The holy month begins

Many things we do more in this month than in the rest of the year

Syed Aijaz Kashani
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 17 2018 10:47PM | Updated Date: May 17 2018 10:47PM
The holy month begins

The holy month of Ramadan begins. The days are longer and hotter, but the believers will renew their spiritual connection with God. At the same time it is also known for certain deeds, which people don't do as enthusiastically in the rest of the year as they do in this month. 

First is namaz. Everyone, from a 10-year-old boy to 80-year-old man, habitually prays in this month. Huge lines of people praying can be seen outside the mosques. Even those people who don’t pray for eleven months do it in this month. A glance at the city during Friday’s prayers and you will notice that streets jam-packed. Sometimes, even the traffic has to be diverted. As the Muizen calls for prayer people shut businesses and rush to mosques and try to find place wherever they could to offer prayers. For the removal of material desires people focus fully on devotion and service to God. Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic year, it is a thorough 30-day period of enlightenment and self-reflection for the 1.8 billion or so Muslims who inhabit the planet. Likewise, in the rest of world people try to become as pious Muslims as they could.

Even though for one time in a day apart from the usual prayer, one has to offer taraweeh in the evening which means 29 rak’ahs at night. Scholars have regarded the collective offerings of the taraweeh as a compulsory sunnah having the kifiyah status. People offer prayers happily in this month and ask for the forgiveness of their sins. Apart from it, every prayer offered in the month has seventy times rewards, it is believed.

Then it's charity. Come Ramadan, Kashmir is full of beggars from outside who come all the way form different parts of India. Business is brisk and most of them beg outside the mosques and on the streets. There is no figure available about how many people actually come to Kashmir for begging, but the number swells up increasingly. 

“The Prophet (SAW) said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadhan. This is a source of help and support, especially for the ones fasting. To encourage this, he who feeds a fasting person will gain the same reward as he will, without decreasing from the fasting person’s rewards.”

Donations also increase in this month. People donate generously towards some philanthropic organisations. 

The next is overeating. Although it's a month of fasting, but if seen logically people overeat. Experts warn that it is a major health hazard. But despite that, in Kashmir valley people consume meat at an alarming rate. Since people who fast have to eat before dawn, they try to eat as much as they can, so that they won’t feel hungry in the day. Doctors advise that people should cut down on seher meals (food eaten shortly before morning prayers just before the dawn). A big seher meal is extremely harmful because people go to bed shortly after that; before the body gets enough time to digest the food. The right meal is something light such as cereal and milk or a fruit cocktail. An unhealthy meal makes you lazy all day and may give you palpitations.

The next is sleep. Fasting people sleep more than normal. Most of the people after eating before dawn sleep for a long time. After the midnight the general trend has been to sleep for a long time. The business establishments and shops open late than the normal time and close early; not to talk of the government offices were nothing moves. People sleep late in the day and start their business usually late. “When we eat in the morning the tendency to sleep grows after the Nimaz. This month is for making connection with God as much as an individual can. We have eleven months to earn and this month for spending.”

May God shower His blessings on us in this month...



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