The one month of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan will end on Eid al-Fitr. Also known as Meethi Eid, the festival is one of the biggest celebrations for Muslims and is celebrated around the world. Eid al-Fitr is observed on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar called Hijri. The day also emblem the first revelation of the holy book the ‘Quran’ to the prophet Muhammad.
As per the religious beliefs, one who fasts with pure intentions and prays to God is forgiven by all-mighty for his/her sins and wrong deeds. This year In Saudi Arabia, the moon has not been sighted on Tuesday evening i.e May 11, therefore the holy month of Ramadan will be now 30 days and the moon for Shawwal will be sighted on the evening of Wednesday, 12 May.
As per the conventional beliefs, the tenth month of Hijri starts with the sighting of the crescent moon in the sky. Therefore after sighting the moon on the last day of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the next day.
The Shawwal (tenth month of the lunar-based Islamic calendar) moon, is first seen in Saudi Arabia and then the date of Eid is confirmed. This year In Saudi Arabia, the moon has not been sighted on Tuesday evening i.e May 11, therefore the holy month of Ramadan will be now 30 days and the moon for Shawwal will be sighted on the evening of Wednesday, 12 May. Eid will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, 13 May. And in India, the moon is seen after it seen sighted in Saudi Arabia therefore Eid ul-Fitr 2021 will be celebrated on May 14.
People all around the world will be celebrating the festival by dressing up in new clothes and gathering together at the mosque for offering their prayers to Allah. The prayer is called Salat which has two rakats. Presently, they embrace their loved ones and wish them ‘Eid Mubarak’ while enjoying the festive delicacies including ‘sheer’.
Eid-ul-Fitr means the last day of the month of Ramadan. This time the moon was not sighted on Tuesday. In such a situation, after observing the moon on Wednesday, on Thursday, May 13, it will be celebrated on May 14 in India.
The festival of Eid can be celebrated on different days in different countries. However, when the sight of the moon is announced from Saudi Arabia, the people of the world celebrate Eid. Considering this, Indian Muslims also celebrate Eid the next day after seeing the moon in Saudi Arabia. On 12 May, this evening, people in India will also be able to see the moon of Eid.
Lucknow: 12 May 2021: 05:37 AM to 7:18 PM
Kanpur: 12 May 2021: 05:40 AM to 7:20 PM
Varanasi: 12 May 2021: 05:31 AM to 7:07 PM
Gorakhpur: 12 May 2021: 05:28 AM to 7:08 PM
Agra: 12 May 2021: 05:49 AM to 7:31 PM
Meerut: 12 May 2021: 05:47 AM to 7:36 PM
Moradabad: 12 May 2021: 05:43 AM to 7:31 PM
Mathura: 12 May 2021: 05:51 AM to 7:34 PM
Ghaziabad: 12 May 2021: 05:49 AM to 7:36 PM
However, following the pandemic protocols, this year people will be celebrating the festival with social distancing and praying from their home.
In Shariat, it is not necessary to hug or shake hands, but preferred practice. State President of Jamaat Islami Hind Bihar, Maulana Rizwan Ahmed Islahi, issued an appeal for the people to strictly follow the rules of lockdown to avoid corona and save others. Read Eid prayers in your home. Offer two recitation namaz to thank Allah. Pray to Allah to help people suffering from Corona.
Sajjadanshin Syed Shah Shamim Ahmed Munaimi of Khanqah Emadia Mangal Talab said that do not spend unnecessarily in the name of celebrating Eid. Namaz can also be read in old and clean clothes. Save money by limiting spending and help others in this time of trouble. He said that the prayers of Ramadan and Eid are also included in the house of Allah, the will of Allah.