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Significance of Celebrating Eid with Disability Community

Significance of Celebrating Eid with Disability Community

The significance of celebrating Eid with the disability community cannot be overstated. Muslims around the world look forward to Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha as joyous occasions to come together, share meals, and celebrate the end of Ramadan and the story of Prophet Ibrahim. However, for people with disabilities, participating in these celebrations can be challenging, as they may face unique obstacles that are often overlooked by others.

What is Ramadan and Eid?

Ramadan is a month-long religious observance that is observed by Muslims around the world. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered to be the holiest month of the year for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, water, and other physical needs during the day. The fast is broken each evening with a meal called iftar.

Eid ul-Fitr, also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is celebrated at the end of Ramadan. It is a three-day holiday that marks the end of the month-long fast. On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims gather to perform special prayers, exchange gifts, share food with family and friends, and participate in various other festivities.

Eid ul-Adha, also known as the greater Eid or  “Festival of Sacrifice,” is another important holiday in Islam that takes place in the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. It commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, prophet Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to Allah (God).  Ismail was replaced by a ram at the point of sacrifice, which was to be slaughtered in his place. Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness and determination to steadfastly comply with his Lord’s orders were put to the test by this directive from Allah Almighty. As a result, Eid ul-Adha is referred to as the festival of sacrifice. Muslims around the world celebrate this holiday by performing a special prayer, sacrificing an animal, and sharing the meat with family, friends, and the less fortunate.

Celebrating Eid with Disability Community

By celebrating Eid with members of the disability community, we can show that we value and respect diversity in our communities. It is important to remember that the Islamic faith has a rich history of supporting individuals with disabilities, as exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who emphasized the importance of treating people with disabilities with kindness and compassion. Thus, celebrating Eid with the disabled community can be a way to promote the values of inclusivity and accessibility that are at the core of Islamic teachings.

Moreover, by advocating for accessibility and inclusion for all during Eid celebrations, we can set an example for the wider community. There are many ways in which we can make our Eid festivities more accessible, such as providing wheelchair ramps, ensuring that there are enough accessible restrooms, and offering sign language interpretation. Additionally, providing assistive technology for those who are deaf, or blind can make a big difference in their ability to fully participate in the celebrations.

Many people with disabilities often lack a sense of social connection and belonging when they don’t celebrate Eid with the disability community. We can foster a sense of community and social support by including people with disabilities in the Eid festivities. This can help with mental health and well-being.

It’s also important to remember that celebrating Eid with people with disabilities can change people’s views on disability in general. We can help dispel negative perceptions and misconceptions about people with disabilities by promoting accessibility and inclusion. This may ultimately result in a society that is more welcoming to everyone and more accepting of people with disabilities.

Promoting inclusion, accessibility, and social connection for people with disabilities by celebrating Eid with the disability community is crucial. We can contribute to the development of a society that is more welcoming and inclusive by recognising the difficulties faced by this community and making provisions for their requirements. This Eid, let us all strive to make our celebrations more accessible to everyone, regardless of ability, and more inclusive.