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October 25 2007

By: Maged Thabet Al-kholidy
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Happy Eid dear readers. We must be happy for this occasion. It is noticed that some people start hesitating to do the religious duties which they used to do in Ramadan. Some of them also behave in a different, paying no attention to any religious or social instructions.

Actually, Ramadan's end does not mean the end of worship, and moral behaviors. It is, on the other hand, the best chance to prove the sincerity, and honesty of the repent that we usually declare at the beginning of Ramadan. Here, I want all of us to keep in mind that we have to keep in mind, first and for most, that “Allah is the God of all the months, not only of Ramadan”.

To prove the seriousness of our repent, we should do best to save the promises and vows that we declare at the beginning of Ramadan. Everything good can be done in the other months “if we want to do”. We can pray on time in mosques, and do all the other religious duties. We also behave morally with others, help poor people, etc. The only thing we need is a strong determination to keep our repent; otherwise it will fail.

Eid is a significant occasion for all. People forget the duty that should do on this occasion which is helping others. We must not forget the poor people. We may not be able to know and help all the poor people. But we can do this for poor people, orphans at least around us.

Of course, everywhere there are poor families. The bad circumstances of these people may turn the happiness of Eid to sadness, and sorrowfulness in many respects.

A poor father may commit a suicide when he sees all children around celebrating this occasion with new clothes, sweets, toys, etc, while his children lack these all. He, sometimes, can not offer them the essential food. It is not his mistake to be poor, and it is not the mistake of his children to be prevented from the minimum things for such an occasion.

We also can not blame society or life for this. But we should blame ourselves in case we ignore their cases. We should imagine ourselves in their places to realize how bitterly they suffer. For this reason, we can offer simple things to them which will surly mean great things for them.

We can not help all, but if every one of us helps only the ones around like neighbors, relatives, or friends, there will be no longer poor people.

Some people can not offer their families even a single thing to celebrate this occasion like others. Their children may keep inside homes because they do not have new cloths like others, for example. In spite of this, most, or even some, do not complain, or ask others' help. It really appreciated to help such people on such a holy occasion.

Visiting relatives and friends is another important pint that everyone should not forget. During the whole year, we claim that we are so busy that we have no time to visit them.

On such an occasion, it is a religious and social duty to pays visits to relatives and friends. This is to break any gab with them, and widens intimacy, respect and love.

It is not necessary to go there with gifts as some people claim. It actually depends on one's ability. In case, anyone can not take gifts, one should go empty-handed, rather than hesitating to go.

Though these things seem to be done for others, we win many things like happiness, comfort and other religious rewards. This is something normal and no need to say that we should think of it through the mind's eye as usual.

Majed Thabet Al-kholidy is a writer from Taiz, currently doing his M.A. at English Dep, Taiz Uni. He is an ex-editor of English Journal of the University.