Eid Al Fitr as seen by the staff of The National

  • On the last day of Ramadan over 1200 men gathered outside of Sheikh Zayed Mosque for their final iftar. A deliberate oversupply of food meant many of the men were able to take meals home with them. Lee Hoagland / The National
  • Worshippers gather at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi during Eid morning prayers. Antonie Robertson / The National
  • People enjoy their evening during the holiday in Abu Dhabi. Silvia Razgova / The National
  • Men greet each other after taking part in Eid prayers at Musaab Bin Omair Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Christopher Pike / The National
  • Young men jump into the warm sea water at the Breakwater in Abu Dhabi. Silvia Razgova / The National
  • A man finds some shade on the Corniche in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National
  • Fatima Kapadia blocks Abbas Kapadia from tagging Yasmeem Kapadia during the Indian game of Kho-Kho in Safa Park in Jumeirah, Dubai. Jeff Topping / The National
  • People arrive for Eid prayers at Musaab Bin Omair Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Christopher Pike / The National
  • Men gather to pray during Eid Al Fitr in the Al Baraha section of Deira, Dubai. Jeff Topping / The National
  • Twins Faris and Fahad, 5, and their little brother Ahmad Kanakrie, 3, carry their new toys while their family enjoys an evening out shopping in Abu Dhabi. Silvia Razgova / The National
  • Worshippers gather at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi for Eid morning prayers. Antonie Robertson / The National?
  • People venture out at night to enjoy the cooler evening temperatures. Silvia Razgova / The National
  • Families enjoying the Eid Al Fitr holiday in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. Silvia Razgova / The National
  • Two friends greet each other outside a mosque after Eid Al Fitr prayer in the Al Baraha section of Deira, Dubai. Jeff Topping / The National?

Ramadan culminates with the three-day Eid Al Fitr holiday celebrating the end of the fast. Marked by a special morning prayer, the day is a form of spiritual graduation and a chance to permanently implement the spiritual lessons learnt throughout the month. Muslims dress in their best and visit friends and relatives as a sense of community prevails. As well as the good will and presents, Eid Al Fitr encourages worshippers to start afresh by pardoning those wronging them in the past. It is also presents the opportunity to implement the spiritual lessons learned during the Ramadan such as maintaining the five prayers and refraining from ill-speech and loosing your temper. While it only lasts three days, Eid helps in establishing the spiritual ground-work for the days yet to come.

* Saeed Saeed

     
       
         
           
             
               
                 
                   
                     
                       
                         
                           
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