JUMAH KHUTBA- Celebrating Eid

By Majed Iqbal- Inshallah you are all in the best state of health and Imaan.  Please take time to send durood upon the Prophet (saw) especially on the Day of Jumah.. Abu Hurrayrah (Radi Allah Ta’lah Anhu) narrated Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said,  “The person who recites eighty times on Friday (the following Durood) immeadiately after Asar Salah, before standing up from his place, eighty years of his sins will be forgiven by Allah and the reward equivalent to eighty years of worship will be written for him- Allahuma Sallay Ala  Sayyidina Muhammadin Nabiyyil Ummiyi wa Ala Aalihi Wa sallim Tasleema”

And continue to send durood and salaam upon the Holy Prophet ﷺ every day inshallah

Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La ilaha illalah

Wallahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Wa lillahil Hamd

The Buzz

Eid is around the corner. Preparations are on the way on looking the part on the day. Its got to be the day we stand out. Hair slicked up, clean shaves and breezy expensive designer fragrances oozing the surroundings.

Girls are out shopping finding the ‘right’ shalwaar kamez (after all, it’s got to be desi!) and making preparations to attend that local ‘chaand raat’.

Mothers and Fathers, the head of our households are getting the house in tact and have spent the week inviting family and friends over for Eid Day.  Its got to be the day in which we are all happy and make mends even with those who we haven’t spken to for some time.

Kids are eager to get their new clothes on for Eid day. Boys with their Sherwaanis for Eid Salah and then into their jeans and flashy trainers for later in the day. Girls getting ready with make-up and new jewellery bought by mum.

The Spirit of Hajj

And rightly so. It is Eid. Time to celebrate the Festival of Islam straight after the momentous day of Hajj, one of the five obligatory pillars in Islam. Hence the spirits are high and imaan is fresh with the remembrance of  Allah (swt) and dua’s are being made that Allah Ta’ala makes next year THE year when we are blessed with the opportunity for Hajj.

Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said “The most acceptable Du’aa is that which is made on the day of Arafah, and the best Du’aa which the Prophets before me, and I have made is: “There is no Deity besides Allah. He is alone He has no partner. To Him belongs the sovereignty, and unto Him belongs all praise, and He is all powerful.” [Tirmizi]

Some of us have gone ahead and made much ibaadat in the first days of Hajj, and there are still a few left . Abu Qataadah al-Ansari RA relates that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ was asked about the Saum (fast) on the day of Arafah (i.e. the 9th Zil Hijjah). He ﷺ said  said, “It compensates for the minor sins of the past year and the coming year.” [Muslim]

Preppping Up

The buzz of Eid is in the air as we all eagerly anticipate its arrival. Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said “For every people there is a feast and this is our feast.” [Reported by Bukhari in his Sahih]

In the name of celebrating Eid, guys are out with their new rented prestige cars destined to hit the streets in style on Eid day. Parading around in winter weathers are ‘The boys’ in their gear, riding in convertables with shades on in dull conditions. Nevertheless, c’mon there has to be an exception!

Reminders of Sacrifice

Allah’s blessing continue to shower on us on this beautiful day. Discussions in homes and Masaajid will remind us of the great sacrifices made by Khaleel-Ullah Nabi Ibrahim (Alayhisalaam) when Allah tested him by commanding him to sacrifice the thing most valuable to him.

Ibrahim  (Alayhisalaam) did not choose immediately. He doubted and wavered under the crushing force of pain and anguish. Only after the third vision did he finally decide to carry out Allah’s command knowing that it was his son who was the most dearest to  him.

On the grounds of Mina near Mecca, an amazing and frightening conversation between a father and a son took place. Ibrahim (Alayhisalaam) said to Ismail (Alayhisalaam)

“O my Son, I see in a vision that I offer you in sacrifice. Now see what is your view ? ‘O my father! Do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah so wills, patient and constant ‘ “ [Surah Saffatt 37:102]

What frightening words for a child to hear! But look at Ismail (Alayhisalaam)’s resolve, courage and Submission to Allah- Subhanallah!

This gave Ibrahim (Alayhisalaam) strength as  he walked until he reached the place of sacrifice. Putting his face away from his son to give him strength slaughtered Ismail (Alayhisalaam). But, by Allah’s permission, the knife did not cut. Instead Ibrahim (Alayhisalaam) received a sheep and was called by Allah

“O Ibrahim! You have confirmed the Vision Thus indeed do We reward those who do right This is indeed the manifest trial!” (Surah saffat 37:104-105)

This is reflected in the hajj ritual of stoning the three idols representing Iblis(Satan) who tempted Ibrahim to disobey Allah.

Today’s Sacrifices

What stops us coming near to Allah (swt) and his Shariah today? We found in the Example of Ibrahim (Alayhisalaam) an un-swerving commitment to Allah’s Deen and following the commands and Prohibitions laid out by His lord.

