General Islamic Topic

Gratefulness upon Eid Fitr. Eid Mubarak!

In this time, we are filled with joy in celebrating ‘Eid Fitr after fasting for an entire month. May Allah accept our obedience and all righteous deeds that we have performed. Let us altogether disseminate and expand the noble speech upon meeting friends. May Allah accept all righteous deeds from us all.

This is the speech that was uttered by the Prophet. It was narrated from Wathilah bin al-Asqa’ where he said (which means):

On the day of Eid I greeted Prophet by saying: “May Allah accept (this worship) from us and from you.” He replied: “Yes, may Allah accept (this worship) from us and from you” [Narrated by al-Bayhaqi].

The Muslim ummah would surely rejoice on this glorious day, exchanging congratulatory messages and visiting one another. Since yesterday before, with the final sunset of Ramadan, the Sunnah is for us to utter the takbeer of ‘Eid, which ended right before we performed the ‘Eid Fitr prayer. Moreover, we had taken a few bites of food before leaving for the masjid (mosque) earlier, in practicing the Sunnah. Then, we left to the masjid (mosque) by putting on nice and beautiful garments to perform the ‘Eid Fitr prayer and listening to the khutbah now. And when we head home after this, the Sunnah is for us to take a path that is different than the one that we took to the masjid this morning.

The days of Ramadan that have left us, filled with righteous deeds, have purified our hearts and cleansed our sins. We would fast during the day and engage in ‘ibadah (worship) during the night through the Taraweeh prayer, recitation of al-Qur’an, and qiyaam al-layl (night prayer). After all that we had endured, Allah bestows upon us victory that is filled with jubilation. In the hadith of Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said (which means):

“…The one who fasts, experiences two joys: he feels pleasure when he breaks the fast. He is joyful by virtue of his fast when he meets his Rabb.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari].

There is no happiness that is greater than attaining the pleasure of Allah. There is no victory that is greater than the glory of obedience to Allah and avoiding His prohibitions. That is why we utter the takbeer in glorifying Allah when celebrating success and this day of victory. Allah mentions in verse 185 of surah al-Baqarah (which means):

“…And for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” [Al-Quran, surah al-Baqarah, verse 185].

Aside from the victory and success in abiding by the commands of Allah, our gratefulness and happiness are also due to His Forgiveness upon our sins. Abu Hurayrah reported: Rasulullah said (which means):

“The five daily salah, and Friday (prayer) to the next Friday (prayer), and the fasting of Ramadan to the next Ramadan, is expiation of the sins committed in between them, so long as major sins are avoided.” [Narrated by Muslim]

In our joy and excitement for ‘Eid Fitr, let us decorate this day of glory with obedience to Allah, as our sign of true gratitude. The taqwa and forgiveness from Allah attained must be well-protected and safeguarded. We must avoid all forms of disobedience and sins that can nullify and destroy all of the righteous deeds performed throughout Ramadan. Let us ponder the parable mentioned by Allah in verse 92 of surah an-Nahl (which means):

“And do not be like she who untwisted her spun thread after it was strong…” [Al-Quran, surah an-Nahl, verse 92].

Therefore, let us avoid any form of wastefulness when decorating our homes or serving a variety of dishes. Let us remove any strife, revenge, and disagreement when meeting and interacting with fellow Muslims. Let us not expose our ‘awrah and allow unrestricted free mixing between opposite genders when visiting and greeting our relatives. Let us avoid actions that can harm others, whether on the road or within the neighborhood community. All these can easily tear up and damage the taqwa and forgiveness from Allah garnered throughout this past Ramadan.

Syawal is also a month of silaturrahim (ties of kinship). Let us remain thankful upon ‘Eid Fitr by reviving the practice of visiting others especially our relatives, friends, and colleagues. Relationships that have been severed due to career and separated due to distance, all must be rekindled in this noble month. Included within this practice is visiting the friends and colleagues of our mother and father. Visiting them is akin to rendering kind treatment of our deceased parents. Narrated ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar that he heard Rasulullah said (which means):

“The finest act of goodness on the part of a son is to treat kindly the loved ones of his father.” [Narrated by Muslim]

To end this topic, I would like to remind all upon these following matters:

  1. The Muslim ummah must remain thankful for ‘Eid Fitr as a bounty from Allah to His believing slaves who have completed their obligation of fasting.
  2. The Muslim ummah must continue to have istiqamah in its obedience and on the day of victory and happiness in the month of Syawal, without violating them with disobedience and sins.
  3. The Muslims should frequently visit each other, forgiving and disregard all strife, for the sake of defending the unity of the ummah.
  4. The Muslim ummah should not forget to fast the six days of Syawal, whose virtue is truly tremendous in the Sight of Allah.

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