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Malegaon: Today, the 27th day of Ramadan in Indian subcontinent and 28th in other parts of the world, is the last Friday of the holy month. The crescent expected to appear over the horizon in a day or two, will pronounce the arrival of Eid Al-Fitr, the day of celebrations and feast after month long fasting.


The glory and pleasure of Eid Al-Fitr notwithstanding, parting ways with Ramadan has always been very difficult. “Waking up at 04:00 pre-dawn time. Half-awake taking the food. Setting for the work after little rest. Winding up early for Iftaar. Tarawih prayers in the nights and then gearing up again for the next day’s fast. All these are very interesting. It really pains as Ramadan nears an end”, says Nehal Ansari, Chairman of a leading Educational Institute. So aficionado is he of this holy month that he wishes, “Can’t we have Ramadan for some more time? May be for three months or so?”


And why Ramadan is so appealing is due to the glorious moments in this month especially the time of Iftaar. “For Iftaar, lot of effort is taken for preparing the delicious foods and eateries. And as if they are not enough, additional foodstuffs are bought from the market”, says Afeefa Sameen.


“However”, she continues, “It is not these eateries that make the time of Iftaar special. At this time, according to the holy sources, whatever a fasting person prays to the Almighty Allah is never rejected. It is this that makes the time of Iftaar so special. Hence to catch this time, we wind up our daily work at least an hour before Iftaar, perform Wadhu - the ablution, raise our hands and seek the divine help while all the eateries recline in front of us”, she concludes with sheer belief written large in her eyes.


Any way it is the time to say goodbye to Ramadan, which after blessing for a whole month, will be no more in few days. The end of this month will also bring an end to late night prayers called Tarawih. The prayer for which the worshippers assemble in the mosques and pray in congregation every year during Ramadan nights. And Huffaz, those who have memorized the Holy Quran, recite the holy verses for them.


Interestingly the holy month, along with the worshippers, also brings cheers to the shoppers across various religions. “Not only the Muslims, but non-Muslims also come in large numbers to my shop during Ramadan”, says Aasim Fitwala, a footwear dealer. Talking to Mukesh Raja, a student confirms his claims. He says, “Because of the varieties and stock that are available during these days, people prefer Ramadan for shopping.”


Against this backdrop, it is not surprising when we see people saying goodbye to Ramadan but with a very heavy heart.
























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Yes very true, even I feel that  something very valuable is about to go away from us. It feels like holdly it tight and not leaving it. As this ramzan, a month where every single prayer is answered will come after one year.


Sabiha Inamdar (by e-mail)


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