The day of Eid-ul-Fitr truly symbolises piety, patience, fortitude and Godliness. Eid-ul-Fitr reminds us to share festivities with the poor, the underprivileged, the downtrodden, orphans, the neglected and the cast-off, besides embracing people from different faiths and cross sections of life.
Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated, in brief, to express gratitude to God for enabling the faithful to observe fasts for a month in the manner of a "refresher course", punctuated with strict self-discipline and the special night tarawih prayers.
Muslims must see to it that on Eid, though it's a day of happiness, there is no squandering of wealth and care is taken of the downtrodden, too. Gratitude and service to humanity are the fundamental values that Islam inculcates in every person.
This day of happiness is also a day of introspection for Muslims who should spare at least some time to see if their actions and character can be assessed favourably in the light of Islamic teachings. Have they contributed to the well being of their fellow beings, non-Muslim brethren and the nation, as per the spirit of Allah who is Rehmatullil Aalameen, the God of All?
Eid, according to my grandfather Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, in his book Eiden, is also a time to realise the urgency of fraternal bonding and the concept of inter-faith harmony. It demands the meeting of hearts and minds to weld the ummah as a cohesive and pious force on the track of peace and tranquillity .
In the present context, when Muslims are being widely portrayed as terrorists owing to the zealots, the need to highlight Islam's stress on universal brotherhood is important. There should be Eid-Diwali Milans (gatherings) all over, arranged by Muslims.
Prophet Mohammed made sure that first the needy shared the joys of Eid. For Eid means sharing of joys. Merely celebrating Eid unmindful of what is happening in the neighbour's house, and whether he is happy or not is not the true spirit of Eid.