Message on Eid ul Fitr by Mr. Mazher Ali Jumani, President of KPSIAJ
In the name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful
Dear KPSIAJ members,
Salaam un Alaikum.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion with important religious significance. Happiness is observed at attaining spiritual uplift after a month of fasting. Muslims dress in holiday attire. After attending the special congregational prayer in the morning, worshippers greet and embrace each other in a spirit of peace, love, and brotherhood. Visiting friends and relatives is common.
Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, is the period when man is subjected to a supreme test. Without compulsion, without coercion, the Muslims throughout the world obey Allah; and every day from dawn to sunset abstain not only from sensual pleasures but even from the necessities of life like food and drink. Some do this in shivering cold, some in burning heat, some do it where days are short and others where days are interminably long. The rich fast as well as the poor, the master as well as the servant; the parents as well as the child; the ruler as well as the. subject. They all fast, regardless of the colour or their social position.
Imam Zainul-Abedin in his dua says: "....and Thou hast distinguished it from all other months, and chosen it out of all other seasons and periods; and given it preference to all the times of the year, by having sent the Qur'an and the light of guidance in it, and by having increased the faith, and by having enjoined the observance of fast in it, and by encouraging us to stand up for prayer at night, and by placing in it the glorious 'Night of Qadr' which is better than a thousand months."
On this joyous occasion of Eid, let us not forget the needy. It is part of the requirement of Eid that Zakatul Fitr be paid to the less fortunate.
The spate of the Genocide of Shias continues worldwide un-abated. This is happening in Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. Despite the various measures taken up by the authorities in Pakistan, there has been no significant decrease in the number of targeted attacks of the Shias by the misguided. On this Eid day, it is our duty to visit the relatives and family members of our Shohada. Let us make a conscious effort to visit as many of them as possible during these Eid holidays.
We can see what is happening in Gaza. Our Muslim brothers are being mercilessly and brutally killed and what has the world done other than a few hollow statements. Unfortunately no Muslim country has come forward in armed support or even an armed threat against the Zionists.
The international boundaries of the world - particularly the Middle East are being re-drawn by various forces. Unfortunately these takfirees are being supported by elements trying to break up the unity of the Muslims. The majority of our brothers of the Ahle Sunnat school do not support them. Let us all pray for the UNITY of the Muslim Ummah and bury our slight differences in order to forge this bond with our brothers against these takfirees. Make the effort to re-establish links with our non-Shia brothers and spread the truth.
We pray that our Ibadat and Rozas be accepted by Allah (SWT) and may He continue to shower His blessing on all.
EID MUBARAK TO YOU ALL
Mazher Ali Jumani,
Khoja (Pirhai) Isna Asheri Jamaat, Karachi