The Sathya Sai International Organisation follows the teachings of its Divine Master, Sathya Sai Baba in celebrating the festivals of all religions. In Australia, festivals from Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism are all observed with spiritual focus and presentations.
In Victoria Region East, at Berwick Sai Centre, there was a special presentation on Eid, a festival observed in Islam at the end of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the month of fasting for Muslims and lasts for 29 to 30 days. Ramadan is said to be the holy month for Muslims, and it is believed that the holy book, the Quran, was revealed to prophet Muhammad during this month. The purpose of this holy month is to thank Allah for all that he has given and by giving up food and drinks during daylight hours, the Muslim people instead devote themselves in prayer to Allah. Once the crescent moon is sighted at the end of the month, it is then time to break the fast and celebrate Eid ul-Fitr.
It is said that Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the fasting and the emergence of a clean soul that is free of all evil habits. It is the perfect moment to usher spirituality, peace and brotherhood. It is a celebration of devotion, dedication, sincerity and honesty, which the ardent disciples show during the month of fasting.
Eid ul-Fitr literally means to break the fast. Eid ul-Fitr is all about feasting, worshipping and unifying. Sharing greetings and wishes is an important ritual of the festivity. On the Eid ul-Fitr day Muslims wear new clothes and go for prayer ceremonies in their nearby mosque to thank Allah.
Sai Centre of Berwick hosted Eid Celebration and Presentation on Islam
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Victoria was invited to share the significance of Eid. The call to prayer was also recited and the meaning explained. Devotees were also privileged to hear from the Imam on the core teachings of Islam. A beautiful poem by the founder, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1889) was recited, by a youth and also explained in English. This poem has a serene melody and the vibrations were meditative. The poem was based on the universal truth of Oneness.
The program was concluded by 9 Sathya Sai Sarva Dharma and Allah Bhajans.
The Imam and the elders from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Victoria were very touched and impressed by the event held by the Sai Organisation in celebration of Eid.