All Praise to Allah the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful
Time flies. It feels like Ramadan has just started yesterday and in the blink of an eye, it is coming to an end.
Two main factors that lead humans astray are shaytan (devils) and nafs (the lowest desires of one’s own self). But in this holy month, as we all know, the shaytans are being chained. Rasulullah SAW said, “…And the gates of Heaven will be open in this month and the gates of Hell will be closed. And the devils will be chained.” [Musnad Ahmad]
Humans are left with nafs that could lead them astray even without shaytan. Therefore, it is very important to train and groom ourselves so that we would not be influenced by our nafs to do things that are forbid by Allah.
The school of Ramadan has taught and trained us in many aspects especially our nafs.
We eat early in the morning before fajr – the time when our appetite is at its lowest. We breakfast after Maghrib – a very short interval between two prayers that prevent us from using much time eating. We are also encouraged to do qiamullail or night prayers – the time when humans love to sleep, all these are to train us to fight against our nafs.
By enduring this training of 29 or 30 days of Ramadan, we shall be equipped with taqwa (God-conscienceness) to endure all sorts of challenges for the next 11 months. Insha-Allah.
May we be resilient in the coming month after graduating from this wonderful madrasah of Ramadan.
End of Ramadan…Beginning of Shawwal
First of Shawwal marks the starting of Eid-ul-fitr for all Muslims around the world. Before we go further, let us recall the history of Eid.
Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (SAW) came to Madeenah and the people of Madeenah had, in Jaahileeyah two days for play and amusment10. So the Prophet (SAW) said: ‘I came to you and you had, in Jaahileeyah two days for play and amusement. Indeed Allah has replaced them for you by that which is better than them: The day of Nahr (Slaughtering) and the day of Fitr (Breaking fast).’ (Abu Dawud)
A scholar, Ibn-ul- ‘Arabee said: ‘Eid was named ‘Eid because it returns every year with renewed happiness.’ Eid is joy, happiness, cheer fullness and gladness.’ It is very interesting to see how Muslims especially the kids around the world having a great time with their family and friends.
Having said that Eid is a day of joy, Muslims must also remember the unfortunate ones as well. There are still many Muslims suffering with poverty and famine. We have to be concern with our brothers and sisters elsewhere as what has mentioned in the Quran. ‘The Believers are but a single Brotherhood’ (49:10)
Not only that, some could not bother to celebrate Eid while we are happy celebrating because they need to work to make ends meet. This is a REALITY.
Therefore, take a moment and ponder how grateful we are to be in our position. Avoid spending excess money on unnecessary things and spare some money for the poor. Islam is great. The existence of Zakat helps to transfer the money from the rich to the poor. Hence, it is our responsibility to fulfill our 4th pillar of Islam that is to give Zakat before it is too late.
May all of us have a wonderful and meaningful Eid-ul-Fitr.