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A short and important history of Hajj

July 07, 2020, 11:23:26 am N. Truth Seeker: InshAllah, vaccine will come but might take a bit of time.
July 07, 2020, 11:22:43 am Heba E. Husseyn: Exactly ... !
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Heba E. Husseyn
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« on: November 19, 2009, 01:13:54 am »

Your perception and concern are correct and justified, sister Ruhi. 

While only Allah knows the details best, here's how I surmise the present concept of Eid evolved in our Muslim society.

As we know, the Noble Quran mentions nothing to presume that Eid is a Quranic dictate.  In many narrations of various hadith collections you will find lots of stuff about Eid, like, eating a certain number of dates before Eid prayers, for Eid-al-Adha eating after making the sacrifice, wearing clean or best clothes, men must use perfume not women etc.  There is a hadith which also says that on Eid (probably Eid-al-Fitr or may both Eids) the Prophet (pbuh) in the mosque went around the congregation with a bag requesting all women to drop into the bag whatever jewellery they could give for charity. Of course I don't believe this at all.  The Prophet (pbuh) would never collect charity in this manner.  We know that for sure.  What I mean to show is this is how the concept of Eid started, purely through hadith.

Now, in reality, I would presume that at the end of Ramadan, the Prophet (pbuh)would be meeting people in his masjid in Medinah after the prayers and probably congratulating them for completing the fasts successfully .... and perhaps the people (including women who would be present) would offer each other some dates or some simple thing to eat.  That's it.  Then they would disperse after a while. I am also sure that during the period of the 4 righteous Caliphs who succeeded the Prophet (pbuh), things were just as simple and down-to-earth.  In my opinion, the extravagance began from the time of the Ommayad rulers.  That's when gradually lavish feasts became significant of observing Eid by marking it as the end of a religious season.  As the time of the Ommayads and Abbasids was very prosperous for the Muslim Empire, therefore these parties in the palace gradually became more extravagant, spreading into the society as a social culture or tradition.  Thus, this way eventually this practice also spread from the rich to the middle-class as a household culture. 

Like I said, only Allah knows best, but this is how I think it came about.

I had also read in a fairly sensible Muslim website sometime ago (I can't recall the name of that website) that marking the end of a religious season with celebration was a typical pre-Islamic custom.  It obviously popped back after the passing away of the Prophet (Saaw) and his successors, Abu Bakr, Umer, Usman and Ali (may Allah be pleased with them). 
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