There is a time in the year that we all look forward to. It’s a time of happiness, joy and food! Okay perhaps the food should have come first. This is ‘Eid and it’s here once again. ‘Eid Al Adha is upon us and the excitement has begun, actually hang on. If you’re not excited, then the time has come!
As the Prophet said: “Every nation has its festival, and this is your festival.” Here, he referred to the fact that these two `Eids are exclusively for the Muslims. These are just for us, can you imagine when you receive a gift and you’re told it’s exclusive for you? Does it make you feel special?
When I was sixteen I received my first mobile phone, my father has left it packed beautifully on my desk and enticed me to go up and see what he’d left me. Excited I ran, and happiness I experienced was magical. Okay it’s only a phone you may say! I was overwhelmed as I felt special.
Indeed we are special, and we need to make the most out of these celebrations as we don’t have any festivals apart from `Eid al-Fitr and `Eid al-Adha.
Anas said: “The Messenger of Allah came to Al-Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two festivals. On those two days they had carnivals and festivity. The Prophet Muhammad asked the Ansar (the Muslims of Madinah) about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals on those two joyous days. The Prophet Muhammad told them: “Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better, the days of `Eid al-Fitr and `Eid al-Adha.” [1. Reported by Abu Dawud]
This day has been immortalised in Islam by the Messenger of Allah for you and I. It’s a day to remember a Superstar, Ibrahim and all he stood for; he stood for sacrifice, creating a legacy that lasts, and high standards. This day of celebration is more than just having fun, it signifies the creation of a nation that would change the world, of a man whose impact would live until the very end. We want you to change perspective, it’s more than just a celebration, it was a life changing experience.
This is your special day, make the most out of it, don’t allow it to go to waste. It’s a long time before the ‘Eid comes again, but make sure everything you do is in His obedience, insha Allah. It’s not worth the plunge.
I end with, have fun, but keep it real at the same time, insha Allah.
Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.