'Eid Al-Fitr, Happiness for All Muslim Ummah and Sunnah Acts on That Day
The month of Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid Al-Fitr. `Eid Al-Fitr is the day of benefits and blessings for all fasting Muslims, as they are promised great reward by Almighty Allah for their good observance of fasting. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims express their gratitude to Allah, Who has enabled them to observe fasting and, at the same time, granted them abundant provision during this blessed month.
Everyone rises early for the 'Eid Al-Fitr prayer. Afterwards, families visit each other and exchange good wishes. The handshakes and hugs after the prayer are a wonderful mark of love toward others. Eid gives everyone a feeling of brotherliness, and all bad feelings toward fellow Muslims should be wiped clean so we can all start fresh. `Eid Al-Fitr, therefore, is a day of joy, acts of worship, thanksgiving to Allah, cooperation, solidarity, brotherhood, unity, and spiritual provision.
On this happy occasion of `Eid Al-Fitr, we should pray to Allah to bless the Muslim Ummah. We should not forget those who are afflicted with poverty, ignorance, disease, and other misfortunes. Charity in the form of zakat al-fitr is obligatory at the end of the fasting month. The real happiness of `Eid lies in sharing our happiness with others.
Let us spread peace and happiness on the day of 'Eid Al-Fitr. Give zakat to poor and needy people, let them feel happy on this Great Day. 'Eid Mubarak for All Muslim Ummah.
Sunnah Acts on 'Eid Al-Fitr
On the day of `Eid Al-Fitr, there are some Sunnah acts that we should do, among which are the following:
1. Engage in takbir (saying “Allahu akbar”) from fajr until the imam comes out for salah. Takbir is recommended for males, females, young and old.
2. It is also important to make sure to pay zakat Al-Fitr before the salah. Ideally, it should be given in advance so that the poor can enjoy their `Eid.
3. Appear in the best clean clothes dress that you can afford to, that are reasonable and modest.
4. It is recommended to go early to the prayer place.
5. And most importantly, to wish every one the joy of `Eid and show true signs of Islamic brotherhood by shaking hands and embracing and supplicating: “Taqabal Allahu Minna wa Minkum” (May Allah accept it from us and you).
6. It is also considered a good Islamic practice to visit one another and exchange gifts. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Exchange gifts in order to foster love."
7. Remember the true spirit of `Eid is reflected in our extreme generosity to the poor and the needy. So, be charitable as best as you can.
8. Make lots of istighfar (asking Allah for forgiveness) and pray that Allah accept our fast, prayers and devotion, and may He grant the Ummah glory and success.
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