Dawoodi Bohras and Ramadan

The Dawoodi Bohras all around the world have a unique way among all Muslims when it comes to living through the holy and pious month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are zealous about humility, patience, good deeds, fasting and prayers during these days. The bohras are more than just enthusiastic. When it comes to the days of worship and fasting the preparation starts well off days ahead. White clothes and topis for men and well embroidered colourful Ridas are prepared by members of the community. Ensured that these clothes are well washes and cautiously taken care of in terms of Taharah. Even the very little children prepare themselves and have their own Sujjadas and tasabih with just as much enthusiasm to join their elders in Imamat Namaaz.

The community members have a unique way of gathering at iftar after breaking the fasts as a result the entire community has a very well prepared and healthy diet throughout the holy month. Again at certain places around the globe the community members also have a habit to gather for Tahajjud prayers and suhoor is also arranged for the musalleen. Often members of the community take part in mass congregations held specifically forTilawat al-Quran in which Huffaz al-Quran recite from the Quran-e-Majid by tarteel while others follow. The concept of such a gathering is to help as many Mumineen who are not well versed in the recitation to complete the Tilawah of the entire Quran at least once during the month of Ramadan in an orderly manner. Short Surahs from Juz Amma are also recited before and after Imamat Namaaz at masjids by Ahkam al-Tajweed to raise awareness among Mumineen about the same.

The most important of all in the everyday event of a Bohra during Ramadan is offering Imamat Namaaz and Tilawat al-Quran while no one would ever think of missing a fast unless he is traveling or advised by a doctor not to.


Black Cobra – The Moral


The name just suggests that it might be a somewhat thriller or another of those ghost movies. The statement at the beginning announces the same notion. It reads, it is not flesh and blood but the heart that makes us fathers and sons. Indian movies shed a lot of focus on the father and son relationship or depict the respect given by the younger generation to the elders and this one is a truly remarkable plot.

Talks about racism issues that still prevail in the society even though the law may prohibit it. The law is but limited and cannot prevail unless people’s thoughts change. We cannot live in a peaceful society unless each one of us keeps away from the bias of gender, race, religion or whatever. The complexes of superiority are symptoms of the disease of the mind and physical medicine cannot do away with it. The movie has a wonderful plot showing the differences prevailing within our so called modern societies and developed countries in addition to the loss of morals which are still there among the developing nation. At the center of the plot is the “Cobra” who is taught by his father and teacher, trained in the art of martial arts, has the highest regard of his father. The apprentice is taught the art of silence for it is the greatest open secrets of history, be still and know that I am God. In the stillness and silence the soul of the student and son is elevated to care and respect the father, giving up wealth and risk life for rescuing a hero from the prison and finally live with him after 15 years, while on the other hand in a very wealthy Japanese family of the US is a son who takes down his father several times in order to earn his attention and thus succeed as heir to the family business.

In the midst the action packed martial arts movies lies the moral of contentment and the purpose of life. The relation of a father with his child no matter what the distance of time or space may be among them. The sacrifices of a hero and the biased and greedy thoughts of our society. The plot also sketches the loyalty of friends and loved ones, the willingness of content people to sacrifice their possessions for the sake of truth and he lure of the material world. All in all its a nice watch if you love those action packed moves of the ancient art of self defense.


Proundly Committed to the Earth Hour

His Holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin TUS has always instructed his followers, Mumineen, to care for the environment, preserve resources and avoid wastage of any kind. All this is in accordance to the guidance of the Holy Quran and the sayings of our beloved Prophet Mohammed al-Mustafa Rasulallah (SA). Huzurala TUS is said to have given strict instructions for the usage of lights and electricity even at Saify Mahal in Mumbai, where many times he himself has been seen switching off the lights right after sunrise. It has also been reported that during the Iftetah of Masakin Mohammediyah, the gents hostel, at Jamea Saifiyah in Surat, he himself switched off the lights of rooms and staircases after returning from its inspection.

We, Dawoodi Bohras proudly follow his example in his endeavor to care for the environment and mother nature. Let us all join hands for the sake of the Earth for it gives us food, shelter and blessings.  Let us join help ourselves and our future generations to come.

Remember not just to turn out lights tonight, but to switch off every possible electronic gadget and do not light candles or  burn any other fuel for light unless extremely necessary.

The Glory of Sport

Sometime back in India we had a get together of old friends from the teenage. Some of them are in academics and we were discussing School buildings and its ambiance. The center point of the discussion was what makes a school too good academically as as well as administratively. Guess what almost everyone agreed upon? Sports and Athletics. These two were the major things that made a school great in terms of Academics??!! Duh! The Administration was deemed superior if they had a football field size playground or even larger. The larger the playground the more expensive and quality driven the school was.

 This someone would argue not to be correct but remember the people discussing were educationists with a background of more than a decade of experience in the School Business. The fact is just true. If you can spend enough on sport than a healthy attitude towards learning and teaching can definitely be expected, especially in a place like “India” where sport is given very little credit today.

Paan Singh Tomar – The Movie, based on the real life of a national athletic champion turned outlaw is a must watch for the horrible treatment of sportsperson in our country, India. Well, not the Cricket maniacs who are given all the media publicity for the sake of dirty marketing tactics used by the idiot box companies. The most wonderful message and thought provoking idea in the entire movie was that the, 4th standard fail, school dropout, athlete had learned not to give up and surrender once the race had started, to any circumstance in any situation until the finish line was crossed. The glory of sport and sportsmanship lays in reaching the finish line no matter who gets the Gold, Silver and Bronze.

When in school, we used to participate in the annual sports meet and take an oath under the school flag that we would strive hard for the glory of sport. This is true in every aspect of life, be it academics, play, business or any profession one takes up. Its the very decision a person takes at the starting point and lives up to it through the fire-up till the end of the finish line.

Sportsmen live up to this oath throughout their lives. However, at times, their lives become miserable when the country and its politicians do not understand the glory they have brought to the country. Paan Singh Tomar is dedicated to such forgotten record breaking sportsmen of our country. The forgotten men and women may not have become history but are still forgotten, standing before our own eyes. A few months back I had come across a picture of our hockey team, I think women, who had just returned home from a triumph abroad, standing at the International Airport for Taxis to pick them up. No one to receive the champions, while the country runs after the showbiz cricketers as if they were gods. I am not against any sport but a champion is a champion and pride of the nation for god sake.

The very thing that, I myself do not remember what tournament the ladies had won and the details of their triumph, is embarrassing but then there are many champs out there who have died penniless, even to the extent that they have had to sell of their medals for a survival. The greatness of the country indeed lays in how it treats its national heroes and not how it takes care of the national security of its politicians. A very small percentage of the entire money spent in budgeting for  personal security of zillions of representatives of the public would suffice to uphold the glory of these sportsmen and keep the honor of our country shining. Athletes and Sportsmen are the go getter of our society. They are the pride of any culture and tradition right from the dawn of human civilization, remember the Romans and their Colosseum, they are the dignity of our country for they win battles with perspiration and not a drop of blood shed. Our public consciousness needs to wake up and applaud their achievements for the sake of our civility and for the glory of sport itself.