A: So what time shall I pick you up tomorrow morning for Eid prayer? We have to leave by 7:30, I don’t want to be late.
S: If you’re thinking I’ll wake up that early on a holiday forget about it. I’m not an Eid enthusiast. Neither am I a traditionalist.
A: Sadiq, I understand that you may not feel that Eid is the most important day of the year and it may not hold much significance in your life, but think of how your family might feel? It is a day to be celebrated with family, have great food, forget our grudges with one another and embrace the festivity it offers! How many chances in a year do we get to do that?
S: Wake up and smell the coffee man. The excitement of Eid is long since dead. If not completely so, it is limited to one Eid post on Facebook or a couple of makeup-laden faces on Instagram with the Eid selfie hash tag. I don’t even remember the last time any of us did something special for Eid.
A: It’s your coolness fad speaking, Eid deserves the enthusiasm, being a religious holiday as well as a traditional one. If you keep letting go of these occasions and stop celebrating them, your future generations will face an identity crisis. It is human nature to want to be a part of something bigger, something that unifies them in a common festivity, they won’t know what to associate with; Hannukah, Christmas or Eid!
S: Spare me the identity crisis lecture. Fine. Pick me up at 8 but don’t you dare offer me saiwiyyan!