We have distributed Ashura (Noah’s Pudding) at Suffolk County Police Department. Turkish Cultural Center President Sadri Altinok, Director Davut Yilmaz and some members where there with Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer.
What is Ashura?
A fast-day among the Muslims observed on the tenth day of the month Muharram, and derived from the Jewish Day of Atonement, celebrated on the tenth of Tishri (Lev. xvi. 29, xxiii. 27).
The name is an Aramaic form of the Hebrew word "'Asor" (the tenth), still to be found in a liturgical poem for the Day of Atonement (M. Sachs, "Festgebete der Israeliten," 4th ed., pt. iv. 88
The story of Ashura (Noah’s Pudding)
It was thousands of years ago, a thousand years after Adam. The Great Creator, because of His All-Compassion to them all and to all humanity, sent Noah. Noah asked his people for 950 years to leave paganism, called them to the true way, the truth, believing in one God. But people teased him and called him crazy. Later his wife joined the pagans in their betrayal.
Noah suffered with his people for 800 years. One day God sent the Angel Gabriel to order Noah to build a ship. Inspired by God, Noah built the ship. God ordered him to take two of every creature, the believers, and his family, except his wife, in the vessel. Noah again told people about the flood, and warned them against it. But their response remained same.
The believers and animals boarded the ship and supplies were loaded. As all nonbelievers were drowning with their all vices, a long and hard journey was awaiting Noah and the believers, a long, tumultuous journey.
Days had passed, and food was scarce. They were facing starvation. No food by itself was enough to make a good meal. Noah gathered all the foods and, mixing them, obtained a delicious meal. Believers survived through famine. The very next day, flood receded. Today we call the meal Noah prepared “Noah’s Pudding”.