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Best Ten Days Drive

DateDrive of Thul-Hijja 1429/Dec 2008
Type of DateDrive: Awareness & Donation

The Best Ten days for 1429 starts from the sunset of Friday November 28th, 2008.

What: Encouraging Muslims to maximize their rewards during the month of Hajj


  1. Getting 29 comments about activities in these best days
  2. Issuing Hajj 1429 Bookmarks.


  1. Spread the link of this drive by blogging, emailing, and posting on forums, sites, etc.
    This is the link:
  2. Post in the comment section any story or advice about fasting Arafah, saying Takbeer in public, doing the Udhiya/Qurban, cooking the meat, eating & drinking, inviting guests, feeding needy people, or celebrating the Eid. Click here to post

Special acts of worship for the month of Thul Hijjah

These dates are according to Makkah (check with your local masjid for local dates)
Thikr/Takbeer Days: From the sunset of Friday November 28th till the sunset of Thursday December 11th, 2008
Arafah Day: Sunday December 7th, 2008
Eid Day: Monday December 8th, 2008
Sacrifice Days: After Eid prayer until the sunset of Thursday December 11th, 2008

Reviving the Sunnah of hands-on Qurban

What to say when slaughtering an animal?


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  • Sister

    First comment … 😛

    Jazakumullah Khair for the excellent drive…

    Just like to add that this is great reminder for us all, especially since these ten days are often forgotten.

  • Organica

    Okay, I am running out of sidebar space 😛

  • Noura

    I did something a little differnt actually, which reminds me of what this is asking about. I still think it is a very benifical thing that we should all be doing in our homes. So that inshAllah one day we can be pure like those who visit Hajj. cheack out the link,
    Enjoy =)

  • Rukhsar

    The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are those of great reward and importance to the believers. The Messenger of Allaah, peace be upon him, said: “There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days.” They (the companions listening) said, “Not even Jihâd?” He, peace be upon him, said, “No, not even Jihâd except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.” [Recorded by al-Imâm al-Bukhârî].

    From this hadeeth we realise that, any form or act of worship, any type of charity is great and rewarded highly by Allaah. Thus we should strive to make at least these 10 days, another turning point or boost in our eemaan.
    It’s common that people like myself, lose eemaan, begin to slack in worship after Ramadhaan, thus this is a great time to ‘catch-up’ if you like.

    During these 10 days, one can pray more, offering more sunnah and nawaafil prayers, maybe even qiyaam al layl. Ibn Hajar says in Fath al-Bârî: “The most apparent reason for the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah being distinguished in excellence is due to the assembly of the greatest acts of worship in this period, i.e. salawât (prayers), siyâm (fasting), sadaqah (charity) and the hajj (pilgrimage). In no other periods do these great deeds combine.” Hence, striving and intending to fulful such acts and deeds should act as a means of forgiveness and mercy for us.

    What have I been doing so far? It is now the 3rd of Dhul Hijjah, I have attempted to make my lifestyle ‘freeer’ and give my deen, my ‘ibaadah more priority than other things. So I have managed to pray qiyaam once and wish to do this again. I’ve make making reciting the Qur’aan and supplications frequently throughout the day a habit. isn’t it better that our tongues offer something beneficial to us as a reminder and means of forgiveness? Sayign Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar), Tasbeeh (SubhaanAllaah) and Tahmeed (Alhamdulillaah) is beneficial as Al-Imâm Bukhârî, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “Ibn ‘Umar and Abû Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with them both, used to go out to the markets in the ten days saying the takbîr causing the people to follow them in this action.” Saying Takbeer isn’t limited to one authetnic method alone- maybe researching this with the niyyah to improve can be your task for the first 10 days!

    I have also been trying to fast (have done up until now, inshaa’Allaah) and wish to continue with my siyaam until the day of ‘Arafah. Hanbada ibn Khâlid reports on the authority of his wife who reports that some of the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: The Prophet, upon whom be peace, would fast on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of Âshûra and three days in every month. [Recorded by Ahmad, Abu Dâwûd, an-Nisâî and others] Al-Imâm an-Nawawî said that fasting in these ten days is extremely recommended.

    Sorry for writing so much! May Allaah enable us to earn much reward from these first days, and enable us to increase in good deeds aameen.

