The month-long Ramadan fast will end on Monday (today) or Tuesday, depending on when the moon for the beginning of the new month of Shawwal is sighted.
If the new moon is sighted today, the Eid-el-Fitri celebration (marking the end of fasting) will hold Tuesday.
But if the moon is not sighted, the celebration will take place on Wednesday. The Nigerian government has already declared Tuesday and Wednesday public holidays.
But whenever the eid prayer and accompanying celebration hold, PREMIUM TIMES’ in-house faith writer, Murtada Gusau, advices Muslims to observe the following tips as they attend the end-of-Ramadan prayers.
1. Stop fasting upon announcement of the sighting of the moon of Shawwal.
2. Pay/give Zakat-ul-Fitr before going for Eid.
3. The Eid is a day of joy, make every one around you happy.
4. It is forbidden to fast on the day of Eid.
5. The Eid prayer is an emphasised Sunnah, and according to some scholars, it is wajib, so don’t fail to observe it
6. Wear your best cloth (if possible or in da hali) for the Eid.
7. It is Sunnah to eat before proceeding for Eid prayer (in the Eid-ul-Fitr).
8. Don’t just gist or engage in idle talks as you go to the Eid, keep glorifying and praising Allah.
9. There is no additional /voluntary prayer before or after the Eid prayer, at the prayer ground.
10. Remember all the lessons learnt, and the virtues imbibed during the month-long fasting. As you return home from eid ground, make a firm commitment not to revert to your old ways.
May Allah bless us all this Ramadan, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to Him and to each other.
May He the Most High guide our ways. Ameen.