The essence of Ramazan

Ramazan is a month that provides us lots of opportunities to build a strong character. How many of us actually take advantage of it?

Roza teaches you to be patient. I witnessed people violating traffic lights as always.

You are supposed to hold your temper while fasting. I saw people breaking into fights during the day.

I heard people using obscene language in the state of roza. Doesn’t Islam teach you to watch it while you are speaking in Ramazan?

The only thing we gave up was eating and drinking. Is the starvation really worth it when we are not willing to give up anything else?

12 Comments so far

  1. MystaKool (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    you’re right umar, unfortunately our people just don’t have that much faith anymore. as you and others may have noted, we do not practice what we preach, hence the result is right before your eyes.

  2. Adnan (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

    NO ITS NOT WORTH….its better if we dont fast then !!!

  3. yo yo (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    Good observation Umar…Muslims by name..thats why zalil o khuwar in the whole world.

  4. Shahid (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 2:21 am

    I agree with Adnan, Whats the point of fasting if we don’t know why are we fasting? Just because everyone else is doing?

  5. icedmocha (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 4:25 am

    i just wrote a similar-ish thing on my blog. there is seriously no point trying if ur gonna violate the main reasons/purpose of fasting.

  6. mj.. (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    this past summer i went to visit “my roots” raised in canada my entire life i thought i was going to a muslim country an Islamic country where common courtesy, respect, and love for ur brothers/sisters would be normal behaviour.
    Man was i surprised, im not saying that there arn’t any good people living there, im just saying the majority of ppl are oblivious to the true meaning of their religion, there is more to fasting there is more to going for juma each friday there is more to being anti-american because of its so called anti-Islam agenda… its time to really look intrnally and change oneself. We have been blessed with this beautiful religion, its a gift a privilege not a right. It can be taken away from us just as it was given to us. Lets not squander the virtues of this month..its time to really practice what we preach.
    ..back to the basics.. be the best you can be.
    awesome blog btw!

  7. Saadia (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 8:56 am

    I agree with MJ. There’s definitely a need to realize and value what we have. Often we don’t see it the way an “outsider” would, perhaps it’s time to look ourselves from another point of view, learn what’s valuable in us and learn what needs improvement.

  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    MJ, i can feel and understand like many others will also do, the anguish (am i right for the word anguish) you have suffered.

    It is not only you, it all those who visit pakistan now & then and have roots in Pakistan but for some strong reasons they are not able to live here as RESPECTFULLY as in their adopted countries.

    After 13 years one of my neighbors have brought in his whole family to Pakistan on 19th of September for Ramzan and to celeberate eid with grand parents. He is in total embarrasment. His 2 boys 11 & 9 his one daughter 15 are totally taken aback by the norms we are practicing for Ramzan it is only 3rd of Roza today but they are shocked. The girl is feeling as if an alien for taking Hijab and not putting on T-shirts and Jeans in Ramzan, and for the boys they are questioning & questioning, they are not allowed to goto Mosque at Fajar as it is very dark and there is no street lights and stray dogs are on free will.

    The masjid close by have no running water, no clean bathrooms, and there are multiple jamats of every namaz offered within the same mosque after the Main Faraz jamat is over. Multiple Jamat at one instance by green turban, brown turban, white truban, yellow turban, they all segerate by color of turban and does not offer namaz behind other color imam. so they have their own jamats at same time.

    Both the boys are confused as to what it is about in Pakistan.

    They see people smoking in public, chewing pans throwing abuses at each other, ready to pick a fight, they are scared of motorcyclist who according to them are Bike Junkies and have no sense, after 11.30 AM the biryani, samosa, roll, burger, dahi baras are all avlbl and people are doing TAKE AWAY, or eating while a sheet is seperating the corner.

    The boys have snapped on digicam a police mobile and 4 police constables are eating pakoras in broad daylight at bahadurabad on tuesday at 4.45PM, the other police constable drinking water from the cooler. When they noticed being snapped one asi approached them asked to delete the pictures and boys being non conversant with urdu failed to understand Thanks to ALLAH, the driver explained and they promise not to show it or post to any newspaper in pakistan, police wala spared them as they were with guards in the PRADO, police would dare touch just in case they turn out to be saheb kay bachay.

    Any way – long story short, WE are a nation of hipocrates, our faces are not what we speak about and we talk about values which we dare not practice. Allah Save us and help us all,

  9. Alam (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

    Well, pathans gave up all contacts with women, and homosexuality has become a mainstream cultural theme in tribal areas.

    Urban Muslims give up eating/drinking, and they eventually take up other -ve things.

    Why the hell public eating is denied? This is mockery of Ramzan itself.

  10. Alam (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    One more thing:

    If thousands of Ramnzans in thousands of socities create the same effects on ppl, namely bitterness and aggressiveness, then there must be something wrong with the idea of Ramzan in Islam. It does not help Muslims be a better human being…it has the exact negative impact on them.

    In other news, the suicide attacks in Iraq shot up, in Ramzan

  11. mansoor (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

    totally agree!

    fasting has just become starvation and nothing else..

  12. Captain's Log (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

    there must be something wrong with the idea of Ramzan in Islam Nothing is wrong with Islam or Ramadan , its people like us who have the problems. If you can not leave music/tv/movies during ramadan then you dont understand the essence of Islam. How many of us honestly aovid all evils during Ramadan.I rememeber that around 10+ years ago in Khi., I was travelling in a bus after iftar in ramadan and driver was playing music.I asked him to sop and he said that its not ramadan any more. His idea was that when you are fasting that is only ramadan.

    There is one saying of Muhammad PBUH that when you do one sin , Allah puts one black spot in your heart and one time comes when your heart is all black and then nothing good will act on you.You would question all good deeds and you would accept bad deeds as norm.

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