Blessings of Eid-ul-Fitr

Dear Islamic brothers! Regarding the sanctity of Ramadan, the Prophet of mankind, the Peace of our heart and mind, the most Generous and Kind صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, ‘Its first ten days are mercy, the middle ten days are forgiveness and the last ten days are freedom from Hell.

(Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, pp. 191, vol. 3, Hadis 1887)

We have learnt that Ramadan is the month of mercy, forgiveness and freedom from Hell. Therefore, we have been given the opportunity to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr immediately after the departure of this blessed month. Celebrating Eid is a Musta ab act, so we should celebrate the bounties and mercy of Allah عزوجل. The Quran also persuades us to rejoice over the bounties and mercy of Allah عزوجل, the 58th verse of Surah Yunus ( part 11) says:

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللہِ وَبِرَحْمَتِہٖ فَبِذٰلِکَ فَلْیَفْرَحُوۡا ؕ

Say you, only Allah’s grace and only His mercy, on it therefore, let them rejoice.

([Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 11, Surah Yunus, verse 58)

Why shouldn’t we celebrate Eid?

Ramadan is such a blessed and sacred month in which ‘The Divine Law’ was revealed in the form of the Holy Quran for the betterment, reform, well-being and the eternal absolution of humanity. It is the month in which every Muslim’s faith is tested. Therefore, having found a perfect code of life in the form of the Quran and succeeded in the tough exam of a month, it is natural for a Muslim to feel and express happiness.’

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Announcement of forgiveness for everyone

Dear Islamic brothers! Allah عزوجل has bestowed upon us a great bounty in the form of Eid-ul-Fitr immediately after Ramadan. This blessed Eid has many virtues. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas رضی اللہ عنہ has narrated: The blessed night of Eid-ul-Fitr is referred to as the ‘Laila-tul-Jaizah’, the ‘Night of Reward.’ On the morning of Eid, Allah عزوجل sends His angels to every city where they stand at the end of every street and call out, ‘O Ummah of Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم! Come to the court of Beneficent Allah عزوجل who grants in abundance and forgives even the most severe sin.’

Allah عزوجل then says to His servants, ‘O My servants! Ask for whatever you want! I swear by My Honour and Glory! I will grant whatever you ask for about your Hereafter in this gathering (of the Eid-alah) today. And whatever you want regarding the world; I will see your betterment (i.e. I will do what is best for you). I swear by My honour! I will conceal your mistakes as long as you abide by my commandments. I swear by My Honour, I will not humiliate you with the sinners; so return to your homes, forgiven. You have pleased Me and I am pleased with you.’

(Attarghib Wattarhib, pp. 60, vol. 2, Hadiš 23)

Night of receiving Eid gift

سبحن اللہ عزوجل ! Dear Islamic brothers! How kind our Merciful Allah عزوجل is to us! He showers His mercy upon us in the whole month of Ramadan and then, He عزوجل grants us the happiness of the Eid as soon as this blessed month ends.

According to the foregoing sacred Hadis, the night of Eid-ul-Fitr is also called ‘Laila-tul- Jaizah’, or the ‘Night of Reward’ in which the pious are given their reward. In other words, they are given their ‘Eid Gift.’

Heart will remain alive.

The Beloved and Blessed Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم has said, ‘Whoever stood (to offer Salah) in the nights of Eid (Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha) in order to earn reward, his heart will not die on the day when hearts (of people) will die.’

(Sunan Ibn Majah, pp. 365, vol. 2, Hadiš 1782)

Entry into heaven becomes Wajib.

Sayyiduna Mu’az Bin Jabal رضی اللہ عنہ has said, The one spending the following five nights worshipping Allah عزوجل, Heaven becomes Wajib for him: the nights of the 8th, 9th and 10th Zul-Hijjah (3 nights), the night of Eid-ul-Fitr and the 15th night of Sha’ban (Shab-e- Bara-at). (Attarghib Wattarhib, pp. 98, vol. 2, Hadiš 2)

According to the Hadiš narrated by Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas رضی اللہ عنہ ‘On the day of Eid, the angels make announcement of divine bounties. Allah عزوجلshowers His mercy and blessing upon people. He عزوجل forgives the people that gather for the Eid Salah. Moreover, it is also announced that whoever desires goodness in worldly life and in the afterlife should ask for it, his desires will surely be satisfied.

