Eid al-Fitr will mark the end of the ninth and the holiest month in the Islamic calendar - Ramadan. Eid will be celebrated around the world for three days, with feasts and people greeting each other 'Eid Mubarak'.
Eid al-Fitr marks the beginning of the 10th month in Islamic calendar called Shawwal [Read: When is Eid al-Fitr 2014?].
Here are ten 10 quotes from the Quran, compiled by The Eid.com, to mark the end of Ramadan and the start of Shawwal:
- "Allaah has made Laylat al-Qadr in this month, which is better than a thousand months, as Allaah says... The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allaah's Permission with all Decrees, there is peace until the appearance of dawn." - al-Qadar 97:1-5
- "There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscien." [2:256]
- "O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous." - Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183
- "O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint." - al-Baqarah, 2:183
- "If you doubt what We have revealed to Our servant, produce one chapter comparable to it. Call upon your idols to assist you, if what you say be true. But if you fail (as you are sure to fail) then guard yourselves against the Fire whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the unbelievers." - [Quran 2:23-4]
- "The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto: but if a person forgets and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah." [62:40]
- "He is the One GOD; the Creator, the Initiator, the Designer. To Him belong the most beautiful names. Glorifying Him is everything in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, Most Wise." [59:24]
- "Have patience with what they say, and leave them with noble (dignity)." [73:10]
- "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path (the truth)." [11:55-56]
- "O mankind! We created you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honored of you in Gods sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware." [49:13]
When did Eid start: Prophet Muhammad celebrated the first Eid al-Fitr in 624 CE with his friends and relatives, after winning the Jang-e-Badar battle.
Meaning: In Arabic, the word Eid means festivity and the word Fitr means breaking fast, and hence it is known as the "festival of fast-breaking".
The day before Eid: Muslims donate food such as rice, barley or dates the day before Eid al-Fitr and it is called as Sadaqah al-Fitr or the charity of fast-breaking.