why do we celebrate eid ul fitr

When is Eid al-Fitr, and why do Muslims celebrate it? June 24, 2017
(USA Today) Millions of Muslims across the globe are preparing to celebrate one of their biggest religious festivals, Eid Al Fitr, which could start this weekend. It begins with a greeting: either Eid Mubarak, or Blessed Eid. Here s what you should know about the Islamic holy day. What is Eid al-Fitr? Eid al-Fitr is Arabic for festival of the breaking of the fast. б The festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset during Ramadan. When is Eid al-Fitr observed? Becauseб the timing of Eid al-Fitr is based on sighting of the moon as per the Islamic lunar calendar, it can be difficult to predict when the festival will happen in any given country.


While some Muslims wait to see the moon themselves, many either use the calculated time of the new moon, or base it on the declaration made in Saudi Arabia. Most of the Muslims in the United States will celebrate Eid on Sunday. How is Eid celebrated? In the morning, Muslims gather at mosques and prayer areas to perform Eid Prayer and greet each other. The festival is celebrated by visiting friends and relatives, hosting food parties and sharing sweets. Children not only get new clothes and shoes, but also receive cash gifts called БEidiБ from their elders and relatives. Get daily updates directly to your inbox Ramadan is fast approaching, with millions across the UK set to take part. Scores of local residents will be marking the month. But do you know the ins and outs of Ramadan? To help you get in the loop, we've rounded up everything you need to know about Ramadan.


From when it began and finishes, to what it entails, we can reveal all below. Now, you may think you're already clued up on the holy festival. But Ramadan is about much more than just fasting. Don't believe us? Here's all you need to know on the biggest event in the Muslim calendar. What is it? Put simply: it is an incredibly sacred time for Muslims. Ramadan is a month of the Islamic calendar in which the Prophet Muhammad is said to have revealed their holy book - the Qu'ran - to Muslims. What are the customs of Ramadan? As most are aware, Muslims fast during the hours of daylight, meaning they are not allowed to pass anything through the mouth while the sun is up. As well as fasting, they undertake extra prayers and worship, as a means to grow closer to Allah. According to the Qu'ran, the Prophet said: Whoever does not give up false statements and evil deeds and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink [or fasting] - meaning that you must work on your whole person.


Why? The month is intended to improve morality and character, so there are more regular mosque visits alongside a personal attempt to work on positive traits and thoughts. But. don't people get really hungry? Well, yes. But that's the point. Whereas you'd normally get distracted by other things in your life, during Ramadan you are in a constant state of hunger and thirst. Therefore, you are constantly aware of why you are fasting. What is iftaar? Iftaar is when families and friends gather together at sundown to break their fast - iftaar literally translates as 'break fast'. Many eat with family, but there are also occasionally mealtimes at mosques, charity iftaars and rushes on halal restaurants.


Who is exempt from fasting? The elderly, pregnant women and diabetes sufferers are exempt from fasting in Ramadan. Children are also not expected to fast, although they do occasionally join parents on 'half-fasts'. Elite athletes are sometimes also given a pass, such as Muslim players at the World Cup last year. But, it is a personal choice. What happens at the end of Ramadan? At the end of Ramadan, this year on or around Thursday July 7 (depending on the sight of the moon), Muslims will celebrate with Eid al-Fitr - one of the two major holidays of Islam. Muslims will gather together at the mosque for a prayer, before spending the day with family or friends and wishing one another 'Eid Mubarak', or 'Blessed Eid'.

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