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Eid-ul-Fitr
 
 
Eid-ul-Fitr is the festival that marks the end of the month of Ramadan (fasting month). Fitr means “to break” and it therefore marks the breaking of the fasting period and of all evil habits. Happiness is observed at attaining spiritual uplift after a month of fasting.

Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal (the tenth month of the Islamic calendar), following the month of Ramadhan (month of fasting). Based on the lunar calendar, Muslims mark the beginning of the month with the sighting of the new crescent.

The month long fasting of Ramadhan culminates into the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking). It is a festival of joy, family reunion and thanksgiving to Almighty God. The giving of a special charity for this occasion is obligatory. This is known as Zakat. Muslims dress in holiday attires, attend a special community prayer in the morning, and visit friends and relatives. Greetings of ‘Eid mubarak’ or ‘a blessed Eid’ are exchanged.

A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.

Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the two major holidays celebrated by all Muslims of the world. It comes at the end of Ramadan- the fasting month. It is a day of celebration and giving thanks to Allah, our Creator and Cherisher. Most Muslims celebrate Eid for at three days.

Prophet Muhammad used to do the following on the day of Eid (Sunnah), May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him:
 
To rise early in the morning.
Take a full bath.
Clean the teeth.
Wear the best clothes that he had.
Wear perfume.
To eat something sweet like dates before leaving home.
Go to the Eid prayer location very early. (The Prophet used to offer Eid prayer in a central location instead of offering it in a mosque of a locality without any legitimate excuse).
The Prophet used to go to the Eid Prayer location by one route and will return through another route.
He used to go for Eid on foot.
He used to chant slowly on the way to the Eid prayer location the following words: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd." (Translation: Allah is the greatest, He is the greatest. There is no God except Allah. He is the greatest. All praises and thanks are for Him)
The Prophet used to give Sadqa-e-Fitr (Zakatul Fitr) before the Eid day. Giving just before Eid is fine, but against the spirit and its purpose.
 
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