Eid al-Fitr: A Time for Gratitude and Generosity

During Eid al-Fitr, Muslim families and friends get together to celebrate. The day usually begins with the whole family enjoying a small breakfast. This is the first daytime meal they have after a month-long fasting. Muslims then gather outside or at a mosque to pray together and to listen to the Eid al-Fitr khutbah. There may then also be parades, processions, and other outdoor celebrations. They will then greet each other with “Taqabbala Allahulahu minna wa minkum”, which literally means May Allah accept (the fast and worships) from us, and from you.

Throughout  the day, Muslims rejoice by visiting friends and relatives, hosting food parties and sharing delicious desserts. Usually, children receive new clothes and shoes. Some families also give cash gifts to their elders and relatives.

The celebratory mood, however,may often be accompanied by bittersweet sentiments. Negative feelings of nostalgia may creep in and mar the serenity, spiritual blessings and rewards that come with Ramadan and the act of fasting itself. 

Be that as it may, the Eid al-Fitr serves as another occasion to be grateful to Allah for all that He has blessed us with. The day should encourage us to remember Allah and His kindness and mercy upon us.

Indeed, the holy Eid al-Fitr day allows Muslims to introspect and reflect upon their inner character. Ramadan serves as a character challenge for individuals as it brings out the best and the worst in them. They are brought to a reality check of  their sense of self , their strengths and weaknesses following which they may want subsequently to work upon improving what needs to be improved. The vital gift of Ramadan is self-awareness which is the first step in making an intrinsic change for the better.

It must also be highlighted that Eid al-Fitr enjoins individuals to give portions of their wealth in charity and help those in need. After experiencing personally – by means of the act of fasting in Ramadan – what the poor and needy go through, Muslims are expected to have gained  a greater sense of empathy and community-consciousness, and be encouraged to help those who are not as fortunate as themselves, including those servants living under their roofs.

Eid al Fitr is a rejoiceful day for Muslims as it signifies the fruits of their labour and sacrifice that took place during the observance of Ramadan.  What is even more wonderful is the sense of community and unity that Eid brings forth.

Don’t change yourself only for Ramadan, but change yourself for your entire life!

We are in the end of this holy month. Some of us are indeed turning into veritable zombies from the long fasting hours and lack of sleep as we race to get the most from Ramadan. The holy month usually turns people into better versions of themselves, but for the majority of us, we tend to revert back to our old ways when the month folds up! 

What a waste.

Note that the real change that Ramadan challenges us to achieve s the internal change – a change that positively transforms our lifestyle, character, attitudes, conversations, and habits for good. Allah has described this type of change in the month of Ramadan as follows: “O you who believe, fasting has been ordained on you as it was decreed upon those before you so that you may acquire Taqwa” [Quran 2:183]

If our change is limited to the outer physical practices of fasting then we become slaves to Ramadan, instead of being servants to Allah.

Prophet Muhammad has warned us about those who don’t ‘fast’ from bad conduct : “Allah has no interest in any person’s abstention from eating and drinking, if that person does not give up lying and dishonest actions” (Sahih al-Bukhari).

Even though the real purpose of instituting fasting in Ramadan is to discipline our soul and moral behavior, and to develop sympathy for the less fortunate, it is also a comprehensive tool of change in various spheres of our lives be they  social, economic, intellectual, humanitarian, spiritual, physical, private, public, personal, common, inner and external.

During Ramadan, we are doing our best to make positive changes. From the early hours of the morning as dawn breaks until the later hours of the evening, we carefully schedule our eating, praying and performing other tasks. We are more conscious of time and of our behavior. Some people have even started to be efficient with time management and know the time of Maghrib down to the minute or second, even though they used to be heedless of that before Ramadan. Muslims generally harness their ibadah to reap the rewards, increase their Quran recitation, increase their solah quality, and increase their charity.

So let’s not just waste away what we have learned in the school of Ramadan but strive to make them last our entire life!

May Allah accept your prayers and good deeds this Ramadan and enrich our lives henceforth.

Stay productive in Ramadan

“It’s Ramadan! I’m fasting, I don’t want to do anything else. I need a lot of rest !

This usually emerges in most minds when it come to fasting. Ramadan is that time of the year when we start making excuses as to why we can’t be most productive during fasting. Of course, in the upcoming month, we are still going to be an employee who works, or students who need to attend classes. But does fasting means that we are going to have a lesser performance at whatever we do? 

The answer is to the contrary.  

This is because Allah has instilled Baraqah in this month, which should make our work more successful than we expect it to be. Even the prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions went to war during Ramadan. So why should this fasting month be a reason to be any less productive?

