EID: Time for deep self- reflection

2015-07-17 19:31

At the end of the month of Ramadan, on the first day of the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. This is one of two main commemorations of Islam and is celebrated by all Muslims throughout the world.

Eid is a day that marks the successful completion of the sacred month of Ramadan. It is a spiritual celebration that signifies the completion of an act of duty and devotion.

The ceremony of Eid starts early in the morning with collective worship in the Masjid or in a large open ground.

The significance of Eid is that it is a day of thanksgiving to Almighty for giving the opportunity to the Muslims to abstain from eating, drinking and cohabitation from early dawn to sunset. To a Muslim Fasting is a way of training and disciplining the soul in the virtue of self-restraint and to attain closeness to Almighty and spiritual correctness and rejuvenation.

While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan and it’s a time to celebrate with family and friends, it’s also a time for deep self- reflection on the situation around us.

From the deadly sectarian violence in the Middle East to the recent toxic xenophobic violence in South Africa, we wake up almost every day to the heart-breaking news of the loss of innocent lives. In these times, it is difficult to make sense of all the killings and chaos. Each happening conveys its own analysis of who, what, when and why. But, whether it’s in occupied Palestine, Syria, Yemen or in South Africa, there seems to be a larger problem behind all of these atrocities: the loss of innocent human life.

During Ramadan Muslims of different background prayed and fasted, together. It serves as a reminder that no matter one’s language or nationality, race or religion, gender or skin colour, we are all part of the big human family. We are equals in humanity.

As practised and witnessed in Ramadan we should continue the tradition of helping the poor, the oppressed and the underprivileged.

It’s also a very interesting co-incidence that at national level Muslims are celebrating Eid on Mandela Day. And I quote from his Eid message to the Muslims on 7 February 1997: “South Africa needs the continued contribution of the Muslim community in every sphere - business, sport, science, the professions, the arts and leadership - to help mould our beautiful rainbow nation. The Muslim community are held in high esteem for their valuable contribution in building this great nation.”

I extend my warmest greetings during the EID celebrations. May the prayers of tranquillity, peace and harmony made by the fasting Muslims and those of conscious driven people of different faiths around the globe be granted acceptance.

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