Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Eid-al-fitr

Zeenat tells her class about the significance of Eid.

During the month of Ramadan Muslims observe a strict fast and participate in peace activities such as charitable giving and peace making at the end of Ramadan. Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three day celebration called Eid- al-fitr. (The festival of fast-breaking). Eid-al-fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month of which follows Ramadan on the Islamic calendar. It is a time to give, in charity, to those in need and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy before the day of Eid. During the last few days of Ramadan, Each Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation to the poor. This donation is of actual food – rice, barley and dates to ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in the celebration. This donation is known as sadaqah al-fitr (charity of fast –breaking)

On the day of Eid Muslims gather early in the morning in outdoor locations or mosques to perform the Eid prayer. This consists of a ceremony followed by a short congregational prayer. After the Eid prayer, Muslims usually scatter visit various family and friends, give gifts, especially to children and make phone calls to distant relatives to give wishes for the holiday.

Zeenat Room 15