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Eid day of prayers and celebrations

8th Jun 2018

Aishah Ali

Eid al-Fitr occasion is celebrated by Muslims across the world, marking the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr means the ‘festival of breaking the fast’.

This is the first of two annual Eid occasions observed by Muslims. It marks the first day of the tenth month on the Islamic calendar, Shawwal. Muslims are thankful to God for allowing them to observe the blessed month of Ramadan and giving them the strength to fast and engage in worship and good work. The second festival, Eid ul Adha, marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah.

Muslims begin the day by attending sermons at the mosques and performing Eid prayer. People dress in their best or new clothes for the celebratory atmosphere, exchange gifts and Eid greetings.

Before the Eid day,  Muslims are expected to give a small amount to charity, known as Zakat al-Fitr. This is obligatory for all those Muslims who have more than the basic food necessities.

Saira Kaleem from Birmingham, explained, “Eid is a joyous occasion, a time to be grateful and give thanks for all the efforts and blessings of Ramadan. Muslims spend the day with family and friends, celebrating together, sharing food and gifts.”

Muhammad Idris from London, said, “The special day of Eid begins with attending the mosque for the congregational Eid prayers. It’s a time to meet Muslims in your community and wish them a blessed day. The Ramadan experience has allowed us to understand the importance of qualities such as gratefulness and patience, and on Eid, we give thanks for reaping all these rewards and blessings.”

Aleesha Begum said on Eid day they “give thanks to God for giving us the strength to fast and allowing us to live through the blessings of Ramadan. It is a time for Muslims to celebrate with their families and communities. We prepare delicious food, invite family and friends, exchange gifts, and Eid greetings”

Young children are also enthusiastic to take part in Eid prayers and learn about the occasion. Aamina Ali, 8, and Bilal Azhar, 7, explained why they enjoy Eid: “We really look forward to Eid because it’s a fun day. We wear nice clothes, eat a variety of food, and have lots of presents.”

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