  • hadayai53

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. is planning a fund raiser and collecting items to help five families in need (four women with children no husband around) and one brother who lost his job recently.

    Anyone who is looking for a project to help can contact me at the email address above, insh’Allah.

    ma salaam

  • Fuad

    Assalamu alaikum

    Just as we do all within our means to not miss any big sales or offers, we should try our utmost to make best use of these most blessed of days, inshaAllah.

    Some easy pointers:
    1. fasting – with short winter days, this is easier than ever. esp not to miss the day of yaumal arafah.

    2. increased zikr – subahanallah, alhamdulillah, walailahaillallah, wallahuakbar.

    3. try to memorize something from quran – one easy way to do this is to print it out and carry that paper around with you. you can memorize while walking or taking the bus or train.

    4. try to make solat tahajjud – also an easy task with long winter nights.

    5. praying for the ummah and the whole of humanity – we are going through very hard times now, and the near future dont look any better.

    may Allah help us to score some extra points in these blessed days. ameen.

  • Serendipitouslife

    I just listened to the audio, ‘Reviving the Sunnah of hands-on Qurban’.


    That was very pertinent. Sadly, its become a norm now to either out-source or stay physically away from one’s udhiyah (& all messiness that it entails) even in Muslim majority countries.

    The abattoirs are jam packed on Eid day. The whole process is highly mechanized. People bring their animals in trucks & pick-ups & stand in special queues for lamb/goat, cows & camels. Each one is given a token number when they hand-over their animal to the in-charges. They can then go and sit in the ‘viewing balcony’ (with their popcorn & drinks!) to watch their animal passing through the entire ‘assembly line’. The actual slaughter is done by hand (though the animal is held immobile by some machine) & the entire process after that is mechanized. After an hour, you go to the other end, submit your token number & collect the meat in nice clean packets.

    The whole process is very clean, modern & efficient alhumdullilah. But I can’t help but wonder if the essence & spirit of sacrificing by hand remains.
    JazakAllahkhair for stressing on this aspect.

    PS. Is it possible to forward this one video through email?

  • Sam /Zahid

    Once again, Living Halal guides us on the straight Path.
    Many Blessings / Eid Mubarak

  • LaTanya

    Asalaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

    Alhamdulillah for these blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah. Subhanallah, we have many opportunities to come closer to Allah SWT. I understand that for most people this has been a difficult year, I’ve had my share, Alhamdulillah. I also feel that the reward from Allah SWT is also near and we should not despair, but make taubah and remain patient. Allah SWT has promised to answer our du’aa’ and He SWT is shy to return our du’aa’ empty-handed.
    Please keep me & the Ummah in your du’aa’s.

    May Allah SWT grant us the best in this life, the best in the akhirah, the protection from the punishment of the grave, protection from the hellfire, & protect us from the seduction of the dajjal. Amiin.
    May Allah SWT forgive us of all our sins, great & small, those we committed in secret & those we committed in public, the ones we are aware of & the ones we are unaware of, the first one & the last one, every single one of them. Amiin.
    May Allah SWT’s Mercy be upon us all. Amiin.
    May Allah SWT grant us health and increase in halal rizq. Amiin.
    And for all those who are in pain & suffering from diseases, sicknesses, and illnesses…May Allah SWT grant the reward for those afflictions and replace it with what is better. Amiin. May Allah SWT grant us ease, relief, and the cure. Amiin.
    May Allah SWT remove from us our debts, shield us from riba, and protect us from needing anything from anyone except Himself SWT. Amiin.
    May Allah SWT grant increase of halal rizq for all the mu’mineen and all the mu’minat and all the muslimeen and all the muslimat. Amiin.
    May Allah SWT accept the hajj for those making hajj. Amiin.
    May Allah SWT accept from us our efforts, and our intentions, and our deeds. Amiin.
    ya Rub. Amiin.

    Asalaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.
    Sis. LaTanya

  • HalfDate

    Assalam alaikum

    May Allah reward you all for your beneficial comments and may Allah reward you for forwarding the link on to others.

    @Serendipitouslife: To get the direct link to any of the videos, double click on the video and you will be taken to YouTube where you can find the direct link.

