Friday 5 April 2024

Muslim Festivals

Festivals are means to celebrate a happy occasion, be it be religious, cultural, harvest cutting or a follow up of an event coming down from the ancestors. These festivals are usually celebrated with much fanfare, loudness and merry making. When a new ready harvest is being cut, bands and bugles are beaten and blown to encourage the crop cutters and make it a day full of festivities.

Festivals when related to the religions are much simpler and less noisy. These are celebrated with religious zeal and fervour and every one joins hands to celebrate the day, with humility to thank Allah for having let us live to the day of festival, with entire families and friends.

As for Islam, there are two major festivals that are held in each lunar calendar. These are known as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. This reference page provides links to our earlier posts which give detailed information about each of these two festivals. 

Eid al Fitr
Eid al-Fitr is the first festival in a lunar year which is held and at the end of the month long fasting in month of Ramadan. one of two major holidays celebrated by Muslims and commemorates the end of the holy month of Ramadan and siting of the new moon of the next Islamic month Shawaal,  Since it is held after the end of month long fasting, the word Eid al Fitr means the festival of breaking the fast.. Eid al Fitr is also known as ʿĪd al-Fiṭr "عيد الفطر "- or Al-ʿĪd al-Ṣaghīr (العيد الصغير The smaller / lesser Eid). It is also known as Meethi (sweet) Eid in some countries as on this day sweetened dishes are prepared and devoured happily.

Herein under are links to our earlier posts which give detailed information about how this type of Eid is celebrated and how special charity is doled out to help those who cannot afford to buy new clothes or prepare special dishes exclusive to the day:
Eid al-Adha:
Eid ul-Adha "عيد الأضحى" or العيد الكبير (Eid-al-Kabir) is the latter of the two Islamic festivals, celebrated soon after the performance of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. This Eid is celebrated to honour the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to God's command. And his son also willingly obeyed what his father had been asked to do. However, when Prophet Ibrahim was about to cut the throat of his son, Allah accepted Prophet Ibraheem's willingness obedience and replaced his son with a lamb to sacrifice instead. While those performing Hajj, sacrifice an animal, which may be a lamb, goat, cow or camel. Muslims all over the world also emulate the sacrificing of animals to be part of the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim. 

Herein under are links to our previous posts on Eid al-Adha:
In Sha Allah (God willing) we will continue to add more substance so that the spirit of celebrating these two festivals is well understood.

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand basics of Islam as enunciated in Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 

وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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