Read The Following “EId al-Fitr” and “EId al-Adha”
‘Id means a feast or celebration. There are two ‘Id’s celebrated during the year, ‘Id al-Fitr and ‘Id alAdha.
Muslims celebrate these occasions with devotion to seek the pleasure of Allah.
The ‘Id is a time of thanksgiving, joy and happiness.
1) ‘Id al-Fitr– The Feast of Breaking the Fast of Ramadan.
‘Id al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of the month of Ramadan.
After a month of fasting, Muslims celebrate for having been guided by Allah to worship Him and to fulfill His commandments.
Muslims express gratitude and joy for the gift of Ramadan by offering a special ‘Id salah together.
Everyone wears their best clothes for this day.
Delicious foods and sweet dishes are prepared for the celebration.
There is singing and dancing among the ladies and girls of the house.
The day is spent visiting friends and relatives and giving gifts to children.
Muslims also visit the graveyard on this day to pray for their relatives who are no longer with them.
‘Id al-Fitr is a day of happiness in which the poor are not forgotten. They are given a special charity on this day.
‘Id al-Fitr is a day of happiness for all.
2) ‘Id al-Adha – The Feast of Sacrifice
‘Id al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Zul Hijjah, the month of Pilgrimage.
It is a celebration of the great love of Nabi Ibrahim [a] for Allah. ‘Id al-Adha is a reminder to Muslims of Nabi Ibrahim’s [a] willingness to sacrifice his dear son Nabi Isma‘il [a] on Allah’s command.
It teaches that Allah expects complete obedience from all Muslims and that we should love Him more than any other.
On the day of ‘Id al-Adha Muslims offer a special ‘Id salah together, early in the morning.
After the salah, those who can afford to, sacrifice an animal like a goat, sheep, cow or camel, for Allah’s pleasure.
The meat of the sacrificed animal is shared among relatives neighbours and the poor.
It is prepared into the most delicious meals and the whole family feasts together.
By sacrificing an animal a Muslim is showing that he is prepared to sacrifice those things dearest to him, even his own life, for Allah.
Allah does not want the meat and blood of the animal but rather our devotion and obedience.
Those who truly love Allah display their love through obedience.
Those who do not obey Allah do not truly love Him.
The celebration of the two ‘Id’s is a reminder to Muslims of the great celebration in the hereafter when all the obedient servants of Allah enter Jannah.