Eid Al-Fitr 2012 is finally here and celebrations for Eid will begin on Sunday in some parts of the world including USA and Middle East and will continue on Monday in Indian sub-continent and other parts of the world
By NVONews.Com Correspondent,
The holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end tomorrow. Even after fasting for the last 29 days, millions of Muslims want the blessed days of Ramadan to continue for some more days. But alas, it is not going to happen. And we may well have to wait for another year to experience the same blessed days again.
It is really amazing as to how we are able to fast for a month without even a single day of break. It is nothing but the gift of Allah (SWT) who gives us special strength to bear the burden of fasting and makes it easy on us. Many believers struggle to fast even for a single day after the holy month of Ramadan and many others despite deciding to do it once a month fail to fulfil this promise.
Without the benevolence of the Almighty Allah we might have never been able to fast with such regularity. And to be true it is He who gives us further strength to offer tarawih prayers that takes at least one and half hour with the Isha prayer.
Allah (swt) has rewarded Muslims with the Eid ul-Fitr here in this world, but the biggest rewards await them in the life hereafter. Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal-the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, with the sighting of the new crescent, following the month of Ramzan. It is a festival of joy, family reunion and thanksgiving, it being one of the two great Islamic festivals, the other being Baqrid or Eid-ul-Azha that is celebrated in the memory of Prophets Abraham and Ismael.
The day has many significances and Muslims are not allowed to fast on this day. Its significance can be gauged from the fact that Allah himself has ordered the believers to celebrate it. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) established the Islamic egalitarian society, free of all kinds of exploitation and corruption, and maintaining the sanctity of society was made obligatory of all believers in every age. The month of fasting (Ramzan) was selected to help prepare believers for this responsibility. During the specific fasting periods, believers are required to refrain from enjoying such things which are otherwise allowed. To restrain from lawful things consistently for a month helps a great deal in building willpower to refrain from unlawfulness. As a Muslim we have to make it sure that people living in our vicinity too enjoy the Eid.
Though Zakatul Fitr or Sadqa-e-Fitr is meant for this very purpose, but Muslims should go all out to ensure that those people too are able to celebrate the Eid the same way as well off people are able to enjoy. And Allah (SWT) has special rewards for such people who take care of have-nots.