Sunday, February 05, 2023 | Rajab 13, 1444 H
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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Happy Eid to you all!

As many Muslim countries and individuals are celebrating Eid al Fitr today, I wish one and all a happy Eid. This religious occasion marks one of the annual celebrations in our calendar. It’s a festivity that brings moments of joy, delight and pleasure to individuals, families and societies alike. Hence, people always strive not to miss this occasion to share good times of fun, entertainment and social togetherness with family and society.


It is, undoubtedly, great to indulge yourself into such mood of celebration every now and then. It very well serves breaking one’s busy routine and the hustle and bustle of life. Therefore, this kind of festive breaks should be sustained even if there is no occasion to observe or commemorate; perhaps having good moments could be for the sake of refreshing ourselves, minds or spirits even.


Getting along with your loved ones in differently-purposed gatherings will undoubtedly help you be more relaxed, satisfied and encouraged to deliver more, especially at work.


Usually, Eid al Fitr falls on the first day of the tenth month in the Islamic calendar. It is being celebrated after completing the fasting of the holy month of Ramadhan. Eid comes as a reward from the Almighty Allah to all Muslims for completing a month-long fasting. Celebrating Eid marks a way of thanking Allah for enabling Muslims to complete this religious obligation, which is one of the five key pillars of Islam.


Eid al Fitr is a cheerful festivity for all Muslims; children adults and elderly, both men and women alike. Regardless of their age and gender, people within the same neighbourhood start exchanging warm greetings and joyful congratulations since the dawn or even since the moment of announcing that the next day will be Eid. It becomes a one common blissful celebration for all Muslims, sharing salutation and reception at home or post performing the Eid prayers.


On this day, people get-together and become more united, pathetic and open-hearted as well as forgiving and sociable. In fact, the day of Eid forms the time of integrity and getting closer regardless to all the social and personal differences between people within the society. They all come together to start a new chapter of life after Ramadhan, the month of giving and forgiveness. Actually, the day is a sacred gift from Allah in which people become more compassionate to one another.


As Eid al Fitr is a religious celebration, Muslims start the day by performing a special prayer to thank Allah for empowering them to complete the fasting and for rewarding this day of happiness for all Muslims worldwide. They perform the prayer collectively in the early morning in mosque or an outdoor place. After the prayer, they start sharing good wishes as well as visiting relatives, friends and neighbours as well.


Observing this day mirrors a number of Islamic principles and morals that Muslims all around the world are sharing regardless of their origins, languages, countries and any other differences. The day is experienced by Muslims on the same way in any part of the world; it is a day of integrity, mercy between them.


Generally, celebrations and festivities are another way of enjoying life and its blessings with family and loved ones. Through the different occasions, we share memorable joyous moments with family, relatives, friends, colleagues or neighbours. Being in a mood of celebration is very positive and encouraging to refresh minds and spirits, strengthen relations with others.


Wish you all a happy and prosperous Eid with family and loved ones!


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