If only we learn what to ask for on such sacred occasions when the prayers are likely to be answered! Usually, people ask for the worldly betterment, success, blessing in their sustenance and other worldly benefits only. Besides worldly betterment, we should do ask for the betterment and goodness of our Hereafter, steadfastness of our faith, death in the state of faith in Madinah at the feet of the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم in the form of martyrdom, burial in Jannat-ul-Baqi’ and neighbourhood of Beloved Rasul صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم in Jannat-ul-Firdaus without being held accountable.

Satan loses his senses

Sayyiduna Wahb Bin Munabbeh رضی اللہ عنہ has said, ‘Satan screams and cries on the occasion of Eid every year. Seeing him cry, other Satans gather around him and ask, ‘O Master! Why are you so furious and disappointed today?’ He replies, ‘Regretfully, Allah عزوجل has forgiven the Ummah of Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم today, so make them indulge in satisfying their carnal desires.’

(Mukashafa-tul-Qulub, pp. 308)

Has Satan succeeded?

Dear Islamic brothers! Did you see that the day of Eid is so tough for Satan that he orders his offspring to make the Muslims indulge in satisfying their carnal desires? Alas! These days, Satan seems to have succeeded in his mission. On the day of Eid, we should be thanking Allah عزوجل by worshipping Him in abundance, but unfortunately, it appears the Muslims have been unaware of the actual concept of Eid. Nowadays, Eid is celebrated by wearing attractive clothes of the latest fashion, and even the clothes bearing the images of living creatures are put on. [It is stated in Bahar-e-Shari’at that offering alah wearing such clothes that have images of animals or humans is Makruh Tahrimi (close to Haram). It is Wajib to change such clothes or wear something over them and repeat the alah. To wear clothes with images of living creatures is prohibited even when not offeringSalah. (Bahar-e-Shari’at, pp. 141-142, part 3)

Further, dance-parties are held, different useless and time-wasting fairs and games are arranged in the name of enjoyment, films and dramas are watched at homes and cinemas, and a lot of time and wealth is wasted on such activities that are in contradiction to Shari’ah and Sunnah.

Dear Islamic brothers! These unlawful actions may turn this blessed Eid into a day of warning for the ungrateful. For the sake of Allah عزوجل ! Have pity on you and give up fashion. Never waste money as Allah عزوجل has declared the spendthrift as the brothers of Satan. Therefore, the 26th and 27th verses of Surah Bani Israil, part 15 say:

وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِیۡرًا (26)

اِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِیۡنَ کَانُوۡۤا اِخْوٰنَ الشَّیٰطِیۡنِ ؕ وَکَانَ الشَّیۡطٰنُ لِرَبِّہٖ کَفُوۡرًا (27)

And spend not extravagantly. No doubt, the spendthrifts are the brothers of the devils (Satan). And the devil is very ungrateful to his Rab عزوجل .

[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 15, Surah Bani Israil, verse 26, 27)

Difference between human and animal

Dear Islamic brothers! The foregoing verse has made it clear that the Holy Quran strictly condemns the waste of money. Remember! No one can please Allah عزوجل by wasting money. The distinguishing factor between humans and animals is wisdom, strategy and far-sightedness. Unlike humans, animals aren’t concerned about their ‘future’, and none of their actions is based on wisdom which has not naturally been granted to them. On the contrary, humans are concerned about their future, and Muslims are concerned about the Hereafter as well. Thus, the one making efforts for the betterment of the Hereafter with proper strategies is, in fact, a wise person, but unfortunately, no effort is made for the betterment of the Hereafter taking advantage of this mortal and transient world. Nowadays, earning wealth, eating excessively and then, sleeping deeply seem to have become people’s aim of life.

What is aim of life?

Dear Islamic brothers! The aim of life isn’t just to get high degrees, eat, drink and make merry. Instead, there is a very great and sacred aim of our life. Let’s ask the Holy Quran, O the True Book of Allah عزوجل! Please guide and tell us what the aim of our life and death is. The Holy Quran answers:

خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَ الْحَیٰوۃَ لِیَبْلُوَکُمْ اَیُّکُمْ اَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا

He عزوجل , Who has created death and life that He عزوجل might test you, as to whose work, is excellent among you.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 29, Surah Mulk, verse 2)

Therefore, the creation of life and death is aimed at testing humans as to who the more obedient and sincere is.

