Rahimi fights the urge to complain about his food. He can’t stand eating the leftovers from people’s trash cans, but what other option for food is there for a raccoon? Through Dua and an attitude of gratitude, Rahimi the Raccoon embraces his creativity to make the most stunning food art that he can’t resist eating! This is the origin story for Chef Rahimi…

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Mrs. Hashimi
Tonight’s bedtime story is called Rahimi the Raccoon. In a dark dingy alley behind a royal palace lived in group of records. They were the opposite of royalty. They were scrapped sniffing, leftovers loving garbage bins sorting raccoons with a huge appetite. Well, all but one that is Rahimi the Raccoon was the author ball of his group. He did not have the same excitement as his fellow raccoons when it came to finding their meals through the leftovers of people’s trash bags, he truthfully never enjoyed his meals. He ate simply to survive, but his group members, Jamal, and Yayu, you ate to experiment and enjoy different things. They would eat absolutely anything from people’s trash cans. It could be bitten out of crumbled, squish to bits and pieces, and they would still gobble it up with delight. Hmm. Rahimi didn’t feel any of the enjoyment that the rest of the records showed when eating, he felt empty and incomplete when he ate. Imagine if someone invited you over to a pizza party, and they excitedly handed you a slice of pizza, but instead of a nice even three sided triangular slice, you are handed just The crust. Oh, imagine that feeling. That’s how Rahimi felt when he looked down to the garbage can to find his meal. Rahimi stepped away from the trash cans and from his friends.

Rahimi the Raccoon
He called out to them. Uh, guys, um, I’m gonna go check this other alley over here and I’ll be right back. He scurried away quickly to the next street.

Mrs. Hashimi
Rahimi set on a cardboard box when he got to the other alley. He sat there feeling all mixed up in his feelings. Rahimi thought out loud.

Rahimi the Raccoon
Oh, I never get to eat anything good. He heard himself talk harshly and sat in silence for a minute. He sat up straight and made a small door to himself. He raised his little raccoon paws up and said, Oh Allah, I don’t mean to be ungrateful. I know that whatever food that I do get. It’s a way for me to actually get energy and it keeps me full And I know that this is what I need to survive. So I’m going to change the way I see things and try to be more grateful because hey, at least this food gives me good energy. All I know that you have said in the Quran, be grateful to me and I will increase you. So Allah, please increase me in the way I enjoy food. Ameen.

Mrs. Hashimi
Rahimi took a deep breath and sighed. He dragged himself up to open the trash can next to him. He twisted and turn the lid open, but froze in place as he heard a little trinket sound. It was the sound of a cat’s collar. Rahimi saw a prim and proper cat. Her color matched her beautiful fur pattern. This cat was all white with the few patches of orange. Rahimi looked at her color and read her name, Maanu Billi it read Maanu Billi was perched on a chair in this alley. A door opened up and a man came out to place a can of food in front of her. Maanu Billi meowed at this man as he pet her and returned back into the door.

Maanu
Maanu Billy caught Raheemi staring at her food and said, it looks super gross, doesn’t it? I mean, these people have meat eating right out of this tuna camp. I don’t even have a proper dish. Rahim you walked over to her where she was looking down at her food. Manu Billy was shaking her head in disappointment. Go on. You can have this. I’m not interested in this tonight. Anyways, they fed this to me yesterday. I was hoping for chicken today. Rahimi stared at Manu. Billy in disbelief. Wait. You don’t have to search for your food. Oh, it comes to you. And you get different things every day. Wow. Do you realize how lucky you are? I dig into people’s trash. Every night to eat their leftovers, and here you are complaining about a newly freshly opened whole can of tuna. Who, man some animals can be so ungrateful.

Mrs. Hashimi
Rahimi said as he sniffs a can of tuna and stared at how complete and whole this meal looked, it was untouched. Rahimi, the raccoon was so used to eating parts and pieces of things that the sight of a whole meal untouched,

felt like a royal meal.

