Mutual Eid: 6 Ways to Make Eid Inclusive During Social Isolation
Mutual Eid 30:22
For Eid al-Fitr, Let’s Appreciate the Beauty of Allah’s Creation and the Plurality of our Ummah.
"And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the Earth and the diversity of your languages and your colors. Indeed, in that are signs for those of knowledge. 30:22
Let us continue the spirit of mutual aid and support for one another with #MutualEid. The National Muslim COVID-19 Task Force, local shurah councils, and community centers are issuing Eid guidelines so that we can safely celebrate the blessed holiday. We can prepare for Eid by decorating and celebrating at home and come together as a community while practicing social distancing. The 22nd verse of Surah Ar-Rum, which points to Allah's signs, inspires our vision for Eid while social distancing. In this spirit, we encourage the MuslimARC community to utilize this occasion to 1.) reflect on Allah's signs in Nature and consider our role as stewards of the Earth and 2.) appreciate our diverse ummah by connecting across difference during Eid.
As a member of the National Muslim COVID-19 Task Force and the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition (BMCC), we are committed to public health and safety this Eid. We pray for healing and safety, so that we can one day soon reopen our communal spaces, masajid, and institutions.
After you pray your eid at home, if you are able, we encourage you to get outside and enjoy nature. Take time to meditate on the beauty of Allah’s creation. We recognize many are challenged with mobility or cannot leave their homes due to self-isolation. We encourage all to connect with Allah’s creation in mindful practice and contemplation of Allah's signs by visualizing images of the natural world, watching nature documentaries, practicing conservation, and learning more about what we can do as viceregents of the Earth such as reading Green Deen (2010), learn how the Green New Deal approach to COVID-19 recovery, and support Muslim eco-activists.
We also encourage our community to reach out to our neighbors, thank essential workers through gifts, cards, and signs, distribute care packages, and take part in communal celebrations such as car parades and drive through toy drives. As we consider the many blessings we have, remember those who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, whether directly from the disease or from the economic fall-out. There are many who don’t have families or close friends, so be sure to reach out to them so that they feel included. Let's think of ways we can spread joy while social distancing.
SIX TIPS TO MAKE YOUR MUTUAL EID MORE INCLUSIVE
- Increase your reach. When you reach out to individuals and families to wish them a happy Quarant-Eid, think about who is left out. Expand outside your close circle and connect with someone from a different social background, taking into account class, race, ethnicity, and/or age. Schedule a zoom meeting to virtually celebrate eid or have an online meal together.
- Send a note. Send print or digital cards with personalized messages. Print out some Eid cards and mail them to friends, family, and essential workers in your community so they know you're thinking about them despite quarantine!
- Be a nice neighbor. Distribute packaged Eid sweets or gifts and leave them at your neighbor's door with an Eid card. Follow CDC guidelines as you prepare gift packages, sanitize packages, wear gloves and masks. Find ways to support vulnerable neighbors near you either personally or organizationally.
- Give a Gift. Donate to an Eid toy drive, support People of Color led businesses, artists, and authors, and order eco-friendly gifts to mail them to your loved ones, friends, and even strangers through mutual aid.
- Go cruising. If your state or city has loosened restrictions, get in your car and visit a community celebration outside your own. Set up or participate in a local car parade or drive-through celebration at your masjid while adhering to CDC rules of social distancing to wear masks and gloves. Instruct people to adorn their vehicles, dress up, come by the masjid, and remain in their cars.
- Share your Eid. Share your family traditions, stories, recipes, prayers, and hopes on social media. Let’s encourage each other to dress our best, practice acts of kindness and compassion to ourselves, our loved ones, and strangers by using the hashtags #MutualEid, #Quaranteid and #Eid2020.
These are just a few suggestions. What are some ways we can be more conscientious during Eid? What are some special things you're doing with your friends and family? Share what you're are doing for Eid 2020 in the comments below. Tag us on social media using the hashtag #MutualEid. Let us inspire each other and continue the many things we did for #RamadanAntiRacism.
On the Days of Mercy, Increase Compassion In the World
There are immediate needs to meet and broken systems that are harming people.
1. Attend to neighborly needs
2. Increase your good deeds
3. Build Solidarity
On the Days of Forgiveness, Repair that Which is Broken
Systems are made out of individuals making choices. Let’s make a choice to break down barriers and build bridges through cultural humility and accountability.
4. Connect over traditions and storytelling
5. Intervene when you see racism
6. Repair harm
During the Days of Refuge, Work on the Oppression we have internalized and replicate
Let’s turn our sights internal and seek refuge in Allah from the evil within our own selves and from other people.
7. Look in the mirror
8. Increase your learning
9. Make a commitment
"May every year find you in good health."