HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS ON THE MOST AUSPICIOUS DAY OF EID-UL-FITR
EID MUBARAKH TO ALL
Eid-ul-fitr – firstly the observance of fasts,
Based entirely on article of faith and belief,
With Allah’s name on the lips,
And warmth in feeling in the heart for the needy,
With purified body, soul and mind with continuous fasting,
For the complete holy month of Ramzan / Ramadhan,
Being close to our compassionate One,
It is the anniversary on which Holy Quran,
Was revealed by most revered Prophet Mohammed,
Chaste in fasting without forgetting duties,
Towards the needy,
Dear to us – leaving none,
Or the ones who are forlorn,
Meet their needs with utmost compassion,
Brimming with belief while performing donation,
And our heart feeling pain at others’ pain,
Thus bridging the gap that exists,
Between people of different hues,
Awash with fervour thoroughly,
Also overflowing with empathy,
Thus generating hope for the hopeless,
Thence engendering basket-full of goodwill for all,
Along with fond trust,
That there will dawn as a result,
A day which binds all humanity with a holy thread,
Of oneness, and brotherhood,
Sustained and in fact .continued
With the grace of Almighty God.
After regular observance of fast with devotion and piety for a period of one month during Ramadhan, devotees celebrate – Eid Day means a day of joy, a day of spreading love and affection, a day to spread fellow feeling besides a feeling of being pure after the observance of fast for one month.
The fasting is not eating food for a fixed or for a pre-determined period of time with a view to giving our digestive system some break/rest consequently keeping the body free of extra fats and toxins so as to focus on the job at hand without bodily interference in the daily routines besides offering prayers to Allah with ease and peace to achieve the purpose of our life.
In other words, fasting is purposefully skipping intake of food materials, drinks or sometimes both for a fixed or sometimes for a prolonged period of time. It may be for a complete day (24 hours) from early morning to evening (dawn to dusk) or early morning on a particular day to the morning of next day. Then the fasting could be continuous or intermittent; depending on the body requirement or for the intended purpose of observance of fast as a religious tradition being observed in some religions.
While in intermittent fasting, we remain without food, for a fixed time-span and then eat at a set time but in continuous fasting, we remain without food for a long period of time – say from morning to the following morning of the day or still more for more days at a stretch. The intended purpose is to give the body digestive system some break and also to focus on the prayers to our Almighty God.
Fasting is both for regulating and energizing the body metabolism by pepping up / streamlining the digestive system so as to keep the body free of the extra fats and toxins besides keeping the body’s carbohydrates (sugar) synchronized with the need of our body. With slower and regulated metabolism, means our body organs can work for a longer period of time thus providing extra energy to our body for enhancing our productivity from our daily routines.
Then fasting too is undertaken as a religious observance.
Hindu fast on religious and sacred days or on the religious festivals like: Navratris, Puranmashi (Puranmashi is the full moon day in traditional Indian calendar), Ekadshi (Ekadashi is the eleventh day of both the dark and light fortnight of each month), Maha Shivratri (auspicious time for Maha Shivaratri puja activities like Fasting and prayers are performed), Ramnavmi (Fasting observed on the birthday of the Lord Ram) , Krishna Janamashthmi (fasting on the birthday of Lord Krishna) besides many other festivals connected with Demi Gods and fasts relevant to local populace of a particular locality.
The Christians skip their desire for food and instead devote time in seeking God. Meaning, the time spent on preparation of food etc could meaningfully be utilized for prayers and meditation on the Word. This fasting time could be per-determined and hunger for food could be compensated with hunger for the Lord. Jesus fasted from all food and drink. The Bible also describes some extreme times when people fasted.
The Muslims observe fasts in the month of Ramadan or Ramzan. It is a sacred month since Holy Quran was revealed in this month. The word Ramadan has been driven from the Arabic word ramaida meaning intense heat accompanied with dryness of ground. It is called so since it amounts to driving out sins with our good deeds like offering charity and keeping away or desisting from all body enjoyments etc along with intense penance by following the practice of fasting.
The word “fasting” (sawm) literally means ‘to refrain’ – means desisting from not only from food and drinks but also from unethical thoughts and actions which sully our thoughts and actions besides following all the guidance in letter and spirit enunciated in the Holy Quran. In other words, it is not merely restraint from food and drink but also our resolve as to how to control the urge of hunger and thirst besides devote ones energies on prayers thus gain spiritually. This way, the devout learn the traits of self-discipline through self-restraint too. To be compassionate towards others too is considered a noble task. The fast is broken at sunset before recitation from Holy Quran and thus being in connectivity with Allah. The fast is broken with a sip of water and some dates.
Fasting is done as an exercise of keeping oneself away from certain activities which prevent devout from being spiritually aesthetical both physically and emotionally. Thus desisting from taking anything and keep oneself away from worldly pleasures i.e. humdrum of eating drinking or even being away from thinking about anything like lust etc and divert all the energies to prayers – five times. Having abstinence means devoting much of time and resources on charities besides prayers infuses self-discipline and ushers in all round development in the individual.
Everybody may be aware about IFTAR party – a social event where fast is broken. Here meal is shared with friends and invited guests. Free meals are also served for the general public too at this get-together.
Ramadan is more than fasting. The entire month is devoted to prayers, internal cleansing, helping the needy etc.
- The devout devote all his/her energies to focus on God.
- No compromise on the practice self restraint – physical or mental.
- Re-evaluate lives in the light of Islamic guidance.
- Forget and forgive those who wronged.
- Purify our lives physically and emotionally besides our thoughts and actions. A devotee thus adopts the qualities of head and heart.
Fasting helps self-awareness/self-enlightenment/self-realization.
- Saves a devout from distractions and create the traits associated with sincerity and simplicity.
- Restraint helps us discipline ourselves besides a person turns inward with regular prayers.
EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING).
God may bestow wisdom and resilience, in ample measure, for bringing dawn of peace, cooperation, goodwill, compassion and brotherhood among peoples of world. As we all are the creations of a single CREATOR, we should have understanding, love and affection for each other and meet others’ needs and never have ill-will for our fellow brethren.
Let this EID and coming EIDS be the torchbearer of our prosperity with Allah’s Grace. Let’s pray that the fervour and enthusiasm of Ramadan and EID remain etched in our hearts for ever and let this festival lasts for eternity with all its accrued benefits. I also pray that all should live in harmony with writ of peace and prosperity prevailing in the world as a whole.