Mayor sends Eid wishes
CAPE Town mayor Patricia de Lille yesterday wished all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr ahead of their holy day today if the moon is sighted tonight.
As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, the city of Cape Town wished members of the Muslim community a blessed Eid al-Fitr.
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam.
The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset. In addition to abstaining from eating and drinking, Muslims also increase restraint, such as abstaining from sexual relations and generally sinful speech and behaviour. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities.
Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, selfcontrol, sacrifice and empathy for those who are less fortunate, thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity (zakat).
“As we mark the end of Ramadan, we have to reflect on the wonderful acts of generosity displayed by our Muslim brothers and sisters,” De Lille said.
“Throughout the year and even more so at this time of the year, we witness how the Muslim community displays the values of a caring city through their acts of charity and helping those most vulnerable in society.
“May your lives be filled with a sense of peace, pride and deep spiritual renewal during this period.
“I wish you a wonderful day as you enjoy the festivities with your loved ones, may the blessings of the Almighty Allah be with you on this special day, Eid Mubarak.”