Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Muslims World Over Pray for Peace During Eid -Ul- Fitr

Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, 25th of June 2017
Muslims all over the world pray
For peace during the Eid-ul-Fitr

Dr. Mozammel Haque

Muslims all over the world celebrated Eid Al-Fitr on Sunday, 25th of June 2017 with prayers for peace as they marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia announced the start of Eid Al-Fitr on Sunday, 25th of June, 2017 the first day of Eid Al-Fitr in Saudi Arabia after reported sightings of the new moon. Several countries also announced that Eid will be on Sunday, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia and Japan. Astronomer Khalid Al-Zaaq, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences confirmed in his Twitter account that “Eid begins Sunday astronomically.” He added that “the astronomical calculations based on followed criteria suggest that Sunday is first day of Eid Al-Fitr.”

More than 3 million worshipers witnessed the final recitation of the Holy Qur’an on the last night of Ramadan at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. In Makkah, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque, led more than 2 million worshippers during Isha prayer and asked Allah for forgiveness and release from hell, and to keep Muslim countries from all evils, it is reported by SPA.

Eid is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Thus, the joyous Islamic festival Eid-ul-Fitr came at the end of the month of Ramadan and it came this year 2017 on Sunday, the 258th of June, throughout most of the countries. The American continent, the European Continent, South Africa and the Middle East almost all declared Sunday, the 25th of June as the Eid day. Muslim brothers and sisters are enjoying and celebrating their Eid on the same day in Saudi Arabia, America, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and other places.

It’s my pleasure to extend my Eid Mubarak and good wishes to all my Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world on the occasion of the celebration of the Eid after the conclusion of fasting in the blessed month of Ramadan. I pray to Almighty Allah for all the benefits and the rewards.  I would like to pray to Allah the Almighty for myself and for you all, May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala accept our fasting, our prayers, our worship and all our good deeds in the blessed month of Ramadan.

After a month-long fasting comes the most auspicious and happy occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr when Eid messages are sent all over the world from the leaders and heads of states of the Muslim world as well as the Muslim minority countries, especially from the Asian, European, American and the African continents.

When Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received revelation from Allah the Almighty, at the very first day only two members from his family, one woman, his wife Khadijah and a young boy, Ali, believed him and immediately embraced the religion, Islam and now there are more than 1.6 billion Muslims throughout the world and all over the continents believed in the Oneness of God (Tawheed) and followed Islam. This year, over three million Muslim worshippers beseeched Allah the Almighty to pardon their sins, ensure paradise for them, prosperity and global peace. Taking part in the Khatmul Qur’an, completion of the recitation of the Holy Qur’an in Taraweeh (late night prayers), in the 29th night of Ramadan, the devout thronged the Two Holy Mosques hours before the beginning of the prayer. In Madinah, over 0ne million worshippers thronged the Prophet’s mosque. The roofs and courtyards of the Mosque were full of worshippers. 

Eid Messages from all over the continent
After the month-long fasting comes the Eid-ul-Fitr and leaders and heads of states from all over the continents sent Eid Messages, the messages of peace and happiness and prosperity.

More than 3 million worshipers witnessed the final 
recitation of the Holy Qur’an @Arab News photo by Ahmad Hashad

Islam, being the universal world religion practised by more than 1.6 billion Muslims the world over, it is now celebrated by the Muslims as well as their leaders all over the world. Leaders of the world sent Eid messages to the people of their countries as well as to the Muslims of the world.

Eid Messages from the Haramain
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has addressed citizens and Muslims everywhere on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. A speech was delivered on Saturday by Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad.

The speech highlighted joy and happiness for all after the completion of the month of Ramadan and the subsequent Eid holiday.

The king said that the world is suffering from terrorism, which is the scourge of this era, adding that he pays great attention to bolstering security and stability in the world.

The king underlined Saudi efforts to serve pilgrims, the holy places, Islam and Muslims. In keeping with the royal custom of communicating with the leaders of Islamic countries, King Salman has sent cables of congratulation to leaders of the Islamic countries on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.

The Muslims in the United Kingdom also celebrated Eid Al-Fitr on Sunday, 24th of June, 2017 after completion of a long one-month Fasting of Ramadan. I send my warmest good wishes to Muslims in the UK and around the world, who are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr.

Eid Messages from the European continent
British Prime Minister Theresa May issued an Eid Message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr sending “her best wishes to Muslims across the country and around the world celebrating Eid”.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May send her warmest good wishes to Muslims in the United Kingdom, and right around the world, who are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr.

She said, “For more than three million British Muslims, who make a huge and valued contribution to our national life, Eid is a truly special time. Coming after the prayer and deep reflection of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid is a joyous occasion, to be celebrated with family and friends. In the UK, we rightly take pride in being an open and diverse multi-ethnic and multi-faith democracy.”

The British Prime Minister also mentioned, “Over the last month, many British Muslims have shared with neighbours of all faiths and of none the holy practices of Ramadan – from doing charitable work to help in the local community, to coming together to break fast at the end of the day. This spirit of fellowship and service lies at the heart of every great faith, and it is something around which we can all unite.”

She also said, “Sadly this month has also seen some dark and tragic events, including the truly appalling attack outside the Finsbury Park mosque. It was the second terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city this month, and it was every bit as sickening as those which came before it.”

Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Sunday. @AFP / JUNI KRISWANTO

“Attacks like that seek to drive us apart, and our response to them must be to stand even closer together, united, to affirm that hatred and evil will never succeed, Theresa May said.

British Prime Minister concluded by saying, “So in that spirit of unity – and on behalf of the whole British people – let me wish you a happy a peaceful celebration.
Eid Mubarak.”

Eid Messages from the American continent
The President of the United States of America Donald Trump wishes Muslims 'warm greetings' for Eid. US President Donald Trump on Saturday sent warm greetings" to Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, after his administration broke with the tradition of hosting a White House event to recognize the holy month.

"On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr," US President Donald Trump said in a statement.

He said, “Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbours and breaking bread with people from all walks of life.”

“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill,” said US President Trump.

Concluding his Eid Message, US President Trump said, “With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values. Eid Mubarak.”
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi of the Islamic Society of Orange County speaks to Muslims gathered for the celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Anaheim, California, US on Sunday. @Photo REUTERS/ Patrick T. Fallon.  

US Secretary of State’s Eid Messages
US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson issued a statement wishing Eid al-Fitr to Muslims. He said, “On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, I convey our warmest wishes to our Muslim friends around the world. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a holy month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity.”

He also mentioned, “On Eid al-Fitr I Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrate the completion of their fast and commitment to compassion and goodwill. At our embassies and consulates around the globe, we recognize this occasion as an opportunity to work with one another to build peaceful and prosperous communities.”

Concluding his Eid message, Rex Tillerson said, “I wish you all a blessed holiday. Eid Mubarak.”

Prime Minister of Canada’s Eid Message
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, issued on 24 June 2017 the following statement on Eid al-Fitr:
"Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, also known as the festival of breaking of the fast.

He said, "Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important religious holidays for the Muslim community, and marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is a time to give thanks for the spiritual growth and the blessings received throughout the holy month.”

"On this occasion, family and friends gather to attend special morning prayers, exchange greetings and gifts, share a celebratory meal, and give generously to others, especially those less fortunate,” said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

He also mentioned, "Canada's cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride. This year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we recognize the invaluable contributions the Muslim community makes to our national fabric.”

Canadian Prime Minister concluded his Eid Message by saying, "On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr. "Eid Mubarak!"

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