A religious festivity of Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated by the entire Muslim Ummah at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on the 1st of Shawwal – the 10th month of Lunar year. The word ‘Eid’ is derived from ‘owd’ that means to come again and again, as every year Eid is celebrated on the same date of the same month. Muslims have three Eids in a year which are Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha and Eid Milad-un-Nabbi. The spirit of the former two Eids depicts the obedience of Allah Almighty but the later one, third Eid is celebrated in the commemoration of the birth and death anniversary of the last Prophet of Allah Almighty, Hazrat Muhammad(Salal Laho Alyehe Wasalm).
Eid-ul-Fitr is a gift by God for the fasting persons who keep fast throughout the 29 or 30 days of the month Ramadan to show their loyalty and obedience towards their Creator. Allah Almighty asks angels as to what should He pay to the labourers who have performed their work honestly. The angels reply to pay the labourers as much as He can. Allah Almighty responds that He has forgiven all the sins of the fastees of the fasting month.
Following are the manners and Sunnah regarding the Eid-ul-Fitr:
- To get the hair cut.
- To cut the nails.
- To use ‘Miswak’.
- To wear new or at least clean clothes.
- To apply pure ‘itar’.
- To offer Fajr prayers in the nearest mosque.
- To eat dates odd in numbers before going to Eidgah.
- To recite, while going to Eidgah: (Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. La ila-ha ill-lal-lah Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber Wa-lalahill hamd).
- To use two different paths while going to and coming from Eidgah.
- To distribute ‘Fitrana’ to some deserving person/persons preferably
- To offer ‘Sadqa’ as much as possible.
Today, unfortunately, Muslims have imparted a wrong colour to the Eid festival. The elite class of the country has got an opportunity to show their wealth on the religious occasion of Eid which is primarily for the poor. The persons belonging to the lower middle class who can hardly make their both ends meet cannot imagine to spend enough portions of their income to enjoy the happy moments of Eid Day.
Being Muslims, we have forgotton the golden practices of Hazrat Muhammad (Salal Laho Alyehe Wasalm) who met a weeping child of five to six years on the way when He was going to offer Eid prayers. On hearing him the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) started weeping and told the boy not to weep as His Parents also passed away in his childhood. The Prophet of Allah Almighty brought the child to his home where Hazrat Ayesha (God be pleased with Her) gave the child bath and wore him new clothes. The child was so happy that he simultaneously started sitting in the laps of Hazrat Mohammad (Salal Laho Alyehe Wasalm) and Hazrat Ayesha (God be pleased with her). This is the real spirit of Eid celebrations which the majority of us has forgotton today.
Author: Muhammad Muzaffar