AN EID MESSAGE FROM MAULANA WAHIDUDDIN KHAN
According to a tradition of the Prophet of Islam, the day of Eid al-Fitr is a day of reward, that is, reward for fasting during the month of Ramadan. In this way, the day of Eid becomes a day of joy—a day when Muslims thank God for His blessings.
Fasting has been enjoined on Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Similarly, Muslims are also duty-bound to live as peaceful members of their society. Besides, it is also their responsibility to inculcate among other members of the society that peace is the basis for all kinds of development. It creates an atmosphere of positive living for the individual, society and nation. All kinds of development are possible in an environment of peace. On the day of Eid Muslims must take the pledge to follow a positive, peaceful course of action at all times and in all situations.
Islam being a religion of peace in the full sense, we find that today the image of Islam has become one of a violent religion. It is therefore high time that Muslims resolve on the day of Eid to strive to change this distorted image of Islam. Muslims must convey to the world that the teachings of Islam are wholly based on peace.
It is said that charity begins from home. As such, Muslims should first of all decide to abstain from all such activities as disrupt the atmosphere of peace in society; they should sedulously refrain from reacting to provocative situations, and must adopt the path of patience in all circumstances.
According to Islam, happiness is for one who fulfils his duties. On the day of Eid every Muslim must take the pledge that he would fulfil his responsibilities towards his fellow beings. This would make him deserving of greater reward in God’s eyes.