Ode to a Beautiful Eid

Here is an Ode to a Beautiful Eid

after two years of sitting idle,

the streets are bustling again.

Eid! Eid! Eid! Eid!

The anticipation for the moon to appear

and the last-minute frenzy when it does.

The food and the beautiful clothes,

the hugs and the presents.

Holding hands with your nearest

and calling those further away from you

that are your dearest.

Colours of mehndi, the aroma of attar

and the smiles of joy.

You wouldn’t want to be anywhere else at this moment

but here.

Sounds of greetings everywhere

and plates being filled with second and third servings-

there is no holding back today.

Remembering those who may not be with us anymore

this eid

and seeing a little one celebrate their first eid.

Feeling gratitude for all that you have

at this moment around you

and giving something in charity to better the life of someone else.

Eidgah brimming with devotees-

the repeating of the takbeers, Allahu Akbar.

Feeling a closeness to Allah that He has gifted you

this blessed day

to rejoice to your heart’s content

for the entire month’s worth of sacrifice

and ibadah you have made,

whether that’s sleep or hunger and thirst

or dropping an old habit or starting a new one.

Eid! Eid! Eid! Eid!

– Poetry by Faeeja Humaira Meem

Ode to a Beautiful Eid
Illustration by Tahsin Mostafa Chowdhury.

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Contributors

  • Tahsin Mostofa Chowdhury is an artist, an overthinker, and a music lover, trying to survive architecture school. She reads books and knows about everything and nothing at all. Tahsin is a cool person and a good listener and will help you with anything if you want her to. Find her sharing her artworks and life updates on Instagram @sharakkhonart.

  • Faeeja Humaira Meem

    Faeeja Humaira Meem, co-founder and editor-in-chief at The Interlude, is an aspiring author and a pro at procrastinating, often blogging about books, life, and everything in between. She is inspired by Samuel Johnson and likes to think she can juggle everything at once, but instead, she is constantly second-guessing her life decisions and avoiding phone calls like a plague.

Tahsin Mostofa Chowdhury

Tahsin Mostofa Chowdhury is an artist, an overthinker, and a music lover, trying to survive architecture school. She reads books and knows about everything and nothing at all. Tahsin is a cool person and a good listener and will help you with anything if you want her to. Find her sharing her artworks and life updates on Instagram @sharakkhonart.

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