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Why we celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Eid-Ul-Fitr is celebrated for three main reasons:

  • Thanking God for guiding us in completing fasting the month of Ramadan.
  • Gathering in the mosque to pray and to ask God forgiveness.
  • The celebration proceeded by paying charity to the poor, called ‘Zakat ul Fitr’

Eid Ul-Fitr is a celebratory feast that marks the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan and ushers in the month of Shawwaal. For Muslims, Eid Ul-Fitr not only signals the breaking of the fast, but also signifies the attainment of communication with the divine spirit and religious virtue, characterized by sacrifice, self-discipline and acts of charity.

Eid ul-Fitr, often called Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning‘festivity’,while Fitr  means “to break fast”; and the day symbolizes breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated after the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal.

Eid ul-Fitr is a day long celebration and is sometimes also known as the ‘Smaller Eid’ as compared to the Eid ul-Adha that lasts four days and is called the ‘Greater Eid’.

Muslims are commanded by the Qur’an to complete their fast on the last day of Ramadan and then recite the Takbir all throughout the period of Eid.

Eid-Ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, which Muslims follow. The sighting of the new crescent moon marks the beginning of the month.

On the Eid day early in the morning all the Muslims take a bath and wear their new clothes after dressing they have breakfast which includes dates and then proceed to the Mosque (masjid) for a Eid prayer and recite the takbeerat “allahu akbar, allahu akbar” meaning Allah is the greatest. Apart from this many other Eid prayers are recited to remember Allah on this occasion.

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