1) This Eid was very different from all previous Eids, because this Eid I was more tuned to and aware of Allah (SWT)’s blessings, having finished Surah Hajj just before Eid.
An empty plot adjacent to my house was selected for slaughtering the sacrificial animals. In the past I would have made sure that no such thing took place so close. The thought did occur to me but I reminded myself of Ayah 24 of Surah Hajj ‘As for those who are unbelievers and debar others from the way of Allah (swt)….’. I was very happy to be given the opportunity to witness the slaughtering exactly as described in the Surah, It was as if first I learnt the theory and then I was shown how it was done practically.
2) I lost a gold earring at a barbeque party, I was a little upset, but then I prayed to Allah (swt). I said ‘Allah the earrings were from halal earnings and I pay my zakaat regularly, so if there is any khair in it please return my earrings otherwise ina-lil-lah-e-wa-inna-illaih-e-rajaoon’, at once I experienced peace and tranquility.
The next day I received a call from my relatives that they had found the earring outside their house, in the flower bed. Alhamdolillah. This incident has made me more conscious of halal and pure things and my zakaat. I have made a firm resolution to give more Sadqa of time and money for Allah’s sake.
3) On Sunday we went for a picnic to the beach and as it was hatching season, I saw deep craters with some egg shells and beautiful tracks of olive green and beige with intricate designs made by the turtles who had come to lay eggs and tiny green turtles running towards the sea, striving to get there before the elements got them. Their determination despite all odds reminded me of when hajjis do sayyee, so many tiny, little green hajjis braving the odds to obey Allah. Time is short and the road is long, this is yet another miracle of Allah.
Each year the mother turtle comes to the same beach to lay eggs and as soon as the eggs are hatched, the tiny turtles run towards the sea. Who is guiding them?
So I experienced three things this Eid that made me contemplate the circle of life… one journey comes to an end, another is just about to begin, something that was thought lost forever is returned and life goes on…