Eid al-Fitr is the festival of breaking fast, after the holy month of fasting. This day marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated in the ninth month of Islamic calendar. We’ve listed down some interesting facts about this day that you might want to know…
- 1) Ramadan is celebrated at that time of the month when the Quran was first disclosed to Muhammad.
2) Laylat al-Qadr is considered as the holiest time of the year. This is celebrated as the day when the first revelation was sent down to Muhammad.
3) In Arabic, Laylat al-Qadr means ‘night of power’.
4) Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. It is day of the beginning of the new lunar month.
5) The religious practices which are performed during Ramadan are: Fasting, Suhur, Iftar, Charity and Recitation of Quran.
6) On the day of Eid, devotees perform a prayer in different ways, which are followed in Sunni and Shia Islam.
7) In many Muslim countries, if you fail to follow religious practices, it is considered a crime. In 2008, in Algeria, six people were imprisoned for four years after they failed to follow religious practices.
8) Once in Iran, a non-Muslim was commanded to have his lips burnt by a cigarette while five Muslims were given 70 stripes.
9) In Kuwait, one has to pay a fine of 100 Kuwaiti dollars or be jailed for a month or both.
10) In U.A.E, disregarding Ramadan is considered as a minor offence. One is made to do around 150 hours of communal service.