The holy month of Ramzan features holy fasts called rozas, which begin at dawn with sawn and end with iftar at sunset. With Eid just around the corner, HT City talks to young Muslims about the importance of Ramzan and Eid in their lives.chandigarh Updated: Aug 10, 2012 11:08 IST
The holy month of Ramzan features holy fasts called rozas, which begin at dawn with sawn and end with iftar at sunset. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramzan, is considered a time for purification and spiritual cleansing, wherein Muslims abstain from drinking, eating and sexual intercourse, during the duration of the fast.
The sighting of the crescent moon marks the end of Ramzan and commences the celebrations of Eid Ul Fitr, which sees Muslims wear skullcaps and new burqas to offer the Salaat (special Eid prayer) at a mosque. They later celebrate Eid lavishly with siwaiyaan and biryani and engage in the exchange of eidis (eid gifts).
As Ramzan reaches its end and Muslims gear up to celebrate Eid, HT City gets talking to young urban Muslims about the importance that Ramzan and Eid hold for them.
Meantion Ramzan to Nishant Akhtar, a 24-year-old media student from Sector 39, and her face lights up as she says, "Ramzan is a very important part of being a Muslim. During this month, various changes in ones sleeping, eating and drinking pattern have to be made.
I keep all the fasts and try to follow all the rules. But with hectic schedules, studies and worldly commitments, I only manage to read the namaz twice a day (instead of the mandatory five)."
Rubina Khan, 22, a student of post-graduation at Panjab University, agrees, "Ramzan for me is a time to abstain from all wrong things, forgive people who have done wrong and change my lifestyle for the better. For me, it is a time when I remember Allah, which sort of cleanses me spiritually. I basically try to make up for the missed prayers and visits to the mosque during Ramzan."
While Mohammed Wasim Akram, 21, a student of MCom from PU, says, "I believe that if one decides to keep rozas during the holy month of Ramzan, one should do it properly - either follow all the dos and don'ts, or don't keep the fasts at all. I personally enjoy the iftar (the meal with which Muslims open their day's fast) with friends and family the most. It's that time of the year when everyone gets together during the evenings to have a gala time."
Eid ka chand
These young Muslims are already in the celebratory mood, getting their festival finery ready and buying eidis for their friends. Sharing her excitement, Nishant, says, "I usually go shopping, decorate my house and pick interesting gifts as for my friends."
Rubina, however, seems more excited about the delicacies that the festival offers. "Eid is the time when a lavish spread of biryanis and sawaiyaan and a lot of other dishes are prepared. We have all relatives and friends coming over to have the Eid meal with us. We all go shopping, pick new dresses, items to decorate the house and buy jewellery for the festival. This year, I have picked up an interesting Satya Paul dress to wear on Eid," she says.
Salim Siddiqui, 28, a senior software engineer with an MNC at Chandigarh IT Park, says, "Eid is all about celebrations and sharing festivities. So, instead of spending on myself, I normally pick up new dresses and sweets for some poor kids studying at madrasas and arrange a sumptuous Eid meal for them. The happiness on their face signifies Ramzan and Eid for me."