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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I am Rafiu Jameel from Addu City, Maldives. I use Alif Laam Gaaf as my pen name which stands for 'pen that loves fairness' ( Insaafah Loabikuraa Galan) Tell you the truth, I am not a so called IT person. However, if I never use internet , I'd stay a stranger of this wide network of information, which I am sure does not sound very good for a teacher in the 21st century. I am not someone who is so good in English either. Yet I am not someone who wish to make it a barrier for me to express what I think and what I believe. Thank you for visiting my blog. I welcome any comments or criticism that fits to the limits of Islam and constitution of Maldives. Indeed, I'd love to get your comments. :) Please, kindly refrain from using any foul words. Hope you'd enjoy my blog posts.