#8: Taqwa

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Taqabal Allahu minna wa minkum

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah, to all my dear family and friends.

I would like to express my profound happiness with Allah who guided us to complete another Ramadan. It was only by His mercy that we were able to do so. I hope and pray that all of you have a blessed, illuminated and fun filled Eid.

It has been narrated that when the Prophet’s companions met each other on the Eid day, they would say to each other: “Taqabal Allahu minna wa minkum.” (May Allah accept it from us and from you).

(Related by Ahmad.)

InsyaAllah our hearts joyously engage in Takbir until Salatul Eid, pay Zakat before the Salat, dress in our best clean clothes, wish every one the joy of Eid, “Taqabal Allahu Minna wa Minkum” (May Allah accept it from us and you), visit one another and exchange gifts. The Prophet SAW said: “Exchange gifts in order to foster love”. Be charitable as best as you can, and finally make lots of istighfar, praying that Allah accept our fast, prayers and devotion, and may He grant the Ummah glory and success. Ameen.

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.

From me to you,

Alhamdulillah, I am thankful to be blessed with great family and friends. If in anyway I am not such a good member of the family or a good of a friend, please accept my apologies for any of my wrongdoings.

May you have a happy and blessed Eidul Fitr. May we implore Allah, Most High, to make Eidul Fitr a moment of blessing for every Muslim. May it bring you and yours the joy of spiritual fulfillment. Ameen.

Lots of love,

Inda Hayati Samsi