Eid ul Fitr – Sunday, June 25th
Eid ul Fitr - Sunday, June 25th
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
Salamun Alaykum Warahmatullahi wa Barakatuh
Based on reports around North America there were authentic sightings of the moon. Therefore, we confirm that Eid ul-Fitr will be on Sunday June 25, 2017 .
The greatest month of the year, Ramadhan, is sadly coming to an end. As the Noble Prophet (S) bid farewell to the month of Ramadhan, he said:
اَللّـهُمَّ لا تَجْعَلْهُ اخرَ الْعَهْدِ مِنْ صِيامِنا اِيّاهُ فَاِنْ جَعَلْتَهُ فَاجْعَلْني مَرْحُوماً وَلا تَجْعَلني مَحْرُوماً
O Allah do not not make this our last month of Ramadhan, and if it is to be, engulf us with your mercy and do not deprive us of it.
Alhamdulillah, we had a great month of Ramadhan at SABA, the Bay Area and around the globe. The month of Ramadhan has helped us strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood through Islam, surpassing the boundaries of race, language, color, etc. and given us the connection to become one large family. May Allah bless both those who tirelessly and sincerely volunteered this month and those who attended.
InshaAllah, we have graduated from this university of self building and self purification and will enter the day of Eid to receive our certificate of taqwa and God-consciousness. But Brothers and Sisters, this is only the beginning, and what a great beginning it was, to our life-long journey towards Qurbatan Ilallah — nearness to Allah.
Eid is a day when we get come together and renew our intentions and find the strength and tawfeeq to continue the rest of our year in taqwa and God-consciousness. Brothers and Sisters, the new year of spiritual growth has started.
Imam Ali (A) delivered a khutbah on Eid day in which he mentions many beautiful points. I would like to highlight some of the practical takeaways for us to inshaAllah implement this year:
1. وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَى - And help each other towards goodness and God consciousness
It is vital, especially in this part of the world, to support and help one another towards taqwa; this is the true meaning of brotherhood and sisterhood.
2. و تراحموا بهم - Have mercy on one another
As Quran and ahadith say, one of the key methods of receiving Allah’s mercy is by being merciful towards others.
3. و تعاطفوا - Give one another emotional support
It is very important we express our love and devotion to one another. Through this emotional bond, we can create stronger connections with each other.
4. اُدُّوا فرائض الله - Perform our obligations
Brothers and Sisters, we have spiritually reenergized ourselves this month and have found courage and devotion to perform our wajibaat. Let us remain steadfast and obey Allah, our Rabb, the All Wise.
5. واتّقوا الله فيما نهاكم عنه - Be God-conscious of what Allah has made haraam upon us
Let's not contaminate these pure forgiven souls with the dirt of sins. Let us especially be God wary of our tongues.
6. فانَّ الدنيا ادبرت - Remember that this dunya will end
Imam Ali (A) reminds us that our few years on this dunya will pass, and we will have an eternity to live with our consequences. InshaAllah, let us make the best of choices in these few years for the best of results in that world.
7. الا انْ اليوم المضمار و غداً السِّباق و السَّبقة الجنًة و الغاية النار - Be aware that this dunya is the place for us to prepare for the next world
The Imam (A) reminds us that Qiyamah is where will will get our prizes. Some will attan jannah, while others will attain jahannum. It is up to us to take advantage of our time in this world to obtain the best results.
Brothers and sisters, Alhamdulillah our spiritual batteries have been recharged but we have to be diligent in maintaining this energy. One of the key points that is essential in helping us make this Shahr Ramadhan a continued success is to maintain our connection with the Masjid and our believing brothers and sisters. As our ahadith say, the relationship of a believer to the Masjid is like that of a fish to water. I urge all of you to come to come to the weekly programs, help organize educational classes in the masjid, come and read Quran at the centers, and fill the centers with noor and life, for indeed, it is a lifeline for our imaan and faith.
InshaAllah, we will gather on Eid as a community in hopes of receiving from these blessings. We are blessed that Allah has given us permission to stand in front of Him on the day of Eid, holding up our hands in Qunoot, asking for even more blessings and forgiveness.
On this great day, it is recommended for all believers to make each other happy through exchanging gifts, even if it is through sharing smiles with one another. Let us dismiss grudges and forgive one another. Remember to greet and congratulate one another, friends, family members, and especially parents. Exchange greetings through phone or by other means with those who live far; and if they have passed away, be sure to visit their graves. The least we can do is remember them in our prayers and ask Allah to bestow His mercy on them on this great and auspicious day.
The night of Eid is also very important. The one who safeguards and remembers Allah on this night has a chance to be able to compensate for their shortcomings in the month of Ramadhan! On this night, we ask Allah sincerely to include us amongst the righteous.
Lastly, do not forget that our master, Imam Saahib az-Zamaan (AJ), is not with us this Eid. Our first and most important Du’a to Allah this day is to hasten our Master's arrival and make us amongst his sincere and loyal companions. Let us also pray for all of our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. May Allah bring relief to them and give them His divine help.
I sincerely congratulate all of you on this auspicious day of Eid ul-Fitr and pray to Allah to grant us all the best of blessings, increase our faith, and include us amongst those who have reached the level of al-Muttaqeen, the God-conscious.
Please note: Zakaat al-Fitra is wajib on each household head to pay for themselves and his/her family if they can afford it. This year, the Zakaat is $12 per person. The best time to pay this Zakaat is before Eid prayers. You can pay the Zakaat al-Fitra at the designated boxes on the night of Eid at SABA and at the Eid celebration. You can also pay online at http://www.saba-igc.org. If you pay online, please write a comment and specify that this is for Zakaat al-Fitra, for Sayyid or non-Sayyid. Lastly, if you need to pay kaffara because you could not fast this month due to an Islamically excused reason and will not be able to make it up before next year, the kaffara for that fast is $5 a day. Boxes will be available to pay the kaffara as well.
Jazak Allahu Khaira and Best Wishes,
Nabi Raza Mir (Abidi)