By the Grace of Allah (swt) we are seeing these sacrifices made across the Muslim world today. The Muslim Ummah has empowered itself to challenge the ruthless tyrant leaderships which implement kufr over society in the recent Arab Spring. While the West tried to label them as Secular protests, evidence after evidence highlighted that the chants of “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) were motivated by a zeal to see Islam play a greater role in Society.

So how are we playing our part today and honouring the lessons of sacrifice and commitment of Ibrahim (Alayhisalaam) ?

The Global Picture

How about those around the world today who will be not be celebrating Eid, but going through just another tough day with the world’s problems on their shoulders?

For the celebrations and the rituals of Eid ul-Adha, their is vivid detail of the prayers on the Eid Salah, the Qurbani and who is entitled to the meat, the Sunnah of wearing new clothes and bathing on the day, the recitation of the Takbeers aloud in the streets and the meeting with relatives to maintain ties of kinship.

Sermons upon sermons will articulate the shariah rules on how a Muslim must observe Eid but no discussion on how the Shariah addresses the corrupt leadership in Pakistan today where millions suffer under poverty and the recent floods whilst the rulers lavish in places with taps in the bathroom minted with gold. How will these poor be celebrating Eid in the absence of the Islamic System over them today where the Khaleefah of the time from the past would walk the streets in the middle of the nights to ensure the needy and poor are looked after?

Eid without the Sultan

Imam Tahawi narrates a Hadith from Muslim ibn Yasar that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said “The (collection of the) Zakah, the (implementation of the) Hudood the (distribution of the) spoils and the (appointment of the) Jumu’ah are for the Sultan.”

Where is the Sultan today who will lead the Hajj, announce the Eid and support the orphans, widows, the needy and those who have no family to celebrate Eid with?

How will Masjid- al- Aqsa be celebrating Eid ul-Adha  as another year passes by under occupation from Zionists? Where is the Eid for the Palestinians living under great difficulty and where is the announcement from the Muslim countries that the armies are moving in response to the Shariah rules which oblige those that have Quwwah (power) and Isti’ta’a (capability) to march forward and remove the occupation in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon?

Muslim narrated on the authority of al-A’araj, on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said “Behold, the Imam is but a shield from behind whom the people fight and by whom they protect themselves.”

How about the Muslims of Kashmir this year who continue to be brutally murdered, raped, jailed and abducted by Indian forces? Who will stand by the Shariah rules here and follow what Allah ordered instead of remaining silent on the Pakistani governments silence on state terrorism taking place by the world’s largest democracy, rubber stamped by Obama in his recent trip last week? How can the Pakistani government let their brothers and sisters be treated like this when Allah (swt) addressing his beloved Messenger ﷺ said  in Surat Al-Anfal, (Verse 63)

“If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah has united them”  [Surat Al-Anfal 8-63]

Who will address the vivid details and Shariah rules on Brotherhood in Islam and the roles and responsibilities of Muslims when they see them suffer?

Celebrate Eid

This Eid we need to ensure that we are people who respect, practice and propagate shariah rules on a whole and not select rituals once a year. Yes Eid must be enjoyed and Islam has given us full permission for this.

Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said “The days of slaughtering are days of eating, drinking, and remembrance of Allah Mighty and Exalted.” [Muslim]

Work for the Cause

However, in this day and age, the Muslim Ummah lives in an abnormal state, which never in its history has it encountered before, in the absence of the Khilafah.

We need to discuss with our families and friends and colleagues about the absence of Islam as a system on the world stage which has plunged this blessed ummah in misery. We need to be the voice of Palestine and Kashmir. We need to be the ones that Challenge the rulers on their failure to implement Islam. We need to be the people who talk about Comprehensive Islam which came to be implemented and not just ritual Islam which limits the Deen to Eid, Praying and reciting Quran.

We have been warned about the consequences of our failure to have the Islamic System absent in the Muslim world.

Imam Ahmad narrated in his book, the Musnad, that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said The knots of Islam will be undone one by one until when everyone of them is undone, and the first one to be undone is the ruling and the last one is the prayer.”

So who will be the politicians of this Ummah and restore the glory of our Deen such that everyone celebrates Eid under the rule of a just Khaleefah?

May Allah (swt) give us the tawfeeq to celebrate Eid in accordance with the rules of Islam and make it an event of happiness for us, our families and this noble Ummah. AMEEN

Assalamo Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu



  1. It began on such positivity I almost broke a smirk when reading ‘salwar kameez’, ‘rented cars’ and ‘men in shades’. You know the Pakistani community so well, mashaAllah.

    Time to put these criticisms into action. I will make du`a and put my life’s efforts into supporting the people who are equipped with ‘ilm and hilm to become efficient imams (leaders). InshaAllah.

    Jum`ah Mabrookings & Eid ul adha mubarak in advance.

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