‘EID-ul- Fitr’

261376_10151736131578219_772542733_n“For every people there is a feast and this is our feast” said the Prophet (saw) to Abu Bakr (R).
[Bukhaaree and Muslim].

“Our feast” has a great meaning for Muslims because it tells us that these are our own and derived from our Sharee’ah alone. Since holidays are usually based on religious traditions, it is very important that we demonstrate our celebrations with great joy and gathering to make us feel that they are our own, and to feel that they are different from the Mushriks’ holidays. We do not celebrate Christmas, Hanuka or any other pagan festivals and our thanks are given to Allaah (T) alone.

The Prophet (saw) has ordered us in numerous speeches to be different from the Mushrik’s (pagans), and these two “Eids” are among that the Prophet (saw) wanted us to take special care of being different with them. That is why he said, after seeing that the people of Madeenah had two holidays which they celebrated before Islaam, ” Allaah (S) has given you
better than those (feasts): The ‘Eid-al-Adhaa (Sacrificing) and the ‘Eid- al-Fitr”. [Ahmad, Aboo Dawood and Nasaa’ee].

The ‘Eid-al-Adhaa comes after completing the “Hajj” (Pilgrimage) and the ‘Eid-al-Fitr comes after the fasting in the month of Ramadaan. So it is not surprising that we must show and demonstrate our holidays (‘Eid). Due to these clear facts, Muslim scholars put great emphasis on the concept of being different from the Mushrik in our ceremonies.

This is because ceremonies have great effect over the human mind and behaviour. Being different in our ceremonies means also that we must not participate in the Mushriks’ ceremonies on their holidays. ‘Umar (R) said: “Do not learn the language of the Mushriks – without a necessity- nor enter the churches of Mushriks on their festivals because the anger

of Allaah descends on them.” [Bayhaqee].

We, Muslims, may even fast on the Mushriks’ holidays. Umm Salamah (R) said the Prophet (saw) used to fast on Saturdays and

Sundays, and when asked he said: They are two days of the Mushriks’ holidays so I like to oppose them in their ceremonies ” [Ahmad and Nasaaee]

To assess this concept of being different from the Mushriks, it is very important to say that: In order to be different in our ceremonies in the way the Prophet (saw) wanted us to be, we must follow the Sunnah literally. That would give us the deeds of being true followers of the Prophet
So if we want to be his followers we must be aware of Bid’ah in these ceremonies. Bid’ah comes at the expense of Sunnah which is replaced by it. Ibn Taymiyyah says: “There is no place in the heart for both Sunnah and Bid’ah.” [Al-Iqtidaa]

Allaah says (which means):

{Say – O Muhammad – If you really do love Allaah follow me, Allaah will love you.} [Aali-Imraan, 3:31]

We present to you, dear brothers and sisters, some of the Sunnahs of Eid so that you can try to implement them. Also presented are some of the Bid’ahs of Eid so that we can avoid them. It is of great importance to follow the Sunnah of Eid so we can truly say that our feasts are different from the Mushriks’ feasts.

Sunnahs of ‘Eid
1) It is Sunnah to dress in the best clothes we have on Eid. It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar used to do that along with other Companions of the Prophet (saw). [Fath al-Baaree]
2) It is a must (Waajib) to pray Eed al-Fitr Prayer. The Prophet (saw) and his Companions never ceased doing it, and they even gathered the people for it including women who were having their menses, children and the elderly. [Bukhaaree and Muslim]
3) It is Sunnah to eat dates before we leave for Eed prayer to show that we are not fasting. ” The Prophet (saw) used not to leave for eid Prayer (except) after eating some dates.” [Bukhaaree and Ahmad]
4) It is Sunnah to say Takbeer loudly when leaving our homes to go to Eid Prayer. The Prophet (saw) used to say this until he finished the Prayer. [Silsilat Al-ahadeeth As-Sunnah]
5) There is no Hadeeth related to Rasoolullaah (saw) as to what should be said when reciting Takbeer on the way to Prayer, but Ibn Mas’ood used to say the following:

Allaahu Akbar (Twice) Allaah is great Laa Illaha Illallaaha There is none worthy of worship except Allaah Allaahu Akbar (Twice) Allaah is great Wa Lillaahil Hamd And to Him belongs all Praise
[Reported by Ibn Abee Shaybah]

6) The Sunnah for Eed Prayers is to pray in the Musallah (that is in an uncovered place) and not in the Masjid. The

Prophet (saw) never prayed Eed Prayer in the Masjid. Aboo Sa’eed (R) reported: ” The Prophet (saw) used to go on the day of ‘Eid-al-Fitr and Eed-al-Adhaa to the Musallah, and the first thing he did was to pray.” [Bukhaaree and Muslim]
7) Neither Adhaan nor Iqaamah are pronounced for Eid Prayer. [Muslim]

Ibn Abbaas reported: “The Prophet (saw) prayed two Raka’ahs for the Eid prayer and did not pray before it or after it.” [Bukhaaree]
9) Jabir (R) reported: “The Prophet (saw) used to come back from ‘Eid-al-Fitr on a path other than the one used in going to it.” [Bukhaaree]
10) It is permitted to listen to songs (without music) on ‘Eid day especially for children. [Bukhaaree and Muslim]

Bid’ahs of ‘Eid
It is Bid’ah (innovation in Deen):

1) To shave the beards especially for ‘Eid. The Prophet (saw) has ordered us not to shave our beards; so it is a shame

that, on this great day of demonstrating our differences in ceremonies to those of the Mushriks, that some Muslim shaves his beard so that he looks “clean” like the Mushriks.
2) To imitate the Mushriks in their practices and dress, and to shake hands with women. The Prophet (saw) said: “It is better that a man is hit with needle on his head than to touch a woman who is not lawful for him.” [Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth as-Sunnah]
3) To listen to music on ‘Eid. The Prophet (saw) said: “There will be some in my nation who will regard adultery, men dressing in silk, drinking intoxicants (al-Khamr), and musical instruments to be lawful.” [Bukhaaree, Abu Dawood and Bayhaqee]
4) For women not to wear Hijaab. To do so is to celebrate ‘Eid while committing a major sin.
5) To visit the graveyard especially on Eid. It is permitted to visit the graveyard all year long so we should not make a special case out of it on ‘Eid;
6) To waste money and being extravagant with food instead of giving them to poor.

We ask Allaah (SWT) to help us avoid all Bid’ah and to guide us in following the Sunnah of His Prophet (saw). Aameen!!

About Abdullah

Analytical & Creative. --- I'm not a Sheikh or a scholar, I'm just a regular guy in love with this Deen. Don't praise me for practicing my Deen. But pray for me, for the errors, that you haven't seen.

Posted on August 7, 2013, in Articles, Ramadan. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Assalam alaikum. This is a kind of question… Plz help me out with it insha’Allah…do my cloths lose udhu when while washing cloths with nagsi the water falls on them,? Plz i need an answer me…

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