Celebration for the Righteous, With Words from Amir al-Mu'minin (PBUH)
On a day of Eid al-Fitr, after saying the Eid’s prayer, Amir al-Muminin
(PBUH) addressed people:
“O! You Allah’s servants, I advise you to fear Allah (SWT), (whose)
blessings never ends and His mercy never finishes, People can’t be
independent of Him and all the acts, won’t compensate his blessings.
(The one) who encouraged (us) to be virtuous and taught us continence
and forbade us from sins.
Once again we have all
been blessed by Allah (SWT) to witness and celebrate this great day
of Eid al-Adh-ha.
basically means, ‘the
festival of sacrifice’.
On this day, Muslims
are reminded about that great trial, which Prophet Ibrahim (as) was
put to, of sacrificing his young son Prophet Ismail (as).
He (as) complied to the command of Allah (SWT)
and fully succeeded in it.
Prophet Ibrahim (as)
is regarded as the champion of Monotheism. He (as) is one of the
most favourite prophets of Allah (SWT) who is held in very high
festival of sacrifice’ and it is celebrated on the 10th day
of the 12th month of the lunar calendar known as the month of
On this day, the
Mecca proceed to Mina after
remembering and praying to Allah (SWT) at Mash’ar al-Haraam also
known as Muzdalifah. In Mina, the pilgrims:
These rituals are
performed in compliance to the command of Allah (SWT).
EID AL-FITR SERMON
DELIVERED AT AL-MAHDI
In the Name of Allah,
the Beneficent, the Merciful
Praise be to Allah,
the Lord of the worlds
May His blessings be
upon the Holy Prophet (saw) and his pure progeny (as)
MARKING THE END OF THE HOLY MONTH
is celebrated on the first of Shawwal, at the completion of the holy
month of Ramadhan. Shawwal is the tenth (10th) month of the Islamic
Calender. Eid al-Fitr is a very important and joyous day for all
Muslims; it is a true Thanksgiving day for the believing men and women.
On this day, Muslims express their joy and gratitude to Allah (SWT) for
the health, strength and the opportunities He (SWT) gave to them to
fulfill their obligation of fasting and perform good deeds during the
blessed month of Ramadhan.
"Adha" literally means sheep, goats or cattle offered in sacrifice.
All Muslims should celebrate by sacrificing cattle and this day has been
determined by Allah to rejoice. This Eid is linked to the incident of
the sacrifice of Ismail by his father Prophet Ibrahim. About two
thousand seven hundred and 93 years before the migration (Hijrat) of
Prophet Mohammed (p.b.u.h). With Allah command, Prophet Ibrahim let
Syria towards Mecca with his wife Hagar and his infant son Ismail.
Mecca at that time was a barren desert with no water or food for miles.
In seeing this, prophet Ibrahim prayed to Allah:
"O our Lord! Surely I have settled a part of my offspring in a valley
unproductive of fruit near Thy Sacred House. Our Lord! may they keep
up prayer: therefore make the hearts of some people yearn towards them
and provide them with fruits, happily they may be grateful." (Surat
Ibrahim verse 37).
The introduction of fasting in the month of Ramadan began from 2 A.H.
Eid in Islam is not only celebration but that Muslims should devote this
day to worship and plead Allah to accept their deeds and forgive their
sins. On this day, the doors of Allah's pardon are kept open with his
Al-Fitr, A Day For Thanksgiving
The day immediately following the end
of the holy month of Ramadan is called Eid-e-Fitr. In other words, it
falls on the first day of Shawwal. It is one of the greatest Islamic
Eid-e-fitr is the Day of Thanksgiving
to Allah, forgiving His servants the opportunity to fast and to worship
Him in the month of Ramadan. On this Day, Muslims leave their jobs, wear
clean clothes, offer special Eid Prayers, and after prayers go to visit
one another and take part in festivities. Small children wear beautiful
new clothes, and are very busy enjoying the festival. Their angelic
faces beam with joy.
Celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr in a Muslim Society
Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the two great
Islamic festivals, the other being Eid-ul-Azha. Its importance can be
judged from the fact that Almighty Allah Himself ordered the believers
to celebrate it. It is celebrated at the end of the month of fasting
(Ramadan) and has a special significance for the Muslim society. The
Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) established the Islamic egalitarian society, free
of all kinds of exploitation and corruption, and maintaining the
sanctity of this society was made the obligation of the believers in
every age. For this purpose, the holy month of fasting (Ramadan) was
selected to help prepare believers for this responsibility. In this
training, during the specific fasting periods believers are required to
refrain from enjoying such things, which are otherwise lawful for them.
It is considered by tradition to be an
obligatory [Wajib - prayer, though technically it is an optional prayer
with the injunction that it is preferable to offer even if optional (Sunnat-e-Muvakkadah)].
This prayer is Sunnat during the period of occultation of the Imam-e-Zamana(a.s.).
Eid-ul-Fitr is linked with the Holy
month of Ramadan. It signifies the end of the month of fasting.
In view of the great significance
attached to this day of Eid, numerous traditions consisting of prayers
and worship of God on this day, have been quoted from the Holy Prophet
and his Ahl-al-Bait.
Allah says in the Qur'an-e-Majid that
one who gives "Zakat" and remembers Him will get salvation. Here, Zakat
means "Fitra" and remembrance of God means the recitation of the
following Takbir on the night and morning of
FAQ ON ZAKAT AL-FITRAH
to Fataawa of Ayatullah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni Seestani)
is Zakatul Fitrah?
A: It is religious tax/alms (zakat) paid on the day when Muslims break
the fasting period at the end of the month of Ramadhan. This alms is
known as Zakat al-Fitrah.
Eid: A Time of Worship or Partying?
As Ramadhan begins, Muslims all over the
world prepare themselves for a month of fasting and worship. Truly this
month is filled with blessings from our Lord, who has granted us thirty
days of limitless potential in which to please him. In Ramadhan, the
gates of Jannah are wide open and Shaitan is imprisoned.
Fasting is amongst the most of beloved acts to Allah (SWT). Indeed it is
an obligation upon all believing men and women in this month, and it is
a means of seeking nearness to Al-Kareem. As He (swt) says Surah al-Baqarah
of the Qur’an: