by MCJ Staff
Muslims around the world celebrated the festival of Eid al-Fitr, marking the
end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr, also known as, Eid,
is a three-day Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the
Islamic holy month of fasting.
Traditionally, the festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in
the sky. Tuesday, Aug. 30 was the first day of Eid in the United
States. Some Muslims celebrate the Eid onWednesday, based on a
different standard for determining the date.
During Eid, Muslims thank Allah for the help and strength given to them
throughout the previous month and celebrate the end of fasting by
gathering with friends and family, preparing sweet delicacies,
wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and putting up lights
and other decorations in their homes.
To mark the beginning of Eid,Muslims go to their local mosque to perform
special congregational prayers known as Salaat and many also give
special charitable contributions, known as Zakat al-Fitr.
Muslims in Milwaukee and around the world marked the holiday with a joyous
and celebratory feast. At the AhmadiyyaMuslim Community, located on
Fond du Lac Avenue, about 300 people came with praises and
thanksgiving. As they gathered in celebration of the Eid, they also
came together to express and honor their movement’s yearly theme.
“Love for all hatred for none is the theme we’re carrying on for
the year,” said Dr. Muhammad Sabir, member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
“Our group is for peace in the world and we’re not for the other
negative elements in Islam,” he added. “We are Muslims who
Sabir said the yearly theme directly coincides with the foundation of the
movement. “Our organization was started by HazratMirza GhalamAhmad
to bring mankind back to God; that mankind could commit themselves
and be close to God,” he said.
The very foundation of the movement speaks to the purpose of the holy
month, for which Eid celebrates. Ramadan, the Islamic month of
fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality,
humility and submissiveness to God. Muslims believe Ramadan to be an
auspicious month for the revelations of God to humankind.
So while Eid marked the end of the holy month, for many it is the
beginning of much more.