Importance of Eid

2017-07-07 06:00

AS Muslims all over the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr last week Port Shepstone residents shared their views of this religious holiday.

The holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan, a 30-day fasting period, is usually marked by celebratory gatherings in Islamic communities. Sohail Rassool from Marburg said the day is an important celebration.

“Ramadan humbles you, it teaches you discipline and how to appreciate everything in life,” said Rassool.

On Eid al-Fitar members wake up for the Eid prayer which Islam men attend at 7 am at the mosque.

“It is important that the we don’t use the same route that we came in as when we leave the mosque,’ said Rassool.

“Thereafter families get together for celebrations and feasts. Eid al-Fitar is different from Eid al-Adha that takes place in September.

“Eid al-Adha is a separate festival whereby we remember the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son to God because of his faith,

“It is celebrated through the slaughtering of an animal, be it a sheep or a cow, depending on
your affordability,” said Ridhwaan Desai from

Desai said he enjoyed the recent Eid al-Fitar and Ramadan for their ability to make him feel closer to God in a way that sustains him for the rest of the year.

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