However, it is understandable that it is tough to sustain our productivity during Ramadhan. Therefore, here are some tips to help you have a fruitful Ramadan.

  1. Don’t skip your suhoor! The food we eat has such a big impact on the way our bodies feel. Pick foods that are nutritious and that give you energy for the day. Have a bowl of oatmeal, rather than a bowl of sugary cereal, for suhoor, along with plentiful fruits, and a glass of milk.
  2. Take a power nap in the day, either before or after zuhoor. For those of us who work or have to go to school, the day can seem so long, especially when we’re not eating. It’s important to retain our energy. However, it should be just a short nap, don’t sleep all the day!
  3. Make a to-do-list. A proper plan for the day is always good as it will encourage you to finish your daily task. Make sure to put the important things to be done early in the day.
  4. Force yourself to grab all the Ramadan rewards! It’s not just to be productive in the worldly aspect, but to make more efforts in our ibadah. This is a month of barakah, which happens once a year, and there’s no guarantee that we’ll have another Ramadan. Grab this opportunity, push yourself to the limit to read the Quran, to perform the  congregational prayers, taraweeh, and to give charity.

Stay productive in Ramadan, guys!

Start your day with Bismillah

Start your day with Bismillah
(The author of the poem has give permission to do some editing especially regarding the grammar):

And now just like before,
The dawn at four,
The stars leaving all,
The big ones and even that small.

Clouds wear white,
Here’s a goodbye to another night,
Sun spreads it’s first ray,
It somehow finds the easy way.

It is all nothing but His grace.
Window sheets curl in joy,
The bright lights through my window,
Oh, the way they annoy.

I pull myself out of bed,
As I have to get my prayer mat spread,
I know prayer mat to be the place,
Where I can get all the grace.

As the sun come out red,
I help myself to milk and bread,
All praise belong to HIM alone,
Who’s up above the seven heavens,
On His majestic throne.

Only He is worthy of worship,
Trust Him in your hardship,
His mercy encompasses everything,
And I got to worry about nothing,
In Him I have believed,
Even in the rough days,
That I have lived.

Credit to @ab_tanzeem and @orphanage_helper for this poem.

Speak Good or Remain Silent

[Speak good or remain silent]

“Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak of what is good or keep quiet. (i.e. abstain from all kinds of evil and dirty talk).” (Al-Bukhari)

The last part of the hadith is the encouragement from the prophet to speak what is good and beneficial. Simultaneously, it is a warning, cautioning us to be careful in what we say, lest we say something that is harmful or false.

Speaking good means speaking about good things. Why is it that we as people tend to speak so much about bad things? When we speak good, we automatically feel good, because our thoughts are attuned to the good.

The most important to digest is that as Muslims we don’t let our tongue hurt others. Be a caring Muslim. Who knows our silence from saying bad things will open up the hard hearts of others to get attracted to Islam.


لْحِكْمَةُ إِذًا فِعْلُ مَا يَنْبَغِي عَلَى الْوَجْهِ الَّذِي يَنْبَغِي فِي الْوَقْتِ الَّذِي يَنْبَغِي
Wisdom is to act as one should, in the manner that one should, at the time that one should.
-Ibn al-Qayyim

So, how to act as one should, in the manner that one should and at the time that one should?

Look at our beloved prophet, Muhammad s.a.w.

Since the beginning of Islam, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was mainly concerned with teaching and disciplining Muslims to possess the best conduct and manners. His personal life and behaviour reflected and embodied the best teachings revealed to him by Allah. In the Quran, Allah describes Prophet Muhammad thus: “And indeed, you are of a great moral character” [Quran, 68:4].

The Prophet of Islam s.a.w diligently observed righteous manners in his social relations. He was extremely humble and kind, treating all Muslims equally, respecting one and all and expressing his authentic love for them. He enquired about the well-being of those who were absent and visited the sick. He was present in funeral ceremonies. He accorded respect to children and greeted them.

At home, he was extremely kind and friendly to his wives and children. He expressed love to them and maintained a cheerful temperament. He helped them with household chores. He was never harsh and often overlooked their mistakes. With children, he was not just always kind but also took to play with them.

He never beat anyone except when it should be for the sake of God. He never sought revenge against any offence except when it was an affront to God. Whenever faced with multiple options to choose from he would choose the easiest of them except when it incurred sin or breaking off of relations. No free man or slave ever came to him with a request and denied his immediate help.

So, the best example – of how to act as one should, in the manner that one should, at the time that one should – is that one man’s life, Muhammad s.a.w.

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