How to Celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha
Did you Eid is called Eid because it keeps coming back every year, Subhanallah Alhamdulillah, a great opportunity for us to worship Allah and celebrate at the same time.
In Eid we are allowed to eat Eid eat your are going to go ahead and eat this is a good opportunity, for you to break your fast in Eid of course you are not going to fast on the first day. Let me share with you some Sunan of how Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to live during Eid.
On the day of Eid we are encouraged to do Ghusl before we go out to the Salatul Eid, so we do Ghusl we wash ourselves, we bathe ourselves really well. And this is what Abdullah Ibn Umar used to do a companion of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Being clean is Mandatory upon every Muslim at all times, but especially during the times of Eid before Salatul Eid, Salatul Jumu’ah as well.
Muslims should also adorn themselves in the best clothes they have on Eid, on the two Eids and every Friday he had a cloak he would wear every Eid and every Friday.
Subhanallah, so Muslims come to Salatul Eid wearing the worst clothes they have, this is not recommended this is disliked.
Make sure that you wear the best that you have, because that is the Sunnah.
Next a person should eat before he goes out to Salatul Eid, yes you should eat.
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to eat some dates before he used to go into the Masjed and pray Salatul Eid, so we want to make sure that we follow the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) path by eating some dates before we go out to Eid.
A scholar said that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to do that because he wanted the people to know that you could break your fast before Salatul Eid because many people wanted to continuously fast even on Eid.
But this is completely forbidden and it is far away from the Sunnah and this is not something Islamic that we should do fast on the first day of Eid because the first day of Eid is a celebration, we are supposed to celebrate and break our fast and enjoy.
Another Sunnah is that the person recites the Takbeer really loud in the Masjid before Salatul Eid, before the Imam comes we say just like the Sahabi used to say and just like the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to say:
Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest), Laa Ilaha Ilallah (there is no god but Allah), Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest), Wa Lillah Hil Hamd (and to Allah belongs all praise).
Well we do not have to do this in congregation, we do it separately so if you do see if you hear somebody next to you saying it, and you say with him just to meet his same tone and say at the same exact time.
This is not recommended this is not what the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to do, but they used to do it separately the best way to greet somebody on Eid is to say “may Allah accept from us and from you”.
This is how the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and the companions used to greet one another however it is not reported that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would initiate the greeting of Eid nor did he recommend it. As stated by Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal he said that I do not initiate the greeting of Eid, but if somebody initiates it with me than I will respond to him way? Because the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) never commanded us to initiate it, but if you do initiate it its no innovation. You will still get a reward however. Initiating it is just a Sunnah but its not a recommended Sunnah.
The Eid prayer is considered obligatory it is wajib, according to most of these scholars, they say that Eid prayer is obligatory for all for the young for the old.
For those who have menstruation for those who are ill if they can of course and for everybody whoever can, then they should go for Salatul Eid, even they can not pray they just sit down, so if a woman has her menstruation, then she just sits down and she listens to the Salatul Eid and she listens to the Khutba.
However the Khutbah is not obligatory for us to attend, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to say after Salatul Eid I am going to give a sermon, whoever wants to stay can stay and whoever wants to leave can leave.
One of the greatest things you could do on Eid is give gifts, buy a gifts for your parents, buy a gifts for your children, buy a gift for your relatives, friends and just pass out gifts, pass out smiles, pass out laughter and joy, why?
Because we are Muslims and we have fasted for 30 days, Allah has trained us and given us a 30 day workshop for us to fill.
The struggle of those who are poor in the streets who are unable to eat and Alhamdullah, we have passed and we have succeeded in this month Inshallah.
So what we should do is celebrate to the utmost according to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) path.
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