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ESSENCE OF EID: Unity in Diversity

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Shahid Ali Khan

shahidkhandsw@gmail.com

In the beautiful words of Khwaja Mir Dard, we find profound reflections on the essence of human existence. “Dard-e-Dil K Wastey Paida Kiya Insaan Ko, Warna Ataa'at Ke Liye Kuch Kam Na The Karobiyaan'., Mir Dard is reminding us that the very purpose of our creation lies in the capacity to feel and share the pain and joy of others. As we embrace the spirit of Eid ul-Fitr, these words take on renewed significance, guiding us towards a deeper understanding of the essence of this sacred occasion.

Ramadan, the month of fasting, reflection, and spiritual rejuvenation, prepares us for the celebration of Eid ul-Fitr. Throughout this month, Muslims around the engage in acts of worship, self-discipline, and charity, seeking to draw closer to the divine and to embody the values of compassion, empathy, and generosity. At its core, Ramadan is a time of selflessness and solidarity, a time when the bonds of community are strengthened and the plight of the less fortunate is keenly felt. Through the daily fasts, prayers, and acts of charity, we are reminded of our shared humanity and our collective responsibility to care for one another.

As we emerge from the month of Ramadan and come together to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, we do so with hearts filled with gratitude, humility, and love. It is a time of joy and thanksgiving as we break our fasts and share meals with family, friends, and neighbors. But it is also a time of reflection and remembrance, as we pause to consider the blessings we have received and the struggles faced by those less fortunate than ourselves.In the spirit of Mir Dard's profound insight, let us remember that Eid ul-Fitr is not merely a time of feasting and festivity but a time to recommit ourselves to the values of compassion, empathy, and kindness. Let us reach out to those in need, extend a helping hand to the vulnerable, and strive to make the world a better and more compassionate place for all.

Within the celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, Sadqa Fitr emerges as a significant tradition. Sadqa Fitr, a mandatory form of charity for every Muslim at the end of Ramadan, serves as a purification of the fasts, ensuring that even the most vulnerable members of society can partake in the joyous festivities of Eid. This tradition deeply reflects the philosophy behind Sadqa Fitr. Its essence lies in recognizing and alleviating the pain and suffering of others, embodying the spirit of compassion and solidarity at the heart of Islam. Sadqa Fitr serves as a reminder that true happiness and fulfillment stem not from the accumulation of wealth or possessions but from the act of giving and sharing with others. It underscores that our blessings are meant to be shared with those less fortunate than ourselves and that true prosperity lies in lifting others out of poverty and hardship.

In giving Sadqa Fitr, we fulfill not only our religious obligation but also our moral duty to our fellow human beings. We acknowledge the interconnectedness of all life and recognize that our well-being is bound up with the well-being of others. Through this act of charity, we affirm our commitment to building a more just, equitable, and compassionate society.

In the teachings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we find a beautiful example of compassion, service, and inclusivity. He (PBUH) dedicated his life to serving humanity, regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs, reflecting the enduring message that all of mankind is one family, deserving of love, respect, and dignity. The life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was replete with instances of helping and serving humanity. He championed the cause of the marginalized and oppressed, advocated for the rights of women and children, and exemplified the virtues of generosity and kindness. His teachings emphasized the importance of empathy, justice, and compassion towards all beings, irrespective of caste, creed, color, or religion.

One of the most touching examples of his compassion was his treatment of his Jewish neighbor, who would routinely throw trash in his path. Rather than responding with anger or hostility, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) chose to respond with kindness and concern, checking on the neighbor when he fell ill. This act of compassion softened the heart of the neighbor, who later embraced Islam, demonstrating the profound impact of love and empathy.The message of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) extends beyond borders and resonates with people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings emphasize the inherent worth and dignity of every individual and call upon us to treat one another with kindness, respect, and compassion.

On this blessed day of Eid ul-Fitr, let us draw inspiration from the profound teachings of Prophet Muhammad and embody the true spirit of this auspicious occasion. Let us extend a hand of friendship and support to our neighbours, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, or background. May we remember that the essence of Eid ul-Fitr transcends boundaries and embraces all humanity, calling upon us to foster love, peace, and unity in our communities and beyond.

Let us pledge to uphold the values of compassion, tolerance, and solidarity that lie at the heart of Eid ul-Fitr. Let us strive to build bridges of understanding and cooperation and to reject the divisive forces of hatred and bigotry. Together, let us work towards a world where all people, regardless of their differences, can live in harmony and peace.

 

Shahid Ali Khan is an academician who currently holds the position of Cultural Officer at the University of .
He contributes significantly to the university's mission of nurturing the potential of young minds and creating a vibrant and enriching campus .

 

 

 

 

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