    Jazakum Allahu khaira

  • ummAishah

    Assalamualaikum Warahmatulahi Wabarakatuh
    Dear all
    Jai jakALLAHu khayrun to those who already posted some beneficial points for all of us to apply in this 10 special days oh Dhul Hijjah. Jai JakALLAHu khayrun to the people also who created such a nice drive- halfdate.

    A question has been asked that what I am doing in this blessed time. Actually I am trying to perform my Salah on time and with more concentration and focus. I am also trying to increase my reading and understanding Quran, Listen to some good lectures, fasting when possible, night prayers, ad-doha prayers and as a whole trying to be busy in good deeds. Such as feeding or helping others, giving good advice, sharing some beneficial learning etc. ALso trying to pray for all. I don’t know how much will be accepted by ALLAH but I am trying to seek ALLAH’s forgiveness and to do deeds which may win ALLAH’s favours. May ALLAH guide us all.

    I found an excellent discussion on Dhul Hijjah here as well. Try to read it and act upon. Don’t let the precious time just go by.


  • Sunni4lyf

    thank u half date . com for all u have done ! all the youtube,islamictube, halaltube , postings, the baba ali stuff his website inshallah will be done soon half our deen . com! We need more info about this month! short videos are great! especially for people like me who have brain problems and short attention span.. thank u for your sincerity… and ya’ll picked a great brother to be the main speaker of the videos the voice is sweet and kind and easy on the ears mashallah…. MAY ALLAH guide us all and help us achieve unity in our ummah across the globe! AMEEEEEEEEEEEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tasneem

    Jazakallah to everyone at Halfdate for everything!

    May Allah (SWT) bless us all with a better deen. Ameen.

  • Le-Ann Mariamlelue

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu
    mashaAllah great post
    Those videos really touched on some great reminders and also taught me some new things
    may Allah keep this drive running ameen
    and may Allah keep us all ameen
    Haj Mabroor for all those gone on the sacred pilgrimmage and a safe journey to and fro inshaAllah khair
    Fee Aman Allah

  • Muhammad Asaduddin Bin Abdul Hamid

    hey i suggest u do the impossilble to get good pahala(deeds points)

  • ilma

    as salamu alaikum,

    Remember to remember Allah,
    Read the Quran,
    Say salam to EVERY Believer,
    Have the Best Manners

    May Allah reward you all and forgive your sins. Ameen.

  • Justina

    IsA this Eid al Adha will be an inspiring one for all and also may God shine a light through us to inspire others to look deeply in to this peaceful religion, whether they may be born muslims or not. amen.

    IsA we intend on inviting friends over for dessert and enlightening discussion, and I intend on bringing some sweets to work and offering them on behalf of this holiday. (I am the only muslim at my job place)

    If anybody has any cool ideas feel free to e-mail or post! Let’s be creative!


  • Sajjaad

    Jazaak Allaah for the reminder!

  • fatima medlicott

    Aslam alkum (may allah bless and place peace upon you if allah wills)

    well i am a convert alahmdullilah, so i have not done much this hajj, i have been studying a lot more about islam and i did fast the fist 6 days alahmdulluilah and talking and giving dawah to muslims and non muslims mashallah but that is all really.

    Plus remember who has created you from dust? by saying alahmdullilah, subbhanallah, mashallah, astafrullah and keep your toung wet with the love of allah and his messenger mohammed (pbuh),

    make sure when you see a muslim you say salam alkum to them and wa alkum salam because this makes you and them both gain the rewards of allah inshallah,

    when you are around non muslims be nice with them and if you cn help them do so because if they see muslims being good they will want to know more about islam and mybe they will convert if allah wills this upon them and you will gain the reward also inshallah,

    also read as much quran as possible because the quran is the book to how to live life the correct halal way,

    remember also smile is the biggest dawa a muslim can do to a muslim and non muslim,

    the last thing is that we should encorage and teach our children about hajj and about islam from a early age inshallah

    take care i hope this advice helped muslims and non muslims take care and may allah protct and reward you

    wa salam

    fatima xxxx

  • Rahmah Q. Popal

    As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh.

    Most Muslims don’t make pilgrimage as soon as they can because they have children to take care of. So what can we do as Muslims to help the parent(s) have the opportunity to make Hajj?

    To babysit!!! 😀

    Imagine the rewards you will get for helping people being able to make Hajj. It is as if you made Hajj…

    Allahu ‘Aalim.

