Eid Mubarak

Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramazan. This joyous day is celebrated to give thanks for the blessings of Ramadhan. Muslims attend the congregational Eid prayer service which is held in the morning. They wear new clothing, cook delicious food and invite friends and neighbors to celebrate with them. Fasting during Ramazan inspires sympathy for the hungry and needy, and encourages Muslims to donate generously to the poor. It is also an occasion for prayers when the Muslims stand shoulder to shoulder, to demonstrate the equality and equity which is the inherent feature of Islamic society all over the world.

It is the most important festival in the Islamic calendar (Muslim Holiday). It is interesting to know that this day does not mark any historical event or episode. It is just a thrilling joyous day that provides the Muslims an occasion to offer thanks to Allah for having given them the strength and the will to observe fast during the holy month of Ramadan.  The greatest significance of this day of rejoicing lies in the fact that on this day every Muslim is enjoined to give the needy food at the rate of the prescribed weight per every member of his household, including servants and guests who were sheltered under his roof the preceding evening. It is called FITRA. Based on this deed, the day is called Eid-ul-Fitr. In nutshell we can say – It is the day for the haves to share a portion of what they have with the have-nots.

This day also offers an opportunity of spiritual stock-taking. We ponder over the strength of our will or the weakness of our character. For those who disobeyed the commands of Allah in past, this is the finest chance to confess the pangs of their conscience, inner struggle and continuous realization of the feebleness of their character. We fast the 30 days of Ramazan and avail and enjoy the spiritual, social, scientific and medical benefits from fasting. We are supposed to obey Allah, unquestioningly, without complaint, without regret, in humility and in charity.
We ask this day to Allah to forgive our sins and we believe that Merciful and Beneficent God confers His favors with a promise,”Oh My subjects, it is now for thee to ask for Me to give.”

It is the day to show, to express and demonstrate the measure of a man’s love for his Creator is his unquestioned obedience to the commands of the Creator.
On this day, we pray for the good of our neighbors irrespective of their caste, creed and religion; we pray for the bright future of our Mother Land and for the eternal happiness, prosperity, good will and unity in diversity of whole mankind.
Here I’m quoting the messages of few world leaders on this auspicious holy day:

Ayatullah Rouhani of Iran –The message reads, “I congratulate all Muslim governments and nations on Eid al-Adha which is manifestation of sincerity and faith in God Almighty. I hope that we will witness restoration of peace in the international community and friendship among the nations and the Muslim Ummah in particular, by taking advantage of teachings of divine prophets.” In the messages, he wished success, good health for his counterparts and dignity and happiness for the Muslim nations and governments.

In his Eid Greetings President Obama says: “Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world as they celebrate Eid-al-Fitr. For Muslims, Ramadan has been a time of fasting, prayer and spiritual renewal. These past four weeks have also been a time to serve the less fortunate — a reminder of the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other. In the United States, Eid-al-Fitr speaks to the truth that communities of faith — including Muslim Americans — enrich our national life, strengthen our democracy and uphold our freedoms, including the freedom of religion. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, in the United States and around the world, in protecting and advancing this universal human right. On behalf of the American people, we congratulate Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world on this joyous day. Eid Mubarak.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has released a message wishing Muslims “a very happy and peaceful Eid ul Fitr” – the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan:

“I want to send all Muslim families in the United Kingdom and around the world my best wishes for this very special time of Eid. The ending of the Holy month of Ramadan is a joyous time as families and friends join to together in celebration. This year many of you will come together to contemplate the appalling scenes we have witnessed on our streets and how our communities have been affected. Community spirit however remains strong in this country. I was particularly moved by the scenes of a united community coming together in Birmingham, not only to mourn the deaths of three young friends, but also to issue a strong message of unity and cohesion with people of other faiths. Peace, forgiveness and unity are the spirit of Eid. They are important messages now and will remain so long into the future. I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Eid ul Fitr. Eid Mubarak.”

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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On this Eid, a prayer for everyone

On this Eid, a prayer for everyone

On this Eid, a prayer for everyone

Today, our social institutions are torn apart and we are sowing dissention and strife instead of the message of love, peace and brotherhood in this world. In this spiritual day of Eid- what is the message of Islam that we want to convey to the world?

THE PROPHET of Islam Hazrat Mohammed (PBUH) said, “Allah will continue to help his servant as long as the servant is helping his brother.” If you seek Allah’s mercy care for your fellow human beings. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The merciful ones will be shown mercy by the all-merciful (Allah). Be merciful to those on earth, Allah will be merciful to you.”

Unfortunately, instead of showing mercy on the fellow human beings fanatical Muslims around the globe are killing mercilessly even their fellow travellers in religion as we witnessed recently in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Today, our social institutions are torn apart and we are sowing dissention and strife instead of the message of love, peace and brotherhood in this world. More than any other time we should seriously examine at this spiritual day of Eid- what is the message of Islam that we want to convey to the world?

Let us start the fundamental unit of existence – our own home. Husband and wife should be a source of mercy to each other. Allah says in holy book, “Among his signs is that He has created for you from yourselves spouses, in order that you dwell together with them in peace and tranquility. And He has made between you love and mercy. Surely in this are signs for people who do reflect.”

In the fast moving society, amongst Muslims and in other communities, the divorce rate is rising exponentially. If we show tolerance, respect and love at home, we should be an example of blessed co-existence to the entire world. Simple expression of love and respect could change the turbulent flow of life. It can smoothen the rough contours of life. The parents should be merciful to their children.

Similarly, the children should be merciful to their parents. The greatest example of the merciful child of Islam is Prophet Hazrat Ismail (Alayhi al-Salaam) – son of Prophet Abraham (Alayhi al-Salaam). When informed by his father, Ibrahim (Alayhi al-Salaam), that he was to sacrifice him, he mercifully responded, “Oh, father! Do that which you have been commanded. You will find me, Insha Allah (God willing), amongst the patient.” Let us show respect for our elders and we should genuinely care for them.

We should be a source of mercy to our fellow human beings. It will emphasise the fact that we are a merciful people. We are a merciful people whose mercy shouldn’t be confined to our immediate circle of associates and acquaintances. It should extend to the entire living beings.

We should be grateful to God that we are blessed to be born in a democratic country where we enjoy all the freedoms of civilised society. We have all been blessed to gather on the ‘Eid Day’ in safety and security where our fellow countrymen share our joy and celebrate the happiness of Eid with us. Let us remember those who are gathering in the shadow of tanks and cannons today. We should never forget those men, women, and children whose prayers could be interrupted at any moment by the bombs, shower of bullets in their own so-called Islamic countries; those who can‘t openly celebrate Eid if they disagree with the Eid date declared by their despotic Muslim rulers.

Amongst ourselves we should learn to resolve our differences in peace and harmony in order to become a unified, viable and positive force of change and sanity in this world. On this auspicious day we should not forget those who literally had no proper Iftar this Ramadan. For many Muslims, daily existence is still a continuous fast. We should ask ourselves, “What have we done for them; what we can do for them?” Let us go into retrospect and question ourselves. “Have we adequately expressed our thanks to Allah for the many blessing He has heaped upon us?”

Eid Mubarak to all! Let us make together this planet a heaven of peace and happiness.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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