It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Umar (radi Allahu anhu) said that ‘Umar (radi Allahu anhu) took a brocade cloak that was for sale in the market and brought it to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), and said, “O Messenger of Allah, buy this and adorn yourself with it for Eid and for receiving the delegations.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to him, “Rather this is the dress of one who has no share (of piety or of reward in the Hereafter)…” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) agreed with ‘Umar (radi Allahu anhu) on the idea of adorning oneself for Eid, but he denounced him for choosing this cloak because it was made of silk.
It was narrated that Jaabir (radi Allahu anhu) said: The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) had a cloak which he would wear on the two Eids and on Fridays. [Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 1756]
Al-Bayhaqi (may Allah have mercy on him) narrated with a sahih isnaad that Ibn ‘Umar (radi Allahu anhu) used to wear his best clothes on Eid.
On Saturday past, the Muslim community in Barbados celebrated Eid ul Fitr, and as with all Muslim communities, started the day with communal Eid salaah – the special two rakaah congregational prayers with additional takbeers and a khutbah. Some perform the Eid salaah outdoors, others indoors. In Barbados, there were three Eid gaahs – three outdoor congregations assembling for the performance of the Eid ul Fitr salaah. BH, BD, Youngest and I attended the one held at the Graeme Hall Bird Sanctuary. It was indeed a sanctuary of serenity. We prayed on the Lakeside Lawn surrounded by the greatest landscaper and outdoor designer there is – Allah, swt, whose greenery cocooned us on all sides save the lake, shaded by clumps of bamboo and mangrove, soundproofed by shrubbery. Post-salaah, we lingered, shared, lingered some more. These are some of the photos taken, and I hope you sense at least a scintilla of the serenity which we experienced and which preceded a peaceful and very enjoyable Eid weekend.
The majority of the visible muslim community in Barbados have one culture in common, and it translates to dress and culinary arts. At Eid time, sweetmeat plates abound, and are shared, in all colours, flavours, seeming intricacies, the jealously guarded recipes.
You all know that BD loves baking. Last year, she joined the bandwagon in her own inimitable style (with lots of kitchen & packing assistance from Number One Son and me). This year, she went all cupcakes. With no kitchen assistance, and only some packing assistance (especially as Number One Son was out of island).
I was supposed to post on Friday, but was caught up in all of the last minute (thank God that there was one more day before Eid) hoorah. So, as a teaser, here are the ingredients of one of the cupcakes. Can you guess what it became?
The featured image is Youngest’s expression of love prepared at school and presented to his family en masse on the maghrib of Day 1 Eid ul Adha (this year, all gifts were given at the very start of Eid ul Adha)
The image is taken by BH with his phone after salaat on our way to perform qurbani