“Eid-ul-Fitr is the most important festival for Muslims”. Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

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  • Blue – Your argument 
  • Red – Argument against 
  • Purple – Response

Eid-ul-Fitr is the Muslim festival which celebrates completing the fast during Ramadan; it is known as the lesser Eid.

Eid-ul-Fitr could arguably be the most important festival. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan; the holiest month where Muslims dedicate their efforts to be humble in the presence of Allah. During the festival, families will forgive those who have wronged them and aim to give presents and cards to loved ones. Its importance is tied to the thanks given to Allah for providing them with the strength to successfully fast and refrain from Haram behaviours. Many Muslims would say it is the biggest celebration of the year.

In response, Eid-ul-Adha could represent a more important festival in the Islamic calendar. Eid-ul-Adha is regarded as the Greater Eid and aims to remember Ibrahim’s and Ishmael’s willingness to submit to Allah. In the Islamic account, Ibrahim has a dream in which he is told he must sacrifice his son Ishmael. This is revealed to Ishmael who trusts Allah’s judgement and prepares himself. However, before Ibrahim follows through with the sacrificial offering, Allah stops him and an animal is given in Ishmael’s place. This story and the festival itself teaches Muslim’s of Allah’s mercy and His beneficence. During Eid-ul-Adha, Muslim’s sacrifice an animal which is then shared with family and the poor. This takes place during Hajj which heightens its importance and for many Muslims will be one the most significant moments of worship during their lifetimes.

Nevertheless, Eid-ul-Fitr has a deep connection to the Prophet Muhammad; the central figure of the religion. The prophet started the tradition of Eid-ul-Fitr himself, while the festival shows recognition of the Night of Power – the Night the Prophet Muhammad received the first revelation of the Qur’an.

To conclude, whilst all festivals have their importance, Eid-ul-Fitr has such a deep connection to the Qur’an and to the prophet Muhammad that it seems hard to declare any other should be held in the same regard.

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