کہاں کا دین،کیسا دین ،کیا دین
یہ کیا گڑ بڑ مچائی جا رہی ہے
The English translation of above verse is, ‘what faith, what religion which faith? Why this turmoil, chaos and disarray … ‘
How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood, when fond recollection presents them to view —Samuel Woodworth
Ali managed to hide his new shoes, in reality, used ones from the second hand roadside seller, kept under his pillow. It was time to celebrate Eid, Eid ulfitar, that comes once a year after 30 days of fasting, or let’s say one month. All the shopping was almost done, shoes, shirt, socks one pair, his new prayers cap. He was not feeling pain in the seven stitches that he was grafted after cricket ball hit his lips.
Sounds of his mother, almost yelling, wake up, wake up …. It’s sehri time, a time to consuming food and drinks in the darkness of the morning till after sunset meals to break the fast. Ali’s father went to the mosque for the prayers . Ali did not accompany him in protest as he was not expecting to fast for another additional day. He was mentally not ready for such unscheduled surprises; or may be a shocks for the little man.
I was always provided with new pair of shoes, though , when I was Ali’s age at such occasions . Nonetheless, certain astronomical mysteries are applied to decide which area of the country to celebrate Eid. Ali’s uncle in swabi, 50 miles from Peshawar celebrated Eid next day instead of keeping fast. Saudi Arabia dates of Eid are announced in advance every year.
Now, I am, have become a student of minor Astronomy, call it suffering the undulating fluctuating patterns of moon sittings. The learned scholars of Islam enjoying remarkable perks and privileges made to trace and find the moon for Eid celebrations. Their verdict is final, regardless of what others are saying elsewhere in the country. It is quite known before and during christmis season products, consumer items and gifts prices are reduced. Whereas, here, not only prices are increased, harshly and ironically, the become short in supply and food items become increasingly adulterated; train yourself to find blessings!
Ali and his sister, her fancy dress and bangles were new, though. Both celebrated and rejoiced their Eid with doubtful mind for non-availability on Google maps not providing any IT software to let them know a definite day for Eid. Both are now fully equipped to handle and manage Facebook addictive activities.
If you have any solution on this enigma, please help Google maps. Meanwhile, I wish you a very happy Ramadan and subsequently, a very happy Eid Mubarik. If you are not a child anymore, please collect moments and not things.
The worst kind of sad is when you can’t explain why.
Are we same, or better? It is for you to decide, meanwhile, please read my following published letter in The News, Islamabad on 30th Dec 1998 on related story.
Enjoy the joy… Part XIV