‘Fasting teaches us the true meaning of life’
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.