In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful

 

(I beseech You) that You may send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

 

And You may include me with every item of goodness with which You have included Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

 

And that You save me from any item of evil from which You have saved Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

 

            As we transform towards feast mode (indeed, Eid is a feast), let us take a minute and ponder over the actual reason for celebrating this day. If one is the same person they were thirty days ago, what are we actually celebrating?

 

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious) (Al Qur’an 2:183)

 

Have we achieved what Ramadhan was supposed to achieve? Have we increased our affinity towards piety? Have we achieved a certain degree of Taqwa? Have we even strived towards achieving piety? If not – what exactly are we celebrating? Are we celebrating the release of Satan by going back to our sinful ways, which we gracefully avoided when we were guests of Allah (SWT)?  Eid-al-Fitr is indeed a day of significant celebration. However, it is very unlike the material idea of festivity. Food, drink, clothing, are all parts of our Eid feast, but how do we feed ourselves spiritually on this day? To take our struggle for Taqwa to the next level, what do we need to do? What can we ask from God that will take us from the piety we achieved during the month of Ramadhan to the next realm of God-consciousness?

 

O Allah, I beseech You that You may include me with every item of goodness You have included in Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad.

This is an excerpt from the du’a we recite in the Qunoot of Salat-ul-Eid. And what a beautiful prayer it is. We’re not asking for any specific needs of ours, yet this prayer encompasses all of our needs. SubhanAllah, we are asking from God to give us the goodness he gave to the best of His creation. Imagine if we were sincere in this prayer, full of remorse from our sins, fresh with a clean slate from the month of Ramadhan, blessed from the nights of Qadr and culminated to another level on the day of Eid, imagine what the Almighty could bless us with. The honesty and trust of RasulAllah(SAWW),  the bravery of Ameerul Mo’mineen(AS), the morals of Az-Zahra(AS), the generosity of Al-Mujtaba(AS), the selflessness of Aba-Abdillah(AS), the worship of Zain-al-abideen (AS), the knowledge of Al-Baqir and As-Sadiq (AS), the politeness of Al-Kadhim (AS), the patience of Ar-Ridha (AS), the piety of At-Taqi(AS), the guidance of Al-Hadi (AS), the spirit of Al-Askari (AS) and the presence of Al-Mahdi(AS), all to our own capacities. What more can one ask for?  This is the true celebration of Eid. If we have been true to our purpose of fasting, if we have been sincere in controlling our base desires, and we lift our hands in Qunoot and recite this prayer on the day of Eid, we are rejoicing God’s blessings on us, we are enjoying the bounties of God that he bestowed upon the best of his creation.

 

And that You save me from any item of evil from which You have saved Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

 

            While we do realize the blessings we have gained during the month of Ramadhan and this day of Eid, we must also realize that another being is also celebrating today. Satan has now been released from his actual and metaphorical chains that the Almighty imposed on him. So we ask in the same Du’a, save me from all evil that You saved the best of your creation from. And what evil has the Almighty saved Muhammad and his household from:

 

 And abide in your houses and do not display yourselves as [was] the display of the former times of ignorance. And establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah intends only to remove from you the impurity [of sin], O people of the [Prophet’s] household, and to purify you with [extensive] purification. (Al Qur’an 33:33)

 

The Almighty saved the prophet’s household from the impurity of all sins and purified them with a thorough purification. If during this holy month of Ramadhan, we’ve been remorseful of our sins, we’ve repented with utmost regret in the nights of Qadr, and wept at the words of Dua Kumayl, and now we lift our hands in Qunoot and ask the Almighty to purify us from sin, like he purified his best creation, then we will have truly reached a point where we can participate in the feast of Eid-al Fitr.

 

Only two lines of Du’a, summarize all our needs and all that we hoped to achieve during the month of Ramadhan. The combination of the qualities of the Ahlul Bayt (AS) (to our own capacities), and the strong barrier and protection from the evils of sin that Allah(SWT) granted the Ahlul Bayt (AS) (again, to our own capacities) is truly what we need to achieve the objective of fasting – Taqwa. Primarily, it is this achievement of a level of piety that we celebrate during Eid, not the end of Ramadhan, not the resumption of eating and drinking during the day.

 

And what is the importance of Taqwa in our lives as Muslims:

 

O mankind! We created you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honored of you in Gods sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware. [49:13]

 

The greater our level of Taqwa, the more honored we are in the eyes of Allah(SWT). InshaAllah with the help of the Du’a we recite in Salat-al-Eid, we all will be able to achieve a greater height of Taqwa, especially after the spiritual cleansing applied during the month of Ramadhan.

 

Eid Mubarak

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