Eid Al-Fitr is a Muslim Festival, this festival is celebrated on the first day of Islamic month Shawwal which is the 10th Month in Islamic Calendar. The sight of the new moon before Eid Al-Fitr starts the new month and it marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims for having fast for 30 days (or 29 Days Depends upon Moon)
How Day is fixed for Eid Al-Fitr
Muslims use to follow Islamic Calendar which is based on lunar movement. As the Month of Ramadan starts by seeing the new crescent moon it is ended again by seeing new crescent moon and that marks the end of the month. Ramadan is the 10th month of Islamic Calendar and Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal. Islamic Months are of 29 or 30 days they are never of 31 days. So the date of Eid Al-Fitr is not fixed unlike other holidays like Christmas. And every year The Month of Ramadan comes early compare to Georgian calendar. For More Info on Lunar Calendar refer this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Calendario_Lunar_2017.png
Charity or Zakat
Charity or zakat is very important for a person who is able and earning, Charity is one of the five pillar of Islam. And it is mandatory for a Muslim to donate in the month of Ramadan and before the prayer of Eid Al-Fitr, for more details on charity or zakat Read More…
DO’S and Don’ts
Eid Al-Fitr’s Prayer is offered after Fajar (the Morning Prayer) and before Zohar (the afternoon Prayer).
It is forbidden to have fast on the day of Eid Al-Fitr, One should have at least one date before Eid Al-Fitr Prayer.
Listening to the Supplication is important on the day of Eid Al-Fitr.
Try to reach early for the Eid Al-Fitr Prayer.
Eid Al-Fitr Prayer is offered in an Open Space or in a Hall, but if the weather is not ok or any other conditions not allow then it can be offered in the mosque.
Eid Al-Fitr Prayer is always offered in Jamat (with all other Not Alone)
Try to put Non-Alcoholic Perfume generally called ittar/attar
On the day of Eid Al-Fitr Muslims use to wear new clothes or the cleanest and the best one.
Eid Al-Fitr prayer is offered in Open space or in hall and it offered in Jamat and it is offered after Fajar Prayer and Before Zohar Prayer.
This Prayer is of two rakats with Six Takbirs (Takbir means raising hands up, upto the Ears and saying Allahu Akbar-Allah is Great), Three Takbirs are used to be done in first rakat and three Takbirs are done in second rakats.
Listening to the Lecture delivered by the Imam is important on the day of Eid Al-Fitr.
Putting Non-Alcoholic perfume is also considered as sunnat in Islam.
Food and Sweets
In Asian Countries a recipe made up of Milk and very thin noodles and dry fruits is very popular it is called Sheer Khurma which is prepared by almost everyone in their homes and Muslims use to make different type of sweets and in food the famous dish is Biryani this are the food from Asian Countries in many other Muslim countries they use to prepare many other delicious dishes.
Get to Gather
One of the Main event on the day of Eid Al-Fitr is to get to gather, after the prayer all the relatives used to visit each other’s house for greetings, wishes this will continue for almost 10 to 15 days after Eid Al-Fitr.
On the day Eid Al-Fitr Elders use to give gifts and money to the children for having fun.
Holidays and Celebration
In many countries Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated for one day or two day but in Islamic Countries this Festival is celebrated from 2 to 12 days and in between this no Government Official work is done.
In many locations Fair is organized on the day of Eid Al-Fitr.
For Eid Al-Fitr Greetings and Images Click Here… (Downloadable Format).
Eid-Al-Adha is The Muslim’s Festival which is celebrated worldwide. Eid-Al-Adha is the festival of Sacrificing, in this month Muslims use to sacrifice animals. And use to distribute the meat in relatives, friends & poor. Muslims can donate the amount equal to the sacrificing animal’s amount in poor if they wish but it is Sunnah to sacrifice the animal because our Beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW has sacrificed the animal. Eid-Al-Adha is The Second Most popular Festivals for Muslims after Eid-Al-Fitr which is celebrated in the Month of Ramadan.
What Are the Other Names of This feast?
Eid-Al-Adha is also known by Eid-Al-Zuha, īd al-aḍḥā, Sacrifice Feast, Bakr-Id (In Asian Countries)
Eid-Al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhu Al-Hijjah. Which is the Twelfth Month of Islamic Calendar. Muslims use to follow Islamic calendar which is based on Moon (Lunar Cycle) so the Dates vary yearly from the Georgian Calendar.
Why It Is Celebrated?
Muslims use to recall it or use to show respect to Ibrahim Alay salaam for following the willingness of Allah’s Command to sacrifice his Son Ismail. This Whole event started when Allah tests Ibrahim Alay Salaam by telling him to sacrifice his son Ismail, and When Ibrahim Alay salaam prepared himself to sacrifice his son Ismail, He Discussed the whole dream with his son Ismail and Ismail got ready to get sacrifice to fulfil his father’s dream and Allah’s Command. And Even Son Ismail told his father Ibrahim that he can’t do this so tie a cloth on your eyes and sacrifice me. When Ibrahim Alay Salaam Proceeded Allah Sent Angel Jibrail who Replace Ismail with a Sheep. When Ibrahim Alay Salam Slaughtered the Sheep He opened his eyes and he’s watching that his son Ismail is standing perfectly ok and the Sheep is slaughtered. So From That day onwards this Festival is celebrated every year by all Muslims to Honor the willingness of Ibrahim Alay Salaam for the act of submission to Allah’s Command.
