Liaison office of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Al Sistani (L.M.H.L) in London, Europe, North and South America.
Recommendations of the representative of the leading Marja’iya in Europe congratulates Allamah Sayyid Murtadha Al-Kashmiri on the occasion of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr (1443 A.H.) in which he guides to seven matters
‘O’ Allah, we ask you by this very day that you made EID for Muslims and for Muhammad and the family of Muhammad a treasure and honour and more, that you bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, and that you make us enter into every good in which you have entered Muhammad and the family of Muhammad and that you get us out of all the bad that you removed from Muhammad and the family of Muhammad may Your blessings be upon him and them all.
We congratulate you ‘O’ Muslims on the advent of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr, asking The Almighty The Exalted to bring it back to all Muslims in good fortune and blessing.
Dear loved ones, Eid is a manifestation of strength, pride and unity in the lives of Muslims in which their prestige and pride appear - especially during Eid prayer – expressing joy and exchanging congratulations on this honourable occasion and thanking Allah for the obedience He granted them in the month of Ramadan.
‘O’ Muslims, the most important things we must do on the day of Eid:
First: Repentance (Tawba), which is asking Allah for forgiveness for the sins committed by us intentionally, or the predominance of lust and such states. We could have repented in the month of Ramadan, but whoever missed it, there is still a chance for them to do so on the day of Eid, so that we may gain the approval of Allah Almighty on this blessed day ((And turn to Allah all of you, O believers, so that you may be successful).
Second, the day of Eid is the renewal of the pledge of allegiance and the connection with the Imam of our time, may Allah hasten his reappearance.
The simplest aspect of connection is a pact with him that we follow his line and method, which is the line of his forefathers and grandfathers - by joining the line of the Marja’iya during the era of disappearance and to prepare for his reappearance - give Sadaqa on his behalf, offer two rakats of prayers, visit his grandfather Al-Hussein (a.s.) on his behalf, so that we may enjoy his care and kindness. Through our visit to Imam Hussein (a.s.), we strengthen our relationship with the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.) and we pledge to them that we are at peace with those who made peace with them and war with those who fought against them.
Third: One the day of Eid we should visit the graves, to bring happiness to its people - as we’ve been saying in the Duas of the month of Ramadan “May Allah bring happiness to the people of the graves”, thus bringing happiness to them by reading the Qur’an and giving Sadaqa and all that can be offered to the owner of the grave.
Fourth: We need to check on the poor and needy. Eid reminds us of the poor through the Zakat Al-Fitra which is allocated to them - especially those widows and orphans who were spawned by disasters and wars, as in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries. The best way to deliver our Sadaqat and Zakat is via the Al-Ayn Foundation for Social Welfare. Thus, we will have brought them joy and happiness like we do to our children and as the Prophet (s.a.w.w.) said: “He who sleeps full and his neighbour hungry is not from us.”
Fifth: The day of Eid is a day of gathering, compassion, exchanging greetings, and purifying souls from hatred and resentment. The immaculate Imams (a.s.) and their companions have urged this and Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said to Abu Khadija: “What is the distance between you and Basra?” He said: “By water five, if the wind is good, and by land eight.” He (a.s.), said: “How close this to you,” visit each other, for on the Day of Resurrection every person will have a witness to testify to his faith.
Alhamolillah, today, for those who find it difficult to visit their brother in faith, they can communicate with through modern means of communication and exchange blessings thus earning the rewards (Thawab).
Sixth: We emphasize on young people to persevere with and not neglect the many activities they learned during this great month, so as not be true to the Almighty’s saying: ((And be not like her who unravels her yarn, disintegrating it into pieces after she has spun it strongly….)) Holy Qur’an 16:92. This can be done by making good use of time and dedicating an hour for Munajat, seeking forgiveness and strengthening one’s bonds with the Holy Qur’an, frequenting mosques and centers and other such good acts.
Seventh: We remind Muslim communities in the West of the vital role we can all play through the festival Eid, in introducing Western societies to the message of love and peace called for by Islam. Commitment to this approach shows us the fake image that some intellectual currents are attempting to portray about Islam.
We must also be wary of being fascinated by material broadcast in the biased media that aims to create a gap between us and our Maraji’ and leaders, to corrupt our morals, wreck our homes, dispute virtue, spread immorality, tear the family apart, and other despicable ends.
In conclusion, we ask Him, the Most High, to shower us with His blessings and kindness on this blessed day, and grant us success and satisfaction for what He loves and is pleased with.
Wassalamu alaikum warahmatollahi wabarakatoh