By: Suhaib Webb
The word ‘Eīd comes from a word that means to return. The ‘Arab’s coined the term for holidays because they occurred “returned” every year. While that is important, the idea of returning challenges us to ponder a few thing
Returning to God
The Prophet (sa) said, “Believers are like horses; they escape from their master only to return one day.” For many, this Ramadān was difficult. I heard from a number of folks that this was the “toughest” Ramadān ever. Others complained “I did not feel I did well this year. The long days were difficult to manage.” As we come out of Ramadān, we cannot be defeated by a sense of guilt. Instead, let us return to Allah by repenting to him, refresh our hearts and renew our commitment to faith.
وَمَن يَعْمَلْ سُوۤءاً أَوْ يَظْلِمْ نَفْسَهُ ثُمَّ يَسْتَغْفِرِ ٱللَّهَ يَجِدِ ٱللَّهَ غَفُوراً رَّحِيماً
“Who wrongs others, or his own soul, then seeks God’s pardon, he will find God forgiving merciful.” Qur’ān 4:110
Meaning: Who commits any sin or crime, then repents sincerely to God, replacing evil with good, or by righting a wrong committed, he will discover that his lord will cover his faults and guide him from his mistakes.
Returning to God’s Favors
وَلِتُكْمِلُواْ ٱلْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
“So you can complete the number of days (of fasting), you can praise Allah for guiding you, and you can express thanks (for all of his blessings.)” Qur’an 2:185
As we return to regular eating and sleeping habits, we will notice an increase in strength and focus. Make sure that these gifts are used doing good. Strength is a great blessing of God. For that reason he said about King Saul (Ar. Tālūt),
وَزَادَهُ بَسْطَةً فِي ٱلْعِلْمِ وَٱلْجِسْمِ
“God increased him in intellect and strength.” Qur’an 2:247
Some may feel that once Ramadān is over, they are free to use their energy towards evil. Be warned, that gifts do not come without their responsibilities. Use you’re new found strength to increase in service to your lord and others.
When a companion asked the Prophet (sa), “Tell me something I can ask of no one but you.” The Prophet (sa) said, “Affirm your faith and God and then stay consistent.” While it is impossible to maintain every act we were blessed to perform in Ramadān. We can choose at least one or two that we can maintain throughout the year. Imagine! Each year, if we add two good deeds to our lives, in a few years time, we will be living the life of the righteous! Consistency after Ramadan is a way to build a repertoire of righteous deeds!
On behalf of myself and the entire staff at ECI, we want to wish you a blessed ‘Eid. May Allāh accept our good, magnifying it for us in the Hereafter, and forgive us of our sins, marginalizing them there, also.
Found and Instructor, Ella Collins Institute
Resident Scholar, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
What is ECI
Ella Collins Institute is a grassroots educational, community organization and service-oriented institution. Ella Collins championed education, but that did not keep her from recognizing her responsibility to ensure her community was secure and respected – she was arrested protesting when she was in her eighties. Ella Collins Institute cannot grow unless you support it by spreading the word. We do not take money from overseas donors or governments, but we are built by the community for the community. Soon, ECI will launch a number of initiatives that will need your support. When the time comes, help us stay free, independent and support our work! Ella Collins Institute’s motto is “learn to Serve.”
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