22 May 2020 00:33
Sign up to FREE email alerts from BirminghamLive - What's On Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Muslims in Birmingham and around the world are getting ready to celebrate Eid 2020. The first Eid - Eid al-Fitr - means 'festival of the breaking of the fast' and takes place when Ramadan ends, signalling that the daily fasting is over and the next month (Shawwal) begins. Then another Eid - Eid al-Adha - comes along in the 12th month on the Islamic calendar. This is the 'festival of the sacrifice' and celebrates religious devotion as shown when Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his own son to obey Allah's command. Before Ibrahim could go ahead, he was given a lamb to sacrifice instead and in honour of this, Muslims slaughter a sheep or other animal and divide the meat between their own household, relatives and the needy.
At both of these festivities, we can hear Muslims saying 'Eid Mubarak'. Eid Mubarak - meaning, messages and wishes Muslims usually wish each other 'Eid Mubarak' after saying the Eid prayer, and may also hug each other three times. Eid is a word for a festival or celebration, while mubarak means blessed. So to say Eid Mubarak means Happy Eid, or have a blessed holiday. Eid Mubarak may be said at the end of a fuller greeting.
Usually sweets, chocolates and money are given to kids; however, some parents want to find presents that educate youngsters as well as keeping them entertained. Mother-of-two Tasneem Tavawalla said: "My kids are young and I want to keep their mind active, so I am always on the lookout for games and toys that simulate their minds as well as keep them entertained. For close family members and friends, there is a perfect rejuvenation gift. After the 30 days of fasting it is important to revitalise yourself and there is an exclusive Halal skincare range from the Halal Cosmetic Company for both men and women. The cosmetic gift set is perfect for mum, who has been lovingly preparing all the meals throughout Ramadan, while for dad the Halal Cosmetic Company has a beard kit so he can stay well groomed.
What is Eid al-Fitr? Eid al-Fitr comes first in the Islamic calendar, and is known as the "Festival of Breaking the Fast". After a month of fasting during the hours of daylight, the festival includes a huge meal which begins after sunset on the final day of Ramadan. Muslims should also pay money to the poor before Eid prayers can commence, in an act called Zakut-ul-fitr. During the celebrations they traditionally wear their best clothes, feast together as a family and give gifts or money to children. Two months after the conclusion of Ramadan comes Eid al-Adha, known as the Festival of the Sacrifice. It takes place during Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islami lunar calendar to commemorate the story of the prophet Ibrahim. By agreeing and being willing to sacrifice his son - the dearest person in his life - Ibrahaim proved his love for Allah was unsurpassed, meaning he'd passed the test and his son was spared. This year's Eid al-Adha festival is due to take place from July 30-August 3 and will again see Muslims put on their best clothes to feast with family and friends - depending on social distancing rules. Gifts are exchanged and prayers are said to commemorate Eid al-Adha. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr - also known as the festival of breaking the fast - commemorates the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the month of Shawwal. Shawwal is the tenth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, and Eid brings a period of celebration after a month of fasting. The exact date Eid begins is dependent on the sighting of the crescent moon or Shawwal moon, which indicates the new month is beginning. This year celebrations may feel different to many, with lockdown conditions and social distancing in place amid the coronavirus outbreak. In the UK, Muslims were urged to abide by the social distancing guidelines in place and were praised by Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty for sticking to the rules during Ramadan. During the daily coronavirus press briefing, Professor Whitty said religious celebrations for all faiths will have to continue to be adapted to meet social distancing rules. When does Ramadan end? The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) on Thursday announced Eid Al Fitr holidays which is falling next week. "On the occasion of Eid Al Fitr, we would like to inform you that the DIFC Authority offices will be closed on either Sunday, May 24, until Monday, May 25, or Sunday May 24, until Tuesday, May 26. The exact dates will depend on the sighting of the moon, which will be confirmed by an official announcement in the media," the financial free zone said in notice sent out on Thursday. Post Eid holidays, DIFC will revert back to its standard business hours from 8:00am to 5:00pm. A moon sighting committee has been formed in the UAE to sight the Shawwal crescent. The decision, which was issued by Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, said the committee will meet after the Maghrib prayers on Friday, May 22, Ramadan 29, to spot the crescent. The holy month of Ramadan is expected to be a 30-day month this year. Ibrahim Al Jarwan, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, had said that Sunday, May 24, will mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal. Additionally, he said that the crescent of Shawwal will occur on Friday, May 22, at 9.39pm, after sunset, and will be visible on Sunday, May 24, the beginning of Shawal, which makes Ramadan a 30-day month this year. Eid Al Fitr holiday for the banking sector in the UAE starts from Friday, 29 Ramadan (22 May) to 3 Shawwal 1441H, it was announced on Thursday. The UAE's moonsighting committee will meet on May 22 to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of Shawwal, the Islamic month after Ramadan. Eid Al Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal. How is Eid day decided Eid will fall on May 23 if the crescent moon is sighted on May 22, otherwise it will be on May 24. Islamic months comprise of 29 or 30 days, which are based on a lunar cycle.