President Peter Mutharika has released a message wishing Malawi Muslims “a happy Eid” – the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr Monday, to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
In his message, Mutharika pointed out that the Government of Malawi appreciates the “cordial relationship that exists between it and Muslim organisations, individuals and businesses that endeavour to reduce poverty through the provision of charitable undertakings in the fields of education and health among others.”
Said Mutharika in his best wishes: “May God bless and guide all Muslims on this occasion as they not only celebrate the end of fasting, but also thank Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the month to help them practise self-control. “
Mutharika wished the Muslims “Happy Eid-ul-Fitr .”
Like most major Islamic events, the start of the Eid festival depends on a lunar sighting. Muslims look for a new moon to proclaim the start of the month in Islam’s lunar calendar.
The timing of Eid can vary in different countries accordingly.
Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved by a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam, and is marked by several days of festivities.