Eid ul Fitr 2021 – a festival of joy and blessings which comes to all the Muslims as a gift after a month of fasting is celebrated worldwide with great zeal and gusto. At the end of the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, that is, the holy month of Ramadan, the Muslims from around the world rejoice in a victorious and blissful festival, which lasts for three festive days.
On having the honor of completing one of the five pillars of Islam, the Muslims belonging to all the countries of the world hold feasts and distribute gifts amongst family, friends, and relatives.
Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 in the United States (USA)
As the preparation for the festive days of Eid ul Fitr begins even before the commencement of Ramadan, people become eager to know the dates on which Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated in their countries.
Even though the date of the commencement of Eid ul Fitr depends upon the sightings of the moon, the date can be predicted well in advance. And to help you get an idea of when the Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated in your country in the year 2021, we have compiled this article with the expected dates of Eid ul Fitr around the world.
Definition of Eid ul Fitr
Eid ul Fitr is directly translated to “the festival of breaking fast.”
The Eid ul Fitr is considered, by the Muslims from around the world, as a gift from Allah upon the completion of one of the pillars of Islam, that is, “Saum” (Roza).
It is one of the most awaited festivals of the Muslim Ummah and falls on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
How do Muslims Celebrate Eid ul Fitr?
Muslims from around the world celebrate Eid ul Fitr will great happiness as it observes the end of a Holy act performed for 29 or 30 days.
This gift of self-control that Muslims practice for one whole month is celebrated differently according to the preferences of the people and the traditions of a region.
However, there are some practices that remain the same and are followed by Muslim people all over the world.
The celebrations start as soon as the moon is sighted. Praises to Allah are heard echoing in Masjids, homes, and market places, and people start preparing for the next day. Women and young girls head to salons for the application of ‘Henna,’ which is considered a must among the women.
Early the next morning, all the people wear new clothes and get ready; the women prepare for breakfast while the men head towards the mosques to offer communal prayers. The men greet each other by hugging and shaking hands with one another whilst heading towards the Mosques for the supplication of special Eid prayers.
Upon return, they greet their families a happy Eid by saying “Eid Mubarak.” After breakfast, gifts in cash ‘Eidi’, or kind (or both) are distributed among the family members.
Eid is a festival of reunion as well and those, who have been upset with each other are also seen greeting each other.
Afterward, the Muslims visit the homes of their near and dear relatives and hand out gifts and cash to them, especially the children. They partake in feasts and distribute sweetmeats amongst their family and friends as well.
But that is not all. The Muslims not only remember their loved ones during the celebratory days of the Eid ul Fitr but also don’t forget the needy and the deserving. They ensure that everyone, even the lowest of people in the social sector does not remain hungry on these auspicious days. They achieve this aim by paying an amount called Fitrana.
Fitrana in 2022:
Fitrana is an amount, paid by everyone who possesses food, in excess of his requirements, after the end of Ramadan.
The head of the household is also eligible to pay Fitrana on behalf of his dependants, including his children, servants, and other direct relatives.
The amount of Fitrana is a charity donation, handed out keeping in mind the conditions of the needy, so that they too, can celebrate the days of Eid ul Fitr by taking part in the festivities.
When is Fitrana paid?
Fitrana– also known as Zakat ul Fitr is to be paid during or after the month of Ramadan till before the commencement of the Eid prayer on the 1st of Shawwal at the latest so that the amount could be advanced to the deserving in time.
Calculation of Fitrana in 2022 in the USA: US$7
The amount of Fitrana is the same for all Muslims, regardless of their varying income brackets.
The minimum amount of Zakat al Fitr per person is the amount equivalent to one Saa or four double handfuls (approximating to around 2.6 kgs) of either wheat, rice, barley, dates, or any other dry fruit.
Other ways in which the Muslims help the Needy:-
Apart from Fitrana, there are many other ways in which Muslims help the poor. One such deed of helping the needy, which all the eligible Muslims are bound to perform is called giving out “Zakat.”
Zakat in 2022:
The literal meaning of Zakat is “that which purifies.” The Muslim community all over the world is required to pay Zakat for the wealth they possess, hence it is also called Zakat al Maal.
Zakat is an annual payment that is compulsory for all eligible Muslims to give out. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
It is a form of almsgiving and can also be considered as a religious tax, which is paid out on the basis of a definite system by all those people belonging to the Muslim community, who meet the necessary criteria of wealth.
Zakat holds a prominent position amongst the Five Pillars of Islam and is stressed upon as much as prayer (Namaz) itself.
To whom Zakat can be Paid in 2022?
