Thursday, August 8, 2013

EID MUBARAK : ALLAH IS WATCHING OUR GOOD AS WELL AS BAD DEEDS


EID MUBARAK: TRUE SIGNIFICANCE AND MEANING OF EID



Eid-al Fitr or Eid marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During the 29-30 days Muslims all over the world observe fast from dawn-to-sunset. The Holy Qur'an states that God commands Muslims to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan.

At the end, on Eid day– Muslims are not allowed to fast. Eid in Arabic means "festivity"; Fitr means "breaking fast". But more than just eating Eid is about joy, happiness, cheer, fulfillment and contentment. The word 'Eid- 'Ayaad” or habit in Arabic --- means return. Eid is that happiness that returns every year.

The first day of Eid, is also the first day of the month Shawwal which stands for unity and brotherhood.

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr mass prayers are offered in an open field or large hall. Another customary ritual is to give Sadaqat-ul-fitr in Arabic meaning charity to the poor or needy before performing the Eid prayer. The elders in the family also give money or gifts as Eidi to children.

Islam specifically mentions how Muslims should celebrate `eid’. It is a special occasion in Islam, not yet another holiday to indulge in all kinds of prohibited acts.

Eid is an occasion to submit to Allah, do good deeds and worship the Supreme Being. In extreme happiness, pleasure, sadness or pain Muslim are expected to remember the Lord -- his greatness, might, glory, and watchfulness. 

What this means is simply that `eid is not an occasion to escape from Islamic responsibilities and commitments. It is also not an occasion to have fun -- waste time and money. Rather Eid is an occasion to do good deeds, spread happiness in the lives of the poor and needy.

Moral of the story: Allah is seeing everything. Allah knows what you are trying to conceal and what you are trying to reveal?” [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 77]

Allah is referred to as “the All-Seeing” about forty-two times in the Qur’an. Along with our worship, Allah is also watching our good and bad deeds —nothing however small, escapes Allah’s attention. Allah will compensate us far beyond the worldly profits we can earn.

May Allah accept all your good deeds
Forgive your transgressions and ease the
Suffering of all the people in the World
Wishing you a very Happy Prosperous Eid.

Eid Mubarak!