Ramzan be­gins with prayers for Iraq

Start­ing to­mor­row, Mus­lims be­gin a pe­riod of aus­ter­ity, heal­ing and in­tro­spec­tion cou­pled with scrump­tious feasts

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The holy month of Ramzan will start on Mon­day for most Mus­lims. For Da­woodi Bohras, how­ever, it started a few days ago. A pe­riod of aus­ter­ity, Ramzan is ob­served by all sects of Mus­lims. Also, the Qu­ran is read dur­ing this month.

Mus­lims make sure that they fast all day in or­der to pu­rify them­selves. In the morn­ing, be­fore the sun rises, they have tea or a light break­fast. Af­ter the morn­ing azan ( prayer call), they stop eat­ing and drink­ing un­til the evening na­maaz.

“This time, we will try to have prayers for Iraq too. A num­ber of in­no­cent people are suf­fer­ing be­cause of ter­ror­ist at­tacks there. The me­dia is wrong when they state that the fight is be­tween Sunni and Shia Mus­lims, be­cause this is not the case. Sun­nis are, in fact, fight­ing a war there,” said Maulana Fayyaz Baqir, a Shia cleric.

“To avert any prob­lems, we will also try to tell people that the prob­lem is not be­tween Sun­nis and Shias.”

While prayers for those in Iraq is one thing, self- pu­rifi­ca­tion of the soul and body is the main motto.

“Apart from stay­ing away from food, one tries to stay away from vices and sins. The Qu­ran is read dur­ing this pe­riod and we try to read one chap­ter each night,” said Mo­hammed Si­raj, a res­i­dent of Vikhroli.

The Qu­ran be­comes a source of strength. “Read­ing the Qu­ran helps one un­der­stand the im­por­tance of fast­ing and cleanses the body. You re­alise what hunger means,” added Si­raj.

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