Eid Mubarak


Eid Mubarak! - This effervescent greeting is so integral to Eid-Ul-Fitr, that no Eid will feel complete without it. Eid Mubarak echoes in every Muslim household and it symbolises warmth, and happiness. It is said that the companions of Prophet Mohammad said "Taqabbalallâhu minnâ wa minkum" to each other on the day of Eid which meant "May God accept from us and you"

The festival of celebrating the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad, Eid is the most sacred time for Muslims worldwide. Divided into two, Eid is always celebrated on two different days of the year with the first one being Eid ul-Fitar (the end of Ramadan-the holy month of fasting) and the second Eid ul-Adha (feast of sacrifice). Although the rituals of the two festivities differ, the greeting exchanged by followers of Islam is what connects the two.

Eid Mubarak- The phrase of greeting

"Eid Mubarak!" is a phrase of expressing greetings which Muslims generally use to congratulate each other on the festivals of Eid ul-Fitar and Eid ul-Adha. This greeting is exchanged usually after the offering of the Eid prayers.

A traditional greeting, "Eid Mubarak" means "Blessed festival" or "Happy Eid" where "Eid" means the festival or the occasion and "Mubarak" stands for "blessed". It is often paraphrased as "May you enjoy a blessed festival". Just like Christians exchange the wish "Merry Christmas" on the day of Christmas, similarly Muslims greet each other with the phrase "Eid Mubarak". The usual reply to this greeting is "Allah yubarak feek" which literally means "May Allah bless it for you also".

The greeting "Eid Mubarak" is also widely used in posters, greeting cards, advertisements, public service announcements, etc. during the time of Islamic festivities of Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul-Fitar. This wish of "Eid Muabarak" does not form a part of religious obligation but is a cultural practice to exchange wishes of well-being.

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Variations across Nations

The phrase for wishing blessed Eid to each other varies in different parts of the world:-

  • The companions of the Prophet Muhammad instead of saying Eid Mubarak, used to say to each other when they met on Eid ul-Fitr: "Taqabbalallâhu minnâ wa minkum". This which means "May God accept from us and you [our fasts and deeds".
  • "Selamat Idul Fitri" or "Salam Idul Fitri" are the expressions used by Muslims in other countries with a Malay language-speaking population (Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, & Singapore) expression.
  • Muslims in Turkey say Bayraminiz mubarek olsun in place of Eid Mubarak.
  • In Pashtun areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Pashto Akhtar de nekmregha sha, meaning "may your festival be blessed" is generally used.
Eid Mubarak

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