Essence of Eid-ul-Fitr
Regarded as one of five pillars of Islam, Ramadan fasting is the period when Muslims fast every day from sunshine to sunset. They refrain from drinking, eating and engaging in forbidden deeds. In addition, it includes the increased offering of prayers and recitation of the Holy Quran- God’s book for guidance of entire humanity.
After the whole month of praying and obeying His orders, Muslims enjoy this very special reward by ALLAH Almighty in the form of Eid-ul-Fitr. This is the blessed day. It is also called “Lesser Eid” and “Sweet Eid”. Many preparations are made for this day. Females and children wear colourful dresses and the men wear traditional suits and use “Itar” for fragrance. The day starts with Eid prayer and after Muslims eat the traditional sweet dish “siwaiyan”. Children receive “Eidi” from their elders which enhances their happiness. People greet each other saying “Eid Mubarak” as a traditional way of greeting. The whole day is spent in great joy. Muslims enjoy this very day of celebration as the concluding day of breaking fast as a mark of gratitude to Almighty ALLAH.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a three-day-long celebration that reaffirms the ideals of piety, empathy, charity and solidarity among Muslims all over the world. It is celebrated with tremendous enthusiasm and affection. This is a celebration for those who fasted and obeyed God’s rules and teachings. It is for those who spent the month of Ramadan in complete devotion to ALLAH. Eid is a time when the entire Muslim community comes together to share in each other’s joy and blessings and also to lessen the burden of those who may be suffering.
If we study the lives of the companions of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) we will see that even though they used to worship extensively in Ramadan, they still used to feel regret and fear on Eid-ul-Fitr day. That was because they were worried whether they had fulfilled the rights of Ramadan or not. It is reported about Hazrat Umar (R.A) that on the day of Eid, he sat in a corner and cried so much that his blessed beard became soaked. When people asked the reason he replied,
“How can a person celebrate Eid who does not know if his fasts have been accepted?”
This was the situation of a person so pious and we people do not care that how we spend our Ramadan but we celebrate Eid with pomp and show. Eid-ul-Fitr should be celebrated but it is not all about dressing up in fine new clothes, eating delicious treats and pursuing carnal pleasures and delights. It is actually meant to symbolize the acceptance of acts of worshipful obedience; the remission of sins; the conversion of bad deeds into good deeds. Together with remembering Allah Almighty, His mankind should not be forgotten.
Zakat-ul-Fitr (Fitrana) is offered on this day before the Eid prayers in order to let the poor and needy to include themselves in Eid celebrations and its happiness but money is not all to make such people happy. We exchange gifts during Eid, visit our relatives but with all going around we sometimes forget that there are many who have nothing to celebrate. This day is just another ordinary day for them. There are those who open their cupboards on Eid day and find them bare. There are those who are in hospitals and go through a bleak and a lonely day with no one visiting them. Friendless and deprived of company, they will have no one to solace them.
We cannot divest ourselves from the misery of others. We cannot shrug it off showing no concern to them. This is clearly an injustice to humanity. The Holy Quran says:
“Be just: that is next to piety”
Moreover, the essence of fasting in Ramadan and remaining far away from sin is not just to make Muslims pious and pure for a single month. After spending the whole month of Ramadan in complete piety, on the day of Eid, it has turned into a habit to restrain from all the bad deeds. People feel like today they are still having fast and for a single moment, they are confused about it. The sense of pain of the poor is not just for the Holy month or till the Eid day. The hunger or necessities of the lives of pitiable and poor should not just be fulfilled up till we offer Eid prayer and after that treat them as nobody like we usually do. Rather this occasion teaches us to continue our devotion the whole year. It gives us the courage to carry on with what we started in the month of Ramadan and the very the first day of Shawal. Therefore, it is the true essence of fasting and then celebrating Eid to continue veneration and good deeds throughout the year and throughout our lifetime.
We at Feijial wish a very enthusiastic Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid Mubarak to all Muslim community around the world.
Written by: Momina Azhar