Joyous occasion of Eid in Oman
By staff - Sun Aug 19, 6:52 am
OneOman.com extends its heart-felt Eid al Fitr greetings to our Sultan His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and to Muslims around the world. Eid al Fitr marks the culmination of the blessed month of Holy Ramadhan.
Eid al Fitr is a very special and joyous time. Like all important Islamic events, Eid al Fitr embodies a strong message of unity and cohesion among Muslims. Eid al Fitr goes a long way in strengthening unity and the bonds of friendship between Muslim countries.
This is also an occasion when Muslims forgive and forget the past days of ill-will and grudges with one another and embrace each other after saying the Eid prayer in congregation. Peace, forgiveness and unity are the spirit of Eid. They are important messages now and will remain so long into the future.
Eid al Fitr is celebrated in Oman and around the world with great fervour, reverence and gaiety. In fact, few occasions in the Muslim world are anticipated with greater enthusiasm than Eid al Fitr, which comes after a month-long fasting.
In the Sultanate, Eid Milan (social get-together), individual and social dinner banquets, folklore and Eid exhibitions in different wilayats is a common feature during the Eid holidays. A general feeling of excitement and joy rents the air as people visit and hug their loved ones and friends, exchanging gifts and greetings.
This joyous ambiance of Eid (which means “recurring happiness”) extends to parks, beaches, hotels, supermarkets and streets, which have been decorated with flowers, plants and designer lights.
No important Islamic event is complete without a tradition of helping the needy and oppressed people. An important feature of Eid al Fitr is that before going for the morning Eid prayer, every Muslim is enjoined to give the needy people Zakat al Fitr, a form of charity, equivalent to three kg of barley, dates or any cereal per person in the household, including servants and guests. So, it also is the day for the haves to share a portion of what they have with the have-nots.
Early in the morning on the first day of Eid al Fitr people assemble in mosques to offer special prayers. Jubilation breaks out soon after the prayers as people hug each other and share greetings such as kullo aam wa antum bakhair (may this occasion return every year with your welfare); and Eid Mubarak (blessed be the Eid for you).
To put it simply, Eid season goes a long way in bringing people together.
This is in line with the what our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, says: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab, also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood…”.
On this auspicious occasion, Omanis prepare and exchange many types of halwa, homemade sweets, while Muslims of the Indian sub-continent prepare savayya, a dish of fine, toasted vermicelli noodles, which is served and exchanged during Eid holidays.
With inputs from Oman Observer