"Their light will run before them and on their right hands; they will say: Our Lord! Perfect our light for us, and forgive us! Lo! Thou art Able to do all things."
— Holy Qur'an 66:8
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:: Candle Post #64 :: Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali's (a.s.) Insight on Idd ::
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! Ramadan Mubarak! On this twenty eighth night of Holy Ramadan which started on Thursday evening, September 17, 2009, let us reflect deeply on the following sayings of NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) which have been extracted from a book entitled 'Peak of Eloquence NAHJUL BALAGHA'—Sermons, Letters and Sayings of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib, published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Sixth U.S. Edition 1996. In today's post, let us examine the following gems of wisdom on the topics of Idd, purity, charity, generosity, Zakat, prayers and gratitude.
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said on the occasion of an Idd (Muslim feast day): "It is an Idd for him whose fasting Allah accepts and for whose prayers He is grateful; and (in fact) every day wherein no sin of Allah is committed is an Idd."* Quotation number 437, page 666.
*If feeling and conscience is alive even the remembrance of sin destroys peace of mind because tranquility and happiness are achieved only when the spirit is free from the burden of sin and one's robe is not polluted with disobedience. And this real happiness is not bound by time, but on whatever day a man desires he can avoid sin and enjoy this happiness, and this very happiness will be the real happiness and harbinger (i.e., indicator) of Idd.
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: "It is not that Allah, to Whom belongs Might and Majesty, may keep the door of gratitude open for a person and close the door of plenty to him, or to open the door of prayer to a person and close the door of acceptance upon him, or to open the door of repentance on a person and close the door of forgiveness upon him." Quotation number 444, page 668.
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: "Seek livelihood by giving alms." Quotation number 137, page 599.
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: "He who is sure of a good return is generous in giving." Quotation number 138, page 599.
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: "Protect your belief by charity; guard your wealth by paying Allah's share; and ward off the waves of calamity by praying." Quotation number 146, page 600.
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: "Even if Allah had not warned of chastisement on those disobedient to Him, it would be obligatory by way of gratefulness for His favours that He should not be disobeyed." Quotation number 300, page 641.
Idd ul-Fitr is a great day of happiness for all Muslims because it comes after the month of Ramadan—a month of ardent prayers, fasting and reflection. Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) teaches us that to abstain from committing sins is also an Idd. Thus, a devout mum'in creates a consciousness which is focused on the pleasure of God. This method virtually eliminates the acts through which sins are committed.
We should do our best to show gratitude to our Holy Imam who has spent his whole life for our material, spiritual and intellectual upliftment. For practical purposes, gratitude is measured by the degree of obedience, thus it is a good idea to listen or read firmans and assess the degree of one's obedience.
We can also use the following yardstick from the Holy Qur'an:
"Those who show patience, firmness and self-control; who are true (in word and deed); who worship devoutly; who spend (in the way of God); and who pray for forgiveness in the early hours of the morning." (3:17)