Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr 2009 (1430 H.)
Muslims across Australia will be watching for the new moon after sunset of Saturday 19th of September 2009, to determine if the celebration of the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan (Eidul-Fitr) will fall on Sunday the 20th or Monday the 21st.
In a written statement released by his Eminence Sheikh Salim Alwan Al-Husainiyy the “Muslims in all Australian states and cities are encouraged to seek the new moon after the sunset on Saturday 19th of September 2009 to help establish the beginning of the new month of Shawwal. On the occasion of sighting the new moon, observers should call Darul-Fatwa on (02) 9793 3330 or 0432178477 to report their observations.
The festive day of Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan; the Islamic lunar month during which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and engaging in some sensual enjoyment from the break of dawn till sunset.
The Chairman of Darul-Fatwa, his Eminence Sheikh Salim Alwan Al-Husainy, greets the Muslim community on this blessed occasion saying, “I ask Allah to advance the Muslim’s state of affairs and grant them prosperity with the return of this blessed month next year’. He adds, “I also urge Muslims to visit their kin and to not forget the sick and the orphaned.”
Australian Muslims head zealous preparations for the annual celebration which start with congregational prayers and community speeches in the early morning held at local mosques or at specified communal facilities. This is followed by community based carnivals that spark excitement and happiness among Muslims and other local communities.
Darul-Fatwa is grateful to the Sydney Eid Festival Committee for extending to it a formal invitation to join the celebrations at Paul Keating Park Bankstown on Sunday the 27 of September.
In turn Darul-Fatwa relays this invitation to the Muslim and non-Muslim communities of Sydney to attend and enjoy.
The end-of-fast feast is a time when Muslims visit one another strengthening the bonds of kin and friendship in the community. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying “Eid Mubarak”, meaning “Blessed Eid” and “taqabbalallahu ta^ atakum” meaning “May God accept your good deeds.”
Muslims generally celebrate this occasion by dressing up in their finest attire, some of whom exhibit their national costumes representing the different areas of the Islamic world from which they come.
September 14 2009
Published by the Media office