Eid is often referred to as the day of victory after a full month of fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Then what victory over?
Should we celebrate with joy?
Or vice versa?
True, a month with Ramadan we are trained by God to obey Him. In Ramadan we not only hold back hunger and thirst for fasting. We are also trained to resist anger and other immorality. We are also trained to be close to the Koran in every second. We are also trained to revive their nights with dzikir and qiyamul lail. How hard it really is, but that is the month of struggle, a month full of obedience.
Now, Ramadan will leave us. No need to regret, because he was part of the provisions of Rabbul Izzati. Even though he will come back again, but it is not the same Ramadhan, he will be Ramadhan in the year to come that we are not necessarily in this world. Then what victory should we celebrate? What is the victory because you have finished fasting? Then be free from every meal and drink during the day?
The noble Companions of the Prophet, ahead of the end of Ramadan they were both together, saddened. Not because they are not happy to welcome Eid al-Fitr, but both of them because they will be left behind by glorious Ramadan, the blessed month. Then what victory should we think about at Eid Al-Fitr?
First, the true victory at Eid is not because it is free from eating and drinking during fasting. But the true victory of Ramadan is when we get the forgiveness of Allah Most High. Free from the punishment of God because of the prayers we have.
Didn't Gabriel say he had come to the Prophet and prayed, "For those who come to him in Ramadan, but his sins are not forgiven."
Then the Prophet said, "Aamiin" (May Allah grant). Subhanallah. Jibril prayed with an accident prayer for anyone whom Allah gave the blessing of Ramadan, but his presence in the month of Ramadan did not make him forgive his sins.
Rasulullah SAW said, "Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan because of faith and hopes for a reward from Allah, then his past sins must be forgiven." (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim).
That is, one of the victories of the Ramadhan is when we get God's forgiveness for all our past sins. May we get this victory. Ammin.
Secondly, the true victory at Eid is not because of the clothes they have just given, but also the foods that are ready to be served. A true victory after Ramadhan is when you get closer to Allah, you will get it every day.
As Allah said, "O believers have been obliged to you to fast, as has been required of the people before you, so that you fear." (QS. Al-Baqarah: 183)
Then the second victory after Ramadan, is when we can bring that pious spirit in the next 11 months. We become more godly people. More afraid only of God. More pleased with all gifts from God. Be more obedient to what God sent down. More prepare for the day when we will be led by God. Like the piety delivered by Ali bin Abi Talib ra.
Then, have we got these two wins? Wallahu'alam. It all depends on the quality of our worship in Ramadan yesterday. So hopefully for all the obedience that we do throughout Ramadan, Allah accepts. And hopefully for all his sinners, Allah forgives.
Taqabbalallahu minna wa minkum, shiyamana wa shiyamakum, kullu aamiin wa antum bi khair. May God accept all of our worship, and then God presents that ultimate victory. Aamiin.