Unknown Speaker
He gobbled it all down and made sure to tell himself to remember how good this tasted and hummed it is that Rahimi said satisfied? minute Billy was walking around the alley and interested in anything. She sat down on Rahim, his cardboard box and asked, What are you going to do tomorrow when you have to go back to eating out of the trash cans. Rahimi felt sad about That thought he didn’t have an answer. He sat down next to her and said, I don’t even really care about what I eat. I just want it to look good. It has to look proper and nice, like your can of tuna. The food was in a proper container all perfectly and neatly packaged inside. Anything I eat is scattered everywhere. minute Billy licked her paws slowly and asked. So you’re saying as long as the food looks good, you have no problem eating it. Yes, Ramy replied. Exactly. That’s exactly what I mean. Well, then, I suggest you plate your food before you present it to yourself. Rahimi looked confused. Do cats always talk so fancy? He asked my new mini smile. Listen, you have to change the way you see your food so that you don’t think of it as trash and so that you don’t Think of it as people’s leftovers. Rahimi was loving this fancy way of thinking. Yes, he said he told my new Billy to wait right there. Rahimi turned around and open the trashcan lid and held it in his paws upside down. Like it was a huge box of pizza that he was about to serve. He brought the round trashcan lid in front of Manu Billy and said, welcome to my fancy restaurant called tuna cafe. Today I will be serving you in amazing creative new meal. He lowered their trash can lid that he was pretending to be a plate on the ground and ran to the big trash bags, and he appears through the bag like he always would, and sorted and sifted through all the garbage until he found a few very specific things. Red slices of leftover apples half eaten orange slices of bright yellow banana peel with Jeff byte of banana tucked inside and a brown crust of sandwich, Rahimi started to stack his scraps of food together, he pieced them together very carefully. He arranged it in a way where the random bits of leftovers started to link to each other and fit in a neat, tall arrangement. The end result, it was a colorful tower, red slices of leftover Apple stacked on top of half eaten orange slices, which were stacked on top of yellow banana peels, which was stacked on top of a brown crust of bread. And best of all, his tower was topped off with random stems and pieces of cherry. Wow, Rahimi said now doesn’t this look like a complete and wholesome meal. He looked at this creative arrangement and spoke to one another Now this is something to look at and feel happy about while eating. How did it that when Rahimi exclaimed and hungry that he realized something immediately. Manu believe this is it. This is what I asked for earlier. Manu really stared at this fuzzy excited raccoon in front of her and asked, What did you ask for earlier a pile of leftovers? Rahimi looked at the cat annoyed. No, I asked for a lot to increase me in a way that I enjoy food. This is it. This is how I will enjoy food. First of all, my toe was totally answered because that can of tuna you gave me was literally the best thing I’ve eaten all month. Secondly, this new skill I just discovered about myself is going to be so awesome to use. What I’ll do is I’ll use a trash can lead to plate my food and arrange it in a way that it looks good to me. I want it to look hold. If it looks good, then it’ll taste good and handed that I’m so thankful that my little do I was answered. It’s going to change my life forever. Rahimi, the raccoon was twirling and jumping around and excitement. And that’s when Rahim his group called out to him. They were wondering where he vanished. Jamal and yeah, you spoke. Rahimi, are you there? Did you find anything in this alley?

Rahimi the Raccoon
Rahimi replied, um, I guess I found something. I found the most amazing thing. I found the one thing that will change our lives forever. Is it a box of pizza? asked his brother. Yeah, you because you know how much I love cheese pizza. I don’t really know how our life would be changed forever buy a box of pizza though. That means it’s probably not a box of pizza. Yeah, you stopped talking As he approached Rahimi saw this amazing, marvelous tower of food art. Whoa. I use big raccoon eyes got even bigger. He stood on his hind legs and drool out spit from his mouth. Yeah, exclaimed his friend Jamal. I rarely say yes to anything. But seriously, your spit is dripping from your mouth. That’s gross. Jamal turn to face the tower. And he saw the exquisite detail that went into piecing together this food structure. The bright red apple slices were used as a base, then the half eaten oranges on top, then the yellow peels of banana. Then stacked on top was a brown crust of bread. And finally, it was all topped off with random stems in pieces of cherry Jamaal didn’t have any Words at first, but then he felt young use rule drip down on his shoulder and said Yak? Yeah, you you have to do something about that drooling problem of yours. You know, you can just ask Rahimi for a bite instead of silently drooling on me. Oh, Rahimi, are you gonna let us try this? Yeah, you asked for him he was enjoying the reaction of his brother and friend. Of course, this is what I wanted to show you. I found a way to eat our food in a better more enjoyable way. From here on out. We will use these trashcan lids as our plates and arrange the food on here. First, we’ll save this Mila and then make our cool food art. I promise you it’ll taste better. Yeah, you interrupted. Wait. So when will we eat? I like art. No, but I don’t like waiting to eat. Rahimi chuckled. We’ll eat it right after it looks presentable. As soon as it looks good Rohini pushed the trashcan lid closer to his group and nodded to them, signaling for them to dig in. He watched as they very cautiously picked fruit pieces from the tower and aided with such care. Rahimi asked, do you? It feels like we’re royalty eating fancy food, artsy things. Speaking of royalty, my new Billy wave set up to her new raccoon friend and prance back to her owner’s doorstep. And ham there is a Rahimi was so relieved, he finished eating his food art tower and lift the trash can lid clean. He finally felt different towards food. He finally enjoyed eating it the same way that his group enjoyed eating. Rahimi felt grateful to Allah for answering his dilemma and increasing him in the way that he enjoyed food Amy Yeah, you and Jamal. We’re just about to head out and leave this alley when they heard something scratching on the cardboard box. The three raccoons crouch down to take a look at what was causing that scratchy noise. It was a pair of beetles. They were sitting and listening. They’re all along. They squealed and exclaimed, hey, Rahimi, can you teach us how to make food art with our food? Sometimes we don’t think it looks very good. Here’s what we have for our dinner to work with. The beetle push the brown ball in front of Rahimi. Yeah, of course I show you. Wait a second.

Rahimi stopped himself quickly.

Mrs. Hashimi
He sniffed around in the air and paused. Wait, what kind of Beatles Are you Rahimi? As slowly Oh, weird. dung beetles they replied, Rahimi took one look at that big brown ball is carried away with his group as fast as his legs could carry him.