Compilation of Hajj on Eid-Al-Adha.
In Saudi Arabia, at Makkah the Holiest place in Islam the Hajj is completed on the day of Eid-Al-Adha after Sacrificing the Animal. For more details on Hajj Read more…
What Are The Procedures to Celebrate Eid-Al-Adha?
Muslims Use to Attend Prayer Which is After Fajar and before Zohar Prayer the 1st and 2nd Prayer of the day. In This Mostly Prayer is offered in open place other than Mosque But it is not compulsory if the weather is not ok or you don’t have open space for gathering then it can be offer in mosque also there is no Problem with it.
After Prayer Muslims Use to take different route for returning to home, which is again not compulsory if your mosque or praying ground don’t have 2 different routes then.
Muslims use to wear New Clothes, But it is not compulsory if they have enough money than they can purchase new ones but it is recommended to wear the best and clean clothes. And they can have Non-Alcoholic Perfume.
What Kind of Animals Can Be Sacrificed and how it should be?
No Birds can be sacrificed! Muslims have to sacrifice only Animals which is Eatable and Halal Animals. Like Sheep, Goat, Lamb, Camel etc.
And Animal Should be ONLY MALE!
Animal Should Be Not Less than SIX Months in case of Lamb (This is also Permissible only in difficult time) &
Goat and Sheep Should be at Least 1 Year Old
2 Years for Buffalo &
5 Years for Camel this are the Minimum age of the Animal.
Animal should be Healthy it should have 2 Eyes, All Legs, All teeth, 2 Horn if that animal has, 2 Ears, No Cuts on its Skin & Sick Animal can’t be Sacrificed.
Stolen Animal Can’t be sacrificed.
Animal taken by force.
Animal taken but the Money is Not Paid or Pending Amount.
Animal purchased by fraud,
Animal Purchased but Not paid the right price,
Animal received as charity,
Once the Animal is Purchased for Sacrificing it cannot be sold or Exchange.
Who Can Offer Sacrifice?
Only Muslims Can Offer Sacrifice.
Person who is Financially Able Have to sacrifice animal.
Only males can Slaughter the Animal.
Slaughter should be done by the One who is sacrificing (It is Sunnah) If it is not possible then they can Appoint someone on behalf of them.
How Sacrifice is to be done?
Only Muslim Male Person can Slaughter the Sacrificing animal.
Before sacrificing the animal the Intentions are Must and he should be clear and confident before slaughtering the animal.
One should not cut their Hairs and Nails before 10 Days from the day of slaughtering the animal they can cut after sacrificing the animal.
How it should be divided?
Strictly No Part of Sacrificed animals is sold out or given for payment.
Animal’s Meat should be divided equally in three parts:
One should for self
Second for the Relatives and friends and
Third for the Poor
Prophet Muhammad SAW’s Sayings
“Whoever can afford to offer a sacrifice but does not do so, let him not approach our place of prayer.”
“At the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), a man would sacrifice a sheep on behalf of himself and the members of his household, and they would eat from it and give some to others.”
“We sacrificed at al-Hudaybiyah with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), a camel for seven and a buffalo for seven.”
“Do not sacrifice anything but an adult animal, unless it is difficult for you, in which case you may slaughter a six-month old lamb
“There are four that will not do for sacrifice: a one-eyed animal whose defect is obvious, a sick animal whose sickness is obvious, a lame animal whose limp is obvious and an emaciated animal that has no marrow in its bones.”
“When you see the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah, and if any one of you intends to offer a sacrifice, let him not remove anything from his hair or nails until he has offered his sacrifice.”
“O! Fatimah get up to witness you sacrifice.”
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) slaughtered two rams with his own hand, and he said Bismillaah and Allahu akbar.”
“Whoever slaughters (his sacrifice) before the prayer, it is meat that he has brought to his family, but that is not the sacrifice.”
“Whoever slaughters the sacrifice before he prays, let him replace it with another.”
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not go out on the day of (Eid) al-Fitr until he had eaten, and he did not eat on the day of (Eid) al-Adha until he came back, then he would eat from his sacrifice.”
“Whoever sells the skin of his udhiyah, there is no udhiyah for him (i.e., it is not counted as udhiyah).”
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded me to take care of the sacrifice and to give its meat, skin and raiment (covering used for protection) in charity, and not to give anything of it to the butcher as a compensation. He said, ‘We will give him something from what we have.’”
And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.”
فَلَمَّا أَسْلَمَا وَتَلَّهُ لِلْجَبِينِ – 37:103
And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead,
And for all religion we have appointed a rite [of sacrifice] that they may mention the name of Allah over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. For your god is one God, so to Him submit. And, [O Muhammad], give good tidings to the humble [before their Lord] -Quran –Surah Al-Haj 22:34