Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Khutba (Sermon) of Eid-ul Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr is a unique festival. It has no connection with any historical event nor is it related to the changes of seasons or cycles of agriculture. It is not a festival related in any way to worldly affairs. Its significance is purely spiritual. It is the day when Muslims thank God for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe the fast and obey His commandments during the holy month of Ramadan. (via Darvish blog)

On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, Imam Ali, inheritor of gnosis and to whom goes back all sufi lineage to finally connect to Prophet Muhammad, delivered a sermon in which he said:

"O people! Verily this day of yours is the day when the righteous are awarded and the wretched are losers. It is a day which is similar to the one on which you shall be standing (before your Lord on the Day of Reckoning). Therefore, when you come out of your homes to go to places of your prayer, remind yourselves about the day when you (your souls) shall come out of your bodies to go to your Lord.

When you stand on places of your prayer, remind yourselves of your standing in the presence of your Lord (on the day of Judgment). And when you return to your homes (after prayer), remind yourselves about your returning to your homes in Paradise. O Servants of Allah! Verily the minimum reward for those men and women who fasted (during Ramadan), is an Angel, who calls out to them on the last day of the month of Ramadan (saying): O SERVANTS OF ALLAH! REJOICE THE GLAD TIDING THAT ALL YOUR PREVIOUS SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN…"

- Selection from the Nahjul-Balaghah.

# Other Eid Sermons (Khutba):
+ Eid-ul-Fitr Khutbah 2006 By Shaykh Ninowy (google video, english)
+ Eid ul Fitr Khutba (Oct 23, 06) -- Sheykh Abdul Kerim (google video, english)
+ Eid ul-Fitr 2006 Speech and Khutba by Hafiz Asim at Leeds, UK, Makkah Masjid (google video, english)
+ Sermon delivered by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall, on the occasion of “Eid-ul-Fitr”, on the 29th June, 1919
+ Eid ul Fitr 1429 Khutba from Mecca by Sheikh Dr. Salih bin Abdullah al Humaid - Chairman Saudi Majlis al Shura (youtube, in arabic) Pin It Now!