RAMADAN & EID

HIJRI: 1444 YEAR: 2023

The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful.[Quran 2:185]

Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. Fasting from dawn to sunset is obligatory for all adult Muslims with few exceptions (sick, traveling, menstruating, etc). The predawn meal is referred to as suhur (Sehri), and the nightly feast (at sunset) that breaks the fast is called Iftar. Taraweeh are extra nightly prayers performed during the month of Ramadan (not compulsory) other than five daily prayers.

Eid Al Fitr begins at sunset on the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon of the month of Shawaal (marking the end of Ramadan), it is referred in Pak-Indo community as 'Chaad Raat' (Moon Night). Eid Al Fitr congregational prayer (non compulsory salat) is performed the next morning.

Eid Al Fitr is one of the major joyous celebrations for Muslims.

Islamic Center of Southlake follows ISNA, which relies on Firq Council of North America for the Islamic Calendar. (https://fiqhcouncil.org/calendar)

Ramadan starts at sunset March 22, Wednesday.

In'Shallah Taraweeh will start after Isha on March 22, Wednesday.

First day of fasting will be March 23, Thursday.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be on April 23, Friday, InShaAllah.

There will be 2 prayers:

1st: 7:00a Takbeerat 7:30a Salat

2nd: 9:00a Takbeerat 9:30a Salat

EID UL ADHA

Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, refers to pilgrimage to Mecca along with the performance of a set of religious rites. The Hajj has become a powerful symbol of unity within the worldwide Muslim ummah.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the final day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” signifies the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), to sacrifice his son, Ismail as ordered by Allah. However, Allah stops him, sending the Angel Jibreel, (Gabriel), with a ram to sacrifice instead.

Muslims perform a communal prayer in the morning, donate to charities and visit with family and friends, also exchanging gifts.

In'shaAllah, Eid Ul Adha will be end of June either June 28, June 29 depending upon day of Hajj.