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RAMZAN

Night of power it holds
Crescent to crescent, blessings
Miraculous  time.

Ramzan world over
Evil curbed, evil cleansed
In thought, word and deed.

Fast, pray, forgive, feed
Purify  soul, inculcate
Gratitude, make peace.

Duty fulfilled
Solemn thanksgiving, as one
We share treats on Eid.




Miracle in Ramzan

Every year,  Ramzan, the obligatory month of fasting for Muslims, showers its profound blessings and reveals its amazing miracles. The year 2018 was no exception, but for me it became special. Ramzan was passing through June, and I, a Gemini (although not sure whether Castor or Pollux), was fasting on my birthday.

The weather was hot, and there was no chance of any party or family gathering happening, but  the Creator who made us always remembers. That is the miracle.

It was my special day, the 20th of June, just a few minutes before ‘Iftaar’. It was the opening meal time of the fast. The sun began to set, and darkness gradually engulfed the twilight. My thoughts began to turn the pages of memories.

I saw my parents with presents, a friend’s surprise party, and my mother-in-law coming from another city with a gift box tied with a broad red ribbon. The I saw my own children with a homemade cake. I looked around me, but there was no one, only silence.

With a sigh I raised my hands to pray, when suddenly I heard a loud banging on the gate. A man holding a large covered tray was standing outside. Quietly he handed it over. Once inside, I removed the covers, and I beheld two large pieces of caramel sponge cake, some dates, and some pieces of fruit cut in a small bowl.

The Almighty remembered me. It was His gift. The man who brought the tray had no knowledge of my birthday, nor did the family that sent him. He came from some house in the neighbourhood, and he never ever showed up again.

I cried with gratitude and happiness. The muezzin began the call for prayer. The fast was over.
I celebrated my birthday in holy light.

Kashmir, Migrant Pakistani. Educated at St Anne's Presentation Convent Rawalpindi.  MA in English Literature & American Studies. CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English Cambridge UK British Council  LSE.

Writing poems, articles and stories since 1980. Published  Poet. Won Poet of Merit Bronze Medal Semi Final  International Award 2000 USA.Worked as Creative Writer Teacher Trainer. Educational Consultant  by Profession. Freelance Writer.

 

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