In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Asalaamalaikum(Peace be on you),
How have you been doing?
I hope everyone is doing good, and safe from all the rainstorms, I have been hearing about from almost all over the world.
Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and last month of the Islamic calendar has begun.
Which also means, Eid is almost here!
To be fairly honest, this Eid is more work than play.
But it is overwhelming to see millions devotedly perform the Hajj rites and an opportunity for us to do our little part while the pilgrims strive for the greater good.
Hajj is the annual Muslim Pilgrimage where in Muslim adorned in white complete the Hajj rituals in 5 days.
And it is really breathtaking to see, the movement of millions from one place to another smoothly and swiftly.
The peak of sorts, of Hajj is today, the Day of Arafat.
Where all pilgrims gather to offer the noon prayers and listen to the sermon delivered.
The entire experience, is a feeling which cannot be put in words.
The air echoes with ‘Labayk’ in the grounds of Hajj, as the pilgrims strive with determination to move from one ground to another and immerse themselves in devotion seeking from their Lord.
The pilgrims then move from Arafat to Muzdalifa to spend the night. Following which, the next day, Eid is celebrated elsewhere and the sacrifice made.
But, due to the Lunar calendar, Eid will be celebrated tomorrow in the Gulf and many other places but in South Asia we will be celebrating day after.
That part is a little confusing, I agree.
And it can be slightly weird, to have some people you know already celebrate Eid a day before.
But, I have come across several people who due to their lack of clarity make claims that, during this festival we blatantly kill goats and lavishly enjoy.
Not even touching the back story for the reason, I would simply like to say that, Eid, strives to gap the bridge of unequal distribution and present an equal chance to celebrate and enjoy for everyone in the society.
From the choice of meat one chooses to sacrifice, there are 3 equal portions made, of which, one is for self, the second for family & friends and the third for the poor and needy.
This way, the ones who do not have means of buying meat or eating anything special, have the chance to do so on this occasion.
It is a chance to let the less fortunate be a part of the festivities and not feel left out in any way.
And, that is beautiful.
May Allah accept from all of us. Ameen.
Please do keep me in your prayers.
& importantly, have a blessed and amazing Eid, Insha Allah!
Until Next Time!