Eid-ul-Fitr is the indication that Ramadan is finished. However, it is not the end of prayers, good deeds and charity that is obedient life.
We have spent 29/30 days in extensive prayers, recitation of Quran, give charity to please Allah and gain as much reward as possible. As soon we observe Eid-ul-Fitr moon many of us tend to forget everything and resume the irresponsible and disobedient life as it was before Ramadan. Most of us do not see any major change in our lives by Ramadan.
It is sad to know that if Ramadan did not bring any good change in your life that means your fasting has not been accepted by Allah. Your efforts go in vain. The below hadith reflects the same.
“Whoever does not give up lying and evil actions, then Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink.” [Saheeh al-Bukhari]
If you really want your fastings and efforts put in for prayers, supplications and recitation of Quran get accepted then you have to make sure that you continue doing what you had been doing in Ramadan to please Allah.
Do you know where does this discontinuation of good deeds start? It starts just the night before Ramadan ends. Which proceeds the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Eid-ul-Fitr is the pleasant day. It is the day of happiness to show gratitude to Allah for ending the Ramadan successfully. However, this pleasant day should not turn out be a bad day for you. Do not spend night and day in bad deeds such as watching movies, having illegitimate physical relationships, gossiping, using abusive languages, away from prayers and Quran recitation. All these bad deeds make Allah angry.
Instead, follow the below practices that prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and his companions would do.
Pray the night before Eid-ul-Fitr
It is a human tendency that it attracts to bad deeds the moment it observes pleasant moment. That is why many of Muslims indulge in bad deeds when they observe moon of Eid-ul-Fitr. The best way to overcome this tendency is to perform some prayers and ask Allah to accept your Ramadan.
This will also help you to not to discontinue the deeds that you had been doing in Ramadan.
Forgive each others
There are people who we have disappointed and hurt intentionally and unintentionally. There are people who are not in touch with us because of our behaviour that made them disappointed. This pleasant day is the fortunate time when we can reconcile.
Such events have the special and happy vibes that people prevail over their grudges and do not think twice before reconciliation.
“Do not sever ties between one another! Do not turn your back on one another! Do not nurse hatred and animosity toward one another! Do not be jealous of one another! O the servants of Allah, be brothers [or sisters]. It is not halal [lawful] for a Muslim to forsake his brother-in-Islam by becoming cross with him for more than three days.” [Bukhari]
It is obligatory for every capable Muslims to give some amount of his or her income in charity prior to Eid prayer. This charity called “Zakat-al-Fitr”. This should be done before Eid prayer or one or two days before Eid.
The main purpose of this is to make sure that poor people are not hungry on the day of Eid and they are also enjoying the Eid. It also helps to purify our wealth.
“The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) declared the payment of Sadaqah al-Fitr as obligatory; it purifies the fasting person from any indecent act or speech, and is a source of feeding the poor. If one pays Sadaqah al-Fitr before the salaah, it is considered an accepted charity, if he pays it after the salaah, it is considered an ordinary charity.” [Abu Dawud p.263 Dar al-kutub al-ilmiyyah]
Meetings and greetings
Muslims should meet and greet each other on this day. Have sheer-khurma and feast each other home. It will strengthen the relationship amongst each other. However, in the midst of enjoying the pleasant day do not forget to perform prayers on time and remember Allah.
While meeting with friends and family and enjoying the pleasant day we have to indulge ourselves in remembrance of Allah.
“(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allahu Akbar: Allaah is the Greatest)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.”[al-Baqarah 2:185].
There is an special Takbeer for the day which goes as: Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, wa Lillaahi’l-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god except Allaah, Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, and all praise be to Allaah).
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin. Plan your rest of the year so that rest of the book of your life should not be empty.
Ramadan is not an event or a season. Pledge Allah that you want to transform your life to the best. It should be a lifetime endeavour. Make the intention of continuing whatever progress you make after Ramadan as well.