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Eid al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) StoriesEid al-Fitr is an Islamic festival. It takes place at the end of the month of Holy Ramadan, a month of fasting when people don't eat and drink during the day or we can say that month of Holy Ramadan concludes with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr and Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal.

Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the month of Holy Ramadan. We say farewell to the blessed month, its beautiful days and its fragrant nights. We leave the month of seeking nearness to Ar-Rahmaan, the school of Imaan and an opportunity to recharge our spiritual batteries.

Is Eid (festival) a sign of happiness that Holy Ramadan has finished? As a matter of fact, it is quite the opposite! It is a celebration of thanks to Allah (SWT) for giving us the chance and the strength to carry out His commands in the blessed month of Holy Ramadan. We are happy that we were able to fast and pray in Holy Ramadan and have hopefully increased in Taqwa (God-consciousness).

Allah (SWT) says in Surah al-Baqarah, Ayat 185: "You shall complete the number (of days) and you may glorify God for His guiding you, and that you may be thankful."

Imam Ali (as) says: "Eid is for him whose fasts have been accepted by Allah (SWT) and whose worship has been appreciated by Allah (SWT). Everyday in which you do not disobey Allah (SWT) is a day of Eid."

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and the Imams celebrated Eid and encouraged all Muslims to do so. They told Muslims to wear good clothes, put on perfume, and go to the mosque to recite the Eid prayer. They also said to exchange Eid greetings, visit each other, and generally pass the day joyfully. We should remember the poor by taking out Fitrah before Eid, and visiting them and sending them gifts if we can.

The day of Eid is meant for remembering Allah (SWT). Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) says: "Give beauty to your Eid by doing Takbir". It is said that Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) himself used to come out of his home on the day of Eid, reciting the Takbir and glorifying Allah (SWT) in a loud voice.

Night of Reward (Lailatul Jaiza) or Night Preceding Eid al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr)

After being absorbed in a month long exercise of vigorous worship and spiritual enrichment, the Muslim Ummah stands on the threshold of Eid-ul-Fitr. The day of Eid is one to express sincere gratitude to Almighty Allah (SWT) for His favours - gratitude for the opportunity to fast through the day, stand in prayer at night, give charity and recite Holy Quran abundantly. It is a day of celebration for the believers who have executed their duties honorably.

Eid is the culmination of this spiritual empowerment and a festival marking the accomplishment of all Muslims. However, it does not signal the end of the mission. The good discipline developed in Holy Ramadan must remain and be sustained. A true reflection of our efforts in Holy Ramadan being accepted is continuity with good actions post Holy Ramadan.

Whilst the day of Eid is a joyous occasion the night should be one of contemplation and worship. It had been the practice of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), that he would not sleep in the night preceding the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. This night has been named in a Hadith as the Night of Reward (Lailatul Jaiza). Almighty Allah (SWT) bestows his rewards on those who have spent the month of Holy Ramadan abiding by the dictates of Shari'ah, and all their prayers in this night are accepted. Therefore, it is desirable to perform Nafl prayers in this night.

Night of Reward (Lailatul Jaiza)Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is reported to have said: "Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die." (Ibn Majah)

Holy Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa (saw) said: "I swear by Him Who has sent me with the truth as Prophet; Archangel Gabriel has reported to me from Archangel Israfel who directly reports from Almighty Allah (SWT) that one who offers this prayer, (at the last night of Ramzan al-Mubarak) will not raise his head from prostration before Almighty Allah (SWT) would forgive him, accept his acts during the month of Ramzan, and overlooks his sins ..." (Mafatih al-Jinan)

To benefit from this opportunity, one should perform as much worship in this night as he can and should pray for all his needs and desires.

Surely for those who repented profusely in the month of Holy Ramadan and used the auspicious month in the best possible way to gain proximity to their Creator, the day of Eid is one of true joy and celebration. They know well that they have seized the opportunities that availed in Holy Ramadan, and have firm hope in the reward and pleasure of their Creator. On the other hand those who squandered the opportunities, procrastinated in their repentance, and did not seize the blessed moments, will be left to regret their failure. Eid is a sweet sour occasion for such people, as they eat, meet, and greet with a regretful heart and look back at what could have been a life changing experience.

Our life is no different. The month of Holy Ramadan may be likened to the entire life span of a person and the day of Eid likened to the day a person will meet Allah (SWT). Every day is an opportunity to run towards Allah (SWT) and those who seize the opportunity of life and fulfill life's objective will be truly celebrating 'tomorrow', on the day of Qiyamah, when mankind will stand before their Lord. Holy Quran urges a believer 'to run to Allah' and 'hasten to the forgiveness of your Lord and paradise.'

