Eid al Fitr

Dated: July 6, 2016

Eid al Fitr statement

World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL) congratulates all believers on having obediently, spiritually and successfully completed the month of fasting in Ramadhan. We congratulate you on offering your fasts, prayers, recitation of Quran, and devotion to the Merciful Creator. You were the guest of Allah, restraining and exerting yourselves, purifying yourselves, and developing an enhanced sense of worship. You developed a wonderful proximity to Allah. We encourage you to now carry this same spirit of worship and piety throughout the coming months. May you achieve success in this world and the Hereafter.

However at the same time we offer you all our condolences on the tragic bombings of Qatif and Baghdad. Families of ordinary citizens like us going about their daily lives have been ripped apart, and rather than celebrating Eid, their days are filled with grief. As you go about spending the day with loved ones, please remember them, recite a Fatihah for the martyrs, and remember those of our brothers imprisoned by regime likes Bahrain and Saudi.

 We request all of our brothers and sisters to practice the principles of Eid by first and foremost attending to the needs of those who are less fortunate, especially children and women in deprived communities and families of martyrs. The real Eid is when we share it with those who are in need, for the followers of the Ahlul Bayt (as) are members of one family. Making just one believer happy makes the Ahlul Bayt (as) happy, and that in turn brings the approval and pleasure of the Prophet Muhammad (sawa) and Allah the Almighty.
We also remind everyone about Zakah of Fitr, in order to complete your month’s worship, equal to the amount of 3 kg of food, per person. Your local mosques may be consulted for the monetary value of this amount. Kindly ensure that you pay this on time on the day of Eid.

Please remember that celebrations should never be material, nor in contravention of the Shariah: our spirit of celebration should be adorned with prayers, supplications, greetings, and sharing, all within the bounds of lawful food, decency, modesty, and moderation. Celebration is Remembrance of Allah, not fireworks and flashing lights and pompous displays.

May the Almighty accept our worship, and may He bless all believers especially the martyrs.

Sayed Mohammad Al-Musawi
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL)
London, UK

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