Eid Day is a celebration; a celebration of the many achievements. For example: one such achievement is fasting more than 18 hours in the hot weather.
Also some have achieved their targets (finishing the reading of the Qur’an, praying on time, working on ourselves, etc…). But Eid is not merely a celebration.
Note that it comes straight after ‘Itikaf which is a time to reconnect with our soul and our heart and a time to work on our relationship with Allah which is the main aim of Ramadan.
In fact, Eid Day is bidding farewell to Ramadan, after a month assessing, correcting and healing our self. We will now interact more with people again putting into practice what we learned during Ramadan. But as the human body and mind don’t like brutal changes, Allah and His Prophet (pbuh) have shown us a smooth way to do so.
Indeed, it is recommended to get ready and wear news clothes; eat before the Eid prayer, something very light, typically few dates, to make the body understand that Ramadan has now ended.
Then it is highly recommended to go to the masjid and join the congregation praising Allah the Almighty, waiting for our fellows to join us for the prayer. Here we slowly start interacting with our fellows, but not directly, still turning to Allah.
Note that the slot dedicated to Eid prayer is wide compared to the daily prayers or even to Taraweeh prayer. It allows waiting for people to join us, slowly with no rush.
Then we will pray together, a short two unit prayer in the same way we were praying Taraweeh, but with extra takbeers.
After that the Imam will deliver a khutabh (sermone) usually to bid Ramadan farewell and start building a new daily routine on better foundations; and he will add words of advice and wisdom.
Finally, as the imam ends, this is a great opportunity to greet a happy Eid to people who have prayed next to us. Whether we know them or not, we pray Allah to accept their and our actions, hoping to live to Ramadan again next year and we greet them a Happy Eid, making the duaa: “May Allah accept from us and you!” or “May Allah forgive me and my brother/sister”.
While leaving the mosque, we feel a bit more than Ramadan is departing.
After Eid prayer, people usually leave the mosques to join their family. And here can be the first teaching of Ramadan we want to keep up. In fact, Ramadan is also about sharing, giving and opening our doors to others.
For Eid Day too, we might want to go out and meet others and not expect them to come to us. In fact, it is the perfect time to reconcile with our brothers and sisters. It is time to invite the brothers and sisters who live in the UK on their own, far from their families and friends.
Also, Eid as a day of celebration is a great opportunity to go and meet our non-Muslim neighbours to introduce ourselves, explain about Eid and the end of Ramadan and see how they lived Ramadan in the neighbourhood; we can even share some food or offer a little present, we know how important the Prophet has made the relationship with neighbours.
Today more than ever, it is important that we as Muslims open up to people, assuming our Muslim British identity and being role models in our Society. And in the same way that we would like to be accepted as we are, we must accept people for what they are too, and keep learning from each others.
What best than a celebration day to go and meet people we don’t know?
So, Eid is the opportunity to celebrate our achievements, celebrate Allah’s blessings; it’s an opportunity to share, care, to be happy and to make others happy. Keep smiling and Happy Eid.