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Thursday, 2 October 2008

Celebrate, but don’t forget poor and needy

Dear Editor

After a month of fasting we are here to celebrate Eid which in Arabic language means festivity and fitr means the breaking of fast. Truly we should every time be thankful and indebted to our creator Who has bestowed upon us such a precious and sacred month in which we can find the forgiveness of our sins and freedom from the hell-fire. This is actually a month of guidance which teaches us how to lead our life in other months and also to learn self-restraint. It also purifies our souls and gets rid of bad habits and acquiring new good ones. It is full with blessings and to recite Quran more and more in this month gives us the heavenly reward. Allah is providing His believers a chance of repentance and helps us to save ourselves from torment hell fire. We need to learn from this month and should continue to do our good deeds for the rest of our life. We should also left the backbiting, watching shameful programs and also to keep performing to offer prayer five times a day, which actually is the main purpose of this revered month. In this month we tried not see what displeases Almighty Allah, we tried to shun evil doing or speaking. The more we thank to Our creator the less it seems.
Before celebrating Eid, it is obligatory to pay zakat and without which the fasts could not be accepted. And also Sadaqah al-Fitr is a very important part of Fasting and one very important aspect of fasting is that we become aware of how poor people feel. Poverty is a cause of many problems. Holy Prophet (SAW) ensured that nobody was deprived of this basic need in the Islamic society. But the situation on festivals is usually different. On this day, everybody tries to enjoy special dishes, which normally the poor cannot afford. The Holy Prophet (SAW.) held this point in view, and he made such an efficient arrangement that not only was good food guaranteed for all the poor of the society on that day, but also some of their other needs were met. He ordered the rich believers to pay a fixed amount of money to the poor on that day or before that day. This is known as “Sadaqa-ul-Fitr (Zakat-e-Fitr)”, and its rate varies according to the price of grain.
An Eid ul Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is also called smaller Eid and this day depends upon the sighting of moon. On this day everyone whether children, young, old, men, women greets each other by saying Eid Mubarak. As it is necessary to wear new clothes on this day, similarly it is also to have a look to our neighbors if they have sufficient or any thing to celebrate Eid very comfortably.
Unfortunately it has become a custom now here in Kashmir that people are spending the bucks on lavish things and buy unnecessary things, without which an Eid can also be celebrated with all comforts. These days a heavy rush is seen everywhere especially in bread or biscuit shops and it seems that we are starved since years. The celebration of this festival is a model of an egalitarian Islamic society. Nowadays the Muslims with great showiness celebrate Eid Ul Fitr, but unfortunately its real spirit is ignored. We ought to celebrate this occasion of Eid Fitr in the same sprit as by the Holy Prophet (SAW).
It is mandatory for muslims to celebrate the Eid as Prophet Mohammud (P.B.U.H.) and help the needy one and to visit the relatives on this occasion. This is sunnah and Allah gives reward for each bit of good deeds. May Allah accept our fasts and made us free from all evil things here and from hell fire hereafter. Enjoy Eid, have an Eid Mubarak to all and recite these verses while going to offer Eid Salah.
“Allahu-Akbar. Allahu-Akbar. Laa ilaaha illallah. Wa-Allahu Akbar. Allahu-Akbaar. Wa lillaahil-Hamd” (Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. There is none who has the right to be worshipped except Allah. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest and to Allah belongs all praise.)
Sameer Ul Hassan Dar
MERC Department, University of Kashmir

(Greater Kashmir)
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