August 23, 2012
Ramadan culminates with the three-day Eid Al Fitr holiday celebrating the end of the fast. Marked by a special morning prayer, the day is a form of spiritual graduation and a chance to permanently implement the spiritual lessons learnt throughout the month. Muslims dress in their best and visit friends and relatives as a sense of community prevails. As well as the good will and presents, Eid Al Fitr encourages worshippers to start afresh by pardoning those wronging them in the past. It is also presents the opportunity to implement the spiritual lessons learned during the Ramadan such as maintaining the five prayers and refraining from ill-speech and loosing your temper. While it only lasts three days, Eid helps in establishing the spiritual ground-work for the days yet to come.
* Saeed Saeed