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    Happy Eid al-Fitr ~ Saturday, August 18, 2012

    Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:44 am
    Forum Host

    Eid al-Fitr begins in the evening of Saturday, August 18, 2012, and ends in the evening of Sunday, August 19, 2012.

    Based on sightability in North America, the 2012 Eid al-Fitr will start in North America a day later.

    Although Eid al-Fitr is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This difference means Eid al-Fitr moves in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year. The date of Eid al-Fitr may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.

    Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: ‎عيد الفطر), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community; empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness, patience etc.

    Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity," while Fiṭr means "breaking the fast". The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the twenty nine or thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal.


    The menu is as much an integral part of Eid celebrations as the ritual and customs. It's very much an integral part of the Eid-ul-Adha celebrations. Every Muslim family takes great care to prepare the exclusive dishes on Eid-ul-Adha. The idea is to make the menu over-the-top and include food which are not regularly eaten.

    Most Eid-ul-Adha items are focused on the sacrificial meat of the Eid-ul-Adha ritual. Beef, of course, is the meat of choice. A number of delectable dishes can be prepared with beef like the beef balls, beef kebabs, beef rolls, beef biriyani, beef stew and many more. Shahi mutton Biryanis, rice dishes, Afghani korma, meatballs followed by the sweet gulab jamuns are often an Eid-ul-Adha favorite among the Muslims.

    Another popular Eid-ul-Adha menu is the Ummah mix, which is based on recipes from around the Muslim world. This Ummah feast is an international feast of Eid-ul-Adha celebrations and is meant to bring closer Muslims from across the world. Different kinds of dishes from different origins are included in this Ummah menu.

    But it must not be forgotten that before indulging in the delicacies, one needs to say his prayers before the Eid-ul-Adha feast. It is customary to begin eating in the name of Allah, and thank Him for all His grace and kindness.

    Some recipes in the db that might apply:
    (Balalit, Saweeya or Seviyan) Sweet Vermicelli Breakfast
    Kheer - The World's Yummiest One!
    Gulab Jamun
    Almond Ice Cream
    Shahi Tukra (Rich Bread Pudding)
    Luleh Kebabs- Persian Ground Lamb Kebabs
    The Best Biryani
    Cucumber Raita
    Alex's Favorite Beef and Cheese Pie
    Stuffed Bell Peppers
    Murgh Mussallum ( Chicken in a rich sauce)
    Roast Beef, English Style
    Ribs of Beef a La Mission

    Some tips for Eid:


    1. Clean and decorate the home

    Make the house as spotless as possible. Since the weather is getting warmer, consider white washing the house and putting mattresses and bedding outside to air out. Clean out those hard to reach places (or the ones you'd rather forget about).

    Then decorate with lights, banners, streamers, etc. Put an Islamic song on the CD or cassette player so you can sing or hum along while you work. The ideal one would be A Whisper of Peace which features the song "These are the Days of Eid".

    2. Cook for the occasion

    If you've been living on Halal takeout food, take note: Eid can't really be special if you put no effort into it in the kitchen. Think about what made Eid special for you back home or when you were with your family. In many cases, it was because mom went all out and cooked up a storm the night or a few nights before for the occasion.

    So use those pots and pans that may have been sitting idle in your cupboard and try your hand at making something easy but special. You don't even have to share it with anyone if you really think it's a flop. But at least it will give you a sense of accomplishment and if it does work out, it will add to the feeling that Eid is special, not just "another day off".


    3. Arrange a gift exchange with friends

    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Exchange presents with one another, for they remove ill feelings from the heart. (Tirmidhi).

    Eid is a great occasion to do this. A gift exchange can be with just a couple of friends or even acquaintances. Giving and getting gifts is a great way to increase in brotherhood and love on this occasion.

    Remember though, that gifts should not burn a hole in your wallet. They should be affordable, well thought out, and of course Halal.

    4. Get a new outfit

    If you've been dragging out the same dress, suit, etc. for Eid day these past few years, invest in a new one this Eid. If you're really tight in the finances department, at least make the necessary effort to launder and/or dry clean what you want to wear. Don't just do this for the actual clothes you wear, but also do it for your jacket and scrub your shoes also.

    5. Attend Eid prayers

    It will really feel like Eid if you attend the prayers. Be part of not just the congregation but the Dua (supplications) following the prayer. You'll feel the community spirit and Eid will really feel like Eid.

    6. Hug the strangers

    If you're on your own, you know how lonely and sad Eid can be watching others hug each other while you stand on the sidelines. This Eid, make it a point to hug those Muslims you notice standing alone, with no family or friends with them. Invite them over, make plans to get to know each other or at least tell them about any upcoming Eid community events.

    An interesting story on the power of hugging: in one Muslim community in central Canada, a man watched curiously as Muslims were hugging each other following one of the Eid prayers. He inquired as to why they were doing this, studied Islam, and later became a Muslim.

