How to best rejoice Eid Al Fitr?

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How to best rejoice Eid Al Fitr?

Dubai - Racing and performing stunts or putting road users' life at the stake is not only prohibited but also against set rules and regulations, Ameen Fawzi, a lawyer said.

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Published: Tue 5 Jul 2016, 4:43 PM

Last updated: Wed 6 Jul 2016, 8:36 AM

Whereas millions of Muslims throughout the world rejoice and reflect Eid Al Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, they get filled with gaiety for observing fasting; a main pillar in Islam, and for being liable for great hopeful reward in the Hereafter.  
Amazingly Muslims' feasts are interrelated with religious rites, and the two major festivals come after two fundamental pillars of Islam; Sawm or fasting and Haj or pilgrimage.
Eid Al Fitr - also known as Lesser Feast, is very much a community festival when people exchange greetings and visits, and tend to be more tolerant, giving and forgiving.
Islamic researcher Dr Mohammed Ashmawy said Muslims are urged to keep doing the same good deeds they used to do during the holy month, such as reciting the Quran and giving for charity.
"As the feast is for fun and joy, one would rather give for charity and celebrate the Eid Al Fitr with family and friends to mark the completion of the holy month of blessings and joy."
Every nation has its own (distinguished) feast while Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha are Muslims' only festivals, Dr Farooq Abdulqader underlined. "Eid is based on religious traditions, and hence it is of great importance to jointly demonstrate our celebrations with joy and observe them in such a distinctive way."
Shaikh Ibrahim Shawqi said people may celebrate the pleasant occasion in different ways, but the most advisable of these is to start with a shower, putting on the best clean white clothes possible, and imparting a pleasant fragrance.
"It is also recommendable to show full submission to God's orders and break our fasting on the feast days. Therefore, one should eat some dates before leaving for prayer." he said.
Shaikh Mohamed Yusuf said each and every Muslim, man or woman, old or young, and even their dependents should give Zakat Al Fitr or fast-breaking alms. "This may be contributed in kind or in cash; an amount equivalent to some 2.5kg of grains."
The donation, termed as Sadaqat Al Fitr, may be given in rice, barley, dates, or in cash - Dh20, he elaborated. "It is aimed to bring happiness to the poor and give them a chance to happily celebrate the festival without asking for help."
Shaikh Mahmoud Helmi said it is highly recommended to perform Eid Al Fitr Prayer in a Musalla unless it is raining heavily then it can be offered in the mosque as once happened at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
"It is also preferable to say Takbir (Allah is the greatest) in group when heading to Musalla and going back home. "One should go back home from a route different to the one he used when going to the Musalla for Prayer."
Racing and performing stunts or putting road users' life at the stake is not only prohibited but also against set rules and regulations, Ameen Fawzi, a lawyer said.
"Some reckless young people insist on turning the time of joy into sorrow for nothing but having fun," he said, urging parents to watch over their kids and never ever let them drive their cars unless grown enough and licensed for the same. 
Shaikh Tariq A. said walking as early as possible to the Musalla (an open area for praying Eid Prayer) is desirable as well. "The best greeting to exchange at that time is 'May Allah accept (worship) from us all."
To affirm submission to God's orders, one would better fast any six straight or non-successive days from the month Shawwal, he pointed out. "When ordered to fast then feast, true worshipers willingly obey."

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