Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Shura, Eid & Sacrify

Eid days are meant to be occasions when the Muslims of an entire town join together in prayer, in rejoicing at the great religious traditions of Islam and in forgiving one another for any personal excesses we may have committed towards one another. But in minority Muslims Countries such as Australia, over the past many years these occasions have been marred by differences among the organizations or Masjid over when Eid should be celebrated.

As the Muslims have spread in all parts of the globe including non-Muslim countries this problem has grown many folds. Every time when Eid and Ramadan come, instead of good wishes and warm feelings among Muslims, bitter and heated discussions take away the joy of celebration. In one city various Muslim groups start and end Ramadan on different days. Sometimes Eid is celebrated in one city on three different days.

Muslims in many communities have become greatly disturbed at these differences; if we cannot join together twice a year in celebrating our holy days, there can be hardly anything which we can do together.

Now an overwhelming majority of our community members do desire to have Eid on the same day. But they are naturally dependent in this regard on the decisions taken by the committee or Imam of various organizations in the community.

With all due respect, the root cause of this entire problem / division of Muslims is the false ego and pride of Muslim organizations. Sectarian differences of Muslim organizations and Imams are one of the major sources of division among Muslims. We divide Muslims in the name of Islam and Allah in order to protect our control and monopoly over a mosque or a geographical area.

The only real solution to this issue is, perhaps, to be found in one body which govern all the mosque and Islamic organization to advise one date for particular region. Whatever the majority of these persons decide should be accepted by the entire community.

We cannot in any way touch upon the Islamic political system without talking about one of the main advantages of this system. Islam has brought about a great and a magnificent human principle, namely the principle of “shura” or mutual consultation.

We can apply this principle locally as follows: When a city-wide council, executive member or Imam has been elected to run our affairs it should bring together knowledgeable persons in the community, belonging to various religious groups and schools of Mazhab (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence), to discuss the question of Eid days. 

The decision must be based on “Ijtihad” (mental exertion) they have offered their different answers to these questions and discussed and debated them among themselves.

Muslim world expanded over vast areas of the globe and more recently with the development of science, a development that in large measure started under the influence of Islam and Muslims. We may take advantage of these scientific methods but relying completely on these methods alone is not correct. These tools and methods can help us in making decisions.

So let us follow the straight and clear way of deciding the question of Eid days suggested above, on the basis of Hadith, and in this way ensure what Eid days will be celebrated by the entire Muslim community on the same day.

It would have been nice if Eid had been celebrated on the same day in Western Australia because some people have friends or family in different parts of the country who they find it difficult to celebrate with due to the difference.

Allahu alam

Note:- Bunbury will celebrate Eid Adha on Wednesday 16 October 2013

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