By Osamah Salhia
Allah has made in the days of our lives moments of great serenity! He has made rest stations in which we revive our souls and rejoice over the favor He has bestowed upon us. Indeed, the presence of these rest stations is critical in order to reach our destination and make it through the twists and turns of life. “For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” (94: 5-6)
The Prophet (saws) said, “For one who fasts, there are two moments of happiness; if he breaks his fast, he rejoices, and when He meets his Lord, he rejoices for his fast”. (Bukhari)
Allah has made the end of the month of Ramadan a day of celebration! Allah has made the completion of the spiritual camp of Ramadan, the month of Qur’an, a time to rejoice! What’s the special occasion?! We find the answer to that in the divine words revealed to Prophet Muhammad (saws), the seal of Prophets: “Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” (2: 185)
The main objective behind the revelation of the Qur’an is for the pious to attain guidance. “This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah (pious/Muttaqeen)” (2: 2) “Indeed, this Qur’an guides…” (17: 9) One of the main objectives of Ramadan, as stated in the verses pertaining to fasting in Surah Al-Baqarah, is to attain piety. Ultimately, one of the main objectives of Ramadan is to put us in proper position to benefit from the guidance of the Qur’an.
For all of the teachings of our great faith is a purpose. That purpose should be kept in mind in order to get the full effect of the act of worship. Some may allow their Eid to pass just engaging in mere formalities. We should not forget the subtle meanings that Allah wants to teach the “Guided ones” in their moment of celebration.
Allah is the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest! Allah wanted us to exit the month of Ramadan pronouncing that He is greater than everything else in our life. He is our priority, and His pleasure is what we seek. Certainly, this statement, Allahu Akbar, is only symbolic of sentiments that have developed and intensified throughout the spiritual camp. Without a doubt, “Allahu Akbar” is something that has been instilled in the hearts of the believers in those long nights filled with night prayers and recitation of Qur’an. Those days of abstaining from Haraam hopeful of Allah’s pleasure and the blessings of Ramadan must have had its effect on the heart.
Allah chose the first round of our day of celebration spent in His remembrance. Allah wanted the largest congregation of the year to gather for the purpose of Salaah. The entire family – men, women and children- are all encouraged to witness the congregation, even women who are excused from prayers. It’s as if this congregation that is chanting “Allahu Akbar!” is pledging as a community to stand together against Shaytan. The day the devils are released from their chains, they come back to find a strong, unified community ready to overcome any challenge! In addition, Allah wanted to teach us that our day of celebration is not a day of taking a break from work, but rather a day of finding comfort in our work. “Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.”(13: 28)
May Allah make us from those who seek to learn lessons from their experiences and some the wisdoms behind Allah’s Divine Will.