“There are among the narrations many that strongly encourage thanks and remembrance of God at festival times in order to prevent heedlessness from prevailing and deviation into the illicit. Then at such times this may transform the bounties of joy and happiness into thanks (shukr) and make the bounty continue and increase it. For thanks increase bounty and dispel heedlessness.”
– Badiuzzaman Said Nursi- from the Risala-i Nur Collection/The Flashes –
Without the birth of RasulAllah ﷺ you would have known no ‘Id-ul-Fitr and no ‘Id-ul-Adha. Had it not been for him, you would have known no Islam. The other two ‘Ids are the sadqa of the dust of Nalayn Pak of RasulAllah ﷺ.
It’s a habit of yours to walk slowly.
You hold a grudge for years.
With such heaviness, how can you be modest?
With such attachments, do you expect to arrive anywhere?
Be wide as the air to learn a secret.
Right now you’re equal portions clay
and water, thick mud.
Abraham learned how the sun and moon and the stars all set.
He said, No longer will I try to assign partners for God.
You are so weak. Give up to grace.
The ocean takes care of each wave
till it gets to shore.
You need more help than you know.
You’re trying to live your life in open scaffolding.
Say Bismillah, In the name God,
As the priest does with knife when he offers an animal.
Bismillah your old self
to find your real name.
Like Ismaeel (‘alayhi sallam) sacrifice your own self in the love of your Beloved.
A night’s sacrifice brings the dawn of a new day.
– Mevlana Rumi rahimahu Llah) –
There is a great lesson for us in each and every act of Auliyā of Allah. Our Ghauš-e-A’ẓam is a great Walī of Allah but still he expressed fear and humility on the occasion of ‘Id for our guidance. Therefore, he said in his Persian couplets:
Khalq gawīd keh fardā Rauz-e-Eid ast
Khūshī darrūḥ-e-ĥar Momin padīd ast
Darān rauzay keh bā-Īmān bamīram
Mirā dar mulk khud-ān Rauz-e-Eid ast
‘People are saying ‘Tomorrow is ‘Id! Tomorrow is ‘Id!’ and everyone is happy, but the day when I leave this world with my faith will actually be the day of ‘Id for me.’
Look at his piety and asceticism! He holds an extremely great status, and is the sovereign of all Auliyā ‘& yet so humble!
There is a warning here for us, and we are being taught,
Beware! Don’t be heedless regarding your faith; always remain concerned about its safety lest you lose your faith due to your heedlessness and sins.
On the day of ‘Id, some people came to the house of Sayyidunā ‘Umar Fārūq A’ẓam radi Allahu ‘anhu to meet and greet him, but the door was closed and the sound of crying was emanating from the house. When the door opened, they asked surprisingly, ‘O Amīr-ulMuminīn today is ‘Id and every one is delighted, why are you crying?’ He replied wiping his tears:
O People! This is the day of Eid (celebration) as well as the day of Wa’īd (warning). Indeed, this is Eid for the one whose Ṣalāĥ and fasts have been accepted, but it is the day of Wa’īd (warning) for the one whose Ṣalāĥ and fasts have been rejected and thrown onto his face, and I am crying because:
I do not know whether my worship has been accepted or rejected.
May Allah have mercy on him and forgive us without accountability for his sake!
Oh Ramadhan! How I hope and pray that I have been forgiven during my time with you.
Oh ‘Id! I hope that you have come to me with the news from Our Lord that He has forgiven my shortcomings!