On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Agniveer wishes a very happy and meaningful Eid Mubarak to all Muslim brothers and sisters.
It is said that Satan remains tied up during the entire month of Ramadan when self-control and abstinence is observed. And Eid-ul-Fitr represents enlightenment received as a result of this self-control. We shall not dwell into the historical interpretations of the festival and associated concepts. We shall instead attempt to assimilate the key essence behind.
Almost all festivals celebrated across all societies have some historical significance. But what is more important is the lesson behind. Festivals symbolize certain aspects of goodness which we should always attempt to embrace from all humans and cultures. There is so much to learn from and teach each other!
So the key essence of Eid-ul-Fitr is defeat of Satan and victory of goodness. Just like Vijayadashami.
Now Satan is supposed to be have been a very capable follower of Allah. However when Allah asked him to bow to human, he arrogantly refused. This arrogance made him a villain. Satan is supposed to misguide human beings and confuse them away from path of spiritualism and goodness. Satan may come in any form and try to confuse us. Eid-ul-fitr and this story of Satan in texts is supposed to guide us on how to identify the Satan and keep him away from us.
1. The month of Ramadan represents self-control. And hence we get a message that the best way to keep Satan away is self-control. Stay away from indulgence and Satan shall stay away. Observe Brahmacharya (non-sensuality), discipline in food and routine, pure thoughts and humility and thy shall have an armor to ward off the Satan.
The Yoga Darshan derived from Vedas – the original divine texts – teach the same message of self-control leading to ultimate bliss in greater details. And Eid-ul-Fitr/ Ramadan attempts to convey a simplistic version of the same. For those who have no access to original Vedic wisdom, Eid-ul-Fitr represents a commendable way to establish the basics.
Its a different matter that over a period, like any other social custom, even this had its set of distortions and variations. But the essence remains establishment of noble Yogic principles of self-control and benevolence.
2. As we already pointed out, Satan is one who refused to humbly bow to human. Note that Allah did not put any eligibility criteria to shortlist human for bowing. This clearly means that all humans regardless of their age, gender, belief system, religion, race etc deserve our humble bow. And those who refuse to do so are actually Satans. Those people are Satanic who say that we should bow only to selected people – who believe in certain set of beliefs or worship certain people.
The only criteria for being a true Muslim is unconditional bowing to all human beings. Those who refuse to do so are Satan – plain and simple.
So the festival helps us identify the Satans among us so that we can stay away from them.
3. Bowing down has to happen not only in words but in action. So simply saying ‘Namaste’ does not mean bowing. Bowing to human beings means:-
– caring for all human beings and considering all humans as one family
– considering that all human beings, regardless of their beliefs, will have blessings of Allah
– praying for Heaven (aka happiness) for all human beings
– refusing to accept that only selected human beings will go to Heaven and non-believers will burn in Hell forever
– refusing to treat so-called believers and non-believers differently
– refusing to mingle with other human beings simply because they do not subscribe to our belief system
– refusing to have any agenda of giving Dawah for our sweet behavior with others even if they do not share our beliefs.
So far the other person also shares the same attitude – of bowing to humans – he or she is not a Satan and hence deserves our unconditional bow.
4. The only persons who do not deserve the bow, as per Islam and Eid-ul-Fitr, are those who put conditions on bowing. Thus all those who believe the following are Satans. Another word for them is Kafirs. The following are the Satans:
– those who believe that even noble-intentioned non-believers will go to Hell
– those who believe that one should treat believers and non-believers differently in personal, social or political matters
– those who believe that blind belief in any set of customs is necessary to achieve blessings of Allah and hence Heaven
– those who believe that those worshipping Allah in a different manner – say through idols because of their simple-heartedness – are worst of creatures
– those who believe that apostates should be punished for being honest to their own conscience simply because we disagree with them
– those who believe that we can preach our beliefs everywhere but must not allow others to propagate their beliefs in peaceful manner
– those who believe that women are inferior to men
– those who believe that one believer is equal to hundreds of non-believers
– those who believe that destruction of Jews and dominance over India are necessary to signify opening of gates of Heaven for so-called believers
– those who believe that only after recitation of Kalma can one become a Muslim
So the likes of Osama bin Laden, Kasab, Zakir Naik, Israr Ahmad etc who clearly appeal for differential treatment on basis of unverifiable belief systems are the true Satans – the real kafirs.
5. And all those people who humbly bow for service of entire humanity without any discrimination are the true worshippers of Allah, the true Momins, the true Muslims. Eid ul Fitr offers us an opportunity to showcase our thankfulness to all such true Muslims since inception of civilization and resolve to be such a Muslim ourselves.
6. So Agniveer humbly bows to the great Muslims till today who worked for humanity alone without any conditions. We specially bow to legendary Muslims of the Indian subcontinent for their contribution to entire humanity and we resolve to follow their noble examples.
