I made it, Eid has arrived. Eid Al Fitr is the celebration ending the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. In the past, I have driven with the family down to Santa Barbara to attend Eid prayer with my wife’s family. This year we wanted something closer and part of our own community. With the 50+ houses of Christian worship up here in North county, we have no places of Islamic worship. There is only one Mosque that serves the entire county and that is the Mosque of Nasreen in south county SLO. On their site they have a lot of articles and resources for those interested in what Islam really is and not what “news” stations such as “FAUX” news tries to tell everyone what Islam is. Here is an exert from one of these describing Eid and it’s meaning.
The end of Ramadan is marked by the sighting of the new moon, which is followed by a day of celebration known as Eid-ul-Fitr or the ‘festival of fast-breaking’. Families wake up early in the morning, put on their best clothes and go to the mosque for the Eid sermon and congregational prayers. They thank the Merciful God for having given them the opportunity to experience the blessed month of Ramadan. The day is accompanied by celebration, socializing, festive meals and modest gift-giving especially to children. But before the festivities begin, every person, adult and child, must have already contributed towards Zakat-ul-Fitra. This is the giving of a meal, or cash equivalent, to a needy person to make sure that none are excluded from this happy occasion.
The Eid celebration is not merely about feasting and socializing. There is a deep significance for those who truly observed the holy month with their fasting, abstaining from all bad habits and striving hard to earn the pleasure of God. For the observant, the Merciful Allah has granted Eid as a day for forgiveness of sins. The Muslim is left with a feeling of happiness and joy and a renewed energy to face the rest of the year with faith and determination. Islam teaches that the objective of life is to earn the pleasure of God. The spiritual closeness that can be achieved during the month of Ramadan serves this purpose for those who truly work hard to benefit from it. “
This will be my 5th year of fasting and probably the hardest one yet. Having 2 kids both at ages that take a lot of attention and time made for a rough time keeping the mind in the proper place to get through the day. Tempers got short and emotions started to flare especially the closer we got to bed time and fast breaking. I am grateful everyday for the gifts of children God(Allah is arabic for God and the names are interchangeable. I use God since I live in America and don’t want to put people off before they get to know me) has given me and my life he continues to grant me, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t trying on the brain. So I will be celebrating succeeding in keeping it all together during this month of sacrifice by eating during the day time and jumping right back into all my bad habits. Ha, that is not the way to do it but many go that route. It’s like giving up something for Lent, it supposed to help keep those habits at bay for good, not just keep them repressed for a month.
It will be nice to get to meet others who share the same faith as my family as the number I have met up here in North County can be counted on one hand, which makes for a pretty lonely faith to be held. If anyone is interested in Islam or just want to know more about the true faith and not what misguided religious zealots keep thrusting into the news with their misguided actions, I have provided the link below. Eid Mubarek to all on this successful end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Eid Prayer on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7:15 AM
Mosque of Nasreen
1136 Walnut St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401