Eed - Where Do We Go From Here?

As-salaamu Alaykum and EED MUBAARAK.

I wish you a very happy Eed. KULLU ‘AAMIN WA ANTUM BI-KHAYR.

Eed (Eid, Festival) is a happy occasion and a day of celebrating all that we have achieved during the blessed month of Ramadhaan. May Allaah accept all your sincere efforts towards the goals that you had set for yourself this Ramadhaan. And may He accept your charity, your fasting, your Salaah and your special nightly Qiyaam, your Qur-aanic study and reflection as well as the work you did for the greater benefit of the Muslim community, for the benefit of the Ummah and for the dominance of Islam as the complete way of life in the world. Aameen.

Now that we have achieved what we could during Ramadhaan and are ready to receive our rewards on the Yowm-ul-Jaaizah (the day of reward, Eed day), where do we go from here?

We have a choice:

We can go back to our pre-Ramadhaan routines, default to our old habits and fall back into our ruts;

We can embark on a new beginning to strive to be even better for the rest of the year. We can draw a personal plan tonight that may have specific targets to achieve some of the following objectives.

On a personal level:

  • Continuing on the learning, recitation, study, and reflection on the Qur-aan with specified, challenging but attainable daily/weekly targets.
  • Catching Muslims doing good, ignoring their imperfections.
  • Improving our social and business dealings, conduct and behaviour to the level of Islamic excellence;
  • Loving and hating for Allaah (on the basis and reason of Islam only) not on parochial, ethnic or linguistic basis;
  • Standing up for justice and for the rights of the persecuted people of the world on a regular basis;
  • Increasing the level of active and regular involvement and participation in the Islamic activities of local community.
  • Making meaningful contributions to Islamic work, Islamic propagation, promotion of proper Islamic understanding, etc.
  • Voting only and only on the basis of a candidate’s level of Islamic knowledge, practice and Taqwa.
  • Getting rid of bad habits on a permanent basis; e.g., reducing the number of cigarettes to a number even lower than smoked in a fasting day, with a target of getting rid of the habit completely.

On a community level:

  • Standing up for justice and for the rights of the persecuted people of the world in a carefully planned and organized manner with set goals and targets;
  • Improving the state of our organization (regimentation and discipline), orderly behaviour and socio-political structures and practices;
  • Attaining unity on a neighbourhood, city and region level (how can we dream of unity or complain about disunity of Muslims internationally when we cannot work together in our neighbourhood);
  • Establishing and professionally operating social service institutions (comprehensive counseling facilities, abuse shelters, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, soup kitchens, shelters for homeless, etc.);
  • Setting and achieving targets for Islamic propagation;
  • Cooperating effectively with non-Muslims organizations that are working for common causes and issues.
  • Electing Imams/leaders from local talent pools not appointing or importing;
  • Running Muslim affairs openly, democratically and with full participation and consultation of the community;
  • Building Masjids only on the basis of a strategic regional plan, not because of dissension and divisions of the community or competition with another group;

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