Just look at those smiles.
Is it me, or are those smiles saying, “HEY, WE LOVE AMERICA, NOW LET US GO THROUGH SECURITY IN FIFTEEN MINUTES OR LESS!”
So, yesterday was Eid-ul-Fitr, unanimously agreed amongst Muslims as the biggest day of the year. The significance of the day is simply the end of Ramadan, the month in which we fast for various reasons.
Eid-ul-Fitr basically means “Festival of the Fast.” It falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month after Ramadan, both of which are months in the Islamic lunar calendar. Like Eid ul Adha, Eid actually begins after sunset because it depends on the moon.
More on that in a minute.
We celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr by doing the things most other religious communities do when they have a holiday… eat food, visit family, eat more food, visit more family… and give gifts.
(WHO GOT A DSLR THIS YEAR?!)
(THIS GAL RIIIGHT HERE.)
Anyway. Back to multicultural education.
The funny thing about Eid-ul-Fitr is that it’s always kind of a guessing game. See, the end of the lunar month for Muslims depends on the sighting of a new moon.
And this is where it gets confusing.
What, in 2011, constitutes a “moon sighting”?
Furthermore, with the advent of connectivity all over the world, do you celebrate when the moon is sighted in your country, in Mecca (the spiritual epicenter of Islam), or anywhere on Earth?
And, wow, if we end up populating Mars, what would Muslims who live THERE do …
Some Islamic scholars, particularly those in Saudi Arabia, insist that the sighting must be an actual sighting with the naked eye while others are okay with using a telescope. Either way, a person has to actually see the new moon for it to be Eid.
Others, specifically associations in North America, have postulated that since a new moon can be scientifically calculated, we can determine the occurrence of Eid-ul-Fitr through that.
And then in South Asia, they generally celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr a day later than whenever Saudi does because… honestly, I don’t know why.
Something about geographic location and the sighting being off due to that. Or just being ornery. And also because desis are always late to everything. I made that last part up, but it’s highly logical if you think about it.
And THEN there are people all over the world that don’t care whether they see the moon in their country or not, only if people in Saudi Arabia were able to see the moon and they celebrate when Saudis celebrate.
The point being that not every Muslim in the world celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr on the same day and that the reasons for that are different.
That’s because we are a diverse community. With different opinions.
Who knew? Apparently, less people than I wish.
I only tell you all this to illustrate one point.
You know how people think “we” are trying to take over in some secret Muslim ninja plot to institute Sharia Law in the United States?
People, we can’t even seem to figure out how to celebrate Eid, a holiday that has been around since the inception of our religion, on the same day as each other.
I don’t think you have anything to worry about, Ms. Coulter.
I bet you want to know when I celebrated Eid.
Of course you do.
I, personally, don’t think there’s anything wrong with the scientific calculation.
I happen to be part of a local community that follows when Eid occurs in Saudi Arabia. So we celebrate, as a family, when they celebrate in Saudi.
So, anyway, Tuesday was Eid-ul-Fitr.
In India and Pakistan, it’s today.
(Belated for North America & the Middle East).
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