Celebrations in Islam

Celebrations in Islam

Muhammad al-Jibaly

Source: Festivals and Celebrations in Islam

Published On: 18/8/2012 A.D. – 30/9/1433 H.

 

 

Definition

`Eed is any day of gathering. It is derived from `Aada (meaning returned), because people return to it periodically.

Some scholars say that it derives from `Aadah (custom or practice) because people are accustomed to celebrating it. Its plural is A`yaad. Ibn ul-`Araabee said:

It is called `Eed because it returns every year with renewed happiness.[1]

Ibn `Aabidayn said:

`Eed days are thus named because Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) renews His bounties in them; and He distributes His blessings to His worshippers. Thus on `Eed ul-Fitr, He permits them to eat after having been restrained from food; and He requires paying sadaqat ul-fitr (the charity of breaking the fast) to the needy.

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