At the Heart of Eid - 4

Saad, Sakeena and Shayaan Farooqui

Eid ul-Fitr is one of the most joyous days of the year for our family, as it’s a celebration that marks the first day of Shawwal and the end of the holy month of Ramzan. It’s a time to celebrate with the family a day of great merriment and thanksgiving, as Muslims around the world show unity. During Eid, every Muslim is also supposed to give Zakat to the poor and needy, in order to purify the physical well-being and soul of man.

The day starts off with special prayers at the mosque, after which we greet our friends and relatives in the congregation before returning home for a family breakfast and lunch. It’s mandatory that every member of the family purchase new outfits for Eid, and the practice extends to all our staff and hired help. The women prepare a special sheer khorma.

The essence of fasting is learning taqwa, which means piety or fear of god. I enjoy the month of Ramzan, as fasting is not simply a time during which people deprive themselves of physical pleasures, but an occasion on which to exercise moral restraint and experience spiritual growth. Ramzan is a time to remember God, and to ensure a renewal of commitment to high and noble values.