Eid – Reaping the fruits of Ramadan

Celebrate Eid with a Smile

Alhamadulillah we have been able to fast in Ramadan and pray, and stand in night prayers. The good news that that Prophet (peace be on him) said:

Whoever fasts in Ramadan out of imaan and expecting the reward from Allah, his former sins will be forgiven, and whoever stands up in night prayer out of imaan and expecting reward from Allah his former sins will be forgiven.   (Bukhari and Muslim)

The day of reward

The day of Eid is called the Day of Prize or yaum al jaizah – the day when Allah gives out the prizes to those who were fasting for His sake. The angels give the good news for those who were fasting for Allah Almighty’s sake:

You are forgiven. (Tabarani)

It is the the day of freedom and release from Hell fire, which Imam Bayhaqi narrated:

Allah Almighty releases the same amount of people from hellfire as He released during the entire month of Ramadan.

The day of happiness

Every Eid is day of happiness, although we have plenty of calamities in our ummah, homes and communities, Allah Almighty says:

By the grace of Allah and His mercy, let them be happy. (10:58)

It is not just about worldly gain but the mercy of Allah Almighty.

In another verse, Allah Almighty says:

Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves: do not despair of God’s mercy, for God forgives all sins. He is indeed the Forgiver, the Merciful .’ (39:53)

The day of forgiveness

Even though we have shortcomings, we hope that Allah Almighty will forgive us. In order to be grateful for His favours we need to say, We hear and we obey, throughout the year, not just during Ramadan.

The day of acceptance

One of the signs of acceptance is that we follow up good deeds with more good deeds. How do we know when we have been accepted? When we have been inspired to more good.

Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal will be (rewarded) as if he had fasted the entire year. (Muslim)

Being vigilant not to lose everything you gained

And let’s be careful not to ruin our good deeds after completion

Allah Almighty said in the Quran:

 And do not be like her who unravels her yarn, breaking it into pieces, after she has spun it strongly. (16:92)

This is the story of a very foolish women in Jahiliya times who would spin a strong yarn but then break it to pieces.

Our deeds are precious, do not throw them away. We ask Allah Almighty to accept them.

Celebrate this day and the fruits of your ibadah

As Tirmidhi narrated,

The Prophet (peace be on him) always had a smile on his face.

So we too should have a smile on our faces, for the completion of our ibadah. So we need to spread happiness in our families and connect our blood ties, exchange gifts and find halal alternatives for entertaining ourselves. Do not indulge in haram activities at Eid or after Eid.

We ask Allah Almighty to keep us on the straight path and help us to be among those whom He has accepted to release from hellfire.

Eid Khutbah delivered by Shaykh Haytham Tamim on 4th June 2019 at the Muslim World League, London.

Transcribed by Ayesha Khan

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001.His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College).He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.

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