Eid-ul-Fitr (2019) - 4th June

One of the most celebrated Muslim festival, Eid-Ul-Fitr is not even a week away. This day holds a lot of significance, majorly because it marks an end to the holy month of Ramzan, and as per Allah's preaching Muslims are forbidden to fast on this day. As per the scriptures this day was meant to be celebrated with lot of pomp and glory and continues to do so till today.

Since the Muslim festival is celebrated in accordance with the lunar calendar, the sighting of the new moon holds much importance and therefore highly anticipated by all. On sighting the moon people wish each other with the customary "Eid Mubarak". The moon on Eid is symbolic of beauty due to its characteristic crescent shape and since it is sighted with a lot of difficulty (due to its late appearance), this has been used as a metaphor in many literally works.

After observing a stringent fast and a religious schedule Eid is welcomed with a lot of enthusiasm marked with celebrations galore. Most Muslims offer Zakat, which is a charity towards their community during Ramzan, and especially on Eid day, another thoughtful aspect associated with this festival. Zakat is one of the most eminent pillars of Islam and aims at bridging monetary gaps between the community.

A highly anticipated part of Eid is also the scrumptious array of food that is prepared. These meals are a mix of traditional as well modern or revisited recipes passed down from generation to generation.

Thus, the holy festival symbolizes breaking the fast and everything that's evil within us. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated for over three days. In totality Eid propagates harmony and brotherhood and a festival that is enjoyed with much revelry.


Facts of Eid-ul-Fitr

There are some intrinsic facts about this amazing festival that are both exciting and intriguing. Here's a list of 10 facts for our readers:

  • Eid celebrations are dependent on sighting of the moon and may differ with each region, however for ease of understanding it is generally celebrated on the same day as Saudi Arabia.
  • It is also known as 'Lesser Eid' or 'Sweet Eid' in many parts of the world.
  • Muslims are expected to pray on this day; however they are advised to take different routes to and from the prayer grounds.
  • The prayer offered by the Shia and Sunni sect is different.
  • Embracing is customary to this festival.
  • The most common dessert served on this day is Sheer Korma.
  • Every devout Muslim is expected to pay Zakat (a part of his/her earning) before the prayers.
  • Eid is known by different names across the globe.
  • Men and women offer their prayers separately.

Eid Dates in 2018/2019

Festivals 2018 2019
Eid-ul-Fitr 14th June 4th June
Eid-ul-Adha 21st August 11th August
Eid-ul-Milad 20th November 9th November
Every Muslim ought to perform these duties regardless of where they live and their social repute.

The "Five Pillars of Islam" are:

  • Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith)
  • Salat (Prayer)
  • Zakat (Almsgiving)
  • Sawm (Fasting)
  • Hajj (Pilgrimage)


Eid-ul-Fitr Prayer

"Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber.
La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd"
Means, "Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises are for Allah" is recited to honor and glorify the greatness of Allah.

There are no people who went astray after having been guided except for indulging in disputation. (al-Tirmidhi)
The Messenger of Allah repeated three times, Those who search deeply for confusing questions have perished.
Do not dispute with your brother, ridicule him, nor promise him and then break your promise. (al-Tirmidhi)