Eid is a time for you to let your (metaphorical) hair down. Celebrating it is a sign of your love for Allah (swt); and being happy and festive on Eid is a symbol of Islam.
(Please note: there are slight differences between Sunnah acts for Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. For Eid Al-Fitr Sunnah acts, click here.)
Allah (swt) says in Surah Ali ‘Imran:
“Say, [O Muhammad], ‘If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."’ [3:31]
This remains true even on Eid. As such, we’ve compiled eight Sunnah acts that you can perform on Eid to remain close to the Messenger (saw). These acts give you an insight into how Prophet Muhammad (saw), his family, and his companions (pbut) used to spend Eid.
8 Sunnah Acts For Eid Al-Adha
1. Perform Ghusl
The best way to feel fresh for Eid is to perform ghusl before going out to pray. It’s understood that it’s better to do ghusl after Fajr, but before Fajr is acceptable too.
2. Eat After the Eid Prayer
Unlike on Eid Al-Fitr, you should eat after the Eid prayer on Eid Al-Adha. And if you’ve offered a sacrifice, you can and should eat from your Qurbani meat. If you didn’t offer a sacrifice, it’s fine for you to eat before the prayer.
3. Dress Up
Eid is a celebration, so it makes sense that you should dress up and wear your nicest clothes (in accordance with hijaab).
4. Recite Takbeer
From the first day of Dhul Hijjah, you should’ve begun saying takbeer (Allahu akbar) frequently. This ends at sunset on the final day of Tashreeq (13th Dhul Hijjah). So, keep going!
You should recite: Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar, Allah akbar, wa lillaah il-hamd.
Translation: Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no God but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be praise.
5. Exchange Well Wishes
Congratulate one another by saying “Eid Mubarak”. Send well wishes upon one another by saying “Taqabbala Allah minna wa minkum” (May Allah accept [good deeds] from us and from you).
6. Go to the Eid Prayer
According to a hadith narrated by Bukhari and Muslim, Prophet Muhammad (saw) commanded both men and women to go out to the prayer on Eid.
It’s also a great opportunity to meet people in your local community. Don’t forget: traditionally, the masjid is a meeting place too. You could even take some sweets and chocolate to hand out to children.
7. Switch Routes
On your return from the masjid, use a different route than the one you used to get there.
Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (ra) said: "When Allah's Messenger would go out on the day of Eid by one route, he would return by another." [At-Timidhi]
8. Eat and Drink!
The days of Eid are not for fasting. In fact, Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “The days of at-Tashreeq are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah.” [Muslim]
While We Feast, They’re Hungry
Too many of our brothers and sisters are being forced to celebrate Eid without food. While we feast, they remain hungry.
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On behalf of everyone at Charity Right, we wish you a wonderful Eid. May Allah (swt) accept good deeds from us and from you.
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