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Eid Ul-Fitr 2011: A Celebration At The End Of Ramadan

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Kenyan Muslims offer their prayers for Eid al-Fitr at Masjid Noor in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Kenyan Muslims offer their prayers for Eid al-Fitr at Masjid Noor in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, is a three-dayIslamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid ul-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. Traditionally, the festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. The first Eid was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad with his friends and relatives after the victory of the battle of Jang-e-Badar.

During the festival of Eid ul-Fitr, Muslims celebrate the end of fasting, and thank Allah for the help and strength given to them throughout the previous month. 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.

To mark the beginning of Eid, Muslims go to their local mosque to perform special congregational prayers known as Salaat and many will also give special charitable contributions, known as Zakat al-Fitr. Common greeting during this holiday is the Arabic greeting “Eid Mubarak” (“Have a blessed Eid”).

In 2011, Eid ul-Fitr will be observed on Tuesday, the 30th of August in the United States and observant Muslims will start their celebrations after sunset on the 29th. Although Eid ul-Fitr falls on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar moves approximately 11 days a year.

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11 Comments »

  1. Eid Mubarak all. :) xciting isn’t it?

  2. Ramadan Kareem, to all!

  3. Still Ramdan here in Kashmir. Happy Eid to all my Muslim brothers and sisters.

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  5. EID MUBARK TO ALL MUSLIM sp. Sahra,Duceprez,Elle,

  6. EID MUBARAK TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS…MAY YOU ENJOY THIS BLESSED DAY WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS…AND MAY ALLAH GIVE US ANOTHER GOOD YEAR IN HEALTH AND STRENGTH TO FIGHT ISLAMOPHOBIA AND IT’S ILL, UNTIL THE NEXT RAMADAN..AMIN..
    HAPPY EID AL-FITR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY TO THE CREW OF ISLAMOPHOBIA WATCH AND LOONWATCH, WHO ARE IN THE FRONT LINE TO FIGHT THE EVIL OF ISLAMOPHOBIA, MUSLIMS CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH, MAY ALLAH REWARD YOU FOR YOUR HEROIC EFFORTS..

  7. What if you are poor and can not give during this wonderful celebration?

  8. ^ Hakimah, what kind of question is that, the poor usually dont have anything to give, that’s why they are poor and in need, therefore they are the ones who receive from the more fortunate in this wonderful celebration as you put it..

  9. warning this has nothing to do with this article.

    islamaphobiatoday guys, here’s a funny article on how the right-wing christians are a greater threat to freedom then sharia.

    http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2011/08/atheist_national_registry_prop.php

  10. I wonder about how muslims celebrated Ramaddan in Denmark http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gKBo5a-wzos#!

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