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Kashmir shopkeepers witness surge in sale of dry fruits during Ramadan

Srinagar, Aug.8 (ANI): Shopkeepers in Jammu and Kashmir are witnessing a surge in the sale of dry fruits, during the holy month of Ramadan, resulting in an increase in prices.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Hijri Lunar calendar, honours the revelation of the holy Koran to Prophet Muhammad, and has traditionally been a time of religious abstinence.

Shopkeepers said the sale of dry fruits increases during Ramadan, as people use dry fruits to make sweets in their homes at the time of Iftar, or fast breaking.

“As most of the people observe Roza during this month, so the sale of dry fruits increases, because sweets are made in homes using dry fruits during Iftar. So, the sale of dry fruits has increased,” said Sajad Ahmad, a shopkeeper.

Shop owners have been earning a quick buck or two, as Muslims throng the city’s markets to make their purchases.

During this month, Muslims do not consume food or water from dawn to dusk. They have a Sehri, or a small pre-dawn meal, and an Iftar, or a breaking of the fast, at dusk.

According to the Koran, it is a considered to be a Sunnah practice to break the fast by eating dates and drinking water.

Shopkeepers explained that dry fruits are beneficial for health and are very nutritious.

“Dry fruits have lots of benefits. They are nutritious and good for health. During Ramadan, people suffer with weakness as they keep fast for the whole day, so dry fruits are beneficial for their health,” said another shopkeeper, Yousuf Khan.

One of the five pillars of Islam is fasting during Ramadan, which teaches discipline.

Muslims spend major part of the month praying, reciting from the holy Koran and giving alms.

It is believed that observing Roza for 30 days or 29 days (depending upon the sighting of moon) secures an individual a place in heaven and also brings them face to face with Allah-the Almighty-on the day of Qayamat (The day of Judgement).

This year Ramadan commenced from Friday (July 20) and would conclude with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr on August 20 (depending on the sighting of moon). (ANI)