Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
One of my dearest came running to me in excitement waving a card. “Look, look, I got it! I got my registration.” I swelled with pride and affection and thanked Allah for the reward He had granted us in that one piece of card… a recognition of all the hard work, of all the nights spent diligently working, of all the time leached from other parts of life to attain this goal. I felt so happy I thought I would burst.
Yesterday someone asked me, “Why should we celebrate Eid? It’s so boring!” and that day of the card came to my mind. Why is it that we as a nation tend to see the immediate, feel joy for what is in front of our eyes, or feel bored by it? Why are we so myopic that the rewards Allah سبحانہ وتعالی has promised us in the not so distant future, remain unseen, unfelt, un-hoped for?
Eid, is a celebration granted us by our Lord, the Lord of all the worlds. A great gift from the Greatest. What if someone arranged a party for you and went to all the trouble of booking a place, decorating it with balloons and streamers, laying scrumptious presents in a huge pile for you to open, and exclaim over and keep? Wouldn’t you be happy?
The rewards that Allah سبحانہ وتعالی has promised us are countless, abundant, prodigious. So feel happy, thank Allah for granting us another Ramadhan, ask forgiveness of any and all transgressions we have made knowingly or unknowingly during this sacred month, just imagine the rewards in store for us inshaAllah, and … be happy, be joyous, be merry … it’s Eid!!