This year’s Eid sermon focused on the importance of practicing good virtues/manners (akhlaq), and applying it in our daily interactions with one another. It was a very basic, brief, and a much-needed reminder that Islam should be more about being good to one another, and seeking to make life easier for one another.
What I took from it, is that if everybody put in the extra effort to make things easier on their fellow man, then our lives would be that much better, and no sacrifices would be necessary. This is, of course, assuming that everybody gives a little, so the benefits become mutual.
I think the biggest challenge is to trust that the other person will take your interests to heart, as you would take theirs. Typically, when dealing with strangers, we have no assurances that this would be the case. It’s a shame, but that’s life. I guess that’s where the faith aspect of Islam should kick in, and one should instead focus on doing things for the sake of Allah; i.e. without worldly expectations. That way, one gains spiritual benefits, and if they come out ahead, then that’s the cherry on top. Then again, pragmatically speaking, one cannot always afford to give up something if there are no real immediate benefits.
It certainly left me with a lot to think about. Did everybody get the same Eid sermon or was it different? Also, what did you take away from it? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!