In the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr is a very important time and marks the end of Ramadan, a month of spiritual reflection, prayer, fasting, charitable acts and sharing food.
Eid al-Fitr, called the ‘Festival of Opening the Fast’ starts the month of Shawwal (the tenth month of the lunar based Islamic calendar), and includes a feast signifying the end of Ramadan. Celebrated for a few days, it is set to take place on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 May 2022 (subject to confirmation, depending on the sighting of the crescent moon).
On the day of Eid, Muslims will wake up early to pray at a mosque or open areas such as a park to pray in congregation. Prior to the Eid prayer and preferably during Ramadan, Zakah/Sadaqah al-Fitr (purification for the fasts) charity must be given to those in need. Then, it is a time for family and friends to get together; wearing smart clothes, enjoying wonderful food and drink and sharing presents such as money, which is given to children, immediate relatives and loved ones. It is also commendable to undertake six fasts during Shawwal, after Eid day.
Imam Mohammed Laher, DMU's Imam and Muslim Chaplain said: “Eid Mubarak to all staff and students at DMU who are celebrating, wherever you are. It is a joyous occasion and it is nice that we can all come together to celebrate once again. Please do feel free to share your joyous moments and post to DMU’s social media accounts, including Instagram (dmuleicester) and Twitter (@dmuleicester)”.
For any virtual support or queries, please contact DMU’s Imam Mohammed Laher, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eid Mubarak (Happy Eid) to everyone celebrating from all of us at DMU.
Posted on Friday 29th April 2022