[QODLink]
In Pictures
In Pictures: Ramadan in Kashmir
As Ramadan is observed with religious fervor, preparations to mark last phase have begun in India-administered Kashmir.
Last updated: 24 Jul 2014 16:37
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Religious chants 'Afsoos Aze Gowham Judaa, Aiy Mahi Ramzaan Alvida' - My heart is full of sorrow, Oh! The month of Ramadan, today we part! - are common in the mosques and shrines of India-administered Kashmir during the last phase of Ramadan.

A region that has a majority Muslim population, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is observed with religious zest and fervour throughout.

"The holy Quran was sent to this world during these last days of Ramadan. Jumat ul-Vida, the last Friday of Ramadan comes in the last ten days, which is the best day of the year," said Syed Rehman Shamas, an Islamic scholar.

In this month, markets in Kashmir are decked out in their festive avatar. Dates imported from different parts of the world sell like hot cakes.

An old saying is that Kashmiris eat more in the holy month of Ramadan than during the rest of the year, so consumption of large quantities of chicken, mutton and fruits in households are natural during this month.

Special sweet dishes like Phirni and Halwa made of ghee (clarified butter) are prepared for breaking the day-long fast.

But, in this disputed Himalayan region, which has been wracked by decades-old conflict, families that have suffered and lost their family members celebrate differently.

The conflict has left the breadwinners of many families dead or missing. Most of these families cannot even afford a basic meal for Iftaar or Sehri (meal eaten before fasting).

A large number of widows and half-widows (wives of the disappeared) depend on alms and the generosity of people during the month which is also known as 'Sharul Mawasaat' - the month of mutual feeling and compassion, says Shamas.

Special prayers are also held during this month seeking the end of conflict and the return of peace to the region.


/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

A Kashmiri Muslim woman at the entrance of the shrine of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani - a Sufi saint, also known as Shah-e-Hamadan or King of Hamadan, Iran - who travelled to Kashmir from Iran in 1372 to spread Islam in the region.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Two elderly Kashmiri Muslim men recite the Quran in a local mosque in Kashmir. A scene like this is common in mosques, shrines and homes in the month of Ramadan.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

A girl plays while elders pray at the lawns of Hazratbal shrine in the summer capital, Srinagar. Children celebrate Ramadan in their own way; they pray with elders and relish the delicacies.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Women offer night time prayers at a local mosque.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

The month of Ramadan includes many important commemorations, most significant of which is the Laylat ul-Qadr - the night of power. Muslims believe the first verse of the Quran was revealed on this night.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Men relaxing after the night prayers at Khanqah-e-Moula shrine in Srinagar, the summer capital of India-administered Kashmir.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Women pray at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. Jamia Masjid, Kashmir's Grand Mosque, was built by Sultan Sikander in 1400 AD, and remains one of the oldest mosques in Kashmir.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

People read at least one chapter of the Quran every day, so that by the end of Ramadan all the 30 chapters are completed.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

A man reading the holy Quran inside the shrine of Sufi saint, Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoomi in Srinagar. Kashmir is also called Pir Vaer, Garden of Sufis, where Sufis and Islamic scholars were instrumental in the spread of Islam.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

A shopkeeper sells different types of dates and other food items used in Iftaar (breaking of the fast).



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Distribution of milk, dates and juice on roadsides is a common sight at the time of Iftaar in Kashmir.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Children waiting in a queue for Iftaar meals at Rahat Manzil, an orphanage in Srinagar. Kashmir has witnessed a rise in the number of conflict-related orphans.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

A family gathers for Iftaar in Srinagar. Preparing Ramadan delicacies is an art and takes women a long time to prepare.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Naseema Akhtar, 30 and her daughter Shazia Anwar, 13 at their one-room house in the old city of Srinagar await the call to break fast. Naseema's husband, Syed Anwar, is among some 8,000 people who have disappeared in the restive region. The family manages to survive on charity and donations.



/Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Amir Kabir, 22, lost his eyesight to pellets fired by Indian police during the 2010 civil unrest. Kabir says he misses the night prayers of Ramadan and the food is tasteless without eyesight.




Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
images:
/mritems/images/2014/7/24/201472464659648445_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/201472464659961427_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246470148835_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246470352215_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246470617289_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246470820686_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246471383520_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246471633875_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246472477264_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246472820644_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246473555943_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246473992406_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246474398552_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/20147246474758928_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/7/24/2014724647555942_8.jpg
captions:

A Kashmiri Muslim woman at the entrance of the shrine of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani - a Sufi saint, also known as Shah-e-Hamadan or King of Hamadan, Iran - who travelled to Kashmir from Iran in 1372 to spread Islam in the region.

