‘Bach­e­lor’ grate­ful for spirit of if­tar at mosque

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS -

Due to per­sonal rea­sons I had to send my wife back to our home coun­try, so this is the first Ra­madan I’ve ever been with­out any fam­ily and it’s made me re­alise how much you take them for granted. As I don’t know how to cook, my suhoor was last night’s din­ner at a restau­rant. Restau­rant food is never as good as home cooked food. Af­ter the Fajr azaan, I prayed and slept. Then it came to if­tar and I had no idea what to have or where to go. I didn’t want to go to a restau­rant, so I went to a mosque for my first if­tar. I al­ways thought that If­tar in mosques are only for those who can­not af­ford food or for the bach­e­lors. Soon I re­al­ized that I was a bach­e­lor my­self. As I en­tered the mosque I was feel­ing odd and em­bar­rassed. I soon re­alised that I was a part of a crowd of peo­ple just like me. All were wait­ing in­side the mosque as the work­ers were set­ting up plates full of food out­side on the ground. Just five min­utes be­fore azaan I saw peo­ple tak­ing those plates full of Biryani where no one was sit­ting and fill­ing their own plates. Wa­ter, laban up and samosas were also avail­able. Many also had plas­tic bags which they would fill with food for the next day suhoor. If a lux­u­ri­ous car came and stopped, peo­ple would ea­gerly look to­wards the driver to see what he has bought for us to eat. Fi­nally the call of azaan be­gins and peo­ple started to break their fasts. I too started eat­ing slowly and

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