I love what President A P J
Abdul Kalam said. He said that when religions are empowered to become a
spiritual force, peace and happiness blossoms in the society.
need of the hour is that 'enlightened leaders' empower people making them
personal view is that one must bring out the gems of all faiths, remove
misconceptions, and realize that at the core of every faith, the same message is
During the month of Ramzan,
the Muslim community fasts from dawn to dusk.
Most religions advocate
fasting as it is beneficial to
is a method of self
One must not only abstain
from food and drink but also from evil habits, which may include lying,
stealing, gossiping etc.
Follows what I read in a
short article by Saniyasnain Khan:
included in 5 kinds of people whose supplications were never turned down by
Allah-a fasting person at the time of breaking his fast (the others being a just
ruler, an oppressed person, a parent who entreated for his children and a
traveler in the cause of Allah)
prophet divided the month of fasting into 3 parts. He called the first 10 days
"blessings", the next 10 days "forgiveness" and the last 10
days "freedom from hellfire"
Ramzan is the only month in
the Muslim calendar which is specially mentioned in the Holy Koran. It is during
this month that devout Muslims fast and pray, for a month.
They do not eat or drink
anything between sunrise and sunset.
Not only do devout Muslims
fast and pray five times during the day, but they donate 2.5% of their income (zakat)
to the poor. Prayer deepens their love for God.
Everyday the roza is broken
by eating dates or tasting salt. Muslims, then get together and share 'iftaari'
(a snack or a small meal) I have read that people who pray together, stay
together. Sharing a meal creates a bond. So I believe that the month of roza,
generates a feeling of brotherhood. Ramzan Id, also called Id-ul-Fitr comes at
the end of the month of fast. The special prayers or namaaz offered on that day
is called the kutba. On Id people dress up in new clothes, hug one another,
exchange good wishes and enjoy bowls and bowls of Sheerkurma ( sweetened milk
and vermicelli garnished with nuts).
Bakri Id is a Muslim
festival that celebrates the trust of Man in God and an important happening in
The great great grandfather
of Jesus was Ibrahim? Ibrahim is known as Khalilullah, which means, a friend of
God. It is believed that Ibrahim had a son very late in life, and Ibrahim loved
God wanting to test the
faith of Ibrahim, and asked the latter to offer his son Ismail as a sacrifice to
him. I am told by an Islamic Scholar, that God did not ask for Ibrahim's son,
but for who Ibrahim loved most.
Since Ibrahim loved Ismail
the most, he decided to offer him as a sacrifice to God. Ibrahim took his son
Ismail to a mountain. Ismail knew what his father was about to do, so Ibrahim
blindfolded his father, so that the latter would not suffer at the sight of what
he was about to do. After Ibrahim plunged his knife, he removed the piece of
cloth around his eyes, and lo and behold, a goat had been sacrificed and his son
Ismail stood unharmed! To remember this occasion, Muslims around the world
sacrifice an animal. The animal popularly used is a goat.
The Islamic Scholar
explained to me that Islam's message is to feed the poor, not to kill humans
and/or animals. One must remember that Islam was born in a desert land where
vegetables were scarce. My friend also enlightened me on the fact that the
Prophet Mohammed's diet consisted mostly of khajur (dates) and jau ki roti.