As-salaamu alaykum and Eid Mubarak to you and your families from all of your Solace family.
May Allaah accept all of your efforts over the past ten blessed days and may your Eid be filled with the remembrance of Allaah’s favours and gratitude to Him, ameen.
To all of our supporters and donors, a very big thank you and Jazaakumullaahu khairan – without Allaah’s help and your support, we would not be able to do the essential support work we do to help our sisters who have become Muslim, stay Muslim.
Need a quick reminder of the sunan of Eid ul Adha? Here are 6 essentials:
1 – Doing the ghusl ( ritual bath with intention) before going out to the prayer.
It was narrated in a saheeh hadeeth in al-Muwatta’ and elsewhere that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar used to do ghusl on the day of al-Fitr before going out to the prayer-place in the morning. (Al-Muwatta’ 428)
2 – Eating after the prayer on Eid al-Adha:
Remember, Eid al-Adha is opposite to Eid al Fitr in terms of eating- it is recommended not to eat anything until one comes back from the prayer, and if possible ee should eat from the udhiyah if we have offered a sacrifice. However there is no sin in eating before the prayer, especially if we are not going to offer a sacrifice.
3 – Saying the “Takbeer” on the day of Eid
This is one of the greatest Sunnahs on the day of Eid because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allaah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar: Allaah is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him”
It is reported from the Companions that the people used to recite Takbeer on Eid when they came out of their houses until they came to the prayer place, and until the imam came out. When the imam came out they fell silent, and when he said takbeer they said takbeer.
In the case of Eid al-Adha, the takbeer begins on the first day of Dhu’l-Hijjah and lasts until sunset on the last of the days of tashreeq ( the 11th, 12th and 13th of Thul- Hijjah).
What to say?
The simplest one is narrated from the companion Ibn Masud:
Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, Allaah akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is most Great, there is no god but Allaah, Allaah is Most great, Allaah is most great, and to Allaah be praise).
It was also narrated elsewhere with the phrase “Allaahu akbar” repeated three times.
4 – Offering congratulations – even with social distancing!
The etiquette of Eid also includes the congratulating and exchanging good wishes with any wording you like, although there are customary ones such as saying to one another “Taqabbala Allaah minna wa minkum” (May Allaah accept (good deeds) from us and from you” or “Eid mubaarak.”
5 – Get your glad-rags on!
It is a sunnah to wear your best clothes and adorn yourself for your families, as a sign of the greatness of this day and of Allaah’s blesssings upon us- it is done to honour the day of Eid and not to impress anyone else, so dress up even if you have no where to go!
6 – Going to the prayer by one route and returning by another ( if you are safe and well to go to the Eid Prayer)
It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: On the day of Eid, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to vary his route. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 986.)
It was said that the reason for this is so that the two routes would testify for you on the Day of Resurrection, for the earth will speak on the Day of Resurrection and say what was done on it, both good and bad, and every part of the land that you mentioned Allaah’s name on, will be a witness for you on the Day of Judgement!
If you are not going to a congregational prayer, pray your Eid Salah as two units at home, after the sun has risen and before midday.