This Eid was very different from all previous Eids. In this Eid, I was more tuned to and aware of Allah’s () blessings, having finished Surah Hajj just before Eid.
Incident #1: The Sacrifice
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 this year also, but I reminded myself of Ayah 25.
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَيَصُدُّونَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَالْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ الَّذِي جَعَلْنَاهُ لِلنَّاسِ سَوَاء الْعَاكِفُ فِيهِ وَالْبَادِ وَمَن يُرِدْ فِيهِ بِإِلْحَادٍ بِظُلْمٍ نُذِقْهُ مِنْ عَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ
“Indeed, those who have disbelieved and avert [people] from the way of Allah and [from] al-Masjid al-Haram, which We made for the people – equal are the resident therein and one from outside; and [also] whoever intends [a deed] therein of deviation [in religion] or wrongdoing – We will make him taste of a painful punishment.”
[Al-Quran- Surah Al-Hajj:25]
I was very happy to be given the opportunity to witness the slaughtering exactly as described in Surah Hajj. It was as if first I learnt the theory and then I was shown how it was done practically!
Incident # 2: Lost Earrings
I lost a gold earring at a barbeque party. I was a little upset, but then I prayed to Allah
(). I said, “Oh, Allah! the earrings were from halal (pure) earnings and I pay my zakah (obligatory charity) regularly, so if there is any khair (goodness) in it please return my earrings otherwise Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُواْ إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
“Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surah Al-Baqrah (The Cow): 156]
The next day I received a call from my relatives that they had found the earring right outside their house, in the flower bed. Alhamdulillah! This incident has made me more conscious of halal and pure things and my zakah. I have made a firm resolution to give more sadqah of time and money for Allah’s( ) sake.
Incident # 3: The Beach
On Sunday we went for a picnic to the beach. 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. 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 hajji (pilgrim) does sa’i. There were so many tiny, little creatures braving the odds and obeying 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. The question to ask oneself is: Who is guiding them?
I experienced three things this Eid that made me contemplate the circle of life that Allah
() has established. One journey comes to an end, another is just about to begin; something that was thought lost forever is returned and life goes on.
It is the miracle of the Qur’an that through ones experiences in life one develops the ability to reflect and learn important lessons!