SIGNIFICANCE OF EID NIGHT
People strives hard to attain a little conform of this temporary life. But it becomes difficult for them to make a little effort for attaining the everlasting comfort. This is because man is materialistic and material success has become his objective. Spiritual prosperity has no value to him.
But imagine how kind and merciful Almighty Allaah is! He provides us from time to time with the opportunity of getting prepared for the eternal abode. One of these rare occasions is the last night of the blessed month of Ramadhaan, the night preceding the day of Eidul Firt. This night in some Ahadith has been called the night of prize distributing. Allaah shall forgive and reward in the form Jannah and grant peace and tranquilly on the day of Qiyamah to the one who value this night by engaging himself in Ibabah. It is narrated on the authority of Mu’aaz Ibn Jabal that the Nabee of Allaah is reported to have said, “Whoever stays awake for Ibadah on the five nights shall enter Jananh. These nights are the night preceding the 8th of Zul-Haijjah, the night preceing the 9th of Zul-Hijjah, the night before the day of Eidul Adhaa, the night before the day of Eidul Firt and the 15th night of Sha’baan”.
The Nabee of Allaaahﷺ is also reported to have said, “Whoever stays awake for Ibabah on the nights preceding the two Eids with the aim of gaining reward, his heart will remain alive on the day when other hearts shall perish and die.”
Ironically the night of Eid is generally spent in complete negligence and in futile activities. There are many who pass this night in backbiting, watching movies, drinking and other sinful acts. These people not only deprive themselves of the great blessing of Eid night but also invite the wrath of Allaah.
The Deen of Islaam is easy to follow and Almighty Allaah does not want to load burden on the shoulder of his servants. Take up courage and try to spend the entire night in Ibabah. If a person is not able to perform Ibadah whole night then he should do as much Ibadah as he can manage. The minimum is to perform Ishaa and Fajr Salaah with Takbeereulaa. Between the two Salaah make as much Ibadah as possible and stay away from such practices that cause Allaah’s anger. If someone does this much of Ibabah then there is a hope that Allaah will not deprive such a person of the reward mentioned in the Ahadith concerning the nigh of Eid.