Islamic

‘Eid al-Fitr; an opportunity to foster unity, tolerance

The holy month of Ramadan ended and all Muslims around the world celebrated three days of Eid, with happy events and celebrations.
The Eid al-Fitr is one of the marvelous, and prominent Eid festivals, because, it is the reward of one month supplication and entreats to Almighty Allah for seeking blessing and mercy. The holy month of Ramadan is a platform to the human society to wash out their sins and get new life with a clean soul.
The Eid al-Fitr festival doesn’t mean the end of Ramadan, Eid means the dawn of new human and new day. The Ramadan with its precious midnight and evenings and night with supplications reshape a human. After one month of Fasting, the Muslim nation gets reward from Allah on the first of the lunar month of Shawal, the rewards which are promised by Allah to reveal on the believers.
But unfortunately Afghanistan gripped with devastating violence and terror, is deprived the actual blessings of this month due to the forces of darkness who even do not stop violence in respect to this holy month.
This year’s Ramadan was the bloodiest for Afghans as on the 31st of May a massive explosion right in the city’s downtown, a place where most embassies and international organizations have their premises, killed more than a hundred people and injured more than 400. A few days later, at the attack victims’ funerals, suicide bombers killed at least seven people and injured ten. Less than two weeks later, a suicide-attacker commando broke into a mosque in Kabul killing at least four people and injuring ten others.
Recently in Lashkargah, the southern capital of the Helmand province, a suicide vehicle exploded in front of a bank where citizens were withdrawing their salaries, killing at least 34 people and injuring more than 60.
Afghan People were worried about the possibility of terror attacks during Eid and their fear does not come out of the blue. In less than one month, Kabul – and the entire Afghanistan – has experienced several attacks against so called soft targets, meaning places which are not at all connected with the military or other security forces.
It is believed that the real and meaningful Eid for Afghan people is the day when everyone can breathe a sigh of relief in a democratic and secure environment. Likewise, happiness will be meaningful for the people when the breadwinners are not worried about a morsel of food and when people are no more fearful of having their earnings snatched by insurgents.
During Eid, millions of Muslims around the word- black and white, Arab and non-Arab, men and women- stand before their :prd without any discrimination, and call for unity and brotherhood. This year’s Eid celebration comes at the time, where in different Islamic countries of the world, the fire of violence is raging, the Muslims’ blood is flowing, and millions of human beings are burning in the fire of war, conflict, poverty and destitution.
It is hoped that the blessings of holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr could strengthen the spirit of cooperation, help brotherhood, love, acceptance and tolerance in the war-torn communities, and to promote peace and solidarity instead of hatred, grudge, and egoism.
Bringing peace and solidarity is not the job of the government or any particular council, but it is the shared responsibility of all the nation to work for the interest and national unity of Afghanistan, and fulfill his or her Afghan and Islamic responsibility.
Current challenges, especially the spread of the waves of terrorism, excommunication and unjustified bloodshed in many GCC, Arab, Islamic countries and all over the word, require Muslims to get united and rally together against the plots staged against them for the aim of dividing their societies and dragging them into the abyss of bloody and destructive wars and conflicts.
Eid advents are indeed a good opportunity for followers of Islamic sects to overcome their differences and get united, calling for the need to fortify Muslims against division and sedition.

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Khwaja Yahya