Here is wishing peaceful Muslims around the world “Eid Sa’id” (Happy Eid). Today is Eid-al-Fitr which is a feast day ending their month of day-time fasting (Ramadan).
Festivals, sacred and secular, can be a joyous experiences. Depending on rhetoric and propaganda, people can use that joy to improve and of the following:
- their inner life (like peace, love or taqwa -the ultimate goal of Ramadan)
- their generosity and other virtues
- their community
But joyous religious festivals can be used to also build negative attributes like:
- a holier-than-the-pagan idea
- a us-vs-them idea
- their subservience to their government or religious rulers
- licentiousness and lawlessness
Mind you, even secular holidays can do the same. So I only offer “Eid Sa’id” to the healthy side of Islam and hope the ugly practices in the name of Islam fade a little more today.
As an addition to my sacrilegious post here which proposes a fictitious medicine for constipation experienced during Ramadan, clicking here you will see a Saudi article about the complaint of weight gain that Eid-al-Fitr brings to doctor offices among many binging celebrates. So next week, I may see folks for that. Heck, my proposed medicine may work for that too (sorry, just can’t help myself).