To fast or not to fast - that was the question? Finally Pakistan decided that enough people had seen the moon. So they called it an evening, and declared Ramadan. We in Kashmir followed suit. Ramzaan arrived as a news flash from Dawn news, later cross checked with Geo News.
The mosques had by then already finished the Isha prayers. But soon Taraweeh went under way. There were differences though. Some accused of following Saudi Arabia - moon sighted one day after Saudi Arab. Someone claimed that it was a political decision taken by Pakistan against India, as India had earlier declared that no moon had been sighted. Of course there was the old debate raked up in online forums whether to call in Ramadaan (which is traditional Arabic pronunciation) or Ramazan (which is the way Urdu readers would read it).
The calendars and timings are brought out. Sehri a few minutes late. Iftaar a few minutes earlier. The roadside eateries are either closed or veiled. They open in full bloom after Iftaar when people finally come out to smoke in the open and chat. And eat, of course.
Ramadan is just such a blessing. It is just one month of the year when things start following into place. Part of the reason for this may be that the most important teaching of Ramazan is Sabr (patience). Part of it may be that this month is full heavenly grace.
May this Ramazan usher in for us a period of prosperity, faithfulness and happiness. Ramazan Mubarak, readers!