Eid is getting closer as Ramadan ends. For many, it’s a mixture of emotions from being happy for Eid to feeling almost stressed because Ramadan is leaving us. All we really need to do is make the most of the last few days we have. May Allah accept our efforts and make us all gain the rewards of Laylatul Qadr.
So now that Eid is approaching, most of us are also getting ready for this big blessing and joyous day. But not everyone feels happy for Eid. It isn’t because they do not like Eid, but because they have no one to celebrate this beautiful day with. The point of Eid is to enjoy it with other Muslims (friends, families, neighbors, etc).
Here are four ways/tips that may help:
1. Invite them to your house to celebrate Eid with your family
Let them enjoy Eid by feeling like they belong somewhere as well. Make the day special for them by going to the Eid Salah together, coming back together, and spending the rest of the day together. It may seem little to you, but it would make a huge impact on them in shaa Allah.
2. Exchange gifts
One way of showing love and appreciation to someone is by sharing gift (big or small); the act matters the most.
‘Aishah (radhiAllahu ‘anha) narrated: “Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) used to accept gifts and used to give something in return.” Al Bukhaari
‘Aishah (radhiAllahu ‘anha) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) said: “Exchange presents with one another. Presents remove ill-will from the hearts.” At-Tirmidhi
It was also reported that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) said: “Exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love for one another.” Al-Bukhaari
3. Make fun projects together
Maybe instead of buying gifts, you can together make fun crafts as presents. If children are involved, have them join in the fun and share tips and items. Children usually have very broad imaginations.
4. Go for a walk
Sometimes, all it need is a special bonding and some fresh air. If you don’t have anything planned or prefer to have a relaxed day, this may actually work quite well. This is an opportunity to get to know your new friend a bit better. It’s also special.
5. Organize an ‘Eid gathering!
Start planning an Eid gathering at your house, someone else’s house, at the park, or whatever is more convenient. Plan it with others and have them give some tips/suggestions. Maybe everyone could bring a dish/dessert for a diverse Eid feast. Just make sure that you do NOT forget to pay your Zakatul Fitr (mandatory and irrespective of age or gender) to the poor before Eid! This is a day when everyone should enjoy with a full content tummy, and a smile in shaa Allah.
May Allah make us make the most of the remaining of Ramadan and bless our Eid!
If you have any other tips that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.