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Mann-O-Salwa has been mentioned in the Holy Quran as an exceptional food delivered to Bani Israel.
Bani Israel requested Prophet Musa عليه السلام to ask Allah to provide them with food, and Allah presented them with one of the foods of Jannah called Mann and Salwa. It was indeed one of the miracles of Prophet Musa عليه السلام.
Mann-O-Salwa in Quran
O Bani Israel, We delivered you from your enemy, and We made an appointment with you at the right side of the mount, and We sent down to you Mann-O-Salwa. – Taha 20:80
What was Mann?
Mann was like the dew drops that appeared on rocks, trees, and plants. Later, it became a sweet honey-like substance they used to pick up and savor.
Mann used to descend on them as snow fell, and it was sweeter than honey and whiter than snow.
What was Salwa?
Salwa was a type of bird, basically a Quail. The people used to capture it, upon which it would turn into roasted meat. It was a blessing like none other and showered upon none other but Bani Israel on the request and prayers of Prophet Musa عليه السلام.
Taste of Mann-O-Salwa
Only Allah knows the best what the thing was Mann-O-Salwa. We cannot even imagine what sweetness means more than honey, and can anything be whiter than milk? It’s all beyond our imaginations. One thing is sure: it was a pure blessing and a bounty upon Bani Israel, which no one can still imagine.
Bani Israel asked for a different food
Mann-O-Salwa was taken away from Bani Israel because they demanded something more tasteful.
And ˹remember˺ when you said, “O Moses! We cannot endure the same meal every day. So ˹just˺ call upon your Lord on our behalf, He will bring forth for us some of what the earth produces of herbs, cucumbers, garlic, lentils, and onions.”
Moses scolded ˹them˺, “Do you exchange what is better for what is worse? You can go down to any village, and you will find what you have asked for.”
They were stricken with disgrace and misery, and they invited the displeasure of Allah for rejecting Allah’s signs and unjustly killing the prophets. This is a fair reward˺ for their disobedience and violations. – Al Baqara 2:61