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.
So the natural question is – is there some problem in the Saudi announcement?
Astronomical data is very clear that there is no Hilal sighting possible in Saudi Arabia on that day, but as the day of Eid has already been fixed, that is the announcement we will hear.
…more demolition/construction planned for Masjid al-Haram…more years of jack hammering and dust…do visit these sites for frequent and informative updates…a new thread just for the Mataf expansion project…and the Holy Mosque Expansion thread …where there are clips of the King receiving details of the Mataf proposal (Arabic)…
… and is this the answer to the overcrowding?…very doubtful…pilgrims come to be in Masjid Al-Haram…not ‘vast’ mosques away from the Ka’abah…and until the chaotic traffic woes are alleviated then the push to continually increase the number of pilgrims in both Makkah and Madinah is inexpedient…
A former Makkah mayor has proposed the construction of seven vast mosques in prime locations within the Haram area in order to avoid the overcrowding of pilgrims and worshippers at the Grand Mosque.
…and…huge JazakiLlahu khairan katheerans for sweet Bint A for sharing her joyous Eid Mubarak artwork! Masha’Allah for the creativity of our little ones of the Ummah, may Allah Ta’ala always bless and guide them on the Straight Path, and intensify their love for Him SubhanAllah Wa Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Ameen.
…and…this humble speck will be ‘away’ for a short time…
…and…a few days left before nominations for the annual Brass Crescent awards close…
…and now may intentions turn to the Mubarak six fasts of Shawwal, Insha’Allah!
Kul ‘Aam wa Antum BiKhair
Taqabal Allahu Minna wa Minkum
So Insha’Allah celebrate by serving Allah and being aware of your Lord.
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.