Assalaamu Alaikum all: A very big, happy and splendiferous EID MUBARAK !!!!!!!! To you, and your families and friends!!!
Taqabbal Allah minna wa minkum – May Allah accept [the deeds done] from us and you!
We will miss these precious days, and we’re sad to say farewell to the blessings – whether it’s Ramadhan or the 10 of Dhul Hijjah. We pray that Allah allows us to live for the next one. But at the same time, we should also feel the happiness and blessings of Eid! Allah has honoured the Muslims by gifting us with two Eids in the year, a celebration that He has given only to the believers. The Prophet (s) said: “Every nation has its festival, and this is your festival.”
Eid-ul Fitr is very special as it is the completion of Ramadhan for all Muslims. Eid ul Adha also represents the completion of 9 days of extra worship and the Day of Arafah. Do you know that the angels do not call it the “Day of Eid”? they call it the “Day of Prize”. In a beautiful hadith, the Prophet (saw) said the following:
‘Allah SWT says to the angels on the Day of Prize –
“What should be the reward of the worker when he/ she finishes the work?”
The angels say “Our Lord and our Master, they should get their payment”.
Allah SWT says “I make you witness that I made the reward of their fasting and qiyam, my Pleasure and Forgiveness”.
Then the Almighty looks with Mercy at all the attendees of the Eid prayer and says: “My slaves, ask Me…by My Might, if you ask Me for your akhirah, I will give to you. And if you ask Me for your dunya, I will give to you. You worked hard to please Me, and I am pleased with you. Go home with my forgiveness.”
(Ibn Hibban and Al-Baihaqi)
SubhanAllah!! So right now, we should all be excited about Eid day tomorrow, not just because we get to eat nice food and wear nice clothes and meet lots of people, but because it’s the going to be the biggest award ceremony you can imagine, for every single Muslim in the world! Masha Allah!!
Here are some of the rulings of ‘Eid – and we should also try to fulfil the Sunnah of our Prophet (saw) on this special day:
1.Fasting: It is haram to fast on the days of `Eid (in a hadith reported by Muslim)
2.Offering `Eid Prayers: The scholars say Eid prayer is a highly recommended and strong Sunnah. Hanafi scholars even say it is Wajib to pray the Eid Salat. Also note, THERE IS A KHUTBAH after the Salah: a lot of people leave or start talking during the khutbah after the prayers – we need to listen to it in full to get the rewards of a completed Eid salah. Please avoid being the person that makes it hard for others to hear the khutbah.
3.Nafl prayers – you just need to pray the 2 rak’ats of the Eid prayer. There are no sunnah or nafl prayers before or after it . But of course you should still pray the 2 rak’ats to greet the masjid when you enter it (Tahiyat al-Masjid) – this you would do anyway on any occasion.
4.Women attending the `Eid prayers: according to the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) everyone should attend `Eid Prayer, including the women. The Sahabiyyat (female companions) used to call the women of the community together and lead the way to the masjid. It is not better for women to stay at home on Eid, they should all do their best to join the jam’at and pray the Eid Salat. Even menstruating woman are encouraged to go to be among the gathering and to hear the khutbah. (Hadith in Bukhari and Tirmidhi)
Sunnah and Etiquette of `Eid
1. Ghusl (taking a bath) before going out to the Prayer. It was reported that Sa`id ibn Jubayr said: “Three things are Sunnah on `Eid: to walk (to the prayer place), to take a bath, and to eat before coming out (if it’s `Eid al-Fitr).” On Eid-ul Adha you should eat after the salah.
2.Eating before coming out: “The Messenger of Allah (s) would not go out in the morning of `Eid al-Fitr until he had eaten some dates… and he would eat an odd number.” (Bukhari). On Eid al-Adha the sunnah is to eat something after the Eid Salah.
3. Takbir on the day of `Eid: This is one of the greatest Sunnahs of this day. We should make the Takbir tonight, and tomorrow. (The Takbir is Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la illaha illallah; Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahi al-Hamd).
4.Congratulating one another: People may exchange congratulations and good greetings on `Eid, no matter what form the words take. In a hadith it is reported “At the time of the Prophet (s) when people met one another on the day of `Eid, they would say, ‘Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minka.’” (Reported by Ibn Hajar). If possible Eid greetings should be saved for the day of Eid, rather than the night before.
5.Wearing one’s best clothes for `Eid: Jabir (ra) said: “The Prophet (s) had a Jubbah (cloak) that he would wear on `Eid and on Fridays.”
6.Changing route when you return from the prayer place: Jabir ibn `Abdullah (ra) reported that the Prophet (s) used to change his routes on the day of `Eid. (Reported by Al-Bukhari)
We hope you have a blessed and joyous day tomorrow! Please don’t forget the ummah in your precious du’as!