Dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

Assalaamu ‘Alaikum. ‘Eid Mubarak!

Eid is an auspicious occasion.  On this day, we should thank Allaah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, for having been able to experience yet another blessed Ramadaan – the month of Al-Qur’aan, the month to acquire Taqwa (Allaah-Consciousness), the month to provide us with an excellent opportunity for personal and spiritual elevation!

Throughout this month, Muslims all over the world engage in various ‘Ibadaat, hoping to be worthy of Allaah’s mercy, forgiveness and salvation from hellfire. May Allaah (S) accept our humble efforts and bless us all.

We know that Shaytaan will now be attacking us right and left with vengeance, misguiding us to destroy our piety, self-control, discipline, sacrifice and Allah-consciousness as soon as possible. Now that the battery of our Taqwa is fully charged, let’s try not to let it leak, at least for the next eleven months. We have worked so hard for it, we must now protect it vehemently. We should strive to keep following the routine we established during Ramadaan. Let’s fast six days in the month of Shawwal, and weekly thereafter. Also, we should keep offering Tahajjud, paying charity, and being good to others at all times.

As we know, the main purpose of fasting is to acquire Taqwa, so that we can benefit from the Qur’aan. Let’s resolve to study the Qur’aan daily- reciting it, pondering over the meanings, following it ourselves and conveying its message to others. We should stay connected with Allaah day and night. If Allah (S) is pleased and His (S) mercy and blessings are with us, we don’t have to worry about anything else.

Along with the material well-being, let’s keep trying to develop our spiritual level – the sine qua non for success here as well as in the Hereafter.  

On this joyous day of Eid, we must remember the poor and needy, with acts of kindness and generosity.  Let’s not forget that serving thehumanity is imperative to please Allaah (SWT), and pleasing Him (SWT) should be our ultimate goal in life.  

May Allaah (SWT) guide, protect and bless Muslims all over the world.  May He (SWT) guide the whole humanity towards love, peace, justice, harmony, fellowship, and to obey the Creator. Ameen

Once again, our best wishes for a joyous Eid, and for health, happiness, and prosperity throughout the year. Kullu Aam wa Antum Bikhair!

Your brother in Islam,
Dr. Khurshid Khan
Ameer (President), ICNA

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