إِنَّمَا هُوَ عِيدٌ لِمَنْ قَبلَ اللهُ صِيَامَهُ وَشَكَرَ قِيَامَهُ، وَكُلُّ يَوْمٍ لاَ يُعْصَى اللهُ فِيهِ فَهُوَ يَوْمَ عِيدٍ۔

It is an 'Id for him whose fasting Allah accepts and of whose prayers He is appreciative; and (in fact) every day wherein no sin of Allah is committed is an 'Id.



It is an 'Id for him whose fasting Allah accepts and of whose prayers He...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #428)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

It is an 'Id for him whose fasting Allah accepts and of whose prayers He is appreciative; and (in fact) every day wherein no sin of Allah is committed is an 'Id.

This thought-provoking Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) highlights the true essence of celebration and joy in Islam.

Let us delve into the meaning of some important words in this Hadith. The word (Id) "عِيدٌ" refers to a day of celebration and festivity. It is a day of joy and happiness. The word (accepts) "قَبْلَ" means that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) approves and is pleased with the action. The word (appreciative) "شَكَرَ" signifies Allah's gratitude and acknowledgment of the act performed. The word (prayers) "قِيَامَهُ" refers to the act of standing in worship and offering prayers to Allah.

To understand the deeper meaning of this Hadith, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:185),

The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed as guidance to mankind. So, whoever sights the new moon of the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey, then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship, so that you may complete the period and glorify Allah for that which He has guided you, and perhaps you will be grateful.

This verse emphasizes the significance of fasting in the month of Ramadan. It is a time of spiritual reflection, self-discipline, and gratitude towards Allah. The acceptance of one's fasting by Allah is a cause for celebration, as it signifies the fulfillment of a duty and the attainment of His pleasure.

Furthermore, the Hadith highlights the importance of prayers and their acceptance by Allah. In Surah Al-Baqarah (2:45), Allah says,

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah].

Prayers are a means of seeking closeness to Allah and seeking His guidance and assistance. When our prayers are accepted by Allah, it is a cause for celebration and joy. It demonstrates that our supplications have been heard and answered by the Most Merciful.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) further emphasizes that every day in which no sin is committed is also a day of celebration. This highlights the importance of leading a righteous and pious life. When we refrain from disobeying Allah and avoid committing sins, we experience a sense of inner peace and contentment. This state of purity and obedience to Allah is indeed a cause for celebration.

In Surah Al-Qasas (28:77), Allah says,

But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.

This verse reminds us of the importance of striving for the Hereafter while also fulfilling our responsibilities in this world. By abstaining from sin and corruption, we contribute to the betterment of society and create an environment of peace and harmony. Such actions are worthy of celebration as they reflect our commitment to righteousness and the fulfillment of our duties as Muslims.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) teaches us that true celebration and joy in Islam are not limited to specific occasions or festivals. Rather, they are rooted in the acceptance of our acts of worship by Allah, the appreciation of our prayers, and the avoidance of sins. Every day that we spend in obedience to Allah and refrain from disobedience is a day of celebration. Let us strive to make every day an 'Id by seeking Allah's pleasure, offering sincere prayers, and leading a righteous life. May Allah bless us all with the ability to celebrate the true essence of Islam in our daily lives.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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