Asalam o alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh!
Eid ul Fitr is the day of globalized celebrations among Muslims. Everyone have been fasting the whole month of Ramadhan with Allah‘s Blessings and that is why eating and drinking become the most favourite act of all Muslims on this Eid. 😀 We all visit our families, go meet friends and their is a lot of joy and excitement all over. The other day, me and my friends were invited for the Eid Transmission telecast recording at the amazing Pegham TV studios and we discussed many trivial matters. Even when Eid is an occasion of joy and happiness, a lot of young people (like me) get bored when visiting relatives and there is no fun, no entertainment in there and everyone wants to go back to the normal routine as soon as possible.
The brainstorming between us friends and the Pegham TV team generated a lot of ideas ranging from causes to cures. Criticism revealed that in order to enjoy, we try to make our own ways of entertainment that are not very much coherent with Islam. While discussing, everyone unanimously agreed on the concept of “Halal entertainment” and how it can be incorporated in our daily life.
“Halal” Entertainment? Are you kidding me?
Well, certainly not. Man is a social animal and he needs entertainment. I guess that is exactly why Eid (literally, celebration) is there for. We Muslims just need to find proper ways to it. Halal entertainment refers to alllllllll that stuff you do within the bounds of Islam and what it allows. I mean, just look at these 10 awesome ways to get entertained in the “Halal” way. Just read on to get some awesome ones specifically for the Eid day insha’Allah.
While searching for the content to write this article, I browsed on websites that were made by Masajids. I was so amazed how they’ve turned Masajids into community centers and all kinds of stuff is present there. They are well ecquiped with latest technology, projectors, table tennis, basket ball courts, cafeterias, lounges and the adoreable prayer halls. Their Masajids are not just used for five time prayer but it is their central hub, their town hall. The imams are educated in the affairs of the religion, keeping the guidelines of shariah strict while providing every possible way to productive halal entertainment.
Youth Club in Pakistan is working on similar lines. They have active Lahore and Islamabad Chapters Masha’Allah they have some awesome projects. Just look at their facebook album to feel the activism, education and brotherhood Alhamdulillah.
How do they make Halal entertainment “Productive”?
The Masajids have many projects running at a time. They’ve got all kind of sports tournament going on for those who are sporty. While they play football, cricket or any other game, they know when is the time for prayer, how not to fight with one another, how to work in a team, how to conform with the teachings of Islam in our game. NO CHEATING, you know.
They have food distribution projects going on where group of friends are arranging food, others are managing poor families who have come to collect food packages for them.
They have competitions like qirat and azaan for all those whom Allah SWT have blessed with a beautiful voice. They don’t sing songs, they recite Qur’an. They don’t know eminem, U2 and Nirvana but they know Shatri, Sa’ud ash-Shuraim and Mishari al fasi. Listen to this recitation and have a feel of it.
For sisters, they have the same activities maintaining the best possible Hijab, where everything is managed by young girls and at on the other side its young boys and this is what I liked. No intermixing, no intergender communication. Beautifully managed. While the brothers handle outside affairs, sisters handle inside affairs. Sticking to their circle of influence, Alhamdulillah. Like Allah SWT has pointed out in Surah Al-Layl number 92, ayah 1-4:
وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا يَغْشَىٰ
By the night as it envelops;
وَالنَّهَارِ إِذَا تَجَلَّىٰ
And by the day as it appears in brightness;
وَمَا خَلَقَ الذَّكَرَ وَالْأُنثَىٰ
And by Him Who created male and female;
إِنَّ سَعْيَكُمْ لَشَتَّىٰ
Certainly, your efforts and deeds are diverse (different in aims and purposes);
I want “Halal”, “Productive” entertainment for the Eid too. What should I do?
I am sure you have a lot of ideas now but here is a small list that I have compiled with the entertainment/productivity factor explained:
- Arrange a flood light outdoor game among the family members on Eid. Invite all family members and make sure you have good size teams (better put oldies in one and the young ones in the other to increase the X-factor :D). Youth complains a lot about generation gap, this would help both sides to minimize it.
- On the joyful occasion of Eid, don’t forget your poor brothers and sisters. Take fruits, food, medicine, clothes or anything that you can afford to the nearby slum with your family and pay them a visit. Distribute things. Observe their living condition. It will melt your heart. Try to do something for them. You’ll feel elevated in your own sight.
- Replace mix gender gatherings with proper gender segregation holding small reflections on Ramadhan, their activities, projects done as well as future plans, and ideas on how to make our Ramadhan and Eid productive and useful for not only us but for the society we live in. Imagine you all are sitting in the drawing room discussing some awesome tips from parents, uncles, kids and all. You’ll see how this discussion is not just fruitfull but also synergistic.
- Take a picnic trip to the biggest and most beautiful mosque of the city at any comfortable salat time (probably maghrib because it is offered aloud). Sit with your family in the masjid. Take your mothers and sisters with you. Let them feel the joy of salat in jamaah‘ (if there is a separate place for ladies to participate in the jamaah‘. The sisters must not be a trial for brothers on the very first day Shaytan is released). Let your females come out of the stress of work at home, their kitchen and their kids.
- Get yourself a good documentory film after lunch time. There are tons of them. You can grap some from National geography, History channel, Islamic documentaries, etc. Just click on the links and check them out. You’ll find many insha’Allah.
- Go with your fathers, brothers and sons on Eid ul Fitr prayer. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to bring them (women) out on (Eid) al-Fitr and (Eid) al-Adha, and to bring out adolescent girls, menstruating women and virgins, but the menstruating women were to stay away from the prayer, but were to witness goodness and the gathering of the Muslims. I said: “O Messenger of Allaah, what if one of us does not have a jilbaab?” He said: “Let her sister lend her a jilbab.” [Al-Bukhaari (324) and Muslim (890) narrated by Umm ‘Atiyyah RA]
- Cook your favourite dish with the help of an expert (your mom, obviously :P). Cooking, urgh, its so boring, right?. That is why it shouldn’t end here. *evil grins* Ask everyone who visits your house to taste especially the aunties and ask them to give you extra EIDI if they like it. You know, you’ve got to market your dish a little. 😛 Don’t forget to make it look good. You are awesome to do this sister, I am sure. Take some decoration tips from here.
- Get all your sisters and cousins together to decorate your house for Eid. Make this Eid a little more special. In return, you may gift them a smal hina (mehndi) packet or you might help them with applying it decorating their lovely hands 🙂
- Let them talk. 😀 They absolutely love it.
With this it comes to an end. I wish all my Muslims brothers and sisters a very very happy, productive and entertaining Eid ul Fitr. May Allah SWT make you, me and all our brothers and sisters among His pious slaves and bless us with the best of this world as well as of the Hereafter.
تقبل اللہ منا و منکم
Your brother in Islam,
ZakiThe writer majors in Software Engineering and is an amateur blogger and photographer. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The pictures have been taken from google, International Ramadan Photography competition 2012 and Youth Club Lahore.