Al-Fitr, often referred to as the small Eid,
occurs at the end of the Month of Ramadan, which is the month of fasting for
Muslims. During the Ramadan the Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
They are not allowed to eat or drink during this time. The purpose of
Ramadan is to give us an empathy for those who are less fortunate than us, to
make us more conscious of Allah (SWT) and to strengthen are Iman
(faith). At the end of the month, which can be twenty nine or thirty days is the Eid
Muslims use the lunar calendar instead of the solar so the length of the months
vary. The Eid will last for three days and it is at this time that Zakat
(charity) is given.
Zakat is the giving of money for distribution to the
needy. It is based on 2.5% of what a person has left at the end of the
year after they have taken care of their needs.