Eid al-Fitr is one of the solemn festivals contained in the Muslim calendar. An important pillar of Islam, the holy month of Ramadan is scheduled in France on April 13. For the second year in a row, Muslims will experience it under special conditions marked by restrictive measures because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the CFCM said Eid al Fitr corresponds to the first day of the 10th lunar month (Chawal). The observation is made by eye vision, the day before after sunset, of the new moon. The date can also be determined by calculation. The institution stresses that “by its precise nature, the verdict of the calculation is preponderant over the ocular vision which is subject to errors and imprecision”.
According to the CFCM, “this year, the calculation shows that the birth of the new moon will take place on May 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Paris time (5:30 p.m. universal time). As a result, it will not be visible anywhere in the world ”. “Also, Wednesday May 12, 2021 is the 30th day of Ramadan and Thursday May 13, 2021 is the day of Eid El Fitr”, he indicates. On this occasion, the CFCM presents “its dearest wishes to Muslims in France and raises prayers so that these moments of joy and spirituality benefit everyone, especially the most disadvantaged,” the statement said.
With regard to Zakat El Fitr, the CFCM recalls that each family “must pay it for all the members of its household at the rate of 7 euros for each member”. He specifies that this “Zakat is reserved exclusively for the poor and cannot be used, for example, to help a mosque. Thus, to avoid any confusion, mosques which take this opportunity to raise funds for their operation must inform donors ”.
Due to the current health situation, the Council informs the faithful that the prayer of Eid El Fitr, “can be performed individually or collectively at home or in a mosque. When it is organized in a mosque and given the large number of faithful who go there, the CFCM invites Muslims in France to stand firm in the vigilance they have admirably demonstrated since the start of the pandemic, inviting them families to avoid large family meals, hugs and hugs ”.