All praises be to Allah Almighty that we are in the last days of Ramadan. We are indeed left with only a couple of days before we celebrate Eid al Fitr to mark the end of the holy month. But before it finally comes to an end, there are still certain obligations left to fulfil, such as giving zakat.
I tell myself before reminding others that zakat is a form of charity to be given to the poor during or before the end of Ramadan. This is an obligatory charity on every able Muslim. The purpose of zakat is to atone for any indecent act committed or word spoken by the faithful during the days of fasting. Additionally, it helps the poor and the needy.
This year, too, we are witnessing the suffering of our Muslim brothers and sisters across the globe and it is our duty to ensure we do our part – by giving zakat – so that they can also celebrate Eid.
Bidding farewell to the days of fasting, there is a sense of sadness at the departure of Ramadan even as we prepare to celebrate Eid and for having successfully achieved the month’s purpose.
While traditional Eid activities differ from culture to culture, the first and most significant of these is offering early morning prayers, for which everyone is up before the sun peeps out. Prayers promote brotherhood, therefore these are offered with the rich and poor standing side by side. But due to the current restrictions in Oman, we will have to do so at home with our micro families and Eid al Fitr festivities will have to be scaled down.
Earlier during Eid, our extended family comprising no fewer than 200 members made elaborate arrangements and met at public parks or gardens to celebrate the first day of Eid. This year, we can only fondly remember the past Eids spent in company of near and dear ones.
Also, earlier it was customary to have a day out during the Eid holidays in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Muscat. Everyone looked forward to these occasions and gatherings. Now it all appears in the distant past. This Eid, we’ll be confined to our homes. But this will soon pass. This is a temporary situation and all that we’ll have of it is a memory.
Bye-bye for now and Eid Mubarak!
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