Eid Mubarak Everyone!
I’m sure your Eid was as wonderful as your Ramzan. As I write, it is Sunday night. Ramzan is over, and so is the last day of Eid holidays. You all are nicely tucked into your beds, ready to start a ‘normal’ week tomorrow.
So, who reads a blog post about a brisk round up of Eid and Ramzan?
We must be grateful for an awesome Ramzan. Spending the next eleven months of the year, fully devoted to our physical, financial, intellectual, social and emotional well-being… so one month was necessary to be devoted to our spiritual selves.
It is this spiritually enlightened self which will actually last us through both our life times.
Come to think of it, within this month, we are polishing ourselves:
Spiritual: grooming our spiritual selves,
Physical: Intermittent fasting is what it is all about, done properly, you can feel the difference!
Social: the iftar gatherings, are nice, but don’t over do it. It is better to send trays of goodies in your neighborhood, and give food for the poor.
Emotional: you feel so much better when you give to the poor with your own hands, and meet them. This is true inner strengthening. – You actually feel happy for no obvious reason!
Intellectual: You get plenty of time for studying in detail), and financial growth. Yes, giving zakat actually, increases one’s wealth!Mine certainly did increase, ever since I started giving it.
A Ramzan, I’d never seen before….
- Free food being served for iftari on islands between roads and highways in Islamabad.
- Every mosque gave a sumptuous iftari every day of the blessed month.Rations were distributed among the poor families.
- You all’s help, made it possible to help two families to prepare to marry off their daughters. I’m sure you remember, we married off two girls earlier here. Yes, we were able to get them clothes, kitchen ware of dinner sets, tea-sets, pots and pans etc. We were able to give an amount so the family could give a nice meal to the wedding guests.
- With your help (Rimsha, Hafza, Ijlal, Jawad, and Shagufta Zafar,) over one hundred children of CSS school received gifts of clothes, (and sweets courtesy Inam Illahi) for Eid. They were also given the time of their lives with magic shows, cotton candy, balloons and popcorns, with Myra’s team.
- At the same time, My friend in Canada and her husband (who wish to remain anonymous,) along with my mother, and daughter were instrumental in providing a hearty meal for each child and family of the hundred children and staff of CSS school for underprivileged children.
- Your help (My Mother, Mrs. Sarfaraz) made it easier to give more things to the elderly in Old People’s Home at Bint e Fatima.
- Allah made the fasting easier somehow. One didn’t feel thirsty or hungry at all.
- Everyone was able to read more of Holy Quran with translations.
Personally, I avoid iftar parties like the plague. While loving sending out and receiving trays full of goodies at home, I prefer my own home iftari.
However, going out to be with ones’ loved one’s is always a pleasure.
Missing our loved ones on Eid 🙁
A day before Eid, Waliya and I visited the army graveyard, in Rawalpindi. Yes, it was sad, but also felt good to see that so many others were there too. Later, I shared my daughter’s stories on my Instagram account also, as it said exactly what I felt too. I’m sure you too must be feeling the same way about your loved ones.
Alhamdolillah, a nice Eid day:
Inviting one’s dear family and friends on Eid day is the best way to make one feel better. So, we had Haroon, Uzma and Daniyal for lunch, along with Ayesha, her mother and children.
We had new clothes to wear too, and I happily wore the one sent by Aliya Janjua. 🙂
The tradition of ‘Eidie’ was carried out in a humerus way. It is a sweet way to do it!
Stay blessed and keep smiling! 🙂