Eid al-Fitr to-do List for Youth
Eid is special.
And Eid al-Fitr is extra special.
It comes after the month of fasting – where your main goal was to attain Taqwa.
The day serves as gift – to utilise in celebrating – through thanking and remembering Allah (swt).
After the many blessings and bounties of Ramadan, isn’t it important to take time out to thank Him in a special way?
You want to remain conscious of Him; Devoted to Him.
Surrender in big and small matters.
And thank Him for allowing you to complete Ramadan.
And you need Him to accept your supplications and deeds and grant you their reward in big measures – and multiples.
(…and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.) [Q2:185]
To keep your mind, body and spirit in this state of continuous striving towards Taqwa on Eid, here are an Eid to-do list especially for the Youth.
> Perform ghusl.
> Put on your best clothes.
> Eat before leaving for Eid prayers.
> Recite the takbeer [“God is great, there is none worthy of worship but God; God is great, Praise be to Him”]; ”Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu Akbar, laa ilaaha illAllah; Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahil hamd”.
> Attend the Eid prayer.
> Spread the greetings of peace and good wishes for Eid.
> Break up the strong bonds you have with your fancy gadgets for the day, to allow you rekindle blessed bonds of kinship. Visit your relations, spend time in meaningful conversations with them and give dawah if necessary.
> Organise a party to include orphans, reverts and the neighbours, in addition to friends and loved ones.
> Give thoughtful gifts – *no need to go broke here* – share sweets, inexpensive goody bags and home-made surprise packs to children.
> Take part in community events. You can volunteer, make new friends and give dawah.
> Reflect and review on your day. Go through the list and check off your actions.
> Glorify Allah (swt) and give thanks to Him – for His bounties and mercy.
> Ask Allah (swt) to accept your good deeds for the day, forgive your errors and keep you steadfast on the path of Taqwa.
> Continue to make supplications to have your Ramadan accepted.
> Call your friends and loved ones; skype, send a message or chat to share Eid wishes.
Throughout the day
> Perform your prayers at the appointed time.
> Be generous with your smile. Smile from the heart.
> Be generous with your time. Spend it helping others.
> Be generous with your wealth; share meals, gifts and other surprises.
> Be kind, empathic and compassionate to everyone you meet.
> Guard your Taqwa through your intention, speech, dressing, deeds, company you keep and places you visit.
> Accept invitations from family and loved ones; friends and neighbours for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Or invite others over.
> Eat and drink in moderation.
Have you prepared your to-do list?
What are you waiting for?
As you count down to Eid, anticipate the joy and mercy of the day and plan some F.U.N that will earn His Pleasure.
Appreciate what the Prophet (saw) left behind as example and celebrate sunnah-style… all the way.
If you haven’t prepared your list, do so N.O.W. And no worries if you can’t accomplish much on day 1. You can carry it forward to Day 2 and even 3.
*Have a Happy Eid*
Eid Mubarak! Wa kullu ‘aam wa antum bi khayr!
Let me know what you plan to add on to the above list.
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