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Eid the best time to visit the sick, shun bias: Scholars

Eid the best time to visit the sick, shun bias: Scholars

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Jun 04, 2019 - 13:12

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Religious scholars call Eid days the best opportunity to visit friends and families. They want people to shun bias and inquire after the sick.

Some scholars in Herat say Eid is not all about wearing new clothes and eating good food. Visiting the ill, helping the needy and resolving differences are the best deeds according to Islamic teachings.

Placing a variety of fruits on tables, visiting friends and offering food and sweets in mosques on the first day of Eid are among the traditions of Herat people.

Abdul Ghani Jamshid, deputy head of the Haj and Religious Affairs Department, says Islam orders its followers to set aside bias and prejudice and visit friends and families.

Maulviinfo-icon Abdullah, a religious scholar, says: “The ailing individuals reserve the right to be visited during Eid, when the culture of inquiring after relatives should also be practiced.”

Mohammad Ibrahim Hajizada, a resident of Herat, says: “Eid is a festival and during these days we should visit our friends and relatives.”

Omaid Popal, another resident of Herat, thinks: “On the first day of Eid we should visit our parents and kiss their hands. We should visit our relatives and reconcile with those who are not on speaking terms with us.”

The growing population, security challenges and economic problems have dampened the celebration of Eid and people are unable to follow their traditions.

Some civil societyinfo-icon leaders in Herat believe that not only citizens but the government should also pay attention to the revival of traditional celebration of Eid.

Fayaz Ghori, a civil society activist, saysL “Islam has explained the activities we should do during Eid. But, unfortunately, present-day hobbies have taken us away from what Islam teaches us.”

Information and Culture Department head says culture and festivals being observed during the Eid were closely intertwined with the history of a particular country.

Information Director Raya Raufyan says by exchanging visits people refresh the real culture of their country besides discharging their religious responsibility.

nh/mud

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