After the end of the blessing month Ramadan great festival of Muslims Eid-ul-Fitr comes, Ramadan is the month of fasting is now going to be end after Ramadan festival of Eid-ul-Fitr has come, Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the two most important festivals in Islam, (Eid-ul-Adha is other one). Muslims on Eid day dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with different colors and decorate their homes, give treat to children as “Eidi” and enjoy visits with friends and relatives.
What is Ramadan?
In Islamic calendar Ramadan is the ninth month and in this month Muslims have fast, Ramadan has many blessings and this month considers one of the most blessed month of the year, in the month of Ramadan the Holy book of Muslims “Quran” was first revealed. Muslims act more religiously and follows the Islamic teachings in this month more than any other month. Allah showers his blessings too much in this month and accept all Dua and prayers especially at the time of “suhoor” and “Iftar”. Muslims spend the month fasting from dawn until sunset.
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What is Zakat?
In Islamic teaching, charity holds such a great position that is obligation on Muslims in the name of Zakat. Zakat is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. Zakat is compulsory on Muslims but it has some certain conditions and criteria. If a Muslim possesses the required “Nisaab” for one whole year is bound to pay Zakat on that amount (the minimum or smallest amount of wealth that one must have before zakat is payable). It is important that Muslims know accurate how much Zakat they have to pay.
Benefits of Zakat:
Islam is a religion that gives the message of peace and love. Islam showed the complete way how to spend a life. To put in simple terms, Muslims who are poor and suffering the hard time are eligible to get Zakat money. They can be any of the following.
- The poor and Needy
- The Destitute
- Zakat Collectors
- Muslims Converts
- People in Debt
Zakat cannot be used for:
- Constructing mosques
- To bury the deceased
- To clear the debt of the deceased
What is Eid-ul-Fitr?
Eid-ul-Fitr is the Arabic name translated to English “festival of the breaking of fast”, this day is marks at the end of the month of Ramadan and also the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
When is Eid-ul-Fitr observed?
Eid-ul-Fitr is observed when the 1st new moon is sighted, at the end of the Ramadan. Eid-ul-fitr is celebrated on different days in different divisions of the world. Different countries have different ways to celebrate eid days, some Muslims wait to see the new moon themselves, many other use the calculated time of moon, many are wait to declaration made in Saudi Arabia.
How is Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated?
On Eid day Muslims gather at Mosques early in the morning to offer the Eid prayer, after prayer they embrace with each other and share their smiles. Muslims also share their feasts and sweets to mark the end of the fasting period of time, they greet each other by saying “Eid Mubarak”. In English it is translated as “Happy Eid” or Blessed Eid”. Eid celebrations last for three days, they enjoy three days by visiting friends, relatives and also other interesting places for enjoyment and happiness. In Islamic countries around the world three days holiday are observed for eid. The most important thing is that well established Muslims who can easily afford their earnings give charity to those people who are too much needy. Eid-ul-fitr is the festival to share happiness and joys and forget the sadness and worries.