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Muslims celebrate Eid

June 26, 2017 1:02 am

Muslims around the country are celebrating Eid today as they mark the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

Fiji Muslim League President Hafiz Khan says the festival of Eid brings a message of peace.

“We also at this time ask the Almighty for mercy on all human beings not just Muslims and particularly in Fiji where we live so peacefully and harmoniously. We ask for the peace and continued friendship and relationship with all the other races and religions.”

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Eid is a time for reflection.

“Of course we would like to wish everybody a Happy Eid, Eid Mubarak as they say. The month of Ramadan is of course a time for reflection in particular for personal reflection so you know some people for example they may have a bad temper so in the month of Ramadan hopefully with less eating and less drinking they are able to have more sort of physical self-reflection but at the same time the deeper sort of message is the spiritual self-reflection."

Sweets and traditional desserts are also distributed and served among friends, family and to the needy as a gesture of sharing and partaking happiness and good luck.

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Muslims celebrate Eid

July 6, 2016 1:13 am

Mohammad Zurfika Nabi says he is fortunate to be celebrating Eid in Fiji where Muslims have the right to do so freely and are not persecuted like in some countries.

Thirty-three year old Nabi says Eid is celebrated after 30 days of fasting and prayers during the month of Ramadan.

He says all Muslims should observe the five pillars of Islam.

“You see there are 5 pillars of Islam. First there is the kalma the shahadat fasting, the namaz and there are two more you have to give zakat – money to the poor, these are the 5 things. But if you can’t fast if you are old or for some other reason you have to feed one person for a day.”

To mark the occasion, there will be feasting and sharing of sweets among Muslims and Fijians of all faiths.

For those who are able to do so…they are also encouraged to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca – a prestigious Holy site – at least once in a lifetime.

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Muslims celebrate Eid

July 18, 2015 5:36 am

Muslims around Fiji and the world are celebrating Eid today marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Thousands of muslims have been fasting from sunrise to sunset for the last thirty days expressing the values of empathy for the poor, charity, worship and patience.

Maulana Faiyaz Ali Khan a muslim cleric says the teachings and values of Ramadan should be carried throughout the year.

“Whatever we have practiced in the month of Ramadan, it’s a humble request to continue all that whether its fasting, reading of Quran, or any kind of worship. Please continue the rest of the 11 months.”

The Methodist Church in Fiji has also sent its best best wishes and goodwill to the muslim community.

General Secretary Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa says the practice of loving one’s neighbour doesn’t mean being in solidarity during times of difficulty but also celebrating special occasions.

He says as Christians strive to be spiritually and morally strengthened they also wish that the holy month of Ramadan has strengthened the faith of muslims.