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The reality of Eid

It was on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr that a man once entered the presence of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, كرم الله وجهه‎, and found him eating coarse brown bread.

“Today is the day of Eid, yet here you are, eating coarse brown bread!?” the man exclaimed.

So, Sayyiduna Ali replied to the visitor, saying:

“Today is the day of Eid for someone whose fast has been accepted, whose effort has been deemed worthy, and whose sin has been forgiven. Today is Eid for us, and tomorrow is Eid for us.

كُلُّ يَوْمٍ لاَ يُعْصَى اللهُ فِيهِ فَهُوَ عِيدٌ

Every day in which we do not disobey Allah is an Eid for us.”

Commenting on this incident, Sultan al-Awliyah - Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani says that it is therefore important for every intelligent person to stop focusing on the external aspect of things, and not to let it capture his attention. His perspective on the day of Eid should be from the standpoint of contemplation and reflection on spiritual matters.

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