Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Eid Day

Wow - What a wonderful Eid, sans the lack of monetary accumulation (Sniff - I lost so much money this year - Damn Kids and smaller sibling). I couldn't sleep the night before, perhaps this had something to do with me staying up every night during ramadan and only sleeping after fajr, i would rule Eid excitement out. Also, unlike girls who have to position themselves intricately so as to not mess up the mendhi patterns, I didnt have those problems. However, even though I was up, we were still late for fajr. They changed the times the night before, and because i was at spur instead of the musjid, i guess the guilt of missing the first rakaat was punishment. whew - lucky thats over and done with. Whats also great is that in fajr they read long surahs... and i dont mean long as in Surah Duha or Iqra- i mean loooooong like Yaseen long. so since i missed the first rakaat, it pretty much meant that i was about ten minutes late. I was hungry- sure the dates were good, but i wanted food, i know while the imam was reading the dua, all i could think off was the night before Spur. MMMM....ameen ... MMMMM (there, peek into my head)
Straight after Fajr we left for the Eid Gah. We provide the sound system for the Eid Gah ( shameless plug) - my dad has been doing it for the past 42 years. We go to the Springfield Eid Gah - Probably the most famous in the Durban region, i think it might have something to do with me being there, although i have been wrong many many times. This year Moulana Patel opted not to give the Eid talk, which was a pity as his talk last year on ill-treating employees was amazing. Anyway, Mufti Zuber Bayat gave this generic 'we must inculcate Taqwa' talk. It felt like it was one of those normal Friday Kutbahs ( aah- Dholl and Rice). I'm not dissing the man, its just that I expect more from him as he has delivered in the past. Then was the Eid Salaat.
Funny story happened last year. Because we set up and stuff, I usually sit in prime property, that is- opposite the imam, three spaces to the left. If this was Monopoly- it'l be Strand or one of those Red Streets after 'Free Parking'. Anyway, a few minutes before the talk could end this man walks up to me and in a gruff voice, quite rudely demands that i vacate that seat for him by going to the back of the congregation. I kindly ( perhaps i'm being biased) informed him that if he wanted to sit in the first saf, he should have come in a little earlier. Again, he insisted i give him my spot - i guessed he thought that he'd be the first to get the Sawaab or something, as if it were a spray from a water hose. After telling him to be quiet as I couldnt concentrate on what Moulana Patel was saying, he moved a few places down and squeezed next to two 'uncles'. Moments later, we stood up for the Eid Salaat, and lo and behold, this chap was the imam. My brother in law had a good laugh, its a wonder he could even remember the order of the six takbeers. I used to peek at my dad to make sure i was doing it right ( when i was six, sheesh, come on guys)
The duaa is a fascinating affair. The people are generally more or less quiet until the Moulana asks God to forgive us for adultery and fornication. then the howling begins, Tears start to flow and whatnot (however, this year the duaa centered around kids and drugs. those crazy kids tsk tsk). After the Duaa, before I greet my father or go to our truck to greet my brother, the first thing I have to do is pick up our Musallahs. Thats the rule - phase one- pick up Musallah, phase two - hug father.
After having breakfast, i shave and change into a black short sleeve shirt, black three quarters and my Eid shoes- a pair of sneakers. Yeah - i know, the clamdiggers dont go with the outfit at all, but hey, just because i have thin indian legs, doesnt mean i have to hide them. A local Islamic Organisation, in conjunction with Solly Manjra's Caterers had a huge Eid feeding scheme, and i volunteered to help out. Sadly, they didnt let me make the food, not that i'm known for my culinary skills or anything, but it would have been nice to put some salt in the pots or throw a few carrots in. Sigh, maybe next year. So I ended up loading a whole lot of twenty kilo buckets of food into various trucks. They did allow me to scoop the food out for a bit, but i felt i was being wasted like this( the truth is that the heat was unbearable). At twelve I had to leave as I was going to be on air on a local community radio station. Not a 'world-domination' media press conference, i'm saving that for later, just a usual run off the mill dedications programme that i hosted with my brother and his technicians (big bro is the Head of the Technical Team at the radio station.) Simple work really, the callers will phone in, and judging by their voice, we will ask them if they got Eiddee, or if they had their lunch yet, before they rattle off a list of names, wishing everyone they know a Happy Eid Mubaruk.
By this time I was starving and after our slot ended I drove to my aunts place to have the Eid Biryani. My Dad, grandmum and uncles were having a serious conversation about the different Indo-Pak ideologies, and I couldnt wait to put in my opinion ( I read a few books on the issues and assume I know everything) Unfortunately I couldnt stay long enough to get kicked out, as I had to go to campus to attend the third year's Advertising Presentations. Six groups were bidding for Marmite and Koo respectively. After campus I drove home, stopping at the service station to buy garlic rolls. We were having a huge braai at my place, and they forgot about the rolls. A few chicken fillets later, and I couldnt keep my eyes open. It was good to have an early night, much to the disapointment of one of my cousins who wanted to play pro evo. A lovely Eid indeed

