Meaning of Eid-ul-Fitr in English
Ramadan 2020 is just about to start, and before that, everyone starts preparing for it. Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims given as a gift to Ummah to come close to Allah. Ramadan does not only mean fasting, but it also keeps Muslims from evil and wrong deeds. After fasting for the whole month and keeping oneself busy in prayers Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid al-Fitr. Eid is the festival which is considered to be the biggest festival of the Muslim community. Although everyone says Eid-ul-Fitr, do you know what does the word Eid-ul-Fitr means? If not we are here to explain the meaning of Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid-ul-fitra date in India 2020 is on Saturday 23rd of May 2020.
Meaning of Eid-ul-Fitr in English
So Eid-ul Fitr is made up of two Arabic words Eid and Fitr. The first word ‘Eid’ means holiday, festival, celebration, or the feast of happiness, and the second word ‘Fitr’ means breaking the fast. Eid-ul-Fitr altogether means a feast of happiness of breaking the fast. After fasting for the whole month, Muslims get this reward from Allah to celebrate the prayers they have done and pleased Allah almighty. This festival brings lots of happiness to the people of the Muslim religion.
Eid is celebrated after the month of Ramadan. People of the Muslim community start preparation of the Eid celebration after sighting the new moon on the evening of last day of the Ramadan. As Eid-ul-Fitr is a celebration of breaking the fast, Muslims are prohibited to fast on the Eid day. Some Muslims fast for another six days after Eid-ul-Fitr in the month of Shawwal.
Things to do before Eid-ul-Fitr
After fasting for the whole month of Ramadan, Muslims are allowed to break the series of fast on Eid day. But only fasting and prayers are not the only things that Muslims do before celebrating Eid. Apart from fasting and prayers, there are certain conditions that are mandatory for Muslims to fulfill before the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The first condition is Zakah or Zakat. It means donation or charity, Zakah is the donation given by the Muslims to the poor or needy before celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. People have to give donations or help the poor before Eid day to make their Eid a happy one. The condition is to donate 2.5% of ones saving to the poor and needy every year before Ramadan ends. 2.5% is the minimum amount but one can donate as much they want to as many needy people according to their capacity.
The second one is the Fitrah. It is Compulsory charity for all Muslims after citing the moon of Eid-ul-Fitr. Fitrah must be given before offering Eid namaz by a Muslim to poor and needy ones. Fitrah is given by the head of the family and it is counted per head donation in a Muslim family. It is given on the basis of staple food they eat like Wheat, barely or any other. The amount of Fitrah is decided by the amount 2.25 kg of the wheat or barely the family eats which is on per head basis. For example, if a ten member’s family eats wheat that is $2 per kg then the amount per head is 2×2.25= $4.5 per head or $45 per family.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid
Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated for three consecutive days after the end of the holy month Ramadan. However, the first day of Eid is important among those three days. Every country has a different tradition of Eid celebration but it starts with the same process, Muslims take Ghusl is the morning and wear new clothes. They head to the Masjid to offer Eid Namaz in the morning. In India and Indian sub-continental countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh after Namaz-E-Eid there is Kudbah followed by Dua and Salam. After Namaz is over people give Eid Mubarak wishes to their relatives and friends by shaking hands and hugging them 3 times and shake hands again. Women in the house prepare sweets and delicious meal for the feast. The most popular sweet which is prepared during Eid is Shirkhurma. Shirkhurma is made up of milk and special crunchy noodles called as sevayi. The common dish during Eid in the main course is usually Biryani.
People visit their relatives and friends and wish them happy Eid Mubarak. Eid greetings are sent to the dear ones who are far away from the family. Children are happiest during Eid as they get money and gifts from elders in the form of Eidi. Muslims distribute sweets among their neighbors and wish them, Eid Mubarak. There are different traditions in different countries but happiness is the same during the Eid-ul-Fitr day.
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