During the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a strict fast which begins at dawn and terminates at sunset every day for 30 days. While they remain hungry and thirsty solely for the pleasure of The Almighty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind.
Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid-al-Fitr (The Festival of Feasting), frequently called “Eid” (festivity) and Fitr (to break the fast) therefore this holiday signifies the breaking of the fasting period. The sighting of the new moon is used as a means of acknowledging that the day of Eid has arrived. A sense of happiness and gratitude brings colour to this festivity as those who observed the obligatory fast, generously share their blessings among family and friends, not forgetting making contributions to the needy. On this day Muslims show their real joy for the health, strength and the favours of life bestowed upon them by The Almighty.
Islam has, conversely, prescribed a very simple and prestigious way to observe this happy day. First of all, it is mandatory on all the well-off Muslims to start their day by paying Sadaqatul Fitr (this type of charity is obligatory for every Muslim male or female) to the poor of their society, so that they too may enjoy the day along with others.
After paying Sadqatul Fitr the Muslims are required to proceed to an open place where they can offer Eid prayer collectively. In this way they are supposed to present themselves before their Creator and offer a special type of prayer which makes them receive blessings from God Almighty and start their celebration by these divine blessings. After the prayer they are to rejoice the day in a responsible manner of meeting family members and feeding the poor.
WISSH (Women’s Islamic Society Serving Humanity) would like to take this opportunity in wishing all Muslims a joyous and blessed Eid. The sighting of the new moon will mark the end of Ramadan, and welcomes the next month called Shawwal, the 1st of Shawwal, most likely Wednesday,6 JULY, marks the day of EID.