Ramadan (Ramazan): The holy month has begun with HWT unrolling Iftar Kit for the poor
OT, July 21, 2012 04:42 IST
Noushu Ali/Okhla Times Staff
Devotees started coming out from their homes at about 11 PM on July 20 after announcements were made from some mosques in Jamia Nagar locality of the moon sighting and the beginning of Ramadan or Ramazan from Saturday.
Though some were confused at the late night announcement, many had expected the announcement to come any time.
Abul Fazal Enclave resident Md Saeed rushed towards the newly-built Umar mosque in the area to offer tarabih that was held at about 11:30 PM. But some residents, who went to bed early, missed the tarabih and there was confusion. In some parts of India, the confusion continues whether Ramadan begins on Saturday or Sunday. Mumbai-based Leena Meher is still not sure about the fasting. She called in to find out whether Ramadan has begun.
The announcements were made after president of the Markazi Chand Committee Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali confirmed late on Friday night that moon was sighted. In Bihar, Imaraat-e-Sharia and Ahle-Hadith also declared the beginning of Ramadan from Saturday, according to Islamic scholar Waris Mazhari.
He said such confusion takes place as religious leaders were waiting till late night for the sighting of the moon with sky cloudy in many cities. Once it was confirmed, announcement was made all over the country.
Many people started congratulating friends and relatives on social networking sites and through SMS on the beginning of Ramadan. Well-known journalist Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted: “Holy month of Ramadan has begun. So has Shravan. How appropriate may we coexist in peace and harmony. Have a safe weekend.”
Every year, Ramadan is awaited by Muslims. It is a month of sacrifice and patience. From sunrise to sunset Muslims all over the world observe fast, avoiding food and water. Also, they are instructed to stay away from vices throughout the month. After the month is over, Id-ul-Fitr is celebrated. At the end of the month Muslims donate zakat to the poor.
The Iftar Kit is handed over to a poor family and contains enough food to last for a month.
The contents are: Rice 5kg, wheat flour 20kg, cooking oil 3kgs, sugar 3kg, salt 1kg, pulse 2kg, gram flour 3kg, milk powder 1kg, tea 500grams and dates 2kg. Cost of each Iftar Kit is Saudi Riyals 150/- = US $ 38/- and Indian Rupees 2,100/.
On behalf of B-A Dammam-Khobar Chapter, Syed Rashique Ahmed, convener, has requested members to contribute so that HWT could run the Iftar Kit scheme with great success.
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