The two ‘Eid are the mark of the completion of two of the greatest acts of worship in Islam. ‘Eid ul Fitr being the mark for the completion of Ramadan and fasting in it, and ‘Eid ul Adha being the mark for the completion of Hajj. Therefore, ‘Eid is a day of celebration, a day of joy, a day of happiness, for those who strove to excel in their worship of Allah SWT. We praise Allah, we glorify Him, and we thank Him for all His blessings this day.
Redefining FUN in ‘Eid
In our times we define ‘Eid as ‘pure fun’. And by pure fun it means indulging in the pleasures of the dunya to the most and loading our tummies with as much food as possible (perhaps we want to make up all the missed hours of food in Ramadan ?) Many times, this concept of pure fun also involves disobedience of Allah SWT, which is sadly the saddest part.
We get the result of ‘Eid wrong (which is disobedience of Allah) because of a missing link in our equation that defines FUN. We say Eid =Fun. However we should have said, Eid=worship and worship=fun, therefore, ‘Eid=fun! So, in order to have fun we don’t necessarily have to disobey Allah, for indeed the greatest happiness and enjoyment is enjoying the dunya in the way Allah SWT is pleased.
Thus, it is very important for us to understand that ‘Eid is a day of worship. It is only by celebrating the ‘Eid in the way Allah SWT is pleased we can enjoy ourselves the most. In this way, our hearts are guilt free and enjoy the tranquility and happiness that He bestows on us.
How do we then have a productive ‘Eid?
It is from the Mercy of our Lord, Allah SWT that He has made it easy for us to worship Him through our daily activities. And so like any other event of our lives, activities on the day of ‘Eid can also be turned into an act of worship. Let us now have a look at some tips that will help us have fun, beneficial and productive ‘Eid!
- Power of sincerity – In my life there is something I strongly believe and that is ‘Be sincere, be truly happy’. Everytime I have done something for the sake of Allah SWT, I have never regretted for it. And so, this ‘Eid everything you do, purify your intentions to do them to please Allah. Trust me, you will enjoy every bit of the day.
- Take a shower – Well, we all do this. But, while taking a shower if your intention is to please Allah, the taste is totally different and you get rewards for it in the hereafter! [1. Al- Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said that the Muslims were unanimously agreed that it is mustahabb to do ghusl for Eid prayer.]
- Praise Him, Glorify Him – It is sunnah to say the takbeer from the night of ‘Eid till the Imam enters to lead the prayer. The takbeer is as follows : Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillaahil ‘Hamd. Isn’t this simply beautiful how the entire muslim community praises Allah for helping them complete a month of blessing and for grnating them a day of joy as the ‘Eid? Teach this takbeer to your members in the family and don’t forget the maids you have at home. This creates a beautiful environment in the house and removes the ill feelings from the hearts biidhnillah. [2. It was narrated in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah with a saheeh isnaad from Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) that he used to recite takbeer during the days of tashreeq: Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, Allaah akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is most Great, there is no god but Allaah, Allaah is Most great, Allaah is most great, and to Allaah be praise).]
- Eat odd – it is from the sunnah to eat an odd number of dates before going to the ‘Eid prayer. So eat the dates and make your intentions to please Allah. Don’t the dates taste sweeter? Give us your feedback after you try this out ? [3. the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used not to go out on the morning of Eid al-Fitr until he had eaten some dates… of which he would eat an odd number. Al-Bukhaari, 953.]
- Wear the best – The prophet SM had a special cloak which he wore on the ‘Eid days. Follow the sunnah and wear your best dress on the day of ‘Eid. What you wear does have an impact on how you feel. So wear the best, feel the best! And make sure you do it for the sake of Allah, for then the dress looks so much more beautiful and makes you feel so much more beautiful. [4. It was narrated that Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had a cloak which he would wear on the two Eids and on Fridays. Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 1756]
- Attend ‘Eid prayer – Even though fasting is not permitted on the Eid days, yet, the major part of the celebration is not eating or drinking – rather, it is a prayer that brings Muslims together to remember Allah’s bounties and celebrate His glory and greatness. [5. http://www.2eids.com/introduction_to_eid.php]‘Eid prayer is an essential part of our ‘Eid. Hence, try your best to attend it and be a part of the beautiful congregation. Listen to the khutbah that the Imam gives and take the naseeha. Smile and greet the muslims you know and don’t know. Give space to the people in the prayer place. Respect the elders and be amazing to the kids. If possible, take some chocolates and sweets to distribute in the prayer place and gain rewards from Allah for gifting your muslim brother or sister. Make every moment at the prayer congregation lovely and beautiful to Allah SWT. He is the One Who will reward you for all these acts of kindness.
