Go green this Eid-ul-Fitr
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By Suma Dineducational writer

Original article published on 03 Sept 2010

Make the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Fitr meaningful for all children by incorporating green and ethical issues

The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr ends the month of Ramadan. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to make the Muslim festival meaningful for all children, take the current trends of a green and ethical Eid into the classroom.


Reflecting the month

Eid-ul-Fitr literally means ‘the festival of breaking the fast’. Like any celebration, it can easily take the highway of excess consumption; eating too much and general waste – hardly what the month of Ramadan was about. Muslims across the world have spent thirty days abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours, reflecting on their character and reconnecting with the message of the Qur’an in long prayer sessions during the night. Likewise, thinking of those in need is a central feature of the month. Children get involved in fundraising and are encouraged to think about how people less fortunate feel. Those people who are fasting make every effort to be charitable: visiting someone ill, donating groceries to a local homeless shelter, or fundraising for victims of a flood or earthquake.

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