BARKA DA SALLAH?

Alhamdulillahi, fasting is over! Alhamdulillahl Truly all praises is due to Allah; but something in you wished that Ramadan will not come to an end. Still it has. It is the first day of Shawwal and fasting is forbidden so you eat something before setting out for Eid (eating at 8.00 a.m. seems so strange!) in a shinny attire after giving out your zakaatul fitri. It is Eid-ul-Fitri, a day of celebration and gratitude to Allah. All variants of greetings assault you as you go along: E ku odun, (Happy Festival); Barka da sallah (Have a Blessed Celebration); Eid Mubaraak (Blessed Festival) and Eid Sa id (Happy Festival). Which is the more accurate and appropriate salutation on the occasion of Eid; you wondered? Nothing has come down to us from the Quran as to how to greet believing brothers and sisters on the days of celebration (i.e. the two Eid days).

Similarly, nothing has come down from authentic sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) on what greetings to exchange during Eid celebrations. However, according to the authentic athars of the companions of the Rasul (PBUH); radiyallahu anhuma (may Allah be pleased with them all), the greetings they exchanged amongst themselves is: "Taqabbal Allah minna wa minkum! " (May Allah accept from us and from you) meaning Allah accept the good deeds from us and from you. (Amin)

ON `EID DAY

Rasulullah (PBUH) said On the morning of `Eid day: "Allaah will be proud of the Muslims and will ask the angels: "What is the reward of a worker who has done his job well? The angels will reply: Our Lord, his reward should be given to him in fullヤ. Then Allaah will say: O My angels, surely My servant, the males among them as well as the females, have today performed their obligatory duties, thereafter they set fort to eid prayer ground, raising their voices in prayer to me. I swear by My honour, grandeur, My grace, My exalted position, that I shall surely answer the prayers of the people." Then Allaah will address the people: "Go forth, I have forgiven your sins and I have replaced your evil deeds with righteousness.(Ahmad)

ON THE SPOT

There are days that are obviously not yours. Imagine this: You drove to join about a kilometre long queue of cars at a filling station, thoroughly humbled by the fast and the fact that you did not wake up for sahur. You passed in and out of sleep behind the wheel as the queue moved at the speed of a snail devoid of will. Just when you were getting there; when a flicker of hope twinkled in the horizon, you prayed that the experience of the day before does not repeat itself. Yesterday, you had spent several hours on the queue and just when it was your turn, the fuel got finished! Suddenly you were jolted out of your prayerful trance as a car did a fast run on you and slotted into your front taking over your turn. Like a worked up cobra. you darted out of your car protest the blatant cheat. Then, there was this unrepentant and callous smile of victory playing around the lips of the driver of the offending car. Rage rolled into fireballs inside you and the urge was to exhaust all the abuses and names remaining in your arsenals.

Just then, the words of Rasulullah hit you like the carpenters hammer on the nail: "Fasting is not (merely abstaining) from eating and drinking rather, it is (abstaining) from ignorant and indecent speech so if anyone abuses or behave ignorantly to you then say: 1amfasting " (Ibn Khuzaimah). At that moment what do you do? Allow the imbecile (Astagfirullah! [May Allah forgive me!]) to ride away with his ill-gotten seeming victory or cast a blank eye to the Rasuls words and have a thorough settling of scores with the stupid man? (1nna llah ghafuru Rahim)

 

 This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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