preparations for eid

And so it begins….

Right after five days, the city has started opening up to cater to the Eid Shoppers, Pakistan’s version of christmas shopping extravangza, where people looking to complete their shopping early can already been seen on the streets. From what i’ve seen, all major malls in the clifton area have opened, and remain so till atleast 12 midnight.

If your still wondering why it happened right after five days? Simple… 5 day’s a smallest amount of time you can complete taraweehs. Though at the end, there are special 3 day sessions as well (but thats going to be another post). Most shop keepers i know or talked to, say that they attend these 5 day sessions, so that the rest of the month they can serve customers and hopefully earn enough to keep them going the rest of the year.

12 Comments so far

  1. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 6:16 am

    This is because the shopkeepers want to earn as much as he can during this holy month of Ramadan.

    Prices during christmas is always low and have great discounts in North America. Whereas in Pakistan (a muslim state) costs are two or three times higher then normal during Ramadan.

  2. Dee (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 8:04 am

    aaaaah i missed those never ending shopping trips :).Matching duppatas, shoes, bangles(mine personal favorite) and especially the Chaand raat trip for Mehandi. Enjoy you lucky ppl.Happy Ramazan and Happy Eid shopping.


  3. IllusionFS (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 8:20 am

    so the party begins, let us all pray for the safety of everyone and that this Eid goes peacefully.


  4. Kashif (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 8:37 am

    Taraweeh is an essential part of Ramadan. In fact, we are ordered to fast in the day and listen to Qura’an in nights (Taraweeh). The shopkeepers and other business people have got this workaround of 5-6-10 days Taraweeh so that they can go on with ‘normal’ business as soon as possible. Taraweeh is not meant only to go to masjid and sit around while the Imam recites Qura’an. We have to join the whole procession. I happened to be at a 6-day Taraweeh few years back and only a small percentage of audience participated from start to finish, rest just sit around relaxing. It is also difficult for people to stand 3-4 hours straight who comes to masjid only on fridays or Eid days.

    In my opinion, Pakistan should have something like what they have in Saudi Arabia. Business should commence after Taraweeh till Fajar. But thats a far cry, considering the enlightened moderated government we have.

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    I would definately prefer to ban all kind of shoppings during praying hours which really make life difficult for people like me who live near shopping markets[hyderi]. Police annoucements all the time, music players in cars really make life hell for guys in masjids who gather for sake of prayers.

    IMO, shopping should ne banned in Ramadan hours. One can buy things in month of Shabaan too and it doesn’t make any difference at all.

  6. Kashif (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 1:00 pm

    @Adnan: Are you in Block G/H? I lived in Block E for 8 years

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

    Kashif I am in H-Block which is just opposite to EBH and Peshawri Icecream. Where are you living now?

  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    wow seems like we neighbors are gathering up here on web.

    am in H, 1st street – Taimorya Masjid is few steps from my gate.

    Keeping in view the KESC – it is IMPOSSIBLE to implement the saudi law of Business hours from sun down till dawn. (after Tarweeh till Fajr)

    The only realistic practical thing which everyone shall concede after the public debate is starting early closing early – like day light saving is done in Europe & USA. Not making clock changes but changing the working hours practically only., so that MULLAH MAFIA does not raise hue & cry and use that a political issue trying to make an extra mile for advantage of NAMAZ Timings which we have seen in year 2002., when clocks were adjusted.

    starting early closing early give everyone an edge and enough time for Quality time with families.

  9. IllusionFS (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 6:51 pm

    My friend in KL, Malaysia, was telling me that its the same way in KL, shops are opened throughout the night during ramadan and its like a huge festival.

  10. Kashif (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 10:50 pm

    I am in Gulshan block 13 now.

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

    Jamal yes I go to same masjid.

    DLS is not really a solution for this problem. You and me both know very well that majority of shops are opened after 11.00PM so its upto shopkeepers that they come early and go early.

  12. Keep Walking! Johnnie Walker (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    loved Malaysia during Ramazan.. almost similar to karachi but with a good civic sense..

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