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It has indeed been a festive season with the biggest festivals like Diwali and Eid coming arms in arms with the other. 30 days of fasting period have finally given way to the rewards of patience as Id makes its way for all to enjoy. For over one billion M

Eid--mecca-1The end of the holy month of Ramadan is marked by Eid ul Fitr. Every node of the city had celebrations filled in the atmosphere and people were high on the spirits of forgiving and giving. Eid symbolizes a unity, which brings together family and friends who celebrate each other’s company and happiness. Id-ul-Fitr means the ‘festival of breaking the fast’. The fast of Ramadan is broken with special prayers and festivities. ‘Fitr’ is derived from the word ‘fatar’ meaning ‘breaking’. Another connotation suggests that it is derived from fitrah or ‘alms’. Celebrated on the first day of the new moon in Shawwal, it marks the end of Ramadan. Do Rakat Namaz, the Id-special prayer is performed in the morning in the mosque. ‘Eid means recurring happiness or festivity. The ‘Eid prayer is very important for all Muslims. It has the merits of the dory prayers, the effect of the weekly convention (Jumu’ah) and the characteristics of annual reunions between Muslims. There are two such ‘Eids. The first is called ‘Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Fast Breaking). It falls on the first day of Shawwaal, the tenth month of the Muslim year, following the month of Ramadan in which the Qur’aan was revealed and which is the month of fasting. Each ‘Eid is a wholesome celebration of a remarkable achievement of the individual Muslim in the service of Allah. What makes Id even more special in the satellite city is that even as one community celebrates the festival, sets of various beliefs join in those celebrations. It is true that the Id moon can be seen only once in a year and in the satellite city it has come with blessings and contentment. EID UL FITR – A GLIMPSE OF HISTORY The word Eid is derived from the Arabic word Awdah, which means return. The return of the soul to its original state of inborn purity. Celebrating this cherishable occasion is preceded by so many preparatory steps that signify the keen interest of the Muslims to live the spirit of the occasion and reap its fruitful results. The preparation of Eid normally starts from the middle of Ramadan where the markets become very active and crowded as the days pass towards the end of the months. Rejoicing Eid-ul-fitr in Saudi arabia’s Mecca and Madinah – the places of pilgrimage is always a memorable experience. Eid ul Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and is a festival of great celebration. In Islamic countries it is a public holiday. The first Eid was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) with his friends and relatives. Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control. The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. Muslims in most countries rely on news of an official sighting, rather than looking at the sky themselves. Eid ul Fitr is very much a community festival and people go out into the streets to exchange greetings, and visit friends and relatives. Eid is also a time of forgiveness, and making amends. It is a moment of leaving the differences behind and welcoming each other in a brotherhood manner. It is no doubt a happy occasion, which fills the heart with laughter and joy

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