Contrary to popular belief, Eid al-Fitr is not the start of a Muslim new year. It falls on the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. Instead of wishing a happy new year, greet your fellow Malay-Muslim friend with “Selamat Hari Raya” which translates to “have a happy celebration.” Follow this greeting with “maaf zahir dan batin” which loosely means “forgive me for all my wrongdoings” as it’s also an auspicious day to seek forgiveness.
Alternatively, you can greet in Arabic. Don’t get lost in translation – a simple “Eid Mubarak” will do. It’s a common term used by both Arab Christians and Arab Muslims as a way to say “happy holiday.” Muslims all over the world also use it for Eid al-Adha besides Eid al-Fitr. A close translation of the greeting would be 'celebration' (Eid) and 'blessings' (Mubarak).