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MANN and SALWA

When Sayyiduna Musa   was living along with six hundred thousand people of the Bani Israel in the field of Teeh, Allah   descended two heavenly feasts for them from the sky. One of which was ‘Mann’ and other was ‘Salwa’. Mann was a type of halvah (sweet dish) resembling white honey or it may actually have been white honey that descended from the sky every day in the form of rain. Salwa was cooked quails that would descend from the sky with the southerly wind. Whilst stating the blessings bestowed upon the Bani Israel, Allah   has stated in the Glorious Quran:

 وَاَنۡزَلْنَا عَلَیۡکُمُ الْمَنَّ وَالسَّلْوٰی

And sent down upon you Manna and Salwa (special kind of foods). [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)J (Part 1, Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 57)

It was commanded by Sayyiduna Musa  to eat Mann and Salwa on daily basis and not to preserve or store for next day at all. But some people bearing weak faith became worried that if Mann and Salwa do not descend some day, then we will be left to starve to death in the plains of this field where no signs of food and water exist. Therefore, they began to secretly preserve some of the food for the following day. As a consequence of disobeying the Nabi, the food they stored rotted and the blessings of Mann  and Salwa stopped. That’s why the Holy Rasool  said that ‘had the Bani Israel not existed, neither food would get spoiled nor would meat have rotten’. The decay of food and meat rotting started since then. Otherwise, prior to that event, neither food would spoil nor would meat rot. (I’afseer Ruh-ul-Bayan; part 1, Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 57) 

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