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The Blessing:

Besides the fact that on the day of Eid there is joy and bliss all around, the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr itself is a blessing from Allah Almighty. Therefore, the notion that Muslims celebrate this Eid as an end of Ramadan, in commemoration of someone or it is something that is fabricated by the later Muslims is wrong. Rather it has existed since the time of Prophet (PBUH) and it is a blessing of Allah which He bestowed upon Muslims. Hazrat Anas (RA) narrates about Eid in the following way:

Holy Prophet came to Madinah, the people had two days in which they used to entertain and amuse themselves. He asked: “What are these two days?” They said: “We used to amuse ourselves and take pleasure in these two days during the Days of Ignorance (jahiliyyah). The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah has substituted for you something better than these two; the Eid of Adha  (sacrifice) and the Eid of Fitr .”  [Sunan Abi Dawood]

Therefore, both the festivals of Eid are actually, occasions of joy and happiness given by Allah Almighty to Muslims, hence, there is no attribution of Eid with anyone else, nor are there any connotations.

Duties And Obligations:

Although Eid-ul-Fitr is an occasion of joy and happiness, however, this joy and happiness does not come with the general connotations where celebrations are without any boundaries and abrupt. Rather, the celebrations of Eid also come with certain constraints in the form of duties and obligations. These duties and obligations come in the form of Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the things He used to do on the day of Eid. The lines below the major duties pertaining to Eid-ul-Fitr.

Offering Eid Prayer:

The first major obligation pertaining to Eid-ul-Fitr is the offering of Eid prayer. Eid being an occasion of celebration does not mean that on that day a Muslim can forget Allah and indulge in pure pleasures and marry making. Rather, praying to Allah on the day of Eid means that a Muslim understands and realizes the fact that all the joy and pleasure in his life is a blessing of Allah and He needs to be thanked for it. Hazrat Jabir bin Samurah tells about the offering of Eid prayer by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the following way:

“I prayed with the Messenger of Allah the two Eid prayers more than once or twice, without an Adhan or Iqamah.” (Muslim)

Therefore, the offering of Eid prayer was a routine of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), hence every Muslim must also try to offer this prayer and start the day of Eid-ul-Fitr with worship of Allah and by being grateful to Him.

Sadqah-tul-Fitr:

Islam is a religion that pays great emphasis on giving charity. The emphasis on charity increases even more when there is a need of making joy and happiness available from it to the less fortunate ones. The celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr are a perfect occasion when being charitable can lead to others being happy and joyful. In this regard, Islam gives the concept of Sadqah-tul-Fitr, which is alms giving that has to be offered before the offering of Eid-ul-Fitr prayer. The right time for offering this Sadqah is between the Fajr and Eid-ul-Fitr prayer. However, the Sadaqah can also be offered during the month of Ramadan so that the less fortunate can have time to buy necessary things with which they can celebrate their Eid in a better way. Therefore, a Muslim must consider this Sadqah as an obligatory act pertaining to the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr and offer it before the prayer.

General Sunnahs of Eid-ul-Fitr:

For a Muslim the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the best example and every one wishes to imitate Him as much as possible. Pertaining to Eid-ul-Fitr, besides the prayer of Eid and the Sadqah Fitr, there are other elements of Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH) specific to that day. Some general Sunnahs, which a Muslim must try to observe during Eid day, are as follows.

  • The first Sunnah is of waking up early in the morning. Eid day does not mean that a Muslim is free from the obligatory prayer of Fajr, rather on the day of Eid as well a Muslim must wake up at the time of Fajr and offer the prayer.
  • After the prayer one should prepare the dress and other wearable things that are to be worn when going to the Eid prayer. Therefore, the things need to be ready once a person goes for a bath.
  • Taking shower on the day of Eid before wearing new clothes is a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and a Muslim must also make sure that before wearing on clean clothes he is also clean in bodily respect as well.
  • If the clothes are new then well and good. If new are not available then one must wear the best clothes and on those best clothes one must apply perfume as well to ensure that one is best prepared for the prayer.
  • It is also a Sunnah that before going for prayer, a Muslim eats breakfast or anything that is available in the house. The same thing is done after the prayer in case of Eid-ul-Adha.
  • Offering the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer with congregation is also a Sunnah. Therefore, unless there are any dire circumstances, other than that a Muslim must offer the Eid prayer with congregation.

