Gearing up for Ramzan


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The city neighborhoods like Khade Bazar area have donned a festive look already with lights and loads of food stalls along the road which sell some mouth watering sweets and other delicacies.

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The month of Ramzan is the holy month when the Muslims fast through the day and break only at dusk, the main idea behind fasting is that by experiencing hunger, one develops compassion for the less fortunate.

The festivities include prayers five times a day, family dinners and feasts with family and friends at Iftar. The best hangouts for food now are the Khade Bazar area (Darbar Galli corner) where you can have the samosas, haleem, kababs and sweets. This place is open almost for the night and the entire area is abuzz with people.

The 30 days of fasting also are the time for heavy shopping. Bhendi Bazar, Khade Bazar are always full of people buying clothes, dry fruits etc. The other shops are also doing brisk business for Ramzan and all have some special collection for the season.

Huge rush is seen in the evenings after the Roza is over for shopping. Areas of Khade Bazar, Bhendi bazaar are lit till late night for shopping where one could get anything and everything from clothes to eatables.
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  1. a day to rejoice

    Today is Eid Al-Fitr. For Muslims across the globe, this is a day to rejoice after a month of fasting, nightly prayers and all-encompassing spirit of piety. Each Ramadan, the Muslim world undergoes a magical transformation as the believers turn to God in total devotion and prayers. Emphasis is not just on abstinence from food and water from dawn to dusk but all things that take one away from the path chosen by Allah and His Last Prophet (peace be upon him). While piety, mercy, charity and constant prayers are the high points of Ramadan, this is also a month of celebration of the Holy Qur'an.

    It was in this month that the Final Word in the long line of divine scriptures was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. If the Qur'an is a truly miraculous gift sent for the benefit of entire mankind, the manner in which it is experienced throughout the blessed month is another miracle in itself.

    From one end of the world to another, the believers read, study and listen to Qur'an, all 30 sections and thousands of verses, during the special Taraweeh prayers constantly trying to imbibe the spirit and teachings of the Book. The Eid Al-Fitr thus not just marks the culmination of the month of fasting and prayers but also the celebration of the Book that came as the ultimate mercy and guidance to humanity.

    nasir j shah saheb
    jeddah

  2. Markets in Jeddah witnessed huge crowds of Eid shoppers
    JEDDAH: Markets in Jeddah on Monday witnessed huge crowds of Eid shoppers and traffic congestion that made it difficult even for pedestrians.
    The overcrowding was not limited to one market or a single mall but all of them, as residents were keen to do their last-minute shopping.
    Muhammad Qaid, a salesman at a clothes shop in Bab Sharif, said they remained open for 24 hours a day during the last week of Ramadan. "We gear up for the shopping spree in the last two days before the Eid. We remain open well after suhoor and Fajr prayer so that people can finish their shopping," he said.

    Qaid said this was not limited to Bab Sharif, an old and famous market, but also applies to other traditional and conventional markets.
    Ahmad Al-Amoudi, a clothes merchant, said many middle-income residents of Jeddah prefer to do their shopping at stalls, believing their prices are less than those of shops inside malls. "For this reason, many big merchants with shops were keen to display their goods at stalls," he said.
    Al-Amoudi said foreigners in Jeddah prefer to do their shopping at the last moment when their Eid holidays start. He added that these foreign workers usually buy clothes to send to their families back home to wear during Eid.

    A number of shop owners said foreign pilgrims who came to the Kingdom to perform Umrah during Ramadan would come down from Makkah to Jeddah every day to do their shopping and then go back. They said the foreign pilgrims continue their shopping until the middle of Shawwal (Sept. 15) before it is time for them to go home.

    Aware of the foreign pilgrims’ need to make this daily journey to Jeddah, the taxi drivers have increased their rate from SR10 per person from Makkah to Jeddah to SR100.
    Khaled Hassan, a clothes merchant, said the last minute shoppers usually go for accessories. They said Saudi men buy Shumagh (head dress) and underwear while women go for lingerie and the foreigners buy clothes to wear during the Eid holidays.
    They said children’s toys were also among the favorite items for Saudi and foreign shoppers in addition to gifts and sweets.
    The tailors stitching men's clothes remain open for 24 hours a day in order to be able to finish their work and deliver the clothes to their clients before Eid.

  3. Thousands of pilgrims, attended Khatm Al-Qur’an prayer

    MAKKAH: More than 2 million faithful, including hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, attended Khatm Al-Qur’an prayer (conclusion of the Holy Qur’an) at the Grand Mosque here Sunday. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, imam and khateeb of the mosque, led the prayers.
    The mosque was overcrowded with worshippers since the early hours of the day as most of them wanted to take part in the prayers to mark the end of the recitation of the holy book during taraweeh and qiyamullail prayers at the mosque.
    Sheikh Al-Sudais prayed to God to strengthen Muslim unity in order to help the Ummah face its growing challenges. He also prayed for improving the situation of Muslims all over the world. He invoked God to forgive the sins of Muslims and encourage them to lead a better life on the basis of Islamic teachings.
    Thousands of worshippers were standing in the courtyards and streets around the mosque to attend the prayer. Most of them had come seeking the blessings of Lailat Al-Qadr (the night of power), which according to a Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) falls in the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan.

    The first verses of the Holy Qur’an revealed to the Prophet in Lailat Al-Qadr, which according to the Qur’an is better than a thousand months. The Qur’an plays an important role in the lives of Muslims as they read its verses while praying and follow its teachings.
    The worshippers experienced their spiritual moments in an atmosphere of tranquility, peace and security provided by the Saudi authorities as part of many other services aimed at enabling pilgrims and worshippers to do their rituals in ease and comfort.
    Assistant Director of Public Security Maj. Gen. Saad Al-Kilaiwi, there were about 1,700 police officers and privates around the Haram directing people toward their destinations and showing them the assembly places using signboards in various languages.
    He said the main task of the police force is to maintain security and prevent friction and stampedes that might be fatal to the worshippers.
    Commander of Security of the Holy Haram Col. Yahya Al-Zahrani said a total of 1,600 privates, 29 officers and 280 cadets are working inside the Grand Mosque to prevent pilgrims blocking the passages and stop those who are not performing Umrah from entering the Mataf area to allow pilgrims to perform their rites peacefully.

    NASIR J SHAH SAHEB, JEDDAH

  4. During this time,I’m reminded of my days during internship at civil hospital….our work used to get over late at night when on duty and we had to dine late usually…other days we would manage the hot uppit at bus stand or bread omlette at railway station past midnight as these are the only places you’l get to eat at 1am!but during ramzaan its darbar galli:)all the kebabs and phirnis and samosas….ah!!!yummmmmmm!

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