Ramadan Spirit: Delectable Iftaris


Ramadan Spirit: Delectable Iftaris

Admittedly, the Holy month of Ramadan brings with it a new wave of religious and social enthusiasm unlike we ever witness round the year. And so, where many argue that despite its holy spirit, it gives way to price hikes making it harder for the poor populace to access food and basic necessities than before, it is also true that how uncountable people arrange for and distribute free-Iftar makes one believe that there’s still a great deal of hope left in us as a nation.

 

Here on the roadsides and on the footpaths, hardly anyone would go empty-stomached as these mouth watering Iftaris arranged by hundreds of generous souls are there to subdue one’s hunger pangs and also to create a spirit of brotherhood amongst people.



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  • Danial Tariq

    Well very true. I am spending Ramazan in Pakistan after a gap of an year and I can’t tell you that how much pleasant I am feeling this time around…U are right to say that their does exist some sort of social enthusiasm associated with this holy month..

    • NASAH (USA)

      “U are right to say that their does exist some sort of social enthusiasm associated with this holy month”,

      After an entire day of self punishing hunger strike — is it surprising to find “social enthusiasm” for an evening of unbridled gluttony.

      .

  • NASAH (USA)

    Allah gave us the skill to make chairs and tables — when this Umma will learn to eat like civilized people using chairs and tables.

    • Anonymous

      NASAH Sb

      If only eating ‘using chairs and tables’ made people civilized….are you sure your?! Some of most ‘civilized people’ plan their most dastardly (uncivilzed) acts against the lesser lot, whilst eating in their chairs and tables!

  • Anonymous

    As that other cynic puts it :

    ” Coat or patloon jub pehna to mister ban gaya”….

  • Anonymous

    NASAH Sb

    …and now you can whole heartedly confirm that any type of burqa does not suit the male gender. I guess the KKK are so ashamed of their actions that they have to hide their faces!

    Anyhow, I wish civility and progress was so simply attained as eating with a fork and knife or having a certain attire on…we would not have 80% of the wars and trouble if it was so!

  • Anonymous

    NASAH Sb

    I cannot answer your question. Modesty and chastity apart, Certainly can’t find any Quranic injunction for facial covering. In any case, why should one cover ones facial identity – that one which Allah has bestowed upon them to be recognised instantly by?!

    As for unhgienic hands, I will suggest that the consuming party atleast is more likely to wash their hands more and with soap regularly and the causes of dysentery may lie elsewhere. Certainly from my personal observation in families from Hyderabad Deccan (highly educated), food is consumed by hand whilst sitting in chairs and tables.

    Perhaps one is ashamed of showing the face! You are a learned man with a decade or twos more experience than mine, perhaps you will enlighten us aa we did not get far in a debate about the veil here a while back. In the meantime, I’ll have the mental conflict that whilst I don’t want to interfere in anyobe’s right to dress as they like, the distance created by lack of the visual identity is increasing because the facial covering seems to be coming back with a vengence – either the numbers of insecure lot has increased, the ugliness has increased or its become the new point of differentiation. Certainly cannot be a religious justification to conceal the identity Allah has provided!

    Incidentally, I think we learn more from controversial questions!!!!!!

    • Farooq Hashmi

      Mr.Qalim, In his reply to Mr. Danial Tariq’s post of fifteen days ago, Dr.NASAH ‘s expression of disgust at Pakistanis’ custom of eating with dirty fingers and dirt-blackened untrimmed nails, is justified. But this custom is limited not to the sub-Continent only.The West also has passed through the stages when people used to eat with their fingers. In the middle of the 16th century, the people belonging to the refined segment of the European society used to eat with only the first three fingers and those to the uncouth segment of it, with all of their five fingers. Again, until late in the 16th century, when Benjamin Franklin’s father was young, both Americans and Europeans used to eat with their fingers as do the sub-Continental people presently.The English word “spoon” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word, “spon” which means a splinter or a chip of wood. Spoons’ origin is traced back to the Paleolithic period when people would use clam-shells or wooden scoops to drink soups. Forks were introduced by Catherine de Medici in France in 1533 when she married the future King Henry 11. Eating en masse is embedded partly in the faith of Pakistanis and partly in their culture. As most of the Pakistanis, especially the country-side ones, prefer to have their feasts and the social gatherings on the floor, as a convenience they dress up themselves in shalwars and kameezes. If any one of them attends such a gathering in pants, he will feel himself not only in discomfort but also will stick up like a sour thumb.The sub-Continent’s culture has the beauty of its own, and it cannot be brought under the cultural imperialism of the West.

