OPINION: On Eid'l Fitr

Amir Mawallil

Posted at Jun 14 2018 04:29 AM

Eid’l Fitr is the "festival of breaking the fast." It marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. 

Eid’l Fitr begins when new moon is sighted and declared by the local religious authority.

This is a celebration that lasts for three days. On the morning of the first day, Muslims gather in open areas or big mosques or halls to perform prayers followed by a short sermon. It is a time of family gatherings, feasts, visits to relatives and friends, and exchange of gifts.

The three-day celebration of Eid’l Fitr caps a month when Muslims fast during the daylight hours—foregoing food and water, as well as practicing rectitude and charity.

Ramadan is when Muslims practice sawm (fasting), zakat (charity), and salah (daily prayers). These are part of the five pillars of Islam that Muslims must perform as part of practicing their faith.

Before the Eid prayers, Muslims also pay their Zakat al-Fitr, the "charity given to the poor." We are to share our blessings as we share our joy and our faith.

Eid’l Fitr is one of two major events on the Islamic calendar. It is one of the most important days in Islam each year.

In the Philippines, Muslims may be divided along lines of opinion, politics or ideology. Some may favor the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, while others will push for federalism in one form or another—both of which are seen as means for enabling self-rule in the Bangsamoro.

We have had to survive things like clashes in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the Zamboanga siege and, just last year, the Battle of Marawi. We must survive the hijacking of the teachings of Islam, which have been used to recruit our youths into radical groups that have sown conflict and terror in the neighborhoods where we live.

Despite all these things, we in the Bangsamoro still find reason to share in the joy and unity of our ummah as we wish each other Eid Mubarak. 

Eid’l Fitr is a joyous time for Muslims, and a time when they connect with their community, their ummah, in the solidarity and prayer that faithfully observing the practices of Ramadan can and does reinforce.

With this sense of solidarity we share with the rest of our Muslim brethren across the world, our faith that we will always have reason to feel joy and celebrate life is kept strong.

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