Zakat is paid to anyone who is needy and does not have enough means to earn for himself, two square meals. There are eight categories of people who are considered eligible to receive the amount of Zakat. They are:-
- The poor
- The needy
- The collectors of Zakat
- For the reconciliation of hearts
- For freeing captives or slaves
- The debtors
- Mujahedeen (those fighting for a religious cause)
- The travelers.
Zakat is generally collected by Zakat Collectors who amass the amount and relent it to the deserving. However, people can also pay off Zakat individually without submitting it to the Zakat collectors.
Zakat Amount Calculation in 2022:
In a similar manner as that of Fitrana, the rate of Zakat is fixed irrespective of the incomes of the people.
However, the amount of Zakat varies as per the kind of asset withheld by the people. Zakat is to be paid on capital assets and the rate of Zakat is 2.5% on the total wealth accumulated by a person.
People eligible to pay Zakat:-
Any person, who possesses 7.5 tolas of gold or 52.5 tolas of silver or equivalent amount or a business that has been under operation for more than 1 year is eligible to pay Zakat. For people possessing such assets, it is mandatory to take out a specified sum of money and give it to those who fall under the eligible categories of Zakat payees.
Difference between Zakat and Fitrana:-
In case any of you is wondering what the difference between Zakat and Zakat ul Fitr or Sadaqah al Fitr is, let us clear it out for you.
Even though the purpose of giving out the amount, in the form of both Zakat and Zakat ul Fitr is the same, there is a slight difference between the two.
While Zakat-al-Fitr is advanced at a fixed amount per person, Zakat-al-Maal is given out at a fixed rate on personal income and property.
In addition to this, they differ in the methods of calculation.
However, one thing to be mentioned is that Zakat al Fitr comes within the widened and broader sense of Zakat al Maal.
Why do Muslims give Zakat and Fitrana?
Islam is a religion of peace and equality, and a proof of the parity of the religion is its mandate orders to all the eligible Muslims, to distribute their incomes among the people belonging to the lower economic sector, so that they, too could live a better life.
The duty to pay off Zakat and Fitrana has been imposed on the Muslims all over the world, so as to equally distribute wealth among all the classes of the society.
This obligatory act has another benefit from the religious point of view, which is that it purifies the income of the people and refrains them from developing, in themselves, the love of money.
Eid ul Fitr 2022 dates Worldwide
Now that we have discussed all Eid ul Fitr, Fitrana, and Zakat and have shed light on a brief background, it is now time to know the dates on which the auspicious festival of Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated worldwide in 2021 as follows:
Eid-UL-FITR 2022 Dates in all Countries:
2022 Eid-ul-Fitr day 1 is expected to be celebrated on the following dates in the following countries:
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in USA: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Pakistan: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Saudi Arabia: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Iran: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Afghanistan: May 1, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Turkey: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in UAE: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in UK: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Qatar: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Brunei: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Albania: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Algeria: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Azerbaijan: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Bahrain: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Oman: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in South Sudan: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Mauritius: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Mali: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Kuwait: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Jordan: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Egypt: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Palestine: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Yemen: April 30, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Uzbekistan: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Sudan: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Tunisia: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Syria: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Somalia: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in India: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Ethiopia: May 2, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Ghana: May 3, 2022
2022 Eid-ul-fitr date in Cameroon: May 2, 2022
Please note that these dates are just the predicted dates and can vary as per the lunar sightings.
Importance of Eid-ul-Fitr among Muslims:-
Even though Eid ul Fitr does not hold as much importance as the Eid ul Azha, yet the Muslims belonging to all the parts of the world consider as a gift from Allah for keeping their fasts for 29 or 30 sacred days.
It is for this reason that Muslims from all over the world, be it children or adults, look forward to the arrival of the festival and celebrate it with great enthusiasm.
They not only remember, in their festivities, their own direct relatives and friends, but also those, who have no one to care for them and ensure that they too, could celebrate these festive days of the Eid ul Fitr with great joy.
Although the Eid ul Fitr or the “Sweet Eid” does not hold as much importance as the Eid ul Azha, yet it holds a pivotal position in the hearts and lives of the Muslims. They consider it a reward in the form of the blessings of Allah and rejoice it with their hearts and souls.
We hope this article would be enough to give you an idea about the Sweet Eid or the Eid ul Fitr along with an idea of how the Muslims from around the world look forward to welcoming it with great eagerness.
With that said, this article has reached its conclusion. That’s all folks! Have a great Eid ul Fitr 2021 and Eid Mubarak from us, to you, in advance.