As we get closer the end of Ramadan, anticipation builds for the upcoming celebrations. Eid ul – Fitr is the festival that marks the end of fasting for the month of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide don their best clothes to attend the morning Eid prayer. The prayer is usually followed by family or community dinners, parties or carnivals. Families and friends, especially children, look forward to exchanging gifts. There is a general feeling of relief, accomplishment and gratitude to God at the successful completion of the fast which, I believe, is why Muslims look forward to Ramadan each year.
Naima Barbour serves as Secretary for the Islamic Society of Central New York and is a volunteer at Rahma Clinic, a free health clinic in Syracuse, NY.