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Eid Al-Fitr is the day of Thanksgiving to Allah (SWT)

Eid Al-Fitr is the day of Thanksgiving to Allah (SWT)

Eid Al-Fitr (Ramadan Eid) Prayer:
"O" Allah! Bless us in the day of our Eid and our fast breaking and let it be the best day that has passed over us. Imam Ali Zainul Abedeen (PBUH) - Sahifa Al-Sajjadiyya
"O" the High and the Great [God]! "O" the Forgiving and the Merciful [God]! You are the Great Lord like whom there is nothing. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. This is the month that You have exalted, honoured, glorified, and preferred over the other months; it is the month whose fasting You have made obligatory on me; it is the month of Ramadan in which You revealed the Qur'an as a guidance for people, as clear signs of guidance and as a means of separating the right from the wrong. And You placed in it the Night of Destiny which You have made better than a thousand months. So "O" the Lord who favours others and none can oblige Him, favour me by releasing my soul from the hell-fire... and admit me in the Heaven by Your mercy. "O" the Most Merciful of the Mercifuls.

Once on an Eid al-Fitr (Muslim Festival), Imam Hassan (pbuh) saw a man who had occupied his time with laughter and useless entertainment. At that Imam Hassan (PBUH) turned to his companions and said: "Allah placed the holy month of Ramadan for people so that they compete with each other in worship and obedience. In this competition, some excel, achieve unlimited blessings of Allah, and (therefore) win the competition. Whereas, others fall back, lose, and obtain nothing but loss. It is striking that in such a day in which the righteous and the hard workers will receive great rewards and the culpable and one's who did not try their best will see loss, (that they) keep themselves busy with entertainment."

One of the rituals done in this Muslim Festival is Salat al-Eid. In addition to the fact that prayer (Salat) is a sign of Allah's mercy and munificence, each Salat can strengthen the ties one has with Allah (SWT). Certain prayers allow one to gain specific blessings from Allah (SWT). Hence, one who has the chance to perform such prayers may reach to his/her own needs in addition to forgiveness and special gifts from the almighty Allah. The prayer of Eid al-Fitr belongs to this category of prayers. On such an important Eid, one should be hopeful of Allah's mercy and forgiveness, rather than being hopeless because of his sins. Moreover, despite disgrace of any individual as a consequence of sins, one should seek Allah's compassion through His Prophet, Imams (PBUT) and those who attained high ranks. Indeed, Allah (SWT) will not turn His servants down and everyone will be able to gain profit.

Thus, one should perform the prayer with special attention and a hopeful heart toward Allah's mercy and kindness.

Muslim Festival - Eid al-Fitr serves three purposes:

Muslim Festival, Eid Al-Fitr is the most important festival in the Islamic calendar (Muslim Holiday). The day does not mark any historical event or episode; but its existence provides the Muslim for an occasion to offer thanks to Allah for having given him the strength and the will to observe fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

It is also an occasion for prayers when the Muslims gather in large congregations, standing shoulder to shoulder, to demonstrate the equality and equity which is the inherent feature of Islamic society all over the world.

But the greatest significance of this day of rejoicing lies in the fact that on this day every Muslim is enjoined to give the needy food at the rate of the prescribed weight per every member of his household, including servants and guests who were sheltered under his roof the preceding evening.

Eid Al-Fitr then serves a three-fold purpose: It places upon every Muslim the obligation to remember Allah (SWT) and offer Him thanks; it affords him an opportunity of spiritual stock-taking in that he can now ponder over the strength of his will or the weakness of his character, as the case may be, which manifested itself during the preceding month (Ramadan); it also is the day for the haves to share a portion of what they have with the have-nots.

And, for those persons who disobeyed this command of Allah (SWT) this is the day of an end to the month-long pangs of conscience, inner struggle and continuous realization of the feebleness of their character. No more will they have to argue, without much conviction, against fasting. No more will they have to think up an excuse every morning for not fasting. No more will they have to say "Oh, but fasting is old-fashioned; it was not meant for the modern world."

It is not my object here to explain the philosophy of fasting. Almost everyone realizes the spiritual, social, scientific and medical benefits which are derived from fasting. But so far as a Muslim, a true believer, is concerned, it should be sufficient that fasting is prescribed in the Holy Book of Allah (Glorious Qur'an), and as such is the command of Allah (SWT). Should one seek to justify Allah's commands?

The measure of a man's love for his Creator is his unquestioned obedience to the commands of the Creator. When for whole month a Muslim has obeyed Allah (SWT), unquestioningly, without complaint, without regret, and when he has spent his time in prayers, in humility and in charity, should one wonder, if at the end of this period, the Creator may Himself turn to such creature of His and say: "It is now for thee to ask for Me to give."

Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, is the period when man is subjected to a supreme test. Without compulsion, without coercion, the Muslims throughout the world obey Allah; and every day from dawn to sunset abstain not only from sensual pleasures but even from the necessities of life like food and drink. Some do this in shivering cold, some in burning heat, some do it where days are short and others where days are interminably long. The rich fast as well as the poor, the master as well as the servant; the parents as well as the child; the ruler as well as the. subject. They all fast, regardless of the colour or their social position.

Having done this, for one whole month, today on this auspicious day of Eid Al-Fitr, every Muslim should be ready to face the year that lies ahead with renewed strength, greater understanding and universal goodwill. He has fasted to acquire piety, discipline and self-control. Now the habit of unquestioning obedience to Allah is cultivated in his heart and mind. He is now trained to accept the commands of Allah, in the remaining eleven months of the year, with the same unwavering loyalty. He has emerged from the month of Ramadan with a new personality and a stronger character, confident of his ability to subordinate his desire to his will, his emotion to his intellect.

No longer will it be difficult for him to refrain from intoxicating drinks; no longer will he turn away from his less fortunate brethren; no longer will he fail to understand and appreciate the pain of hunger, the pangs of thirst.

So the training period of Ramadan has come to an end. Now we are entering the era of normal activities of life. If the lessons learnt in Holy Ramadan have left their marks upon our character, we are entitled to enjoy Eid Al-Fitr.

Ramadan EidEid Al-Fitr (Ramadan Eid), often abbreviated as simply Eid, is an Islamic holiday or Muslim Festival of marks the end of Holy Ramadan, the month of fasting. On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family gets up very early and attends special prayers held only for the occasion in big mosques, in large open areas, stadiums or arenas. The festivities and merriment start after the prayers with visits to the homes of friends and relatives and thanking the Creator for all blessings. Ramadan Eid is a time to come together as a community and to renew friendship and family ties. This is a time for peace for all Muslims in the world to devote to prayers and mutual well-being.

It's a joyous occasion with important religious significance. Happiness is observed at attaining spiritual uplift after a month of fasting. Muslims dress in holiday attire. After attending the special congregational prayer in the morning, worshippers greet and embrace each other in a spirit of peace, love, and brotherhood. Visiting friends and relatives is common.

For Muslims, Eid Al-Fitr is a joyful celebration of the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory and peace, of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking God for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control.

Common greetings during this Islamic holiday or Muslim Festival are the Arabic greeting "Kul Aam Wa Antum Bi Khair", "Eid Saeed" or its Urdu variation "Eid Mubarak" which, loosely translated, means "Happy Eid!"

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