Eid-ul-Fitr for Whom?

Eid-ul-Fitr for Whom?
Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi


Published On: 17/8/2012 A.D. – 29/9/1433 H.


Some sections of the society are vigorously pursuing the view that Eid-ul-Fitr is a prominent symbol of Islamic unity; therefore all the Muslims should celebrate it on one particular day.

Some people hold the view that all the Muslims, across the world, should observe it on the same day, while there are others who feel that at least Pakistani Muslims should certainly have it concurrently.

However, these are the flaws of views and thoughts. Such views are floated primarily due to the ignorance of religious value. Moreover, those are the people, on the forefront of such theories, who do  not even fast during Ramadan, but are very ‘concerned’ about Islamic unity with regard to Eid.

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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.




`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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