Happy Eid Mubarak to all! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

As our nation end 2012 Ramadan today, I wish everybody Happy Eid Mubarak! especially to the faithful of Islam worldwide. And I am sharing this useful internet information I got from the internet so we can appreciate the reason of this celebration.

Eid-ul-Fitr more commonly known as Eid, is a Muslim Festival that is celebrated all round the globe with pomp and glory. It's the perfect occasion to glorify Allah's grace, kindness and love. Furthermore, Eid’l Fitr symbolizes  the end of the month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word which means “festivity’’ while Fitr means “charity’’ or “nature.’’ The celebration today thus marks the breaking of the fasting period.

It is celebrated for three days in Arab and other Muslim countries after the observance of the arduous fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth in Islam’s Hijrah calendar. In the Philippines, the day is a special non-working holiday to allow faihtful Muslims to observe the end of a month-long period of fasting, prayer, and reflection. Ramadan is defined in the Qu'ran as “the month during which the Qu'ran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book.

Eid Mubarak means 'Happy Eid'. Eid is the Muslim celebration that happens when the month of fasting, Ramadhan, ends and also when the pilgrims have completed their pilgrimage in Mekkah. Literally translated it would be '(Have a) blessed Celebration'. If recommends that if someone says Eid Mubarak to you it is customary to reply back with Eid Mubarak as well.

The Eid-ul-Fitr prayer,"Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd" means, "Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises are for Allah" is recited to honor and glorify the greatness of Allah. It is a festival of happiness, family reunion and thanksgiving to the Great Allah.

The Eid prayer is followed by the khutbah (sermon) and then a supplication (dua) asking for forgiveness, mercy, and help for all living beings around the world. The khutbah instructs Muslims as to the performance of rituals of Eid, such as the zakat, where believers freely share what they have with others, especially the less fortunate members of the community.

My prayer in this special occasion, may Zamboanga City be like our neighboring cities in Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, and Indonesia where people of different faith live in high respect, harmony with one another, and peacefully (where criminals fear to tread because no one is above the law).

Here are some pictures of my Facebook friends who believe that our differences in our faith does not alienate us – it even makes us better persons because we have strong faith to God/Allan who commands us to love and not to hate.

By Dante Corteza