In Islam, two of the most celebrated annual events or festivals are Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha. Each marks the culmination and completion of two of the pillars of Islam, namely Fasting in Ramadan and Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca in the month of Djul Hijja.
Eid’l Fitr marks the culmination of a month long fasting in Ramadan, complete abstinence from foods and drinks and other normal acts that can nullify it. On the other hand, Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, forms part of the essential Hajj or Pilgrimage rituals by sacrificing animals in lieu of human sacrifice, to commemorate and immortalize the sacrifice of Ishmael, first son of Prophet Ibrahim alayhis salam.
Both festivals start with an early morning salat or prayer, preceded by two khutba or sermon. This is also a time for forgiveness and amicable settlement of any feud between Muslims.
On the occasion of Eid’l Fitr Mubarak, I enjoin my brethrens in Islam to thank Allah SWT and to offer salutation of peace to our beloved Prophet and Messenger Muhammad SAW. I would also like to appeal to my brothers and sisters in faith, to individually and collectively beseech Allah to free and keep us safe from the COVID pandemic and of other infectious and deadly diseases.
In closing, I wish you all a joyous and blessed Eid’l Fitr Mubarak!