Sending Down the Ma’idah
In ayah 113, we read the reason why the disciples of Eesa aalyhi salaam made such a demand.
قَالُواْ نُرِيدُ أَن نَّأْكُلَ مِنْهَا وَتَطْمَئِنَّ قُلُوبُنَا وَنَعْلَمَ أَن قَدْ صَدَقْتَنَا وَنَكُونَ عَلَيْهَا مِنَ الشَّـهِدِينَ “
They said: ‘We wish to eat thereof so that our hearts become content, and to know that you have indeed told us the truth and that we ourselves be its witnesses.’”
The reason that they gave for making such a demand was that when they witness the table spread descending from heaven as sustenance they will be assured that Eesa aalyhi salaam has told them the truth. This miracle will testify that it is a sign from Allah as a proof and evidence that he is a Prophet. And they will attest to the truth of what he has brought to them. Some scholars have explained “…we wish to eat thereof so that our hearts become content…” as that the disciples had a desire to eat something special that will satisfy their hearts. There was no reason behind making such a demand other than eating some tasty food.
This is our behavior too. Sometimes we too make such demands. In order to eat something special we can waste two hours waiting for our turn at a restaurant but we cannot sit for two hours in a masjid or read Qur’an for the same amount of time. Good food is encouraged however we should also adopt some moderation when it comes to eating. How much time and money do we spend on cooking or eating food, and how much money do we spend in the cause of Allah?
Is food that important that it becomes center of our lives? Is food so important that we tell our friends what we ate?