Eid Traditions in Islam

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Eid Traditions in Islam

As we all know, the Islamic calendar consists of two separate Eid’s. The first is Eid-ul-Fitr, which signifies the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and the second, Eid-ul-Adha, which occurs later in the year. Both festivals encourage unity, which is a primary teaching of Islam.

We are all familiar with the important role that unity plays in our daily lives; therefore it is essential to remember to always take time out for your family and close relatives. During the festivals of Eid, the occasions begin with a visit to the mosque for prayers. At this time, Muslims take the opportunity to count their blessings and give thanks, and as a mark of respect for this auspicious occasion, it is a good time to dress in your finest clothes – especially when visiting the mosque. It is also normal to donate to charity during such festive times; ensuring you remember those in less fortunate positions who may not be able to celebrate Eid in the same way.
Paying visits to family members and close friends is also highly recommended during Eid – for distant families, this marks the perfect opportunity to reconnect with relatives and strengthen the bond within your family. Many also choose to deliver special gifts to children and family members or distribute sweet meats in honour of the occasion.
Although they are both relatively key festivals of faith in Islam, they are not both entirely the same.
Eid Traditions in Islam

Eid-ul-Fitr predominantly concludes the end of the month of Ramadan – a month of fasting and purity - and continues for three days; it is a day of thanksgiving for the privilege of being able to participate in such a holy, auspicious month. One incredibly important occasion also falls within the last ten days of Ramadan; Laylatul Qadr, also known as the night of power – which signifies the time when the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as guidance for mankind.
A typical day of Eid-ul-Fitr would entail performing prayers in congregation at the mosque, uniting with family and friends, giving to charity in the form of Zakat-ul-Fitr (a mandatory form of charity which enables those in less fortunate circumstances to celebrate the occasion too), enjoying a meal together and generally celebrating throughout the day.
Eid Traditions in Islam

Eid-ul-Adha is a vital date which Muslims across the world observe every year. Although both Eid’s are equally notable and important occasions, there is a very central significance behind the festivities of Eid-ul-Adha.
The festival commemorates the readiness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his much-loved son, Ismail, according to the wishes of Allah SWT. As Prophet Ibrahim showed his love and devotion to Allah SWT then, today, Muslims across the world participate in the act of Qurbani to show their own obedience.
Qurbani helps encourage us to refresh our spirit and rejuvenate our faith as we work to raise awareness of the importance of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice and how it is still an essential teaching today. It is a time-honoured tradition of slaughtering sacrificial animals and livestock in the same way that Prophet Ibrahim sacrificed a ram as Allah SWT graciously spared the life of his son.
Once the sacrifice has been carried out, it is required for the meat to then be evenly distributed in three portions. One goes to the individual performing Qurbani, another goes to their close friends and family, and the last is donated to people who are most in need. This equal split then enables the most fortunate to provide assistance to the vulnerable, creating a caring and balanced global community. This act of generosity allows our brothers and sisters across the world to unite and join in the festivities, participating in Eid and enjoying the occasion together.

What is your favourite thing about Eid?
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  1. Being able to celebrate with family after a whole month of fasting together. Exchanging Eidi and for Eid Al Adha is the chance to do sacrifice by means of bakra.

  2. What a great informative post! I really enjoyed reading this! My favourite part of both Eids for me is the family and friends coming together. It's just such a peaceful and joyful time!

  3. Oh everything about eid is my favorite. Just the fact that i get to spend time with my family is amazing, also dressing up my kiddo. Thanks for this post.

  4. Eid bring me Eidi, Meat and long holidays. :D

  5. I miss Eid with my family! Henna the night before. Excitement for new clothes. Joy of getting eidi. The feeling of celebration. Mom starts reciting takbeer after maghrib. :) :* :( missing it now tht im a grown up!

  6. Great Post! Love how you explained the two Eids so simply. This would be great to share with someone learning about Islam.

  7. I've experienced Eid in three countries now, more to come insha'Allah. What sticks with me the most is the special food, and the family gatherings. Eid is such a lovely time.


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