An Idiot’s Guide to Eid
By Sajid Iqbal
Editor, The Revival
Published in the Oldham Evening Chronicle
What is Eid?
Eid is a festival celebrated throughout the world by all Muslims.
Is Eid just like Christmas?
Eid you could say is similar to Christians celebrating Christmas. Both are religious festivals but the reasons for celebrating them are different.
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Da’wah: An invitation usually to Islam or towards any good
Dhikr: Remembrance of Allah
Fitnah: In the Quran it is used to describe the trials and temptations that may face the believers. Now, it is used to describe the forces that cause mischief, chaos and scandal within the Muslim community, disturbing social peace and order
Hanafi: A person who follows the Hanafi school of thought, founded by Imam Abu Hanifa
Iddat: A period of waiting by a woman, after the death of her husband (four months and ten days) or divorce (three months), during which she may not marry another man and hence must abstain from sexual intercourse
Are you fed up with your local mosque not being the centre point of the Muslim community? Is your mosque catering for the needs of the local community? Are our Imams and committees providing what is really needed for our local Muslim community? The answer in most places is NO! But why is this? Has Islam become an outdated religion? Has culture overtaken the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)? In majority of densely populated areas in the UK our mosques, Imams and committees are failing to provide for the needs of everyone.
So what do mosques really need to do?
What do we actually know about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when it comes to his family? Who were the Prophets’ grandparents, parents, children and wives? How can we follow or even relate to someone if we don’t know much about their life?
Now let’s talk about the family of the Prophet (pbuh)…
The parents of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) were noble and pious people. They were free from all the evils of their society and never worshipped idols.
Abdullah, the Prophet’s (pbuh) father, belonged to a very famous tribe in Makkah called Quraysh. Shortly before the Prophet's (pbuh) birth while Abdullah was on a trade journey he fell ill and passed away.
There was a time you didn’t think there was anything worse than being somehow symbolically linked to people blowing up buildings and indiscriminately murder random people. You never accepted the guilt by association but yet you still had to apologise for it.
You never once thought there could be anything worse, anything more shameful for the community to go through. But now you know you were wrong.
Look at the news and there is a chance that you will either look at the murder trial of the parents of Shafilea Ahmed who was brutally butchered allegedly by her own parents and in front of her own siblings who were not even teenagers yet. They apparently witnessed their own mother and father suffocate her to death in her kitchen.
‘When’s Iftari time man??!! I’m starving!’ There’s nothing better than a delicious meal to break your fast now is there? So The Revival has put together some mouth-watering dishes for you to try out this Ramadan:
Chicken Manchurian (Dry)
30 - 35 Mins
Chicken Manchurian is one of the most popular Chinese chicken recipes, but it is usually prepared with a sweet and sour sauce.