The majority of the Eid’s ever since have had some form of rain, snow, something faling from the skies. I am writing about Eid because in this year when an Oakland imam gave a kutba about our nafs - you know the concept? our lower desires - and that Ramadan is about our soul, the part of us that does not need to eat, sleep, shit, have sex, taking a moment to look at our nafs - the part of us that is tied inextricably to here - this life, and that if let out of control our nafs can totally undermine our knowledge of our soul and our success in this and the next life...
the Greatest Jihad is controlling the Nafs - prayer is forcing them to submit,
Ramadan is a time to see, observe, to take stock of your relationship with your nafs... and to get them to submit. The nafs are your compulsions, your ego, and they never stop in trying to control what you are doing. He inner battle, the real soul struggle is with the nafs. Again, it is called the greatest Jihad, the greatest holy war, because the soul and the nafs constantly go at it.
This year i have been pulling back and observing the places where i am compulsive, the places where i am not as much in control and feel more guided by animal like instinct. Noting that space and then marking it down - determined to not let me nafs control my soul because my soul is the undying part - i want to serve the Divine.
Strangely, this is the first Ramadan that i will be unable to celebrate Eid in community.
I usually go with a reliable sighting of the new moon as reported via the folks at Zaytuna and Crescent watch, see below:
Crescentwatch has not received any reliably confirmed reports of the new crescent moon being sighted in North America this evening, Saturday Sep. 19.
On the basis of numerous negative reports from California, Texas, and Florida, we will complete the 30th day of Ramadan tomorrow and celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Monday September 21, 2009 in sha Allah along with millions of other Muslims worldwide.
A number of claims have been made to sightings of the moon in the United States on Saturday evening, in locations as diverse as Buffalo, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Lodi, California. We have taken the time to evaluate these claims individually and found them to be unreliable. In each case, some of the testimony provided by the witness did not match with widely agreed upon, simple observational facts, known to any person who makes a habit of consistently sighting the moon.
* We are aware of confirmed moon sightings in Guyana & Surinam, South America, and that some organizations have decided to accept those sightings for their determination of the date of Eid. In line with the criteria Crescentwatch used begin the month of Ramadan and that we, and numerous other moon sighting organizations, have been using for many years, Crescentwatch currently accepts confirmed sightings only from the continental U.S. and Canada.
However, acceptance of reliable sightings outside of those boundaries is an entirely valid fiqh position, and would allow for people to celebrate Eid on Sunday. Zaytuna Institute, Crescentwatch, the Hilal Sighting Committee of North America, and numerous other organizations have decided to stick with the standard continental U.S. sighting region, until a broad consensus on such important changes can be reached.
For all those that are celebrating Eid Sunday or Monday, we wish you Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fast and all your efforts during Ramadan.
Last Updated: September 19, 2009 23:26 PST
Posted: September 19, 2009 20:10 PST
I happen to be in California right now. Basically, i am fasting today. but in NYC the communities i am a part of are celebrating Eid today. I am leaving tonight, God Willing, and the communities that are celebrating the Eid tomorrow are having their prayer service tomorrow morning.
Basically. for the first time in my life i will not be able to enjoy the Eid in company of other people. For a Ramadan that has been about taming my nafs i can think of no better way for it to end. This process has been between me and Allah - of course, i have shared some insights on my blog and with friends, but at the end of the day - talk is cheap - it is our actions that shine and speak for us. That is a great reminder, the most excellent lesson that i could ever be blessed with in this most auspicious time.
Eid Mubarak and Eid Kareem to All. Allah is All-Seeing and All-Knowing, and the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. To Him i come from and to Him i will return. Blessings to Prophet Muhammad and all the rightly Prophets and Uluma. May he accept our fasting, the best of our intentions, and may Allah grant us the best of our affairs in this life, and save us from the Abasement of this life and may Allah save us from the Punishment of the Fire in the Hereafter. I say this for myself, my mother, my father, my siblings, my aunts and uncles, my teachers, my imam’s, for someone special and her family and her teachers, and for the Muslim umma as a whole - particularly the strivers in NYC and California. Blessings to Prophet Muhammad and all the rightly Prophets and Uluma. Allah is the Most High, Allah, the Sublime, Ya Allah Ya Allah - there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah. Amin.
ps- look for rain today :)