Just as Holy Ramadan comes and goes in flash, so will life. The end of each Holy Ramadan signifies the inevitable end of our lives. Whilst one may have some hope that if this Ramadan was squandered, Allah (SWT) may give life until another, there is no such hope for the journey of life, for when the 'Ramadan' of life is over then it shall never return. So, if we have been unmindful, we have a chance with every moment of life to repent and mend our ways. For a believer who spent his life fruitfully, the meeting with his Creator will be the Eid of all Eids.

We ask Allah (SWT) to bless us this Eid-ul-Fitr and give us such a bond and relationship with him that will grant eternal happiness on the day we return to Him.

Eid al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) Stories: Night of Reward (Lailatul Jaiza) or Prize Giving

"What! Are they crazy?" shouted Fatima, banging the knife on chopping board hard enough to scatter carrots in every direction and send the cat racing for the back door.

"What do they think? How can they possibly ..." she sighed deeply, and raised the knife for another assault on the chopping board.

"Don't they realize we have so much work to do? I mean who schedules a prize giving for the night before Eid al-Fitr."

"But ma ... that's what Moulana (Sheikh) said today. That there definitely is a prize giving," whispered Ahmed, cowering behind a chair in case another barrage of carrots was launched.

"Which Moulana? And why don't they think!" Fatima continued, pausing just long enough to heave another heavy sigh, "We have so much to do the night before Eid. Get the kids clothes ready, prepare the plates, layer the Biryani ... and ... So is Moulana going to come layer the Biryani?"

"I think I must phone him. Now! He must cancel this madness," she moaned, "Prize giving before Eid!"

"And who must be there? Must we all come?"

Ahmed lifted head just a little above the chair and said "ma, he said it's for everybody. No one should be left out."

"Well I will explain to him," said Fatima, reaching for the cordless phone, "then maybe he will understand why some people ... like me just can't be there. We have work, you know?"

Fatima began banging the numbers into the phone which let out loud beep with every painful prod.

"Gee, Moulana!" she began, "What's this about a prize giving the night before Eid? Whose crazy idea was this? Do you people know what the night of Eid is? We have so much work to do?"

Without waiting for answers she continued, "I thought being a Muslim school you would think about us poor mothers who have to do everything. I mean who decided that the school should have a prize giving the night before Eid? So whose grand idea was it?"

Night Preceding Eid al-FitrShe sighed deeply and wiped the moisture collecting in her eye.

Moulana took advantage of the brief pause to squeeze in a word, "Sorry sister, but it wasn't my idea."

"Then who's grand idea was this! Who decided this?" she shouted. The phone nearly slipping out of her hand.

"Allah's idea," came the almost inaudible reply.

"Moulana! If I didn't have roza (fast) in my mouth I would have said such things that would have made your head spin in two directions. What has Allah (SWT) got to do with the school timetable?" cried Fatima.

"Sister, please listen to me," said, Moulana taking advantage of the few second of silence, "There is a prize giving and it was at the request of Allah (SWT)."

Fatima straightened up in the chair and began to say something but Moulana continued, "As part of a lengthy Hadith in a book called Targheeb narrated by Ibn Abbas, Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that the night of Eid-ul-Fitr is called Lailatul Jaiza - night of reward or the night of prize giving. The Companions (Sahabah) enquired if that last night was Laylatul Qadr, and Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) replied "No, but it is only right that a servant should be given his reward on having completed his service."

"So I explained to the children that just as they want to be honoured at the school prize giving and they work hard the whole year so they could get an award - Allah (SWT) also rewards those servants of His who excelled during the months of Holy Ramadan and they are honoured with special awards for the hereafter (Akhirah)."

Fatima's faced flushed a bright pink and she let out a soft moan, "I didn't know that."

"The night before Eid," continued Moulana, "is a very important night and we should at least spend part of it in the worship of Allah (SWT). Despite all the other work we have, we should not lose the blessing of this night, because this is a such a night that who so ever remains awake on this night in the worship of his Lord, Allah, his heart will not die on the day when hearts will die?"

"What does that mean?" enquired Fatima now curious about this special night.

"On the day of Judgement when hearts will nearly die out of fear, this person will be free of such fear and anguish. Also, that person who remembers Allah (SWT) is like a living person and the one who doesn't is like a dead person. So to emphasise - this is a very important night that we often forget because we are too busy preparing for the next day or have already started celebrating Eid."

Fatima stared at the pink slippers on her feet, "I'm sorry I shouted at you Moulana, but we just have so much pressure with Eid coming, there is so much to do. But I will have to make some time for worship (Ibadah) on this special night. But why didn't Ahmed tell me this."

Ahmed now stood boldly away from the kitchen chair, "Because, Ma ... you didn't give me chance to explain."

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