‘Fast­ing teaches us the true mean­ing of life’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: Ramzan the holy month of Mus­lims be­gan on Tues­day fol­low­ing the sight­ing of the moon Mon­day night.

Mus­lims re­sid­ing in the city are ob­serv­ing fast, ab­stain­ing from food and wa­ter from dawn to dusk. Sev­eral pock­ets in the city, es­pe­cially those near mosques are buzzing with eater­ies and hawk­ers sell­ing mouth­wa­ter­ing del­i­ca­cies. But Ramzan is more than just that. Af­sar Imam, a res­i­dent of Nerul, said: “Our prophet (SAW) has said that fast­ing is not merely ab­stain­ing from eat­ing and drink­ing. It is about ab­stain­ing from ig­no­rant and in­de­cent speech, shun­ning op­pres­sion, shame­less­ness, back-bit­ing, slan­der­ing, tale­car­ry­ing, and other types of false­hood.”

Imam said, “He has also said that whoso­ever does not aban­don false­hood in speech and ac­tion, then Al­lah the Mighty and Ma­jes­tic has no need that he should leave his food and drink.”

Cor­po­ra­tor Mu­nawwer Pa­tel, a res­i­dent of Khairane, said: “We have all the boun­ties of life and hence are lost in our own world, com­plain­ing for even mi­nor is­sues. How­ever, as fast­ing leads to one stay­ing hun­gry and thirsty over a long pe­riod of time, one un­der­stands what the poor suf­fer on a daily ba­sis.”

Pa­tel said, “That’s why Mus­lims usu­ally give the oblig­a­tory Zakat, a per­cent­age of their an­nual in­come, to the poor dur­ing this time.”

The assem­bly of peo­ple cut­ting across all strata, in mosques in the evening to break­fast is tes­ti­mony to the true mes­sage of Ramzan.


Mus­lims break their fast at APMC mar­ket on Wed­nes­day.

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