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Ahmadiya Anjuman Celebrates Eid-al-Fitr

The minority Islamic group Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat- i- Islam (Lahore) Fiji is celebrating Eid today. Eid –al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The day celebrates the
17 Jul 2015 12:15
Ahmadiya Anjuman Celebrates Eid-al-Fitr
Rehanna Ali (midde) with her grandchildren Jasvir and Veer as they celebrate Eid at their home in Nadawa. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The minority Islamic group Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat- i- Islam (Lahore) Fiji is celebrating Eid today.

Eid –al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The day celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30th day of fasting, therefore Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawal.

The Ahmaddiya Anjuman will begin the day with Eid prayer followed by Khutbah (Islamic preaching) before visiting and greeting Muslim brothers and sisters and wishing them Eid Mubarak.

President for the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat- i- Islam (Lahore) Fiji, Mehboob Raza said they would be celebrating Eid at their Bau Road mosque in Suva today.

“It is a time of joy, and to celebrate after a month-long fasting,” Mr Raza said.

“People will be visiting their neighbours, friends and families and most importantly enjoying Sewai which is a traditional sweet dish for this festival.”

Mr Raza said Muslim leaders had agreed to end almost 1400 years of Islamic tradition and use modern astronomy to determine the start of the holy month of Ramadan and other Islamic holidays.

He said they used astronomical calculations to set the date rather than relying on the naked eye to sight the new crescent moon.

Ramadan traditionally begins the morning after the sighting, which has in the past been delayed by a day or even two by weather.

“We pray and hope that Muslims throughout the country will actually practice what they have learned during the spiritual month of fasting,” Mr Raza said.

“The month of fasting is to feel how the poor and the beggars feel so that we can become generous and to assist the needy.

“This should be followed everyday and during the rest of 11 months and not only in one month.”

Mr Raza wished all Muslim brothers and sisters a prosperous, safe and happy Eid.

Meanwhile, majority of the Islamic groups could be celebrating their Eid on Saturday upon the sighting of the moon.

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 



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