Thursday’s joyous festival of Eid ul’ Fitr, celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal, is in many ways the heavenly blessing crowning the arduous test of Ramzan. The lessons of ‘sabr’ (patience) and ‘shukr’ (thankfulness) imbibed during this month are valued throughout the year.
A touching sight unfolded at the ‘Eidain’ namaz early morning as vast rows of men bent, prostrated and rose in perfect synchronisation before the glory of Allah Almighty. “All three storeys of the Andheri Kabrastan Masjid at Four Bungalows were filled with namazis by 7.30am,” said committee member Atiq Kashmiri.
One of the largest congregations assembled at Jumma Masjid near Crawford Market. Dr Nazir Juvale of Nagpada offered Eid namaz here after giving the mandatory charity that is Sadqa e’ Fitr. “The two Eids ordained in the Holy Quran are the only celebrations permitted in Islam. Birthdays, anniversaries and the rest are modern customs. So we must all make sure that the poorest of the poor have the means to celebrate. After doing charity on behalf of every member of the household, we are hosting a family reunion where my married children also arrived,” Dr Juvale said.
Meanwhile at Chand raat Wednesday evening, around 20-25 rozedars who had been observing the E’tikaaf prayer in seclusion emerged from the Haji Ali mosque. “They offered thanks to Allah for giving them the opportunity to participate in this ritual,” said administrative officer Mohammed Ahmed Tahir.