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Eid - a thanksgiving occasion
By: Abdel Ali
Eid is a Thanksgiving occasion where the Muslims gather in a brotherly and joyful atmosphere to offer their gratitude to Allah for helping them in fulfillment of their spiritual obligations prior to the Eid. This form of thanksgiving is not confined to spiritual devotion and verbal expressions. It goes far beyond that to manifest itself in a handsome shape of social and humanitarian spirit.
The Muslims who have completed the fasting of Ramadan express their thanks to Allah by means of distributing alms among the poor and needy on Eid-ul-Fitr.
Similarly, the Muslims offer their sacrifices by slaughtering oblations to be distributed among the poor and needy. The distribution of alms and oblations constitutes a major part of the 'Eids highlights.
This Islamic form of thanksgiving is a wholesome combination of spiritual devotion and humanitarian benevolence, a combination that cannot be found except in Islam.
The first day of Shawwal is called Eid-ul-Fitr. To perform 13 things on this day is Sunnah:
1- Rising early in the morning
2- Taking bath
3- Clean the teeth with Miswak
4- Wearing new and neat cloths
5- Adorning oneself as permitted by Shari'ah
6- Using perfume
7- Going to the Eid Gah very early
8- Eating something sweet like dates before going for Eid prayer
9- Giving Sadqa-e-Fitr before going to Eid Gaah
10- Going to the Eid Gah by one way and coming back another way
11- Going on foot
12- Reciting slowly on the way to the Eid Gaah,
“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd.”
13- Offering Eid prayer in the Eid Gah and not in the mosque of the locality except any legitimate excuse.