Mayor sends Eid wishes

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Western Cape News Northern Cape News - NADINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@afro­tone.co.za

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.”

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