Monday, 25 May 2020

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr 2020: Eid Mubarak

This year, the Eid-ul-Fitr festival in India will begin on the evening of Sunday, 24 May and ends in the evening of Monday, 25 May. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims from all over the world, prepare feasts and family gatherings.

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The deeply rooted history and complexity found within many religious traditions, often makes them a challenge to teach. This is particularly emphasised when a tradition holds a significant position within a religion. Eid ul-Fitr for example, is an extremely important event in the Muslim calendar. It is an essential part of what it means to be part of the Islamic faith, as it allows time for deep reflection and gratitude to Allah.

Eid ul-Fitr means “the festival of fast-breaking” and marks the end of Ramadan, a month in the Muslim calendar when Muslims fast during daylight hours. The celebration begins with the first sight of the new crescent Moon and a communal Eid prayer takes place at a mosque. People dress up in their best clothes to signify the importance of the occasion, and eat all the delicious food they have resisted during their fast. It is a time to be with friends and family, and reflect upon the importance of being with the ones you love. It is also a time to fulfil one of the Five Pillars of Islam known as Zakat. This translates as charitable giving, and is a duty of all adult Muslims. People trapped in poverty are given money on Eid ul- Fitr so that everybody can share Allah’s blessing. Children are also given money as presents to mark this three day celebration. The most important aspect of this festival however, is to form an even closer relationship to Allah. The gratitude for food, water and self control, are all strengthened after the achievements of Ramadan.

To explain the key features and history of this Islamic festival, TrueTube has provided two films and a lesson plan. One of the films explores the celebration by interviewing young Muslims as the celebrations begin, asking key questions about the event. The second film reflects upon the importance of charitable giving, and how raising money for a cause can be fun. The lesson plan offers a range of activities for the classroom, making this particular lesson one to remember.  Whether you’re an experienced RE teacher or new to the subject, these resources offer a creative window into the Islamic world.

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