One Eid the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid donned his splendid imperial robes, mounted his horse and rode into the street. The soldiers cleared the Sultan’s path, while the people gave him an ovation, gazing admiringly at his beautifully embroidered robes. At that moment Bahlul the Wise Fool barred the Sultan’s progress, reciting some stanzas containing guidance for Harun and, through him, for us. The gist of them was as follows:
The Festival is not a matter of dressing up in
fine new clothes.
The Festival is celebrated by serving Allah
and being aware of your Lord.
To celebrate the Festival is to be Sultan of the
heart, not Sultan of the realm.
Sultans of the realm pass into oblivion, but the
Sultan of the heart is never forgotten.
To celebrate the Festival is to be delivered from the
divine punishment at the Resurrection.
The Festival is not a matter of wearing perfumes, but
of being sorry for one’s sins,
repenting and not committing them again.
The Festival is not about riding on horseback, but about
giving up faults.
The Festival is not about sitting on the imperial throne,
but about crossing the dreadful Bridge,
to sit on the thrones of Paradise.
The Festival is celebrated not by boasting of palaces
and power, but by bringing the light
to the darkness of the tomb and equipping
it through good works.
This brought Harun al-Rashid to tears.
Kul ‘Aam wa Antum BiKhair
TaqabbAllahu minna wa minkum!
…and now may intentions turn to the Mubarak six fasts of Shawwal, Insha’Allah!…along with constant begging Allah Ta’ala, for SIX months, to accept our fasting, just as the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum did…oh what fikr…
…the above Bahlul story from a previous Eid post…there are so many in the archives…almiskeenah has purposefully avoided the chaos in nearby Quba Street this Eid…(as was bravely encountered last year) …a necessary wander there the other evening saw me become part of a huge black swarm akin to several flocks of crows diving onto a single piece of bread…that was enough to swiftly do what had to be done then retreat to the seclusion of home where protecting ones’ Iman is easier and where one can seriously contemplate how Eid must be for so many suffering in the Muslim world…may time be made during our days of festivities making Du’a for them, Ameen…
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.