Afghans Prepare For Eid ul-Fitr
Author: alice Date: 14 November, Category: Fact, Visits 2069
[Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Fitr, or Id al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning [festivity], while Fiṭr means [breaking (the fast)]. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the twenty nine or thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal.
Eid-ul-Fitr Salat (Namaz in Persian) is a Wajib (obligatory), Sunnah muakkad (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable) – depending on which juristic opinion is followed – Islamic prayer consisting of two rakaah (units) which is generally offered in an open field or large hall called an Eed-gah. This salaat or prayer, can only be performed with Jama’at (i.e., in congregation) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying Allah-u-Akbar (God is Great), three of them in the beginning of the first rakaah and three of them just before ruku in the second rakaah in the Hanafi school. Muslims are commanded by God in the Quran to complete their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat al-fitr before doing the Eid prayer]. – Wikipedia
Photos: Afghans sell food in a market in preparation for Iftar, the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during Ramadan, on August 28, 2011 in Faizabad, Afghanistan. Afghan Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on August 31 or September 1, depending on the appearance of the moon, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Majid Saeedi)