Episode 62: Islamic Holidays #10: Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr is the culmination of the massive achievement of Ramadan. In this episode I offer some points on how to really make the most of this special day. Enjoy!
Fasting is suspended between heavens and earth (weak, Suyuti in his Jami Saghir)
Giving life to the eve of Eid (Ibn Maja)
Friday is an eid (Ibn Majah)
Exchange gifts so that you may love one another (Bukhari Adab Mufrad)
The day of Eid is prize day (Tabarani)
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
In The Clock of the Long Now, Stewart Brand argues that religion is one of the most durable institutions of civilization that helps ground us all in timeless values. In his concept of the forces of innovation (rapidly changing) and durability (slow changing) of civilization, religion would definitely be amongst the more slow adapting forces.MORE