Somebody forwarded me the news from Hyderabad and Lucknow that Muslims are planning to scale down on Eid festivities and related buying this year and rather spend the money on helping the poor and the needy. It is reported in newspapers that the Muslims in Hyderabad are preparing to celebrate this year’s Eid without new clothes. This is to show solidarity with the poor affected by the Corona Virus. The money thus saved will be used to help the poor and the needy and to save for future. There is a WhatsApp message circulating in Hyderabad “I am not buying clothes this Eid. Will you?”. In an open appeal to the Muslims of Hyderabad, Nawab Najaf Ali Khan (descendant of Last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan) has requested them not to buy new clothes even if lock down in lifted and shops are open. His appeal says “Let us pledge to exclude our materialism and gloating and be mindful of the underprivileged around us. Let’s say no to excessive and unnecessary shopping for Eid. Keeping in mind the current situation due to the ongoing lock down for Covid-19, most of us are at home, but the poor and needy are left to fend for themselves without a job as everything is shut down”. This is indeed sane advice.
Similarly, there is a call given in Lucknow to use best clothes instead of new clothes. The appeal from Lucknow is as follows:
“Let’s wear the best clothes not new clothes this Eid
Say No to Eid Shopping this year. Instead
Feed a Family
Pay someone’s school fees
Help someone restart business
Pay someone’s rent
Let’s celebrate the true spirit of Ramzan”
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahal has appealed to the people of Lucknow to spend half of saved amount on the poor and the needy. This is a good advice as it creates a balance between the personal needs and the needs of the society. One can spend half the amount saved on helping others while can save the other half for future.
These are good initiatives. They need to be followed everywhere. Let us celebrate Eid without new clothes and shoes. And why only clothes and shoes, let us celebrate this year’s Eid with less food also. Usually a minimum of four to five dishes are prepared on the occasion of Eid. Let us do with two dishes and instead help others. Let us celebrate Eid this year in the true spirit by sharing with others. Let us go back to the Sunnah. Eid Mubarak in advance.
- Srinivasa Rao Apparasu (30 April 2020) Several Hyderabad Muslims back no-new-clothes-in-Eid call in solidarity with the poor. Available at: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/several-hyderabad-muslims-back-no-new-clothes-in-eid-call-in-solidarity-with-the-poor/story-qIyyWCrMhasC5AjKdjAX6M.html. accessed on 5 April 2020.
- Yusra Husain (4 May 2020) No new clothes on Eid, give money in charity: Lucknow Muslims. Available at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/no-new-clothes-on-eid-give-money-in-charity-lucknow-muslims/articleshow/75540108.cms. Accessed on 6 April 2020.