Monday, 29 August 2011

Coz we wait patiently...

I don't think words could ever articulate the feeling and emotion behind the concept of Unity. That despite all the differences amongst us, Muslims around the world can come together for a common purpose and share in the excitement that comes with that. It is truly a Mercy and a Blessing from The Almighty to experience this Unity.

The very foundation and essence of Islam is based in the concept of Community... that no man is an island and that we need each other. That is why as a Muslim, your neighbours, the people in your community and their collective well-being are very important and in certain aspects, they share an equal status with one's own family.

Unfortunately, it seems that time and globalisation have eroded our basic morals and values in our modern societies so this ideal holds very little value in the eyes of many average modern Muslims. The idea that I can't eat if my neighbour is starving and that we take care of each other through good times and bad has lost some of its meaning through the years.

And this is where Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr remind us of our duties to The Almighty... in much the same way that Christmas reminds everyone else about the importance of family and providing for the less fortunate.

As Ramadan comes to a close, we all wait with abated breath for the sighting of the new moon to mark the beginning of our Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. It's a funny thing because even though I'm literally hundreds and thousands of miles away from many of my friends around the world who are also fasting, we share the same excitement.

We wait together. We're sad to see a blessed month go, but at the same time, we're excited to experience that sense of Unity. So we wait.

Moonsighting forecast (click for larger visual) from Moonsighting.com
We wait for the moon to be sighted, anxious but hopeful. We wait to tell our friends and family quite excitedly while making mental notes of what needs to be done in preparation for the festive day. We wait to wear our best clothes and do our hair. We wait to cook up a storm and bake enough goodies for all and sundry. We wait to visit our neighbours, friends and family in each others homes with nothing but joy and well wishes. We wait to sample each other's food and eat all the good little chocolates, leaving the toffees and yucky stuff behind for someone else. We wait to greet each other in the street with nothing but a smile on our faces and the light of goodwill in our hearts. We wait to spend time with our loved ones and to reflect on the month that was. We wait, keeping in mind all those who won't be able to have the grandest of feasts and we are grateful for the bounties that have been bestowed upon us by The Almighty.

We wait patiently. Wishing everyone a blessed Eid Mubarak!

9 comments:

  1. We wait, and we hear the advices of the ulama – about how Eid is a day of celebration given by Allah; so we should please Allah – and not shaytaan. Yet many will be pleasing shaytaan on that day – by dressing inappropriately, engaging in haraam behaviour with the opposite sex, and indulging in activities that are a million miles from the piety and taqwa of this month that is now leaving us.

    I don't mean to be a downer here, but it's just very sad – the state that we are in. How the same thing happens year after year. It's such a blatant contradiction. We spend a whole month being 'religious' and with self-discipline and behaving the way we should; and come that moon sighting – come that day of Eid –many of us (not just our youth, but the adults too) are off celebrating a day that Allah gave us in a way that makes shaytaan proud.

    It's the exact same attitude that happens with many weddings nowadays: it's a day of celebration, a day of joy given by Allah – yet the people spend it pleasing shaytaan by showing the world that which should not be shown off; and engaging in that which is so far from Allah's pleasure.

    All of this is really just the symptoms of a bigger problem, on a wide scale, which is that many of us have just lost our deen – we've don't have the true understanding of it. We don't submit. Islam means to submit to Allah's will – but we don't submit.

    Submission – on Eid day – means having fun in a halaal way; and that is entirely possible. It means dressing modestly and appropriately – which you can still do while looking good. It means behaving appropriately with the opposite sex, and lowering your gaze from those you're not meant to gawk at.

    It's upsetting that we know what's going to happen with many on Eid day – but change starts within. From the individual. Allah won't change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves.

    So let's make a resolution this Eid – to spend it in a way that would make Allah proud; regardless of what everyone else is doing.

    (Sorry for the tough words…your post just elicited that reaction.)

    And Eid Mubarak to you and all your readers too.

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  2. Haha, I just got an email notification about your comment on my post while reading this. :)

    That sense of unity really is an amazing feeling...

    Eid Mubarak to you. Have a blessed day :)

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  3. I think Dreamlife has hit the nail on the head. The Shaytaan, mischievous old goat that he is, tempts the weak-willed into selfish acts and other unspeakable hanky-panky. I'm sure this was even true in the olden days, originating with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise. What can the pious do other than set a good example for the sinners?

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  4. :D I recognize this excitement and I love it! I hope you have a wonderful celebration and enjoy the community of your friends and loved ones!

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  5. Hi Azra!

    I think the erosion of custom is not only felt in the religious observances but also in the cultural and social observances not necessarily founded in faith. I think the pace of life stretches the human capacity to relate to his/her environment, to pay due maintenance to relationships and the ties of blood and friendship. It costs too much to be modern, progressive, and in leaning forward to grab-hold of the future we can sometimes forget that which has allowed us to do so: friends, family, community, and faith.

    Dean
    http://leftcoastguy.com

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  6. A joyous Eid to you and those you love!

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  7. Blessed Eid Mubarak to you and your wonderful family! It sounds like such a lovely celebration, and I enjoy learning more about Islam with each new post. Enjoy this festive day. :)

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  8. dreamlife - My mother always says that Eid is about family so you should spend all your time with your family on the day. Parents are to blame for those youngsters that have made the day about other debaucherous acts. If I look at my Mother and Aunts, none of them allowed us to run a mock on the day. The problem is that firstly most people see the month as a punishment and therefore see Eid day as a release from the constraints of their "punishment". And they forget that it is a holy day too. It is sad.

    Sady - Shukran, Eid Mubarak to you too ;)

    GB - It's true we should live our lives as examples to other's, especially younger generations. And there's no doubt that people have been fornicating since the dawn of time... however, I find our youth have been taking things to some hectic extremes. Not even your female Gorilla's would approve.

    Izdiher - Shukran, and Eid Mubarak to you too...

    Angie - Thanks lovely lady :) I'm sure we will have a great time... and I'm sure I'll be stuffed like a turkey by the end of the day.

    Left Coast Guy - It's true that the erosion of morals and values transcends the boundaries of any single religion. One just needs to look at the 50's and 60's... it was a very different time and people had more decorum regardless of their faiths. And the price of modernity has certainly cost us that "quality" of life that we once had and can never get back.

    Prixie- Thank you sweetheart ;)

    Michi - Thank you sweet lady... now that my stomachhas shrunk to the size of a walnut, I have to wonder exactly how I'm going to execute my feasting plan - gonna have to come up with some innovative strategies :)

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