Eid, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan, holds a special place in the hearts of Muslims worldwide. It’s a time of jubilation, gratitude, and spiritual reflection—a moment to rejoice in the completion of a month-long journey of fasting, prayer, and self-discipline. 

As the crescent moon ushers in this blessed day, Muslims eagerly anticipate the festivities and the opportunity to deepen their connection with Allah and their communities. 

In this article, we’ll explore five meaningful ways to celebrate Eid, drawing inspiration from the Quranic verses and Hadiths that guide and enrich our faith.

Perform the Eid Prayer with Devotion

1. Perform the Eid Prayer with Devotion

The Eid prayer, also known as Salat al-Eid, is a fundamental aspect of Eid celebrations. It is a time when Muslims gather in congregation to express gratitude to Allah for the blessings bestowed upon them. As mentioned in the Quran:

Surah Al-Kawthar Verse 2-3

“So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone]. Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.”

– Quran, Surah Al-Kawthar, 108:2-3

Narrated by Anas bin Malik, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “Allah has given you better than those feasts (festivals of non-believers): Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.” (Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 3139)

2. Give Charity

Eid is a time of sharing blessings with the less fortunate. One of the most significant ways to do so is by giving charity, known as Zakat al-Fitr, before performing the Eid prayer. 

Give Charity

This act of generosity purifies one’s wealth and ensures that everyone can partake in the joy of Eid. Allah says in the Quran:

Surah Al-Insan Verse 8

“And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive,” 

– Quran, Surah Al-Insan, 76:8

Narrated by Ibn Abbas, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “The fast remains suspended between Heaven and Earth until the Sadaqat al-Fitr are paid.” (Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 3, Book 9, Hadith 1846)

3. Strengthen Family Bonds

Eid is an opportune time to strengthen the bonds of kinship and family ties. Visit relatives, exchange gifts, and share meals together to foster love and unity within the community. The importance of maintaining and strengthening family relations is emphasized in Islam:

Surah An-Nisa 36

“And worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side,” 

– Quran, Surah An-Nisa, 4:36

6 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Eid: A Guide for Muslims

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “The person who perfectly maintains the ties of kinship is not the one who does it because he gets recompensed by his relatives (for being kind and good to them), but the one who truly maintains the bonds of kinship is the one who persists in doing so even though the latter has severed the ties of kinship with him.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8, Book 73, Hadith 13)

4. Express Gratitude to Allah

On this day of celebration, take a moment to express gratitude to Allah for His countless blessings. Reflect on the spiritual growth and personal development achieved during Ramadan, and strive to maintain this connection throughout the year. As stated in the Quran:

Surah Ibrahim 7

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.'” 

– Quran, Surah Ibrahim, 14:7

Narrated by Abu Huraira, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah.” (Sunan Abi Dawud, Book 42, Hadith 4811)

Spread Joy and Kindness

5. Spread Joy and Kindness

Eid is a time to spread joy and kindness to all those around us. Greet fellow Muslims with warm wishes, share gifts, and extend acts of kindness to those in need. Let us embody the spirit of Eid by spreading love and compassion in our communities. Allah reminds us in the Quran:

Surah Al-Baqarah 208

“O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” 

– Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:208

Narrated by Anas bin Malik, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “Exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love to one another.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8, Book 73, Hadith 159)

6. Fasting Six Days in Syawal

Following the joyous celebrations of Eid, Muslims have the opportunity to further enhance their spiritual connection by fasting six days during the month of Syawal. This voluntary fasting is highly encouraged and carries immense rewards. 

As narrated by Abu Ayyub (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.” (Sahih Muslim)

These six days need not be consecutive but can be observed at one’s convenience throughout the month of Syawal. By engaging in this act of devotion, Muslims can continue to reap the spiritual benefits of Ramadan and multiply their rewards manifold.

Eid Mubarak

And with that, Eid Mubarak from us to you! 

As we rejoice in the blessings of Eid, let us strive to embody these teachings from the Quran and Hadith, enriching our celebrations with spiritual significance and divine guidance. 

May this Eid be filled with joy, peace, and blessings for all believers. Let us cherish this opportunity to strengthen our faith, deepen our bonds with loved ones, and spread kindness and compassion to all those around us. Eid Mubarak!