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|Written by Sana Syed|
|Thursday, 25 August 2011 13:52|
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In marking the end of Ramadan, women fill their hands with intricate henna designs and men gather to site the moon. As Eid approaches, Muslims all over Ottawa flock to local mosques to perform Eid prayers. Eid-ul-fitr (annual celebration "of the feast", marking the end of Ramadan), being one of the three main holidays for Muslims, is one of the happiest days for us after observing the holy month of Ramadan. It is a day of cheerfulness, in which embracing one another and wishing, “Eid Mubarak (congratulations)” to each other become traditional greetings. Whether it be a day of exchanging sweets and feasting on meals, or simply reuniting with family, Eid is a time of forgiveness, fellowship and unity; a time of giving and sharing.
How are Ottawans celebrating Eid this year?
“I intend to be spending time with my family, relatives, and friends. It is a wonderful way to commemorate the end of a blessed month!”
“I will be celebrating the end of Ramadan this year, as I do every year, by celebrating with family, relatives, and friends on Eid.”
“I am planning on celebrating the end of Ramadan by praying more vigorously and trying to devote more time to deen (religion), as well as remembering the less fortunate, thanking Allah for all the blessings being bestowed upon me and my family, and helping the people in need as much as I can. Especially on Eid, we should remember the less fortunate and needy, as that is the true spirit of Ramadan and Eid, physical and spiritual cleansing, helping others, letting go of one’s desire, patience, and self sacrifice.”
-Athif Ali Khan
Along with the many open houses, festivals, and events going on around Eid, Canada Pakistan Association (CPA) also celebrates Eid with a free event called “Salaam Pakistan”. The purpose of this event is to unite the community; be it small children, parents, seniors, or students, everyone is welcome. With close to 1500 attendees at CPA’s “Eid Milan” event, which took place last year, CPA hopes to gather an even larger crowd this year.
While we celebrate this joyous occasion, we must not forget to thank Allah for all that He has given us. Even this Eid, there are still many suffering all around the world, and we are truly blessed to be given the opportunity to share this time of the year with family and friend and all that we have. Last year’s Eid we witnessed the suffering of the Pakistani flood victims. This year, it is tragic to see Somalia’s famine victims. While you give generously towards the end of Ramadan and on Eid, do not just donate, save a life!