How to best rejoice Eid Al Fitr

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How to best rejoice Eid Al Fitr

Published: Wed 6 Jul 2016, 7:42 PM

Last updated: Thu 7 Jul 2016, 9:03 AM

When millions of Muslims throughout the world celebrate 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 Eid Al Fitr - also known as Lesser Feast - is 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.
Every nation has its own (distinguished) feast while Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha are Muslims' only festivals, Dr Farooq Abdulqader said.
"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.
Shaikh Mohammed 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 said.
"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 prayer in a Musalla (an open area for Eid prayer) 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).
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.
Shaikh Tariq A. said walking as early as possible to the Musalla is desirable as well.

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