Locked inside homes and distanced from the community, is quarantined Ramazan a chance to redeem your spirituality in solace?

The well lit streets at dawn anchoring massive food stalls with variant foods and condiments, the flashing bazar with jittering crowd trying to get the best for their own, the hosting of lavish iftar parties and community collection among other traditions, experienced during the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, has all come to a halt! The mention of these outwardly expressive traditions is deliberately aimed, since we often lose to oblivion of the spiritual and introspective aspect to these material and capitalist needs during Ramazan. Not that celebration is a crime and missing those old days is sinful, but in times as dreadful as such, it wouldn’t hurt to minimise the celebratory side and be more introspective if one has the privilege of living in a house which allows to afford space and solace to retrospect.

Ramazan asks of you to do social distancing with evils of jealousy, lies, deceit, and to have a sense of control over your  instinctive desires. This lockdown shall be used to shield ourselves from the hypocrisy of duniyadari and use the time and distance to introspect the evils which lie within.

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From sunrise to sunset fasting (roza) without food and water, if you still don’t feel for the empty stomachs of those who fast perennially, and not out of choice, but circumstances, then you have learned nothing from this month. It’s still easier to crib and complain from the insides of your house when others who are subject to your living room discussions die outside. Zakat or charity is one of the five pillars of Islam and now more than ever humanity is calling for it. My mother always said, “Khuda (God) looks for your neeyat (intentions).” A lot of people are reaching out to help, one such is renowned journalist and author of Gujrat Files, Rana Ayyub.

What is also quite visible is a patriarchal approach where a determinant of the end of the world is indicated when mosques are not holding collective prayers for men. Like it’s beneath their dignity to offer prayer from inside which the women have been doing majorly since ages. Khuda isn’t confined to mosques. Offer your prayers from home which itself is a privilege to have. We now live in times where basics such as food, shelter, and education is even a privilege and it’s highly insensitive to hold your manner of praying or living superior to another.

Ignorance is abundant, maybe more than the spread of virus, use this month to live upto to what it truly stands for. This Ramazan use social distancing from this ignorance instead, understand your entitlement, and reach out to those in need!

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Umaima Khanam

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited Lady Shri Ram College for Women on the 20th of March 2014. Talking about morality, ethics and the idea of a healthy inner-self, he spoke on “Success, Ethics and Happiness”.

Initially scheduled to start at 12: 30, the spiritual leader arrived for the inauguration of the new academic complex at around 2 p.m. With the sound of the gong marking his arrival, he first inaugurated the Aung San Suu Kyi Centre for Peace and then the Dr. Bharat Ram Academic Complex. This was followed by the lecture in the auditorium.


During his address to the audience at LSR, His Holiness spoke of inner-wealth, stating that inner-happiness was above all material wealth. With the ideals of universal responsibility, compassion and altruism dominating the speech, he also focused on social responsibility. While speaking to the set of young girls, he emphasised the importance of the female community to create a better 21st century. He believes that they should play a more active role to bring compassion and empathy to the world. He also appreciated India’s secular framework, stating that it was the only nation in the world where people of all faiths and religion lived together.

Coming to ethics, he spoke of ethics being a necessity for a peaceful and happier world. He says, “Success requires ethics. Ethical life means honesty. Honesty brings trust. Trust brings friendship. Friendship brings unity. Unity leads to a more peaceful world”.


His ideas were followed by a series of questions that members of the audience wanted to bring about in the discussion. Students and faculty raised questions about the definition of success as well as questioned ideas of whether happiness could exist without spiritual belief. The religious leader says that even non-believers can be happy as long as there is awareness. On defining success, he stated that when at the end you are at peace and happy, that is success.



The event closed with the vote of thanks presented by the Students Union President of the college, Tanvi Bist. This was followed by Yashaswini Basu, the Cultural Secretary of the college presenting his holiness a long life prayer with the signature of students and it’s recital in Tibetan by the college students.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will also be visiting Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) on the 24th of March on the occasion of the college’s Annual Day.

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