Eid day and Eid meaning are important. Many believe that an EID day is a religious festival to please God by only praying in some formal ways. To them EID means wearing new clothes, eating sweet meal, eating corma-polao, saying prayer in the Eidgah Ground etc. They may call the EID day for entertainment & merriment, or a day for only saying prayer in the Eidgah ground, but prayer is not only confined to such rituals. I’ve heard the sayings ―
“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
“Now the only way you can serve God on earth is by serving others.”
― Rick Warren
“He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Prayer is not confined only to celebration of EID day. An EID day is celebrated as a festival commonly known as Islamic Religious Festival. In different countries around the world, two EIDs are celebrated every year. Muslims celebrate the EID day with great enthusiasm. I also enjoy this day with great pleasure together with my family and neighbors who live in the village. Among lot of EID celebrations in my life, last year’s EID day gave me the most pleasure because I made an unfortunate smile on the EID day. This unfortunate died on EID day. He was suffering from peptic ulcer. I often used to ask my father “What is Eid?” He replied that Eid is a religious festival for enjoyment. But enjoyment should come through prayer which can be performed through love to others.
EID gives Muslims chances to multiply good deeds by bringing happiness and pleasure to the hearts of other Muslims, by helping and supporting the poor and needy, and by getting involved in pastimes that emphasize the strong and serious Islamic character. The major part of the celebration is not only eating or drinking; rather, it is a prayer that brings Muslims together to remember Allah’s bounties and celebrate His glory and greatness.
How delightful my last EID day was!
My work station is at Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. As Eid-ul-Fitre, a great religious festival for Muslims, was approaching fast, I made a plan to observe EID day at my native village. All tickets of train & bus were already sold in advance; I could not collect any tickets. It was the day before the EID day; I started my journey by a local bus from Dhaka to reach my native village to perform EID prayer. Normally I reach home within 6 or 7 hours, but due to heavy traffic jam on the way, I reached home so late just before 1 hour of EID prayer. However, within few minutes, I took bath, wore new dress, pajama-panjabi, and taking a prayer rug in my hand, started for Eidgah Ground to perform EID prayer. Like me, many devotees were on a hurry to reach the Eidgah ground to perform their prayer in time.
On the way Eidgah ground I saw a terrible event that afflicts me till now. I saw a young sick person named Razib, a neighbor of my native village lying on a cart beside the road. Razib was urging people with a repeated sound “take me to hospital, save me”. Devotees were giving Razib alms (money) to obtain god’s mercy in exchange of alms. I gave him alms too. What shocked me is that instead of taking Razib to a doctor, he was taken beside the road near the Eidgah ground to collect money. Razib had been suffering from a curable disease for long time. Razib got lot of alms which were filling his assistant’s pocket. The assistant was only picking monies from the cart and putting them into his pocket. Like other devotees, I was also on a hurry to catch the prayer time. Razib’s intense repeated sound “take me to hospital, save me” was not giving any headache to his assistant who was standing holding the edge of the cart and taking monies. Razib smiled with joy as soon as he saw me, and told me that only I could save him. His smiling implied that he thought me a kind hearted and only I could save him. So he was smiling seeing me. Indeed his pitiful cry was giving me headache and I consoled him, “Don’t cry more. Wait till the EID prayer ends. I will take you to hospital after the EID prayer.” It was a great pity that after the prayer I came to know that Razib died on his cart. However, saying EID prayer, all devotees were on the way homes, but I was looking at Razib’s silent body with no more sound “take me to hospital, save me”. I was only recalling the event of his smiling. This fact made me think of why people are so indifferent to neighbors who are poor. Does only giving alms to poor on Eid day mean prayer? Everybody was busy for enjoying EID, while Razib was struggling to live. He had been suffering from a curable disease i.e. Ulcer, but was untreated due to lack of money.