18 comments:

!Joe! said...

Shameless plug heehee:)

Glad your day was good, I know how tired/hungry you were. Sorry you had to go for ad campaigns though. :(

At least you did your bit for humanity. What did I do? Visit my blog and see, lol. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a shameless plug. :D

Zahera said...

loooolllll he turned out to be the Imaan? Shammeee :-P hows that for behsthi!
Sounds like you had a fabulous day- and how come we all seem to say eid mubaruk and hug our dad's first?? Im the same. My routine goes something like this:
Wake up, have breakfast, iron eid clothes and watch TV at the same time, go for shower, get dressed, pray eid salaah and then wait for my dad to come back from the mosque and give him a big eid hug and kiss- erm even though my mum would be in the house the whole time! :-D loll.. she kinda expects it now!
Biryani on eid-mmmmm.

M Junaid said...

Well- i hug my dad first because he usually sits next to me at the Eid gah, and it makes sense to hug him before i hug some stranger to my left. as for mum not getting hugged first - pretty simple - the hugging and whatnot only happens after the Eid Duaa and Kutbah , and Dad's arrival normally heralds it. thats why mum gets hugged second

Muhammad said...

Word. Isn't Durbs jsut Grand on Eid day :) and it WAS SOOOOO HOT! like freakin 36 or something.

tsk tsk on being late for fajr ... haraamie :P

Salaams Son,

M.

Ek Anjaan Ladki said...

sounds like you had a fabby day ! belated eid mubarak[doont know if i wished it on time ot not - what with the endless spamming im doing everywhere]

SafiUnlimited said...

oh u had a full day... i heard u on radio!!! i think u should talk more on air...

My eid was kinda boring but... anyways glad u had a good time of and the eidee well they are your "babies", i dont get eidee btw cause elders are gone misers they rather invest that 100bucks in their merc's and bmw's- bloody kanjooses...

Bilal said...

cool- sounds pretty much like the Eids I'm used to.
Was just thinking at this years Eid Gah in Newcastle- next year we should get a national network of guys/gals with cameras to take pictures at all the Eid Gahs and put it up on a website or something. What ya guys think? Will be cool to see and then try to estimate how many Muslims in this country.
I think its way more than the 1million or so indian muslims that indians keep boasting about!

zee said...

its always nice hearing about ppls eid days...great to see u had a nice day.

take care

Ruby :) said...

wow, sounds like you had a lovely Eid. Well done on volunteering, not many people would give up their Eid morning for others.. what amazes me as Ive read through everyone's "eid day posts" is how family orientated we all are.. I think its wonderful..

qdee said...

i wanted to do the feeding scheme thing...so i fed myself :)

San said...

at least you had another memorable Eid

cellardoor said...

nice- sounds like u had a kool eid. ur eid dosen't sound much different 2 what it is here in the UK. and it's sooo werd how the ramadan lack of sleep catches up with u on eid day!!

love eid biryani!!

saaleha said...

where's my Eidie?

Lady said...

nyyyce :)
i dig the shameless plug.
witty

Anonymous said...

Salamualaikum!

This is really belated, but still Eid Mubarak to you and your family! I wish I had so many highlights at Eid!
May Allah accept the prayers and fasting of us all!

Wa Salam
http://truelife200iv.blogspot.com

Hanna said...

aww, I love reading about people's Eid posts.. except when they have crap Eids that is. Then I just dont wanna hear it! :)

Have u got Pro Evo 6.. I got it for my bro last week.. what do u think of it?

M Junaid said...

getting it today- i cant wait- full impressions will follow shortly

M Junaid said...

i'm in love with pro evo. much better than fifa. not big difference over five ( i would have preferred for them to keep the chelsea licence and not get the man united. more fun each time i play