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 universal brotherhood and peace and inspires the rest of the world to be whole-heatedly devoted to God Almighty alone. Eid ul-Fitr is a festival that puts forward these same teachings and celebrates them. MPAC therefore calls upon Nigerian Muslims to use this special occasion as an opportunity 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 and help the less privileged in the society.
Eid Mubarak from the entire MPAC team.