Muslims around the country will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This comes after the sighting of the moon on Tuesday night.
President Jacob Zuma has wished all Muslims in South Africa and across the world a blessed Eid Mubarak.
“As the month-long fast of Ramadan draws to an end and our Muslim compatriots await joyously for this day of Eid, where they will engage in prayer and expression of gratitude to the almighty for all blessings, I take this opportunity, on behalf of government and the people of South Africa, of wishing all Muslims Eid Mubarak,” said the President.
This Wednesday morning, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will address Muslim Eid Prayer in Pretoria.
In Cape Town, leaders of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and other senior members braved the cold raining weather during a prayer gathering at Three Anchor Bay in Sea Point.
Due to the bad weather the moon was not sighted in the Mother City.
According to the Muslim faith, Ramadan is the month during which the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
MJC president Shaykh Irfaan Abrahams says this is a time of happiness.
“It’s an exciting period for us; very difficult to understand but a time of happiness and sadness. Sadness because we bid farewell to the month of Ramadan and happiness because we feel we have done what God wanted from us by showing obedience to God Almighty and a day of celebration, but everything within the conformity of the dean and the religion of Islam.”
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille was also present at the Three Anchor Bay in Sea Point to wish the Muslim community Eid Mubarak.
Eid al-Fitr is traditionally marked with early morning prayers at mosques, visits to the grave sites of loved ones and lunch time feasts with families and friends.