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Muslims breaking the fast at Yaseen Masjid in Visakhapatnam. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Muslims breaking the fast at Yaseen Masjid in Visakhapatnam. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

he holy month of Ramadan, the 11{+t}{+h}month of Islamic lunar calendar, is the most auspicious month for Muslim brethren, as they believe that whatever good they do during the period, the rewards will be multiplied by more than 70 times.

For Muslims, ‘Roza’ (fasting) during Ramadan helps in understanding the needs of a less privileged person and improves the quality of life by conquering desires.

The five commandments given by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are strictly observed by the faithful, more so during the Ramzan month.

And every ritual followed has a meaning and enhances the persona, explains Ahmedullah Khan, khazi at Yaseen Masjid.

“Believing in oneness of God promotes unity, offering ‘namaz’ five times a day brings the community closer to Allah, fasting helps one understand the feelings of the underprivileged in a better perspective, giving ‘zakat’ or helping the needy enhances their social status,” he says.

Of all the prayers offered during the day, Taraweeh (night prayer) has 20 ‘rakhats’ (procedures).

The faithful complete reciting the 30 chapters of the Holy Quran during the five daily prayers — Fazr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and Isha — before Id-ul-Fitr.

While fasting, none of the usual work gets affected. Ask people of the community how they manage to fast even without drinking water or swallowing their saliva, they say, “Allah gives us the strength to fast while we work the whole day.”

Nutritious dishes

Dates are important as Muslims break the fast with ‘kajur’ and water after the sunset and before offering evening prayers.

Women of the community get busy preparing a whole lot of nutritious dishes such as ‘haleem’, ‘mutton biryani’, and sweets such as ‘kaddu ki kheer’, ‘sheer khurma’, ‘qubani ka meetha’, and ‘gajar ka halwa’ with generous quantities of dry fruits. “These healthy foods help us build our stamina to observe fasting from dawn to dusk,” says Ahmed Shariff, retired Assistant Commissioner.

Briefing about the benefits of fasting, he adds, “Roza helps us evolve as a better human being. It controls our senses and promotes self-discipline.”

The festival reaches the peak during the last 10 days, as every alternative day the faithful spend the night in prayer and ‘zikr’ (meditation).

The five command-ments given by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are strictly observed by the faithful, more so during the Ramzan month


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