Sunday, September 20, 2009

Eid-ul-Fitr In Pakistan - - Is It A Real Celebration For Poor?

Where religious leaders are dressing down each other on the issue of moon and the rich are haggling over as whether to go to Dubai or London Eid celebrations, the real face of Pakistan, millions upon millions of Pakistanis are failing to answer the questions of thier kids as why they cannot have new clothes, some food, toys, sweets, and Eidi.
Islam has a strong stance for peace love harmony and equality among all the Muslims. Islam is a perfect religion as everyone knows and it teaches how to regulate money from rich man to the poor in the form of Zakat and Fitrana. We can help the needy on individual levels by giving them money well before Eid, so that they could also let themselves and their children get a relief, even for one day. Rich can try and help all these poor people economically, socially, morally and financially by giving Zakat and Fitrana. It will purify their wealth and they would understand what the true happiness is.
Eid Fitr is one of the two great Islamic festivals, the other being Eid-ul-Azha. Its importance can be judged from the fact that Almighty Allah Himself ordered the believers to celebrate it. It is celebrated at the end of the month of fasting (Ramadan) and has a special significance for the Muslim society. Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) established the Islamic egalitarian society, free of all kinds of exploitation and corruption, and maintaining the sanctity of this society was made the obligation of the believers in every age.
We as Pakistanis don’t really celebrate the Eid. We waste money on Chand raat, and we get out in bazars in hordes to ogle and to tease people and on Eid, we wake up late, miss the prayers, eat like animals and then watch movies or sleep all the day and then eat again, while wearing our those expensive new clothes. We tend to forget those poor who are suffering even on the Eid day, who don’t have anything to eat. What celebration is this for the rich? We have forgotten the true meaning of Eid. Every year, we miss this unique chance to create harmoney and love in the country and to cover the distance between rich and poor and to decrease the social disparity.
According to the World Bank, more then 40 per cent of Pakistani’s earn one dollar a day, while over 60 per cent live under the income of two dollars a day. But then Eid is not really about money. Its about love and harmony. We all should visit our poor relatives, neighbors and then to the other needy people and spend time with them, laugh with them, enjoy with them. Why is it so hard?

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