Eid is an Arabic word which means “festivity” or celebration which is observed regularly. Eid-ul- Fitr is the day when Muslims conclude the month of Ramadan (fasting) where faithful spend their time urging God for forgiveness and mercy. Ramadan is marked by fasting- which means abstinence from food and drink from dawn to dusk. This is the time of prayer, inner reflection and devotion to God. Eid is the celebration for all those who fasted and obeyed the commandments of God. It is the time to show gratitude to Him for the blessings we have received throughout the year.
For Muslims this religious event is of unique kind. The sense of generosity, hospitality and kindness make this occasion more attractive. This day is apprehended by people visiting and exchanging gifts for their loved ones as this is the day of joy, bonding, helping one another and spreading happiness all over the world. Despite the fact charity, alms- giving, and benevolence are essential in Islam, they are specifically significant at the end of Ramadan. God says in the Holy Qur’an: 'And be steadfast in your prayer and pay charity; whatever good you send forth for your future, you shall find it with God; surely, God sees all that you do' (2:111). Thus the spirit of kindness and well wishing is the core of charity.
Sadqa-tul-fitr (also known as fitrana) is an amount of charity - which all Muslims, men, women, and children with means are required to pay at the conclusion of Holy month of Ramadan. It is given to share happiness with the poor and needy, and for whom Eid is just like an ordinary day. As we buy gifts for our children we should buy something for other children whose parents cannot afford them to buy anything. As Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said, "No wealth (of a servant of Allah) is decreased because of charity”. Islam teaches us to be kind and patient. I hope and pray that this blessed Eid day brings happiness and joy and may it be a new beginning of greater prosperity, and success for all of us.