May 24, 2017

It's Eid!

This story is about Raiyan's Eid, and the things he learned from various people throughout the day.

Published Feb 27, 2006
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"Raiyan, please turn off the television. It's time to go to sleep," cried his mother. Ignoring his mother's statement as some type of background sound, Raiyan continued to play his video game. He heard the sounds again, but in vain. After a few moments of silence, the sounds infiltrated his ears again, but this time the source was right next to him. "Raiyan, I see that you take no notice of my words. Please go to sleep. Don't you want to go to the mosque for Eid prayer in the morning?" asked his mother. Raiyan, paying no attention to her, carried on with his game until his mother became angry and gave repeated warnings of confiscating his precious video game. Thereafter, Raiyan reluctantly yet dutifully listened and headed for his bedroom.

The next morning was Eid. The yellow rays of the sun gleamed through the bedroom window. The chirping of the birds filled the air and everything outside seemed to be rejoicing this day. Raiyan's mother came to wake him up, but without any success; because of sleeping late the night before, Raiyan was tired and cranky and gave his mother a hard time. Finally, after a little struggle Raiyan was fully awake. He quickly took a bath and his mother surprised him with new clothes she had bought for him. Her son however was not happy. "Why did you get this color?" wailed Raiyan and then added, "and look at these ugly buttons. I don't like it and I don't want to wear it." His mother replied, "Oh, come on Raiyan! There is nothing wrong with this shirt. You are just cranky because you slept late. Please wear it and thank Allah for giving you new clothes on Eid. There are many people who are not as fortunate, those who do not have enough clothes to cover them, yet they are thankful to Allah." Raiyan was still not happy. Nevertheless, he put on his new clothes. His mother then taught him the prayer to say for new clothes. "Allahumma lakal hamdu anta kasawtaneeh, as aluka min khayrihi wa khayri ma suni'a lah, wa- `aoodhubika min sharrihi washarri ma suni'a lah." (O Allah for you is All Praise, You have clothed me with it (i.e. the garment), I ask you for the good of it and the good for which it was made, and I seek refuge with you for the evil of it and the evil for which it was made).

Once Raiyan was ready, he headed for the kitchen. The smell of the sweet milk vermicelli that his mother made on every Eid filled the kitchen. His mother gave him some in a bowl and he joined others on the breakfast table. No sooner had Raiyan taken a sip when he began complaining again. "Why is this so hot, Mom? And why did you put so many nuts? You know how much I hate nuts," cried Raiyan. "My, my! Aren't we a little grumpy today?" commented Eisha. Raiyan made a face at her and did not enjoy her sense of humor. Soon it was time to head for the mosque and Raiyan with all his grumpiness sat in the car.

After half an hour of traveling, they were at the mosque. Once they were inside the mosque, Raiyan met up with his friend Ali. Ali was happy and cheerful and greeted Raiyan with warm smiles. His cheerfulness made Raiyan forget his grumpiness and after exchanging salaams, they joined the congregation in the praise and glorification of Allah. "Allah-u-Akbar, Allah-u-Akbar Walil lahil hamdh." (Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, and to Him belongs all Praise).

Soon the Imam began the khutbah. "All Praise is due to Allah for the many bounties and blessings He has showered upon the Ummah of Mohammed (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and has granted us this wonderful day of Eid.

Today is a happy day for many Muslims around the world, but unfortunately, some of our brothers and sisters around the world are suffering and enduring hardship. Unlike us, there are many who do not have clean water to quench their thirst, good food to satisfy their hunger, enough clothes to cover themselves and a warm bed for their night's rest. We should all be thankful to Allah for both the big and small blessings He bestowed on us and let us pray for the improvement of the Ummah's condition."

After listening to the khutbah, Raiyan felt bad at his grumpiness and complaining nature that had persisted throughout morning. He prayed to Allah and asked for forgiveness. After the khutbah was over the congregation, the prayer began. When the prayer was over, Ali greeted Raiyan with what his father had taught him. "Eid Mubarak, Raiyan, Taqabbal minna wa minkum (May Allah accept (fasts) from us and from you), Insha-Allah (If Allah Wills)."

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