Date: 23 May – 25 May 2020
Category: Family, Lifestyle, Community
Eid Al Fitr is a joyous occasion that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated across Dubai. The festive finale offers the season of spiritual reflection, this holiday is all about sharing special moments with loved ones. Home made traditional meals are prepared as family exchange gifts and spend quality time with each other.
Eid Al Fitr this year will either fall on Saturday, May 23 or Sunday, May 24.
According to the UAE moon-sighting committee, Eid will depend on whether Ramadan will last for 29 or 30 days this year. The committee will be meeting remotely on Friday, May 22, after Maghrib prayers to look for the moon on day 29 of the holy month. Eid will begin once the moon has been spotted, however, if it is not seen then the holiday will be celebrated the next day.
According to Islamic guidelines, this time of Covid is doing away with several Eid traditions would be necessary for everyone’s safety. According to the UAE authorities have asked all residents to avoid gatherings, for the first time – it’s going to be a #StayHome Eid. But according to experts it will be different, but the celebration will be just as meaningful.
It is to remember that the Eid prayer can be performed at home either individually or with family members under the sane roof, said Dr Mohammed Eyada Ayoub Alkobaisi, a Grand Mufti with the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai.
Dr Alkobaisi said this prayer is a highly recommended Sunnah or practice urged by the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
“Eid Prayer must be performed openly, unless we are prevented for an acceptable reason, such as fear for self, wellbeing, property, etc.” Under the current circumstances, prayers can be offered from home, he said.
Islamic researcher Sheikh Mohamed Wasfi said audio-visual smart apps have made communication much easier, even bringing people closer than before.
“Of course, families and friends wish to hug, shake hands and see each other personally, but this will be a big risk these days,” he said.
Sheikh Asadullah Del Mohamed, an imam, reminded that banquets, parties and visits are discouraged to avoid crowds and gathering.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced Eid Al Fitr holidays for the private sector in the country. Please note that the actual dates of Eid Al Fitr are subject to the sighting of the moon.
Trading will now resume on Sunday, May 31. The Saudi Stock Exchange will observe a nine-day holiday for Eid Al Fitr starting this Friday. Trading will discontinue at the end of the trading day on May 21, Thursday, and resume after the holiday on May 31, Sunday.
“The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) is pleased to announce that Eid Al Fitr Holiday will commence on Thursday 21st of May 2020. Accordingly, trading will be as follows: Trading will discontinue at the end of trading day 21/5/2020. Trading will resume after the holiday on 31/5/2020,” it said.
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