Today possibly marks the beginning of Shawwal after the end of the most blessed month which ended yesterday. It was a period of absolute devotion, of nearness to Allah, of favour and blessings, of forgiveness and righteousness, of abstinence from food and drink, and materialism, of Tahjuds and divine Powers, of Charity and kindness.
We thank Allah for witnessing the end of the period with wholesome benefits Insha-Allah. As we celebrate, our celebration should be geared towards showing gratitude to Allah for bestowing us the grace of witnessing the month and sharing from the mercies therein and giving the endurance to abstain oneself from the luxuries of the materialistic world.
We have cleansed our minds, bodies and souls during the fasting period, it is appropriate we celebrate the spiritual achievements with full energy and gaiety.
Eidul-Fitr is a day of happiness for those who observed inward and outward fasting to seek reward from Allah (S.W.T). It is a day of gift-giving, especially to the poor. It is a day when we should get-together with family, relatives, and friends to celebrate and show gratitude to Allah. It is a joyous occasion and should be spent in joy and happiness, but never leaving the state of Shukr and falling into Kufr (ingratitude).
Do not go to parties, do not involve in any social activities that are at variance with the teaching of Islam. You are just like a snow white cloth, do not get yourself stained with mud hours after you came clean.
A good Muslim should be guided never to engage in any shameful act. The two qualities of a believing person according to the Prophet (s.a.w.) are bashfulness and modesty. “Every religion has a quality that is characteristic of that religion. And the characteristic of my religion is Haya.” Haya is an internal sense of shame, which includes bashfulness and modesty.
“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.”Q24:30
The next ayat says the same for believing women, but adds a few more injunctions on them.
“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof;
that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess,
or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.” Q24:31
Strive to be modest at all times. Modesty should the watchword of every Muslim for it is one of the virtues a Muslims must have. Refrain from zina, fornication, adultery, backbiting and other condemned acts. Allah only loves the pius ones. So, do not disconnect from Allah after a whole rewarding month.
Abu Huraira(r.a.a.) related that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said: Allah the Majestic and Exalted said: “Every deed of man will receive ten to 700 times reward, except Siyam (fasting), for it is for Me and I shall reward it (as I like). There are two occasions of joy for one who fasts: one when he breaks the fast and the other when he will meet his Lord” (Muslim).
All these rites, devotion, and charity are more important than the elaborate and extravagant celebrations. But the fun and frolic environment cannot be missed even after the rites are over. The Eid-prayers are followed by feast and get-together among loved ones. Eid-il-Mubarak!