As We Celebrate 1440 AH/2019 Eid-Ul-Fitr..!, By Murtadha Gusau
My beloved people! Ramadan is finished, no more Tarawih. Shaitan (The Devil) will be released, my advice to you is: Keep reading the Qur’an every day, keep performing “Qiyamul-Lail”, Remember to give charity, keep remembering Allah, and make lots of Du’a (prayers) all the time. Allah the Almighty is never gone, He’s all knowing and all aware of our actions/intention. So don’t change your ways just because Ramadan is finished.
Tuesday, Shawwal 1st, 1440 AH (June 4, 2019)
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow him exactly till the Day of Judgement.
Respected servants of Allah! An Indian young orphan stayed with his grandmother who herself was a widow. The lonely old lady had only her grandson as a companion. In spite of her weakness she worked to run their lives.
Then came Eid, and the young boy got some money from his beloved grandmother to celebrate Eid. The boy went to the fair with his friends. The group of young boys enjoyed roller coaster drives and other things. But this little heart kept on avoiding all the fun and just watched his friends having fun. The boys bought sweets and toys and enjoyed but this little boy kept on seeing his friends and kept himself out of it.
In the evening when he returned home his grandma asked, “My son how was the Eid? Did you enjoy? “Yes”, said the child.
What did you buy? Where are your toys? Was the money enough? The grandma showered a set of questions on the boy.
The boy kept quite and then gently pulled out a set of tongs and placed it on his grandma’s hand. Quite shocked, the grandma asked, “What is this?” The young boy replied, “Grandma! I have seen that your hands get burnt when you make chapatis (In India, a thin pancake of unleavened wholemeal bread cooked on a griddle) for me on the pan, so I bought this for you. A lovely story, a wonderful message.
Today, Imam of Eid in Makkah said the same thing about the spirit of Eid. He said:
“Eid is not just wearing new clothes and tasting sweet dishes and spending money lavishly. Eid is to celebrate those great qualities of patience (sabr) and generosity that we had practiced throughout the month of Ramadan.”
Eid cannot be celebrated alone in malls and expensive restaurants and parks, but Eid is to share joy and wealth with the needy. How many of us really visit our sick relatives on the day of Eid or a sick neighbour? This story narrated reminds me that Eid is a festival of collective joy and not just individual celebration. Next Eid when you shop for your self buy some extra for your servant or the children of your poor neighbour too and then see how tasteful will be your sheer delicious food.
And as we celebrate Eid, don’t forget the Muslims Ummah still suffering around the world, and those that passed away before and during Ramadan. Remember them in your Dua’s. We are truly blessed by Allah Almighty to end Ramadan and see Eid. Thank Allah the Most High for all the blessings he has bestowed upon us. We easily take these for granted. Alhamdulilah!
Dear brothers and sisters! Remember, as we celebrate Eid, our Nigerian Muslim brothers and sisters in Zamfara and other States are facing attacks from armed bandits and terrorists; our Sri Lankan Muslim brothers and sisters are facing attacks on their lives, homes, and Masjids.
Ensure that your Masjid (Mosque) makes Du’a for Zamfara and generally for Nigeria, for Rohingya, for Uighur and Sri Lankan Muslims as we pray for others.
While we pray Eid to thank Allah for Ramadan, our brothers and sisters in Nigeria were in danger, our Uighur brothers and sisters in China were not even allowed to fast. Three million of them are in the largest concentration camps since Nazi Germany, half a million children have been forcefully taken to Communist orphanages and the Chinese government even admits to placing one million Chinese in Uighur homes as guests.
Please remember them in your Du’a of the Eid.
It was the month of June in 2012 when almost all Muslims from the capital city of Sittwe in Burma were driven out by the military to something the New York Times called concentration camps of the 21st century. Those 129,000 people are still stuck in those camps. Although Burma Task Force’s efforts have influenced the US government to give $400 million for Rohingya refugees, the genocide is still ongoing.
Alhamdulillah, we fasted and are now celebrating Eid. Please pray for them!
Respected brothers and sisters! Unfortunately, Uighur Muslims in China were not allowed to fast. And how can they celebrate Eid while three million of them have been sent to the largest concentration camps since Nazi Germany?
My beloved people! Ramadan is finished, no more Tarawih. Shaitan (The Devil) will be released, my advice to you is: Keep reading the Qur’an every day, keep performing “Qiyamul-Lail”, Remember to give charity, keep remembering Allah, and make lots of Du’a (prayers) all the time. Allah the Almighty is never gone, He’s all knowing and all aware of our actions/intention. So don’t change your ways just because Ramadan is finished. May Allah always guide us Ameen.
Eid mubarak to you all, and remember to celebrate Eid the Halal way!
Lastly, Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (rahimahullah) said these lines of poetry upon completion of Ramadan:
“Oh you, who your Lord has freed from the Fire, be warned of returning to the servitude of the wretched after being freed!”
“Will your Lord distance you from the Fire, while you seek to become nearer to it?! He (Allah) saved you from it, while you seek to throw yourself in it, and don’t care to protect yourself from it!”
“If mercy is shown to the good-doers, then the wrong-doers should not despair from it, and if forgiveness is shown to those who have piety, then one who has wronged himself will not be deprived of it.” [See Lata’ifil Ma’arif]
And all praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.
Written by your brother, Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: email@example.com or +2348038289761.