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Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: Ï╣┘èÏ» Ϻ┘ä┘üÏÀÏ▒ ÔÇÿ─¬du l-Fiß╣¡rÔÇÄ), often abbreviated to Eid, is a three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiß╣¡r means "conclusion of the fast"; and so the holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 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.

Eid-ul-Fitr Salat (Namaz in Urdu/Persian) is a Wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable) ÔÇô depending on which juristic opinion is followed ÔÇô Islamic prayer consisting of two raka'ah (units)[1] which is generally offered in an
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As a mark of respect to Allah and to show gratitude to him for the true knowledge that he gifted to his sons and daughters, the prophet asked his followers (and therefore the followers of Islam) to pass the month of Ramadan in fasting, prayers and other austerities and end the month-long non-indulgence with festive celebrations. This is how Eid-Ul-Fitr was born. This three-day long celebration ends the ninth month and begins the tenth month of Shawwal with absolute happiness and contentment for the ability to sacrifice for Allah. The aim of this festival is to promote peace, strengthen the feeling of brotherhood and bring oneself back to the normal course of life after a month-long period of self-denial and religious devotion.

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Common greetings during this holiday are the Arabic greeting ÔÇÿEid Mub─ürak ("Blessed Eid") or ÔÇÿEid SaÔÇÿeed ("Happy Eid"). In addition, many countries have their own greetings based on local language and traditions ÔÇô in Turkey, for example, a typical saying might be Bayram─▒n─▒z kutlu olsun or "May your Bayram ÔÇô Eid ÔÇô be blessed." Muslims are also encouraged on this day to forgive and forget any differences or past animosities that may have occurred with others during the year.

Typically, Muslims wake up relatively early in the morningÔÇöalways before sunriseÔÇö offer Salatul Fajr (the pre-sunrise prayer), and in keeping with the Sunnah (traditions and actions of the Prophet Muhammad), clean one's teeth with a…

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