Thousands of Liberian Muslims today joined the World in commemoration of the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a call for all Muslims to remain peaceful at all times.
The festival is a day when Muslims thank God, known as Allah in Arabic, for peace, strength and blessings, hoping the commemoration of Ramadan has brought them closer to God.
It was first celebrated by Muhammad in 624-CE following a victory in battle.
Speaking at the end of the 30 days fasting period, the Grand Mufti of Liberia Sheik Abubakar Sumaworu called on government to “Comply with the demands that the citizens will be requesting”.
He used the occasion to admonish citizens to respect authority and dialogue for the sustenance of the Country’s peace.
The Muslim Cleric furthered, the sustainability of peace in the Country requires the collective efforts of all.
Sheik Sumaworu also appealed to his religious brothers and sisters to remain peaceful and continue to remain moderate in their approaches towards their fellow men.
He is quoted as saying “do not get involved in anything that will disturb public security as the Muslim Community will not encourage anyone to participate in violence of any kind”.
Meanwhile, Sheik Abubakar rekindled previous appeals to national government to create a day for Muslims to be observed by the Country as national holiday.
Up to present, no specific Muslim public holidays are mentioned in the public holidays in Liberia.
Additional Information you need to know about Eid al-Fitr
This year, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr begins on the evening of Tuesday 4 June.
The holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting and deep reflection.
Translated from Arabic as “the feast of the breaking of the fast”, Muslims observe the religious holiday by taking part in traditions such as holding prayer services and donating money to charity.
What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fir follows Ramadan, the Islamic holy month which sees Muslims fast during daylight hours.
Ramadan commemorates the Quran first being revealed to the Prophet Muhammad and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
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Eid al-Fitr marks an end to the solemn period of reassessment that is Ramadan.
This year, Eid al-Fitr takes place from the evening of Tuesday 4 June until the evening of Wednesday 5 June.
Traditionally, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for three days and is a national holiday in Muslim countries.
In the UK, Muslims tend to celebrate the festival for a day and may take time off work or school for the occasion.
What’s the difference between Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha takes place later on in the year, and is considered a holier observance than Eid al-Fitr.
It takes place on the 10th day of the final month of the Islamic calendar, and involves Muslims from around the world travelling the Mecca for pilgrimage.
This year, Eid al-Adha takes place from the evening of Sunday 11 August to Thursday 15 August.
It is known as the “sacrifice feast”, and honors the prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice of his son Ishmael, an act of submission under the order of Allah.