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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Eid Al-Fitr 2012: The day of reward for Muslims is finally here

By MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH JAVED


Eid Al-Fitr 2012 is finally here. The month of fasting is ending today or tomorrow. The believers across the world observed Ramadan with utmost care and tried to follow the teachings of Allah and His Prophet as best as they could. Not just they refrained from eating and other worldly pleasures that are completely halal during the rest of the year, they also ensured that they prayed more and spent a lot more on poor during the month of Ramadan.

As Allah (SWT) has promised unusually high reward for people who spend on poor during this holy month, Muslims also try their best to spend as much as possible on the poor people of our society.

Their charity is not just limited to zakat, the obligatory 2.5 percent that every well to do Muslim has to give as charity. Many Muslim men and women spend on poor whatever they had saved during the year or a major part of it, thus helping other Muslims and non-Muslim brothers and sisters.

Tomorrow, the dusk will not be the same. It will, God willing, raise the curtain from the month of Ramadhan. With the advent of Shawwal, we will celebrate one of the happiest days of our life, Eid al-Fitr. Happy Eid al-Fitr, may Allah accept our acts of devotion and prayers. Aameen

Just remember the blessings of the graceful month that passed. It all started with the sighting of moon which bid adieu to the month of Shabaan and welcomed Ramadhan. Now after a month of intense training we have been assigned with a phenomenal task of purification of self and development of talents. The task begins along with the celebration of Eid. The process of purification and development requires both individual and collective efforts and inter-personal and intra-personal efforts in order to make the entire humanity beneficial with what we have been bestowed.

LET’S FOCUS CELEBRATION FIRST

Generally the way one celebrates his festival or any happy occasion reflects the tradition and culture he follows. The traditional values, in turn, reveal the basic teachings of that particular religion. The religion of Fitr (original nature) – Islam – taught us to rejoice with Allah in view; celebration is absolutely incomplete if Allah is not remembered. If He is born in mind, the festivity limits to the extent of joy, never allows a person to transgress. The people around find a true way of expressing joy; they never get hurt with the behavioral attitude of the persons engaged in celebration.

HOW TO CELEBRATE EID AL-FITR?

The way we have been ordained to celebrate the event has ‘remembrance of Allah’ at its nucleus. Obviously every beneficial thing is a favour of Allah as the Qur’ān mentions (An-Nahl: 53). Allah has showered the moments of happiness; without His remembrance the celebration lacks luster. The hearts should be filled with complementary feelings and the tongue must acknowledge the words of appreciation. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) has taught us to say Takbeer (glorification) while on the way to the prayer ground (Eidgah):

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La ilaha ill-lal-lah. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Wa-lilahill hamd.

Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no God but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises be to Allah.

Offering of Salaatul Eid in congregation in an open place is highly preferable except in case of bad weather like rains. Usage of two separate routes to and from Eidgah is also favoured as it sends a lively message to the carriers and viewers alike. One should try to accompany as many persons of his family as he can, not only men and children but women too. What Umme Atiyah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported actually communicates the true spirit of such a celebration. She said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) ordained us to bring out on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, young women, Hijab-observing adult women and the menstruating women. The menstruating women stayed out of actual Salaat but participated in good deeds and Dua (supplication).” (Muslim)

One should leave his home along with his family members and neighbours, march towards Eidgah collectively proclaiming the Greatness of the Almighty Allah.

After offering prayers, meeting with relatives and friends, both Muslims and non-Muslims and greeting them with good words is also taught.

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