Date: March 2009
[New Year prayer]
O saviour of hearts and sights, guide of night and day, you who can transform our being, transform me to be the very best.
This prayer is read when we welcome the New Year. It is a fact that I have mentioned many times before. The word eid (in Persian, the anniversary of a celebratory event) is, in fact, Arabic. Its root is the Arabic word evd. Those gentlemen here who study linguistics are aware of this. It is in the same family of words as eoud, which means ‘to return,’ or ‘to refer back’ because it is something that is repeated every year and creates a transformation. Eid-al-Ghadir applies here as well, because every year the memory of Ghadir returns to us, and people talk about it. … Continue Reading