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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

August 31, 2011

Ramadan Celebration at Prasanthi Nilayam

"Eid-ul-Fitr", or the ‘festival of charity’, was celebrated in Prasanthi Nilayam today. The students of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning conduct an  inspiring performance on this festival day every year, and this year it was celebrated with no less grandeur. After the Vedic invocation, the programme started at 1700hrs with Namaz, a prayer for the well being of one and all. After the Namaz, the students presented a skit based on a story woven around the five pillars of Islam: Shahada (Faith), Salat (Prayer), Sawm (Fasting), Zakāt(Charity), and Hajj (Pilgrimage).

The importance of prayer was described with a beautiful song and dance. In the story based on the values of fasting, charity, and sacrifice, a poor Muslim feeds a destitute boy with the food he was taking for his family to break their Ramadan fast.The students Faith and Pilgrimage then discussed the inner significance of Faith and Pilgrimage. Pilgrimage does not merely mean a trip to a distant land, but it is a path towards Inner Destination.

The students then enacted an incident from their hostel life where two students join an Islamic brother in the Ramadan fast. Learning about this, a fourth student inspired by their sacrifice and resolve, wakes up very early and prepares a feast for them in the morning before sunrise. The students concluded the programme stating that Islam is not merely a religion, but a state of mind, a state where the mind is surrendered to Allah, the Almighty.

The programme was interspersed with melodious music and energetic dance performances based on the teachings of Bhagawan and the Holy Quran. 

 

Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

Jai Sai Ram!