Eid ul-Fitr : A Unique Culture of Taiyebi Alavi Bohra Community

“Eid” or “Id” is an Arabic word which literally means a recurring event to celebrate. In our Mazhab-e-Ahl-e-Bayt (as) it denotes the social and cultural festivals of ISLAAM.  The word “Eid” occurs in the Qur'an-e-Hakeem when Esaa Roohullaah (as) did Du’a in the baargaah-e-Elaahi to send down the “Maa’edah”, the jannati thaal for Bani Israa’eel, meaning a joyous recurring occasion.

Every Ambiyaa when got najaat from the imtihaan of Allaah, proved to be their Eid.  In the same way Eid ul Fitar is the festival that marks the end of the month of Ramazaan. Fitr or Fitar means to break and it therefore marks the breaking of the fasting period of 30 days and to get rid off all evil habits. Farhat-o-Masarrat is observed at attaining spiritual upliftment and brotherhood among mumineen after a month of fasting.

Imaam Maulaana Ali Zain ul-Aabedeen (as) said, "O Allaah ! Bless us in the day of our Eid i.e. our fast breaking and let it be the best day that has passed over us".

Maulaana Ali Ameer ul-Mumineen (as) has said, “Eid is a day of happiness for those whose fasts and prayers have been accepted by Allaah. He has also said that Eid is the day in which one has committed no sins."

By the walaayat, itaa’at and mawaddat of Ahl ul-Bayt (as), A’immat-e-Taahereen (as) and Du’aat-e-Akrameen (as), mumineen are granted with the azali-abadi ne’mat of Da’wat-e-Shareefah.  With this ne’mat mumineen are bestowed with the rizq, sa’aadaat and barakaat of Eid ul Fitr under the sayaae-e-shafqat of Aaqaa Maula Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus). 

Mumineen have four occasions to celebrate the ne’mat of Eid.  One is the Birth of Ameer ul-Mumineen Maulaana Ali (as) on 13th Rajab in Baytullaah. Second is the Day of Eid ul-Fitr in which Allaah forgives all small sins of a mumin who has offered the namaaz of khutbah with Da’i ul-Haqq.  Third is the Day of Eid ul-Azhaa when a mumin does zabeehat in the name of Allaah in order to make it attain higher darajaat.  Fourth is the Day of Eid-e-Walaayat-e-Ameer ul-Mumineen Maulaana Ali (as) i.e. Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khumm when Khatm ul-mursaleen Mohammad (saws) declared the qaa’im-maqaami of Maulaa Ali (as).

Mumineen should heartily observe the sunnat-e-nabawiyah of “liqaa ul-ikhwaan” on the mubaarak day of Eid.  One should meet his family members, relatives, neighbors, friends, mumineen with farhat ul-qalb and bashsh ul-wujooh i.e. with delightful and joyful face.  Allaah loves those who fasts, gives sadaqah and meets his brother with a smile on his face and helpful hand.

Memoirs of Eid ul-Fitr:

  • Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus) bestows sharaf of qadam-bosi and mubaarak-baadi to mumineen at the Markaz-e-Da’wat on the Day of Eid.
  • Eid without Sheer-khurma is like food without salt.  Mumineen prepare special peenu from milk, sev and dry fruits.  At every house mumineen sit together in a thaal and drink this special preparation with utter excitement from a single bowl.
  • Mumineen visit their relatives and friends for giving mubaarak-baadi and gustakhi-ma’aafi where sheer-khurma of offered as a mark of mehmaan-nawaazi and respect.
  • Bohra locality gets adorned with khushboo of different dishes, new clothes, fresh faces, eateries, toys, games and joyful-cheerful atmosphere.
  • Mumineen organize get-together and ziyaafat of their near and dear ones for the lunch which again maintains the spirit of Eid ul-Fitr.
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