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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sunnats of Eid

Eid, being the sacred occasion that it is, demands that it be celebrated in accordance with the Shariah, which is by observing the sunnat practices established from Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam on this occasion. These are as follows:

1. To arise early and perform ibadat on Eid night (i.e. before Subuh Sadiq)
2. To offer at least four rakats tahajjud salah. (This was a sunnat observed by Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam throughout the year.)
3. To engage in takbeer softly from the break of dawn till arrival at the Eidgah.
4. To perform Fajr in the mosque of your locality.
5. To clip the moustache.
6. To remove pubic hairs.
7. To have a bath.
8. Using a miswaak.
9. Wearing new or clean clothes, the best one possesses.
10. Dressing according to the sunnat. This entails kurta, turban, jubba, etc., since this was the type of dress Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam always wore.
11. To apply perfume.
12. To eat dates in odd numbers before leaving. If dates are not available then anything sweet will suffice.
13. To offer Eid salah at the Musalla (Eidgah) even if the Musjid can accommodate the whole congregation.
14. To proceed to Eidgah on foot if it is in walking distance.
15. To take one route and return by another.
16. To set off early for the Eid Salah.
17. To pay the sadaqatul fitr before the Salah.
18. To perform the Salah first and then the khutba, without azaan or iqaamat.
19. To give sadaqah in abundance.
20. To offer two or four raka’ts nafl salah at home after returning from Eidgah.