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Q. I would like to know the beneficial way to spend Eid in Islam ?


A. Eid is a most auspicious day for Muslims as it heralds  the termination of month long fasting and devotion to Allah. The hadith describes Eid as the day of rewards. In Ramadaan Muslims exert themselves in different forms of spiritual exercises, charities and acts of virtue, the day of Eid signifies a day of happiness, celebration and gratitude for these favours.

However, what we unfortunately find common is  that the auspicious night of Eid is somewhat spent in lenghty preparations of all sorts and the day itself is exhausted in over eating and merrymaking. Whilst to prepare the night before, eat well and be happy is desirable on the day of Eid, one should avoid excessiveness and remain focused on the the lessons of Ramadaan and look to continue with them. Essentially to be conscious of Allah and show gratitude for His favours and seek from Him abundantly.

The night of Eid is a very precious night . Nabi (sallahu alayhi wasallam) has stated

“Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids expecting rewards from Allah, his heart will not die when other hearts will die.” (Ibn Majah). The dying of hearts refers to the Day of Qiyamah. To attain these virtues one should spend some portion of this night in ibadah, dua and reflection.


The day of Eid should be spent trying to meet relatives, friends and neighbours for the pleasure of Allah and utilise the opportunity to mend broken relationships and seek forgiveness from those we may have broken ties with. It is also a day to remember the less fortunate. Make some effort to visit the poor and share with them the delicacies of Eid. Also, use the day to visit the sick, pious and Ulama and request their duas.

Avoid excessive indulgence of any kind and stay away from places where the laws of Islam are violated. Use the day profitably to earn the pleasure of Allah and continue to do so everyday.

May Allah bless all Muslims with a joyous Eid.


 

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