Eid Mubarak: What does it mean – when did Ramadan end and is it Eid al Fitr today?
23rd May 2020

The Shawwal moon marking the end of Ramadan was not visible by Muslims in any part of the world last night, meaning the month will last the full 30 days. The end of Ramadan gives way for Shawwal, the 10th month in the Islamic calendar and begins with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

What does Eid Mubarak mean?

Eid Mubarak is an Arabic term and translates to “happy festival” or “blessed Eid”.

The term is used by Muslims all over the world to wish each other a happy Eid, and by non-Muslims to their friends celebrating the festival.

Eid Mubarak is pronounced in English like “eed mu-buh-ruck”.

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To reply to Eid Mubarak, the polite reply is Khair Mubarak.

Khair means goodness in Arabic and wishes good will on the person who greeted you.

You could also say “JazakAllah Khair” which means thank you, but literally translates to “May Allah reward you with goodness”.

Traditionally, Muslims hug each other three times after saying Eid Mubarak.

When did Ramadan end?

Ramadan will come to an end tonight, Saturday, May 23, marking an end to 30 days of fasting for Muslims around the world.

The holy month – the ninth in the Islamic calendar – began on April 23 when the crescent moon was sighted.

On Friday, it was announced the Shawwal moon had not been spotted, meaning Ramadan will continue today before giving way for Eid al-Fitr.

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Is it Eid al-Fitr today?

The timing of Eid al-Fitr is based on the sighting of the crescent moon per the Islamic lunar calendar and it can be difficult to predict when the festival will start in each country.

While some Muslims wait to see the moon themselves, many either use the calculated time of the new moon, or base it on the declaration made in Saudi Arabia or Turkey.

For most, Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday, May 24.

The higher judiciary council of Saudi Arabia has announced no moon had been sighted on Friday, meaning 30 days of fasting will be completed and Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on May 24.

The council tweeted: “The moon has NOT been sighted in Saudi Arabia. #EidAlFitr will be celebrated on Sunday 24th May 2020. In sha Allah.

“May Allah accept our fasting, prayers and ‘ibadah and allow us to end the blessed month of #Ramadan with devotion and ‘ibadah. Aameen.”

How to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr at home

The celebrations usually begin with early morning prayers, and the rest of the day is dedicated to spending time with friends and family.

This year Muslims are encouraged to celebrate from home, however, there is still option to keep in touch with friends and family.

To wish someone a happy Eid, you can send a text saying “Eid Mubarak” which is Arabic for “blessed Eid.”

Gifts, which are usually exchanged in person, can be sent via post instead.

Feasting also ensues during daylight hours for the first time since before Ramadan, so having a large meal with your household is another way to mark the celebration.

In the UK, The Muslim Council for Britain encourages Muslims in England who are not self-isolating to go outdoors with other members of their households as per the updated lockdown restrictions in England.

Muslims in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are to remain indoors.

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