02 September 2008

The Wheel is turning backwards… We need to fix soon. (3)



Development is what everyone looks forward to. It is the dream of every person, family, society and nation to develop in one way or the other. However, achieving development is easier to be said than done.


Ramlhaan… time to eat and play


Hey!!! Ramlhaan Mubarak to all of you. This is the month that brings the big change to our life. We feel hungry. We pray our prayers. There is no place left in the mosques. We play so many games. We sleep so late and get up so late. We make kadaas on our roads (kadaas I mean the small tables that are kept on the road and used to sell things, often by kids). We even have so many ramlhaan Ihthifaalhs. That’s not all. So many TV and radio programs like roadha kurukurun and the list can’t be finished even. This is how it is. Let’s turn it another way. Is this how it should be?

I don’t think so. I think just like many things that have gone off the track, even our dealing with the ramzaan. Very often we are keen to label ourselves as the 100% Muslim country. But when it comes to practicing the religion, the percentage comes down dramatically.

If you went to any mosque of this whole country on 31st August and 1st September you’d see that there is a huge change in the number of people who go for prayers. For me, it means something very odd. Is it like this? We get hungry when we fast, so we remember God! That’s what I feel, because the increase of people going to, mosque seems to increase only in ramlhaan and will reduce just the days that we stop fasting.

Kadaas... There are certain rules regarding selling food items, yet it doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to these kadaa. Moreover, many say this encourages young children to go for stealing. Funny part is that many don’t like the idea of these kadaas, yet they buy from them as things are very cheap without even considering how those kids would have obtained them.

Ramlhaan is the time to playing games and enjoying, time to load our dining tables with varieties of food. Yet I do hear the religious people repeatedly saying it’s the month of praying, reciting, helping the poor. But, unfortunately these happens to be the last on our agenda.

TV radio and chatting are close friends of us, especially at night. The famous thyabeyfulhunge furusath, bailbalaa, and more are things that we wait for. We say ramlhaan Mubarak to all that we see or meet but we seems to be happy not because ramlhaan came with the blessing and chance to repent and opportunity to become a better Muslim.

So, things are not going as it should; it is going off the path. We need to thin k and correct. Many who saw ramlhaan last year are not here anymore. Maybe we may not be here when the next year ramlhaan comes.

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2 comments:

  1. your thinking is much restricted, well we Maldivians don't have much of a culture. I consider this month, the habits games fun the feasting spots part of the best Maldivian culture. even the Maldivian Christians or atheist should enjoy this month.

    Ramadan Kareem

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  2. oh now im a bit confused abt the one who z really nerrow minded! Ramdan z not some thing that ur forefathers have given u as a cultural occation to enjoy. But it z a month that Allah(creater of hgeavens n earth) has given us to reform ourselves by repenting to him n doing good deeds!
    i can't understand what r u talking abt "Maldivian Christians". if u mean Christians, we have to say there z no room for them in maldives, because our contitution didn't give that opportunity.

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