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Translated from an article written in Malay by Ustaz Kamal Mokhtar.
Hari Raya, or Eidul Fitri, is a celebration. It is a celebration of happiness, signifying the end of fasting in Ramadan.
Eid means ‘celebration’. Fitr means to ‘break fast’.
It is also a celebration of returning to fitrah as Allah would have forgiven all of one’s sins after fasting for a month.
This happiness is based on a hadith: People who fast obtain happiness twice. Firstly: Happiness from breaking fast every day and within the month of Ramadan. Secondly: When they meet with their Creator, because of the massive rewards that they receive.
Happiness can be displayed through the wearing of new clothes and congratulating everybody that one meets.
Happiness is evident through the feelings of gratefulness towards one’s Creator. It can be expressed through crying out the Takbir.
Happiness to the extent that others also feel happy. Children are given green packets and a variety of snacks are laid out in the home.
Happiness is also encouraged for the poor (fakir miskin). They are aided through giving charity (Zakat Fitrah).
Wastage only occurs when food is thrown away and has no purpose.
Preparing a variety of goodies is not wastage.
Islam encourages us to honour our guests.
Hadith of Nabi: Whomsoever has faith towards Allah and The Next Day, honour your guest.
To honour one’s guest is to serve them with the best food that one can afford to prepare, in a variety.
Our community prepares rendang, ketupat, lontong and so on, as well as a variety of kueh.
Guests are responsible for controlling their food intake.
Hosts can also help by serving fruits that are rich in fibre such as apples, guavas, lemons, papayas, and so on. Also avoid gassy drinks or drinks that are full of sugar.
Expressing congratulations is a practice that is encouraged in Islam.
It reflects a sense of closeness and goodwill between two parties.
Islam advocates the communication of Salam amongst friends who are far away from each other.
Greetings can be done through mobile texts, email, Facebook, Twitter and so on.
Short dua can also be included in our greetings.
Even though asking for forgiveness is not an Islamic culture, it is a positive culture and tradition of the Malay community that should be continued.
Seeking forgiveness, and forgiving those who have made mistakes towards us, should be done without being asked.
This is a trait of people with piety, and Allah has described them as people of heaven.
Surah Imran verses 133-134
It also shows humility and the characteristics of tawadhu for one to ask for forgiveness although one has not made a mistake.