A few hours and the evening call to prayer rises, the sounds of cooking stoves prevail in the atmosphere, the smells of food fill the noses, the movement continues in place without interruption; While “Mohammed Taha” was busy cooking the items prepared in the daily menu of Ramadan for the kitchens of a Bedouin village in the city of the Fifth Settlement; As he moved his eyes between the hands of the clock and the customers who started flocking to the place.
Before the start of the holy month, “Taha” was engaged in the preparation of cooking utensils and utensils in the kitchen at its head in the Bedouin village, with the experience of a veteran chef, who began his profession twenty years ago with his cousins. his in. Faisal area in Giza, as he participated in them in preparing feasts for weddings and celebrations, until he became one of the most famous chefs in restaurants in big hotels.
Over the years of Taha’s work, his daily life takes on a special form. As the holy month approaches, he declares a state of emergency in the kitchen, beginning with the preparation of a list of what he will need for the thirty days, selecting the staff who will work with him, and determining the items he will need. served. breakfast tables for clients “because the reputation of the place where I work can be affected in Ramadan, especially if people would not have everything as he demanded and at the correct morning schedule.”
As early as eleven o’clock in the morning, “Taha” is preparing to start the usual difficult day and sets his eyes from the clock in the direction of the evening call to prayer, which announces the end of his work, to start another more important one. link “half an hour before breakfast, I have to be a dedicated chef and bring orders so you can see the tables Without thinking about what to eat with his crew at a time when his customers are about to break the fast,” We “Do not think about breakfast, except when all the food takes precedence over all the tables.”
Rahman’s table organizer: Eat last
At similarly arranged tables – in a geometric shape – in the corridors of the Al-Hussein area, “Mahmoud Rabei” was involved in gathering specific meals for passers-by and students near Al-Azhar, in a clear light, so that he could complete his daily task, which is brought to him every year, to prepare breakfast for some tables of the Merciful.
Unlike Taha, Rabi knows from the beginning of his day the number of meals he will serve and the specific items he prepares, so his task becomes much easier. The All-Merciful, in addition to preparation. equipment every day, because most of the cooking process is done on the street or in open places. ” However, he rolled up his sleeves, working very hard to finish cooking all the items before the evening call to prayer was raised.
The forty-year-old chef has some rules that he keeps in mind throughout the holy month, in his work that he started as a child with his father, the first of which is not to skimp on cooking table food. “All this is a reward. even if I get my money, I have to contribute to the good of the table by cooking the best thing. ” And the second is to serve breakfast on time, except “we do not approach to eat unless we are calm. that whoever sits at the table is breakfasty and full. ” Therefore, he deliberately serves him throughout the morning, being patient with a few dates; Until they finish, “Once we have arranged all the necessities, we will sit down and have breakfast.”
Like Rabie, “Taha” does not care, as he breaks the fast, finishing meals for customers, due to the possibility that some people come later than breakfast time, so this requires him to prepare what seek. quickly “the moment he is coming back and we drink a glass of juice while we are standing.” No. They stop receiving requests, deal with their fulfillment, their movement speeds up, until everyone has finished eating breakfast “at 9 or 10. at night, we can all sit down for breakfast quickly”, and then they start to prepare for suhoor.
Delivery Agent: deliver orders first
From the hands of chefs like Rabie and Taha, “Mohammed Reda” – the delivery operator – takes daily orders, then goes in several different ways, to deliver them to the homes of customers who have ordered them early, to arrived near evening. the call to prayer, the time at which the new delivery worker adjusts his daily menu; To be able to complete the submission process without delay or complaints.
“Rida” a month and a half ago for the first time in his life started the work of sending food orders, who was worried that he did not know how it would happen, especially in the month of Ramadan. “People in Ramadan want food for deliver them at the proper time, for this is their breakfast. ” This means that the possibility of delay is out of the question, so he has followed a certain system that has helped him so far, “I started to fix the addresses … I start sending. order first from distant places and then from near ones, so that everyone delivers before sunset. ”
The young man in his twenties has faced some situations in his daily ways of sending messages, which he is trying hard to overcome, especially filling the streets with cars before sunset. Road accidents are on the rise at the moment, because of everyone. the desire to catch up with their families in the morning. “
“Everything becomes easier when I see happy people that the food came before sunset, not after it.” Those who offer him to share their breakfast “once a young emigrant insisted that I sit down and break the fast with him, because the call was Morocco. “in prayer and after many attempts he allowed me to walk after drinking juice with him,” he says, “Reda” laughing.
Despite Reda’s desire to provide food to customers to break their fast, he does not care much about his breakfast, “My concern will be my first job.” He is aided by what some philanthropists who are crowded on both sides of the road give him. and on the way before sunset, from the dates and juices they distribute to travelers and those who are late for their breakfast was “eating dates and juices that people distribute to us and thanks to a supplement to the extent that he finished all the orders. , and then returned to the restaurant to break the fast. ”
Myezini: My family used to fast late
A signal for the beginning of the end of the work of each of the three who are waiting for him, given by the muezzin “Mohamed Fikri”, who recites the evening call to prayer every day in the mosque of the street where he lives in “Saft al”. -Zona Laban ”; Let everyone break the fast except him, as it is customary to offer the evening prayer with some of those who follow the habit of performing the prayer before breaking the fast.
Two decades ago, “Fikry” came from his governor in Beni Suef, to settle in Saft al-Laban, near a small mosque where the rest of the neighbors flock to pray. “People are in prayer and with my permission, and I am always there.” The man in his sixties entrusted him with his mosque, before traveling abroad.
Despite the importance of what a man in his fifties does in the mosque, his rituals during the month of Ramadan have a different flavor for him, especially when he begins his preparations to go down to the mosque to raise the call to prayer for the evening prayer. being and taking as many dates in his pocket as he is coming down “, to lean until his prayers are over” However, the street people are fascinated by the fact that they are doing well, so they sell us juices. , dates and cakes. ”
A heavy task that the muezzin puts on his shoulder as he begins to raise the evening call to prayer, which everyone is waiting for. Our Lord. ” After completing the mission, he joins the people of his house to eat breakfast together. “They are used to forgiving the beginning and then breaking the fast. Disa ”.
Unlike myezin, each of the cooks and the delivery worker tries to take a break of no more than two or three days, to share iftar with their families during the month of Ramadan, as did “Mohamed Taha”, who for the first time seen since the beginning of the holy month eats his breakfast with her family earlier this week, “even when she went to me I broke the fast with them, knowing that I did not break the fast at sunset “, and I waited after the prayer, so they waited for me”, says “Taha”, whose short vacation ended after only two days, to return to work, where he will stay until the end of Eid. . Holidays in Fitr.