Eid al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
The days of Eid have been singled out in the Hadith as “days of remembrance” and considered the holiest days in the Islamic Calendar.
The Eid prayer consists of two rakahs: during which the ‘Imam’ leading the prayer does ‘takbir’ (Allah-o-Akbar) seven times after the opening ‘takbir’ and before the recitation of the Surah Al-Fatehah in the first rakah. During the second rakah, the ‘takbir’ is to be declared five times before the recitation of the Surah Al-Fatehah. After the prayer a khutbah is addressed to the congregation
Khateeb – Imam Dr. Wael Shehab
As a graduate of the well-reputed Al-Azhar ash-Sharef in Egypt, Imam Dr. Wael Shehab has studied, throughout all his educational stages, all Islamic the sciences. He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University. Currently, Dr. Shehab is the resident Imam of Masjid Toronto.