Eid Il Fitr: Remembering the Bond of Brotherhood
Eid il Fitr is a much anticipated celebration for Muslims around the world as it marks the end of Ramadan, which is the Islamic month of fasting. Eid is a day in which you are actually NOT allowed to fast—so if you have any days you have to make up, you have to wait till after the festivities are over to do so. But beyond the ability to eat and drink freely, why is this Eid so important? Karaz’s Shahrazad digs a little deeper into the spirit and essence behind the celebrations.
Eid il Fitr is the time when Muslims usually give their zakat—their alms giving from their accumulated wealth to those who are less fortunate. This Eid is also a day where all Muslims have the opportunity to unite and stand together as one global community…something much needed, especially in times like these. It has been a long and difficult road, for some much more than others, and it is an opportunity to reflect on the journey and what it meant.
It is hoped that the point of having suffered through Ramadan, is to develop a sense of empathy with those who are not as lucky. It is meant to foster a communal feeling between Muslims all over the world that manifest the values that the fast instills; including patience, steadfastness, worship, charity, thankfulness and more. It is a month of rejuvenation and creating a stronger bond within the Muslim community, and also for the plight of humans all over the world.
Many people today and especially in our region, not only have to endure the hardship of Ramadan, but do so in the context of conflict and under constant threat. A scenario that is unimaginable for most, is a daily reality for others. So when you break your fast for the last time in celebration…take a moment to really be thankful for the blessings God has given you, and pray for those who live in a cruel reality. Remember the point of this—remember your bond, remember your sense of community, remember your brothers and sisters.
Kul 3am o Intum Bikheir!
God Bless and Happy Eid!