All Muslims fast on daily basis every year in the holy month of Ramadhan from dawn to the dusk. By withholding from some of the carnal and basic desires and needs, people develop self-discipline or self-control: the ability to prevent from doing something one deeply and intensely desire, purely out of compliance to the Creator. This month-long exercise of fasting helps in developing and strengthening to live a life of wholesomeness and obedience to Almighty God regardless of the lure towards sin. Those people who are sick, traveling, and elderly or women who are nursing and pregnant are allowed to break the fast and cover up the missed days of Ramadhan at some later time. If they are incapable to do this later, they must provide food to a needy one for every missed day.
Fasting is advantageous to health, it is considered chiefly as a way of spiritual self refinement. Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival which has its own essence of merriment and enjoyment and the history of this activity is dated back to many centuries. It is being celebrated with much zeal and warmness all across the world but as the time have changed now, the ways and customs involving Eid-ul-Fitr has also changed but the basic idea of festivities remains the same.
According to Muslim belief, they are commanded by Almighty God to do the fasting until the conclusion of Ramadan as mentioned in Holy Quran and also pay Zakat-al-fitr before offering the Eid prayer. As written in history, this pious festival was first observed in Madinah. When the Prophet Muhammad arrived at the city of Madinah, he found people celebrating a day with highest merriment. Prophet Muhammad asked people about their celebrations and merriment at which people responded that these festivities were occasions of recreation and remembering their God with full obedience and discipline.
At the end of the Ramadan, Eid-Ul-Fitr celebrated. Eid occurs on the first day of the Shawwal, the tenth month of Islamic calendar. On the last day of Ramadan after sunset, people start sighting the crescent moon. As soon as the moon (hilal) is spotted the celebrations for the Eid-ul-fitr begins.
Importance Of Eid-ul-Fitr
Ramadan is said to be the holy month of Muslims, it is believed that holy book Quran was revealed to prophet Muhammad during this month. It is believed that during this month the gates of hell are closed and the gates of heaven are open. It is also believed that Ramadan is Allah’s own month. It’s the month to thank Allah for that he has given to human being.
Eid is the time to spread happiness, love, and triumph thereby creating enthusiasm among all the family members. On the Eid day all the Muslims wear new clothes and go for special Eid Prayer ceremonies in their nearby mosque to thank Allah by reciting various prayers and Eid-Ul-Fitr Dua’s.
After the prayers there is a get together at houses for an Eid meal and to celebrate the occasion together. Children always have a joyful Eid Celebration as they get clothes, gifts, perks, and sweets from all their relatives.
Eid Mubarak to all from my side... May Allah bless you all :)