Congratulations on completing Ramadan! May Allah (SWT) accept our fasts, reward our patience, and forgive our shortcomings.
Though we mourn the passing of Ramadan, 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 represents your love of Islam.
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.
Please note: there are slight differences between Sunnah acts for Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. For Eid Al-Adha Sunnah acts, click here.
8 Sunnah Acts For Eid Al-Fitr
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 Before the Eid Prayer
Unlike on Eid Al-Adha, you should eat before the Eid prayer on Eid Al-Fitr.
The Prophet (SAW) didn't go out on the morning of Eid until he'd eaten an odd number of dates.
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 of course!).
4. Recite Takbeer
In Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah (SWT) says:
"The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.
So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of other days.
Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful." - Quran, 2:185
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.
The time for takbeer begins from the night before Eid Al-Fitr up until the imam enters to lead the Eid prayer.
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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