Laa Illalaaha Illalaa Allaahu Akbar
Allaahu Akbar Walilaa Ilhamd
Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatoh
Alhamdullilah, we will successfully complete the month of fasting prescribed to us by Allah Azzawajal.
We give thanks to Almighty Allah for giving us an opportunity to celebrate the Eid Al Fitr with our beloved families and friends.
This is one of the greatest festivals on the Muslim calendar. As soon as the New Moon is sighted on the night of the 29th day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Eid will be celebrated the next day by Muslims all over the world.
We pray that Almighty Allah accepts the fasts, prayers, charity, good deeds and supplications of all those who fasted with sincerity and religious fervour and may
Allah Azzawajal shower His infinite mercy and bounties on all of us.
Certainly, fasting during Ramadan elevates the level of spirituality of a person so that there will be tolerance and love for others and brings unity amongst us. Joys are doubled when they are shared.
Eid brings a message of brotherhood for all of us.
The culmination of a month-long period of fasting where Muslims abstained from all luxuries that they are used to enjoy during the day, as well as the increased prayers and steadfastness in the month point to a belief in and submit oneself to Almighty God.
In this spirit, I humbly give praise to Allah Azzawajal, the Creator of humans and the Universe for giving us yet another opportunity to observe fasting and celebrate Eid with family and friends.
Thoughts for all
On this Eid Al Fitr, let us all present our good wishes and sincere greetings to our Muslim brethren in all parts of the world and in particular to people who are being continually affected by war or being displaced within their own countries because of internal conflicts.
Our thoughts are also with all those less fortunate Muslims in other parts of the world that are facing economic and political difficulties.
May Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala alleviate their sufferings and reward them with lasting peace and prosperity.
On behalf of FIANZ Executives, Council, and staff members, I extend a very hearty Eid Mubarak to everyone.
Let us all enjoy the festival of Eid by thanking Allah Azzawajal for His favours and bounties.
Let us all pray that we get many more opportunities to observe the blessed month of Ramadan and reap the rewards by following the commands of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala.
May Allah Azzawajal make us among the righteous people and grant us success in this world and hereafter.
Kullu Aamin Wa-Antum Bi-Khair
Hazim Arafeh is President of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand based in New Zealand.