The auspicious Eid al Fitr occasion is celebrated by Muslims across the world, marking the beginning of a new month, Shawwal, the month following Ramadan. Muslims are thankful to God for allowing them to observe the month of Ramadan and giving them the strength to fast and engage in worship and good work.
Before the Eid day, Muslims are expected to give a small amount to charity, known as Zakat ul Fitr so that all, both rich and poor join in the Eid celebrations. This is obligatory for all those Muslims who have more than the basic food necessities.
Muslims begin the day by attending sermons at the mosques and performing congressional Eid prayer. People dress in their best or new clothes for the celebratory atmosphere, exchange gifts and Eid greeting.
A few individuals explain how they intend to celebrate Eid.
Muhammad Idris, 21, London, explains, “I begin the day by performing Eid prayers at the local mosque. At the mosque I meet my friends and people from the community and wish them a blessed joyous day. During the day I present gifts to my younger siblings, visit other friends and family, and we all enjoy a meal together.”
Ammar Hussain, 19, student, Bradford, said: “Eid al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and begins with looking my best for Eid prayers. The Muslim community congregate in our local mosque to pray to Allah and thank him for all the blessings he bestowed upon us. On Eid I meet with my family and friends and make calls to those of them who are abroad. It’s a time of unity, peace, and to renew ties with my family and friends. We all give generously to charity so that our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than us can also celebrate with their family after the completion of a month so full of blessings and joy. I wish a happy Eid to all Muslims and non-Muslims all around the world.”
Raheela Ali, 31, Sonographer, Wolverhampton, said, “After praying the Eid salah, the extended family meet to wish each other, share food and exchange gifts. The children then enjoy the day by playing various games. It’s important to spend the day with the family and to thank Allah (sbt). Eid Mubarak to everyone.”
Aisha Begum, 34, Birmingham, explained, “Eid is a happy occasion, and it’s important to meet as many people as possible in order to give greetings to each other and share the joy we feel. The month of Ramadan has taught us patience, humbleness, and gratefulness, and we hope that Allah has accept our fasts.”
Rabia Ali, student, 21, said: “Eid is a special occasion for Muslims all over the world because although it marks the end of Ramadan, it is also the celebration of the start of a new month into which we will enter as a more purified version of ourselves. Eid is also a time when community ties are strengthened as everyone is joining in the same celebration with delicious foods, bringing families and friends together. I wish Muslims all over the world a very happy Eid Mubarak and I pray Allah showers peace and blessings on all.”
Zainab Hafeez, 28, Wolverhampton, said, “Eid ul Fitr is a day when families get together and celebrate the blessings received in Ramadan. It is a day the young, elderly, and especially children look forward to, as they attend the mosque together for Eid prayer and greet one another. It is a tradition in my family that after performing Eid prayer and exchanging greetings with the community and family, we spend the day together exchanging gifts, playing games, and having dinner. Whilst enjoying the day, it is important not to forget what we’ve experienced during Ramadan and to pray that we are fortunate enough to greet the blessed month the following year. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Eid.”