Eidul Fitr – Celebrating the Return to our Original Nature
Eidul Fitr is the first of the two great Islamic holidays or Holy days. It is the celebration that takes place after fasting for 30 days during the month of Ramadhan. Allah tells the Muslims that they should refrain from food, drink, sex, and other appetites during the daylight hours so that we can learn to achieve mastery over our appetites and desires. We also intensify our prayers and reading of the Qur’an. We undergo this training for 30 days to become stronger individuals and a stronger community. At the end of the 30 day struggle, we celebrate the victory over self!
Allah tells us in the Qur’an that HE created the human being in the most excellent form. The human being’s nature and characteristics are excellent. But, we often take on bad habits and ideas, are influenced by decay in the culture or society, and we are thrown out of our natural form. Imam W. Deen Mohammed explained that fasting has been prescribed for the human being in order to help him return to his natural self and form.
This natural form is called Fitrah in Al-Islam and our holiday commemorates our return to this wholesome state.When followers of Imam Mohammed refer to a Holy Day, they are not referring to a day full of Holes. Rather, we think of a Holy Day as a Whole (y) Day; a day of Wholeness or Wholesomeness. What makes a holy day is a commemoration and celebration of something that brings wholeness and completeness in our life. Whereas, we find that others sometimes rip holes in their holy day by incorporating decadent, irreligious, commercial, and superstitious elements in their celebrations.
When the month of Ramadhan ends, Muslims attend the Eid prayer in the morning, where they sing Islamic chants, make the Eid prayer, listen to a serious lecture, and then celebrate with food, activities for the children, gift giving, entertainment, great conversation with many smiles and laughter and much more.
Eidul Fitr is so special because the people have just spent 30 days purifying their minds, bodies, and spirits and they are in their best form. The celebration cannot help but be a blessed experience when hundreds or thousands of people come together in this frame of mind and character.
Indeed, Eidul Fitr is a truly blessed time for family, friends, and the believers and all. May Allah reward us to remain true to our Fitrah once we have regained self mastery and returned to that original pattern or human form that Allah gave us when HE designed us.