It was sometime between reciting the dua for Iftar and putting an almond stuffed date into her mouth. It was in that moment sandwiched between the gurgled ameen of her baby brother hastening to finish his dua, and the chink of wedding ring against glass, as her mother lifted up her cup to break her fast for the last time. It was within that short minute and yet infinite moment, that Humaira realised something. Something that made her stop and the hand that was bringing a glass of water to her dry lips froze; suspended in midair.
She had forgotten.
It had slipped from her mind.
It was Eid tomorrow and panic gripped her.
She had forgotten that the gold sandals with the diamond strap, those heels that she had spent two days envisaging, that went so perfectly with the diamante embellishment on her navy blue dress: were in fact broken. Courtesy of her little brother, she thought angrily, recalling that day a few months ago, when she had walked in on him bashing her heel against the side of the cabinet, using the point of the heel to drag out his little red car, that he had thrown between the cabinet and the wall. Except of course the heels hadn’t been designed to withstand such brutality.
This realisation hit her. Hard. And she cried out, “Mum! My gold heels, they are broken! What am I to do?” Her mother sighed and rolled her eyes, accustomed it would seem to Humaira’s hysteria.
“Well I’m sure you’ll find something else.” She told Humaira, popping a date into her mouth.
“But- No they were perfect! How can I even enjoy myself tomorrow if I don’t look good?”
Does this sound familiar? Was that a smile of guilty acknowledgement on your face? Well, I am sure you are not alone. We have trivialised our Eid. We have downgraded what should be upgraded, year after year. I am not at all discouraging you from wearing lovely clothes; this is one of the Sunnah of Eid! However, that small self indulgence is not exclusively what Eid should mean for us. This beautiful gift and blessing of Allah should not be undermined and reduced to co-ordinating clothes with shoes and matching shoes with jewellery.
Look beyond the sparkly gift box that surrounds Eid-ul-Fitr, look inside and admire the breathtaking wonder of the actual gift itself. This is the day of our Rabb’s congratulations to us! And so pray to Al-Afuw, the most loving pardoner; repent to him with humility and prostrate before him, because on this day he cannot refuse you. Call onto Al-Mussawir to beautify your being on this beautiful day. Be grateful to Al-Wahaab for he reminds us, ‘If you are grateful, I will increase (my favours) unto you’. [1. Surah Ibrahim]
As the Dawn breaks on the morn of Eid. For most of us, it is another morning, another day. A day with perhaps a few extra perks; new clothes, sweets and good food (Food that we can actually eat during sunlit hours!) Enjoy Eid! Enjoy Eid in the Halal way; squash that urge to turn on Capital FM just because Ramdhan is over. Remember your Rabb will always be there. Do not worry about broken heels or mismatched headscarves because Eid is about so much MORE.
Spice up your Eid with these five Action Points
- Make this Eid about your community, send sweets and food to a non-Muslim living on your street and explain to them why you are celebrating!
- Remember the poor; do not forget your Sadaqa Fitr and always remember those who are less fortunate than you.
- Eid time is family time, Do not forget that! Do something special for them.
- Take a moment out to remember those who have passed.
- Smile! Greet everyone you meet with a smile and an embrace, let them know it is Eid! (Advice: Stick to the same gender!)
Let us truly grab hold of the virtues on offer and throw away those blinkers of single-minded selfishness. We need to appreciate this gift of Allah in the right way, by having a Halal Eid. Let us throw ourselves into this day like a bungee jumper throws themselves off a bridge- revelling in every moment of the exhilarating dive.
Don’t make this another day, another Eid.
This has to be The Day. The Eid.
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