365 writing Prompts: Memories of holidays past

What is your favorite holiday? Recount the specific memory or memories that have made that holiday special to you.

My favorite holiday is “Eid al Fitr” (festival of breaking the fast).

The following is a brief history of “Eid al -Fitr”: It comes after a month of fasting known as Ramadan.Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.

Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah(God) revealed the first verses of the Holy Qur’an, the holy book of Islam.

Around 610 A.D. a caravan trader named Muhammad went wandering in the desert near Mecca( in today’s Saudi Arabia).While he was meditating one night he heard a voice telling  him he was chosen to receive the word of Allah. The voice was that of Angel Gabriel.

In the days that followed Muhammad found himself speaking the verses that would be transcribed as the Qur’an.

Muslims are required to fast during the month of Ramadan, food and drink is not allowed from sunrise to sunset. Fasting serves many purposes, when they are hungry and thirsty they are reminded of the suffering of the poor. It helps to practice self-control, and also helps to cleanse body and mind.

After the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate, “Eid al -Fitr” it is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations the other is Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca.

On the day of ‘Eid al-Fitr’ Muslims dress in their finest clothes, decorate their homes with lights, give treats to the children, and give money to the poor people.They also enjoy visiting their family and friends.

Those who are wealthy give generously to the poor and also make it a point to feed them.

I remember we loved “Eid al Fitr” a lot it was during this time our Dad gave us money after he and our brothers came back from the mosque after the Eid prayer.

We were always excited because mom would buy beautiful fabrics and she’d give it to   the tailor who’d sew beautiful clothes for us.

There were delicious foods cooked by mom, which  we’d be anxious to eat, we always knew no one could cook better than mom.

It was a  tradition in every family to cook dessert with vermicelli,with or without milk, I liked the dry vermicelli, mom fried it with clarified butter, then she added sugar and water for the vermicelli to soften  she left it for a couple of minutes on the stove for the liquid to dry. It was afterwards garnished with sliced almonds and pistachios.

We had our meal at noon. Then we’d visit our friends to wish them happy Eid. We couldn’t visit  our relatives they lived far away.

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Worlds Largest Mosques- One

English: Masjid al-Haram, Mecca

English: Early morning sky in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
English: Early morning sky in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Kaaba, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Holiest s...

English: Kaaba, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Holiest site in Islam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Masjid-al-Haram Interior

Masjid-al-Haram Interior (Photo credit: transposition)

English: Supplicating Pilgrim at Masjid Al Har...

English: A picture of people performing (circu...
English: A picture of people performing (circumambulating) the . This picture taken from the gate of Abdul Aziz seems to divide the Kaaba and the minarets into mirror images of one another. Français : Pélerins en train de réaliser la Circumambulation (ou Tawaf) autour de la Ka’ba. Photo prise depuis la porte Ibn Saud, d’où la vue présente une symétrie en miroir presque parfaite. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Greatest Mosque Al-Masjid Al-Haram  , Mecc...

The Greatest Mosque Al-Masjid Al-Haram , Mecca | أول بيت وضع للناس (Photo credit: Hossam all line)

Al-Masjid al- Haram or the Grand Mosque surrounds Islam’s holiest place the Kaaba.It is located in the city of Mecca and is the largest mosque in the world.Muslims turn toward Kaaba while performing any prayer.One of the Five pillars of Islam requires every Muslim to perform the Hajj pilgrimage ,at least once in his or her lifetime if able to do so including circumambulation of Kaaba.

It was established at the time of Prophet Abraham. the capacity of the mosque is 900,000 and is increased to 4000,000 during Hajj.It has 9 minarets.The height of each is 89 m(292 Feet).

I am hoping to be able to write about the other mosques one at a time.

Allah Hafiz to all of you!