Eid’l Fitr: Celebrating the end and welcoming a new beginning

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By Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph

Only a Meranaw

Sunday, July 27, 2014


MUSLIMS around the globe prepared for this wonderful day of Eid’l Fitr for it is the celebration of the end of Ramadhan.

The end implies the time of intense spiritual renewal for those who observe the month of Ramadhan religiously.

The observance of the Eid varies by country due to the marked lunar Islamic calendar in which the date varies slightly each year.

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During this Eid, millions of Muslim families call on friends and relatives, give gifts to the poor and children, and even indulge in gluttonous feast.

However, some average Muslim families would just prepare simple food preparations at home and celebrate with their closest kin or family.

Part of the celebration, families prepare gift giving before the day of Eid.

During the last few days of Ramadhan, each Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation (we call Fitra) to the poor.

This donation is of actual food like rice, coffee, bread, etc. so that everyone would have food on this day.

Some families especially in the Philippines, they still adhere to the traditional practice of buying new clothes for each member of the family as a symbol for renewal of life.

Wealthy families would even give their family members money to use for buying anything that they longed to have.

In most market places in Muslim areas like in Marawi City, business establishments or shops start to give huge discounts and year-end sales for clothes and items that are significantly needed for the celebration of the Eid.

For some other wealthy individuals, this is the time of the year when disposal of excess clothes and head garments are observed.

They have to give out mostly the good ones that would make a recipient happier and deserving.

Among the religious teachings in Ramadhan that one should be bringing with them even after this holy month are the virtues of charity and values of treating people around you with kindness.

This makes this Eid’l Fitr as the beginning of new life.

One must have realized the beauty of religiosity, kindness and patience.

Religiosity must be continuously done even after Ramadhan.

Strict observance of the five pillars of Islam should have been well internalized by every Muslim during the month of sacrifice.

Consequently, one has to continue the virtues learned and shall therefore become more pious.

Kindness to others through the teachings of charity and gift giving must have brought good lessons to every believing Muslim.

One can only give what he has. Hence, a Muslim must be responsible and resourceful enough so he or she can be one of those who give charity in this month of sacrifice.

The virtue of patience, on the other hand, must have sent a lesson to all.

Being patient in waiting for the time to eat must have taught a Muslim to work hard in life so they can be among those who can eat regular meals.

Patience in praying on optional prayers (Sunnah) every night must have taught every Muslim the value of faith and trust to the power of God.

Nonetheless, sacrificing in the month of Ramadhan must have taught every Muslim to do away with un-Islamic or unhealthy lifestyle (e.g. smokers must have realized that they can live without smoking in a day).

On this day of Eid, Muslims around the globe must have realized the value of changing one’s life for the better.

Let this end of the magical month be our magic key towards a new life with a hope for a fine tuned world with peace in the hearts of everyone.

Happy Eid’l Fitr to all Muslim and non-Muslim brothers and sisters around the globe!

[Email: sorlatipyusoph@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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