Eid ul-Fitr, an auspicious festival celebrated by Muslims all around the world, marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad got the first revelation of the Holy Quran in this month.
One of the most significant Islamic festivals, Eid-ul-fitr is celebrated at the end of holy month of Ramzan. The history of Eid-ul-fitr dates back to 610 A.D when angel Jibril appeared in Prophet Mohammed’s vision and declared that he was a messenger of Allah. This continued over years and while Prophet Mohammed was not convinced earlier, he later believed the intension of Jibril. Angel Jibril throughout this time incubated Prophet Mohammed’s and taught him holy knowledge in verses. These verses/ wisdom shared by Jibril later became the code of conduct for the followers of Islam, and are documented in Quran.
It is believed that this wisdom was shared during Ramdan and Prophet Mohammed asked his followers to spend this month in fasting, prayers and noble causes, as a mark of respect to his teacher and end the month in celebrations. Thus Eid-ul-fitr or the day of breaking the fast came into being and is celebrated worldwide by the Muslim community.
Importance of Eid-ul-Fitr
Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims last for 29 to 30 days. The end of the Ramadan marks the beginning of the Eid ul Fitr. Eid occurs on the first day of the Shawwal, the tenth month of Islamic calendar. According to the history of Islam and traditions 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 for all the Muslims.
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. Another event which took place during the month of Ramadan was the battle of Badr, the battle between the inhabitants of Mecca and Medina. It’s the month to thank Allah for that he has given to human being. So thereby saying no to food, drink, smoking and sexual activities during daylight all the Muslims devote themselves to pray to Allah. Once the crescent moon is sighted it’s the time to break the fast and get over with the Ramadan month and celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr.
Once the crescent moon is sighted, the Ramadan month comes to an end and its now the time for celebrations for the Muslims. Eid-Ul-Fitr means to break the fast. 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 near by mosque to thank Allah by reciting various prayers and Eid-Ul-Fitr Dua’s. After the prayers there is a get together at Muslims house for an Eid meal and to celebrate the occasion together. Muslim children have a joyful Eid Celebration as they get clothes, gifts, perks, and sweets from all their relatives. Children also make special Eid greetings for their Friends and decorate their houses in their special ways to enhance the beauty of the Eid Festival. Muslims greet each other by wishing Eid Mubarak to each other, which means Happy Eid!!
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