Assalamualaikum w.b.t peeps ! :D Alhamdulillah wa syukurillah, all praise to Allah, for He had given me the chance to blog, pertaining to the celeration month of syawwal. Ramadhan has left us, let's pray so that the essence of Ramadhan would still linger within us, let's pray so that we could be istiqamah with our ibadahs, and pray: "allahumma bariklana fi syawwal".
Eid Fitr is one of the two great Islamic festivals, the other being Eid-ul-Adha. Its importance can be judged from the fact that Almighty Allah Himself ordered the believers to celebrate it. It is celebrated at the end of the month of fasting (Ramadan) and has a special significance for the Muslim society. Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) established the Islamic equal society, free of all kinds of exploitation and corruption, and maintaining the blessedness of this society was made the obligation of the believers in every age. For this purpose, the holy month of fasting (Ramadan) was selected to help prepare believers for this responsibility. In this training, during the specific fasting periods believers are required to refrain from enjoying such things, which are otherwise lawful for them.
The purpose of this exercise is mentioned in the following verse of the Holy Quran: "So that you may learn restraint." (2:183)
Believers happily obey these injunctions to please Almighty Allah. Such an exercise has pleasant effects on the practical life of believers and, in their practical life, helps them refrain from adopting corrupt ways.
Some jurists maintain that Itikaf (Etekaaf) during the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan is also a part of this training. In this worship, the believer confines himself in a mosque for the specified period of time.
The Islamic society, established in the light of the above teachings was a symbol of the greatness of Almighty Allah on this earth. Actually it was a gigantic achievement, which deserved all kinds of rejoicing. That is why Almighty Allah Himself asked the believers to enjoy this occasion, In this respect the Holy Quran says: "Say in the grace of Allah and in His mercy in that they should rejoice." (Chapter Yunus, Verse 58)
The celebration of the festival of Eid Fitr is itself a model of an egalitarian Islamic society, and Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) best explained this model by his personal example. It is reported that he used to wear a special dress to grace the occasion, but it was never a costly one and was always within the reach of everybody. Once Umar brought a costly dress for him requesting him to wear it on Eid days and other ceremonial occasions. Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) immediately returned the dress observing that it did not behave a believer to wear such a costly dress. The result was that all the Companions dressed simply on this occasion and consequently this simplicity became a symbol of the Islamic society.
By dressing simply on this happiest occasion of Eid Fitr, Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) solved the issue of the second basic need of the society.
The third basic need of society is food. Today this need has attained such an importance that it results in political change in many developing countries. By taking various steps, Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) ensured that nobody was deprived of this basic need in the Islamic society. But the situation on festivals is usually different. On this day, everybody tries to enjoy special dishes, which normally the poor cannot afford. Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) held this point in view, and he made such an efficient arrangement that not only was good food guaranteed for all the poor of the society on that day, but also some of their other needs were met. He ordered the rich believers to pay a fixed amount of money to the poor on that day or before that day. This is known as "Sadaqa-ul-Fitr (Zakat-e-Fitr)", and its rate varies according to the price of grain.
A huge amount of money can be collected under this system which may be sufficient to meet the needs of the poor on this day, and some of it may be saved to meet their needs in other difficult times.
Hari Raya Eid Fitr is not an adat, a tradition like most of our people today thought so, but a syariat. And like what Ustaz Syed Abdul Kadir al Joofre mentioned before in his ceramah, he said that when the muslims takbir, acknowledging Allah's greatness, they should takbir which signifies success, glory, not sadness and in sorrow. Why? Because this is to imply that we have obtained much pahala, blessings and glory during the holy fasting month, and that we have won His rahmah and barakah. Of course, despite the intention that all of us had planted into our hearts, that is to gain lots of pahala during puasa, but as weak human beings, we are inevitable from commiting sins and mistakes, but if we keep on performing inaabah and tawbah or conduct good deeds to replace our bad deeds and perform repentance, insha Allah, we may also become part of the family of winners on the first day of Syawwal.
It is also important to note that, we should bear in mind as Eid Fitr is a syariat, of course the way of celebrating it must conform with syariah. Covering the aurah, does not bersalam salaman with non mahrams, and take good care of ikhtilat or the relationship between man and woman. These are among the basics that we should take note in celebrating this festive month.
Eid Mubarak! Semoga Syawwal tahun ini lebih baik daripada sebelumnya. May Allah bless us always. Maaf zahir & batin. I apologize for any mistakes. Please accept my apologie.
ps. all of the eid fitr pics are my work hehe
pss. doakan raihana punya result mid term exam after raya! eeeeps!