Eid Al-Fitr is our holiday. It is the day chosen by Allah for Muslims to be happy, have Halal fun, spend time with their families and celebrate in a halal way. It is one of two Eids with which Allah has blessed this ummah.
Anas bin Malik (RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) came to Madinah and the people had two days when they would play and have fun. He said, ‘What are these two days?’ They said, ‘We used to play and have fun on these days during the days of ignorance. The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said, ‘Allah has given you something better than them, the day of (Eid) Adhaa and the day of (Eid) Fitr.’” (Sunan Abu Dawood)
The above Hadith makes it clear that these two Eids are part of our religion, and also that it is prohibited for us to celebrate the holidays of other religions.
In the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), a lot of fun activities were organized on Eid day for the youth, as can be seen in the following narration:
Aisha Bint Abi Bakr reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) came to my house when two girls were beside me singing songs of Bu’ath. The Prophet laid down and turned his face to the other side. Then Abu Bakr came and spoke to me harshly, saying, “Musical instruments of Satan near the Prophet?” The Prophet turned his face toward him and he said, “Leave them alone.” When Abu Bakr became inattentive, I signalled to the girls and they left.
It was the day of celebration (Eid) and the Abyssinians were playing with shields and spears. Either I asked the Prophet or he asked me whether I would like to watch. I said yes. Then the Prophet made me stand behind him while my cheek was touching his cheek and the Prophet was saying, “Carry on, O tribe of Arfida.” I became tired and the Prophet asked me, “Are you satisfied?” I said yes, so I left. (Saheeh Bukhari 907)
This tradition of Halal fun on Eid day continues today in most Muslim countries around the world like UAE, Malaysia, and even Palestine. We too should strive to revive this atmosphere in our communities.
Today many young Muslims are growing up in Non-Muslim countries like South Africa, and they are attracted to the celebrations and fun events associated with Christmas and Easter. One way to keep them away from these events is to make Eid as fun as possible.
Here are a few tips on how we can make Eid fun for kids in South Africa:
- Build anticipation
In the days leading up to Eid, count down the days with your kids. Let them see how excited everybody is about Eid. Talk to them about all the fun things you will do on Eid day, and do what you can to get them really excited about Eid day.
- Buy Gifts
The Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged the exchanging of gifts as a way of increasing love between people. This applies to our children as well. Make Eid special by buying for each of the children in your family a special gift on Eid day.
- Take off from work if possible
If you are able to take the day off from work for Eid day, then do so. Your family will appreciate the extra time you spend with them on this beautiful day and it create another reason for children to look forward to Eid day.
If you are an employer, give your Muslim staff the day off on Eid Day so that they too can enjoy Eid with their families.
- Attend Eid Salah as a family
It is Sunnah for entire families to attend the Eid Salah together. Take your children with you for the Eid Salah so that they can soak in the Eid Atmosphere and experience the specialness of this day.
- Visit Family
Take out time on Eid day to visit your relatives, and buy gifts for other children in the family as well, besides your own. Go out of your way to make Eid special for all Muslim children, not just your own.
- Plan fun activities
Take out time to plan some fun Halal activities for the children on this day. Whether it is someplace to visit, games to play, or nasheeds to sing. Be creative and find ways to make each Eid special and memorable.
- Quality Time – Be Present
Finally, make sure that you spend quality time with your children on Eid Day. Don’t just be there physically, but be actively involved in enjoying Eid with your children.
Doing all of this will help make Eid special for children, and build in them a love of Islam, Ramadan, and Eid.
Eid Mubarak to all our readers!
Originally written @ Islamic Self Help by Shaykh Ismail Kamdar