Eid al-Fitr


sheeza khan



Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday marked by Muslims all over the world. This festivity is also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sweet Festival, the Sugar Feast and the Lesser Eid. Muslims all over the world celebrate it. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal. During this day, Muslims from all parts of the world come together in a show of unity and meeting of common goals.
The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) taught that Eid al-Fitr should be treated as a day of drinking, eating and remembering God. It is the time for thanking Allah for His sustenance, for He is the Best Sustainer. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, a season where Muslims refocus their lives and energies on seeking forgiveness and purification from Allah. Therefore, this means that Eid al-Fitr can also be taken to be a festivity of rejoicing because of the forgiveness and purification liberally given by Allah to the Islam devotees.
On the day of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims worldwide thank God for bequeathing them with the gift of fasting in which they abstained from intercourse, drink and food from dawn to dusk. They also thank God for the strength and grace that He supplied to them during the month-long fast. Muslims also take this time to appreciate Allah’s teaching of servitude and obedience.
Muslims replay the following lessons of Ramadan lest they forget. The lessons include:
1. Devoting self to Allah: Muslims kick off the Eid festivities at the break of dawn by taking a shower then attending the mosque for prayers and a sermon. This reminds the Muslim that Allah is to be praised at all times. The Eid festivities start with prayers because it is a religious holiday. At the mosque, the Muslims are allowed time to pray to Allah before a sermon is delivered from the Holy Qur’an.
2. Acknowledging the blessings of God in life and thanking Him for them: the whole essence of Eid is to celebrate the goodness of God with friends and family. Parents are encouraged to bestow good presents upon their children. Muslims are also engaged to put o their best clothes as a sign of appreciating the blessing and provision of Allah the Most Beneficent.
3. Remembering the needy and the less fortunate in the society: Aside from celebrating with family and friends, Muslims are also encouraged to share with the needy and the less fortunate in the society. It is recommended that the Muslims share food, clothes and other goodies with the poor before going to the Mosque on the day of Eid. Muslims have been known to be very charitable especially when it concerns the poor in their midst.
To Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is not merely a celebration but a religious festival meant to consummate ones devotion to the teachings and ways of God. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) teaches that Muslims should strive to fast another six days in the month of Shawwal to reinforce their devotion to Allah.

Posted: 2013-07-18

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