Why gifts on Eid?
Eid directly translates from the arabic language to mean celebration and one might ask themselves how does one go about celebrating Eid in ways other than eating themselves into a food coma!
Gift giving is a prophetic tradition and encouraged behaviour in Islam and it is mentioned in the hadith (compilations of the actions and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad)
“Gift-giving is one of the good manners that maintains and strengthens relations between the giver and the recipient” Sahih- Al Bukhari
The above statement is testament that it is a highly prescribed behaviour so don’t let the next Eid pass you by without making it about gift giving (and taking of course).
What’s a halal gift?
Just because it’s Eid, doesn’t mean that muslims can’t have fun or give each other gifts that wouldn’t be given out on birthdays, weddings or anniversaries. In fact muslims should try to treat Eid with the same excitement and enjoyment (if not more so) than they would any other kind of celebration.
Gift ideas for children on Eid?
Let’s be honest, children are normally given cash and that’s the end of that matter… but could we do more for them? Instead of just money why not buy the kids a personalised gift
For the boys :
- Action figures.
- Islamic literature or any other type of books.
For the girls:
- Toy cooking sets.
The bottom line here is that a lot of our children begin to take their birthdays and other non-Islamic events more seriously than Eids and the reason why is because we don’t create the same kind of buzz per se as we would on their birthday. So remember that the gifts don’t have to come with a beard or hijab but keep it age appropriate and clean!
Gift ideas for elders
The grandparents and parents normally are the others that give in abundance on Eid but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t eligible to get a kind and thoughtful gift coming their way. In fact based on Islamic principles, the elders are very important and should be honoured, loved and respected. So what better way to show them you care than by getting them something sweet and thoughtful.
Examples of gift ideas for elders can include:
- Sadaqa in their name*
- Prayer mat.
*Remember death doesn’t discriminate but we should do what we can to help others to prepare for their hereafter; so it’s a sincere thought to perhaps plant a tree, sponsor an orphan to give to the poor in their name.