And Ramzaan Mubarak.. oh hell!!! It shud be Ramadan Mubarak… isn’t it? well, so that’s wat many in India have started… not only the common crowd, but also a large part of the media has been bitten by the RamaDan bug… I personally find it quite irritating wen someone (who’s Indian) comes up to me and says ‘Ramadan’… of course, Keralites aren’t included.. they belong to an altogether different planet…. Which is related (if at all related to anything) only to GELF… (gulf.. malayalis pronounce it ‘gelf’)…
Today, while I was browsing the net for some good stuff.. any good stuff… I came across this little piece written by Farzana Versey… who’s a Muslim and is very much an Indian. The name of her site is Red Room.. you can search it on the net if you want…. I’m not goin to link it though…
So, this Ms. Farzana had the same thing to say….why on Earth have Indians started wishing each other ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ (even… Ramadan Kareem sometimes) wen from ages and ages it had been Ramzaan.
While I don’t agree with the lady on most things (for e.g. her take on ‘Ummah’), I can very well understand her. It’s the same thing that irritates me as well..” the killing of a totally harmless culture in the name of Islam.”
Like another reader pointed out, there’s no harm in saying ‘Ramadan’.. not at all… but then again, wats the harm in saying ‘Ramzaan’???? and if ‘Ramzaan’ is by no means harming my faith, or the faith of the millions of Muslims in India and all the more Muslims living worldwide… why do I need to change it or rather ‘rectify’ it to a more Arabic form????
Ramzaan is the way I pronounce it… this is my accent… my language.. my culture… y do I need to substitute it wid something which people in the middle east say? (as also the millions of White ladies who have married Arabs and somehow claim their rights over everything Arab!!!) I am Muslim Alhamdulillah… AND I am Indian Alhamdulillah. I am not an Arab even remotely… so y do I bother myself with Arab pronounciations????or whatever you wud call this difference?
I totally hate it wen people try to make ‘Arab’ synonymous to ‘Muslim’…. No, dear people.. these two words are different…. Very different… likewise I hate it wen people jump on ur head saying that this shudn be done and that shudn be done (even if it’s not beyond the fold of Islam) coz Huzur S.A.W and His Family had never done it..For all yoy and I can say…. Huzur S.A.W didn’t even wear pants… and the Ladies… they didn’t wear salwar kameez and dupatta… they didn’t use electricity… and they definitely didn’t eat canned food. While these things have become quite…mmmm.. we can say.. ‘global’ , we are willing to accept it, but anything that is still limited to India or the subcontinent… people grow claws with long nails to scratch at those things…
This is another of those ‘It-wud-be-hilarious-were-it-not-so-infuriating’ moments.
Saying that a boy and a gal cant get married if the many many customs including the ‘maang-bharna’ and the ‘muh-dikhayi’ and the blah blah aren’t done .. Is wrong.
In Islam, there is no need for any nautanki….there shud preferably be no nautanki.
But, let us assume we choose to do it all… wat goes so totally wrong? I haven’t gone against any of the Islamic rules.. yes, I have been extravagant… but then why don’t You first drop the idea of buying a Benz? Before you tell me that Indian marriages are extravagant and SO they are against Islam!
A lot of things that we do are similar to wat the Hindus do.. and that’s coz we r the same people.. u see… we have the same history and geography and economics…. 95% of our ancestors were Hindus… and even after they left idolatory.. they cudn leave a lot of their customs… and well.. big deal!!!
And just like people tend to question our customs.. they have also started influencing the way we speak…. Like I told, the lady mentioned ‘Ummah’ and this word is absolutely correct… the only thing is that a large section of the people say ‘Ummat’ or ‘Ummati’… similarly…. We say ‘Sunnat’ of the Prophet.. not ‘Sunnah’….
We say ‘Hadees’ and not ‘Hadith’……we use ‘Shareef’ and ‘Paak’ in most of the places even though Muslims from other parts of the world don’t use any such thing. Like we say, Kaaba Shareef and Qur’an Paak, but other Muslims don’t.
‘Huzur’, a word which we use for Prophet Muhammad is also an Urdu word and I’d be surprised if an American or Polish Muslim were to call Huzur by this name.
And I don’t know if ‘janamaaz’ is used by other groups of people or not… but well, we have always used ‘janamaaz’ for the prayer mat.. (in my post on ‘Diary Of A Social Butterfly’ I had mentioned how happy I was to read this word in the buk, since I hardly read it anywhere else) but now people seem to be replacing it wid ‘musalla’.. (I don’t know which of the two words is Arabic… I have just noticed this shift)
And the most common difference is …….. that Indians….. 99.99% of Indians say ‘Namaaz’ and not ‘salaah’ or ‘Salat’……
All these words, ‘Sunnah’, ‘Salaah’ etc.. are correct.. in fact, they may be The Correct Words.. but by pronouncing words in a slitely different way, do we become any lesser Muslim than the others?
Then why do we always show this strange behaviour of reading and writing the way we see ‘certain’ people doing?
Reading the Qur’an Paak in a better way is an entirely different issue…
I wud never mind anyone trying to read out the Quranic words in the most appropriate way.. but changing ur daily speech to something else… I really don’t understand the need for it…………..
There is a totally different dimension to the issue of Islamic differences wen it comes to Kerala… my little stay in Kerala has taught me a lot bout this exalted group of people (am being sarcastic.. in case you didn’t get it) and I think that shud be kept aside for another post at a later time.
For now, I can only say that…. U r free to say anything.. ‘Ramadan’ or ‘Ramazaan’….. coz wat u say doesn’t matter as much as whether or not u r fasting…. (Farzana is not fasting).. whether or not u r wiling to obey Allah’s commandments and live up to them.
I don’t think if I read the Qur’an in a horrible tone… if I take half an hour to read a single page of the Qur’an or if I pronounce every Arabic word in a way that makes it sound like Swahili……. I don’t think doing any such thing wud irk God as much as it wud irk God if I were to disobey that which is actually written.
U r free to switch over to Ramadan.. but I have said Ramzaan for the past 21 years 9 months and a few days of my life..
I am ready to change even the strongest of my beliefs if they go against Islam.
Does saying ‘Ramzaan’ go against Islam? Does it cause Allah to flare up and wud it have crushed the heart of my Prophet had He heard it???????????
Ramzaan Mubarak to all…
Have a Blessed 16th Roza tomorrow!
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