MUSLIMS CELEBRATE EID UL-FITR TO MARK THE END ISLAMIC HOLY MONTH OF FASTING ‘RAMDAN’ :

 

Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fotr to mark the end Islamic holy month of fasting ‘Ramdan’.   The religious Eid (Muslim relgious festival) is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.  Eid al-Fitr has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two Rakats (units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall. It may be performed only in congregation (Jama’at) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying “Allāhu Akbar”, literally “God is greater”), three of them in the beginning of the first raka’ah and three of them just before Ruku’ in the second raka’ah in the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam.[3] Other Sunni schools usually have twelve Takbirs, seven in the first, and five at the beginning of the second raka’ah. This Eid al-Fitr salat is, depending on which juristic opinion is followed, Fard ‘obligator’, Mustahabb (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable).  Muslims believe that they are commanded by God, as mentioned in the Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan  and pay the Zakat and fitra before offering the Eid prayers.   Traditionally, it is the day (beginning at sunset) of the first sighting of the crescent moon shortly after sunset. If the moon is not observed immediately after the 29th day of the previous lunar month (either because clouds block its view or because the western sky is still too bright when the moon sets), then it is the following day.

 

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