Pertaining to Eid-ul-fitr another Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH) was that He would go to the mosque from one way and come back home from the other way so that He could meet and greet as much people as possible on the day of Eid.

The Prophet (r) is reported to have said: “My Ummah has been given five blessings, during Ramadhan. These blessings were never given to any of the Prophets before me. These are:


First:        Allah directs attention on those who commence the fast on the first night. Allah will never punish him, on whom he directs his attention.
Second:     That breath that proceeds from the mouth, in the evening, of those who fast, will exceed the perfume of musk.
Third:          On each day and each night of Ramadhan, Angels will supplicate on behalf of those who fast, to forgive their sins.
Fourth:        Allah will command Paradise: be prepared to beautify the heavens to welcome my servants. The time has arrived for them to be liberated from the Evil machinations of the world, and be welcome in my house to enjoy its blessings.
Fifth:         When the last day of Ramadhan is reached, Allah forgives all their sins. A companion who has present on the occasion asked: “Is it the night of Lailathul Qadr?” “No. when labourers have accomplished their tasks, would not their wages be paid?” was the reply – (Al-Baihaqi).
 

Upbringing children in the guidance of Islam

Education is an essential right which permits each person to receive instructions and to blossom socially. The right for education is vital for the economic, social and cultural development of societies. The purpose of education is to develop every child’s personality, talents, mental and physical abilities. Each child’s ambition is a parents dream so much so that a child is too often found to be pushed in a field he/she is not interested in.

In Dunya everyone wants to achieve bigger and better and if we don’t have similar blessings as others we tend to compare ourselves and thus leading to ingratitude. Appreciating the small things will eventually lead you to the big.

Why is that we fail to understand that everyone is blessed in their own way in their own time. If you are deprived of wealth be grateful to Allah for your health, if you are deprived of health be thankful to those who are by your side through thick and thin.

Eed in the House of the Prophet

On a joyful day in Al-Madeenah An-Nabawiyyah, and on the morning of a happy ‘Eed, the house of the Prophet, , witnessed the scenes of the celebration of ‘Eed under the supervision of the best of human beings: Muhammad, . Everyone joined in to celebrate the occasion of ‘Eed and all were keen to let the noble Prophet, , witness their celebrations because they loved him the most and held him the utmost esteem

We are living in a time where we spend a lot of time online. Our Facebooks, twitters, tumblrs and what not have blended into our lives have become a part of who we are. Almost everything we do, we do it online. In short, we cannot do without interacting online.

I am concerned that in the age of eHow, wiki, evidence-based, best practice and performance management, some readers may interpret this article as a blueprint to raise productive children. It is not. Children are dynamic and unique individuals.

Gratitude! At the mention of this word, all of us think of many incidents in our life where we have been grateful to someone for their help or even their presence in our life. Gratitude is one of the main factors in the life of a Muslim. Islam speaks highly of practising gratitude. Gratitude to Allah (glorified and exalted be He) holds high in its pedestal. There are simple things we can do to show our gratitude to our Creator for all that He has given us and continues to give us. Subhan Allah!

 
Ever felt like you’re having an Iman dip? That after being a very active, productive Muslim – praying on time, reading Qur’an frequently, always looking forward to doing good deeds – you are becoming lazy and that your enthusiasm to perform the same way is fading?
I’ve felt like that so many times. Life is full of ups and downs, and the downs are sometimes powerful enough to distract us and lower our enthusiasm. Yet, there are easy solutions that can help us get over an Iman low. Here are some tips that can help you refresh your Iman in sha Allah:

Throughout the history of Islam, women have played a major role in spreading the sacred message of Allah (glorified and exalted be He).
Examples of these great women have been mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) who has praised and exhorted the superiority of the Maryam, Asiya the wife of Pharoah, Khadijah (may Allāh be pleased with her) Mother of the Believers, and Fatimah (may Allāh be pleased with her), daughter of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).
These amazing women are prime examples of productivity for modern Muslim women who want to achieve the right balance between their family life, work and most importantly their deen. Let’s have a look at these four women and see what we can learn from them to achieve the right balance!

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