As much as I want my daughter to get excited about the Eid festivities, I also want to teach her to focus on other people needs too.
Eid no doubt brings back so many childhood memories, I remember when I was a child I used to get ready and wait for my Father to come back from the mosque after offering Eid prayer, then he would sacrifice the animal which would become my best friend in few weeks and my reason for the early morning walks in the park. I would be all teary and upset about letting go of my “New Friend”, but my father would tell me this is what sacrifices about,” letting go of your favorite possession in God’s way”. Obviously I was too young to understand that but today when I look back everything seems so simple and easy to comprehend.
Eid is indeed a time of sacrificing and sharing not only the animal and meat but also the happiness, love, laughter and smiles with other people.
Here you will find a simple list of things which you can do this Eid to make it special for the people around you.
- Deliver meat to the poor people in your area, that includes your neighbors, people working on the streets, beggars etc.
- Pool in money as a family and buy clothes for the kids of your house helper, either Gardner, plumber, maid etc.
- Recruit few families or friends and go to the nearest shelter home or old age home and spend time there. Do not forget to buy food items and gifts for them.
- Send Eid cards to the people you know are away from their families and won’t be coming home this Eid.
- Prepare meal and take it to the streets and distribute it among the hungry people.
- Deliver Eid greeting cakes with some money to your long distance relatives or friends which you think are going through a financially rough patch. You can keep your name anonymous too if you don’t want to hurt their self-respect.
- You can volunteer yourself and work for a day in a nursing home with the patients.
- You can gather the kids in your area and read out books or do some activity with them, where you can teach them the “Real meaning of Eid”.
- You can take balloons and gifts to your nearest hospital and tell the staff to give them to the kids in the children ward.
- If you can’t afford any of the above just go clean your wardrobe and take out the clothes you don’t need. Take them to the nearest shelter home someone might need them.
- Most of all SMILE, encourage your family members to smile at the people they come across this Eid. Either on streets, at a signals, in a shop or a mosque and express your feelings with a Simple Greeting, Thank you or a compliment perhaps.