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Last Day of Ramadan

Today was the last of Ramzan or Ramadan. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramzan is derived from the Arabic root word ‘ramida’ or ‘arramad’ that means intense scorching heat and dryness. Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed.

During Ramadan, the believers of Islam fast for the whole month, fasts are called Roza. The people who fast are not allowed to eat or drink anything (including water) from dawn to after sunset. Also one has to restrain other body parts; the tongue, for instance, must avoid backbiting, slander, and lies; the eyes should avoid looking into things considered as unlawful; the ears must stop from listening to conversation, words, songs, and lyrics that spoil the spirit of fasting; and finally restraining of the heart, and mind from indulging, themselves in other things besides zikr or remembring of Allah. The month really symbolizes and teaches people to be giving and patient.

End of Ramadan is a sweet time of year for Muslims. This is when the festival of Eid ul-Fitr begins. Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. Morning of Eid begins with eating something sweet, as it’s prohibited in Islam to fast on the day of Eid ul-Fitr. In India, people eat Sevaiyyan or Vermicelli, it’s cooked loaded with dry fruits and lots of sugar. The shops in most markets Delhi, like the one above are all decorated and are loaded with a variety of Vermicelli. And then the prayers,

Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Laa ilaaha ilal-lahu wal-Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa-lilla hil hamd.

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