Consistent with it's traditions and in conformity with Baba's oft repeated dictum that all roads lead to the same Hilltop,Holy Quranic verses resonated throughout the Prasanthi precincts this evening when hundreds of men and women from Region 94 of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations - Worldwide, comprising the Middle East and Gulf countries assembled here with the greeting of 'Ramadan Mubarak'
The word Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word Ramida, meaning scorching heat and dryness, symbolic of fire of hunger and thirst at a physical level while spiritually it connotes an intense spiritual yearning.
The programme for the evening reflected this sentiment with a mix of songs, commentary and narrations on Islamic Culture and interactive (recorded) conversations presenting what entails the Holy Month.
The programme commenced with greetings followed by a brief introduction about the Five Pillars Of Islam. The Five Pillars are Shahada, declaration of faith in Allah, as One God and Mohammed as His final messenger, Salah, the five-time prayer offered as per Islamic faith, month-long fast observed, and Hajj, the fourth pillar, holy pilgrimage to Holy Mecca and the fifth and final Pillar is Zakat, charity offered during the holy month as the very religion is based on love and surrender.
Soulful rendering continued, some in Arabic, tuned to popular Indian devotional numbers. The songs were Azaan..., Alla Tero Naam..., Anta Bahural Hubbi..., Suno Ramazaan Ki Dastaan..., Indama Tafshal..., Chahe Ram Kaho Rahman Kaho..., Moula Moula Moula Mere Moula..., Love All Serve All - Listen To The Call Of The Lord etc. Even as the songs continued, it was intertwined with commentary and narrations speaking about the significance of fasting, abstaining from evils, walking the righteous path, importance of charity etc.
The pilgrims ended their programme on a high note with a refrain, Love All Serve All, singing this final composition in English exhorting all to "Love All Serve All" and "Listen To The Call Of The Lord" -