    7. Visit relatives and friends

    Call up that uncle you haven't seen in months and arrange to drive the extra hour or so to visit him on Eid. Or do the same for the best friend who lives farther away. Maybe if you suggest this, you can actually end up spending the whole day with them.


    1. Plan in advance

    Call a family meeting and plan what you want to do on the days of Eid and Tashreeq. Invite others over one day, then visit others on the next day? Or vice-versa?

    Discuss ideas with the family, including all of the kids. Also, talk about the menu and delegate cooking responsibilities instead of dumping the whole workload on mom. Make something special which the family does not normally eat, it can be sweet, sour or in-between.

    And make sure EVERYONE has a day off from work, school or any other commitments.

    2. Clean and decorate the home

    Get the whole family to make the house is virtually spotless, decorate it with balloons, lights, banners, streamers,etc. Get the younger kids to make decorative signs saying "Eid Mubarak" and post these around the house.

    Put an Islamic song on the CD or cassette player so everyone can sing or hum along while they work. The ideal one would be A Whisper of Peace which features the song "These are the Days of Eid".

    3. Set up a family gift exchange

    Put each family member's name in a Kufi and have each person pull one out. Whoever picks a person's name has to buy or make that person a gift. One catch: babies have to get gifts from everyone.


    4. Buy and/or prepare Eid clothes

    Invest in Eid and try to make sure everyone has something new or at least has their nice clothes ready following dry cleaning and laundering.


    5. At Eid prayer, look for those who are alone and invite them over

    At the Eid prayer place, where a lot of hugging goes on, you will find some Muslims standing alone. They are either new Muslims or new immigrants without relatives and friends. Do hug them and greet them. If possible invite them to your home for a meal. Also inform them of any planned Eid celebrations at any community center.

    6. BBQ

    The weather has been getting much warmer up North. Take advantage of this and have a barbecue in your backyard. Invite your neighbors over too, and do some Dawa. Tell them about Eid and Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him).

    7. Visit relatives and friends

    Make a point to visit those far away especially. There is almost no better time than Eid. Since Eid is celebrated for more than a day, make it a point to go at least one of these days to see an uncle, aunt, cousin, etc.

    8. Have the youngest lead in Takbirs

    It is a Sunnah to say the Takbirs (Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illa Allah, etc.) on the way to Eid prayers. Have the youngest in the family do this.


    1. Inform the media

    Send a press release to the media from your mosque (see sample press release and tell them about Eid prayers. Arrange for photo opportunities and have statistics ready about your Muslim community (i.e. how many Muslims live there). Set up a committee to deal with the media on the day of Eid.

    2. An Eid luncheon or dinner or BBQ

    Get volunteers to help make the food. The event would be held shortly after people have completed their Eid sacrifices.

    If lunch is too close by, try dinner. Even better, have an outdoor barbecue if the weather is nice. Remember, the key is make it simple. If getting it catered is too expensive, try getting volunteers to make the food.


    3. Kids' Eid activity day

    Kids really need to feel that Eid is special, given the hype around Christmas, and to a lesser degree, Hanukkah. They need rides, games, cotton candy, the works. Make it simple. Get some dedicated, organized volunteers, especially young adults, and have them arrange good, old-fashioned kids' games outside the mosque area: tag, beanbag races, etc.

    And of course, have lots of candy ready to give out. icon_smile.gif

    4. Takbirs

    The mosques should be resounding with Takbirs on Eid. Instead of just grabbing any brother standing around to recite the Takbirs, arrange to get a group of young brothers to do it and prepare well in advance. It could very well be the best Takbirs you've heard in your life!

    5. Have a sports competition outside the mosque

    Get the Imam and mosque administrators/parents to play against young Muslim brothers. It can also be baseball, hockey or cricket if that's what everyone likes to play. The point is not to beat the competition, but to have fun, build community and Eid spirit and youth confidence in the leadership. Have kids nine and under be "cheerleaders" for the different teams.

    Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:34 pm
    Forum Host
    Can't wait to see what the others might be making for Eid and to hear their stories. icon_smile.gif
    Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:32 pm
    Forum Host
    I'm sure that there will be a lot of varied fun and good will shared. I'm looking forward to whats going on too icon_biggrin.gif
    chef FIFI
    Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:54 am Groupie
    Unfortunately Mosques and islamic prayer centers in the U.S has been under attack, there have been 2 attacks in Illinois within the last week, another man has been arrested for threats against a mosque in Texas in June...speculation that the attack on the Sikh temple in Wisconsin was because the shooter involved thought they were muslims, so I am very much hoping that this Eid prayer will be without incident and no more attacks on muslims or mosque, Inshallah. With that being said, I wish everyone a safe and Happy Eid
    Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:17 am
    Forum Host
    Thats very saddening and I didn't even know about it. We've not had a problem with that kind of thing here in Canada thankfully.

    I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Eid FiFI.
    Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:37 pm
    Forum Host
    chef FIFI wrote:
    I wish everyone a safe and Happy Eid

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