As the coronavirus pandemic has shown signs of slowing in Pakistan, it will be probably a sombre Eid for us Muslims who are expected to limit festive celebrations to small family gatherings within the same house, amid fears of a second wave of infections.
While our government has not announced any strict measures ahead of the holiday but they have made somethings clear. Even in with lockdown relatively lax, people will have to avoid making unnecessary trips and avoid getting too close to people. Starting with a massive attendance of congregational Eid namaz, people older than fifty will not be allowed. Followed by gatherings with family members for big meals. Visits to relatives and friends normally take place later in the day or the following day. All of this goes against the Eid spirit, doesn’t it?
In some ways, we will also get to know how those with little to no money get to spend their Eid. Both the rich and the poor in the Muslim world will be celebrating Eid under similar circumstances. Rich families have known to spend Eid in opulence and it is well reported that Eid boosts luxury retail, with people spending thousands of rupees on dresses alone.
But there are some ways we can make these days productive and keep the Eid spirit alive too.
1. Don’t forget to make du’a on the night before Eid
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, ’There are five nights on which du’a is not rejected: the first night of Rajab, the fifteenth night of Sha’ban, Thursday night, the night before Eid al-Fitr and the night before Eid al-Nahr (al-Adha)’. [Suyuti]
The blessings of Eid don’t begin on Eid morning; they begin the night before Eid. In the midst of your Eid preparations, take the time to make a long du’a that Allah accepts your Ramadan efforts, and it won’t be rejected, InshaAllah.
2. Clean and decorate the house
Get everyone in on this. Make the house as sparkling clean as you can. Then, once the house is virtually spotless, decorate it with balloons, lights, banners, streamers, etc. Get your kids involved in this process. Have them make decorative signs saying “Eid Mubarak” and post these around the house. Fill your house with beautiful decorations which can successfully contribute to making us feel a little enthusiastic. You can find some very beautiful ones here on Scaryammi too.
3. Make special food
Make something special which the family does not normally eat, it can be sweet, sour or in-between. The point is that Eid is special, and the food we eat on this day should be better and different from our usual meals.
4. Schedule video meetings with your family
One of the blessings of Eid is strengthening the ties with our loved ones – in this day, the lockdown has brought us even closer to social media. You don’t have to leave the house to be together. You can still hold onto the Eid spirit while talking to your family on a video call. Have the entire extended family on a ‘Zoom party’ and share pictures with us!
5. Make Eid evening family entertainment night
This situation has brought with it a lot of stress and anxiety. Eid is a perfect time to gather in the living room and set your family up for a night in. Netflix has got you covered for this!
We hope none of us has a boring Eid because that’s just not how it should be. Share your Eid pictures with us on the group!
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