The Latest Pakistan News is all about Eid-ul-Fitr. If you are unsure about what it is or why it is celebrated, this blog will help you better understand all the aspects of it.
What is Eid-ul-Fitr?
The first of two Eids in the Islamic (lunar) calendar year is Eid-al-Fitr (also written and pronounced as Eid-ul-Fitr). It marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month in which Muslims commemorate Allah’s revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.
This Eid, which is not to be confused with Eid-al-Adha, occurs after the holy month of Ramadan, during which many Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during the day for 29 or 30 days. It’s part of the Sawm (fasting) pledge, one of Islam’s five pillars.
On the first day of Shawwal, the festival commemorates the breaking of the dawn-to-dusk fast. When using the Gregorian (solar) calendar, it is roughly 11 days earlier than the previous year.
Why is Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrated?
Following a month of contemplation, Muslims meet with their friends and relatives to express gratitude to God on Eid-al-Fitr. The holiday reminds Muslims to be thankful for what they have and to share with those who are less privileged.
How is Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrated?
Muslims make a mandatory contribution to charity (zakat al-Fitr) in addition to offering thankfulness. However, this is a lower donation than the normal 2.5-percent zakat for which wealthy Muslims are taxed. This is another of Islam’s five pillars. In addition to these, some Muslims volunteer at food banks and distribute their food to those in need.
Gifting is a major part of Eid celebrations, much as it is for Eid-al-Adha. Eid offerings are placed in money bags for children, and sweet treats like cookies and dates are shared among loved ones, neighbors, coworkers, relatives, and even strangers. Family members also exchange gifts, but most of these are reserved for the family’s youngest members.
Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated in a variety of ways around the world. Fireworks display days are particularly common in the United Arab Emirates, as people take advantage of the opportunity to spend quality time with their families.
What does “Eid Mubarak” Mean?
Muslims would greet one another with “Eid Mubarak,” which means “a blessed day during Eid.” It is the expected greeting when meeting a fellow Muslim for the first time on Eid, and it is said on each Eid day. When they see Muslim friends and colleagues on this day, several non-Muslims who are familiar with the word and its context greet them with “Eid Mubarak.”
Muslims usually dress up to go to their nearest Mosque, where they participate in prayers. The Salaat ul-Fajr prayer is held before dawn, followed by a bath before the Eid prayer, also known as Salaat al-Eid.
Salaat al-Eid is only conducted twice a year, so the Imam leading the congregation will normally clarify how to perform it before it starts.
When is Eid-ul-Fitr?
Religious authorities in different countries depend on the sighting of the Eid crescent moon to confirm when it will officially begin, so the exact date is never known far in advance. If the sky is too bright while the moon is out or clouds block it, it can be postponed by a day. This explains why Ramadan can begin on different days in different parts of the globe.
On this day of the year, people are not permitted to fast, even though they wish to do so.
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