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Jaipur Muslims get set for for Eid ul-Fitr festivities
As the holy month of Ramadan is drawing to a close, the Muslims in Jaipur, after their third Friday prayer of the month are looking forward to the festival of Eid ul-Fitr, which is most likely to take place on July 6 subject to sighting of the crescent moon.

The business in the markets is upbeat since it being the last week of the holy month. On the third Friday of Ramadan, the Muslims of Jaipur also prayed for bountiful monsoon season this year.

The occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, the 'festival of breaking of the fast', is an important religious and public holiday in India celebrated by Muslims to  mark the end of Ramadan and start of the first day of the month of Shawwal.

On the day of Eid ul-Fitr, the Muslims of Jaipur, will offer Salat prayer consisting of two Rakatsi in halls of their religious places or in the open fields including roads. The will also pay the Zakat or do charity and fitra before offering the Eid prayers. The greetings of Eid Mubarak will be exchanged with other Muslims.

Since Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, it stands for reaffirming the basic values of Islam such as brotherhood, spiritual growth, empathy for the poor, charity, prayers, worship, inner peace  and patience to focus entirely on the Almighty and thank Him for His blessings, said a devout.

Here is my acrostic on ISLAM describing its five pillars.

ISLAM: An acrostic

I: Iman or faith in one God and Muhammad as God's Messenger or the Prophet

S: Self-restraint and fasting during the blessed month of Ramadan for self-purification

L: Leaving aside and giving away 2.5% of one's savings to the poor and needy

A: Adherence to five times a day ritual of prayer

M: Mecca pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime if one is able to do

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