Written by Souda Muneer (Student MGM college, Udupi)
Eid-ul-Fitr concludes a month long of fasting from sunrise to sunset, as well as spiritual reflection and prayer. Maswood Ahmed,co worker of muslim council of Britain, says that “Eid is a time of celebration after accomplishing one of the most important religious duties: fasting during the month of Ramadan”
There are billions and billions of Muslims around the world and it’s not surprising that people can have some different ways of celebrating this holy festival.
In India, the people wish each other by saying “EID MUBARAK“. Other countries have different greetings though. In Nigeria, people are likely to say “Balla da Sallah”, which is the synonym for happy Eid. In Malaysia, Eid is called Hari Raya, so to wish someone a happy Eid, you would say “Selamat Hari Raya”.
Eid, the word itself, creates the image of celebrations in our mind. The sight of huge crowds of men dressed in white kurta pajamas or kanduras, children and women adorning bright colourful new clothes, matched with elegant accessories gathering around the Masjid that is glowing with its inmates joy, dry fruits generously fried in ghee topping the creamy sheer-khurma, tantalizing view of the hot-steaming biriyani, wallets filled with Eidi, fills our vision at the thought of Eid. However this year, the image on our minds may not match the reality. This eid is going to be quite different as we all are locked up.
There will be no gatherings, no crowds, no hustle-bustle around the Masjid.
Majority of Muslims have resolved to celebrate Eid in it’s true spirit by wearing their best clothes and not the new ones. They have intended to donate the amount they would be spending on buying new clothes to people who are in major need of it.
There were times when we would be surprised by a person completely unknown to us hugging and whispering Eid Mubarak to us, but this year there won’t be any Eid Mubarak hugs, nor would there be handshakes – credit goes to social distancing policies.
For me, Eid has always been something that brings smile on everyone’s face with the presence of the elders of the family blessing the young ones with Eidi. While it’s fun and exciting to count and compare the Eidi with our siblings and cousins, its not really about collecting eidi. Its about the entire family coming together after a long time. But this year it may not all be the same.
While there are a lot of things that we would miss on this Eid, I firmly believe that the spirit of Eid will still be the same. The smiles on our faces will be unfaltered, the wishes that we will send to our loved ones not by hugging – but by texting will be unadulterated. We may not be coming together under one roof, but we will work out ways to come together on one screen.
” Staying apart doesn’t make us distant.
May be in distance, but never in heart”
Wow! that sounds so amazing!
It’s eid night
so wishing you all a blessed eid
EID MUBARAK EVERYONE
STAY HOME STAY SAFE