Muslims Look Forward to EID-UL-FITR Celebrations as Ramadhan Ends

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

"In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”

An air of excitement has gripped the entire Muslim world with the end of Ramadhan in sight. Here in Turkey the curtains on this holy and auspicious month will come down at sunset on Sunday 1st May, 2022. The following day, this will trigger the celebration of EID-UL-FITR, the spiritual, joyous and one of the most important festivals in Islam.
In other parts of the world, EID-UL-FITR will be celebrated on Tuesday 3rd May, 2022 due to these countries sighting the crescent a day later.

Ramadhan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is the most revered and deeply spiritual month of fasting. During this blessed month, Muslims are put to a stern test of complete abstinence from food, water and sexual relations from before dawn to dusk for a month purely for the sake of submitting themselves for the pleasure of their Lord, Almighty Allah.

In so submitting, the sons of Adam, regardless of their background, creed, societal position, race etc. are able to rekindle and strengthen the relationship with their Creator in a manner which leads them to the straight path and ultimate salvation in the next life. This is part of the significance and blessings of the Holy month.

The month of Ramadhan undoubtedly leaves a believer with great lessons to ponder over which include patience, abstinence and ability to restrain and withhold one’s self.
The observance and celebration of EID-UL-FITR is primarily designed as an opportunity for Muslims to take spiritual stock and offer gratitude by recognizing the mercies and blessings of the Holy month just passed and striving to maintain the relationship built with their Creator, improved and rejuvenated as a result of the fast.

The religious customs of the EID-UL-FITR festival thus reflect this overarching objective of celebrating mercies and blessings received and the general submission of the believer to the Most Merciful.

A key feature of the EID-UL-FITR festival is attending the special congregational prayers and sermon held in the morning after sunrise, where Muslims worship and thank Allah together. This practice encourages Muslims to congregate, thus displaying and giving a sense of appreciation to the concept of universal brotherhood which Islam promotes.
After the prayers and sermon, believers are found sincerely and joyfully embracing one another, emphasizing unity and love within the community.

It was also a common practice of Prophet Mohammed’s (Peace Be Upon Him) disciples to greet one another by saying, "May God accept from us and from you the pious deeds we have performed,” which leaves us a lesson of accountability. It’s not just obeying Allah’s command but it is about the duty being fulfilled becoming ACCEPTED in the eyes of our Creator.

There are several customs that are observed on this day. Muslims are required to cloth and present themselves in the best manner, appealing in their appearance and actions. They also partake in a sweet dish in the morning. This is to imbue upon them the feeling and disposition of purity and celebration.

Another religious tradition is spending on charity, and particularly observing the mandatory charity called the "SADAQATUL FITR’’ which acts as a purification for any shortcomings that occur while fasting. By giving alms to the poor and needy, it also allows them to share in the celebration of EID-UL-FITR.
Muslims are also encouraged, where possible, to be expansive and generous in spending on their families and the people in general.

A much emphasized tradition is visitation to the cemetery to pray for those who have left this world. Amidst the euphoria of the celebrations, this practice serves as a solemn reminder of our mortality, that nothing in this life is permanent, and that we will all inevitably return to our Lord at some point. Muslims will therefore be mindful of this fact which influences their actions during the day and in general throughout their lives.

Similarly, visiting the sick and weak in the community to offer solidarity, prayers and comfort is recommended on EID-UL-FITR. Islam teaches us that the needs of the sick and weak in society must not be neglected, and Muslims are required to practice on this regularly.

Then of course, both Muslims and non-Muslims can look forward to the enjoyment of sumptuous food and delicacies! It is forbidden to fast during EID-UL-FITR so the sharing of food and delicacies with relatives, loved ones and friends will be a common feature in many a Muslim household. In this way, the ties of kinship brotherhood and comradery are further strengthened.

The celebration of completing the month of fasting which EID-UL-FITR represents culminates with giving thanks and glorifying our Creator for His countless bounties and mercies. It is a reminder for Muslims and indeed for all humankind to be grateful for our existence, sustenance and blessings, regardless of our circumstances.
EID-UL-FITR is part of this required gratefulness and we ask Almighty Allah for His forgiveness and mercy for our shortcomings.

By Haroon Ghumra and Suleman Limbada (Joint Authors) From Lusaka - ZAMBIA




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