Do you have a friend that has been MIA for the past two days? It’s probably because they are celebrating the end of Ramadan (the holy month of fasting observed by Muslims). Their cell phone is mostly likely bombarded with text messages, and if their phone line is constantly busy, its because they are probably getting a handful of text messages and phone calls from family and friends. So don’t worry, your friend will come back once the three days of festivities are over. Since I am also celebrating Eid I want to keep this post short and simple.
One of the most jubilant occasions, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan is Eid Al-Fitr. Most countries declared Friday, July 17th, as the first day of Eid, while others celebrated on Saturday, depending on the sighting of the new moon. The Eid celebration begins with a special prayer at a mosque, and after the prayers, the extravaganza of festivities kicks off. Most Muslims, celebrate by gathering with family and friends, eating and preparing sweet delicacies, wearing their finest, newest, outfits and giving each other gifts. Undeniably, the way people celebrate Eid across the world, differs from one culture to another. Within Islam we are a very diverse religion.
The right term to use to congratulate your friend or co-worker on completing Ramadan is Eid Mubarak, which means, “ Have a blessed Eid”.
For my Muslim friends reading this post, Eid Mubarak! May you and your family be showered with countless blessings, and may all those who are suffering from illness or oppression find ease. May the coming days bring with it, prosperity and peace. Remember to cherish your loved ones and to maintain the patience and discipline you had this Ramadan throughout the year. Ramadan comes and goes, but good deeds go a long way.