- Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014
A double Eid blessing for us, a second Eid message for the Christian Muslim Forum
Eid, an Arabic word meaning feast, festivity, gala, rejoicing.
Eid, the day marking the end of fasting, the end of Ramadan, where Muslims thank and praise God for having given them the determination, strength and resolution to fast and submit to His will during the holy month of Ramadan.
This day brings about celebration, happiness and rejoicing, as it’s a time to get together, visiting relatives, the elderly and the sick.
Early scholars would feel sorrowful at the departure of Ramadan, due to the spiritual blessings that are linked with the month.
As we see from a du’a (invocation) by Imam Zayn-ul-Abedeen, “we bid it [Ramadan] farewell as we did good-bye to one whose departure is hard upon us and makes us sad; and whose parting away makes us feel lonely.”
Eid-ul-Fitr needs to be celebrated for having accomplished the aims of Ramadan, on physical, spiritual and emotional level:
Remembering that material needs are here to help us enjoy and celebrate life: looking inward and also outward where we live.
Reconnecting with our creator and being kind to His creation.
Understanding and being in harmony with our self.
The beautiful images of Eid-ul-Fitr celebration throughout the world that I’ve seen, where people pray in congregation, share food and congratulate each other, makes me hope and pray. May we join each other in prayer, thank God for the countless bounties and blessings we enjoy here and pray for justice, love and peace.
And also support each other in putting these prayers into action and work for a just world, love between all people and lasting peace.