Last weekend, it was a hot and humid Saturday when my friend called to ask if I would be interested in joining him for a food walk in Jama Masjid. As a lover of non vegetarian food, I could not say no, more so since we were going to Jama Masjid during Ramadan.
Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims around the world. Prophet Mohammed said that when Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven open, the devils are chained and the gate to hell is closed. It was during this month, when on a night known as Laylat al Qadr (The Night of Power) that the first verse of the Quran was revealed by GOD to Mohammed.
So all Muslims, except for the elderly or sick or small kids, fast from sunrise to sunset as part of a spiritual discipline. They have only one meal, Suhoor before the sunrise and Iftar directly after sunset. The interim period is for study of Quran, extra prayers, increased charity and generosity. After the month of fasting is over, comes a 3 day long festival Eid ul-Fitr (kind of Christmas for Muslims).
In the evening after the call for prayer, they break their fast. Jama Masjid in the walled city of Delhi and its surroundings acquire a festive look and people enjoy very good food preparations some of which are prepared exclusively during this time.
Whether you are fasting or not, you are welcome to enjoy the best food on offer. Like a very refreshing drink, called Pyar Mohbbat Maza (Love n enjoy) made out of milk, Rooh Afza, water with tiny pieces of Watermelon in it, available only during Ramadan.