The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ramadan Message 2008 - Day 27 (Gift For Eid)

Gift for Eid

Let us make the Eid a real memorable day. How about some Eid (festival) gifts for all the children in the house or neighbourhood? This is indeed a great time for them to be rewarded for their Ramadan participation and support. It is also a good time to reward them for their studies and domestic contribution.

We should make it a wholesome and weighty gift, a charitable act to look forward to every year.

“The upper hand is better than the lower hand (i.e. he who gives in charity is better than him who takes it). One should start giving first to his dependents…” (Bukhari)

The Eid day is the day of happiness and efforts should be geared towards making it so. Even the Rasul allowed the children to sing and dance around his house. He told Abu Bakr not to caution them, because “It is the day of Eid –Celebration.” What arrangement can you make to make this Eid memorable for the kids around you? What entertainment do you have in stock for them?

Our spouses should also be generously rewarded. One way or another they must have made our Ramadan eventful. Perhaps it could be a motivation to do more next year. It could even be in form of a surprise between couples. It is a great day for the Muslim women. Such that the Prophet encouraged them to go for the Eid even if they are menstruating, they are encouraged to be there, to have fun and feel the celebration. Even if they have no dress, they should borrow some and have a happy outing.

Umm Atiya narrated that, “We were ordered to bring out our menstruating women and the veiled virgin women into the gatherings of the two 'Id festivals. These menstruating women were to keep away from their Musalla (prayer ground). A woman asked, "O Allah's Messenger, what about one who does not have a veil?" He (peace be upon him) said, "Let her share the veil of her companion."

We should also extend the gift to our neighbours and friends. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Give presents to one another, for a present removes rancour from the breast, and a woman should not despise even the gift of half a sheep's trotter from her neighbour."

In our celebration, let us not forget that we are Muslims. We are still bounded to the injunctions of Allah about what is halal and what is haram. We do not celebrate with whatever Allah has declared as unlawful (for instance, intoxicants, zina –adultery or fornication, gambling, etc.)

In fact, it is a grievous sin to commit an act of disobedience of Allah on an Eid day. It lays to waste our struggles and strivings in Ramadan. If we do so, it goes to show that we have learnt nothing from the purposes of Ramadan.

So celebrate in all ways, but avoid the haram. Remember the shari’ah principle: All good and pure things are halal (permissible) for Muslims, except those which Allah and His Messenger have delineated as haram or makruu (forbidden or disliked).


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