Eid ul-Fitr 2011
The 2011 Eid ul-Fitr (also spelt Eid al-Fitr) is on the 30th of August. Eid is the last day of Ramadan, or the 1st day when the Shawwal crescent of the moon is visible.
Thus Eid ul-Fitr (1 Shawwal 1432) is a time when Muslims who have fasted during Ramadan celebrate with a feast. Note this maybe one day later in the USA.
May Allah accept [the good deeds] from me and you.
Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fitr means "to break fast"; and so the holiday symbolises the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated after the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal.
Eid ul-Fitr lasts for three days of celebration [depending on the country] and is sometimes also known as the "Smaller Eid" as compared to the Eid al-Adha that lasts three days [or more] following the Hajj, later on in the year, and is casually referred to as the "Greater Eid".
Muslims are commanded by the Qur'an to complete their fast on the last day of Ramadan and then recite the Takbir all throughout the period of Eid.
Eid is a time to give in charity to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy. Before the day of Eid, during the last few days of Ramadan, each Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation to the poor. This donation is of actual food: rice, barley, dates, rice, to ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in the celebration. This donation is known as sadaqah al-fitr [charity of fast-breaking].
On the day of Eid, Muslims gather early in the morning in outdoor locations or mosques to perform the Eid prayer. This consists of a sermon followed by a short congregational prayer. After the Eid prayer, Muslims usually scatter to visit various family and friends, give gifts [especially to children], and make 'phone calls to distant relatives to give well-wishes for the holiday. These activities traditionally continue for three days.
In most Muslim countries, the entire 3-day period is an official government and school holiday.
Once, it is said the people of Islamabad invited Mulla Abdul-Razzaq to deliver a speech at Eid. When he got on the pulpit [Minbar], he found the audience was not very enthusiastic, so he asked, 'Do you know what I am going to say?'
The audience replied 'No', so he announced, 'I have no desire to speak to people who don't even know what I will be talking about,' and he left.
The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day. This time when he asked the same question, the people replied 'Yes', So Abdul-Razzaq said, 'Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won't waste any more of your time', and he left.
Now the people were really perplexed. They decided to try one more time and once again invited the Mulla to speak on the 3rd day of Eid. Once again he asked the same question, 'Do you know what I am going to say?' Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered 'Yes', while the other half replied 'No'.
So Mulla Abdul-Razzaq said, 'The half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the other half', and he left!
One hot day during Ramadan, Mulla Mubarak was taking it easy in the shade of a walnut tree. After a time, he started eyeing speculatively, the huge pumpkins growing on vines and the small walnuts growing on a majestic tree.
'Sometimes I just can't understand the ways of God.' He mused. 'Just fancy letting tiny walnuts grow on so majestic a tree and huge pumpkins on the delicate vines.'
Just then a walnut snapped off and fell "bump" on Mulla Mubarak's bald head. He got up at once and lifting up his hands and face to heavens in supplication, said, 'Oh, my God. Forgive my questioning your ways. You are all-wise. Where would I have been now, if pumpkins grew on trees.'
What is Life?
Abdul Haqq and his father, Saleem, were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, Abdul Haqq falls, hurts himself and scream, '"Aaahhhhhhhhhhh.'
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain,
He receives the answer, 'Who are you?'
The voice answers, 'I admire you.'
He looks to Saleem, his father, and asks, 'What's going on?'
Once more Saleem bellows, 'You are a champion.'
Then Saleem explains, 'People call this echo, but really this is life. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life. Life will give you back everything you have given to it.'
Your life is not a coincidence. It's a reflection of you.
Hussein, a young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study.
His father told Hussein how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Noble Qur'an. Angrily, young man raised his voice at his father and said, 'With all your money you give me a Noble Qur'an?' and stormed out of the house, leaving the Noble Qur'an.
Hussein never contacted his father again for long, long, time. Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.
Before Hussein could make arrangements to visit, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.
When the Hussein arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search his father's important papers and saw the still new Noble Qur'an, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Noble Qur'an and began to turn the pages. As he Read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Noble Qur'an. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words 'paid in full'.
There are a number of special days, Will and Guy have discovered, during the month of Ramadan which are considered particularly special. Since Islam is a worldwide religion not all Muslim countries follow the same celebrations or traditions. Fasting is appropriate but different countries may have differing practices.
Battle of Badr: This was a key battle in the year 625 CE and which occurred on the 17th of Ramadan
Retaking of Mecca: On the 19th of Ramadan in the year 630 CE it is believed that Muhammad managed to return and retake the city of Mecca from his opponents.
Deaths: A number of important deaths occurred during the month of Ramadan: Muhammad's first wife, Khadija (10th) and both Ali and the eight Shiite Imam, Ali Reza (21st).
Births: A number of important births also occurred during the month of Ramadan: Hussein (6th), who was later martyred and Ali (22nd).
Laylat ul-Qadr: This literally means "the night of power," and is celebrated on one of the last ten days during the month of Ramadan, but always on an odd numbered day. Tradition holds that on this night, the prayers of a sincere and devout Muslim are sure to be answered because it is believed to be the night when the Quran was first revealed to Muhammad. Many Muslims also believe that, on this night, the tree of Paradise is shaken and the names of all those who will die in the coming year can be found on the fallen leaves.
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