Eid-ul-Fitr is a hundred percent unique Muslim festival. This festival has no connection with any other historical event nor is it related to the changes of seasons or cycles of agriculture. It is not a festival related in any way to worldly affairs. This festival has purely spiritual significance. On this day Muslims thank Allah for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe fast and obey his commandment during the holy month of Ramadhan. This day comes with rejoicing and happiness in the Muslim world. The rejoicing is not, however, at the departure of the month of Ramadhan; it is the happiness which man feels after successfully completing an important task.
Islamic early Muslim religious leaders felt deep sorrow and grief at the end of Ramadan because they felt that they were being deprived of the spiritual blessings of Ramadan. Ramadan has great significance in all respects, it is also called the month of Quran and month of Allah. Allah has given great importance to this month and given the glorious ‘Night of Qadr’ (which is better than a thousand months) to the humanity. All Muslims worship their Lord (Allah) and get blessings of the holy month of Ramadan. On the day of Eid Al Fitr Muslims thank Allah for this wonderful happiest day as a reward of fasting. Eid-ul-Fitr is associated with the holy month of blessings because it is on this day that the strict restrictions of the preceding month are lifted. Basically, this day is designed to offer thanks to Allah in accomplishing the aim of Ramadhan.
Basically, the interpretation of Eid-ul-Fitr can be done as follows:
First, this festival provides the occasion to thank God and remember his blessings for all the Muslims. Secondly, it creates a pour soul of taking care of others in every aspect of what they have in their possession. Also after the exercise of one-month training, this occasion gives a chance of self-diagnosis of the traits of one’s character which no one else can detect. Thirdly, it creates a soul of sharing and enjoin the others in your life and help them with your possible resources. Muslims give Fitrana to the needy and poor people on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr. This is very important otherwise the worship of Ramadan cannot be accepted.
How to offer Eid Prayer – You must Know
EID-UL-FITR is associated with the completion of the holy month of Ramadan and it is being celebrated on the first day of Shaw’waal which is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. This is a Thanksgiving Day for the all Muslim men and women. Eid-al-Fitr is a very joyous day. On this day Muslims show their real thank to God who gave them this day with health, strength, the obligation of fasting along with other deeds and the opportunities of life.
Sunnah of Eid:
- Early Wake-up
- Personal Cleanliness (Bath, Prepare clothes)
- Clean teeth with Miswak
- Dress up new clothes or cleaned old ones.
- Use perfume (men only).
- You need to take must breakfast on Eid-al-Fitr before leaving for prayer ground.
- On the occasion of Eid-al-Adha, eat breakfast after the Salaat or after sacrifice.
- Pay Zakaat-al-Fitr (Fitrana) before Salaat-al-Eid (on Eid-al-Fitr).
- Reach the prayer ground early.
- Offer Salaat-al-Eid in congregation in an open place.
- Recite the Takbir of Eid on the way to Salaat til the beginning of Salaat-al-Eid:
Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd.
(Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no God but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises are for Allah).
Structure of Eid Prayer:
Both Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha prayers are wajib. It consists of two Rakaat (units) with six additional Takbirs. This prayer must be offered in congregation. The prayer is followed by the Khutbah which is a part of worship and its listening is Sunnah. After the end of the prayer, the Muslims greeting each other, give gifts to the children and visit each other at their homes. Muslims celebrate this day with full religious enthusiasm and spend time with their families, friends. In European countries, they even invite their non-Muslims neighbors, co-workers, classmates and business acquaintances to celebrate the Eid festivities and expose them to Islam and Muslim culture.