26 days of discipline, remembrance, prayer and hearts filled with joy and appreciation. As our Holy month of Ramadhan slowly comes to an end with millions of Muslims around the world anxiously awaiting the auspicious sighting of our radiant new moon, welcoming the first day of the month ofShawwal, the lunar Hijrimonth.
It's been a wonderful journey for many sincere believers and I am so happy that I have had a chance to learn so much during this month. I am amazed to meet so many non-Muslims that honour and respect the holy month of Ramadhan by observing their penance to fast. This is the wonderful heartfelt gesture of respecting each other and our cultures. If we are not fasting we definitely are celebrating on the special day of Eid ul-Fitr.
The celebration of Eid ul-Fitr culminates this month of fasting wherein the faithful have spent their time praying and beseeching The Almighty for forgiveness and mercy. Ramadhan is not just an abstention from food and drink for this holy month, rather, it is an exercise in patience and discipline. Eid is the celebration for those who fasted and obeyed God's rules and teachings. Eid is a time when the entire Muslim community comes together to share in each others joy and blessings and also to lessen the burden of those who are suffering by giving alms to the needy. This obligatory charity plays an important role in developing the bonds of the community and is given before Eid day to ensure that everyone is able to celebrate this auspicious day together.
Once a seeker acquires the qualities that Ramadhan bestows he has achieved his greatest victory because the person who knows how to control himself and discipline his desires is free from sin and wrong, from fear and cowardice, from vice and indecency, from jealousy and greed, from humiliation and all other causes of enslavement. Therefore, when one receives the Eid, he is in fact celebrating his victory, and Eid thus becomes a day of moral victory, thanksgiving and celebration.
Lets say an extra prayer for those in troubled countries where the mood is sombre in this difficult period of time but remember, Dua is the weapon of the believer and nothing is more nobler to The Almighty than Dua. Lets be tolerant and learn to differ with respect and understanding so that we become a united human nation.
Eid Mubarak ! On this special day we wish to extend our very sincere wishes and prayers to all Celebrating Eid ul-Ftr. Let it be a joyous day starting with sincere Eid Salaah (prayer) auspicious food and sweet preparations and a celebration of love between family and friends.