applies to wherever you live.
Secondly, it is not just imported food, but food culture changing thus being dependant upon it. In a land where it is a task to send food inland due to the landscape, as well as fluctuating petrol prices and availability, on top of occasional security issues on transport road – what is going is setting up for many implications and outcomes.
Some serious good happening.
At the same time, the likes of Habib Omar Bin-Hafidh and Habib Abu Bakr al Adny al Mashoor themselves have a hand in increasing local farming and encouraging others to do the same. To have an interest in it and preference for it.
Habib Omar himself has a large farm where they grow wheat in order to sell it cheap to the locals. In all the gatherings I’ve attended with Habib Abu Bakr in the past few months, in one way or another he’ll mention farming in an encouraging manner.
Honour the farmer.
In (apparently) modern, advanced societies – there’s little concern and respect about those that help make the food eaten, and I’m speaking about farmers, not machines.
However there’s a great celebration for tech, startups, corporate, people who make millions in a short span, do forth. I wonder sometimes if these are the things they eat for lunch.
The bakery in Seiyoun. For this, see Comment Box below for description of the pictures.
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