Ramadan : World Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr

July 6, 2016 6:39 am

Muslims from across the
world, including in , are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the
end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Shortly
after sunrise on Wednesday, Iranian people turned out en masse
throughout the country to take part in Eid al-Fitr mass prayers.
Leader
of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led the Eid
al-Fitr prayers at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds
(Mossalla).
In
his sermons after the prayers, the Leader referred to the International
Quds Day rallies, which were held last Friday, and noted that Iranians
took part in the demonstrations en masse despite scorching heat in some
areas to assert that they continue to be devoted to the Palestinian
cause.
Ayatollah
Khamenei said people from all ranks of the society engaged in
self-sacrifice during the holy month of Ramadan, offering Iftar to the
needy in various neighborhoods across cities.
The Leader said the
auspicious occasion of Eid al-Fitr was turned into a time of mourning in
some cities in the world, including in the Iraqi city of Baghdad and
the Turkish city of Istanbul, as terrorist attacks killed large numbers
of people.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the conflicts in certain Muslim
countries, including Yemen and Syria, were a result of meddling by
super powers in the affairs of the countries.
The Leader noted
that enemies seek to get Muslim countries busy with internal issues so
the Palestinian cause is forgotten and the atrocities of the Israeli
regime go unnoticed.
Referring to the issue of high payments to
certain executives in Iranian institutions, Ayatollah Khamenei said such
disbursements constitute a “sin.”
The Leader said while certain
shortcomings have occurred in the past resulting in the issue of
salaries, the matter must now be seriously followed on. Ayatollah
Khamenei said the president  is fortunately involved in probing the
issue.
The Leader said returning the money that has illegally been
taken from the state coffers should be put on the agenda of the
administration so people’s trust is maintained.
Eid al-Fitr marks
the new lunar month of Shawwal and the end of Ramadan — the ninth month
on the Islamic calendar — when Muslims refrain from eating, drinking,
smoking, and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured from
dawn to dusk.
Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month
for the revelations of God to humankind, given the belief that it was in
Ramadan when the first verses of the Holy Qur’an were revealed to
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Eid al-Fitr was designated by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after his migration from Mecca to Medina.
Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr by paying Zakat al-Fitr and saying the Eid prayer in a congregation.

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