;*;

Two elderly Kashmiri Muslim men recite the Quran in a local mosque in Kashmir. A scene like this is common in mosques, shrines and homes in the month of Ramadan.

;*;

A girl plays while elders pray at the lawns of Hazratbal shrine in the summer capital, Srinagar. Children celebrate Ramadan in their own way; they pray with elders and relish the delicacies.

;*;

Women offer night time prayers at a local mosque.

;*;

The month of Ramadan includes many important commemorations, most significant of which is the Laylat ul-Qadr - the night of power. Muslims believe the first verse of the Quran was revealed on this night.

;*;

Men relaxing after the night prayers at Khanqah-e-Moula shrine in Srinagar, the summer capital of India-administered Kashmir.

;*;

Women pray at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. Jamia Masjid, Kashmir(***)s Grand Mosque, was built by Sultan Sikander in 1400 AD, and remains one of the oldest mosques in Kashmir.

;*;

People read at least one chapter of the Quran every day, so that by the end of Ramadan all the 30 chapters are completed.

;*;

A man reading the holy Quran inside the shrine of Sufi saint, Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoomi in Srinagar. Kashmir is also called Pir Vaer, Garden of Sufis, where Sufis and Islamic scholars were instrumental in the spread of Islam.

;*;

A shopkeeper sells different types of dates and other food items used in Iftaar (breaking of the fast).

;*;

Distribution of milk, dates and juice on roadsides is a common sight at the time of Iftaar in Kashmir.

;*;

Children waiting in a queue for Iftaar meals at Rahat Manzil, an orphanage in Srinagar. Kashmir has witnessed a rise in the number of conflict-related orphans.

;*;

A family gathers for Iftaar in Srinagar. Preparing Ramadan delicacies is an art and takes women a long time to prepare.

;*;

Naseema Akhtar, 30 and her daughter Shazia Anwar, 13 at their one-room house in the old city of Srinagar await the call to break fast. Naseema(***)s husband, Syed Anwar, is among some 8,000 people who have disappeared in the restive region. The family manages to survive on charity and donations.

;*;

Amir Kabir, 22, lost his eyesight to pellets fired by Indian police during the 2010 civil unrest. Kabir says he misses the night prayers of Ramadan and the food is tasteless without eyesight.

Daylife ID:
7179461beaadb0eb47a1fcfd93f96afc
Photographer:
;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;
Image Source:
Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera;*;Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
Gallery Source:
Daylife
Daylife Raw Data:
Ramadan in Kashmirhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmiren-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:44:56 GMT http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/cda18f664a9639aeba843e1355860b16http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/cda18f664a9639aeba843e1355860b16Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/60c1fdaf12950cb9bbdafc059ce044eahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/60c1fdaf12950cb9bbdafc059ce044eaShowkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/9ab477cf958220e1198d0120c6b0cf18http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/9ab477cf958220e1198d0120c6b0cf18Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/f9a8be1ba1c2102c291e58102d2052b5http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/f9a8be1ba1c2102c291e58102d2052b5Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/1121260c6a514d29160e91aa81510c1fhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/1121260c6a514d29160e91aa81510c1fShowkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/d856cddaff9a80acc0e3fa0e2b8aa40ahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/d856cddaff9a80acc0e3fa0e2b8aa40aShowkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/da68486e814832f1274bbe614bd75505http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/da68486e814832f1274bbe614bd75505Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/849e5402f54f10e2b5d73ae0d0bf4584http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/849e5402f54f10e2b5d73ae0d0bf4584Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/66b2530f2be19643947796d1ba1f27c7http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/66b2530f2be19643947796d1ba1f27c7Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/68703c413235914fc44ba1fe44d42663http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/68703c413235914fc44ba1fe44d42663Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/f9dbf1f972a8f78792a997bd7ccf0697http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/f9dbf1f972a8f78792a997bd7ccf0697Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/7c1a2bae9fbb939061b356cced460d77http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/7c1a2bae9fbb939061b356cced460d77Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/181be4a52b07626bd407793be16417efhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/181be4a52b07626bd407793be16417efShowkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/d0805b6f27f75b5f43db960d52106c85http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/d0805b6f27f75b5f43db960d52106c85Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/5cd57ec14bb38fe54fb50d5c9426d3c7http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_in_Kashmir/slideshow/no-caption/5cd57ec14bb38fe54fb50d5c9426d3c7Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera

Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.