Ramzan and the Self-contradictory Practices on Social Media

Ramzan holds an important place in our hearts and it is celebrated as the second most prominent religious celebrations for Muslims. Fasting in Ramzan is not about restraining from food and water only but it is more about being kind, being patient, being moderate in our actions, food and spending.  Every hunger is to be curbed and every bad habit to quit in Ramzan. I see many people contradicting their words and actions. There are many things going wrong is Ramzan, for instance banning eating in many public shows people don’t really have a very strong faith and patience that comes with Ramzan and prices of all items surging high while the so-called Islamic state should ensure prices are controlled so every Muslim can do Iftar and Sehri as they should.

I would specifically like to talk about the contradictory behaviour of our Rozadars and the patience that is portrayed on social media only.  This dual behaviour starts on our print media, TV, ads and social media.  All the companies from detergent to cooking oil, from frozen food to soft drinks, every company target the viewers by making them see the religious goodness in their products. Everything is the same but given a religious touch to appeal to buyers. Our morning shows suddenly become religious and start preaching goodness, kindness and patience by replacing their modern sets with subtly Islamic themed sets and replacing the costumes with white kurtas and female hosts and guests covering heads with chadars. Behind this apparent bolstering of religion, the underlying message is clear; spend more, consume more, want more, and buy more. If the television is to be believed, watching it means more than anything else that induces patience in Rozadars.

The patience that should come with Ramzan has become restricted to social media only.  We like to do charity but don’t forget to put it in Instagram; we share Quranic verses but might not actually recite Quran in private, share quotes of patience and kindness but don’t actually follow them. Yesterday I was going to Mac Donald’s for Iftar and I could feel the impatience in the traffic, it was so visible, I felt the negativity and impatience every car trying to take over the other car to reach home and restaurants of their choices on Iftar time even my Careem captain was over speeding to get us to the destination before Azan and we had to ask him to slow down. Social media aside, we are not even patient as a state for banning on eating in public places. How weak are we that we are banning everyone so we don’t get instigated by someone eating in front of us who choose to fast.

It is precisely this kind of self-examination that unfortunately seems to be missing throughout the Holy Month. It is a moment of realization for us all; we strongly need to reflect on our actions, revise our values and practice patience in real life. We all can try to quit portraying things on social media for one month, I guess that is least we can do.