Time for spiritual reconstruction
By RICHARDSON DHALAI Saturday, August 10 2013
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PRETTY PRINCESSES: Little Chelsea Khan, left, and her friend Rosalie Patrick lit up yesterday's Eid-ul-Fitr observances at Church Street, La Romaine, ...
A LEADING Muslim scholar has advised the Muslim community to use yesterday’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations as a time of “spiritual and moral reconstruction” and to live in obedience to the Creator’s will on the earth.
Addressing an open air Eid celebration at Church Street, La Romaine, Maulana Siddiq Nasir described the holy month of Ramadan as a “month that the Creator allowed us to undergo intensive spiritual, moral reconstruction, re-armourment and re-invorgation. And we are now meant as Muslims, to live at a higher level of obedience to the Creator.
“So to the community we should also understand that our purpose in life here is to live in obedience to the Creator’s will and we should reflect on that and see how we are living in comparison, living in obedience to God’s will,” he said.
Speaking to reporters afterwards, Nasir said Eid was, “a day of graduation from one month of intensive training” and graduates are not expected to, “throw the training to the wind and revert to other ways of doing things.
“Today is a day of thanksgiving, a day of reflection, of self examination, a day of understanding that while we gather in large numbers today, there is a day of judgement when the whole of mankind will be gathered so as we greet each other with joy and happiness today, we should use this to encourage us, to motivate us to strive to make that a day of happiness and a joyous one,” he said.
Asked what advice he would give to the nation’s political leaders, he said, “this is a day that reminds us that we need to be moral and upright and honest.”
Asked to explain the reason why certain sectors of the Muslim community celebrated Eid on Thursday while others yesterday, he said the traditional method was based on the sighting of the moon while others had resorted to astronomical calculations to determine the date.
“The Holy Prophet Muhammed has said that the beginning of the month is based on the sighting of the crescent, the end of the month is based on the sighting of the crescent. There are some others who feel they should use astronomical calculations now. So they are not going with sightings. Those who did calculations, said the moon was 24 hours old on Wednesday so they went ahead and had Eid on Thursday. We went with sightings and on Wednesday the moon wasn’t seen anywhere,” he said.