Discussing Eid before Ramadhaan even commences may seem strange. Though this is indeed unusual, such a discussion is extremely necessary if one wishes to truly enjoy Eid in reality. The reality of Eid can only be attained if one spent a true Ramadhaan.
While Eid is certainly meant to be a joyous occasion, the true happiness of Eid should be understood in its proper perspective. Consider the situation of a student who has spent the entire year at an institution. At the end of the year a celebration is held. He is wearing the expensive new outfit that he bought especially for this occasion. All varieties of treats have been prepared. The happiness in the atmosphere is enchanting. However, he has just received his results. The results state that he has failed. What occasion will he celebrate? What will he rejoice over?Eid should be considered in a similar manner. The month of Ramadhaan was especially given to the Ummah to acquire the wealth of Taqwa (consciousness of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala declares: “O you who Believe, verily fasting was prescribed upon you just as it was ordained upon those before you so that you may attain Taqwa.” Taqwa entails the forsaking of every disobedience of Allah Ta’ala. One who has spent his Ramadhaan in various forms of ibaadah (worship) but has not given up sin, has not attained Taqwa. What will he celebrate? What will he rejoice over? The only difference is that one’s results of Ramadhaan are not received “in black and white” in this world. However, every person can, to some extent, judge for himself whether he has passed or not.
REALITY OF EID
The reality of Eid is encapsulated in some couplets attributed to Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jailani (R.A.). If the message of these couplets is taken to heart, Insha-Allah one will truly have an Eid in reality:
ليس العيد لمن لبس الجديد
انما العيد لمن امن من الوعيد
“Eid is not for the one who has worn new garments,
Eid in reality is for the one who has gained safety from the warnings (of punishment)”
The message expressed here is clear. The joy of Eid is for the person who, by his obedience to Allah Ta’ala, has gained safety from the warnings of punishment that have been sounded in the Qur’an and the Ahadith against those who engage in disobedience. Adorning oneself with new garments does not achieve anything. Indeed, adorning oneself with the garments of Taqwa will gain the blessings of both worlds. Hence, how tragic it is that people spend hours, rather days, to get the “right” Eid outfit. In the process numerous aspects that are against the dictates of Taqwa are also perpetrated. This is besides the fact that every moment of Ramadhaan wasted is like millions lost. Therefore, one should not make new clothes a fundamental necessity. It is Sunnah to wear the “best”clothes that one owns on the day of Eid, not necessarily something new.
ليس العيد لمن ركب المطايا
انما العيد لمن ترك الخطايا
“Eid is not for the one who rides a smart conveyance
Eid is for the one who has left out sins”
Driving a fancy car is no measure of success. The person who has forsaken all sins has acquired Taqwa — the object of Ramadhaan. He is indeed successful and has reason to rejoice and celebrate. Eid is for him.
ليس العيد لمن تبختر بالعود
انما العيد للتائب الذى لايعود
“Eid is not for the one who is perfumed with Oud (itr)
Eid is for the one who repents and does not return to sin”
The one who has repented and remains steadfast upon his repentance will pass on the Day of Judgment. He will then enjoy perpetual Eid.
The day of Eid at the end of Ramadhaan will come and go. In order to truly deserve celebrating on that day, we must dedicate ourselves to acquiring the object of Ramadhaan. We will have to spend our minutes of Ramadhaan in a correct manner. If hours are spent shopping for “Eid Specials” in Ramadhaan, while the “Ramadhaan Specials” given by Allah Ta’ala in the form of increased rewards is lost, it will indeed be very tragic. Our Eid will then be a very superficial one.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the ability to spend our time correctly in Ramadhaan and grant us a true Eid. Aameen.
Hazrath Ubaadah bin Saamit (R.A.) reports that one day when Ramadhan had drawn near Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The month of Ramadhan, the month of Blessings has come to you. In this month Allah Ta’ala turns towards you, sends down upon you His special mercy, forgives your faults and accepts your duas. Allah Ta’ala also appreciates your competition for the greatest amount of good and boasts to the angels about you. Therefore show to Allah Ta’ala your righteousness for verily the most unfortunate person is he who is deprived of Allah’s mercy in this month.” (Targheeb)
With regards to worldly matters we always strive to do the best. As a result we very often end up competing with others who are also desirous of being the best. In the Hadith above this spirit of competing is commended. However, this is strictly restricted to competing in matters of Deen. This “competition” gives one more vigour to engage in excessive recitation of the Qur’an, zikr, etc. Nevertheless it is obvious that the intention in performing these good deeds should be solely the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
Faqihul Ummah: True Love
Hazrat Umar (R.A.) once came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) while wearing a silk garment. Rasulullah(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) remarked that silken garments are not permissible for men to wear. Hazrat Umar (R.A.)left the gathering and immediately threw the garment into the furnace and burnt it. The next day when Hazrat Umar (R.A.) returned, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) enquired as to what he had done with the garment. Hazrat Umar (R.A.) replied that he had burnt it. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) explained to him that the garment was not permissible for men. The cloth could have been cut up and used to sew something for his daughters.
The point to understand here is that the one who has true love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) does he have the time to think about what permissible use can be found for this garment. All he considers at that moment is that “my beloved is displeased with this.” Hence in his eyes such a thing can only be worthy of being burnt to ashes.
Thus it does not behove of one who takes the name of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and regards himself as being his follower to adopt those ways that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
disliked. Such an attitude is completely wrong.
WHAT IS THE PROOF?
Every claim must be substantiated with proof. A person claims to be a Muslim. He claims to love Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). What is the proof of this claim? The proof should be one’s entire life. One’s entire life should conform to what Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) desired. Such a person’s claim will be justified. However, if one’s life is against the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), how can such a person’s claim be acceptable? …
Therefore, in order to rectify our lives, we have to adopt the way of life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).Nowadays, Muslims look at the West and see what is their way of living, building homes, dressing, etc., and then prefer to adopt that way. In such an instance who is one imitating? The enemies of Allah and His Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)! Yet the claim is of love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Had this claim been true, we would have searched for the way of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and adopted that way.