Eid or Wa’id (warning)

Dear Islamic brothers! Sins may well turn the day of Eid in to a day of ‘Wa’id’ (warning), which may result in the sinner being punished.


لیس العید لمن لبس الجدید انما العید لمن خاف الوعید

Eid isn’t for the one wearing new clothes;

Instead, Eid is for the one fearing the divine retribution.

The way in which Auliya رحمھم اللہ علیہ would celebrate Eid

Dear Islamic brothers! There is a world of difference between today’s Muslim’s way of celebrating Eid and that of Auliya. Allah عزوجل forbid, these days, people regard that wearing new clothes and eating delicious foods is all about Eid whereas our respected Auliyaرحمھم اللہ علیہ would avoid luxuries of the world and would always oppose their Nafs.

Special food on Eid

Sayyiduna Zunnun Misri رحمۃ اللہ علیہ had not eaten any delicious thing for ten years despite his Nafs’ prolonged desire. He رحمۃ اللہ علیہ would often turn down his Nafs’ demand. Once, on the sacred night of Eid, his heart suggested that he eat something delicious on the day of Eid. Putting his heart to the test, he رحمۃ اللہ علیہ replied, ‘First I’ll recite the entire Quran in two Rak’at of alah. O my heart! If you support me in doing so, then I’ll eat something delicious tomorrow.’

Therefore, he رحمۃ اللہ علیہ succeeded in reciting the whole Quran in two Rak’at with concentration on Eid and brought delicious food afterwards. As he picked up a morsel and was about to eat it, he suddenly became anxious and put it down without eating. When he was asked about it, he رحمۃ اللہ علیہ replied: ‘As I was about to eat the food, my Nafs said to me triumphantly, ‘At last, I’ve succeeded in satisfying my 10 year-long desire.’ Listening to it, I became anxious and replied, ‘If it’s so, then I will never let you succeed and I will never eat the delicious food.’

Meanwhile, a man entered the house along with a tray of delicious food and said, ‘I prepared this food last night for me. When I slept, my sleeping fate awoke. I was blessed with the vision of the Noble Rasul صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم in my dream. The Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم ordered, ‘If you want to see me on the Day of Judgement as well, take this food to Zunnun رحمۃ اللہ علیہ. and say to him, ‘Muhammad Bin ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Abdul Muttalib صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم has said, ‘Have reconciliation with your Nafs for a moment and eat a few morsels of this delicious food.’ Listening to the order of the Beloved Rasul صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم , Sayyiduna Zunnun MiSri رحمۃ اللہ علیہ immediately started eating the food saying emotionally, ‘I am obedient, I am obedient.’

(Tazkira-tul-Auliya, pp. 117)

Who deserves Eid celebration?

O devotees of Rasul! In fact, the fortunate Muslims spending the sacred month of Ramadan fasting, offering alah and doing other worships deserve the celebration of Eid which is a day of reward for them from Allah عزوجل. As for us, we should fear Allah عزوجل as we could not properly carry out worship even in this sacred month.

Eid of Sayyiduna ‘Umar Faruq A’zam رضی اللہ عنہ

On the day of Eid, some people came to the house of Sayyiduna ‘Umar Faruq A’zam رضی اللہ عنہ to meet and greet him, but the door was closed and the sound of crying was emanating from the house. When the door opened, they asked surprisingly, ‘O Amir-ul- Muminin رضی اللہ عنہ ! Today is Eid and every one is delighted, why are you crying?’ He رضی اللہ عنہ replied wiping his tears:

لیس العید لمن لبس الجدید انما العید لمن خاف الوعید

Eid isn’t for the one wearing new clothes;

Instead, Eid is for the one fearing the divine retribution.

Indeed, this is Eid for the one whose alah and fasts have been accepted, but it is the day of Wa’id (warning) for the one whose alah and fasts have been rejected and thrown onto his face, and I am crying because:

انا لا ادری امن المقبولین ام من المطرودین

I do not know whether my worship has been accepted or rejected.

