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Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha – What is the Difference?

The significance of Eid in Islam is quite important as both Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha fall at incredibly important times during the lunar Islamic calendar. Although there are many similarities between both the festivals in terms of acts that need to be carried out, both of the Eid celebrations are focused on different areas of Islam.


Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated following the month of Ramadan and traditionally lasts for around three days; one of the sole purposes of this Eid celebration is to be thankful of the successful completion of the privileged month of Ramadan.

Eid-ul-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal – which is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. A typical routine during the day of Eid-ul-Fitr includes the following:

-        Waking up early and greeting the family

-        Performing Fajr salah

-        Performing ghusl (ablution)

-        Preparing clothes (often new attire) and getting ready for the day ahead

-        Sitting down for breakfast with family and friends

-        Ensure Zakat-ul-Fitr is paid prior to Eid salaah

-        Set off to Mosque to perform Eid salaah in congregation

-        Greet all fellow Muslims and wish them a blessed Eid

-        Visit family and friends, eat together, pray together and celebrate throughout the day


Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated following the annual pilgrimage to Hajj and the sole purpose of this Eid is to commemorate the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim to Allah SWT; in the form of Qurbani. The act of Qurbani is the sacrifice of an animal in the name of Allah SWT. This act is carried out following the Eid salaah.

This year, Eid-ul-Adha 2017 is likely to fall around the end of August, beginning of September.  A typical day during Eid-ul-Adha is slightly different to that of Eid-ul Fitr.

The primary difference is that breakfast would be something you would sit down to after Eid salaah and the carrying out of Qurbani – not beforehand.

That being said, the act of giving to charity and helping those in need is something which is often carried out on both the Eid occasions.

If you would like to support Muslim Aid in helping those in need this Qurbani 2017, or to donate your Qurbani, give our friendly team a call on 020 7377 4200 or visit our website for more information.  

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