14 years ago
Somebody'sMother

To Fellow Muslims? What Is A Good Way to Celebrate Eid?

American style??? Share some traditions that you share as an American family for Eid. Thanks so much!
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14 years ago
Ahmad B
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my mom keeps a open house every eid where she calls everyone she knows and tells them to come over on eid she makes tons of food the night before and gets ready rite after eid prayer and ppl start arriving and we also go to lots of eid milan dinners and partys so much fun
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14 years ago
Anonymous
I do not know what you mean by American style. Are you a Muslim convert? Us, Pakistanis and almsot all other muslims, just pray the eid prayer at the mosque in the morning and we wear really nice colorful and bright clothes and jsut celebreate by going for friends and family's houses!
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14 years ago
phantom
Every year we alternate the hosting home. We have a nice breakfast around 11:00 a.m. dressed in traditional clothing, we chat, clean up then go home only to return at night with our formal dresses and have a huge dinner, lamb is a must of course, music, belly dancing and exchange of gifts. It is a big celebration. We don't work and the children do not go to school -
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14 years ago
Anonymous
Well, I don't know, I am Canadian, I've never celebrated Eid in American style! LOL! I agree with the poster above, desi style is the best! =P It doesn't matter HOW you celebrate it, there is no right or wrong way to do it, as long as your festivities consist of halal activities. The best way to celebrate Eid is to be with your family and friends. A family tradition that my husband's family follows is, all of his cousins stand in a straight line in the hallway, and every aunt and uncle gives a 5 dollar eidi to each child. There's about 11 aunts and uncles, so each kids makes a good 50-55 bucks!
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14 years ago
Barbara A
Instead of buying new clothes or toys, offer this to the poorest muslim to feel the real spirit of EID.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
How about ensuring other Muslims understand that the Koran preaches peace, not violence & that even in war "rules of engagement"' are explicit: women, children, and innocent civilians are off limits. That really would be something to celebrate :-)
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14 years ago
sim sim
eid prayer(Salat el Eid)), and visit Family and friends and eat together
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14 years ago
stratotanker
im not muslim but im going to give you some logical answers, please instead of getting upset - reason with yourself in private My uncle owns a restaurant - the full year around he gets cooks asking for jobs ( In India demand is hugely greater than supply of jobs) He gets Muslim cooks as well. The interesting thing is that in 36 years he has never had a Muslim applying for the job of a cook during Ramadan. Ironic is it not - that the month of Muslim fasting is the month of maximum business for Muslim cooks ? The reason is that Muslims generally eat a great deal more during Ramadan - its just that they turn the hours around for eating food- they stuff themselves in local eateries ( if not home ) during the dusk to dawn hours . Second - so as to survive the stress of not eating during normal hours Muslims tend to turn the hours around for more reasons than just eating. Those who can afford to, sleep a bit more during day hours. many employess bunk the day, or take half day, or report late/ leave early. The nations productivity in terms of man hours suffers greatly during Ramadan. In my opinion Eid is a farce - its like running 5 more kilometres after finishing a marathon race
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14 years ago
† PRAY †
eid I have never heard of this American family tradition.
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14 years ago
There is no God but Allah
We muslims celebrate Eids while we don't do any thing that makes Allah SWT unsatisfied with us..in the oppiste it is a time that we do things to please Allah from us, thank God. I know you mean something else, but I'll tell you how muslims celebrate Eid: The following acts are prescribed as Sunnah at the beginning of the day of Eid ul-Fitr before proceeding to the Eid prayer: Muslims should put on their best available clothes. Ibn Al-Qayyim said: "The Prophet, (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), used to wear his best clothes for the Eid prayers and he (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) had clothes that he reserved for the two Eids and Jumu'ah." (Muslim) Muslims should eat before going to Eid prayer. This is Sunnah and will also help to circumvent the assumption that one must continue to fast until the Eid prayer is over. Anas (radiyallaahu `anhu) narrated: "Allah's Messenger would not leave (his house) on the day of Fitr until he ate some dates." (al-Bukhari) Buraydah Bin al-Haseeb (radiyallaahu `anhu) narrated: "The Prophet would not leave (his house) on the day of Fir until he ate. On the day of Nahr (slaughtering) he would not eat until he returned - so that he would eat from his sacrifice." (at-Tirmidhee) Muslims celebrate 'Eid ul Fitr on the first day of Shawwal the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, following the month of Ramadhan (in which the revelation started and ended 20+ years later, and which is also the month of fasting). Following a Lunar calendar, Muslims mark the beginning of the month with the sighting of the new crescent. 'Eid, which means “festivity” in Arabic, is celebrated after the sighting of the new crescent on the previous evening. Since Eid is celebrated with gift-giving, the highly decorated shops and markets are open till late at night for last minute shoppers. On the eve before Ø©id, women and children get together to decorate their hands with henna, (in the south Asian subcontinent this evening is also known as 'chand raat'.. chand means moon and raat means night.. the evening when Eid is confirmed for the following day, with the sighting of the crescent moon indicating the start of festivities). Staying up late preparing food for the next day, the whole house is a hub of activity and excitement. Children fast for the first time usually at age 7yrs, building up to the whole month by age 12 or 14 years. Younger kids insist on fasting as they get excited by all the attention they see their older siblings getting. The young ones are allowed to keep 'chiri roza' (as it is known in Pakistan... chiri = bird, roza = fast)... fasting like birds they can peck all day long, which means that they can fast from sehr (pre-dawn meal) to breakfast, breakfast to lunch, and then from lunch to iftâr (dusk meal to open fast)... little mini fasts to make them feel included and participate in the spirit of Ramadhan. For the children who kept their first fast, their Eid is special. They are rewarded by family and friends with gifts, extra attention and compliments for their achievement. The 'Eid prayer is important for Muslims as it has the merits of the daily prayers and the weekly gathering (Jumu'ah). On the day of Eid, fasting is forbidden since this day marks the end of the month-long fast. Eid is a family and social event, after the Eid prayers people visit each other, exchange gifts, spend time socializing with extended family and community, visiting the sick and offering prayers for the deceased. For those who fasted during the month of Ramadhan, there is a sense of triumph and accomplishment. The manifestation of the two attributes of God are palpable: Yâ Qâbid (The Restrictor) Yâ Bâsit (The Expander). The month of restraint and spiritual growth followed by this day of extravagance, festivities and celebrations. Internal reverie followed by external spread. Revived and rejuvenated by the intimacy of Ramadhan fasters celebrate the blessings with others. The macrocosm of life manifested in the microcosm of a month.. self-discipline and commitment to Allâh is rewarded... as it will be in the Hereafter. Focus redirected. Ups and downs, highs and lows... and with every hardship follows ease!
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