Eid Mubarak to you too
The happiness we share at this time of year, having found sweet recess from a month of fasting, nightly vigil, extra discipline and lots of charity is surely divine and warrants gratefulness. As we watch the human tragedy unfolds in Pakistan, engulfing the country with relentless grips of poverty and desperation we are indeed thankful for having Eid spent in safer and cleaner environments.
Also the action of a few fame-seeking zealots, in wrongfully associating the Quran with wanton violence and wishing to provoke the Muslims after a peaceful month, should remind us that we will not be excited foolishly but will remain conscious that the true reverence of God's Word is in reciting its verses, learning its meaning and practising its laws, while civilly engaging the world about its message.
As students return to school around this time, this is another kind of rejoicing too, as they rejoined old friends and make new ones while recommitting to a year of study and abstinence from wasteful actions. Eid definitely resonates with this lesson and it seems as if the summer holidays and Ramadan happened together to allow us the reinforcement of those values. Kudos to those who braved their passions and tightened their waistbands in order to fight the little distractions and have arrived at this juncture more balanced, more peaceful and more loving, ready to travel yet another year in life with resolve to make humanity a better place to live and let others live.
The tragic events of lost, as in the case of the woman, who lost her three workers and three customers in life-gutting fire in Bridgetown, is mind boggling unless Faith is what we trust in. She was fasting when held and remarked how calm she became, readily handing over the cash, more traumatised by this immense lost of her 'family'. Such stories are the hallmark of Faith wherever we go and whoever we meet in whatever tradition we belong; they are the richness of faith and spirituality that doesn’t make the radar or the statistics but like the downtrodden workers around the world, are the core foundation of modern civilization. Rather they are the fodder that breathes life into every Eid and makes happiness worth celebrating in every family and without the day off to enjoy the harvest the toil becomes a burden; rather slavery to a tasteless love.
May your days be like the joy of every new moon and may your month long retreat bring you fruits for a long time after and may the gifts you share around the world bring us closer to reality that the Everlasting Eid is surely worth working for.
Quran 2:185 “Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. God intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. “