SRINAGAR - Seizing on the holy fasting month of Ramadan to promote Islamic values, courses are being organized for Kashmiri Muslim women to know more about their faith and religious duties.
Currently we don't have such institutions which would cater to females so we planned to create the facility for short term course and things picked up, Muslim scholar Adnan Nadwi told Greater Kashmir website.
Nadwi's wife has championed the idea of organizing courses for Muslim women during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.Drummers Light Kashmir Ramadan
Organizers say the courses, which have been witnessing an unusual surge in the number of attendees, aim to educate such daughters, sisters and other female folk who aspire to know more about Islamic values.
Nadwi is a commerce graduate who did his specialization in Islamic studies from the prestigious Nudwatul Ulema Lucknow.
His wife, who is offering the courses, is also alumni of the women wing of the Nudwatul Ulema.
Kashmir Muslims celebrated the beginning of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, on Saturday, July 21.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
The sick and those traveling are exempt from fasting especially if it poses health risks.
Kashmir is divided into two parts and ruled by India and Pakistan, which have fought two of their three wars since the 1947 independence over the region.
Pakistan and the UN back the right of the Kashmir people for self-determination, an option opposed by New Delhi.
The courses were prompted by the belief among Kashmiri women that they are wasting their time in Ramadan for preparing iftars, instead of dedicating it for prayers.
But at the classes, scholars tell attendees that the time dedicated for family are not wasted as they help in preparing iftar for fasting people, which is of great reward in Islam.
My outlook has changed a lot after attending the informative classesâ¦ I never knew all this, a woman medico from south City, who has been attending the classes, said.
For women there's even spiritual reward for mopping and cleaning utensils provided we know the Islamic way of doing it.
Fasting is meant to teach Muslims patience, self-control and spirituality, and time during the holy month is dedicated for getting closer to Allah though prayers, reading the Noble Qur'an and good deeds.
During Ramadan, Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint and good deeds.The majority of Muslims prefer to pay Zakah for the poor and needy during the month.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net