The Moon of Eid

The Moon of Eid


Denenberg Fine Arts

Circa 1900-1920
10 x 6 inches

Price: $800
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Note: SBD2619

Common greetings during the Muslim holiday of "EID" are the Arabic greeting ‘Īd mubārak ("Blessed Eid") or ‘Īd sa‘īd ("Happy Eid"). In addition, many countries have their own greetings based on local language and traditions. The "Takbir" is recited after having confirmation that the moon of Shawwal (the 10th month in the Islamic calendar) is sighted on the eve of the last day of Ramadan. The beginning of the Ramadan, ninth month of Islamic calendar is also decided by the sighting of the Crescent moon (hilal) This Sighting of the crescent moon marks the beginning of Ramadan. If it is seen at night then the next day is the first day of Ramadan and its concomitant fasting. It continues until the start of the Eid prayer. Before the Eid prayer begins, every Muslim who is able must pay alms for the month of Ramadan. This equates to about 2 kilograms (4.4 lb) of a basic foodstuff (wheat, barley, dates, raisins, etc.), or its cash equivalent, and is typically collected at the mosque. This is distributed to needy local Muslims prior to the start of the Eid prayer. It can be given at any time during the month of Ramadan and is often given early, so the recipient can use it for Eid purchases. This is distinct from Zakat based on wealth, which must be paid to a worthy charity.


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