I organized Eid on campus this year again - it was completely INSANE to do, but I'm glad we did it in the end. I'll skip the stressed student stories and tell you how the day itself went.
Early in the morning on Tuesday, a person in each dorm on campus went around to each room and put a 'Eid Mubarak!' card with a chocolate in front of everyone's doors. (Complete with cartoon of a sheep, courtesy of one of the Arab guys!) I got up and put on some new clothes - I felt very fine indeed when people were just in their usual pyjamas and student get ups! All day long people said Eid Mubarak and asked what it was about. I hugged my friends and the other Muslims, got lovely messages from people I've known telling me Happy Eid! We had time for a very quick word in assembly explaining what the Muslims were celebrating. Unfortunately, we had no Eid prayer,
due to some complications as I mentioned above, and I actually felt very bad about that, but I couldn't help it, so I prayed two rakaat on my own. It was a hectic school day, but at dinner time I managed to rush to my room, put on a proper Eid dress and rushed to the dinner that the Senegalese family on campus were holding. It was wonderful to eat such good meat, courtesy of the wonderful Senegalese family sharing their udhiya with us, after not having touched meat in so long - I leaned against my friend, ate wonderful food as people laughed and took photographs, and almost fell asleep right there on the couch! I rang my family and talked with them for a long time. At the end of the day, it made up for all for the stress and complications to see how happy the other students were, and how much the celebration made them feel at home - we also welcomed a new Muslim into the community! She chose to become a Muslim on campus -
I couldn't believe my ears when she told me, so many Muslims do exactly the opposite! She also lives in my old room - 'Muslim fairy dust' perhaps?
This year has been a promising one so far, alhamdulillah. Keep my Yemeni friend in your prayers, she is very ill at the moment. Please pray that the next Eid finds us all just as happy and content, and that this year is filled with blessings for all of us.