Muslims around the world look forward to Eid ul-Fitr as an occasion of peace, happiness, joy and festivity. It is a day for special prayers and the extension of forgiveness and generosity.

Eid al-Fitr is an Arabic term which means the ‘festival of breaking (the fast)’. It is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal, which follows the month of Ramadan, the holy month in which the Qur’an-e Shariff was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family). It is an occasion of peace, happiness, joy and festivity.

In Muslim tradition, Ramadan is a time of heightened commitment to piety and purification through special observances such as fasting, the performance of good deeds, including charitable giving and voluntary service, and through personal sacrifices of material comforts. These observances can lead to spiritual fulfilment and a sense of renewal.

The gesture of giving is aptly remarked on by the Sufi poet Hafiz: “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘You owe Me.’ Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.”

The.Ismaili wishes you and your family a joyous and heartfelt Eid Mubarak!