Soon, all Muslims will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. After fasting for a month, Eid Al-Fitr is a wonderful time to gather with friends and family.
Since Eid became an official Islamic feast, it has been a celebration where Muslims thank God for allowing them to have victory over earthly passions during Ramadan. Around the world, Muslims celebrate Eid in different ways, such as cooking special food, getting new clothes or going back to their home villages.
Another important aspect of Eid Al-Fitr in most Muslim cultures is asking for forgiveness. A good Muslim will go to every person he knows. He will ask forgiveness for what he has done against that person in the past year, whether it was on purpose or by accident. The other person will then forgive him, and ask the same thing.
Asking forgiveness is a great idea. Of course there are always questions. Why is he asking forgiveness? Does the person asking forgiveness really mean it? What if the person he asked forgiveness from is his enemy? Will that enemy forgive him? It might be good to see what Isa Al-Masih, a person all Muslims respect as a great prophet, says about forgiveness.
Isa Al-Masih, Love and Forgiveness
Both the Taurat and the Injil teach forgiveness. But in the Injil, Isa Al-Masih taught things about forgiveness that many did not like.
Isa Al-Masih said, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. . . . If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that” (Injil, Matthew 5:43-47).
You might think, “That passage is talking about love, not forgiveness!” But if you love and pray for your enemies, then you will also forgive them!
Isa also forgave people whom others thought did not deserve forgiveness. One time, Isa was having dinner with a friend and a “sinful” woman interrupted the dinner. She anointed Isa with expensive perfume. The male guests were appalled that He allowed her to do this. Isa responded by saying, “…I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little” (Injil, Luke 7:47).
How to Make This Your Best Eid Al-Fitr Ever!
Every person has sinned. And whether those sins are “little” or “big,” they separate us from God. The only way to obtain eternal forgiveness for our sins is by accepting Isa Al-Masih as the Ultimate Sacrifice. He died for each of us. If we accept Him as our Sacrifice, we will experience forgiveness of sins.
Here is a beautiful Gospel promise: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Injil Allah, Ephesians 1:7).
Do you want to be forgiven by God this Eid Al-Fitr? Ask Allah to forgive your sins because Isa Al-Masih, the Kalimah Allah, died for you. God will certainly forgive you!
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