The mesmerizing sweet sound of Azan during Ramadaan makes me emotional as I just cant stop thinking as to how beautifully our cultures have merged in our country !
I always look forth to visiting one such melting pot – “Minara Masjid lane” for my Iftaari walk during that period. Simply by being a part of the festivities and fervor elevates my spirits. The mood at Minara Masjid aka Mohammad Ali Road transcends religion and creed.
During the Ramdaan of 2018 I stepped out with a friend to enjoy the gastronomical delights of Mohd. Ali Road but we reached a bit too early. We were fortunate to hear the Prayers at Minara Masjid just before the ‘Roza’ was being ended for that Jumma day , Friday the 1st June. It was amazing to see that the hustle bustle of the street come to a standstill. Everyone just stopped where they were and heard the Azan in Awe !
The eateries and the restaurants requested us to wait till 7:15 pm because they wanted to first serve the people who were observing ‘Roza’. It was an absolute delight to see that all others(non-fasters), willingly agreed to this request.
We witnessed ladies , Gents and kids having the fruits and then the food to break the Fast. It was a touching moment to see how they all got together and shared the food from a common dish/plate. One word which could describe the atmosphere was ‘Harmony’.
We bumped into two more friends of ours who shared the same excitement and made the experience all the more wonderful & memorable. We then moved on and after a while treated ourselves to Hyderabadi Haleem with freshly baked hot Paos, Chicken Masala with Rumali Roti, Nalli Nihari with Rumali Roti accompanied with chilled Thumps up and Sprite to give a respite to the sultry weather which had rendered all of us totally wet.
The Iftaari walk culminated with gobbling the Rabdi which was served in Desi Kullhad .