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This article is a part ofRamadan 2019
The day of Eid-ul-Fitr marks the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan and the beginning of the month of Shawwal. From this day, Muslims are absolved of their obligation to fast and can continue living as normal. To commemorate the end of Ramadan, the feast of Eid-ul-Fitr lasts for three days, feast during which Muslim get together with friends and family and celebrate.
Before the celebrations, however, it is important that the obligation of paying Zakat-ul-Fitr is completed before Eid prayers. Unlike the general Zakat which is 2.5% of all net savings, Zakat-ul-Fitr is a very small amount, enough to cover the cost of one meal. For children, their parents or guardians pay the amount on their behalf. Making a donation after Eid prayers, however, will not count towards Zakat-ul-Fitr, and so it is vital that this is done before the prayers commence.
After the Eid Prayers, Muslims eat and celebrate with friends and family. The feast of Eid-ul-Fitr is about joy and happiness, but also about remembering the poor and hungry. Thus, Muslims are encouraged to give donations to charitable organizations. It is also encouraged to seek out families in need of assistance, those in debt, orphans and generally those in need of basic necessities like food, water, clothing, medicine and education. Give generously in charity and share the joy of Eid-ul-Fitr with your brothers and sisters around the world.
Eid-ul-Fitr is time for spreading happiness, exchanging gifts and celebrating your Ramadan experience. Celebrate your Eid-ul-Fitr with Muslim Aid! Drop us a message on Facebook or Twitter and check out our blog for the latest information about our different relief and aid programmes around the world.