After Ramadan


Ramadan is one of the most popular celebrations of the Muslims. It is observed through fasting and praying to god during the daytime. The fast is usually broken at sunset after which the celebrations start. Ramadan continues for the entire 9th month of the Islamic Lunar calendar. Read on to know about the celebration after Ramadan.



Celebrations and Fasting After Ramadan

After Ramadan, the Muslims celebrate the Shawwal on the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The Shawwal begins with the Eid-ul-Fitr. The Muslims usually observe a fast during the Shawwal except on the day when the Eid-ul-Fitr starts. This is because fasting on the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr is prohibited in Islam.

In Islam, it is believed that you may be rewarded 10 times if you perform a good deed. So, fasting 6 days after Ramadan (except on the Eid-ul-Fitr) and around 30 days during the festival is considered to bring good luck and prosperity to all Muslims. However, thereís no rule that youíll have to fast continuously for 6 days; you may observe the fast one day at a time.

When you observe the fast for 6 days during the Shawwal, it is often considered as if youíre fasting for the whole year. It is stated in Islam that "Whoever observes the Ramadan fast and follows it with six days of fast in Shawwal, it is as if he has fasted Dahr (the whole year)." (Bukhari)

Celebrations and Fasting After Ramadan

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Eid After Ramadan

The Eid-ul-Fitr is that holiday after Ramadan which marks the completion of the 29-day or 30-day fast observed by Muslims worldwide. Eid-ul-Fitr means the festival of breaking the fast. On the Eid, Muslims conduct early morning prayers in their homes or mosques. The Eid prayer includes a sermon after which the Muslims indulge in a short congregational prayer.

Once the Muslims have completed their payers, they visit their friends and family to convey their best wishes and offer exciting gifts on this occasion. Just in case they canít visit their dear ones, they simply call them or send them Eid-ul-Fitr e-cards to wish good luck, peace and prosperity on this festive occasion.

The Eid-ul-Fitr is a 3-day holiday after Ramadan, during which most schools and government organizations in Muslim countries remain closed. In this time period, the Muslims shop around for new clothes and decorate their homes. They also prepare a variety of sweet treats for their families and friends.

The Muslims are expected to do charity and perform good deeds during the Eid-ul-Fitr. The purpose is to practice generosity and get rid of all sins which they may have committed. The exact date of Eid after Ramadan 2016 will be fixed depending upon when the new moon can be sighted.

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Umrah After Ramadan

The Umrah is a holy pilgrimage of the Muslims to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Going on such a pilgrimage is not mandatory for the Muslims, but it is highly recommended to the entire community. It is known as the minor Hajj, which is the major pilgrimage of the Islamic community.

Usually, the Umrah season starts 2 weeks before Ramadan and continues for 2 weeks after the festival. Following the Umrah after Ramadan is a common practice of the Muslims. However, the Umrah can be performed throughout the year except the days of the Hajj.

The purpose of Umrah is to conduct the Tawaf, which means that a Muslim is expected to go around the holy Kaaba in a counterclockwise direction. This should be done for around 7 times. The Kaaba (located in Mecca) is actually a holy building which includes a mosque built around it. All Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba when they offer their prayers from any part of the world.

Umrah After Ramadan

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This is how the Muslims participate in festivities and celebration after Ramadan.