Eid is right around the corner
How have you prepared?
Eid is upon us! This is it guys! The big one!
Just last week I asked my friend if she was excited for Eid. Her response? "What? When's Eid? Didn't that already happen?"
Not saying that people tend to forget Eid al-Adha, but that generally most people aren’t as excited for it as they are for Eid al-Fitr. But maybe that’s because they’re misinformed. Eid al-Adha is a very important time, especially the ten days leading up to it, which are the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Some Muslims underestimate the value of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. We forget that the most blessed days are these ten days, and the most blessed nights are the last ten nights of Ramadan. Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, "There are no days more loved to Allah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer salatul tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the Night of Power. (Lailatul Qadr)." (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and al-Bayhaqi)
Why aren’t more people as energetic about Eid al-Adha as they are for Eid al-Fitr?
I believe it’s because we don’t sacrifice as much as we do during Ramadan, so therefore we don’t feel like it’s much of a reward. For example, after Ramadan, we are bubbling with energy for Eid, because we feel a sense of accomplishment and the need to reward ourselves. Most people don’t sacrifice as much during the ten days of Dhul Hijjah as they do for Ramadan, such as extra Dhikr, extra charity, fasting etc. Therefore there isn’t as much excitement for the day of Eid.
Let’s make the most of it and try to be our best for these ten days, if we can do it for the month of Ramadan, these ten days should be a walk in the park, and the rewards are tremendous.
Eid is a beautiful time for Muslims, a time of joy and a time for families and loved ones to come together in celebration. Let’s start feeling about it the way we did when we were kids, that stomach clenching feeling of excitement, the inability to sleep the night before because you just can’t wait! Do you miss those cookies your grandma used to make for Eid? Start making them! Let yourself enjoy the beauty of it. Let yourself appreciate Eid again.
What are you most excited about for Eid and how do you celebrate it? What are you going to do to make the most of your Eid and then ten days before it? Do you think it's important for people to start getting excited for Eid again? Let us know in the comments below, we love hearing from you!
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