Eid Mubarak

Eid Ul Fitr 2019

Eid al-Fitr is an important and joyous religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It marks the end of Ramadan, and its Arabic name translates as "festival of breaking of the fast" in English.

Ramadan fell in the long, warm days of summer this year, which has meant extended periods of daily fasting, lasting almost 19 hours.

In the spirit of celebration that accompanies this festival, here are a few facts about Eid al-Fitr:

Eid al-Fitr marks the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal, the 10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar.

It is considered to be very important day in the Muslim calendar, a day when people thank Allah for the willpower and strength given to them during Ramadan.

Donating to charity: At Eid, Muslims often give a compulsory amount of money, known as Zakat-al-Fitr, to the poor and to who are in need.

Masjids across Britain will be hosting dozens of celebrations for Eid, including prayers, feasts and games.

Usually, Muslims around the world rely on news of an official sighting of the moon, rather than looking at the sky themselves.

Breakfast: it is customary to eat breakfast before the special prayer of Eid, as Prophet Muhammad used to eat dates before offering his prayers.

A special Eid prayer can be done anytime between the Ishraq (dawn) and Zawal (midday) prayers. They have many names, with the most popular being Salat al-Eid and Salat al-Eidain.

Reward: the festival of Eid is a reward for Muslims after observing the holy month of Ramadan.

Always falling on the same day of the Islamic (lunar) calendar, the date of Eid al-Fitr varies from year to year in the West because we use the solar Gregorian calendar. The difference means the date moves by approximately 11 days every year.

Known as Eid al-Fitr, it is one of two important Eid celebrations in Islam. The other is Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice or "Greater Eid."

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