Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ramadan series: Water

Since Islamic religious observances are based on an unadjusted lunar calendar therefore we get to experience Ramadan all seasons of the year. Every year Ramadan moves forward in the Gregorian calendar by about 10-12 days. So in about 30 years … Continue reading

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Ramadan series: Rooh Afza

For millions of Muslims of South Asia, Ramadan is not complete without Rooh Afza. A red-colored drink in its unique bottle design that hasn’t changed since I was little has been the choice of the first sip of millions of … Continue reading

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Ramadan series: Ramadan vs. Ramzan

Firsts of all, Ramadan vs. Ramzan debate is not the same as Allah Hafiz vs. Khuda Hafiz debate. If anything, usage of the word Ramadan shows the move of Muslims of India from Urdu towards English. First time I saw … Continue reading

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Who am I?

I was born and brought up in and around Patna. And hence, the earliest encounters I had was with people living in this ancient land. It is, like any other city in India, an immensely diverse place. The resolution of … Continue reading

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Ramadan series: Time

Muslims should always know the importance of time. The five time daily prayers need to be performed during specific time throughout the day and if one doesn’t manage his/her time properly then a prayer can be easily missed. You get … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Independence

I wish I could go back in time to the dawn of 15th August 1947, and feel the first rays in an independent India. Sixty four years later we seem to have taken our independence for granted. Heroes of the freedom struggle have given way to corrupt politicians. Security has never been worse. Rising prices of commodities have affected almost every Indian. The country has produced more billionaires during the last decade than all the previous put together but the poverty ratio has not changed. This is surely not the vision of our founding fathers! Continue reading

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Ramadan series: New Muslims

In a way we all are new Muslims whether born in a Muslim family or to a non-Muslim one. At one point of time in our life we had to decide that we will continue to be a Muslim and … Continue reading

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Ramadan series: Neighbours

It was still about 50 minutes to go before iftar that our doorbell rang. “Who is it?” “Umang.” Umang? What is he doing here? We are supposed to meet on Friday and at this time he is supposed to be … Continue reading

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Ramadan series: Lunch

It’s lunch time and my company has served Sushi for its employees but the worst part is that my office mate decided to eat his lunch at his desk. Ramadan is more than just missing lunch but I am amazed … Continue reading

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Ramadan series: Hijrah

Migration or hijrah is given special importance in Islam. It is no accident that Islamic calendar begins with important migration of Muslims from Makkah to Madinah. Muslims were persecuted in their home town Makkah leaving them no choice but to … Continue reading

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