When The Goofy Gora Did A Roza In Ramadan

By Novid Shaid, 2011

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When this Goofy Gora did a roza once in Ramadan,

He fasted so well, he made us all feel real bad.

He took it so seriously that we thought he was mad,

this Goofy Gora who did a roza in Ramadan.

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His name was John, a goofy, grinning, IT man,

said he was intrigued by Pakistan

by the people, their customs and their mysterious lands

so he said he’d do a roza in Ramadan.

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We gave him some books to help him understand

And he said: “You’re the best colleagues that I’ve ever had!”

He read all the books with such enthusiasm,

that now he knew more than us on Ramadan!

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So he got up for sehri and ate some porridge and bran

learnt the dua for the roza like a Musalman.

He asked us about sehri, we struggled, to which he began:

“In the book it says sehri is sunnah in Ramadan.”

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Later in the office, working, starving and mad,

We mumbled and grumbled about our local imam,

But the Goofy Gora cried: “hey, listen lads!

No ghiba in your roza in Ramadan!”

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During our lunch, we rushed out for the Zohr jamaat

down the local masjid, it was a little bit far.

Then while we were walking, the Gora stopped by in his car:

“I’ll give you a lift; for the sake of Ramadan.”

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When the day had ended, the Goofy Gora looked sad

Coz we all decided to meet in a restaurant

To open our roza together as the likely lads

Forgetting to invite the Gora with his roza in Ramadan.

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Later that night, we all dreamt of a terrible man,

With hooded cloak and mean like the guardians of Azkaban,

He stood like a giant, looking menacing and grand.

Then he thundered, giving us all a powerful command:

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“Your Lord He loves your Goofy Gora who fasts in Ramadan,

And for the sake of him, He will not punish your manners so bad,

Take a lesson from him, look after your rozas in Ramadan,

He’s the greatest friend that you could ever have!”

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The next day at work, struck to silence and regretful calm,

one by one we asked one another about our dream of the man,

when we realised the truth we dropped our heads feeling damned.

coz there was no sign of the Goofy Gora who did a roza in Ramadan.

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When we asked our boss, he said, he didn’t understand,

the gora phoned him late at night and said he was going away real far,

He never came back, and we learned a lesson so hard,

To do our rozas like the Goofy Gora in Ramadan.

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Until during one year, we all attended a biyaa’

One of the lads was getting married back in Pakistan

We all headed there quite sombre, now we were all like mullahs,

But deep within we felt shame for the Gora and his roza in Ramadan.

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We got to the wedding in this village, in the pind of Punjab,

Where we saw something so crazy, we couldn’t understand

For who was performing the nikah for this girl and our lad?

No other than the Goofy Gora who did a roza in Ramadan!

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We watched him in shock, for this was completely bizarre!

He stood there reciting Arabic like he came from Arabia,

On his head a shining turban, and for dress, a kurta

The one and only Goofy Gora with the roza in Ramadan.

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After the nikah, we approached him from afar

He recognised us, smiling broadly like we were long lost yaars

We all embraced and still couldn’t believe he was the gora

That same Goofy Gora who did a roza in Ramadan.

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“Thanks again!” he said, ”for those books by Abdul Qadir of Jilan

I liked them so much, I travelled to study here in Pakistan,

I learnt so much knowledge here, that now they’ve made me Imam,

I’ve even learned the local dialect of the Punjab

Mei tossee ke faluda kelaasaa as now it’s not Ramadan

And let’s not dwell on the past but this is how it all began

You gave me some books, because I did a roza once in Ramadan!”

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Notes:

gora: Urdu/Punjabi expression for white/English person

roza: Urdu word for fast, abstaining from food/water

sehri: Urdu word for pre-dawn meal before beginning the fast

biyaa: Northern Punjabi for wedding ceremony

pind: Northern Punjabi for village

kurta: long tunic worn traditionally by Asians in the Indo-Pak region.

yaars: friend in Urdu

Mei…kelaasa: Northern Punjabi, “I will buy you a faluda (sweetened milk drink/popular dessert in Pakistan”)

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About Novid Shaid

I am a Muslim writer and English teacher. I have written poetry, short stories, a play, and I am currently working on a novella. My subject matter and themes are related to Islam, Sufism, politics and also my job as a secondary school teacher. My work is copyrighted and any works published here may not used or copied without my prior consent. You can contact me via the "Contact Me" page, if you wish to use any these writings. I am keen to gain the notice of publishers and if any are interested in my writings, please contact me via the "Contact Me" page. Was salaam, Peace

5 thoughts on “When The Goofy Gora Did A Roza In Ramadan

  1. You are a Genius Alhamdulillah….. May Allah Preserve you,increase u in Knowledge,Strengthen your Eemaan and make u shining light in society for all to benefit from.

  2. smile on the outside makes one smile within… (most people think it only works the other way round ssshhhh…)

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