Reflecting on Eid during the global pandemic

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As we celebrated Eid al-Fitr this year, whether with our family or alone, there may be many thoughts that entered our minds that sent us into deep reflection. We must be grateful if we began to reflect on our thoughts and emotions as a result of the current global situation. The more we reflect on how we are feeling and what is going on around us, we are more likely to be conscious about the reality of this life. We develop a mindset which takes a step back and tries to look at the bigger picture. A mindset that understands that there is a meaning behind everything that happens in life.

As Muslims, we believe that in life, there is a purpose behind everything. We were not put on this earth by Allah without a purpose. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Qur’an 51:56)

We may have found that on Eid al-Fitr this year, we were not able to celebrate the day in the way that we are accustomed to. In previous years, perhaps we always made sure we went to the mosque with our families to pray the Eid prayer. We would see many of our neighbours and friends from our community. And would greet each other and rejoice in the celebrations, thanking Allah in our du’aas for allowing us to see another Eid and have the opportunity to pray in congregation.

We should not be disheartened if we were not able to pray the Eid prayer in the mosque this year with our families. Although it may have felt very different for us, especially if that was something we practised every year, over a period of many years. Feeling disappointed is natural in this situation, as we are only human. When there is a change in our lives or routines, it is common to feel unsettled and sometimes overwhelmed. However, we must try our best to look at what we do have instead of what we don’t have. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“If you are grateful, He is pleased with you.” (Qur’an 39:7)

Happiness and sadness are both a part of this life, so we should remember this and not despair when we are going through a tough phase. Whenever we feel hopeless or unsettled by a situation, we should use this as an opportunity to improve our connection to our Lord, reminding ourselves that He is the only source of peace. We should remember that by relying on Him, we will find contentment in our hearts whilst we are in this world, and success in the Aakhirah (Hereafter). We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Qur’an 13:28)

We should reflect and realise that perhaps in our happiness that we normally would experience on Eid, our focus may have been more on the Eid celebrations, the people we saw, the food we ate, and the clothes we wore. Facing a change this Eid gave us the opportunity to remember our Lord more and be grateful for everything He has blessed us with. We read in a hadith:

“Look at those below you (less fortunate than you), and don’t look at those above you, for this is better.” (Muslim)