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Eid al-Fitr (Hari Raya Idul Fitri)

April 10-11 2024 is the day of Eid al-Fitr (Hari Raya Idul Fitri)

Eid al-Fitr embodies the spirit of gratitude, humility, and devotion. After a month of fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims gather in mosques or open spaces for special prayers known as Salat al-Eid. These prayers are characterized by a sense of joy and thanksgiving, as worshippers express their gratitude to Allah for granting them the strength to observe Ramadan and seek forgiveness for any shortcomings.

In many cultures, the day begins with a special breakfast feast, known as “Eid breakfast” or “Eid brunch,” where families indulge in delicious dishes, exchange gifts, and share laughter and joy. Muslims are encouraged to give Zakat al-Fitr, a form of charity that aims to ensure that everyone can partake in the festivities. This act of giving not only fulfills a religious obligation but also fosters a sense of compassion and solidarity within the community.

From vibrant street festivals to intricate henna designs, from traditional attire to festive decorations, the diversity of Eid traditions reflects the richness of Islamic heritage and the unity of the ummah, or global Muslim community.
Eid al-Fitr is more than just a day of celebration; it is a manifestation of the core values of Islam—faith, community, and compassion. It is a reminder of the importance of gratitude, generosity, and unity in the face of adversity. As Muslims around the world come together to mark this joyous occasion, Eid al-Fitr serves as a beacon of hope and resilience, inspiring believers to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives.

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