Muslims living in various parts of the world will observe daylight Eid Al Fitr on or about August 20, 2012, following the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
To more than 1.5 billion people who belong to the world’s fastest growing religion, Eid marks a period of joy, fellowship and charity.
While Ramadan was a month during which every Muslim was urged to realise the plight of the poor and the needy and understand the sufferings of those who go without the basic needs of life throughout the year, Eid Al Fitr marks a time to share the teachings and blessings of the Almighty Allah.
Thousands of Muslims in New Zealand would observe the tenets of the Holy Quran and participate in prayers, and other Eid-related gatherings.
An Islamic scholar said the blessings of Ramadan were not limited to fasting because the performance of all sorts of worship and good deeds during this month is also a source of great Divine favour.
“The revelation of the Holy Quran commenced during Ramadan and it is therefore the duty of every Muslim to read and try to understand the meaning of the Holy Book and thereby gain an insight into the Divine secrets enshrined therein. It brings peace and illumination to the mind and imparts purity to the soul,” he said.
Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) President Dr Anwar Ghani greeted his fellow Muslims on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.
“Let us pray for peace and goodwill across the world and resolve to work together for the common good of the human race,” he said.
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