We bow to Muslim Rishis like Agni, Aditya, Vayu and Angira. We bow to legendary Muslims like Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar. Warrior Muslims like Ram and Krishna. Freedom fighter Muslims like Rana Pratap, Veer Shivaji, Guru Gobind Singh, Ashfaq, Bismil, Bhagat Singh, Azad, Netaji. Prophetic Muslims like Swami Dayanand. And thousands of other selfless worshippers of humanity – the followers of Allah’s order of unconditional bowing to humans.
We also bow to historical Muslims across the world whose contributions have benefited the entire humanity – Newton, Einstein, Faraday, Maxwell, Rutherford, Bohr, Landsteiner and hundreds other who shaped the modern world.
Almost all of the above mentioned people and so many others never recited any Kalma. In fact many of them were Jews! But still they were Muslims as per story of Satan and Eid-ul-Fitr. Because they selflessly served the entire humanity without any hatred, bias or arrogance. Those who refuse to regard them as the ‘best of the Muslims’ are the ones who are real Satans or Kafirs.
7. Thus the festival teaches us that Islam is not a religion in reality. Islam means humility. Those who humbly bow to entire humanity without any preconditions are actually Muslims – regardless of they being Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Shia, Sunni, Ahmadiya, Bohra or whatever else.
Those who put preconditions that only Shia are Muslims, or only Wahabi are Muslims, or only who believe in some set of rituals and texts blindly alone are Muslims are actually Satans as per message of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. We should stay away from Satan as per message of Eid.
8. Also note that Allah is formless. So He cannot come in human form to give you message. He thus communicates only through inner voice of logic, reason and pure feelings. Those who heed to this inner voice are Momins – irrespective of they being Hindu, Christian, Shia, Jewish, Sunni, Qadiyani etc. And those who refuse to do so through blind belief are Satans.
Now Allah gives us a natural message to love all. As children we never differentiate among humans. It is only later age blind belief without reason or rhyme that causes us to hate some and love others. We feel a natural urge to be friends with all. Those who deny this divine urge are Satans and those who follow the pure urge to consider entire humanity as one family are real Muslims.
The festival gives us a message that we should never counter the inner voice because that is voice of Allah. We should never try to manipulate Allah’s inspiration as per dictates of any human being who demands blind faith and not reason. Let us not think of doing to others what we do not want to be done to us.
Eid is the festival to resolve to connect with this source of intelligence through Brahmacharya, purity and meditation as well as noble actions aimed at entire humanity and not to particular sects. This is the only way to ward off Satan.
9. Eid-ul-Fitr and story of Satan reemphasizes the Vedas. They indicate that Vedas are the original divine message. This is because it is EXACTLY the message of Vedas to bow to all humans unconditionally.
The Vedic greeting for all human beings is Namaste – I humbly bow to you. Vedas recommend Namaste for everyone including criminals. This is because it is Vedic belief that a person, howsomuch wretched, still has some positive qualities. He is nurtured by the Supreme Lord and to honor Him we should bow in respect. Note that bowing does not mean worship. It only implies an acknowledgement of grace of Supreme and resolve to work for its well-being.
It is a daily duty of all humans, as per Vedic culture, to help and feed even the most wretched creatures. After all law of Karma can also bring us down to their levels if we become arrogant. This daily duty called Balivaishwadeva is a necessary component of Panchamahayajna – the 5 great daily resolves of Arya or noble persons. Even before eating, a Vedic person is expected to pray for nourishment of all living beings in the world.
It is interesting to note that, Namah (from which Namaste is derived) is the most frequently occurring word in Vedas. Thus humility and service of humanity form the bedrock of Vedas. It is from Namah that the word Namaz was formed which was later adopted by great Muhammad to mean worship of Supreme – the best form of Namah.
So Eid-ul-Fitr teaches us humility and how the Islam of Eid-ul-Fitr is nothing but an attempt to provide a primer to Vedic wisdom.
On occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, once again Agniveer humbly bows – offers Namaste – to all Muslims of the world – regardless of they being Hindu, Christian, Shia, Sunni, Jewish, Qadiyani and wishes them Eid Mubarak. May we all work together for entire humanity without any artificial demarcations. May we regard entire humanity as one family and be able to ward of those Satans who want to divide us in name of religion, beliefs, books or symbols. May we listen to reason – which is voice of Allah – or else we will become Satans ourselves.
O Allah! Grant us the humility to serve entire humanity, prayer to seek Heaven for all regardless of their personal beliefs, and strength to destroy the Satans who believe otherwise.
May we all human beings congratulate each other Eid Mubarak as one single family that shall remain together – in happiness, sorrow, heaven or hell!
And may we celebrate this Eid Mubarak daily through practice of Vedic wisdom of Yoga that forms its foundation!
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