Jul 16, 2015

The beautiful surprise, not knowing when is EID

The beautiful surprise, not knowing when is EID

I really do love the uncertainty of not knowing if Eid is tomorrow. It was a tradition in Guyana when we were growing up. The children would be outside looking for the moon, the first one to see it would run inside to announce that they saw it. A special Dua would be read by the elders when the moon was seen. Then and only then the making of vermicelli will start.

In Canada we can't see the moon, even if it is there. Our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, if you don't see the moon, then fast for 30 days. There is a small chance someone will see the moon at the tip of Chile this evening, the Hilal Committee might declare Eid for Friday. Our Naasir said he will continue fasting on Friday, because he wouldn't be able to see the moon.

Me:         Why would you do that? Where would you pray?
Naasir:   Traditions, Mother. If we follow the Prophet (pbuh), it's what we should do. If we kill all  traditions of the Prophet (pbuh), eventually there will only be a very bland form of Islam left. Would you be happy with that , mother?
Me:         No, but ....
Naasir:    Food for thought Mother, eventually when you get a bit older, we can continue this conversation ( smile on his thin weak looking face)...

Talk about confusion, even in our home. But I still love not knowing.

My brother describes the whole Eid decision thing like this. Some couples don't like to know the gender of their baby, because the surprise is beautiful. Some couples must know the gender of their baby because, everything have to be planned out perfectly, before the baby is born.

So, it all depends on  what kind of people we are. Do you love surprises or not....

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