United Butchers Association of Lagos led by the chairman, Alhaji Galadima is excited and in deep admonition to Muslims on the celebration of Eid al-Fitri, that remind them to always obey constituted authorities as stated in the holy Qu’ran.
The festival of Eid al-Fitri the Festival of Fast-breaking, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
There is on the one hand, relief that the period of self-sacrifice and self-denial from eating, drinking and worldly pleasures – with its attendant physical discomfort – has come to an end.
The festival is when Muslims thank god, known as Allah in Arabic, for strength and blessings, hoping the commemoration of Ramadan has brought them closer to god.
Indeed, the cardinal message is that although Eid-el-fitri signifies the end of Ramadan, the doctrines of moderation, avoidance of excessive consumption, piety, regular supplication to Allah, and being a brother’s keeper subsists always beyond the Ramadan.
While the Eid-el-fitri represents these two extremes, it does not in truth, remove anything from God’s expectation from mankind. If anything, the celebration is a reminder that although Ramadan is over, until perhaps 11 months later, the admonitions inherent in it remain constant. Therefore, Muslims should remain steadfast, prayerful and humble as they have been in the past month.
Against the Muslims’ belief that no month is holier than the Ramadan, nor is any month more attractive of God’s forgiveness and mercy, Islam also emphasises that Allah is ready to answer prayers at all times, if these are offered in the circumstances guiding the Ramadan. Muslims are, therefore, enjoined to keep these lessons uppermost in their heart as they celebrate the Eid. It is the commandment of Allah.
Alhaji Galadima, in his usual characteristics thanked the Lagos state government Led by His Excellency, Babajide Sanwolu, members of Lagos state Butchers Association for their cooperation and understanding during this trying times of the pandemic, also for Muslim to wake up early in the morning and clean themselves, dress in smart clothes before offering to pray a special prayer for eid, Muslims are asked to pray the Eid prayers at home because of CONVID-19 .
Truly, this year’s Eid celebration necessarily needs to be moderate, even sober. For one, a government has just been battling to save the lives of Nigerians and trying to work out the people’s expectation that would bring socio-economic light to the country. Therefore, Muslims should spare a thought for the entire country and how to lift it from its persistent underdevelopment. All Nigerians should be concerned that although the country is reputed to be one of the most endowed in the world, in terms of natural and human resources, it also harbours the poorest in the world. It is shameful that while Nigerians are among the wealthiest few individuals globally, most citizens are living below the poverty level in their own country. This is surly the period for all to reflect and help the needy among us as a nation.