Written by Faryal Gul Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi.
EID! It is here! It is amazing! It is one of the most exciting and the most fun time of the year. It is here, Alhamdulilah. We are done with yet another Ramzan and indeed, we were very lucky to have received the showers of blessings once again. But I was just wondering that why is Eid an amazing time? Why is it so much fun? Why is it so exciting? I mean, yeah, I understand that it marks the end of Ramzan and it is a holy day because of its sanctity but really, what makes this day what it is to us?
For a second, pause. Imagine that it is Eid day. You open your eyes. You are lying on the floor. You can hear your mom call. “Wake up, it is already fajr. It is not a day to rest. Don’t be lazy, get up! You’ve got to go to work,’ she says. You get up, wash your face, walk out of the house and push this cart full of toys towards the Masjid where the Eid namaz is going to be offered. You wait for people to arrive and then you see the masjid begin to fill. Then the salah is offered. After the salat is over children crowd around your cart. There are toys on the cart, but they are not for you. They are yours, but they are not yours. You see smiling faces of young boys. Older men join the circle to pay for the toys their boys are selecting. There is a lot of crowd around you, paying you, but it isn’t fun. ‘All these boys are so lucky. They are so blessed. They get to enjoy Eid. Not only Eid, they get to enjoy every single day actually. They have their parents. They have fathers to earn and pay for them, but look at me…’ thoughts come crowding in.
How does it feel?
Does it feel good?
Does it make Eid exciting? Amazing? Fun?
Eid is fun because of the people around us and the blessings that we have. There are so many people out there who will be working this Eid. So many doctors providing services to patients, so many patients on their beds, not able to taste the deliciousness of food, so many kids selling stuff on roads, not getting any new clothes or any eidi, so many fathers unable to afford happiness for their kids, so many mothers without enough food for their kids, so many orphans in the orphanages with no one to visit them… while we are enjoying Eid with our loved ones.
But really, what can we do? Can we make them all happy?
No. We can’t. I can’t. You can’t. But what can we do? We might not have everything in our life but we must have something. I mean, in that context, you can’t bring happiness to all the sad faces that exist, but really, can’t we share a very little portion of what we have to maybe make one or two smile? Let’s make an Eid resolution… we will remember those people this Eid who are not as blessed as we are. This might sound a little mundane but the peace it will bring to our souls is priceless. I don’t want you to sigh and turn the page after reading this article. I want you to actually share something, anything this Eid. If not on Eid day exactly, maybe after a few days, but don’t let the faces you can bring smile to, be sad because you did not think of them. Let’s be philanthropists. Let’s be true Muslims. Let’s play our roles and spread smiles. Eid Mubarak!
Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم once said: ‘Guard yourselves against the Fire (of hell) even if it be only with half a date-fruit (given in charity) and if you cannot afford even that, you should at least say a good word.’ (Al- Bukhari and Muslim).