Celebration & Eid
A celebration is a mark of achievement and the sense of achievement is always a source of satisfaction and being satisfied one attains status-quo. In Islam, every road to the attainment of status-quo has been discouraged.
No one is suppose to celebrate success in the middle of an examination. Only, after the results are declared and one wins he is supposed to celebrate. In the middle of the journey there can be no destination, it is only at the end where the journey ends.
After, 29 to 30 days of Saum in the month of Ramadhan the celebration of Eid on the first day of the next month Shawwal is the celebration of happiness. Can anyone tell the reason for such celebration of happiness? What is achieved? Is the result of this life declared by Allah? that such a celebration by the name of Eid is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal month after 29 to 30 days of Ramadhan.
To utter disappointment it has been found that the spirit that develops among the followers during Ramadhan is put to an end by the celebration of Eid and everyone who participates in the celebration of Eid gets a satisfaction of an achievement and gets lost in the sphere of status-quo like the examinee who left the examination hall in the middle of the examination in happiness for having answered a question to his satisfaction. Does having answered a question to one’s satisfaction allow him to celebrate and leave the other questions of the question paper unanswered have any meaning ? He would be considered a fool from every meaning of the word. The condition of the muslims at large is the same and so is the case with people of other communities.
The result rests with Allah, and we shall have to wait till the Day of Judgement for the result. When the results will be declared and the winners will enter the gate of Jannat the celebration of achievement will begin and such a celebration will be eternal , the details of which is mentioned in the Qur’an. Till then struggle is the only thing that the believers have to do.
The self restraint practice in the 29 to 30 days of the month of Ramadhan should not be understood as a performance & achievement but as a training for brushing up & recharging of the acquired knowledge of common & collective concern in regards to restraint of thoughts and expressions and their channelisation for the execution of the agenda of Allah. The methods to be adopted for the execution of the agenda of Allah should be taken from the Qur’an.
There, is no mention of ‘Eid’ in the Qur’an and hence what is not in the Qur’an is not a part of Islamic Faith and thus should be closely scrutinised. ‘Eid’ is an innovation in Islam and it is also burden on the Muslims for the enhanced expenditure. This money should be spent on the poor section of the society for providing food, cloth, medical assistance and education.
Brothers, there is nothing to rejoice now, this is the time to introspect , understand and strive for the establishment of PEACE, EQUITY & JUSTICE on Earth.