EID BRINGS HAPPINESS OR SADNESS AND BURDEN
New clothes, fancy shoes, gift items and other customs in Eid preparations have crept up in the society in a manner that even a man who gets a handsome wage feels a huge burden on his shoulders. The income does not meet the desires of his family members. The lawful earnings in reality fail to suffice the unnecessary expenses. The person has no way out except to use unlawful means to make extra money and fulfill the request of his beloved ones.
Islaam does not teach the lesson of stinginess nor does it approve extravagance. Miserliness is a cause of blame and extravagance is a means of poverty as Allaah has said, “And let not your hand be not tied to your neck, nor overextend it, so that you become blameworthy and in severe poverty.” (Surah Al-Israa 17: 29)
Moderation is the distinguished feature of Islaamic teachings and is the half of sustenance. A man is commended to spend on his need and family according to his means observing moderation. Islaam forbids to spend more than one can afford or pay more one can ear. “Let the rich man spend according to his means; and the man whose resources are restricted, let him spend according to what Allah has given him. Allah puts no burden on any person beyond what He has given him. Allah will grant after hardship, ease.” (Surath Talaaq 65:7)
No doubt, Eid is an occasion of happiness and celebration. But the manner prescribed by Islamic Shariah for the celebration is different from that of non-Muslims.
Islaam does not regard Eid just as a symbolic festival rather marks it as a form of worship to pay gratitude to Allaah on the completion of the Sawm of Ramadhaa in Eidulfitr and on the completion of Hajj in Eidul Adhaa. This is the reason that Islaam has never prescribed any formal processions, illumination or other activities to show formal happiness. It has commended to gather and thank Allaah in congregation and recommended to pay informal mutual visits to share joy and happiness with each other.
Islaam has a distinguished feature and so does its festival. Celebrating Eid in a manner non-Muslims do is tarnishing the image of Islaam and enhancing the customs of non-believers. “He who enlarges the number of a people will be regarded one them”.
Welcome Eid with simplicity and free of burden. ‘Simplicity is the best policy’