After a month of reflection, prayer and spiritual renewal, the festivities of Eid are upon us. The night before the Eid-ul-Fitr is always a hectic one; kitchens buzz with the clanging of pots and homes are decorated in preparation for the big day. Children hurriedly prepare their new clothes for the next day and parents rush frantically to ensure that nothing is left unprepared. This is a celebration that all have been anticipating, young and old alike.
Amidst all the excitement, however, it’s important to remember the spiritual significance of the occasion for Muslims. Eid is when we rejoice after a month of increased worship, but is also the springboard from which we hope to sustain any blessings gained in Ramadan. With this in mind, here are a few important things to remember for the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr.
*Try to pray Fajr in congregation at the mosque
* Eat something sweet after the before going to the Eid prayer. If you eat dates, try to eat an odd number.
* Perform Ghusl before going to the mosque
* Use a Siwak to clean your teeth
* Wear a nice scented perfume (For men)
* Wear your best clothes for the occasion
* Show that you are happy and greet others with happiness
*Travel to the mosque by foot if possible, saying Takbeer until the prayers begin
Also, please ensure that you have paid your Zakat-ul-Fitr before the Eid prayers commence. This is a compulsory and can’t be made up for if missed. If you haven’t paid your Zakat-ul-Fitr for this year, you can do so by calling 0207 377 4200 or visiting muslimaid.org.
For all of us at Muslim Aid, we’d like to wish you a blessed Eid-ul-Fitr. May Allah (swt) accept all of your fasts and prayers and bring you endless joy on this illuminated day.