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Today is a very special day for all Muslims because it celebrates the festival of Eid ul-Fitr.

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Today is a very special day for all Muslims because it celebrates the festival of Eid ul-Fitr. Before this festival began, my parents gave money to charity, so that everyone has enough to be able to celebrate the festival properly. While we are celebrating, we have to remember the poorer members of the society, and is known as one of the five duties of all Muslims. This festival marks the end of the fast of Ramadan, and is celebrated on the first day of the tenth month of the Islamic year (Shawal). During Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast, unless they are travellers, children under the age of ten, and are pregnant or sick. The excitement of seeing the moon of Eid is greater than at the beginning of Ramadan. In London, the new moon cannot often be seen because of the clouds, and so we find out about the appearance ...read more.

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Eid ul-Fitr celebrates the glory and victory of Allah, but also shows the responsibilities of being a Muslim, through Zakat (giving to the poor). During Ramadan and the festival of Eid ul-Fitr, we remember how the prophet Muhammad slowly called the people, living in the cities of Mecca and Medina, away from worshipping false Gods, and to only worship the One God, Allah. When Muhammad told the citizens of Mecca about what Angel Gabriel had told him, few people believed him but many people also were against him. Muhammad received a letter from the city of Medina that invited him to come to them. At this time, Medina was a feuding city. Muhammad set the city right and gave these people only two festivals (Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha). The Prophet also told Muslims about fasting for thirty days and that the festival of Eid ul-Fitr should end the fast and be a joyful time for them. ...read more.

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My mum usually stays at home and cooks delicious foods for our family and friends, although she is allowed to come to the prayers. During Eid, Muslims are also required to give another donation of money or food to charity. This is known as Zakat ul-Fitr, and is one of the five duties of being a Muslim. After the Zakat, families usually go to the cemetery to pray for the dead and have to remember, that they will die too, one day. CELEBRATIONS When the prayers are over, we all greet each other with the words "Eid Mubarak" (meaning "Happy Eid"). Then comes the time for visiting. Like other festivals, Eid is a special occasion for children, like me, and we receive presents, sweets and colourful clothes. On this occasion, Muslims meet together, and have to learn to forgive and forget the differences they have previously had. ...read more.

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