For them, Ramadan was a month of Ibadah.
For us, Ramadan is a month of festival
Their preparation was in the form of announcements of glad news for those who fasted and those who prayed at night.
Our preparations are in the form of colouring houses, stitching pillow covers, curtains and bed sheets.
They enjoyed their ‘fasts’
We enjoy our ‘feasts’.
Their fasts were identified by hunger and thirst
Our fasts are identified by fast foods and colas.
They could count the number of dates they had for iftar or suhur ,
We cant count the number of dishes we have at iftars and suhurs
They stood before their Lord till late nights
We stand before our malls, markets and eateries till late nights.
They focused on Reciting Qur’an
We focus on Khatm e Qur’an.
Virtues of Laylatul Qadr was reminded in sermons and personal discussions.
Today we are reminded about “sales and 50 % Offs” for shopping in Ramadan.
Right from the first day of Ramadan they waited for Laylatul Qadr.
Right from the first day of Ramadan we wait for Eid moon.
In the last ten days they searched for Laylatul Qadr
In the last ten days we search for heavy discounts in shops and malls
In those days Qaris with beautiful recitations were preferred
In our times Qaris with beautiful speed are preferred.
They went into Ibadah in seclusion
While we prefer to go Iftar parties.
Composed by Nisaar Nadiadwala. email@example.com