eid al-fitr

 

Eid-ul-Fitr is our celebration of service and obedience to Allaah . It is our Thanksgiving Day where we assemble as brothers and sisters in Islam to joyously offer our gratitude to Allaah. But our thanksgiving is not confined to only ritual ibaadah and verbal expressions. It goes far beyond. 

 

eid of sacrifice

 

Selfish people cannot sacrifice, and hence cannot truly love. True love always requires sacrifice. The greater and more profound the love – the greater the sacrifice it commands. In this sense it is only the brave and courageous, only those who can ‘give’, and ‘take’ nothing in return, who can truly love, for only they can truly sacrifice

 

 

fasting and taqwa

 

The Qur'an states that a human-being cannot attain proximity to Allaah and paradise unless the lowly bestial desires are restrained. The ‘ulama' of islam have said, "Bodily strength depends on food and drink, whereas spiritual strength depends on going hungry and thirsty. In Allah’s domain, hunger is a divine food." The cycle of eating requires preoccupations with the self, and anyone who is preoccupied with himself becomes obstructed and hidden from Allaah, the Beloved. 

 

fathers & daughters


The Prophet of Islam [s] made Paradise the recompense of every father who conducts himself well with his daughters, is compassionate with them, has patience in raising them, provides for their education and moral training, and observes Allah’s commands concerning them until they come of age and are married to worthy spouses. In fact he [s] made the privileged place of this type of father next to only him in Paradise : “Whoever cherishingly brings up girls till they reach the age of maturity, he and I will be such on the Day of Resurrection ,” and he joined his blessed fingers tightly together. 

freedom of speech

 

In the media the issue of freedom of expression has been framed as a clash between two camps - one for freedom of expression, and the other against  it. However, the real clash is not between those who are for and those who are against this freedom. Rather it is between two different freedoms. On the one hand is the freedom to insult. On the other is freedom from insult.