We pray that we continue worshipping Allah for the rest of the year as we have done in the month of Ramadan and that we employ the qualities of God-consciousness, devotion, self-sacrifice, discipline, and unity that we have acquired in the month of Ramadan in our daily lives….writes Dr Qari Muhammad Asim, Imam, Makkah Masjid Leeds
On this happy occasion of Eid, Imams Online sends its greetings to the entire Muslim community with sincere wishes that Allah would enable us all to enjoy many more such occasions with increased faith, goodness and prosperity. We pray that we continue worshipping Allah for the rest of the year as we have done in the month of Ramadan and that we employ the qualities of God-consciousness, devotion, self-sacrifice, discipline, and unity that we have acquired in the month of Ramadan in our daily lives.
Sadqah Fitr is due before Eid Prayer . Our fasts remain unaccepted unless we pay this sadqa Fitr/ zakat-ul-Fitr
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), a companion of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reported that when the Prophet migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two festivals. On those two days they had carnivals and festivity. Prophet Muhammad asked the Ansaar (the Muslims of Madinah) about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals on those two joyous days. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) told them: ‘Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better, the days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.’ (Hadith)
Eid-ul-fitr refers to the festival after completion of fasting in the month of Ramadan. This special occasion for Muslims and Muslims show appreciation and gratitude to Allah Almighty that He enabled them to seek His Mercy in the month of Ramadan and complete the obligatoin of fasting that he had imposed on them.
On the morning of Eid-ul-fitr, Muslims throughout the world perform Eid Prayers. A special prayer held to show gratitue to Allah. Below are various actions which are desirable on the day of Eid and some of them are the sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and therefore deserve the appropriate reward for performing them.
*Prepare for personal cleanliness, take care of details of clothing, etc.
*Take a Ghusl (bath) after Fajr.
*Dress up, putting on best clothes available, whether new or cleaned old ones.
*Have breakfast on Eid-al-Fitr before leaving for prayer ground.
Message from Farron
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron conveys his Eid greetings to the Muslim community:
“As the month of Ramadan comes to an end, I would like to wish Muslims in the United Kingdom and all over the world a happy Eid-ul-Fitr.
“Eid for Muslims is a time for reflection as we consider the world we live in, and our part in it. In the light of some desperately tragic events, we all need to consider how we can bring about greater togetherness and show humility to one another.
“I was keen to emphasise the importance of this, for Britons of all faiths and none, when joining Muslims marking Ramadan at the London Central mosque earlier in the month.
“It was clear to me on that visit and throughout Ramadan, the work of so many Muslims who work to transform the lives of those less fortunate, be it through selfless acts of good will and charity.
“As we come out of the longest Ramadan for 33 years and the days begin to become a little shorter, I look forward to continuing to work with the many Muslim communities up and down the country – building on that message of togetherness, humility and service to others.
“Thank you and Eid Mubarak.”