Eid Celebration Traditions...

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  1. Amica

    Amica Member

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    As much as Muslims are diverse not only in the way they practice sometimes but also culturally, are there different Eid customs as well?

    In my native Bosnia customarily the Eid starts with early rising: everyone wears the best clothes, men go to pray Eid prayer, women prepare home for receiving guests.

    Typically, the first people visited for Eid are elderly: grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters. Younger person kisses the hand of the adults, and wishes them Eid Mubarak Olsun.

    Treats given to children are common, but more common is money (speaking of commercializing the holiday!). For some reason, when I was growing up people would give children money depending of their financial abilities. So, the money gift could be anywhere from what is equivalent to $1 or more. In some ways this helps the poor because the children might take the money back to their parents. At the same time, this put the poor in a difficult position because they may not have enough money to give to children who knock on their doors.

    Neighbors were not exempt. Children would go from house to house, greet people, wish them happy Eid and would often collect treats and money.

    The newest tradition started after the war is gift packet giving by Eid Grandpa. Perhaps this is an effort to steer away from Christian religious tradition of Santa Clause, with the understanding that there is nothing magical about Eid Grandpa. I think this is a great new tradition. Kids get gift packages with sweets and toys at schools, weekend madrases, mosques, etc.

    What is the Eid celebration tradition from your home country?
     
  2. BigJoeNobody

    BigJoeNobody Professional Argument Attractor

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    Here in the US, mostly we meet with fellow Muslims, Family first (yes kids usually get money and candy), then many go spend a carnival day at the Mosque. This is at least what we do.
     
  3. Amica

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    I am now in the U.S. too. Bosnian Muslims still adhere to their common traditions as much as possible, but I like the celebration at the local mosque too. They make if tars at the mosque too, people share food from different cultures and pray together. I think this is great. What I would like to see is the iftars be extended to the homeless and poor at the community at large. Although I do not have much time to participate in the masjid community activities, perhaps this is something to suggest to them if they aren't already doing that. I know that sometimes they invite local non-Muslims to the mosque and the imam is participating in the interfaith activities.
     
  4. BigJoeNobody

    BigJoeNobody Professional Argument Attractor

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    I cannot express how much I agree. I have thought recently (since I haven't been Muslim THAT long) that maybe I should donate my time and resources to develope a Aquaponic garden that could be used solely for feeding the poor and place that system at the Mosque. I would love to help our image here in the US, and I think programs such as these humanitarian ones would go a long way.
     
  5. Ahmad232

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    a miracle associated with eid celebration!; check it out peeps!, you wont believe your ears!!!:

     
  6. wil

    wil UNeyeR1

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    you are correct. If a person was shot in the spine and given only hours to live and healed in those very hours... At the American university hospital in Beirut... I would expect to be able to find an account in the paper someplace...
     
  7. Ahmad232

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    there are many unverified stories of miracles going around but let me tell you why I believe that one.

    that one happened in the not too distant past and the person who says about it in the video, he is not one to spread unverified stories around as if it were true; he is one of the greatest Scholars in the muslim world and also a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad [saw] so you can trust that this is not just some heresay.
     
  8. wil

    wil UNeyeR1

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    A simple hospital report will suffice...
     
  9. Ahmad232

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    haven't had a proper search yet but wouldn't be surprised if it is not there; medical staff [i.e, basically 'scientists'] are not allowed to uphold 'miracles' as part of any healing process; orders from the athiests at the top you see; also it being an American hospital; the Islam hating kaafirs at the top wouldn't want to disclose such an incident; no way hozay!

    so,. as do all religious things, it probably was mentioned by the family of the girl and the girl herself and muslim doctors of the hospital and has been passed on by word of mouth and writing in Islamic books ever since!
     
  10. Devils' Advocate

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    Still, bottom line, it is all unverifiable (unless you can find a source). The whys and wherefores for these kinds of stories may vary, but the end result is the same on all of them. No reliable information to justify the extraordinary claim.
     
  11. wil

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    It is undeniably hearsay at this point. He provided no reference that it wasn't hearsay to him.

    Currently I expect it is not completely a parable...but I have no evidence of that either.
     
  12. Muslimwoman

    Muslimwoman Coexistence insha'Allah

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    Salam alaikum Amica.

    Which Eid would you like to know about, I assume you mean Eid Al fitr?

    Personally in both Egypt and Saudi for Eid Al Fitr hubby and I go late at night on the last day of Ramadan to pay zakat. The next morning we rise, have breakfast and go to the community prayer, which is held outside, not in mosques. We put on our best clothes (it's traditional to buy new clothes but we are old so aren't bothered about fancy clothes) and go out for a meal. Yes we give gifts is money to the children, it's a celebration so the money is for them to enjoy themselves and reward them for their patience during Ramadan.
     

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