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The true meaning of Ramazan …



The purpose is to share one’s thoughts with others in order to share the wisdom gained, during Quranic studies with others, and to discuss these spiritual matters. This is a high kind of activity. These activities, or spiritual socialization, are not meant to last just one day. Eid is just the beginning and this culture must be continued throughout the year, and to be renewed during the next Ramazan, Observing Eid-ul-Fitr, as merely a day of eating and drinking, is a diminished form of Eid. It amounts to observing the form, while abandoning its true spirit. 


 By ZANITA CAREEM


More than one billion Muslims, across the world, will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, a very important festival, in the Islamic Calendar, on May 23,2020.


When the Prophet of Islam sighted the new moon of Shawwal, he said: "O God, make this month for us a month of Peace."  This means that this month is meant for peaceful activities, and also, it is the beginning of a new peace culture that has to be continued throughout the year.


Ramazan is the month of Quran, which was revealed on the 27th day of fasting. But, according to Islamic teaching, fasting is not only for the sake of fasting, it is also for spiritual detachment. Abstaining from food is only a symbol. This practice symbolises the fact that Muslims must detach themselves from other activities and concentrate on the study of the Quran.


In fact, the practice of fasting has a greater purpose, and that is studying the Quran and finding the deeper meaning of the word of God. This practice enhances spirituality and makes the individual an intellectually developed person. In other words, the month of Ramazan is meant for the acquisition of divine wisdom, from the Book of God, to make one a more awakened person.


Eid-ul-Fitr is the festival of the breaking of the month-long fast and Eid, in this sense, means a new beginning. It means entering the external world, and the promotion of social values.


According to ritual, Muslims start their morning, on the first day of Shawwal, by saying two  rakaths of prayer. They then begin, what may be called, spiritual socialization: They exchange gifts, meet their neighbours, and eat and drink together. These inter-active activities continue throughout the day. We, in Sri Lanka, as well Muslims all over the world, will miss these Eid activities, this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


What is the purpose of this interaction?


The purpose is to share one’s thoughts with others in order to share the wisdom gained, during Quranic studies with others, and to discuss these spiritual matters. This is a high kind of activity. These activities, or spiritual socialization, are not meant to last just one day. Eid is just the beginning and this culture must be continued throughout the year, and to be renewed during the next Ramazan,


Observing Eid-ul-Fitr, as merely a day of eating and drinking, is a diminished form of Eid. It amounts to observing the form, while abandoning its true spirit.  The above description of Eid is an ideal prescribed in the original texts.  But in every religious community, there are examples of degeneration, and Muslims are not an exception.


Islam lays great stress on peaceful relationship, among people, and to promote the culture of peace in different ways — for example, saying "May Peace Be Upon You" at the time of greeting.  Eid is also a part of this culture. When Muslims say two rakaths of prayers, in the Eid morning, they say, at the end, "Peace Be upon You." Thus, they address the whole of humanity. After observing this practice, they go out and are required to follow this spirit in their interaction with others. Muslims will miss these activities, during this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr, due to the Coronavirus.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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