Sunday, July 18, 2021

Tradition of Our Eid Al Fitr

Assalamualaikum.

For sure, everybody has their memories about Eid Al Fitr, either the memory is sweet or bad. Eid literally means a ‘festival’ or ‘feast’ in Arabic. This situation or phenomena is related directly to religious basis because our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW have telling us that Allah SWT giving us two big festival every year, it is Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha. That means all Muslims around the world have twice the biggest festivals every year. These festivals in Islam not just to enjoy and celebrating it without any implied meaning, but there are fulfil with divinity spiritual and sense as a servant of Allah. Eid Al Fitr is related to a month of fasting and Eid Al Adha is related to doing sacrifice.

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Islam is a most beautiful religion because any original customs or habits belongs to any races background can absorbed and accepted in Islam as long not violet and go beyond what had been set in Al-Quran and Al-Sunnah. Because of that, we can see most of the Muslims with colourful clothes, ornaments, preparations and activities suitable to their ability. Islam is not distinguish between rich and poor people and the Eid Al Fitr can be celebrate by all. One of customs and can be one of deeds of worship is giving money. Like be Chinese New Year practice, this habit is giving money from parents to their son or nephew, from neighbours, from boss to their staff, fellow siblings, married people to singles or anybody who we can be  found. This practice has a great meaning, it is about sharing our thankfulness, happiness and advantages with others.

When a pandemic attacks the globe and our country cannot escape from it. But the spirit of ‘Hari Raya’ is not like before the pandemic like we can visit others, just spending cash or ‘duit raya’ gives a lot of happiness among children. Without a pandemic maybe they will be scrambling each other, but in a pandemic situation, the giver always gives a reminder or advice to them, “Haa…must remember, please wear your mask and follow the line... One thing, please be aware of your distance in one meter with another. Anyone who does not follow the rule, ‘pakcik’ cannot give this ‘duit raya’...” Finally, in exuberance to celebrating Eid Al Fitr, everyone including children must take care of themselves and always be vigilant so as not to be infected with the virus. The giver feels satisfaction and the children are cheerful.

If we want to find when the practice began, this social tradition started from the early middle ages when Fatimid caliphs distributed money and gifts like sweets and clothes to young and old citizens on the first day of Eid. But by the end of the Ottoman period, this tradition had changed. By the time of Eid Al Fitr the tradition had largely evolved to refer to small amounts of cash given by their parents to children or older relatives within the family. The custom is not a universal practice. Some families do not give cash because of Eid, but others frame happiness as a reward for successfully completing a month’s fasting in Ramadhan.

Whatever our intentions, ways, types of gift also a cash, all of this included in a big perspective of manners in Islam. Principles of Islam and local customs give so colourful of our Eid. No one are obstructed from doing so many ‘hasanat’ in their live, because we are desperate need to our manner before we die.

Memories of Eid Al Fitr in pandemic.

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