Saturday, November 13, 2004

Eid El-Fitr (Less Bairam)

When Ramadan ends Muslims break their fasting. A three days festival (Eid El-fitr) is held to celebrate the occasion. The first day is today 13th of November in some of Muslims countries like Saudi Arabia and most of Arabian Gulf countries. In Iraq and Indonesia, it is tomorrow. Since Muslims start their months according to the appearance of the moon, they watch the horizon looking for the crescent at sunset of the 29th day of Ramadan. One may ask (What about a cloudy day?), and the answer is to keep on fasting for the 30th day of Ramadan. Yesterday, it wasn’t clear sky in Iraq, so we completed thirty days of fasting.

An Islamic ritual at the end of Ramadan is to pay little amount of money by every Muslim who has sufficient income. This amount is called (Zakah El-Fitr). It should be paid, by those who like to, on the last day of Ramadan. It is one kind of the social insurance in Islam. This (Zakah El-Fitr) is to be paid to poor people so that they can celebrate (Eid El-fitr).
The amount differs from one year to another. This year it is about $1 for each person. That is to pay $1 for each member of the family by the paterfamilias. One may pay it directly to poor people whom he/she knows. Otherwise is to give it to a trustee.

People visit and greet each other in Eid. In Iraq the most common greetings is (Ayamkum Sa’eida) which means (wishing you happy days).
A friend of mine insists to change this greeting to (wishing you normal days). Of course he jokes about our abnormal days since 1990. He explains that we live under the line of normal days, so we should achieve the normal life and then to think about happiness.

Finally (Ayamkum Sa’eida) to all readers of this post and to the whole world.


Blogger Papa Ray said...

Here is what one of our much earlier USA Founding Fathers had to say.

Benjamin Franklin, I think explained it best when he said;

[quote] "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."[end quote]
(Smyth, Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 9, pg. 569)

These "masters" Dr. Franklin is talking about are laws. More laws to protect the innocent from the corrupt. More laws mean less freedom and liberty. Our freedoms and liberties even our very system of government are wholly dependent on a moral people. A people without moral integrity cannot continue to have the freedoms and liberties secured by our founding fathers. Our founding fathers knew this and warned us against the danger.

Source: Speaker Martin R. Stephens

OR, you might say that the "Masters" are the need for dicators or Religious Masters...

7:45 PM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Opps, sorry, posted in wrong thread..

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog. Your posts are always interesting. Thanks.

7:00 AM  
Blogger kathianne said...

Maybe it's me, but the greeting reminded me of Buddhism.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

Thank you for explaining this holiday to your readers. I agree it is very important for non-Muslims to understand and appreciate these holidays.

I look forward to celebrating Eid with my Muslim friends in Queens, New York. I also believe that at this moment in Iraq the spirit of generosity that this holiday demonstrates proves that you will be able to get through these difficult times. The criminals desire poverty and economic disruption, but the generosity of Zakah in Eid shows that they will fail.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Dave Schuler said...

Thank you, Son of Two Rivers. May hope and generosity carry you through these difficult times.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem fair, open minded and big-hearted. These are rare and wonderful qualities in anyone, in any country. Please continue blogging, because your writing is good and your voice is unique.
Best wishes for you and your countrymen. May your peace, freedom and security increase and may my countrymen return home safely.
Mrs. duPre'

6:27 AM  
Blogger H.N.K said...

Ayamkum Sa'eida. Kul Aam Wa Antum Bikhair
I know I am late coz the Eid ends now but I was in baghdad in Eid's days and I have a good time there this Eid was better from Eid al al futer coz We could went out from home and that is great, I hope you could went out from house too :)

3:58 PM  

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