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Eid-Al-Fitr - All You Need To Know

Eid-Al-Fitr is an one of the most important religious holidays celebrated by the Muslims worldwide. It marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This religious festival is the one and the only day in the month of Shawwal during which the Muslims are not supposed to fast. The holiday celebrated the end of 29 to 30 days of dawn to sunset fasting during the month of Ramadan. The day of Eid-Al-Fitr is the first day of the month of Shawwal.

The day can vary depending upon the observation of the new moon by the local religious authorities and the day of celebration can differ from one locality to other.The festivities of the Eid-Al-Fitr has a particular Islamic prayer or Salat that consists of two rakats or units. They are generally offered in an open field or large hall. It can be performed only in congregation and presence of an additional 6 Takbirs. According to Muslims and their belief system, they are commanded by Allah and as stated in the Quran, they have to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay Zakat al-Fitr before offering them the Eid prayers. According to certain traditions, the festivals were commenced at Medina after the migration of Muhammad from Mecca. When he arrived, he found people celebrating for 2 specific days and he remarked the almighty has fixed these 2 days for you - Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.


By: Neha Maheshwari


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