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6 Essential Practices in Eid Al-Fitr

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First, let me start by wishing you a very happy Eid Al-Fitr. Second, let me tell you more about this special occasion.

When Eid Al-Fitre comes, Muslims rejoice to have completed the fasting ritual and practice several traditions that reflect their joy.

In this blog, I will take you through the 6 most common practices that have become representative of Eid Al-Fitr in many Muslim countries.

We will talk about Eid prayer, visiting relatives, wearing new clothes, preparing sweets, taking children to amusement parks, and visiting the graves of the departed loved ones.

Eid Prayer

صلاةُ العيدِ

Ṣlātu alʻyd

The Eid prayer is a special prayer that signifies the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid day. It is usually performed in a large congregation and consists of two Rak’ahs ركعة (units of prayers) and is followed by a sermon (خُطبة). This practice symbolizes unity, and it’s a communal demonstration of Muslims’ faith and devotion to God.

Visiting Relatives

زيارةُ الأقارِبِ 

Zyārtu alʼqārib

Eid Al-Fitr strengthens family bonds and community ties. Muslims visit their relatives to celebrate the day, exchange greetings and often share meals. These visits are a way to nurture relationships, forgive any past grievances, and express love and appreciation among family members.

Wearing New Clothes

اِرتداءُ المَلابِسِ الجَديدةِ

Irtdāʼu almalābisi aljadydt

Wearing new clothes on Eid is a tradition that symbolizes cleanliness, renewal, and festivity. It is a joyous expression of gratitude towards God for all His blessings. For many, especially children, selecting Eid outfits is an eagerly anticipated part of the celebration.

Taking Children to Amusement Parks

زيارةُ مَدينةِ الألعابِ لِلأطفالِ

Zyārtu madynti alʼlʻābi lilʼṭfāl

Eid is also a celebration for children who look forward to going out and enjoying various entertainments, including amusement parks. This tradition brings joy and fun to children’s lives, making Eid a memorable occasion. 

Preparing Eid Sweets and Hospitality

تَحضيرُ حَلوَياتِ وضيافةِ العيدِ 

Taḥḍyru ḥalwayāti waḍiyāfti alʻyd

Special sweets and dishes are prepared and shared with family, friends, and neighbors on Eid. Foods like Maamoul (معمول), a date or nut-filled pastry, and other traditional sweets are common. This practice showcases the generosity and hospitality that is central to Islamic culture, fostering a sense of community and shared celebration.

Visiting the Graves

زِيارةُ القُبورِ

Ziyārtu alqubwr

Some Muslims visit the graves of their departed loved ones, offering supplications, seeking mercy for them from Allah, and reciting Surat Al-Fatiha. This act is a reminder of the transient nature of life and the importance of cherishing and valuing time with loved ones. It’s also a way of connecting with those who have passed away and including them in the prayers and blessings of Eid.

Finally, whether you are a Muslim celebrating Eid, or have friends or family who do, a knowledge of the practices performed during Eid paints a more comprehensive picture of this special occasion that follows one of the most revered months in Islam.

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