EID MUBARAKH TO ALL
Eid-ul-fitr – after the month long observance of strict fast
Based entirely on article of faith
Purifies our body, mind and soul with fasting
During the holy month of Ramzan / Ramadhan
While offering prayers without break
To remain close to the most benevolent One,
It is the anniversary on which Holy Quran
Was revealed by most revered Prophet Mohammed
Chaste in fasting while doing needful duties
For ourselves and for nears and dears,
Dear to us – leaving none
Or the ones who are forlorn
Due to days so unfortunate
We ought to meet their needs with utmost compassion
Who may have lost hope due to natural calamities
Or due to something befallen unluckily
Thus have lost the continuous flow of income
Needed for body sustenance.
We ought to be filled with belief while performing donation
And our heart feeling pain at others’ pain
Thus bridging the gap that exists
Between people of different hues in the society
Awash with fervor thoroughly
Overflowing with empathy
Thus generating hope for the hopeless brethren
Which will, in turn give us inner satiety
Of fond trust
That there will dawn as a result
Of being compassion towards our fellow beings.
This is a day which binds all humanity with a holy thread
Of oneness, and brotherhood
Prevailing in all humans.
Fasting is a willful restraint
From intake of food material
Giving a needed break
To our digestive system
Regulating the body metabolism
In sync with our body’s requirements
Which helps us do our body functions
Thus ensuring sound health & wellbeing
And live life in association with Super Being.
Fact remains foodstuff taken
More than our body needs
Results in our digestive system
To function more than its ability
Leading it to go awry
Producing fatty contents in excess
Than our body actually requires
And bereft of any body exercise
We become obese
Leading to laziness
and related illnesses.
EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING)
Allah may bestow us wisdom and resilience, in ample measure, for bringing dawn of peace, cooperation, goodwill, compassion and brotherhood amongst all the peoples of world as all the people are from the single SOURCE.
As we all are the creations of a single CREATOR, we should cement our love with each other and help each other meet our needs and never have ill-will for our fellow brethren. It is more important now than ever since we all suffered first due to Covid-19 pandemic (which again is raising its head) and secondly due to war between Russia and Ukraine which has created problem of high inflation and may cause food crisis around the world.
After regular observance of fast with devotion and piety for a period of one month during Ramadhan, devouts celebrate – Eid Day which means a day of joy, a day of spreading love and affection, a day to spread fellow feelings besides a feeling of being pure after the observance of fast for one long month.
Let this EID and coming EIDS be the torchbearer of our prosperity with Allaha’s Grace. Let’s pray that the fervor and enthusiasm of EID remain etched in our hearts forever and let this festival last for eternity with all its benefits such as feeling of warmth for our fellow beings.
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 our energies on prayers thus gain spiritually.
On this way, the devout learn the traits of self discipline through self restraints too. The fast is broken at sunset before recitation from Holy Quran and thus being in connectivity with Allaha. 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, energy and resources on charities besides prayers infuse self discipline and usher in holistic growth and development of an individual.
We all are aware about IFTAR party – a social event where fast is broken. Here meal is shared with friends and others. Free meals are also served for the general public at this get-together.
Fasting or not eating food for a fixed or for a pre-determined period of time for giving our digestive system some break or rest consequently keeping the body free of extra fats and toxins so as to focus on the job at hand without bodily interruptions besides offering prayers to our Lord with ease and peace. This helps us gain our Creator’s bountiful graces.
In other words, fasting is intentional skipping of intake of food material, 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 continuously or intermittent; depending on the body requirement or for the intended purpose of observance of fast as a religious tradition being followed in some religions.
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 prolonging our age.
Then fasting too is undertaken as a religious observance.
Ramadan is more than fasting. The entire month is devoted to prayers, internal cleansing, charity 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.
• 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.