      • Anonymous

        Hashmi Sb

        Welcome back – your prolonged absence from this blog is disturbing. Indeed an enlightening insight into the history of eating habit.

        Strange how some customs vary, you may already have come across bidets in Europe but nit in UK bathroomsfor example – toilet role seems to suffice!

  • Anonymous

    NASAH Sb

    You flatter me too much…..the feeling is mutual.

    ‘Zindah Rehnay Ki Tamanna Ho Tou Ho Jaatay Hain
    Faakhtaaon Ke Bhi Kirdaar Aqaabon Waalay’

  • Farooq Hashmi

    The month of Ramadan brings with it infinite blessings and bounties from the Infinite-Being. Whereas the voices of prayers during the auspicious month of ramadan reverberate through out the whole Muslim world, the non-Muslim world also, does not fail to feel its impact.Thus,no surprise that the day the holy month sets in USA,non-Muslims start wishing Muslims a happy Ramadan and also a happy Eid.on the Eid day. Almost all the reputed TV channels of Pakistan have been doing full justice to the holy month by allocating the bulk of their time to the Ramadan-related and the other religious programs.So far so good. But what is abrasive to feelings is the absence of the traditional fanfare which has been a precursor of the Independence Day celebrations in the previous years.Through blacking out the freedom-related programs, Pakistani TV Channels have given a cold shoulder to the coming Independence Day of the current year. Public enthusiasm of the previous years for the celebration of the Independence Day is missing altogether because the TV channels have excessively been immersing themselves in Ramadan programs. No signs of decorating the bazaars and the streets of the cities are seen in any part of the country. I think that there is something wrong in the bottom. All that frigid attitude towards the Independence day is attended upon by some clandestine ill-motives of some undesirable elements. This year hitherto, no seasonal stalls are set up for dealing in Pakistani flag, buntings,pennants,banners and cone-shaped caps,etc. Sanctity of Ramadan is unquestionable, but to bury the Independence-day programs under those related to Ramadan, is not fair by any standards whatsoever. I wonder where Pakistan is heading to.

  • Anonymous

    NASAH Sb

    Perhaps we overplay play the cultural advancement based on use of knife and fork. Much of Europe (excluding UK) uses bidets (and toilet tissue for drying). What about fungal infection prevalence amongst female tissue users? And still large numbers of UTIs too boost?

    After all one cannot eliminate hand contact in food preparation – ablutions or no ablutions- issue is more about washing appropriately before food contact of any kind. Plenty of Europeans and Americans use their ands for consuming fast food on a daily basis as you know. We just need to apply Pasteur principles as a standard before using hands to prepare or eat.

    Can any amount of tissue use or being ‘spoon’ fed, reduce the ameobic/bacillary dysentery if fecal matter is mixing with water supplies and open sewers are common?

  • M.Saeed

    Eating daily meals sitting on a Dastarkhawan in a posture of backward folded legs with body weight on ankles/toes, is a sure way to fill the stomach only up to 75-80% of its capacity. That exactly is what has been scientifically established being the most healthy way of eating, i.e., leaving about a quarter of your stomach empty. For your decency satisfaction, you can adopt the Japanese eating posture called “Seiza” which is very much the same. Natural ways are universal and should be appreciated purely on their well demonstrated merits.