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Festival after the month-long fasting

17 April 2023

Mohammad Rukanuddin :
The "Festival of Breaking the Fast," also known as Eidul Fitr, is one of the most significant religious events in the Islamic calendar. The holy month of Ramzan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, comes to a close on this day. In Muslim communities around the world, this event is observed with great fervor and dedication.
"Salat al-Fitr," a unique prayer, is said to begin Eidul Fitr. Early in the morning, Muslims gather for this prayer, following which they welcome and embrace one another. Families come together to celebrate the holiday while dressed in brand-new attire.
Giving charity, also known as "Zakat al-Fitr," is one of the most significant components of Eidul Fitr. Every Muslim, regardless of wealth or poverty, is required to perform this act of charity in order to assist those in need. The poor and needy receive the charity, which is typically given in the form of food or money, so they can participate in the festival.
"People who fast will have two occasions at which they will feel glad: when they break their fast, they feel joyful for breaking the fast, and when they meet their Lord, they will be happy because of their fast," stated the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) [Muslims and Al-Bukhari].
Eid is our celebration and our meal. Ramzan is a test from All-Powerful Allah. We feel extremely accomplished and closer to Allah at the conclusion of the month. It is the delight of reaching spiritual fulfillment.
Moreover, Eidul Fitr is a time for forgiving and making amends. Muslims are urged to make amends with those who have harmed them and heal strained bonds. It's time to start fresh with a blank slate and let go of any resentments or negative thoughts you may have against other people.
Feasts and celebrations are two other significant aspects of Eidul Fitr. To commemorate the conclusion of Ramzan after a month of fasting, people indulge in delectable foods and sweets. Family members gather to give gifts and eat meals together. New clothing, toys, and treats are common gifts that kids receive from their parents and other family members.
Eidul Fitr is not just a religious holiday; it is also a time to improve interpersonal relationships and be nice and kind to others. Muslims are urged to extend invitations to their non-Muslim friends and neighbors so that they might engage in the festivities, exchange presents and food, and promote harmony and understanding between various groups.
Finally, Eidul Fitr is a happy event that marks the end of Ramzan and honors the virtues of generosity, forgiving, and unity. It's a moment to pause, think about, and be thankful for all the blessings in our life. In a spirit of love and unity, the celebration brings together communities, families, and friends. May all Muslims around the world experience joy and peace on this EidulFitr.

(The author isan  Assistant Professor of English at Ahsanullah University of Science and
Technology, Dhaka).

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