When the Prophet, peace be upon him, migrated to Medina to establish the Islamic state under which different cultures live, he saw that the people of Medina celebrate two days upon which he immediately announced that Allah has gifted them something better: the day of ‘Eid al-Fitr (after Ramadan) and the day of ‘Eid al-Adha (during Hajj). Despite the great strategical mission behind the move to Medina, the Sharῑʽa recognized the need for Muslims, as human beings, to celebrate annually. Furthermore, Islam being the system of reason, provided us with the reason behind celebrating such days: thanking Allah for His great favour given to the one who devoted himself to worship Allah for the whole month of Ramadan. In the Quran [2:185] we read
… Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah [i.e. to say Takbir (Allahu Akbar; Allah is the Most Great] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.
That is why the main event of ‘Eid is the prayer in congregation and in an open space to be witnessed by all. We pray two rak’ahs that include a number of takbirs; saying Allahu Akbar a greater amount of times than usual and listen the an admonition to maintain the relationship with our Lord.
This is the meaning of eid and this is the reason behind it and as you can see it is not celebrating for the sake of having fun. The great goal the Prophet was coming to achieve did not stop him from celebrating the ‘Eid in which he wore special clothes and allowed some fun to take place; The Companions used to take this path, spend more on their children, greet each other and feel happy about what Allah bestowed upon them.
It is true that our ummah is going through many difficulties for many years, yet this should not stop us from celebrating our ‘Eids as they are part of our ‘Ibadah. Moreover, the victorious mentality never lives in a continuous state of psychological defeat and inferiority.
The Arab spring and the overthrowing of a number of tyrants including the latest, Gadhafi, and the attempt of the Syrians to rid themselves of the worst regime ever known in the Muslim world, is a proof that the spring of the Ummah has started.
The difficulties many western counties are going through and their attempt to look for solutions, open many doors for Islam and Muslim to flourish. We should always be optimistic as the Prophet used to be, and we take this ‘Eid to more optimistic and to say to everyone “‘Eid Mubarak!”