`Eid Al-Fitr is the day of boons and blessings for all fasting Muslims, as they are promised a great reward by Almighty Allah for their righteous observance of the fast
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` Table of content Odd OnIslam.net `Eid Al – Fitr: Share, Rejoice and Worship | 3 Table of Content Introduction .. .. .. 4 Chapter One : `Eid Al – Fitr : Etiquette and Rulings 6 Chapter Two : Reflections .. .. . 14 Do Not C rush the Joy of `Eid .. . 15 Giving and Forgiving on `Eid .. .. 21 `Eid Al – Fitr: A Day of Joy and Thanksgiving .. 26 .. .. .. 32 Chapter Three: Keeping the Spirit of Ramadan . 35 Lord of Ramadan.. Lord of the Entire Year .. . 36 Special Offers After Ramadan (10 Hadiths) .. 43 Feel Depressed after Ramadan (Q&A) .. . 49 How to Maintain Good Deeds After Ramadan .. 51

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Introduction – Even Introduction | 4 Introduction In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise and thanks are due to Allah , and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his household, and those who follow his path until the Day of Judgment. After days and nights of devotion, worship, day fasting, night vigil prayers and supplications , `Eid Al – Fitr comes, an occasion overflowing with joy and happiness. Spiritually recharged during the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims are now more capable to encounter the challenges of life with hearts full of faith and souls marked with determination and strength. It is a day that sums up the unique Islam ic view of life: a life that centers around Allah Almighty and pursues His pleasure . It is the day of gratitude and thanksgiving; sharing and solidarity; joy and happiness. On this special occasion, Onisla m.net presents this e – book, `Eid Al – Fit r : Share, Rejoice and Worship , a collection of article s that shed light on the values and lessons of `Eid . Perhaps the most common question about this blessed occasion is what to do on the day of `Eid and what are the etiquette and rulings to be observed. Chapter one explores briefly these aspects and provide s the basic and necessary information.

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` Table of content Odd OnIslam.net `Eid Al – Fitr: Share, Rejoice and Worship | 5 The day of `Eid , with its inspiring atmosphere , provoke s thought and encourage s reflection on the lessons and values of the occasion. Chapter two highlights insights about the spirit and activities of `Eid . Read in this chapter about whether it is justified to rejoice in `Eid despite all the calamities the Muslim Ummah is going through, the spirit of giving and forgiving in `Eid, people whom should not be forgotten amidst the numerous activities of ` Eid and more. Finally, chapter three, Keeping the Spirit of Ramadan, deals with one of the biggest challenges after Ramada n, that is, how to maintain a good level of worship and be consistent on good deeds after Ramadan. In this chapter, you can find tips and steps to attain this goal as well as special offers after Ramadan We ask Allah Almigh ty to accept this humble effort and to make `Eid a day of happiness, joy and a closer connection with Allah. OnIslam Shari`ah Team

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Ch1: Even Chapter 1: `Eid Al – Fitr: Etiquette and Rulings | 8 others or detracting from the achievements of the month of When Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) entered the house of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) on the day of `Eid , he found two young girls playing music and singing. Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) asked them, “You are doing this in the house of the Prophet, how come?” But the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told Abu Bakr (may Alla h be pleased with him) to leave them, for `Eid is a day of merriment and joy. It is important for us to let our young and our neighbors understand that our religion is not boring and just a matter of prohibitions. We must show that Islam is the way of mode ration, of tolerance, and of beauty, sharing and laughter on the appropriate occasion. However, `Eid is not simply a matter of celebration and joy. It is also a chance to share the feelings of those around us. That is why the sacrifice is offered and share d with friends, even with non – Muslims. There is no law that stops us from sharing gifts with those of our neighbors who are non – Muslim. Charity is very important and meritorious on the two `Eid s . It is an affirmation of our responsibility to the community in which we Moreover, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi , President of the Fiqh Council of North America, stated:

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` Table of content Odd OnIslam.net `Eid Al – Fitr: Share, Rejoice and Worship | 9 of the 10 th month of the Islamic lunar calendar occurs `Eid Al – Fitr . This is on e of two main festivals of Islam and is celebrated by all Muslims throughout the world. The ceremony of `Eid Al – Fitr starts early in the morning with collective worship. This service is generally held in a large open place and is attended by thousands of M uslims. After the Prayer the leader of the Prayer (Imam) delivers a short sermon and then people greet each other. The rest of the ceremonies are generally held privately with families and friends. The significance of `Eid Al – Fitr is that it is a day of th anksgiving to Allah for giving the opportunity to the Muslims to benefit Rulings of `Eid Elaborating on the rulings of `Eid , Sheikh M. S. Al – Munajjid , a prominent Saudi Islamic lecturer and author, stated: a ) Fasting: It is haram (prohibited) to fast on the days of `Eid because of the hadith of Abu Sa` id Al – Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) in which he said that the

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Ch1: Even Chapter 1: `Eid Al – Fitr: Etiquette and Rulings | 10 Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) prohibited fasting on the day of Fitr and the day of Adha . (Reported by Muslim) b ) Offering `Eid Prayers: Some of the scholars say that `Eid prayers are Wajib (obligatory) this is the view of the Hanafi scholars and of Sheikh Al – Islam Ibn Taymiyah. Some scholars say that `Eid Prayer i s Fard Kifayah (a communal duty, binding on the Muslims as a group, which is fulfilled if a sufficient number of people perform it, thereby absolving the rest of sin). This is the view of the Hanbalis. A third group says that `Eid prayer is Sunnah Mu’akkadah (a Sunnah that the Prophet constantly performed ) This is the view of the Malikis and Shafi`is. c ) Offering Supererogatory Prayers: There are no Supererogatory prayers to be offered either before or after the `Eid prayer, as Ibn `Abbas reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to go out on the day of `Eid and pray two Rak`ahs , with nothing before or after them. This is the case if the prayer is offered

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` Table of content Odd OnIslam.net `Eid Al – Fitr: Share, Rejoice and Worship | 11 in an open area. If, however, the people pray the `Eid prayer in a mosque, t hen they should pray two Rak`ahs for Tahiyat Al – Masjid (a way of greeting the mosque). d ) Women attending the `Eid Prayers: According to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) everyone is urged to attend `Eid Prayer, and to co – operate wit h one another in righteousness and piety. The menstruating woman should not forsake the remembrance of Allah or places of goodness such as gatherings for the purpose of seeking knowledge and remembering Allah apart from mosques. Women, of course, should not go out Etiquette of `Eid Elaborating on the etiquette of `Eid , Sheikh M. S. Al – Munajjid , stated: a ) Ghusl (taking a bath): One of the good manners of `Eid is to take a bath before going out to the Prayer. It was reported that Sa` id ibn Jubayr Sunnah on `Eid : to walk (to the prayer – place), to take a bath, and to eat before going out (if it is

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