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Eid Message from Imam Zaid Shakir

Two boys hug on Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan has ended; Eid is Here

As-Salaam Alaikum,

We have all been blessed to gather on the ‘Eid day in safety and security. We should never forget those who are gathering in the shadow of tanks and cannons. We should never forget those noble men, women, and children whose ‘Eid Salat could be interrupted at any moment by a shower of tear gas or bullets. Our Mercy to them lies in our transcending the oftentimes petty and trivial differences and issues that divide us in order to become a unified, viable, and positive force of change and sanity in this world.

On this ‘Eid day, we will enjoy the blessings of ample and variegated food. We should never forget those Muslims who literally know no Iftar. For many Muslims, daily existence is a continuous fast. We should constantly be thinking of meaningful ways to improve their lot. However, we should also be asking ourselves, "Have we adequately expressed our thanks to Allah for the many Blessing He has heaped upon us?"

Now, Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam) has informed us that those who have fasted and stood in prayer at night during this month, with sincere faith, anticipating a reward from Allah, have had their sins forgiven. Should we not be thankful servants. And should we not love to express that thanks as our Messenger Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam) expressed it. Namely, by continuing to be diligent and dutiful in our worship of Allah.

Yes, blessed Ramadan has ended. However, its passing should not witness the end of our exertion in worship. We should continue our night prayers, and we should fast voluntarily, at least three days each month, after the six days of Shawwal. This Din is the embodiment of all virtue, the epitome of all goodness. Don’t let your share of this good be that it begins and ends with Ramadan.

‘Eid Mubarak!

- Imam Zaid Shakir
Oakland, California, USA

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  1. I wish you ALL a very happy and peaceful Eid.
    May Allah accept our good deeds,
    forgive your transgressions and ease
    the suffering of all peoples around the globe.
    Eid Mubarak

  2. Eid Mubarak! May Allah accept our fasts and prayer and dua. Saitan is out hope we all got closer with Allah so that saitan won't be able to come near us. Amin

  3. Salam,

    Eid Mubarak!!. It is absolutely heartbreaking and devastating knowing that parts of our ummah are suffering around the globe while we enjoy out comforts. Indeed we should be grateful a million times to Allah for being safe and protected and having the basic neccesities in life.

    Please everyone continue praying for the less fortunate of our ummah and try our outmost to help them phisically, financially and emotionally.

  4. Eid Mubarak to all the Ummah! May Allah protect us and guide us and may we be amongst those in His favour, Ameen.

    A UK TV a doc played tonight. It was called Children in Syria and it was particularly distressing to see how they were forced to relinquish their childhood innocence so prematurely. They longed for school and to play with their friends. One young boy wept as they had no bread whilst a young girl stated that due to starvation, some had slaughtered cats for consumption!

    Some of the most afflicted youngsters were of Palestinian heritage, whose families had sought refuge from the zionist oppressors who stole, pillaged and destroyed Palestinian lands with their ethnic cleansing.

    These children showed such wisdom beyond their years. Most of us in relative comfort have been guilty of complaining of hardship are put to shame upon realising the horrors that the suffering face on a daily basis. We must do what we can to support the future generation of Muslims and we shouldn't take anything for granted or be so self-absorbed in our own trifle afflictions.

    • The situation in Syria is indeed very sad. It is one of the great tragedies of our time. I find myself beyond words sometimes. All we can do (besides donate to relief organizations) is call upon Allah to give them aid.

      Wael Editor

  5. Eid Mubarak to all my brothers/ sisters , wish you alll the best insallah Allah always be with all of us.

  6. Eid Mubarak all. May all sufferings against muslims be eased InshAllah

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