How Do Muslims Celebrate the End of Ramadan?

Here at Hancock International College some of our ESL students celebrate a wide range of holidays. As Ramadan is nearing its end, we would like to share a little information about the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan that many of our international students may not be familiar with.  According to the Fiqh Council of North America the holiday will be celebrated on June 3-4 although “many will wait to see the moon or an announcement from Mecca” as the says.

The continues saying the holiday, “is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Traditionally, the observance begins with the sighting of the new moon. […] The first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions after the victory of the battle of Jang-e-Badar.

To mark the beginning of Eid and in accordance with the Sunnah, or practices of the Prophet Muhammad, many Muslims wake up early in the morning and pray Salat ul-Fajr, or the pre-dawn prayer. After brushing their teeth, taking a bath and wearing perfume, they have breakfast before heading off to perform special congregational prayers known as Salaat al-Eid. Many Muslims recite the takbir, a declaration of faith, on the way to the prayer ground and give special charitable contributions known as Zakat al-Fitr.

Eid al-Fitr is a day of great merriment and thanksgiving. Muslims celebrate by gathering with friends and family, preparing sweet delicacies, wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and putting up lights and other decorations in their homes. A common greeting during this holiday is Eid Mubarak, which means, ‘Have a blessed Eid!’”

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