How Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr, The End Of Ramadan
One of the happiest days in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr, also known as Eid ul-Fitr or Eid, is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan (holy month of fasting observed by Muslims).
This year in the United States, Eid al-Fitr began on Sunday 25 June. It celebrates the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
Traditionally, observance begins with the observation of the new moon. While many are waiting to see the moon or an announcement of Mecca, the Fiqh Council of North America has determined that the Eid al-Fitr will fall on June 25, 2017, based on astronomical calculations.
According to a hadith attributed to Anas ibn Malik, companion of the Prophet Muhammad, the two festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha were instituted by the prophet after his journey from Mecca to Medina.
“When the Prophet came to Medina, he found that people celebrated two special days in which they are used for recreation and joy.
He asked them what these parties responded to that these days were opportunities for fun and recreation. To this the Prophet remarked that the Almighty has set two days [party] instead of these for you who are better than these: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
The first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated in AD 624 by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions after the victory of the battle of Jang-e-Badar.
To mark the beginning of the Eid and according to the Sunnah, or practices of the Prophet Muhammad, many Muslims wake up early in the morning and pray Salat ul-Fajr, or prayer before dawn.
After brushing your teeth, taking a bath and using perfume, have breakfast before going to the special religious prayer called Salat al-Eid.
Many Muslims recite takbir, a declaration of faith on the path of prayer and earth give special charitable contributions known as Zakat al-Fitr.
Eid al-Fitr is a day of great joy and thanksgiving. Muslims celebrate gathering with friends and family by preparing sweets, wearing new clothes, giving gifts and putting lights and other decorations in their homes.