Eid al-Fitr: Celebrating the End of Ramadan
Eid al-Fitr, also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is a significant Islamic festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a month when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and engage in increased spiritual reflection, prayer and acts of charity. But why and how do Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr?
What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is a three-day festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. It is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, upon the sighting of the new moon.
Eid al-Fitr is significant in Islam as it marks the end of the month-long spiritual journey Muslims take during Ramadan. Ramadan is the holy month when Muslims purify their souls and strengthen their faith in Allah (SWT). Thus, the festival of Eid al-Fitr then marks the completion of this spiritual journey.
Therefore, we celebrate this Eid as a way of expressing gratitude to Allah for giving us the opportunity to fast during Ramadan, seek forgiveness in it and earn numerous blessings from it. This is what makes the festival a time of joy, celebration and community.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is a time of joy and celebration. A time when Muslims gather with family and friends, exchange gifts, share food and engage in other festivities.
Some of the common traditions associated with the blessed day include:
Eid prayer – Muslims gather in large congregations in mosques or open spaces to perform the Eid prayer, which is a special prayer consisting of two units (rak’ahs).
Giving gifts – Muslims exchange gifts with family and friends, especially children, as a way of expressing love and gratitude.
Sharing food – Muslims prepare and share feasts with family and friends, often featuring traditional dishes and sweets.
Dressing one’s best – Muslims dress up in their best clothes, often traditional clothing, to mark the special occasion.
Visiting loved ones – Muslims visit relatives, friends, and neighbours to exchange greetings and share food and sweets.
The Importance of Zakat al-Fitr
Zakat al-Fitr (also known as Fitrana) is a form of charity that Muslims are obligated to give before Eid al-Fitr. This way, we can ensure the poor and needy of our Ummah around the world can also enjoy the festivities of Eid al-Fitr with loved ones.
Zakat al-Fitr is mandatory for every adult Muslim with wealth beyond their basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter. It is also recommended for the head of the household to give on behalf of all dependents, including children, elderly parents, and servants.
How to Pay Zakat al-Fitr
The amount of Zakat al-Fitr is typically equivalent to one saa (approximately 2.5 kg) of food per person. It can be given in the form of food, such as wheat, barley, dates or raisins. You can also give money equivalent to the value of these food items.
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All in all, Eid al-Fitr is an important festival in the Islamic calendar that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It celebrates the completion of our month-long spiritual journey during the month of fasting. It is a time of joy and community. When Muslims express gratitude to Allah (SWT) and come together with family and friends.
Regardless of when or where you are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, may the blessed festival be one of happiness, peace and immense blessings for you and your loved ones.
May Allah accept good deeds from us and from you! Eid Mubarak!
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