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A Festive Celebration of Love, Sacrifice and Compassion

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Aidilfitri marks an end to the fasting holy month of Ramadan Mubarak

 

It is a time to rejoice after a month-long tedious and tiring fasting ritual. Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of Ramadan Al Mubarak for all Muslims the world over. Muslims in Malaysia also join in the festive celebration to usher in Hari Lebaran; the first day of the Syawal month in the Muslim lunar calendar. Aidilfitri brings joy not only to devotees and worshippers of Islam, but also to other non-Muslim communities too. Of course, Aidilfitri is not merely about adorning new clothes, visiting friends and relatives, but also embarking on open houses and feasting sprees, as well as receiving green packets for kids or children. It is a sign of true devotion to one’s faith. The real meaning of Aidilfitri lies not in abundance, wealth and prosperity; but in moderation, thanksgiving and frugality.

 

Pix: The hallmark of any traditional Muslim family has always been about passion, affection and compassion

 

The central tenets of Islam is empowering Muslims with love, empathy and compassion towards others
The central tenets of Islam is empowering Muslims with love, empathy and compassion towards others

 

The real meaning of Hari Raya lies in worshipping, celebrating and feasting in the name of Allah. Hari Raya gives a perfect reason to express one’s gratitude to Allah for bestowing prosperous blessings. Muslims worship with utmost sincerity and integrity. They pray for being forgiven for their wrong doings and for a happy life. Muslims pray to the lord for his kindness and grace. Those who follow the path of honesty, righteousness, equality, love, worship and harmony are blessed with abundance. Hari Raya certainly opens door for excesses and extravaganza but it also includes charity and acts of kindness. The real essence of Hari Raya lies in giving charity to the needy. It is making an effort to better the lives of the poor.

 

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a celebration of joy, love and sacrifice after a 30-day fasting period during Ramadan
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a celebration of joy, love and sacrifice after a 30-day fasting period during Ramadan

 

Hari Raya is a day to pay tribute to the magnificence of Allah and his compassion. The festivity is marked as a day of victory of love over lust. The essence of a successful Ramadan also exhibits humans’ continual challenge and struggle against evil and misdeed. Hari Raya demonstrates the sheer faith and strong will of Muslim devotees in adhering to their religious belief. Hari Raya also holds great significance in the hearts of all Muslims as they pray for Allah’s divine blessings. Acceptance, appreciation and alms-giving continue to be the hallmarks of Islam.

 

A homeless peasant boy enjoying a meal crumb during the breaking of fast during Ramadan al Mubarak
A homeless peasant boy enjoying a meal crumb during the breaking of fast during Ramadan al Mubarak