Posted on September 20, 2009 by

Eid And The Origin Of Sheer Khurma

Ramzan passed in Madinah and Eid arrived. Hasan (A.S.) and Husain (A.S.) came to their mother and said:

“Tomorrow is Eid. All the children will be wearing new clothes. Where are ours?”

Lady Fatimah (S.A.), knowing that there were no new clothes for the children, replied:

“Go to sleep, the tailor will bring them shortly.”

The children went to sleep and the mother got busy with her prayers.

Soon, there was a knock on the door. Lady Fatimah (S.A.) went to the door and asked, “Who is it?”

“Rizwan-e-Jannat, the tailor of Hasnain (A.S.). I’ve brought their clothes.”

Lady Fatimah (S.A.) opened the door and told him where to put the clothes. He left.


In the morning, both Hasan (A.S.) and Husain (A.S.) came to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.), wearing new clothes but looking sad. The Prophet (S.A.W.W.) inquired why they were sad.

“Our clothes are white. We don’t want white clothes.”

Jibraeel appeared beside the Prophet (S.A.W.W.).

“I have brought the water of Salsabeel. Please ask which colors they want and I’ll color their clothes.”

The Prophet (S.A.W.W.) turned to his elder grandson.

“My dear Hasan, which color do you want?”

“I want green clothes, Grandfather!”

Jibraeel poured the water on Hasan’s (A.S.) dress and it turned green. Then the Prophet (S.A.W.W.) looked at Husain (A.S.).

“My dear Husain, which color do you want?”

“I want red clothes, Grandfather!”

Jibraeel poured the water on Husain’s (A.S.) clothes and they turned red. Then he left.

But the children still looked sad.

The Prophet (S.A.W.W.) again inquired about the reason of sadness to which they replied that they did not have a camel to ride like the other children. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) then got down on his knees and asked both children to climb on his back and hold his long hair as reins!

Round and round he went in the courtyard of Masjid-e-Nabawi but still the children looked sad. He then asked about their reason of sadness again. The children replied that their camel did not make any sounds, to which the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) starting producing sounds like a camel.

Abu Bakar, standing close by, remarked:

“O Hasan and Husain, what a wonderful ride you have!”

To this, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) replied:

“Don’t say that. Say what wonderful riders I have!”


Meanwhile, Lady Fatimah (S.A.) was wondering what to cook as the children would soon be coming home with their grandfather and father, and would ask for something sweet to eat. There was nothing to eat at home.

“Fizzah”, she turned to her maid. “Bring me the bowl in which I rub my hands after I’m done with the bread dough.”

Fizzah (S.A.) brought the bowl.

In it were long, thin sticks of dried flour that Lady Fatimah (S.A.) had rubbed off her hands. She put those sticks in a bowl of milk, then she added Khurmas (dates) to it.

This is the first time Sheer Khurma was made. Making it on Eid is Sunnat-e-Fatimah Zehra (S.A.).

Happy eating!

And Eid Mubarak! :)