- Congratulate each other – You can congratulate your friends and family by making dua for them or simply wishing them a happy and blessed ‘Eid. [6. It was narrated that Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: When the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) met one another on the day of Eid, they would say to one another, “May Allaah accept (good deeds) from us and from you.” Ibn Hajar said, its isnaad is hasan. Al-Fath, 2/446.]
- Visit friends and family – As you visit them give them something as a gift. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Exchange gifts, you will love one another.” So increase the bond of love between you and your family through exchange of gifts. It is reported that Umm Razîn said:I used to gift perfume to Ibn ‘Abbâs – Allâh be pleased with him. He said: “There is nothing the Quraysh like more.” She added, “And he would give us Al-Wars (a plant whose leaves are used to dye fabric).”
- Help your mother in preparing the house and food for your guests. As you do this, make sure you are doing this to please Allah and not gain people’s appreciation or praises. When you do so, you can really enjoy serving your guests, and Allah will put barakah in the efforts.
Plan your ‘Eid day
- Make a list of the good habits you are coming out of Ramadan and make a list of the bad habits you are leaving back. Stick to these habits on the day of ‘Eid. So for example, if you have been reading 1 page of Qur’an a day in Ramadan, don’t leave that on the day of ‘Eid.
- Be punctual in your salah just as you were in Ramadan. Do not procrastinate your salah because of the fear of making wudu and removing the make-up you wore. It is not going to be very easy, but it will be surely exciting and worth it!
- Don’t be random on the ‘Eid day. Remember, the one who fails to plan, plans to fail. If you fail to plan ‘Eid, you will probably have an unproductive ‘Eid. Plan the places you want to visit and how you will accommodate your Qur’an and other acts of worship with the socialization with your friends and family. Don’t forget the needy people around you as well. Plan something to share the joy of ‘Eid with them as well.
‘Eid bonus – Relationship tips
Since ‘Eid is a day to celebrate with our fellow muslim brothers and sisters, a big part of the day is dedicated to socialization. Socialization is also an act of worship and it needs special attention from us to make it successful. Many a times we face serious problems with our friends and family. Perhaps it could have been avoided with a bit more consciousness from our side. So, to make your Eid guilt free I have some special relationship tips for you.
- When you meet a person, smile and greet them. Don’t forget to give them salam and spread the peace.
- Ask about their howabouts. While you speak to them don’t show you are in a hurry. Make them feel that you are concerned about them and the few minutes you speak to them, give all of your attention to them.
- Avoid asking embarrassing questions. A member of the family or a friend may dislike being asked about a specific topic. Avoid raising such topics and spoiling their ‘Eid.
- Don’t go for long time chats and gossips unless unavoidable. This saves your time, gives you more chance to meet more people and also saves you from falling into the danger of backbiting. Usually, prolonged gossips lead to harmful talks. Also, avoid talking about third person for too long. You surely wouldn’t want to displease Allah on a day like ‘Eid!
- Do not make jokes at the cost of other people’s honour. Do not mock or make fun of your friend or any member of the family. There are many halal ways of joking and you CAN enjoy the ‘Eid without hurting others.
- Appreciate people. When you go to your relatives’ house and you are offered to eat, appreciate the food and make dua for them. This increase their love for you.
Ramadan is over, but the spirit is there. Do not let the spirit die on the day of ‘Eid through the disobedience of Allah. Let this Eid reflect your 30 days of worship
Let this Eid reflect your strong relationship with Allah
that you have built in Ramadan
Let this Eid manifest the good deeds
you acquired in your character
Let this Eid reflect the beauty of your fasting
Let this Eid reflect the beauty of your standing at Night
Let this Eid be the beginning of an
AWESOME journey till NEXT RAMADAN!
TaqabbalaAllahu minnaa wa minkum. May Allah accept from us and you. Have a blessed ‘Eid.
Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.