EID UL FITAR

2017-06-23 12:47:19 | Irfan Ali
EID UL FITAR

 

EID UL FITAR : Regarding Eid-ul-Fitr, the Prophet Muhammad (s) said, “When the month of Ramadaan is over, and the night of Eid-ul-Fitr has arrived, that night is called the Night of Prize. Persistence to that Islamic occasion, Muslims across the world will be greeting each other by saying "Eid Mubarak" in June, when the month-long fast of Ramadan comes to a close. Its significance is purely spiritual. It is the day when the Muslims thank Allah for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe fast and obey His commandment during the holy month of Ramadan.
Religious observances of the Eid-ul-Fitr are designed to offer thanks to Allah that He helped us in accomplishing the aim of Ramadan.
The Prophet (s) said, "angels on the day of Eid stand at the alleys and paths and say, 'rush to the Generous Lord who gives great blessings and forgives great sins."  Reciting supplication and the Qur'an and doing prayer. Imam 'Ali (a) said, "See if you can observe the eve of Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, etc. and in these nights recite  the Qur'an and do prayers a lot." On the eve of the first day of Shawwal, reciting the supplication of Istihlal upon seeing the new moon is recommended. On Eid, you can greet your Muslims friends by wishing them  "Eid Mubarak!" (meaning have a Blessed Eid), another way of greeting is by saying, "Eid Saeed!" (meaning Happy Eid!)
On the occasion of Eid ul fitr The Prophet Muhammad (s) ordered the rich believers to pay a fixed amount of money to the poor on that day or before that day. This is known as "Sadaqa-ul-Fitr (Zakat-e-Fitr)", and its rate varies according to the price of grain. This is for the sack to accomplish the needs of the poor society and lets them celebrates the greetings of Eid with other people. This element (Zakat-e-Fitr) has its very important aspect in Ramdhan as Allah forgives the people who obey that order. A huge amount of money can be collected under this system which may be sufficient to meet the needs of the poor on this day, and some of it may be saved to meet their needs in other difficult times. Zakat-e-Fitr is the right of the poor and the needy, and can be spent for those purposes only, for which Zakat, payable on property, is expendable. This includes helping the deserving people and building hospitals, bridges, schools, etc.
"The best charity is that given to a relative who does not like you." [Fiqh-us-Sunnah:V3N100]
Eid-ul-Fitar has a three-fold blessing:
First it provides one more occasion for the Muslims to thank God and remember His blessings.
Secondly, it affords an opportunity of spiritual stock-taking, after the month of Ramadhan. A Muslim can now ponder over the strength (or weakness) of his will power; he can see, in the mirror of Ramadhan, he can judgment himself, he may come to know what he has the strong (or weak) points of his character, because under the stress of fasting, the hidden qualities (or evils) of human character come to surface in such clear way which is, perhaps, not possible otherwise. Thus a man gets a chance of self-diagnosis of t ponder he traits of his character, and direct himself on the wright way of Islam and finding the real spiritual calm which probably no one else may ever detect.
Thirdly, it enjoins the well-to -do persons to share a portion of what they have with their poor brethren. In the last decay of Ramadan as described above a Muslim is obliged to give to the needy food-stuff at the rate of a prescribed weight, on behalf of himself and of every member of his family, including servants and guests who were sheltered under his roof on that night. It would certainly be pleasing to God if we did not forget these lessons after Eid-ul-Fitr

The Muslim greets each other. During this festival, children accept gifts and eidiya in form of money from elders. It is an occasion intended for enjoyment, forgiveness, and feasting. The holy Prophet advises the Muslims to celebrate Eid by offering prayer, thanks giving Almighty Allah, and forgiving each other.

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