Najwa AISSAOUI Instructor: Ms.Katie DUTCHER
Draft 3 :
Eid al Fitr VS Eid al Adha
“Mabrouk al Eid (happy feast)!” They are the first words we say in the day of Eid seghir (al Fitr) and Eid lkbir (al Adha). These two Eids share the same prayer which is salat al Eid (prayer of al Eid), and the same goal which is visiting the family members, neighbours and friends. These acts are for gaining hassanat, some extra points that are added to your religious life and which every Muslim needs. The most important feature in both of Eids is sellat arahim (visiting each others) which is important in building strong relations and it is part of hassanat. However, despite of all these similarities, still both Eids have differences: 1) purpose 2) food and 3) relation with others.
Concerning the first difference which is the purpose of Eid al Fitr, it is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan. After one month of fasting, Muslims are ready to welcome Eid al Fitr which falls on the first of Shawwal of the lunar Islamic calendar. Muslims have to thank God for all blessings and have to ask Allah that the next Ramadan will be full of good things .On the contrary, Eid al Adha is celebrated in commemoration of Ibrahim’s ( Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah. As Ibrahim was about to kill his son Allah provided a lamb as the sacrifice (wikipedia).Eid al Adha marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, and falls on the 10th of Dull hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar.
The second difference is concerned with food. In Eid al Fitr the main meal for lunch is couscous, cakes, tea and juice are for guests. What is more it is essential that every woman prepare traditional cakes at home in order to show her generosity and her care about the traditions. In contrast, Eid al Adha main food is barbecue and tea, and it is not...