Place: Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Time: Ramadan 2019 – Day 8 – A few minutes before Iftar (an Islamic term coined for food you eat to break your fast at sunset during the fasting month).
I was sat in a restaurant waiting for the Maghrib adhan (it is the time at sunset where you can break your fast), when a man came into the restaurant and the host told him he had to wait fifteen minutes for his food. I was across the dining area and heard the conversation. I made a hand gesture inviting him to my table as my food was already served and I was also eating alone, which is common for me when I travel on business. He appreciated the invitation but thanked me and declined. I got up and brought him a plate of dates off my table. Dates are a common food to break the fasting. He smiled, took the plate, and thanked me. I thought that was the end of it.
I went back to my table, took my time eating as I usually do. I forgot all about it until he said “Salam Aleykum (Peace be upon you).” Apparently, he finished eating and was heading to the restaurant door. I returned the greeting: “Wa Alaykum Assalam.” He left. I did not make much of it. Finally, when I was done eating, I asked the waiter for the bill. He said the gentleman from the other table already paid for your Iftar.
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