Hazrat Ali’s Sermon on Eid-ul-Fitr

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, Hazrat Ali (A.S.) delivered a sermon in which he said:

“O people! Verily this day of yours is the day when the righteous are awarded and the wretched are losers. It is a day which is similar to the one on which you shall be standing (before your Lord). Therefore, when you come out of your homes to go to places of your prayer, remind yourselves about the day when you (your souls) shall come out of your bodies to go to your Lord. When you stand on places of your prayer, remind yourselves of your standing in the presence of your Lord (on the day of Judgment). And when you return to your homes (after prayer), remind yourselves about your returning to your homes in Paradise. O Servants of Allah! Verily the minimum reward for those men and women who fasted (during Ramadan), is an Angel, who calls out to them on the last day of the month of Ramadan (saying): O SERVANTS OF ALLAH! REJOICE THE GLAD TIDING THAT ALL YOUR PREVIOUS SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN…”

– From the Nahjul-Balaghah.

Eid-ul-Fitr is a unique festival. It has no connection with any historical event nor is it related to the changes of seasons or cycles of agriculture. It is not a festival related in any way to worldly affairs. Its significance is purely spiritual. It is the day when Muslims thank God for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe the fast and obey His commandments during the holy month of Ramadan.

Alhamdulillah! May Allah bless us all, and grant that we use this Eid as a lens to focus the sun of good works that have shone so brightly during Ramadan to light the way through this coming year until the next Ramadan. Amin.

Eid Mubarak! 

Ya Haqq!


17 Responses to Hazrat Ali’s Sermon on Eid-ul-Fitr

  1. chaiwala says:

    Eid Mubarak Irving bhai. :)

  2. Danya says:

    Eid mubarak! :)

  3. Omer M says:

    Eid Mubarak, ya Ustadh.

    Omer M

  4. Safa says:

    Salaams and hearty tabriks to you dear Irving on this blessed Eid of Fitr. May the scarce amount we have (insha’Allah) harvested this month remain with us plentifully the whole year round, and sprout profusely into an ever green rose-garden of Love and Light under the auspicious and soulful downpouring blessings of Maula Ali (A.S.), our best paradigm and mentor on the path toward the One and only Beloved. Amin!


  5. musicalchef says:

    Eid Mubarak to you too!

  6. Maliha says:

    Eid Mubarak ya Darvish :)

  7. Darwisiy says:

    Eid Fitr Mubarak .May Joy and Happiness be with you and family my dear brother.

  8. sf says:

    Ameen to your beautiful prayer.
    Eid Mubarak to you, dear Brother Irving and your family!


  9. tempest says:

    Eid mubarak akhi, and thank you as always for your prayers

  10. mshahin says:

    Eid Mubarak brother Irving! Subhanallah I had never read this sermon from Ali; it brought tears to my eyes. That is what Eid is all about. May Allah accept the fast of the entire ummah, and forgive all of us our sins!

    May Allah grant you the best.

  11. Raza Rumi says:

    Eid Mubarak my dear brother:)
    thanks for posting the excerpts of the moving sermon..

  12. Shahrzad says:

    Very beautiful piece of words.. I almost cried. I really love Nahj al Balaghah. Beautiful and thoughtful :)

  13. Baraka says:

    Salaam & Eid mubarik my dear brother!

    This sermon touched me so much – alhamdolillah.

    This blog is a place that I turn to everyday for the balm and solace illuminating its pages. May God bless you & yours for all the beauty you bring into the world.


  14. Merryweather says:

    Khair Mubarak to you, brother Irving! I hope you had a wonderful, blessed Eid.
    I am logging on after some days as we were off to visit my sister in Boston, for Eid :)

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