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Ramzan nights (around Charminar)

To describe the Ramzan experience around Charminar as a sensory overload would be an understatement. There is so much to see, feel, hear, smell , eat or even buy and take delight in. The experience might even leave you wiser in consumer behaviour too and render you incapable of bargaining because you are after all a “king” !

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All you need to make Sheer-Korma (apart from milk and sugar)
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The gentlemen around the shop assured everyone passing by that they would find the most fashionable designs here
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The only time I might be seen amidst so much bling!
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Daawat-e-Iftaar – when the fast is broken and the entire community eats together

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Makkah masjid 1
Iftar at the Makkah Masjid
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If you started out in the hope of a good bargain – he will certainly not entertain you!
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Still trying to figure out what pendel would mean.
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And the shopping and feasting continue into the night

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Mahboob Chowk Mosque

Mahboob Chowk is  slightly ahead of the Lad Bazaar area, and gets its name from the Nizam VI Mahboob Ali Pasha. It has a clock tower and mosque beyond it. The shops near the clock tower sell metallic decorative pieces, locks, tools, books.  The mosque was built in 1817 and has a definite old world character. The mosque is situated on the top floor, and at the lower level there are many shops that sell fruits, and food, naan and kebabs. The expenses of mosque are met by the rent paid by these vendors to the mosque committee. This is a tradition that has continued for many years.

On a days leading upto Eid-ul-Fitr,  I was in search of a place where an iftar party would occur and asked a few shop owners at Lad Bazaar. They informed me of a few places but the closest was at Mahboob Chowk mosque. I went to the mosque at the specified time and climbed the flight of stairs after asking if it was alright to do so. As I reached the topmost step I looked around to ask once again (just to be doubly sure).  A gentleman took my query and just as he was about to answer, the mosque lit up and he was awe -struck and gasped “mashaallaah”. As a monument, the mosque is neither huge nor grand in comparison to many others in the vicinity. But the festive mood and the time of the day(twilight) in addition to the illumination made it all the more charming. I took a few shots -(but I am yet to see a photograph that can give you goose-bumps). After I took a few pictures at the start of the Iftar party, I was invited to join them. Not quite sure if I should, I politely thanked them. They insisted I accept at least the dates. (Dates are often eaten to break the fast during Ramazan) I accepted, said my silent prayers and was grateful for the experience. Some experiences do not need a camera to document, and sometimes a camera is not capable of documenting entirely.

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Iftar

Iftar at Mahboob Chowk Mosque – Ramzan 2011

Text from wikipedia below:

Iftar (Arabic: إفطار‎), refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after Maghrib (sunset) time. Traditionally, a date is the first thing to be consumed when the fast is broken.

Many Muslims believe that feeding someone iftar as a form of charity is very rewarding and that it was practiced by Prophet Muhammad.

In places like Hyderabad, people break their fast with Haleem because it has a rich taste and is quite filling.

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