Lockdown: More fasting than feasting this Ramzan in the city of Nawabs


Iftar events for ‘rozedars’ in the city of Nawabs not conjure up the picture of mouth-watering galouti kebabs with the aroma of lip-smacking biryani wafting throughout the place.

With markets closed and meat provide hit on account of the COVID-19-induced lockdown, Muslims are in for a Ramzan with out their favorite kebabs and different hen and mutton dishes.

‘Lauki kofta’ (a bottle gourd dish) and ‘palak (spinach) kebabs’ have invaded their eating tables ever since the coronavirus scare pushed folks indoors, leaving the often vibrant markets, as soon as dotted with ‘sewai’ and dry fruit stalls all abandoned.

The month of Ramzan, marked by fasting by followers of Islam, commenced on Saturday as per the lunar calendar. The Shahi Imams of the Jama Masjid and the Fatehpuri Masjid in Delhi have appealed to Muslims to supply namaz throughout Ramzan at their houses and observe lockdown tips to forestall the unfold of COVID-19.

Abdul Karim, a 35-year-old rickshaw puller, is promoting ‘egg pakoras’ and ‘palak kofta’ in a slim bylane in Hussainganj, whereas his father Suleiman has arrange a kiosk to supply sewai (rice vermicelli), a particular dish for iftar.

“Since rituals are being followed at home, no one ventures out in the market places. We used to sell kebabs and biryani in the past, but things are different this time,” Suleiman stated. Tauheed, who as soon as did brisk enterprise from his small lodge in the city’s Chowk space, stated ‘aloo tikki’ has changed the well-known ‘shami kebab’ on the platter in the absence of provide of hen and mutton. Jack fruit has taken the place of mutton, stated Nadeem.

“Inshallah, it is more of fasting than of feasting this time,” he stated.

Every yr, the sighting of the Ramzan moon brings pleasure and happiness for Muslims, as this is the holiest month for them, throughout which they chorus from consuming and ingesting from daybreak to nightfall for 30 days.

At the crack of daybreak, folks collect for ‘sehri’ and eat collectively earlier than starting the quick. As the solar units, preparations are made for ‘iftar’, when the group will get collectively after breaking the roza and head to mosques to carry out the particular ‘taraveeh’ prayers.

But, this yr outstanding mosques in the Uttar Pradesh capital wore a abandoned look, a marked departure from the days when the poor used to line up for iftar meals and alms.

In a video message, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, has requested folks to not enterprise outdoors unnecessarily and stay indoors throughout Ramzan for prayers.

“Namaz and Taraveeh (ritual prayer) should be offered at home. Care should be taken that not more than three to four people read the Tarabi because large numbers can be harmful for families and the society in view of the pandemic,” Bukhari stated.

The Shahi Imam of the Fatehpuri Masjid, Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, stated those that are beneath quarantine and unable to watch “Roza” (quick) can compensate for it by way of ‘Qaza’ Such individuals can observe the quick later, he stated.

Besides the imams, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have appealed to the group this yr to not go to mosques however keep at dwelling and observe the rituals.

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