Making your Eid Meaningful: Try These 2 Things
And for every nation We have appointed religous ceremonies, that they may mention the Name of Allah over the beast of cattle that He has given them for food. And your God is one God, so you must submit to Him Alone (in Islam)…
(Surah Al Hajj 22:34)
Eid is a celebration for all Muslims around the globe.
And it comes round only twice a year.
It is our celebration; a period of joy, happiness & unity.
However, you may find yourself on one extreme of trying to squeeze every last bit of fun from the celebrations or on the other end hiding away from the world, feeling sorry for yourself and wishing for what -could be, -has been etc
Wherever you are in the world & whatever your situation, you can get the best out of your Eid and make your celebrations meaningful .
An Opportunity for Worship
These days of merry making and celebration is a gift to you & me.
It is a means of getting closer to Allah (swt) & an opportunity for worship.
Say: verily my prayer and my sacrifice, my life and my death are for Allah the Lord of the worlds. He has no partner, and with this I have been ordered and I am the first of the Musllims (Surah Al An’am 6: 162 -163)
You can make your Eid meaningful.
1. Be Present
2. Be Grateful
1. Be Present. Presence requires you to be conscious of your environment, pay attention to what is happening around and listen when people speak to you.
When you are present, it means you are not lost in the past reminiscing about what was and could be. Rather you know you are here and that is what matters right now.
Don’t dream or fantasize about what your colleague or friend is doing right now – they could be at Hajj, away on a weekend get-away or hosting family friends or loved ones from their community.
Your present reality could be different.
You could be abroad and far away from family or loved ones. Or you could be low on funds and not able to afford any get-aways. Or you may be sick or caring for a sick parent, pregnant wife or chaperoning a bunch of noisy kids on a day out.
Wherever you find yourself – be present in that situation.
Chat with the person(s) you may otherwise feel you are stuck with on this special day of celebration.
Ask questions, share jokes and really listen. You will learn a lot and form new bonds with this person(s).
What if you are stuck with your own company?
Try Skype – its free. Or send an email to your loved ones or join a community of those celebrating and participate in any way.
The ideas are limitless. The goal is to be fully present in whatever you do. Do not dream about the future or wish for a past gone already.
Remember also that Allah (swt) is with you; He is the All-Hearing, All-Seeing and All-Knowing.
You are NOT alone.
2. Be Grateful. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord, will you both (jinn and men) deny? [Surah Ar Rahman 55: 16]
Let’s play a little game here. Get a pen, paper and timer. Just write, don’t over think.
List all of the things you are grateful for in your life right now. (You have 1 minute). GO!
How far did you go with the list? 10, 20… more?
These are most likely blessings of the nature you can’t even begin to quantity or put a price tag on. Right?
Like your eyes, nose, mouth, legs, ears etc. Your faith, love of Allah (swt), youth, health & income. Your home, family, spouse, righteous friends & food.
What about your creativity, skills, intellect and being alive?
You can try another game round without listing any of those things mentioned above already. Feel the gratitude when you look at your list.
”If you give thanks, I will increase your [blessings]”
(Surah Ibraheem 14: 7)
Because You Matter
Enjoy your Eid & make it a time to be reflective, thankful and remember all of the blessings He bestowed upon you. Remember the weak, sick, needy and oppressed among us.
Show presence and show gratitude as you celebrate.
Because you are alive and you matter.
Remember Me, and I will remember you, give thanks to Me and do not be ungrateful (Al Baqarah 2: 152)
How will you make your Eid meaningful? Share below…