Eid al-Fitr

Feast of Breaking the Fast

What is it?

Eid al-Fitr is one of the major holidays in Islam. It happens after the holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims around the world fast for a month between sunrise and sunset. It falls on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month in the Islamic lunar calendar.

Why do Muslims fast?

Ramadan is a month where one tries to give up a bad habit for a month, then for life. It is a month where Muslims try to become closer to Allah by reading the Qur'an and praying. Fasting is meant to teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It also reminds them of the suffering of the poor, who may rarely get to eat well. Muslims believe that during this month the gates of hell close — meaning the devil is unable to tempt them during a month of discipline, charity and self-control.
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What is done on Eid?

Eid not only celebrates the end of Ramadan, but is also for giving thanks to Allah for giving one the strength to get by the previous month. As it is meant to be a day for happiness, it is prohibited that a Muslim fasts on Eid. It is also a time of forgiveness, and making amends. It is a joyous holiday that is celebrated all over the world in many different ways.


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