Sura 10: Verse 58: Say, “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate.”
On behalf of ISNA Canada, we would like to wish you and your family a very happy and joyous Eid-ul-Fitr!
ISNA Canada appreciates the constant support and generosity of our community, and most particularly in the month of Ramadan. We are blessed to have the opportunity to serve you and continue to meet the diverse needs of our community.
While we are celebrating this joyous occasion, we must remember and pray for all those who are currently enduring severe trials and tribulations in many parts of the Muslim world, particularly in Gaza and Syria. Some of us may be wondering how to celebrate and feel joyous at this time when many of our brothers, sisters, and children are being martyred in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Burma and many other places around the world. In answer to this, consider the verse mentioned above. Namely, that Muslims, no matter what happens to them, should always remember that the greatest joy we can achieve in this life is to be obedient to Allah (SWT) and to receive this message of joy through the Mercy of Allah (SWT).
Eid-ul-Fitr, in particular, is a reminder to the believers that we have been obedient to Allah (SWT) throughout the month of Ramadan and our ultimate joy is to be saved from Hellfire and positioned in Paradise. Allah (SWT) reminds us that the main objective of Ramadan is to fulfill these obligations towards Allah (SWT) and Glorify Him for what He has blessed us with.
Surah 2: Verse 185: …and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.
This guidance sent down from Allah (SWT) is commemorated in the celebration of Eid, especially if we were obedient to Allah (SWT) during the blessed month of Ramadan. For that, we must rejoice whether we are in ease or in hardship because even behind the hardship, there is wisdom. We should also remember that Allah (SWT) said in Surat Ali-Imran (Chapter 3: Verse 195):
And their Lord responded to them, “Never will I allow to be lost the work of [any] worker among you, whether male or female; you are of one another. So those who emigrated or were evicted from their homes or were harmed in My cause or fought or were killed – I will surely remove from them their misdeeds, and I will surely admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow as reward from Allah , and Allah has with Him the best reward.”
Allah (SWT) does not want us to be disheartened or depressed by the oppressors and the killers of our brothers, sisters, and children. Categorically, Allah (SWT) goes on to remind us in verses 196, 197 of Ali-Imran
Be not deceived by the [uninhibited] movement of the disbelievers throughout the land.
[It is but] a small enjoyment; then their [final] refuge is Hell, and wretched is the resting place.
We pray that Allah (SWT) relieves our brothers and sisters in Gaza, Syria, and all those suffering around the world from the oppression and trials they are facing.