Eid ul Fitr is the religious event of Muslims which they celebrate in the month of Shawwal. After the month of Ramadan, first three days of Shawwal are celebrated as the event of Eid ul Fitr. Eid ul Fitr in Pakistan is also called as choti Eid or meethi Eid. The proclamation of Eid ul Fitr is done by ulemas who have official position when the new moon of Shawwal is sighted.
What is the history of Eid ul Fitr?
The history of Eid ul Fitr is traced back to the history of Islam. According to some of the traditions, Eid ul Fitr was started in Madina after Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) migrated to Madina from Makkah.
General Practices of Eid ul Fitr
The general practices of Eid ul Fitr include offering the namaz of Eid in Masjid by the men. Then they greet each other and come back home. Women at home also get ready for Eid and prepare sweets. Everyone prepares and then wears new dresses at Eid ul Fitr and celebrate this event with zest and happiness.
Namaz of Eid ul Fitr:
There is specific namaz of Eid ul Fitr which Muslims pray in the morning of 1st Shawwal. There are two rakahs of Eid ul Fitr and this salat has additional six Takbirs, three takbirs at the initiation of first rakah and three before the ruku in the second rakah. This method of Eid ul Fitr’s salat is as per the Hanafi school of thought.
Zakat Al-Fitr is a poor tax which Muslims pay to the poor before the namaz of Eid ul Fitr. This poor tax or zakat helps the poor to have new clothes and food for the event of Eid so that the poor can also enjoy the event of Eid with bliss and zest like other Muslims too. Zakat Al-Fitr creates harmony and increases social capital in the society. It also saves poor from the deprivation and thus, ultimately produces good effects on our society.
Significance of Eid ul Fitr:
There is great significance of Eid ul Fitr for the Muslims around the world. Event of Eid comes after the month of great blessings. Muslims get a chance to unite with their families on Eid and enjoy this Islamic event. Moreover, Eid ul Fitr is important because the poor get the chance to have new clothes and good food. Furthermore, Eid ul Fitr strengthens the social system of the Muslims in a way that poor get help and people meet each other happily at this event and forget about the past disputes. Thus, Eid ul Fitr is very important for the Muslims.
Gift from Allah (SWT):
Eid ul Fitr is a gift from Allah (SWT) for the Muslims. In the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast and show patience by refraining from eating and drinking anything from dawn to dusk. Thus, on Eid ul Fitr, Muslims eat and greet and celebrate the religious event of Eid ul Fitr with full zest.