By Zahra and Aminah in Year 12
What’s happening this week?
Eid is a festival celebrated by Muslims around the world, twice a year. One takes place in August. The Eid this week is Eid Al Fitr which literally means ‘the breaking of the fast’. This marks the end of Ramadan and the first day of the new Islamic month of Shawwal. Eid Al Fitr was brought into existence by the Prophet Muhammad. Eid Al Fitr is the day when Muslims thank Allah for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe fast and obey His commandment during the holy month of Ramadhan.
What happens during Eid?
On Eid, many Muslims attend the Eid prayer in the morning and then go home and celebrate by gathering with family and friends, preparing large amounts of food and wearing new clothes. It is a celebration of happiness and gifts are also exchanged.
Why do people celebrate Eid on different days?
In Eid, Muslims celebrate the occasion on different days due to following different Mosques. We celebrate Eid as it is a month of fasting and so would continue the fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat al-Fitr (a payment to charity that is requirement of all Muslims) before offering the Eid prayers. We believe it is a commandment as mentioned in the holy Qur’an and so follow this in order to be closer to our God.