My annual Eid Sermon Reflection

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!

Eid Mubarak!

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3 Responses to “My annual Eid Sermon Reflection”

  1. Nessreen August 20, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Altruism, then? I’m not sure I’m capable of that. I do good in the hope that good will be done to/for me. It’s inherently selfish, but also, the means justify the end. That’s how I understand Chaotic Neutral, sometimes Neutral Evil, to be.

    All the same, Eid Mubizzle. I’ll see you in a few hours.

    • Menelik Seth August 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      Alturism is a tall order. What I specifically liked about the sermon, is that the Imam did not once mention it. Instead, he presented the importance of applying good virtues/manners as a method of cooperation between individuals. So, by seeking to help one another, we not only benefit spiritually, but practically as well (which is equally important, and arguably even more so).

      However, I do believe that alturism is important. I just think that it is a goal that we should personally strive for, similar to how one should struggle to find their faith. It is a deeply personal journey, but isn’t something that we can rightfully expect of each other. After all, why would I expect somebody to help me, unless they were benefiting in some way. It’s only fair, right? I don’t see it as being selfish, but rather practical.

      Cya in a bit xD

  2. Moiz September 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    This was a reminder. Wisdom is indeed mind and heart combined in harmonized unison. But sensibility can so often feel like a burden. More Allah, more faith is surely the answer. Bare with me as I self-address an old affirmation. We are to find inspiration from the lives of our prophets, but minus the worldly glory of being a prophet in this life, or the promise of eternal bliss in the other. It can seem unfair very easily, but it’s the only way things can work. It’s not about being selfish, or even selfless, but practical.

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