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Eid al-Fitr 2020

When is Eid al-Fitr 2020 in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Eid ul Fitr, known as ’عيد الفطر’ is Arabic and Asian counties, is a unique festival for all Muslims around the world. Eid ul Fitr comes at the end of holy month of Ramadan. Eid al Fitr is Allah’s reward for believers who have fasted during the holy month of Ramadan. This is also believers thanking Allah for giving them the chance and the strength to carry out His commands during the blessed month of Ramadan. Traditionally, Eid al-Fitr 2020 is celebrated for three days almost in all Muslim countries.

Both Eid al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha have great significance and importance in Islam as the evident from the following Hadith:

Narrated that Anas bin Malik (R.A.), who said:

“Allah has given you better than those feasts (festivals of non-believers): the ‘Eid-ul-Adha’ and ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’” (An-Nasai: 1556)

Traditions of Eid al-Fitr

‘Sawm’, which is the practice of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims believe that it was during the month of Ramadan that the text of the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims celebrate Eid ul Fitr with prayers that is called “Salat Al Eid” in Arabic. There is no audible call to prayer for the Eid prayers. Muslims will gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two units of prayer – called “Rakat”. The Eid prayers is performed after a sermon in which the imam asks for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for every being across the world.

Other basic elements of the Eid al-fitr celebrations are giving money to the poor that is called Zakat al-Fitr, feasting with families and sending Eid greetings.

For many Muslims, Eid al-Fitr may be a festival to point out gratitude to Allah for the assistance and strength he gave them throughout the month of Ramadan to assist them practice self-control.

The phrase commonly employed by Muslims as a greeting on today is “Eid Mubarak”, which is Arabic for ‘blessed festival’. The proper response to Eid Mubarak is “Khair Mubarak”, which wishes goodness on the person who has greeted you.

The first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions after their victory in the battle of Jang-e-Badar, a turning point in Muhammad’s struggle with his opponents among the Quraish in Mecca during in the early days of Islam.

Eid ul-Fitr Traditions in Pakistan

A special treat related to this festival in Pakistan is Sheer Korma, which is pasta cooked in milk and sugar, and sprinkled with almonds, pistachios, and dates. This dish is served on the morning of Eid al-Fitr after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and the whole day to any visiting guests.

In Pakistan, public holidays for Eid ul-Fitr usually last for 3 days.

When is Eid ul Fitr 2020?

This year, Eid al-Fitr 2020 is expected on Sunday 24th May 2020. But exact date of Eid al-fitr is depended on sighting of moon of Shawwal, 1441, 10th month of Islamic Calendar.

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