The faithful of Islam today celebrate Eid, the end of the month of fasting. The first Muslim mayor of Europe, Sadiqq Khan, sends greetings from London to Muslims all over the world
Today it is a feast for Muslims all over the world: with the Eid, Ramadan ends, the month of fasting that Muslims are obliged to observe as one of the precepts of faith. According to tradition, Ramadan, considered one of the five pillars of Islam along with prayer, the act of faith to Muhammad, almsgiving and a visit to Mecca at least once in life, commemorates the first revelation of the Koran to Muhammad around to the seventh century after Christ. It is the ninth month of the year according to the Islamic calendar: started on May 17th, it will end today, after 29 days of fasting throughout the day, from dawn to dusk.
Not only abstinence from food, but also prayer, reading of the sacred texts, prohibition of practicing sex, drinking and smoking. The devotees are then invited not to give in to the sin of the word as insults, threats or slander, and to avoid any form of violence. This is the special moment for works of charity and good works. Minors, elderly and sick people, pregnant or nursing mothers, those on the move are excluded from fasting.
The Ramadan festival will be celebrated today by a million and a half of faithful resident throughout Italy (just under 3% of the population), and twenty million in Europe: there will be ceremonies, meetings and moments of sharing.
Eid Mubarak’s good wishes, a good end of Ramadan, were sent this morning by the first Muslim mayor of Europe, Sadiq Khan, a Londoner of Pakistani origin: the first citizen of London wrote a tweet for all the Muslims of the English capital and the world.