Mufti Menk: Promise Allah, that this Eid we will not engage in that which will earn the wrath of Allah or make him displeased with us the reason is, as soon as we see the moon two things happen, one is Ramadan comes to an end that is also very sad Eid is declared.
Eid is declared, that is something happy because we deserve a day of rejoicing after so much of worship of Allah [Subhana Wa Ta’ala] intense worship of Allah [Subhana Wa Ta’ala].
But the second thing that happens my brothers and sisters, those devils that were tied prior to Ramadan, they are released Subhan’Allah, and this Why may Allah protect us from the devil on the day of Eid, many people without knowing or sometimes knowingly they start to commit sins that displease Allah, yet it is the day of pleasure.
The day to please Allah [Subhana Wa Ta’ala] so the clothing that we are wearing on the day of Eid, especially when it come to our sisters let us make sure that it is cut in a way that will please Allah, it is his day whatever we plan to do on that day, we should never plan to do anything that will displease Allah look my brothers and sisters, every time there is a happy occasion we celebrate it by increasing the acts of worship, so I explained to you when it comes to marriage what a happy occasion, we have an extra Khutba when it comes to. Jummah, what a happy occasion we have a Khutba that is something that is not there on other days when it comes to Eid, the happiness of a Muslim is shown by extra worship, so we have Salatul Eid.
We have an extra prayer on that particular day, this is how we as believers show our happiness and gratitude to Allah [Subhana Wa Ta’ala] by obeying him more, by doing things that will please him look at the other Eid that we will be having InShaAllah in approximately two and a half months from now we find the Eid where we will be sacrificing that is an extra act of worship for the Sake of Allah.
This is how we declare our happiness, we have never been thought to declare our happiness by doing that which will displease Allah we have meetings which the opposite sex on day of Eid, to go bake and do whatever we did not do in the month of Ramadan in terms of sin.
Is that what Eid is all about?
Sometimes we become involved in gluttony [overeating] to the degree that we eat as though we are doing Khada of what we have missed in the month of Ramadan if that is the case, we have missed the point it is a day of eating, but it is not a day gluttony may Allah [Subhana Wa Ta’ala] protect us it is not a day where we are supposed to eat until we get sick, that is not Eid.
Eid is a day when, we are conscious of Allah we thank him for having given us a beautiful season and having come out with the forgiveness this is why my brothers and sisters are you aware of the fact that the eve of the Eid, once the moon is sighted it is known as Laylatul Jaiza, it is known as the eve of prize giving and this is why in one narration the prophet [Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Salam] says that Allah [subhana Wa Ta’ala] calls out to his angels on that eve, and he asks them.
What do you think the reward of a slave who has fulfilled his job is?
They will say O our lord, it is to be given what he was promised so Allah [subhana Wa Ta’ala] says, all my worshippers who have fasted for me, who have prayed for me all my angels I let you bare witness that I have forgiven them completely!
It is the night of forgives when the prizes are given you know a child who has been to the school through the year and worked very hard, is a child that deserves the prize and there will be a night where that prize is actually given to the child, making the child feel happy what about the prize dished out by Allah [subhana Wa Ta’ala] and that is forgiveness and freedom from Jahannam if I were to die now, I have no hope but in the mercy of Allah [Subhana Wa Ta’ala] may Allah have mercy on myself and yourself.