Dear Readers, Today Let’s know about Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebrations Around The World, Eid-Ul-Fitr Timing, Eid-Ul-Fitr History, Eid-Ul-Fitr General Rituals, Steps of General Rituals, On Eid-Ul-Fitr Paryer and Eidgah, Eid-Ul-Fitr Islamic Tradition, Paying Fitra on Eid. Eid-Ul-Fitr celebrated on the tenth month of Islamic lunar calendar which is the first day of Shawwal. Eid-Ul-Fitr likely to fall in most of the countries on 17th July and in some nations like India and Pakistan it falls on next day which is 18th July. According to Gulf news based on the astronomical calculations these predictions are made.
Eid-Ul-Fitr called as feast of breaking the fast. It is an important religious holiday celebrated by the whole world Muslims which marks the end of Ramadan month. During Eid Muslim are not permitted to fast. Eid celebrates on the conclusion of 29 or 30 days of fasting from dawn to sunset during the entire Ramadan month. Eid falls on first day of Shawwal month.
When the new moon is seen Eid-Ul-Fitr will be confirmed, and this varies from country to country. Over the sighting of moon every year there is controversy. “Religious scholars asks the question, why do Muslims put themselves through this confusion every year? Science and technology can detect the birth of new moon.”
Traditionally, it is the day shortly after sunset the first sighting of the crescent moon. After 29th day of the previous lunar month if the moon is not observed immediately either because of the cloudy weather or because of the brightness of western sky when the moon sets, then it is the following day.
In Arabia before the advent of Islam, there is mention of festivals among the Arabs.
Eid-Ul-Fitr was originated by the Islamic last Prophet Mohammed (SAW). It is found at the end of the month of Ramadan and on the first of the month of Shawwal. During Ramadan Muslims undergo fasting.
After the migration of Muhammad (SAW) from Mecca, these festivals were initiated in Madinah. When Prophet arrived in madinah, he observed people celebrating two specific days by entertaining themselves with merriment and recreation.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) asked them about these festivals at which they replied that these festivities are occasions of fun and recreation. At this, the prophet (SAW) informed that the almighty has fixed two days for festivals which are better than any other festivals Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha.
Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-UL-Adha both the festivals for Muslims are occasions for showing gratitude to God and remembering him, and also an occasion of entertainment. Aisha (RA) narrates that her father Abu Bakar Siddique (RA) on Eid day stopped young girls from singing (Without music) then Muhammad (SAW) said Abu Bakar (RA) let them sing as this day is our Eid and every nation has an Eid.
Eid-Ul-Fitr General Rituals
Eid-Ul-Fitr celebrates for one, two or three days. Common greetings are the Arabic greetings “Eid Mubarak” which means ‘blessed Eid’ or “Eid Sa’id” means ‘Happy Eid’. Each country have their own style to wish Eid in their local language.
On Eid-Ul-Fitr day Muslims wakeup before sun rise early in the morning brush their teeth, take a shower and offers salatul fajr (the morning prayer) put on new clothes and apply perfume.
On Eid-Ul-Fitr day they should not fast. Before attending Eid Prayer (salat) need to have small sweet break fast preferably date fruit.
Before performing the Eid prayer money is paid to the needy and poor as an obligatory act of charity in Arabic “sadaqat-Ul-Fitr”.
Steps of General Rituals
*Need to pray in local Masjid
*Charity must be given
*Fajr prayer must be done in the local Masjid.
*For Eid salat need to start early
*In open field Takbirat must read
*Should start on foot for Eid prayer
*Say Eid Mubarak to other Muslims
*Eid prayer if in an open area same rules applies here as the Mosque. During Imam’s speech as well as before and after Eid Salat Speak only about prayer or Allah and Islamic terms.
*Wile going to Eid prayer Muslims recite Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,la ilaha illa-l-lah Wa-lahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar Walil-Lahil-l-hamd.
*From the prayer ground Muslims need to use separate routes.
*Womens also can join Eid Salat.
*On Eid-Ul-Fitr no fasting
*For Eid prayer No Adhan or Iqama
On Eid-Ul-Fitr Paryer and Eidgah
Eid prayer is performed in congregation (Jama’at) in any open areas like community centers or fields etc. or at mosque. There won’t be call (Azaan) for Eid prayer and it consist of two units (Rakat) with six incantations additional. The Eid prayer is followed by the sermon and then asking for forgiveness, peace and blessings to God supplication for all living beings around the world.
Muslims visit their relatives, friends and acquaintances after Eid prayer or hold large celebrations in homes, rented halls or community centers.
Eid gifts known as Eidi, which gives at Eid to immediate relatives and to children.
Eid-Ul-Fitr Islamic Tradition
Eid-Ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan month. This is related to communal activities of the fast, which expresses basic values of Muslim community like worship, charity, empathy for the poor, patience and steadfastness etc. It is believed by some scholars that fasting is to extol fundamental distinctions, spiritual realm power lauding, while the subordination of the physical realm acknowledgement.
It leads Muslims to stay away from worldly desires and complete focus on God and thank him for his blessings. It creates a strong bond between Muslims and God ( Allah) and also rejuvenation of religion.
Muslims believe that Allah commanded them as mentioned in the Quran, to continue fast for 29 or 30 days till last of Ramadan and before offering Eid prayers pay the Zakat and Fitra.
Paying Fitra on Eid
Fitra is wajib (obligatory) on every person who is baligh (mature). Fitra is gift of money or food which every individual pays on Eid-Ul-Fitr before Eid prayer to the poor and needy. This is Zakat or charitable tax on per head of all family members.
Whoever is adult and sane and neither slave of any other person, nor poor, nor unconscious he should give fitra on his behalf and on behalf of all his dependents, about three kilos per head of barley or wheat or raisins or dates or rice or millets etc. He also can pay the price of one of these items in cash.
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