Chitral: The holy month of Ramadan has arrived. Every able muslim is supposed to observe fast from dawn to dusk during this month. However our religion also exempts certain people from observing the fast. Such people include travelers, ailing people, mensturating and breastfeeding women, children, the elderly, etc. It is unfortunate that no provision is made for facilitating such category of people during the holy month.
The journey from Peshawar to Chitral takes over eleven hours. but not a single restaurant or eatery is open on the entire route during Ramadan. This is against the teaching of Islam. Ramadan teaches compassion for all the section of people mentioned above. Ramadan is not about punishing people (naghooz u billah).
When a restaurateur was asked whether he would open his restaurant during Ramadan for those who are exempted from fasting, he said he would like to do it and in earlier days it was the practice but General Ziaul Haq came up with the extreme order of strict closure of eateries regardless of any consideration during Ramadan and the practice is being followed till date and no govt has the guts to undo Ziaul Haq’s unfair order.
The PTI govt led by Imran Khan should muster moral courage to follow the teaching of Islam and allow restaurants on travelling routes to be kept open for travelers and those exempted from fasting. That would be true service to Islam. .. CN report, 04 May 2019.