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Ramadan arrives in Bangladesh with sanctity, festivity and philanthropy

Tuesday August 02, 2011 08:36:22 AM, News Desk

Throughout the whole Ramadan mosques remain overflowed with devotees. Even non-practising Muslims goes the mosques regularly.

Ramadan arrives in Bangladesh with serenity, sanctity, festivity and philanthropy. Overflowing mosques with devotees, quitters streets, illuminated and ornamented shopping malls and markets, and festive villages make this month a symbol of blessing by Allah.

Throughout the whole Ramadan mosques remain overflowed with devotees. Even non-practising Muslims goes to the mosques regularly. Most people pray long twenty Rakats of Tarabih after Esha prayer. Mosques make arrangement of completing the recitation of Holy Quran in the Tarabih prayer. Muslims seldom miss the chance of completing the recitation of the Holy Quran through Tarabih prayers.

Ramadan comes as a month of the Holy Quran. Mosques and other organisations arrange various programmes of teaching how to correctly recite the Holy Quran. A slogan of 'Recite Quran, understand it and build the life with its light' has becoming increasingly popular.


Many organisations also organise Tafsir Mahfils and other such programmes in order to spread the teachings of the Holly Book. This month attracts the mass, especially the educated elite, to the holy Quran. Special fairs on the Quran and related books are organised with lucrative discounts.

The month comes with special significance to those who have made it the ultimate goal of their lives to raise the flag of Islam. They try to utilise each moment of this holy month in spreading the light of Islam. They exchange Quranic gifts like Tafsir books, audio CDs and cassettes of Tafsir Mahfils and try to spread the call of Islam to as many people as possible. Young and elderly leaders and activists observe 'I'tekaf' by staying in the mosque for the last ten days of this blessed month.

As 'Eid-ul-Fitr', the biggest festival of Bangladeshis, follows the holly month of Ramadan, this month is also marked by festivity. Shopping malls and markets are illuminated with colourful lights to attract customers. A number of special dishes called 'Iftari', meaning the foods for breaking the fasting, adds the festivity of the month. Special items like 'Piazu' made of onion, 'Beguni' made of brinjal, 'Jilapi', a spiral juicy sweet etc, are the traditional items of Iftari.

The festivity of Ramadan touches the lives of people living even in the remote villages, perhaps in a greater dimension. Their festival starts from the sighting of the moon that indicates the beginning of the holy month. People gather under the open sky to see the moon. They chant slogans like 'Allahu Akber' meaning Allah is Great after the moon is sighted. Young people and boys take the responsibility of waking up the villagers so that they can take their 'Saheri' at pre-dawn time by singing Islamic songs.

Ramadan helps maintain the family and social bondage in the country. Those who hail from countryside and stay in the cities go back to meet their family members and celebrate the festival of 'Eid-ul-Fitr' with them during the last days of Ramadan.

This is the month when most people pay their Zakat, a 2.5% share for the poor in the wealth of the rich, to the poor. This helps the poor participate in the festival. Since Muslims believe that any good deed in this month is repaid by Allah manifolds, the rich increase their charity activities. A month long fasting also helps them feel the hardship of the poor.

A culture of Iftar Party has become very popular in Bangladesh. Different organisations including political parties, trade unions and student organisations arrange Iftar Parties which also act as forums for bringing people of different social and political background together.

People of Bangladesh are generous to express their love for this month by many means including naming their sons as 'Ramzan' the way 'Ramadan' is pronounced in Bangladesh.


The article, which reflects how the Ramadan is observed in Bangladesh, appeared on in September 2008.







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