RAMADAN: 3 Things You Need To Do Before Eid-al-Fitr
One major event that marks the end of Ramadan is Eid-al-Fitr celebration.
The celebration signals the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan and typically last for between one to three days.
Here are three things Muslims are enjoined to do before the commencement of the Eid-al-Fitr celebration.
- Zakatul Fitr
Part of the preparation for the celebration of the end of Ramadan is Zakatul Fitr.(Charity that is given to mark the end of Ramadan)
This charity is only payable at the end of Ramadan, unlike the annual zakat (charity) that is incumbent on all wealthy Muslims to be paid to the poor and the needy after the person's wealth has attained the value of Nissab (minimum amount).
This form of charity is a modest and graceful way to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
It was ordained by God so that everyone, both rich and the poor are happy on the festival day.
The Zakat or charity given to the poor on this day is not only meant to make the poor happy but to also put food on their table.
This is the reason the charity has to be paid before the commencement of the celebration.
Zakatul-Fitr can be given with money and its purpose is to make sure nobody is not hungry or sad on Eid day.
The person paying must pay on behalf of his dependents, such as wife, children, house help, etc while the dependents are exempted.
In countries like Nigeria, Zakatul Fitr is done with staple foods that are common and consumable . Rice, beans garri, millets etc can be used for Zakatul Fitr.
- The Night Preceding 'Eid-al-Fitr'
It had been the practice of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that he would not sleep in the night preceding the day of Eid-al-fitr.
This night has been named as the Night of Reward (Lailatul Jaiza).
Therefore, it is desirable to perform prayers on this night.
The Prophet was reported to have said: Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die.
To benefit from this opportunity, one should perform as much worship in this night as he can, and should pray for all his needs and desires.
- Before Going to Eid Prayer
The following acts should be done at the beginning of the day of 'Eid-al-Fitr before proceeding to the Eid prayer:
1 To wake up early in the morning.
2 To clean one's teeth with a Miswaak or a brush.
3 To take a bath.
4 To put on one's best available clothes.
5 To spray perfume on clothes.
6 To eat a sweet food, preferably dates, before the Eid prayer.
7 Glorifying the name of God
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