Eid ul-Fitr – The Beautiful Ending to Ramadan
Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the two most joyous annual occasions in the Islamic Calendar. ‘Eid ul-Fitr‘ means ‘breaking of the fast’ and marks the end of Ramadan. It is observed on the first three days of Shawaal by Millions of Muslims around the world. In some countries, the celebrations last for an entire month. The celebrations are purely spiritual and are a way to be grateful to Allah (SWT) for enabling us the faith, determination and health to earn numerous spiritual rewards during the month of Ramadan.
Muslims share their joy and celebrate the completion of a holy task assigned by Allah by coming together for prayers and by visiting each other. It is a day of forgiveness, giving, caring, and expressing unity, respect and love.
Most of the believers, however, experience a bittersweet feeling as they realise that the month of Ramadan has ended, taking away with it the promise of immense spiritual rewards. On the other hand, a true believer knows that he only has to stick to the lessons he learned in Ramadan to keep gaining the blessings of Allah.
Eid ul-Fitr – Blessing for Muslims
The occasion of Eid brings with it several blessings for the Muslim Ummah:
1. Eid ul-Fitr serves as an opportunity to be thankful to Allah for all that He has given us and all that He has favoured us with. After practising Islam, in its true essence, the entire month of Ramadan, the celebration of Eid allows us to remember the kindness and mercy of Allah.
2. Ramadan serves as a reality check for all Muslims, as they come face to face with their nafs. It helps them unravel the strengths and weaknesses of their nafs. Eid ul-Fitr is a time to reflect on these findings to single out the areas that need to be worked upon. With this newly attained self-awareness, Muslims can bring out a positive change in them that stays with them throughout the year.
3. Eid ul- Fitr brings the Muslim community together in celebration and makes them appreciate the feeling of unity among the Muslim Ummah. It makes them realise that they need to put in an effort towards maintaining this unity throughout the year.
4. Eid ul-Fitr enjoins Muslims to pay Zakat al-Fitr to the deprived Muslims so that they can spend Eid just as joyously as the rest of their community. Muslims throughout the world, follow different traditions that help the poor be a part of the celebrations of Eid without worrying about earning a livelihood.
5. Eid ul-Fitr brings Muslims across the globe to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, and offer Eid Salah. Each individual is dressed in his best attire only to offer thanks to Allah. There is no difference amongst the poor and the rich, the black and the white. All are brought together for a common purpose under His roof.
These blessings and lessons are a reminder that even after Ramadan, one should keep practising the deeds loved by Allah. We should strive to maintain the habits we build in Ramadan and make them a part of our daily life.
The struggle to gain Allah’s nearness is the most beautiful struggle of all and should not end with Ramadan. Eid ul-Fitr reminds us that it is upon us to carry out efforts that build a society founded on brotherhood, selflessness and compassion.
Happy Eid to all the Muslims.