It has been a festive, cheerful and joyful occasion for all Muslims all over the world. We are celebrating Hari Raya Idul-Fitri to mark the end of the fasting month. Welcoming the month of Syawal and at the same time sad to say goodbye to the month of Ramadhan, the holiest month.
For the sake of my non-Muslim readers, let me shed some light on Ramadhan and Hari Raya Idul-Fitri. For more festivities that are celebrated by the Malay-Muslim community in Singapore please read my page, Malay Festivals.
Ramadhan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar. It is mainly a time of discipline and self-control. Muslims undergo a fast during daylight hours in this holy month abstaining from food, drink and any sexual activity.
The preoccupation to satisfy physical needs or fulfilling your desires are suppressed to encourage spiritual reflection. This is the month where you set aside for worship, sadaqah or contribute to charity, perform as many good deeds as possible, repent, seek forgiveness and recite the Quran as much as possible, these are also strongly encouraged for other months. Continue reading