Aakhri Eftaari

As there was no sighting of the moon, there is some animosity towards the Roohat Hilal Committee. But look at the bright side people, you all got one full day to be closer to God than most of us will ever be for the next 11 months. The best part is that you all get to eat one more ‘Eftaari’. I am a big fan of Eftaari and I consider it to be a blessing from the Almighty that we get to eat such delicious food in the month of ramadan, fattening or not fattening I don’t care much about it. Eftaari is such a beautiful time of the day. The streets in Karachi are empty. There is this Loud Silence all over the city. Sitting at the Dastarkhwaan everyone is anxious to see what might be coming from the kitchen on a tray. TV is on, Amir Liaqat is talking to numerous islamic clerics and scholars. Ami is busy preparing eftaari. I just cannot wait to taste the mouth watering samosas, pakoras, roll, chaat aur najanay kiya kiya.
So since this is the last Eftaari for a year, I think you should make the most of it. I think the following is a small list that I could think of the things that you could do for Eftaari today.
Goto Shehnai on the Dalmia road for Eftaari, because I have heard so many Taareefein about the eftari there. Its located close to the millenium mall and is run by the Hanif Rajput. Costs around 375 – exact figure not known.

Not eat a grand eftari today either at a restaurant or at your home and donate the money that you would have spend on your Eftaari to your maid or someone that you know is poor and deserving. Kissi aisay banday ko jiss kay liye aap ki dee huee raqam Kisi EID say kam na ho

Stay at home and do as much ibadat as you can and listen to the best Islamic Lecture on a local tv channel (like QTv, GeoTv, PTV etc) from your favourite Scholar (I hope its not Amir Liaqat :D) which is not generally available through rest of the year.

Thank Allah for the great great month because you never know, this might very well be your last Ramadan, this might very well be your last ramadan with your loved ones or in our great city.

At the Dastarkhwaan, tell all your family members how much you love them and how much this occasion means to you. You might take this ‘Eftaari’ for granted, but Mark My Words it is indeed a great blessing to be eating with your loved ones the food that you desire, the quantity that you desire . . not many in this city are fortunate enough

May Allah give peace to all of us.
Karachi Zindabaad

14 Comments so far

  1. sadia (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    I agree. That was a good post.

    But I still feel bad for all those people who, as a result will have to go to work on the second day of eid.

  2. Sajid (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 11:12 am

    I believe someone can post how Hazrat Ali use to do iftaari? A pinch of salt and dry roti…3 lukmas only.

    I think we can rejoice further if we get the real meaning and soul of iftaari, because its not just limited to fill the hungry stomach and waste tons of food at the iftaar parties.

  3. Adnan (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 11:38 am

    A good post illusion. Iftari’s importance is so much that a hadeeth says that Allah is more near to a roza daar at iftar time without any hijab between roza daar and Allah. Even when Moses talked Allah, Allah was hidden behind 70 curtains.

    Unfortunately you are telling so late. Is SHENAI name of some resturant?

  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    doing Ifftari at home is the best thing happening in Ramzan. All the members ensure that everyone is home in time and around the dastarkhawan at ifftari. Nothing like home cooked piping hot fried items, and slush cold energy drinks. Home Cooked IFFTARI RULEZ!

    Please do come to us again with health happiness & prosperity of the blessed evenings of Taraweeh & Ibadat through out


  5. Break the Rules (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    i agree—iftari at home is the absolute best!

    Illusion: to add to your list, you can also go out tonight and buy something nice for a loved one, say your mom for example. It could be something as simple as a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the house for the holidays, or a thali of fruit for visitors and people at home to enjoy.

    p.s. you write “Ami is busy preparing eftaari.”

    why dont you help her prepare iftari?

  6. tooba (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    good post! :)

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

    good post illusion.

    however, towards the end of ramzan, atleast for me, having a lot of food for iftari doesnt seem like a good idea anymore.. since i cant eat that much :D

  8. UZi (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

    I haven’t had a single Iftari at home this year. :-\ Moreover, newspapers just get one day off for Eid (the first day). :( I’m at work today too, and will be back at work on Thursday! *sigh* :(

    I want to get henna! I WANT HENNA! NOW!!! :(

    PS :: “Amir Liaquat” is a cuss-word. :P

  9. IllusionFS (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

    Adnan: In normal days, Shehnai is a Shaadi lawn but since no weddings take place in the month of Ramadan, so I think they have set up a buffet.

    Break the rules: Cos there are already people working in the kitchen, they wouldnt really want my help.


  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

    Lovely post!

    @Sadia “But I still feel bad for all those people who, as a result will have to go to work on the second day of eid.”

    well i guess Shortcut Aziz announced Thursday(2nd day of Eid) as official holiday too…

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 10:32 pm

    O mian Thursday is Officially OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. sadia (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

    ^^^ yeah I know but my cousin works in a hospital.. i think hes doing his house job or something.. he still has to go on second day of eid because us ki chuttyan pehlay se decide ho gayi thi ke aaj aur kal hon gi

    so hes gonna miss the second day of eid which is like a family reunion day for all of us. becharay doctors :(

  13. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 12:51 am

    @ Topic

    Since Ramzan have departed at sundown. I would like to add – Amir Liaquat is the BIGGEST HIPOCRATE on the FACE of EARTH existing in Pakistan.

    Apnay Political platform ka Zani, Sharabi BaadKar tareen members mai sai EIK member hai, since he has become a THREAT to Bhaie in London., he sought refuge in religion.


    ALLAH iss Baadbakht ko Naykh Hedayat aur Amal-ay Sauleh Ke Toufeeq Ata farma-ay ameen.

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 12:13 am

    jamal? are you OK? are you claiming all of us have recieved glad tidings from Allah that we would enter in Jannat?

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