  • Muslim

    InshaAllah, I’m planning to fast Arafa and do Qurban.

    This year Eid is on Monday, a working day in the US, so inshaAllah, I’ll take off.

    May Allah accept from us and you all

  • Virtues of Arafah

    It was reported from Abu Qutaadah (may Allah be pleased
    with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and prayer
    of Allah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of
    Arafah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the
    previous year and of the coming year.” Collected by Muslim.

  • Sacrifice Rulings

    Slaughtering the sacrifice is better than giving its price in charity
    If there are poor people in my country who need money, can I give them the price of the sacrifice in charity, or should I offer the sacrifice?.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

    Slaughtering the sacrifice is better than giving its price in charity, because that was what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the Muslims with him did. And because the sacrifice is one of the ritual of Islam; if the people turn away from it and give charity instead, that symbol will die out. If giving the price of the sacrifice in charity was better than slaughtering the sacrifice, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would have explained that to his ummah in word and deed, because he did not omit to explain anything that was good for the ummah. Indeed, if giving charity was equal to offering the sacrifice he would have explained that too, because it is easier than going to the trouble of offering the sacrifice. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) never failed to point out the easier option to his ummah when it was equal to the more difficult option. There was a famine during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he said, “Whoever among you offers a sacrifice should not keep any of it in his house for more than three days.”

    The following year, they said, “O Messenger of Allaah, should we do what we did last year?” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Eat and feed the poor and store some, for last year the people were having a hard time and I wanted you to help them.” Agreed upon.

    Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Sacrifice when prescribed is better than giving its price in charity. He said, Hence even if you give many times more the value of the sacrifice for tamattu’ and qiraan, it will never take its place, and the same applies to udhiyah.

    Risaalat Ahkaam al-Udhiyah wa’l-Dhakaah

  • AZ MAS Youth Group

    Asalamu Alaikum!

    Our MAS youth group had an Eid Toy Drive and wrapped gifts yesterday and then went to take the gifts to the Muslim Refugee children. It was a great feeling, al7amdulilah. We just had community members donate gently used or new toys and money to buy these kids toys for Eid. I think that all Muslim communities should do this and can do this for their less fortunate fellow Muslims. May Allah accept all our good deeds in these ten days…Ameen

    Yous sister in Islam,

    Farah Abdul Razzaq

  • Bro

    I put the link on my Facebook status

  • Organica
  • Hafsa

    eid mubarak!

  • Muslim

    Assalam alaikum

    Eid Mubarak. Taqabala Allahu minna wa minkum.

    My Eid started with Salah then sacrifice, distribution of meat, and ended with a feast.

    Alhamdulillah :)

  • Le-Ann Mariamlelue

    Assalamu Alaykum to all
    Alhamdolilah Eid went well
    The day was peaceful and feeling lingers on
    Assembling in the masjid early in the morning along with the muslims from my community was reminiscent of Taraweeh prayers in Ramadhan
    The togetherness and unity reminded me of how I missed coming to the masjid on a daily basis
    Hope you all had a great and blessed Eid inshaAllah khair
    may Allah accept all our Ibaadah and sacrifice fee sabilillah ameen ya Rab
    stay blessed
    Fee Aman Allah

  • Rukhsar

    ‘Eed Mubaarak, taqabbalAllaahu minnee wa minnkum wa ghafarAllaahu lee wa lakum to begin with.
    My ‘Eed..was pretty quiet this year, My day began by encouraging everyone to perform ghusl after fajr, and heading our for salaatul ‘eed shortly afterwards, not allowing anyone to talk in the car but say takbeer instead.
    After the salaah, we returned home, got ready and went to my grans, the meat arrived very late in the evening…and the whole day was awaiting its arrival. So I was bored.
    However, we cooked and ate, and things got a lil more lively, the next day family visited my house…more cooking, cleaning, eating and hosting guests!
    Alhamdulillaah for everything…I thin for me the main things missing were;
    a) most of the kids,
    b) distinguishing our ‘eed from festivals of other faiths.

  • CallMeBrother

    Eid mubarak brothers and sisters! Alhumdulillah azza wajjal, I had a real good Eid. the best part was that my family actually sat down to have breakfast together at home. We almost never get to do that anymore. I love Eid!

    May Allah bless us all and our families and preserve us to enjoy another Eid!

    Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

  • RE: Rukhsar’s comment

    Hmm, I learned a tip from your dad :)

    “Not allowing anyone to talk in the car but say takbeer instead.”


  • Anonymous

    ASA,EID MUBARAK May ALLAH (swt) Accept your acts of worship. Ameen

  • AnonymousSis

    Taqabbalallaahu minaa wa minkum.

    The best part about this Eid for me was helping my young relatives feel like it’s a special day. We decorated the living room, exchanged gifts, and just had fun together, alhamdulillaah.

    I still miss Eid in old times when I was young! We were back in “the East” where we would wear new clothes, visit family friends and have them visit back, get money and gifts, go down to the corner shop and get little fire crackers and chocolates…no one had to go to work or school. We’d go to the park or somewhere where we could play…we’d eat out…it was really fun.

  • Aminat

    Eid was disappointing to me…I didn’t get to do anything, I didn’t even pray!! I am in school without a car, the closest mosque is miles away and there is no one to ask for a ride. Mashallah things will change for the better next year.

  • ilma

    as salamu alaikum

    eid, allhamdullilah was great for me. we prayed in a park close by with many people and had breakfast there. we visited relatives and then spent the whole day and lunch in a hall slash park, eating nice food. hope you all had a great eid too.

    I just want to share one of my favourite Hadith:
    The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings me upon him) said : the closest to me on the Day of Judgement will be those Best in Manners.


  • Shamsa

    Assalamu alaykum wr wb

    Dear Aminat Said, Eid or any day should not be disapointed to us. Why??
    because we are moslems and everything what happend to us is khair for us inshaallah. How?? We will have revords even for sabr.
    I was alone on Eid also, pregnant 9th month, last week, waiting 3th baby. My husband is in another country and my kids were also faar from me…
    I called my husband and told him that I feel like Hajer when Ibrahem a.s. leave her with kid in desert. I was really feeling so lonely.
    But my husband said that he hope that we will have revord as Hajer and Ibrahem had inshaallah. That made me happy…so at last this was great Eid…because I am waiting big revord inshaallah and waiting my baby also :)))
    Salam to all, love you in the name of Allah

  • Organica

    The night before I messaged all my family abroad warm Eid greetings (I know impersonal, but keeping those ties nevertheless!). I also contacted friends and acquaintances via email, phone and text messaging.

    I missed Eid prayers for the first time in a while. I had an unexpected obligation and there was no way out of it! I pleaded and begged but no alternative was available, and I had to accept the fact. Alhumdulilah, I had a night class the same day but the professor approved my absence via email, so I got to attend a wonderful dinner. One of my convert friends got to attend an Eid dinner for the first time, so it made the event even more special. She was so kind to buy me a gift from Bath and Body Works (made me happy, alhumdulilah!).

    I had to make a quick stop (at Walmart) on the way home that night. In the store, I bumped into 2 Muslimahs and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! We exchanged Eid greetings and made it our separate ways.

    Although my Eid wasn’t a “typical” one, alhumdulilah I got to feel the festivities.

    Eid Mubarak, and may the Ummah be stronger and united on our next Eid. Allahuma Ameen.

  • Sajjaad

    Eid Mubarak to all the muslims.

  • anonymous…

    Salam alaikum… i don’t know what to type… brother halalbuzz is urging everyone to leave a comment and it’s really hard to turn him down so i will just type out the alphabet…to prove that all those years of schooling has at least taught me something:P

    a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z…YAY!

    btw, Eid Mubarak everybody=)))

  • anonymous…

    Awww so sweet Shamsa….
    Mashallah. May Allah give u a beautiful baby and reward u for ur patience and positivity.

  • Leslie

    Assalam alaikum,

    Eid mubarak everyone!

    Alhamdulillah I had the chance to travel with my family to Morocco so we celebreated Eid here. SubhanAllah it’s a different world here on the Eid (as compared to the US) – there are sheep everywhere and everyone is off from school and work so it feels more like how Eid should be Alhamdulillah! I also got to see how they slaughter and prepare the sheep so Alhamdulillah it’s been a very interesting one so far. :)

    May Allah forgive us and accept all our deeds.



