Eid-ul-Fitr is the reward for Muslims who observe Ramadan with religious enthusiasm. This is an occasion of joy and festivity, much like Christmas for the Christians. However, what happens at the festival of Eid is perhaps not known as much as Christmas. It can be a bit of surprise to know how fun Eid is if one is not aware of the merriment associated with this joyous festival. In today’s discussion, we explore that merriment by discussing preparations for Eid-ul-Fitr. For all the Muslims out there, you better read this carefully as Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 is nearly upon us!
Fast with enthusiasm
The best preparation for Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 is to fast with proper spirit in Ramadan 2020. Does that surprise you? It must not. After all, Eid-ul-Fitr is the reward for Muslims who observe fasting with a religious spirit. Ask yourself, if you have not prepared for a sport well, and you actually fail it, do you really deserve the prize money? This analogy might help you understand why fasting with enthusiasm is such an important part of Eid-ul-Fitr preparations. In addition, the effort you put in the holy month of Ramadan will make you long more about the joys of Eid-ul-Fitr. So, the first preparatory tip? Fast well in Ramadan 2020!
Drum rolls, we are talking about Eid now! The Muslim culture is a diverse one, with the same fundamental principles. Whether it is Arab, the Middle East, Asia or Africa, some of the Eid preparations are universal among all Muslims. Wearing new clothes is one of them. Orders are given weeks before the joyous festival so that clothes are ready well in time. There is a great deal of thought process involved in choosing the right style of dress, as well as the colors. Every Muslim society has a different dressing style; hence, there is a diversity in this regard. Oh, and matching shoes are a must!
Performing the Eid prayer
Got yourself all dressed up? Right then, first, stop the Mosque. For all the male members of a Muslim household, performing the Eid prayer is obligatory. It is tradition to recite Takbeer in loud notes while going to the mosque. The Eid prayer is very different from the regular five prayers Muslims offer each day. Many Muslims mess it up but they will not tell you that! Once done with the prayer, Muslims embrace each other while saying Eid Mubarak to each other. The warmth that fills the mosques at this particular moment is quite tangible and moving.
The first thing you should eat on Eid day
Eid-ul-Fitr is all about indulging in the sweets, once you are done with the obligations. In many Muslim cultures of different countries, vermicelli are what kick start an Eid day. Once done with this sweet dish, it is time to feast on all that meat Muslims have already bought and filled their freezers deep neck with it. And it goes on and on and on. A word of caution, please go easy on meat on Eid-ul-Fitr 2020!
Do not forget the underprivileged on Eid-ul-Fitr
Ramadan is the time in which Muslims give their annual 2.5 percent in the form of Zakat. It is a great way of helping the poorer sections of society. Another great way of helping those who need monetary assistance is Zakat-ul-Fitr or Fitrana.
The charitable donation of Fitrana must be given to the poor before Eid-ul-Fitr prayer. By compulsion, a Muslim has to pay Fitrana by the end of Ramadan. Fitrana is also known by the term Zakat-ul-Fitr. For acquiring the love and closeness of Allah (SWT), helping out Almighty’s subjects is important. Fitrana provides us with a chance to help those, who cannot help themselves. For propelling someone towards a stable and sustainable financial status, there is no better way than assisting him or her via Fitrana.
This is another part of Eid preparations. Serious deliberations are made as to which relative’s house must be visited on the Eid days. Kids benefit the most from this kind of activity, as they get the gift money in the form of Eidi.
Well, that is all from this discussion. We hope that this discussion gave you an insight into how to do preparations for Eid-ul-Fitr as Muslims. We sign off by wishing you a very blessed Ramadan 2020 and a very joyous Eid-ul-Fitr 2020!
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