Narrated ‘Aishah (RA):
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “(‘Eid) al-Fitr is the day on which the people break the fast, and (‘Eid) al-Adha is the day the people offer sacrifices.”
[Reported by at-Tirmidhi].
Alhamdulillah, we have endured the past month repressing our nafs and hawa’ from the embellishments of dunya. Not only did we abstain ourselves from committing bad deeds, big and small, but we managed to break some bad habits and create good ones in the month of Ramadan. The blessed month was a month of patience, testing us all to ensure our shield of patience is sturdy and durable.
With the triumph we sought towards the end of Ramadan, there is surely a sweet reward waiting for us; the commemoration of Eid al-Fitr. Different cultures celebrate Eid differently, according to unique traditions by their predecessors. Here are just some of the few Eid cultures from all around the world!
In Malaysia, colourful lights are hung on walls and lanterns are lit. The combination of lemang, ketupat and rendang is the famous amalgamation of Eid dishes that almost every Muslim household would make. Every Muslim would adorn themselves with their new and vibrant clothes, and visit their relatives. In some households, elders give a small token of money to the younger ones in the family.
In Turkey, Eid al–Fitr celebrations are marked by sunny beaches. Many Turks go to the beach during the Eid al–Fitr holiday to enjoy the hot weather. With Muslims making up close to 98% of the population in Turkey, many families travel to different provinces to visit relatives during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
The uniqueness of Singapore is portrayed by the explosion of colors lighting up the Geylang Serai area. One of Singapore’s oldest Malay settlements, Geylang Serai has been the center of Eid al–Fitr celebrations for Muslims living in Singapore. A colourful display of lights illuminates the streets of Geylang Serai each year. These displays can feature over 50 different types of light and visual installations, all depicting a kaleidoscope of lively color.
Heading over to Iceland, Eid al–Fitr is celebrated in one of the few mosques in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Guests who visit the mosque come armed with an international buffet of mouth–watering foods, including foods from Indonesian, Egyptian and Eritrean cuisines to celebrate this holy and joyous occasion. Much to the delight of the children, the little ones wear their best clothes and exchange gifts with fellow friends and family members.
In New Zealand, on the other hand, Eid al–Fitr festivities in Auckland begin with the usual rituals of morning prayers. After that, Eden Park opens its doors to the bi–annual Eid Day, a fun–filled event filled with activities for everyone. The festival at Eden Park features all sorts of carnival fun including mechanical bulls, human foosball, and a variety of food vendors selling delectable delights from around the region.
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا ۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
O humankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted (Surah Al-Hujurat, 49:13)
Allah the Glorious has created people of diversity for a reason, and we have to reflect upon it. The more we learn about other cultures, our worldview will change and we learn to tolerate, accept and appreciate others more. This world does not just revolve around us, but it revolves around others who live and think differently. Let us learn and gain more knowledge about other cultures, and may Allah grant us better understanding, Insha’Allah.
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