A Blessed Eid-ul Fitr From MPAC

By Disu Kamor

On the occasion of the end of the blessed month of Ramadan, the Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) wishes you and your family a blessed Eid marked by faith, prosperity and joy.

Eid ul-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-breaking is the feast that concludes the month of fasting. (Fitr means to break and it therefore marks the breaking of the fasting period and of all evil habits). The holiday is a time for friendship and goodwill, a time for forgiveness and making amends and also a time of great joy, where children, communities and families come together and celebrate.

The ritual of observing fasts cleanses Muslims right from their soul. Observant Muslims refrain from food and drink from dawn to sunset during Ramadan, the month in Islam's lunar calendar when the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the 7th century.

The religion of Islam preaches respect for humanity, encourages brotherhood and peace and inspires rest of the world to be whole-heatedly devoted to God Almighty alone. Eid ul-Fitr is a festival that put forward these same teachings and celebrates them. MPAC therefore calls upon Nigerian Muslims to use this special occasion as an opportunity and 'a turning point' for being good role models in our society, in accordance with the prophetic model; care for the orphans and widows, to assist those afflicted by tragedy, those caught up in crises and help the less privileged in the society- both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The day of Eid should be a special day for the entire family and more so for the younger children. Indeed, we will miss Ramadan as no other month is full of blessings such as Ramadan for we benefit from it during the days of fasting, during its night of worship and even for months beyond. May your acts of worship and religious holiday be blessed. And may the blessings of the Almighty be with the entire Islamic world. We pray God blesses us all with an increased spirituality, a renewed hope in humanity and an unwavering commitment to justice and truth, amin.

Eid Mubarak!
Thanks and ma'a salaam.

Disu Kamor

Executive Chairman
Muslim Public Affairs Centre, MPAC

e-mails: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: www.mpac-ng.org

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