Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Feature-Cheel Feeding Time

Asalamu Alaikum,

In Islam, many things are considered a charity, not just giving money but also anything that is helpful(as long as the intention is right). Holding a door for someone, or making up two people who are fighting, giving water to a stray animal, or even just smiling at someone, are all types of charity. One type of sadaqah(charity) that some people here like to do is to feed the cheels(kites). Our neighbors sometimes do this, and Tariq does too every once in a while.

First he goes to a butcher and buys some meat and fatty scraps, then we all go up on the roof. Saad, my SIL, and I stand in one corner that is roofed, and Tariq stands out in the middle of the open section.


In order to attract the attention of the cheels, he first finds a crow and throws a chunk of meat at it.


The crow will start to make so much noise that soon the whole wall is lined with crows, all squaking loudly.


Soon after the crows, the cheels are attracted to the noise, and fly over to see what is going on. Tariq just keeps throwing chunks of meat up in the air, sometimes the cheels catch them, and sometimes they fall down to the roof and a quick crow will dart down from the wall and snatch it up fast.


Eventually your house will be surrounded by a cloud of birds. The cheels will swoop down so close that you can hear the sound of theirs wings, and almost touch them. After the meat is finished the cheels will disappear pretty quickly, but the crows just stay lined up. Getting them to fly off is Saad's job, he runs screaming towards them flapping his arms around until they all scatter.

3 comments:

Thinking said...

hmm....its very fine discription...

Umm Mini said...

Salaam alaykum,

Masha'Allah. Never heard of cheels before. And kite made me think of something else hehe. But now I know what they are.

Adventurous Ammena said...

I actually had visions of you all trying to feed a paper kite *blush* glad you all had fun, especially lil Saadi :D masha'Allah