This Ramadan, Give A Gift Of Love here.
Growing up in Pakistan, my favourite part about Eid, the festival marking the end of a month of fasting in Ramadan, were the gifts I received as a child. Our community followed the tradition of giving money, or what is also called Eidi, to children. The amount of Eidi we got from our elders used to be as little as 10 Rupees or as much as 500 Rupees. Collecting Eidi was by far the best part of the day; I would count my fortune and tried to squirrel it away before my parents took it for safe-keeping.
This tradition, in my family at least, continues to this day and I feel honoured to be able to give Eidi to my own nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. In some places, the tradition trends more towards gift-giving rather than money-giving; some of my nephews love getting toy trucks or Lego instead of money. To me gifts and money are both equally exciting as I cannot imagine a child, or an adult, not being happy receiving either. I still get Eidi, and absolutely love it!
Most recently, I came across this saying of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
Exchange gifts, as that will increase your love for one another.
How beautiful to realize that gift giving, in any of its forms, is an act of worship, encouraged by our Prophet (PBUH). Reflecting on the connection between giving and love, immediately deepens the impact of even the smallest of gestures. During the month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to give, above and beyond, in any form possible, whether it be a smile, inviting someone over for the breaking of the fast, or giving in charity to those who need it the most. If gift giving was encouraged by the Prophet (PBUH), then why not engage in this tradition and delight those around us?
This beautiful month of Ramadan is giving us the opportunity to increase our love for those who might be not be on our radar everyday. Exchanging a gift is a means of nurturing mutual respect, honouring our fellow beings and conveying love for them. A simple note can sometimes go a long way in building and upholding relationships. In the spirit of love for our fellow beings, we at The Friday Collective hope to continue the traditions of gift giving in Ramadan and encourage you to join us.
Give A Gift Of Love and we will give a donation on your behalf to those who may otherwise not receive any gifts this year. We have put together boxed sets of assorted greeting cards from our Splendour of Eid collection and encourage you to use them to share the blessings of Eid with your neighbours, friends, and colleagues. 50% of all sales from our Eid card box sets will go to the Refugee Crisis Appeal by Islamic Relief Canada.
It is important to live and embrace those around us through small acts of kindness and gentle gestures of love and why not do so in the spirit of Eid, the best and most joyous of times. Shop now.