Eid Mubarak! was the greeting shared by nearly two billion Muslims worldwide as Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and prayer came to an end.
Around the globe, Muslims celebrated the end of the important month, which commemorates the revelation of the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and represents our commitment to obedience to the One God.
During Ramadan’s daylight hours, Muslims abstained from eating and drinking and intimate relations with their spouses.
“The world that we live in is a world that is sick with evil; evil that is against the Nature of God and the nature in which He created us. So many of us are sick and diseased, and we are filled with misfortune because we have deviated from the nature of our wonderful creation and our magnificent Creator. So to read these verses (‘O you who believe fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may guard against evil’), let us look at this marvelous prescription,” observed Min. Louis Farrakhan in a message about Ramadan previously published in The Final Call newspaper.“We drink no water during the daylight hours, we eat no food during the daylight hours, nor do we go into our wives during the daylight hours, nor do we argue, nor do we fight, nor do we do anything that will disturb our quest for closeness to Allah, and to do what this fast is designed by God to do–give us the power to guard against evil,” he observed.
“Let’s look at that for a minute. Not to drink water, which is the source of life itself, for the hours of the day which will be long in the month of May and June; not to eat food, not to engage in the natural pleasure of each other who are married? This is hard. But to attempt it, to build your will to do it; to say right now, ‘I am going to do everything in my power to do this fast, no matter how difficult it may be’–set your mind, right now, that: ‘This fast is for Allah, but it is His gift to me, personally, that I may develop the will to guard against evil.’ ”
Min. Farrakhan added, “And if I can stay away from what life is, like water and food to maintain and sustain my life, then I can stop lying, I can curb the desire to steal, I can curb the desire to perform acts that are immoral and indecent; I can become a better person if I can hold on to this fast.”
With the end of the fast come the great celebrations and the great joy of Muslims at having had the opportunity to obey Allah (God) and to enjoy the benefit of obedience to his will. And to not just “obey” Allah (God) but to celebrate and revel in obedience to his will through fasting and prayer. Ramadan is a special time of year that Muslims look forward to as an opportunity to consider one’s position in life and to reset, if you will, those things that need correction and adjustment. So even in our sacrifice in Allah’s cause, we gain the benefit and we gain the victory.
We thank Allah (God) for giving us such a great prescription during the month of Ramadan and for bringing us through the month. We pray that he bless any Believers that has Allah (God) gathered to Himself during this holy month. But, whether we were able to fast a single day or the entire 30 days, we are grateful to Allah (God) for his mercy and his blessings.
In the Nation of Islam we are doubly grateful for the return of our beloved Minister and a delegation of our brothers and sisters who were able to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca during the closing days of the month. Their experiences and the experience of our Minister reflect the beauty of Islam and a truly global brotherhood that needs to be perfected and expanded to include every human being on the planet.
Eid Mubarak! Happy Eid and joyous celebrations to all of the Muslims as we strive to walk the straight path of Allah (God) and strive to hold on to the lessons of Ramadan all year.
All praise is due to Allah!