Indian Army and Pakistan Army celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on the Line of Control (LoC) at Poonch Rawalakot Crossing Point and Mendhar-Hotspring Crossing Point in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir on 13 May 2021. Sweets and compliments were exchanged by the representatives of both the Armies in an atmosphere of bonhomie and festivities.
The ceremony is seen as a confidence-building measure in the backdrop of a recently agreed ceasefire between both countries. The gesture was appreciated by both the armies and expected to promote goodwill and mutual trust.
WHAT IS EID-UL-FITR
Eid al-Fitr was originated from the Islamic prophet Muhammad. According to certain traditions, these festivals were initiated in Medina after the migration of Muhammad from Mecca. Anas, a well-known companion of the Islamic prophet, narrated that, when Muhammad arrived in Medina, he found people celebrating two specific days in which they entertained themselves with recreation and merriment. At this, Muhammad remarked that Allah had fixed two days of festivity: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Traditionally, Eid al-Fitr begins at sunset on the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon. If the moon is not observed immediately after the 29th day of the previous lunar month (either because clouds block its view or because the western sky is still too bright when the moon sets), then the holiday is celebrated the following day. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for one to three days, depending on the country. It is forbidden to fast on the Day of Eid, and a specific prayer is nominated for this day. As an obligatory act of charity, money is paid to the poor and the needy (Arabic: Zakat-ul-fitr) before performing the ‘Eid prayer. Fasting can not lead to salvation. Quran Sharif directs to worship the Almighty Allah to attain complete salvation by taking the Right Way of worship from a Bakhabar Saint.