Eid: A celebration of worship
Each and every act prescribed by the Qur’an and the prophetic tradition, in one way or the other, is an act of worship, say it smiling, or eating, or even celebrating. Muslims whole over the world is giving farewell to Ramadan, and welcoming Id al- Fitr, an occasion of both sadness and joy. Id al- Fitr is a day of celebration. However the important question to ask is do we have the right to celebrate it and are we celebrating it in the proper manner.
Id al Fitr is a celebration, rather an act of worship; thanking Allah for his blessings to complete the fast of Ramadan; a plea for the acceptance of different worships performed in the month of Ramadan; in hope of Allah’s forgiveness and reward and; demonstrating the unity of Muslims. Thus, it demands some piety and good etiquettes in celebration. A Muslim who was not pious enough in the month of Ramadan has no right to celebrate it or rather the true spirit of celebrating the Id never would be achieved.
The celebration of Id al- Fitr is a collective act of worship along with restricted entertainments. Muslims who are mere travelers in this life have no place for unlimited celebrations. Unfortunately the celebration of Id has exceeded its boundaries in the current world to the extent that it is no more different from other celebrations. Some Muslims celebrate it leaving behind all that they attained in the month of Ramadan. People who celebrate with non- Islamic practices are far away from the quintessence of Id.
In reality, Muslims have only two celebrations, the two Ids. The Prophetic statements “Every nation has its festival, and this is your festival”[i] and “Allah has given you instead of them what is better, they are the feast of Sacrifice (Id al- A’dah) and the fast- breaking feast (Id al- Fitr)”[ii] indicate to this fact. Prophet (S) did the second statement on seeing the people of Medina celebrating two special days. The fact that Prophet (S) and the companions did not join in any other celebrations during his time, suggests the reprehensive approach to other celebrations and imitating other celebrations.
Thus, it is important to celebrate it without throwing away the piety (Taqwa) attained in the Ramadan and maintaining the true nature of Id.
[i]Sahih al- Bukhari
[ii] Sunan an- Nasae’e, Sunan Abu Dawud, Classed ‘Sahih’ by al- Albanee in Sahih Sunan Abu Dawud