They wake up at dawn to get dressed for the Celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, they gather in cars to drive to the nearest Mosque or a huge open ground to pray the early morning prayer, Fajr. After the prayer, they greet each other warmly and invites flow from person to person. They exchange greetings by hugging each other, shaking hands and passing blessings and prayers to each other. Children smile as they are given tokens of money as gifts from family and friends. Sweets from multifarious cultures are doled out to everyone. Muslims from around the world come together every year to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, meaning “the recurring festival.” This celebration comes upon the completion of the holy month of Ramadan. During this month Muslims are obligated to fast from dawn till dusk, without any type of food or drink. After this huge trial, God grants this day of celebration in honour of our accomplishment.
Eid Ul Fitr is one of the two most imperative festivals in Islam, celebrated by Muslims all over the world. This day is designed by Islamic law upon the completion of Ramadan- the holy month, as an instant reward by God, for those who spend the month of Ramadan fasting every day from dawn to dusk. The sole purpose of abstaining from food and drink in the holy month of Ramadan is for Muslims to experience the value of food and to learn self-control. It can also be seen as a great equalizer among sects and classes, meaning no matter how rich or poor a Muslim, he/she must abstain from food and drink the same way as everyone else. It is a blessing bestowed upon them by God so that they may become benevolent towards those in need, those less fortunate than they are. Eid Ul Fitr- the breaking of the fast, brings delight and bliss.
Eid means recurring pleasure or festivity. It is celebrated with much zeal and fervour. Muslims from all strata of life is seen adorned. On this day Muslims show their joy for their health, strength and opportunities in life which God has given them to fulfil their obligations of fasting and other rewarding acts during Ramadan. Their joyous festivities include hailing and celebrating the unique moment when God’s infinite mercy, His last guidance dawned upon mankind. That is why the end of the month is marked by such happiness. With all of this joy and happiness, comes an obligation. Muslims are required to give a certain percentage of their assets to charity. This charity is for those in the community that may be in need of financial need.
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It can also be a donation for charities all around the world, to feed the hungry and sick. Along with this mandatory charity, also are donations known as Zakat. Muslims are encouraged to give more than what is prescribed so that they may be rewarded for their generosity. Eid-ul-Fitr is a holiday, lasting three days. The first day is one of most importance, with each successive day for family and friends to get together and have a good time. It is a time to enjoy food and blessings that are fully appreciated after a long month of fasting. It is a time for Muslims all around the world to give charity to their heart’s content, making them more giving, patient and appreciative of what God has blessed them with. It is a time for each Muslim to enhance themselves in the eyes of God, not in the material sense but in terms of character.