Iftar with Friends

Last Friday I had Iftar with varsity pals Shourav and Kanto and three of their school friends. We went to Captain's World, a recently popular place in Dhaka. Actually Shourav wanted to gather many more friends from AUST, but unfortunately only me and Kanto replied to his sms. Anyways, the Iftar was good, we didn't take any of the usual Iftar items like piaju, beguni (it always makes me wonder, why do these food items always make an entry in Ramadaan, and disappear for the rest of the year), instead we took tanduri chicken, nun, chicken broast, kabab and drinks. The food I admit, was pretty good, and we all enjoyed the time. The three guys from Kanto and Shourav's school I met for the first time there, and they were pretty friendly people.
One thing really hurt me in that place. They have made arrangements for Iftar, so that people can break their fast after having their stomachs empty for the whole day for the sake of Islam, while we were sitting there, recitation from the Holy Quran was playing, how religious minded this all may seem. But shockingly, they have no place for Salaat (Namaaz). The Maghrib azaan went off, everyone started eating, they've stayed hungry all day to fulfill a Farz of Islam, and yet 3 rakaats of Farz Salaat was going away begging, and no one seemed to care. Me and Shourav had to take an almost 10 minute walk to the mosque to perform our prayers. Really shocking to see the lack of knowledge and negligance about the Salaat within the common people. That only brings back the blame on us, those who understand, cuz it was our duty to make them understand, and we're not even trying.
Anyway, after having an otherwise great iftar, Shourav took to the steering wheels of his car to drop me and Kanto off to our places, and it was pretty amazing to see him drive so nice and cool through the extremely heavy rain that was going on in the night. Got back home well in time for Isha. I usually don't wanna go out for Iftar, so this one was a little different. It isn't that bad if you can get back in time (and if you can find a good place to pray).


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