  • Kar Furqan Ajaz

    Assalamalaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuhu eid mubarak to all may Allah bless us all with his choicest bounties in this life and in the next ameen

  • Kar Furqan Ajaz

    Assalamalaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuhu brothers and sisters, i was just reading some of the stories about how some of our brothers and sisters celebrate eid in their respective countries and it just made me so very thankful for where i live, and how that allows me to enjoy eid to the fullest, i hope and pray that may Allah sweeten this and all other eids for all our brothers and sisters all around the world, ameen

  • Justina

    Eid was wonderful thanks Be. I missed the prayer(I know, I know) But in the evening we had 5 couples over for a potluck and gift exchange-it was fun until someone’s baby threw up in my living room! hahaha
    Well we’re still eating leftovers so the spirit of that evening is still with us : )
    IsA next year will find us all in Hajj together.

  • Maha

    Alhamduillah, I had a wonderful Eid this year. We went to Eid prayers in the morning, and exchanged salams and greetings with family and friends. Then we went to eat at a resteraunt later on and went to the mall to walk around for awhile.

    It’s too bad though, because I got a stomach virus the very next day..probably from the resteraunt food, lol.

    I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Eid as well!

  • Young Anonymous Muslimah

    hope everyone had a nice three days of Eid.
    We had a good time, we cooked Qurbani meat in a huge pot for almost 40 people, and Alhamdulillah, it was full of Barakah.
    I absolutely LOVE sorting the meat, especially when its still warm! ; )
    Jazak’Allah to everyone at half-date for keeping me on the straight and narrow.
    May Allah bless us all with the sweetest date to share in Jannah

  • Anonymous

    My eid was the usual but perfect for me. We had the family over with all the little kids having a blast. Eid is something dear and special to all muslim

    Eid Mubarak to everyone
    Assalamu Alaykum

  • mariamtj

    ASALAMALEYKUM WARAHMATULAHI WABARAKATUHU…EID SAEED AND EID MUBARAK FOR ALL Of U!…i had a simple , usual but a perfect EID for me and my family….because every year,every hour,every moment ALLAH ALMIGHTY blees us with life…and INSHALLAH… AL RAHMAN…will blees us with one more year…until next EID!!!…inshALLAH ….ALLAH ALMIGHTY will be plesed of us!!!…don’t forget….”when u will rebember ALLAH ….,ALLAH will remember about u!!!PEACE…JAZAK ALLAH HAIR!!!

  • Shoaib

    BismAllah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem. asalato wa asalam 3ala rasool Allah.

    My name is Shoaib. I am currently on a small 4×4 mile Caribbean island called Sint Eustatius with a local population of about 3000. The Muslim population here consists of a handful of local Muslims, the majority of Muslims here are students at the medical university here.

    Our Eid was unique…to start the month of Dhul Hijjah off, the cops busted me for a broken brake light, only then to find out that i don’t have a proper island license, and I only have my American one. Alhamdulilah they didn’t give me any tickets, but rather only told me to get it fixed and tell them when I did. But this was all a plan, a blessing rather, from Allah Subhan wa ta3ala. Without a car I had no choice but to walk to class which is about a 15-20 minute walk, I had no choice but to walk to the masjid, and to walk to the grocery store, etc etc. And as I started out walking I thought to myself…”what a great time for takbir”…so Alhamdulilah it was a blessing in disguise.

    On Eid day I decided to get to the masjid early. I went there around 5:30 for fajr, and the Eid prayer was at 7. And on an island so small, and on an island so ignorant to Islam (with the exception of the few local Muslims), it is a big blessing for everyone to hear the praises of Allah being sent out…Islam truly transcends every race, every nationality and every person.

    After the Eid prayer and khutbah, and after a short bayaan about sacrifice from one of the brothers here, we all met and embraced one another. After that we went for brunch, and after that came time for qurbani. This was my first time actually sacrificing a sheep (or any other animal for that matter) rather than sending money out to have it done for me. It feels good when one carries out an obligation that has been put upon you from Allah, it feels even better when u do it willingly and happily.

    Although I missed my family and friends from back home a lot, I have grown into a new family here on the island. May Allah grant us success in this life and the hereafter and accept our deeds, may Allah guide us here on the island and the Muslims elsewhere, and may Allah make His praises heard in every household of the earth. ameen.

    JazakumAllah khair for reading, wa Asalamualaikum waramatulah wabarakatuhu.