Message of Eid
Umar Jan Lone
Festivals have been the part of human societies since early times. Every nation and religion has festivals to define its traditions and culture. In fact, it is the very creativity of modern consumerism that has provided the driving force behind contemporary form of many festivels and because of materialism many festivels have lost their authentic roots.
Islam has set of determined themes and activities. The beauty lies in the fact that Islam, the universal religion and the complete way of life makes things obligatory and mandatory by the vision “tazkiyah al-nafs” meaning “purification of the self”.This is the basic principle of Islamic teachings and this principle is ensured in the times of both happiness and sadness.
Alhamdulillah, we have completed the fasting of holy month of Ramadhan and are celebrating Eid today. May Allah accept all our prayers and activities that we did to please him. Eid is the celebration guaranteed by the religion itself but it should not be celebrated at the cost of marring all the social and moral values and by crossing the limits of decency and affability. There is a lesson in the life of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) and his companions. It is not about being extravagent and it is really about austerity. It is caring about the subalterns in the society. It is for all muslims an occasion to celebrate and to introspect and reflect on the degree to which we have brought ourselves closer to the true tenants of the religion and how prepared we are to identify ourselves with the woe of the disadvantaged and less fortunate members of the society. It is not enough to be empathetic of their plight but also to contribute our mite to serving the cause of collective well-being.
Happiness is a contented state of mind where a person feels inner peace even in a state of difficulty. People often associate happiness with pleasure and try to seek it through music, drugs, wealth etc which has proven to be wrong. Even the principle identified by Stephen Covey which he called “win win situation” is impractical unless there are some higher principles that can guide us. Our beloved Prophet(p.b.u.h) identified three principles of happiness which are FAITH -(None has the right to be worshiped except Allah), GRATITUDE and PATIENCE. So we need to be commited to striving to establish real faith in our lives. Faith which is based on knowledge. Faith which is implemented in our actions. We have to become grateful people who are patient with the struggle of their lives.These are the things we try to encalculate in our character during the month of Ramadan. On the occasion of the Eid happiness has to be something more natural to emerge in our heart.
Interestingly, muslims celebrate each happy occasion with extra worship. When we go for the friday prayer we make an extra khutba that makes the day different in the week. Same is for the marriage ceremony and when it comes to Eid we go for an extra prayer. The prayer is an obligation from the Lord and his apostle. Thereupon, directly making a point that the happiness and the celebrations has a way to go and Islam has guided us there.This is how believers show their happiness and gratitude to Allah by obeying him more by doing things that would please him.
The occasion of Eid also teaches us to form unity but it is unfortunate that we muslims fail to develop the spirit of unity which would put us on an elevated and a higher platform of life. We as muslims and muslim ummah are segregated and divided. We are unable to accept the change from within; consequently the unchanged and stubborn. Therefore the fall has been in our destiny. We have brought ourselves to a stage where religious people are irrelevent to the leadership and leaders are far away from the religion.
May this Eid be the effective source of happiness and Unity for the muslims worldwide.
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