By Dr. Ahmed Adeeb Ahmed
These occasions aren’t obsequies or parties, because for these occasions we have practices, namely the establishment of prayer and the paying of alms to the Poor people (Zakat) in compliance with the verse: “We inspired to them the doing of good deeds, establishment of prayer, and giving of zakat; and they were worshippers of Us” (21:73).
The aim of prayers in feasts is to mention the name of God, in compliance with the verse: “Celebrate the praises of Allah during the Appointed Days”. Festive occasions are a revival of the days of God, in compliance with the verse: “Teach them to remember the Days of Allah” or “remind them of the days of Allah” (14:5).
God has commanded us to venerate and maintain blessed feasts because the believers meet each other to mention the name of God to reassure their hearts.
Alawites celebrate feasts that all Muslims celebrate as Eid Al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha. Some feasts are related to the Imams (Ahl al-Bayt, peace be upon them), as Al-Ghadeer and Al-Mubahala.
The Alawite religious scholar Dr. Ahmed Adeeb Ahmed
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