Today is the 10th Day of Dhul-Hijjah. The Prophet said: “The Day of Arafah, the Day of Sacrifice, and the Days of Tashreeq are all an Eid for us, the People of Islam.” (An-Nasa’i)
He also said: “They are days of Eating, drinking, and remembrance of Allah.” (Muslim)
Eid is a Day of Dhikr
It is a day that allows you to remain in the state you were in these ten days. Some people make their day of Eid merely a day for enjoying material things.
Maymun al-Basri said: “When Allah destines good for his slave, he makes His remembrance beloved to him.”
Eid is the day that you remain in remembrance of him, even though you enjoy life around you. So take these next days and enjoy yourselves with your families. Allow yourself to revel the blessings that He has bestowed upon you.
Remembrance of God is Greatest
But remember that “Remembrance of God is Greatest.” Ibn Umar was asked: “Did the companions of the Prophet used to laugh?” He replied: “Yes! With faith in their hearts greater than mountains!”
As we close out these ten blessed days, let’s take a minute to go back and remind ourselves every once and a while about what was special about them.
We are expected to engage with the world around us, with the people around, and enjoy the blessing that God gives us. What we cannot do is to lose our hearts to this lowly life. We cannot lose our hearts to celebration when the preparation to our ultimate celebration are still being made.
Eid is not the day you wear new clothes, but the day you are cloaked in forgiveness. Eid is not the day in which you display your fashion sense, but the day in which Allah accepts your repentance.
Our true Eid, our true celebration, is when we accept His bounty and couple it with His Praise. Let every day from now on be a day of Dhikr, where our actions are in line with his will, our regimen in line with the way of His messenger, and every moment is a run up to the ultimate Eid, the day we meet our Lord and Creator.
Eid Mubarak Sa`eed – Have a Blessed, Happy Celebration
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