Eid ul Adha; The greater Eid and Eid ul Fitr; The smaller Eid, both are two major Eids celebrated in Islam. Both of these Eids hold great significance however, the reason behind celebrating is quite different. Eid ul Fitr festivities last for around 3 days and it is celebrated to mark the end of the holiest month in Islam that is Ramadan. Eid ul Fitr takes place on the 1st of Shawwal.
On the other hand, Eid ul Adha is known as the Eid of sacrifice and it is celebrated on the tenth of Dhul-Hijjah in the remembrance of the famous historical incident involving Prophet Abraham and his son Prophet Ismail.
Today in this article we will be discussing the significance of Eid ul Fitr and the sole reason behind its existence along with discussing tentative dates of Eid ul Fitr 2022.
What is the Meaning of Eid ul Fitr?
You must be wondering what Eid ul Fitr is? In order to get your answer to this question, you will have to understand the meaning of Eid first. Eid is basically a joyous Islamic festival that is celebrated by Muslims globally.
Likewise, Eid ul Fitr is a festival celebrated for marking the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month in which Muslims tend to fast for one whole month and once the month ends Eid ul Fitr is celebrated as a joyous occasion for rejoicing the month-long fasting period. It falls on the 1st of Shawwal right after the conclusion of Ramadan.
Eid ul Fitr holds great significance in Islam as it is considered as a reward from Allah (SWT) for Muslims who stayed dedicated and fasted for the entire month of Ramadan whilst refraining from bad deeds. Ramadan is a month in which the Holy book Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Throughout Ramadan Muslims fast every day for a major portion of the day that spans from sunrise to sunset. Thus, at the end of the month, they celebrate their month-long worship and dedication by coming together with their friends and families.
The Verse in Quran mentioned below stresses the significance of Eid ul Fitr and explains how it is a reward for us in return for our month-long worship and good deeds.
‘’The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So, whoever sights the new moon of the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and wants for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that to which he has guided you, and perhaps you will be grateful.’’
When is Eid ul Fitr?
Most people question when is Eid ul Fitr 2022? The answer to this question is quite tricky because of the varying nature of the Islamic and lunar calendars. This is why one can not determine the exact date of Eid ul Fitr.
The tentative date of the Eid ul Fitr 2022, for now, has been calculated to be May 12th in Pakistan. However, one can not label this date as the confirmed date. The date can only be confirmed once a legitimate sighting of the moon is observed.
Why is Eid ul Fitr celebrated?
The fundamental reason behind the celebration of Eid ul Fitr is the completion of the holy month of Ramadan which holds great significance in Islam. In Ramadan, a Muslim individual observes a fast for an entire month from sunrise till sunset. Abstaining yourself from food, drinks, and bad deeds for such a long time requires a firm dedication, self-control, and faith in Allah (SWT).
This is why at the end of Ramadan, Eid ul Fitr is celebrated as a way to extend our gratitude towards the Lord for giving us the strength to worship and fast for an entire month. Moreover, Eid ul Fitr gives us a chance to strengthen family ties by erasing old grudges.
How is Eid ul Fitr celebrated?
No doubt, Eid ul Fitr is a highly important festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. However, before proceeding to the celebrations of Eid ul Fitr there are some important pointers that you need to be mindful of in order to celebrate Eid ul Fitr in true spirits by being grateful to Allah (SWT).
Eid ul Fitr Namaz
Before taking a bath and putting on clean new clothes one needs to offer Eid ul Fitr Namaz. These prayers can be offered in the nearest mosque. Once the prayers have been offered families come together and feast on dessert or dishes specially prepared for this occasion. Then Eidi is given by the elders of the family either in terms of money or gifts.
Eid ul Fitr greetings commonly expressed as ‘Eid Mubarak’ are also exchanged between family and friends. On that note, Ekplatebiryani would be beyond elated to wish you a very happy Eid ul Fitr 2022 in advance!
Zakat ul Fitr or Fitrana
Fitrana or Zakat ul Fitr is a charity donation that has been made mandatory for all Muslims to make before the Eid ul Fitr namaz ends. The Fitrana is collected by any organization or charity that carries out charitable activities. Then it is distributed among the neediest and underprivileged people.
For Eid ul Fitr 2022, you can without a doubt trust Ekplatebiryani with your Zakat and Fitrana. We ensure you, every donated penny of yours will be spent for the right cause and it will reach the deserving. Be it the operations for the provision of food or water, Ekplatebiryani has always been leading in front with your generous donations.
There are various operations already in process with the collected funds such as aid for Thar and Rohingya, food drives, and food distribution. Ekplatebiryani looks forward to more donations from you in order to continue running its welfare operations smoothly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did Eid ul Fitr begin?
As revealed in history, Eid ul Fitr was originally started by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). According to a few reports, these festivals such as Eids were initiated in Madina after the migration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca.
What is the message of Eid ul Fitr?
Eid ul Fitr gives us a very valuable message of sharing joy and blessings with our family and friends. However, the most important message is to ensure that poor and needy people are involved equally in our celebrations by wholeheartedly donating and spreading smiles.
How do you spend Eid ul Fitr?
The best possible way to spend Eid ul Fitr is to first dress up in neat and tidy clothes. Then, offer your Eid ul Fitr namaz in the nearest mosque. After offering Eid ul Fitr, greet your family and friends wholeheartedly by saying ‘Eid Mubarak’.
After a month-long fasting period and utmost dedication towards worshipping Allah (SWT), he has set a reward for us in the form of Eid ul Fitr. Hence, we should make sure that we celebrate Eid ul Fitr with joy and gratitude in our hearts. In addition to that, we should consider Eid ul Fitr a great chance to help those in need.
For helping out those who are actually needy choose Ekplatebiryani and make your contributions worthwhile. May Allah (SWT) enable us to spend Eid ul Fitr in the best possible way by working for the welfare of mankind!