As the holy month of Ramadan nears its end, Muslims all around the world are anxiously waiting for Eid-ul-Fitr. Originally translated from Arabic as “the festival of breaking fast” is one of the most significant religious events in the Muslim calendar. Observed the day after the last fast, Eid-ul-Fitr brings with it bundles of feasts, family get-togethers, and an opportunity for the cleaning of the soul.
When is Eid-ul-Fitr 2022?
Professor Shahid Qureshi (Planetary Astrophysics Director, University of Karachi) claims that on 02 April 2022, the Shawal moon will be visible. If that is true Eid-ul-Fitr will likely fall on the 02 May 2022, Monday. With Monday, Tuesday, and wednesday as official Eid leave followed by weekend leaves. This Eid will surely be a “Meethi Eid” for Pakistanis.
Eid ul Fitr 2022 is going to start on 02 May 2022 and will end on 04 May 2022. This is based on the visibility of the moon. The date may vary depending on your location. For instance, in the United States, Eid ul Fitr 2022 will be on 01 May 2022.
Eid ul Fitr is always celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal. This is the tenth month in the Islamic calendar. The holiday celebrates the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting. Muslims celebrate Eid ul fitr by praying, wearing new clothes, and visiting family and friends.
Eid ul Fitr 2022 is a time to come together and celebrate with your loved ones. Mark the date in your calendars and enjoy this special time!
What is Eid-ul-Fitr and it’s significance
Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the two Eids celebrated by Muslims. Celebrated on the first of Shawal, Eid-ul-Fitr is believed to have been initiated by none other than the Holy Prophet PBUH in Medina. It marks the end of the Ramadan and the beginning of Shawal.
Eid-ul-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The holiday is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid-ul-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and is celebrated with prayers and feasting.
The holiday is a time for Muslims to give thanks for the blessings they have received throughout the year. It is also a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate. Eid-ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion and is typically marked by special clothing, food, and gifts. Muslims often greet one another with the phrase “Eid Mubarak” or “Blessed Eid”.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting. Ramadan is considered one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, and Hajj. The month of Ramadan is a time for Muslims to purify their minds and bodies and to focus on their faith. Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, and sexual intercourse from dawn to sunset during Ramadan.
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How is Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated?
Ramadan being the highlight and Eid-ul-Fitr being the reward has many social aspects. The month of Ramadan instills amongst the financially stable individuals of the society to give towards the poor. And understand their hardships. For this purpose specifically, Muslims are asked to pay Zakat and help the needy and the underprivileged. Spiritually, it enlightens the Muslims to thank Allah for their blessings and restrict themselves from their uncanny worldly desires.
Eid-ul-Fitr also knew locally as “Choti Eid” is the most anticipated occasion for Muslims. People buy new clothes, especially for the occasion. Women wear henna and buy jewelry items matching with their outfits. Eid-ul-Fitr is generally celebrated on the day after the moon is observed (after sunset) on the last fasting day of Ramadan. And is celebrated for 3 days officially recognized by the government. During this 3-day period, schools and offices are officially closed. If the moon is not spotted or is invisible, it is celebrated the next day. When Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated depends upon the sighting of the moon and is often celebrated on different days depending upon the locality.
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Nonetheless, Eid-ul-Fitr is gratified by a specific prayer. For which no sermon is given. The timings of the prayer are announced once the moon has been sighted. Eid-ul-Fitr prayer consists of six Takbirs. And prayer is made for Allah’s forgiveness and mercy and for the betterment of all souls. The prayer is followed by Muslims hugging each other and wishing “Eid Mubarak”, sending sweets to one another and meeting their loved ones. As well as gifts called Eidi are given to young children and relatives. Zakat is an essential part of Islamic society.
The controversy of spotting the new moon
Today, we live in a smart era, surrounded by cutting edge technology. One might wonder how come, with such technology available, Eid-ul-Fitr cannot be celebrated on the same day across the world?
Muslim groups across the world use the following four ways to spot the new moon;
- Physically sighting the moon with the naked eye.
- Celebrating Eid on the same day as Makkah
- Calculating birth of the new moon (if invisible to the naked eye)
- Calculating the actual new moon sighting in ideal conditions.
Since Eid-ul-Fitr depends upon the sighting of the new moon. Muslims across the world use different techniques to spot the new moon. If the moon is not observed, Eid can be delayed. Moreover, a cloudy condition can also delay Eid. In the West, the birth of the new moon is calculated and the speculation is not left merely on the observance by the naked eye.
This means that clouds or other weather conditions have no effect on the birth of the new moon. While in some parts of the word, Muslims rely upon many conventional techniques such as physical observance of the moon. This stirs quite a controversy when it comes to predicting Eid-ul-Fitr. Muslims on one side of the world could be celebrating eid one day ahead than the Muslims celebrating Eid on the other side.
Complexities of observing the new moon
Observing the new moon is far more complex than just the technique used. For the new moon to be visible, the following conditions must be met.
- Moon’s must be 20 hours,
- Moonset occurs after 40 min of sunset.
- Angulation is 10 degrees.
Generally, even if any two conditions are met, the moon is thought to be visible. For Astronomers, a new moon is an invisible dark sphere. The Crescent that marks the start of Shawal as mentioned in Quran appears within 17 to 23 hours of the dark sphere moon. Which is then visible on Earth. So even if the moon is born on one day, the Crescent that marks the beginning of Shawal may not be visible until the next day. And if the weather conditions are not right, even this Crescent cannot be viewed by the naked eye.
The best way to cope up with this controversy is to have a standard technique that must be applied to spot the new moon globally.