Eid al-Fitr: Muslims mark the end of Ramadan holy month

Eid al-Fitr: Muslims mark the end of Ramadan holy month
Eid al-Fitr: Muslims mark the end of Ramadan holy month

Muslims across the world, including in Germany, are celebrating after a month of fasting and prayer. For many Muslims this year it is a somber event amid the war in Gaza.

Muslims worldwide on Wednesday are observing the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the 30-day holy month of Ramadan. 

During the month of Ramadan, it is customary for Muslims to fast from dawn to dusk, and perform special Tarawih prayers — which involve reading from the Quran — at their local mosque.

This year’s festivities have in part been overshadowed by the ongoing war in Gaza and a spike in violence in the occupied West Bank. Jerusalem, which is split between Israeli and Palestinian control and often a hotbed of tensions between the two, is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites for Muslims.

German president says Ramadan is part of ‘life in Germany’

Germany is home to between 5.3 and 5.6 million Muslims, according to official figures published in 2020.

German President Frank Walter-Steinmeier said “Ramadan and breaking the fast are part of the diverse life of faith in Germany.”

The German capital, Berlin, is home to the Ottoman-style Sehitlik Mosque

“The fact that today, at the end of the month of fasting, Muslim communities throughout the country are inviting their fellow human beings of other faiths is an important sign of tolerance and respect and of the willingness to live together and exchange ideas,” Steinmeier said.  

Palestinians in Gaza are observing Eid amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions

For many Muslims, however, the Eid holiday this year is a somber event amid the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Almost the entire population of Gaza has been forcibly displaced amid Israel’s war against Hamas, with the UN warning that famine is imminent due to short supplies of food and water, which Israel has restricted through border controls. 

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for Israelis to declare a temporary cease-fire to allow “total access” to food and medicine into Gaza. The Israeli military campaign in Gaza has now lasted more than six months after the Hamas terror attacks on October 7 which triggered the war.  

How is the Eid holiday celebrated?

The Eid al-Fitr holiday, which can last as long as three days, starts off with donations of food to the less fortunate — known as Zakat al-Fitr — before a special morning prayer.

Although Islam originated in the Middle East, the southeast Asian nation of Indonesia has the world’s single highest population of Muslims

Traditions for the Islamic holiday include spending time with family, wearing one’s best clothes and eating sweets. Kids often receive money, known as Eidiyah, to mark the holiday. 

There are around 1.9 billion Muslims around the world, with the largest Muslim-majority countries including Indonesia, Pakistan and India.

Pakistani women adorn their hands with Henna to celebrate the Eid holiday

The religion of Islam originated in the Arabian Peninsula in the seventh century, in the cities of Mecca and Medina in modern-day Saudi Arabia which Muslims regard as the holiest sites on the planet. Saudi Arabia determines the beginning of Eid al-Fitr in line with a sighting of the crescent moon. 

Source: Dw

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