Epic Eid Guide: 10 Rules for The 21st Century Muslim Youth [Infographic]
As we approach Eid Al-Adha (the feast of sacrifice) which will mark the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, it is very important to remember that the Eid festivities should be done with a pure intention and also in the correct manner.
You must adhere to Islamic etiquettes and beware of ”copy-past syndrome”, whereby you imitate explicit aspects of the non-Muslim’s celebrations or even innovative acts from your culture.
Make your Eid goals that of Tawheed and Taqwa, and thereby adhering to the Sunnah and staying conscious of Allah (swt). Then you will be on the path to an epic Eid experience.
Here are 10 golden rules to serve as a check.
Easy to navigate. Easy to digest. Easy to take action on.
In a few words, it’s your ‘eid made easy’ pack.
Read the rules from the Epic Eid Guide with its accompanying infographic and get planning.
1. Make it a BIG deal
Announce the date beforehand to employers, employees, mates and colleagues. And in the same way to neighbours and everyone you know.
Explain the significance of this great celebration to them, they will thank you for the education.
Your Muslim family and pals may equally need this information to hammer in the true meaning of Eid. This reminder can help others become purposeful in their approach to Eid and not get caught up in what they ‘think’ should be done or what they ‘see’ others doing.
Makes plans to take the day off so you can have a big blast. Remember it is your prescribed day of blessed celebration from Allah (swt).
Indeed, it is a BIG deal. It is Eid!
2. Attend eid prayers
Go to bed early, ask someone to wake you up or set your alarm if you need to. Get up on time to prepare for the Eid prayer. Perform ghusl and proceed to the Eid ground repeating the Takbirat (Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la Ilaha illa Allah; Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, walillah al-hamd).
Recite the ‘Takbirat’ while going and returning from the Prayer. Use one route while going and a different one while returning.
You have NO excuses missing the Eid congregational prayers. The Prophet (saw) ordered women of all ages, including those who were menstruating, to come out for Eid prayer in order to benefit from the sermon and happy gathering.
Smile, spread salaam and warm, friendly greetings [of Eid].
3. Wear your best outfit
Get your clothes and accessories ready the night before.
Putting on new clothes and a nice fragrance (fragrance for brothers) is sunnah. Prophet Muhammad (saw) was known to dress up on this day.
Be modest and observe the proper hijab – male or female. Remember hijab encompasses the way you talk, walk and dress.
4. Add value to (the lives of) others
Be kind and generous to those you know and those you don’t.
Be merciful to the young and compassionate to the old.
Be the upper hand, not the receiving hand.
Share a smile or a positive word. Give meals, sweets or gifts. Help in distributing sacrificial meat or Eid packs. Share encouraging words and messages. Be a value pack that doesn’t run out on Eid.
5. Plug in to real life conversations
Take a break from the virtual world. Take time off your typical virtual chats, pings and likes/shares/forwards.
Plan for this much needed break so you can engage in face-to-face conversations and bonding with your family and friends. Invest in some active listening and great communication during eid.
Lock up or swap your phone and laptop for the day if that is what it will take to make it happen. Or simply leave your devices at home when going out.
6. Eat in moderation
”Even on Eid?”, you may ask. Y.E.S brother and sister, especially on Eid as this is what the sunnah teaches.
Prophet (saw) said: “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.” [Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa’I, Ibn Majah]
While it is encouraged to celebrate, try to do it sunnah-style. Remember the poor, needy, displaced and refugees so you can practice true gratitude when you eat and drink.
Give what you have in excess. And say alhamdulillah for your blessings.
7. Promote Islam
Be an ambassador for the deen, even as you celebrate.
Be dawah minded.
Use your hands to help, not harm. Use your words to heal, not hurt. Use your wealth to win hearts, not wilt them. Use your energy to engage minds, not enrage.
Advertise proudly for Islam.
8. Follow footsteps of Ibrahim (AS).
Remember the story of Prophet Ibrahim(AS) – the special friend of Allah (swt) – who submitted in total obedience to Allah’s command to sacrifice his son?
He was most willing to give from his own flesh and blood of what he loved most dearly. Allah (swt) rewarded him with something better. Plus a legacy for the future generations to relive and remember, and give thanks for.
Think of ways you can practice such sacrifice with what you love. Can you give a valuable part of your wealth, food, time or energy to the needy, refugees or sick; for Allah’s Pleasure?
Make a list of all you can do now. And don’t think twice about the size of the sacrifice.
Do it for Allah’s sake.
9. Chill with your loved ones
Eid is a joyous time to be with your family and loved ones. A time to bond and strengthen the ties of kinship. So relax your mind and body to calm your heart and soul.
While relaxing, remember to discuss Ibrahim’s story and the sweet self development lessons embedded within. Be intentional when engaging with them, and treat it as an act of worship with Allah’s Pleasure foremost in mind.
Strive to enjoin the right and forbid the wrong. Button your lips to mindless chatter and hot gist. Pray for more blessed Eids together with special memories to recount.
Unwind on special days with the special people in your life.
10. Organise or join a party
Accept an invitation to a halaal barbeque or Eid Get-together. Or put one together with your mates. Unite to celebrate with Muslim brothers and sisters, within limits.
Be deliberate and conscious of your actions. Guard your nafs; lower your gaze; mingle freely only with mahrams; see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
And stay focused and committed to your goals of Taqwa and Tawheed.
Don’t wait for others to make it fun and fulfilling. Make it a super dupa day.
There you go.
10 golden rules for an epic Eid.
Let’s count down to the great day in sha Allah.
I wish all of YouthlyHub’s readers, fans, followers and all Muslims around the world a blessed, fulfilling and happy Eid. Practice gratitude by thanking Allah (swt) for His blessings on you and your loved ones; and give out freely to those in need – without they having to ask.
Remember to make supplication for many more blessed Eids for the entire Ummah.
Sooooo – how will you make your Eid an epic one?
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