Our wishful thinking

اللہ اکبر ! Ponder! Faruq A’zam رضی اللہ عنہ is one of the only ten fortunate companions who were blessed, during their life, with the glad tidings of entering the Heaven by the owner of Heaven صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was found crying on the day of Eid just for fear of his worships being rejected.

سبحن اللہ عزوجل! The one who absolutely deserved the celebration of Eid cried fearfully, on the other hand, we talkative, inactive and heedless people who are unable to carry out any worship properly, leave no stone unturned to boast about our so-called ‘piety.’ Those who unnecessarily reveal their worships such as alah, fasts, Hajj, services to the Masjid and people etc. should particularly take some lesson from this heart-rending parable. Such people get the news of their social work published in the newspaper along with even their photograph. It seems extremely difficult to change their self-liking frame of mind and make them realize that unnecessarily revealing one’s good deeds may, in some cases, result in the ruin of the good deeds, and in ostentation which may lead to damnation of Hell. Remember! Having photos willingly taken and published in the newspaper is Haram.

May Allah عزوجل protect all the Muslims from ostentation, boasting and showing off! آمین

Prince’s Eid

Once on the day of Eid, Sayyiduna ‘Umar Faruq A’zam رضی اللہ عنہ saw his son in an old shirt. Saddened by his son’s apparent poor condition, he رضی اللہ عنہ began to cry. Seeing his father crying, his son asked, ‘Dear Father! Why are you crying?’ He رضی اللہ عنہ replied, ‘My son! I’m afraid, your heart will break when the other boys see you in old clothes today on the occasion of Eid.’ His son replied, ‘Dear father! The heart of the one who disobeys Allah عزوجل and one’s parents should break; I am hopeful that Allah عزوجل will also be pleased with me because you are pleased with me.’ When Sayyiduna ‘Umar رضی اللہ عنہ listened to it, he رضی اللہ عنہ embraced his son and prayed for him.

(Mukashafa-tul-Qulub, pp. 308)

Eid of princesses

The daughters of Sayyiduna ‘Umar Bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz رضی اللہ عنہ came to him a day before Eid and said, ‘Father! Which clothes are we going to wear tomorrow on Eid?’ He رضی اللہ عنہ replied, ‘The same clothes you are wearing right now, wash them and wear them tomorrow again.’ ‘No dear father! Buy new clothes for us’ the girls insisted. He رضی اللہ عنہ said, ‘My dear daughters! Eid is the day when we are supposed to worship and thank Allah عزوجل; wearing new clothes isn’t necessary.’ ‘ You’re right father but our friends will taunt us saying that you are wearing the same old cloths even on Eid despite being the daughters of Amir-ul-Muminin رضی اللہ عنہ۔

Saying so, the girls then began to cry. Compelled by his daughters’ feelings, Sayyiduna ‘Umar Bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz رضی اللہ عنہ called and asked the treasurer to give him a month’s salary in advance, but he refused to do so saying ‘Sir! Are you sure that you will remain alive for another month?’ He رضی اللہ عنہ thanked and prayed for the treasurer who then left without giving money. Then, he رضی اللہ عنہ said to his daughters, ‘My dear daughters! Sacrifice your desires for the pleasure of Allah عزوجل and His Beloved Rasul صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم .’ !’

(Ma’dan-e-Akhlaq, pp. 257-258, part 1)

Wearing new clothes on Eid isn’t necessary

Dear Islamic brothers! It became obvious from the previous two parables that wearing fancy clothes on Eid is not necessary; Eid can be celebrated even without them.

اللہ اکبر! How poor Sayyiduna ‘Umar Bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz رضی اللہ عنہ , was! He didn’t save money at all despite being the ruler of such an enormous empire. Further, his treasurer was also an honest and far-sighted person who wisely refused to pay him a month’s salary in advance.

This parable contains a lesson for us as well. If we ever want to ask for our salary in advance, we should also consider as to whether or not we will remain alive till the particular period of time for which we are demanding our salary in advance. Even if we do remain alive, there is no guarantee that we will remain healthy and fit enough to work as it’s often observed that a person suddenly suffers from a lethal disease or becomes injured as a result of an accident. If we have a Madani frame of mind, we will get cautious about such matters.