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Eid Ul Fitr

The auspicious month of Ramadan is a time of sacrifice and showing our dedication to Allah (SWT) by participating in a month-long fast and removing all vices from sunrise to sunset. In reward for our sacrifices, the prophet Muhammed (PBUH) permitted great celebration on the two days of Eid, Eid ul Fitr and Eid Al Adha.

This year Eid ul Fitr 2020 in the UK is anticipated to begin in the evening of Saturday 23rd May on the sighting of the moon, with the majority of celebrations taking place on Sunday 24th May. The Eid 2020 date will vary slightly from country to country and some communities choose to celebrate Eid over three days.

It is traditional on the day of Eid before making Eid prayer to pay Zakat ul Fitr, a donation of money or food that will help to feed someone in need on this Holy day. The amount for Zakat ul Fitr donation is equivalent to one saa’ of food or four madd, which is the name given to the amount of food that can be scooped up with both hands together.

Making a food donation can be challenging so to make it easier, Orphans in Need will take your Zakat ul Fitr as a cash donation and our teams on the ground will distribute the food to those that need it most.

Donate your Zakat Ul Fitr with Orphans in Need today and provide a person in need a nutritious meal this Eid Ul Fitr.

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Eid Ul Fitr FAQs

The day of Eid ul Fitr is one of great celebration for Muslims all over the world and a time when families, friends and communities come together to eat delicious food, enjoy tasty sweets and exchange gifts. We have provided answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Eid ul Fitr and why Eid is celebrated.

What Does Eid Mean?

Eid ul Fitr, also written as Eid al Fitr literally translates to the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” and is the celebratory holiday that indicates the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.

Why is Eid Celebrated?

The holiday of Eid is celebrated because the prophet Muhammed (PBUH) gave the two holidays of Eid great importance in the Islamic Calendar and said that Allah (SWT) has fixed these two days for joy and festivities.

How is Eid ul Fitr Celebrated?

Eid ul Fitr is traditionally celebrated over one to three days and includes families, friends and communities coming together and exchanging delicious meals, sweets and giving gifts to children. There is plenty of celebration involved, although prayers and charity are still expected and a special Eid prayer must be performed, usually in a congregation, before celebrations can commence.

On the morning of Eid, families get dressed up in their best or nicest clothes for the holiday, some decorate their homes and almost everyone visits friends and loved ones. All able-bodied Muslims give their Zakat ul Fitr to help feed an impoverished person and head to the mosque or chosen open space to perform Eid prayers. As it is forbidden to fast on this day, great meals and delicacies are prepared for everyone to enjoy.

How to Wish Someone a ‘Happy Eid’?

There is a phrase that Muslims use to wish each other a happy Eid, ‘Eid Mubarak’, which means to have a blessed Eid.

When Is It Eid 2020 in the Islamic Calendar?

The Islamic calendar differs from the Gregorian calendar as it follows the moon rather than the sun. This means that there are no fixed Gregorian dates for celebrations and holidays within the Islamic calendar and holidays will change in the Gregorian calendar by approximately ten days each year. Officially, Eid begins after Ramadan and marks the first day of the next month, known as Shawwal.

When Is Eid Ul Fitr 2020 in the UK?

Officially, Eid ul Fitr does not begin until the visual sighting of the moon, however, more communities are agreeing on starting celebrations when the moon is due to be sighted, rather than relying on clear skies. The Eid date for UK communities begins in the evening of Saturday 23rd May with the full day of festivities taking place on Sunday 24th May.

This year, we wish all our contributors and volunteers a joyous Eid celebration and ask that you keep those who are not able to celebrate freely in your hearts and give generously to help those in need this Ramadan. As a leading Eid charity, we strive to ensure that your Zakat ul Fitr and Zakat contributions make the biggest impact by supporting vulnerable orphans around the world. Donate today and help us continue to bring hope into the lives of these children.

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