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Eid: the Most Significant Muslim Holiday

Posted on 07 August 2013 by admin

Kanwal Rafiq

Toronto

For 1 billion Muslims around the globe, the month of Ramadan marks a self-purification process, both mental and physical. Along with fasting, they resist temptations of evil doings, and feelings of hatred or jealousy.

So as Eid approaches and the holy month comes to an end, Muslims take a break from their busy lives and gather with friends, family and neighbors to celebrate their sense of achievement.

Muslims unite as one, making Eid, one of Islam’s most significant days, full of eating, rejoicing, and remembering God and his blessings.

Though preparation for this holy day begins much earlier.

Men, women, and children, all shop for new outfits days before. Delicate designs of henna are drawn onto the hands of young females. Bangles are bought and gifts are exchanged.

For when the day arrives, Muslims present themselves in fresh clean clothes at the mosque for the Eid Prayer. They leave behind with them all hatred and sin, and instead embrace each other with smiling faces, hugs and kisses, showering each other with countless blessings.

But along with this enjoyment comes the remembrance of the plight of the poor, for which Muslims are greatly encouraged to dutifully provide as much charity as possible. This is called zakat. Muslims who can afford to it are obligated to give 40th part of their wealth that they have for over a year. On Eid Day, Muslims give ‘fidya.’

Though as this segment of the day comes to an end, the celebrations thus commence. Parties are thrown, families finally feast, and gifts are distributed as tokens of love.

However, the most crucial thing to remember from Eid is that though the party ends along with the month and day, Muslims keep with them the values and lessons they’ve learned, and attempt to commit to them daily for the days to come.

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