10 Etiquettes and Ahkam of the Two Eids

When the beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ arrived in Madinah, he found that the inhabitants of Madinah marked two particular days for entertainment and celebration. Thus he commented that Allah has replaced these days with two times better than them. These lucky days will be Eid al-Fitr (the Day of Breaking the Fast of Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (the Day of Sacrifice). [Happy Muslim Family]

Eid Etiquette

The manners and rulings of the two Eids are:

#1. It’s prohibited to fast on the day of Eid. This has been reported by Abi Sa’id (R.A.) who said: The prophet forbade observing fast on two days- the Day of Fitr and the Day of Nahr.

#2. It’s advised to perform ghusl (ritual bath), adorn wear and tear new clothes.

#3. It’s Advised to eat before leaving to attend the “Eidul-Fitr” prayer, but for the “Eidul-Adha”, it is strongly recommended that someone waits eating until after the forfeit.

#4. For those who go outside to perform the Eid prayer, it’s reasonable to take a single path to the Eid grounds and yet another path when going home.

#5. One should display signs of excitement and happiness and it’s suggested to spend graciously on one’s family and other beneficiaries (if any) on Eid days.

#6. It’s very important for a Muslim to attend Eid prayers and not miss it whatsoever.

#7. Tightening kinship by meeting individuals and congratulating One another during Eid days is highly suggested.

#8. There are no voluntary prayers before and after an Eid prayer. The open area reserved for Eid prayers should be earmarked for this purpose.

#9. It’s recommended that we perform Eid prayers in musalla (open spaces) rather than in a masjid since the Prophet ﷺ did except when there is a dire need to change the place for example because of water logged Eid grounds.

#10. Eid prayer comprises two rakahs (units of prayer). The First rakah starts with seven takbirs (saying Allahu Akbar), save for the takbiratul-qiyam. The second rakah starts with five takbirs besides takbiratul-qiyam, which is stated after climbing up from a former rakah. Following the Imam ends the prayer by saying both salaams, he gives two brief khutbas (sermons) separated by a pause where he sits down, as in a Friday prayer.

The Eid times are real blessings of Allah bestowed upon us as Muslims and the larger boon is to be able to witness them annually. Eid Is the period of happiness, love, and contentment among all Muslims. We should try to live it with the best of intentions as “actions are directly judged by their intentions”. May we witness plenty of Eids to come.

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