TASK: Before you read the following, think about how much
food your families throws to the rubbish after iftar.
Think about how many people you could feed with the leftovers
of your iftar?
Ramadan is the month
of fasting. It is nothing unusual about Muslims fasting in Ramadan.
But there are a few Muslims whose fasting
is quite noteworthy as compared to the other Muslims
who keep their fast.
Shakil Babu, a coolie
works for 14 hours everyday to earn Rs 200 daily in the hot tropical
climate of Mumbai. During Ramadan, Shakil has no respite in
spite of fasting throughout the month. "The most difficult
part is the afternoons ,when the heat is maximum and I do not have
any shelter over my head to cool down. Most often after Zuhr (afternoon
prayers), the work pressure is maximum which makes me dehydrated",
you read the story of Shakil
Babu, how does it compare to your own? Write
down the differences and similarities using two columns with the
headings 'similarities' and 'differences' between your situation
and Shakil Babu.
What about those who
live in filthy slums? Sabira Begum, a housewife has a 10x10 santy
at Sankli Street in south Mumbai. Her major worry in Ramadan is
a clean space for the prayers and reciting Quran. "Many times,
I have to hunt for the clean space in the slums. Usually we women
of the area offer prayers in a madrasa nearby, but in Ramadan, the
men usually take rest there, depriving us of our only clean and
spacious space for Namaz. Since no mosque in the area makes any
provision for the women, we have to wait till the last moment for
the Namaz,"confesses Sabira.
the west, the homes are very beautiful and have many things which
Muslims living in different conditions do not have. Think
about how many places you can pray in your house. Maybe you
can pray your taraweh salah in a different room everyday!
Abida, a domestic worker
works in four houses. In Ramadan, her schedule becomes very hectic.
The timing of every household changes as per the individual's convenience.
She has to start work around 9 am in the morning which continues
till 9 in the evening. "Usually, I complete my work around
5 pm. But in Ramadan, the employers insist that I work after Iftar
to wash the utensils. After Iftar and offering Magrib, I rush to
work. That's the most difficult part. As after Iftar, I feel urge
to relax for half an hour, but I cannot as otherwise, I will be
late and sacked," said Abida.
you make a timetable for Abida, which she maybe able to complete
her work and have time to worship Allah during the important month
Zahid, 32, a hand-cart
puller operates from textile market in south Mumbai. It is business
as usual in Ramadan also till around 3 pm in the afternoon for him.
"Every day in the afternoon, when I am very exhausted in Ramadan,
I decide that I will skip the fast next day as many times it is
the unbearable heat which tires me, after having carried heavy loads.
But once I go home and relax, I thank Allah for letting one more
day pass without any major incident and decide to fast the next
day'', he said.
you ever get the urge to break your fast, or not fast at all?
Why do you think this happens to you? Write a brief explanation
as to why you think this happens.
The spirit of these Muslims
from the deprived sections of the Muslim society is quite appreciable
and a lesson for those who inspite of having all the facilities
do not fast in Ramadan. Most of them when asked what keeps them
going despite heavy odds said that the spiritual pleasure they feel
after Iftar makes them forget all the pain and they eagerly wait
for the Sehri (pre-dawn meal) the next day.
us all do our best this Ramadan to fast and worship Allah (swt)
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