Eid ul-Fitr is one of the two major holidays celebrated by all Muslims
of the world. It comes at the end of Ramadan- the fasting month. It is
a day of celebration and giving thanks to Allah, our Creator and
Cherisher. Most Muslims celebrate Eid for at three days.
Prophet Muhammad used to do the
following on the day of Eid (Sunnah), May Allah's peace and blessings
be upon him:
- To rise early in the morning.
- Take a full bath.
- Clean the teeth.
- Wear the best clothes that he
- Wear perfume.
- To eat something sweet like
dates before leaving home.
- Go to the Eid prayer location
very early. (The Prophet used to offer Eid prayer in a central
location instead of offerring it in a mosque of a locality without
any legitimate excuse).
- The Prophet used to go to the
Eid Prayer location by one route and will return through another
- He used to go for Eid on
- He used to chant slowly on
the way to the Eid prayer location the following words: “Allahu
Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu
Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd." (Translation: Allah is the greatest, He is
the greatest. There is no god except Allah. He is the greatest. All
praises and thanks are for Him)
- The Prophet used to give
Sadqa-e-Fitr (zakatul fitr) before the Eid day. (Giving just before
Eid is fine, but against the spirit and its purpose. Ask your local
mosque about how much and where to pay)
Method of Eid prayers
Eid prayer consists of two units of prayer (Rakas)
with six Takbeers (the raising of the hands while saying Allahu Akbar
[God is the Greatest]) in congregation, followed by the Khutba
(sermon) of Eid.
- Follow the Imam by raising
both hands up to the ears, say Allahu Akbar, this is the first
Takbeer to enter in the Salat.
- Then fold your hands in the
front and recite the ‘Sanaa', ("subhaanakallahumma..). till the end,
- Then say Allahu Akbar thrice,
following you imam, each time raising both hands up to the ears and
dropping them. After each takbeer there is going to be a slight
pause in which Subhanallah may be recited thrice.
- After the third Takbeer the
hands should be folded in front and listen to the imam reciting
Aoozubillah, Bismillah, Surah Fateha and some other Surah and
- Then perform Ruku (bowing) as
Imam says Allahu Akbar and
- Then go to Sajdah
(prostration) as usual following your Imam's Takbeer.
- In the second Raka, the Imam
will first recite Surah Fateha and some other Surah. Then he will
say three Takbeers after it. In all of these three Takbeer's hands
will not to be folded but dropped after each Takbeer. And
- Then go into the Ruku just
after the fourth takbeer.
- Listening to the Khutbah
after the Eid Salaat is Waajib (obligatory).