Pearl of Wisdom

to a man who was backbiting about a man in his presence, 'Stop backbiting, for verily it is the food of the dogs of Hell.'

Imam Hussain ibn Ali al-Shahid [as]
Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 245

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"O" Allah! Bless us in the day of our Eid  and our fast breaking and let it be the best day that has passed over us. Imam Ali Zainul Abedeen (PBUH) - Sahifa Al-Sajjadiyya


"O" the High and the Great [God]! "O" the Forgiving and the Merciful [God]! You are the Great Lord like whom there is nothing. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. This is the month that You have exalted, honoured, glorified, and preferred over the other months; it is the month whose fasting You have made obligatory on me; it is the month of Ramadan in which You revealed the Qur'an as a guidance for people, as clear signs of guidance and as a means of separating the right from the wrong. And You placed in it the Night of Destiny which You have made better than a thousand months. So "O" the Lord who favours others and none can oblige Him, favour me by releasing my soul from the hell-fire... and admit me in the Heaven by Your mercy. "O" the Most Merciful of the Mercifuls.
Once on an Eid al-Fitr (Muslim Festival), Imam Hassan (PBUH) saw a man who had occupied his time with laughter and useless entertainment. At that Imam Hassan (PBUH) turned to his companions and said: "Allah placed the holy month of Ramadan for people so that they compete with each other in worship and obedience. In this competition, some excel, achieve unlimited blessings of Allah, and (therefore) win the competition. Whereas, others fall back, lose, and obtain nothing but loss. It is striking that in such a day in which the righteous and the hard workers will receive great rewards and the culpable and one's who did not try their best will see loss, (that they) keep themselves busy with entertainment. "

One of the rituals done in this Muslim Festival is Salat al-Eid. In addition to the fact that prayer (Salat) is a sign of Allah's mercy and munificence, each Salat can strengthen the ties one has with Allah (SWT). Certain prayers allow one to gain specific blessings from Allah (SWT). Hence, one who has the chance to perform such prayers may reach to his/her own needs in addition to forgiveness and special gifts from the almighty Allah. The prayer of Eid al-Fitr belongs to this category of prayers. On such an important Eid, one should be hopeful of Allah's mercy and forgiveness, rather than being hopeless because of his sins. Moreover, despite disgrace of any individual as a consequence of sins, one should seek Allah's compassion through His Prophet, Imams (PBUT) and those who attained high ranks. Indeed, Allah (SWT) will not turn His servants down and everyone will be able to gain profit.

Thus, one should perform the prayer with special attention and a hopeful heart toward Allah's mercy and kindness.

 
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