Eid in Quarantine: 18 Ideas to Help Keep The Festivity
As we are now in the final days of sawm in Ramadhaan (may Allaah accept it from us and you) many families have begun the process of brainstorming and planning ways to celebrate the big day while in lockdown. We’ve come up with a few things which you can do with your children at home to make ‘Eid just as festive as we typically do!
Why Make ‘Eid Big?
Eid Al-Fitr and ‘Eid Al-Adha are our days of celebration legislated by Allaah, ‘Azza wa Jal. They are for us to glorify Him and engage in permissible festivities. It is only befitting that we make them as special and fun as we can, especially for our children who are exposed to countless non-Muslim holidays throughout the year.
Ustaadh Moosaa Richardson (حفظه الله), the Educational Director of First Muslim Mosque of Pittsburgh, PA, summed this up best in a past tweet;
“When we do not truly honor ‘Eid al-Adhaa & ‘Eid al-Fitr in our lives and homes, non-Muslims holidays can become attractive to our children!”
Unfortunately, this is something that is prevalent in many countries where Muslim children reside. Non-Muslim holidays are marketed heavily in media through consumerism, so everywhere a child turns he is exposed to a holiday that has no basis in Islaam. This is why it is essential that we help make our Islaamic holidays something that our children can anticipate and find joy in.
If we don’t make our celebrations a big deal, children may feel like they are missing out. On the other hand, when we make our ‘Eid celebrations something to look forward to each year, it will increase their love for Islaam and increase them in imaan, in shaa Allaah.
Ustaadh Anwar Wright (حفظه الله), a lecturer at Germantown Masjid in Philadelphia, PA reminds us in a similar tweet of the statement of Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (رَحِمَهُ ٱللّٰهُ);
“But rather what is correct, is that one directs their family to the Eid of Allah and His Messenger, and fulfills their needs on that day (i.e. al Fitr and al Adha) so much that it will eliminate them even looking forward to anything else.”
……so what are some ways we can help make ‘Eid joyous?
#1. Talk to your family.
Have a family meeting to get everyone’s input or ask each member of your home individually for their input. Children often have great insights to share when given the opportunity.
#2. Acknowledge children’s feelings.
The reality is, not all children will take too well to the idea of ‘Eid in quarantine. After all, this means no ‘Eid prayer in the masjid, minimal social contact, and no gathering with extended family/friends. This can be especially hard if a child has no siblings.
#3. Involve the children.
Ask them for ideas and suggestions. Let them help decorate and pick out their ‘Eid outfits. Anyway you can get your child involved, then do so!
#4. Build-up the excitement and anticipation.
There is a thrill in knowing something exciting is going to take place! It’s a gradual build-up, so take the time to talk about how excited you are and what you look forward to. Talk about the Sunnan of ‘Eid. Let them create an ‘Eid gift list or make greeting cards. There will be a natural builp-up of excitement if you include them in the planning.
#5. Consider the interests and needs of older children.
While mapping out your ‘Eid day, don’t assume one size fit