Muslim faithful marked the end of the Holy Month of Ramadhan on Wednesday with many dedicating their prayers towards a united Kenya. Scheduled events across the country attracted people from all walks of life with men, women and children don-ning brightly coloured outfits. Interest-ingly, in many of these functions there was a huge turnout of non-Muslims who reside in the environs and who all received a warm welcome to the cele-brations. This is a sense of generosity and gratitude to color the festive. Alt-hough charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadhan.
Ramadhan is an entire month during which Muslims focus on purifying themselves, getting closer to God, and growing in their knowledge faith. During this period Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. This fasting in-cludes refraining from food, drink, sexual intercourse, bad language and
Eid celebrations marked with pomp and colour
bad behaviour. Muslims read an en-tire chapter of the Qur’an each day and by the time Ramadhan its over they have read the whole Qur’an since it has 30 chapters.
There are two Eids celebrated in Is-lamic religion and both follow major acts of worship. The first is Eid al-Fitr which follows Ramadhan and the sec-ond Eid al-Adha which follows the hajj in order to understand the act of wor-ship. Eid al-Fitr is an important reli-gious holiday celebrated by Muslim worldwide that marks the end of Ram-adhan while Eid is celebrated on the first day of the month of shawl.
Fasting during the month of Rama-dhan enables Muslims to become more sympathetic to the less fortunate because they understand what it is like to go without food and drink. In return this makes Muslim more gener-ous and seeks to alleviate hunger amongst the poor. It also helps them to bring their family, friends and neighbors together so as to break the fasts together.
Eid al-Adha is the festival holiday or feast of sacrifice or sometimes called the greater or big Eid, is done in re-membrance of Abraham’s (Ibrahim’s) willingness to sacrifice his son out of faith in Allah and Allah’s mercy on us all. As Ismail was replaced with sheep, lamb is the traditional thing to eat on Eid al-Adha.
It is a time when Muslim celebrates Allah’s mercy. Successful completion of Hajj wipes their slates clean of all sins they ask that Allah accept their Hajj.
By Nuria Wako