How to's of Eid day and Eid ul-Fitr Salat

The first day of the tenth Islamic lunar month, Shawwal, is Eid ul-Fitr. It marks the end of Ramadan, and it is a day of celebration and thanks to God. Most Muslims celebrate Eid for at least three days. Here is what the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, used to do on the day of Eid (his Sunnahs). 

  1. Rise early in the morning.

  2. Take a full bath.

  3. Clean the teeth.

  4. Wear the best clothes that he had.

  5. Wear perfume.

  6. Eat something sweet, like dates, before leaving home.

  7. Go to the Eid prayer location very early. (The Prophet used to offer Eid prayer in a central location. That is, he did not offer it in a mosque of a locality without any legitimate excuse).

  8. The Prophet used to go to the Eid prayer location by one route and would return using another route.

  9. He used to go to Eid prayers on foot.

  10. 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, Allah is the Greatest. There is no god except Allah. And Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. And to Him is all praise and thanks). 

  11. The Prophet used to give Zakat-ul-Fitr before Eid day. This is an amount of charity paid, usually to a local mosque or organization, that helps Muslims of lesser means  celebrate Eid. But if you have not done so, please give now before the Eid prayer. (Giving it right before Eid prayer is fine, but it is against the spirit and the purpose of it). Contact your local Masjid to find out how much to pay for this year. 

Method of Eid prayers

Eid Salat (prayer) consists of two Rakat (units of prayer) with six Takbeers (saying of the words “Allahu akbar”, which means God is the Greatest) in a congregation of Muslims. This is  followed by the Khutba (sermon) of Eid. This is how it is performed:

  • Follow the Imam by raising both hands up to the ears and say “Allahu Akbar”. This is the first Takbeer to enter into the Salat

  • Then fold your hands in the front and recite the ‘Sanaa', the opening Dua of prayer that is also said in the five daily prayers (“Subhaana kallahumma wa bihamdika, wa tabara kasmuka wa ta’ala jadduka, la ilaha ghayruk)

  • Then say “Allahu Akbar” thrice, following the Imam, each time raising both hands up to the ears and dropping them to your sides. After each Takbeer there will be a slight pause in which “Subhan Allah” (Glory be to God) may be recited thrice

  • After the third Takbeer the hands should be folded and worshippers listen to the Imam reciting Surah al-Fatiha, followed by another Surah

  • Then, following the Imam, perform Ruku (bending forward and putting the hands on the knees)

  • Then go to Sujood (prostration) as usual following your Imam’s Takbeer.

  • In the second Rakat the Imam will first recite Surah al-Fatiha, followed by another other Surah. Then, he will say three Takbeers after this. In all three Takbeers, the hands will not be folded, but dropped after each Takbeer

  • Then go into Ruku just after the fourth Takbeer

  • Complete the rest of the prayer as you would normally complete a prayer of two Rakat

  • Listen to the Khutbah after the Eid Salat. It is Wajib (compulsory)

(The above method is based on the Hanafi school of Islamic thought, which is followed by about 75% of Muslims around the world)

Comments

Assalamualykum, may Allah continue to bless you all at sound vision and Eidl Mubarak. If the steps you just outlined are are according to the sunnah of the prophet (s.a.w) then i believe it is best for us and more than enough without even considering whether it is being practised by any school of thought or 75% of muslims. All the same thank you for the way and manner you help to propagate islam. May Allah guide us on His straight path ISLAM.

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Salam Dear All, in Hong Kong we pray both the EID prayers a few times in the masjids in the morning, is this an innovation or do other countries also practice the same? wasalaam Nadia

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hongkong

Asslam u Alaikum and Eid Mubarek to all, This is very help full to me as I am unable to perform the prayer in a mosque. I m in the office and can pray myself??? No body is perfect but any info with good intension should be okay. Allah help us to keep ummah united.Jazaka Allah.Sher Balti Canada

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Edmonton Canada

How anybody be able to perform Eidlfetr salat if is not anynear to any mosqe?! So, this is very pooooooooor information that doesn't do the actual salat for everybody. Islam is in any spot of the world,so this should be the same,enough for anybody anywhere. Jazakallahol Khaira

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California,Los Angeles

VERY SIMPLE AND CLEAR DIRECTIONS

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MATAWAN

As`salaam alaikum wahrehamtullah e wabarkatuh, I am sure GOD will reward you by the happiness of life and Akhira, thats a very nice info and i really forgotten now its refreshed and i am sure next 10 years i wont be welling to look for any such info thank you very very much we are not aware of death just busy in normal dammy life, but few are still doing something for AKhira and i am so glad thank you once again! As`salaam alaikum wahrehamtullah e wabarkatuh

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Amsterdam

assalamu aleykum and EIDUKUM MUBARAKjust one thing, since when is 75% of musslim fellow The Hanafia; not that I have a problem with any Madhab, but keep up the good work inshaAllah. assalamu aleykum

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london

He said 75% follow hanafi because the vast majority of Muslims are non Arabs..and the vast majority reside in India Pakistan bangladesh and indonesia..who all practice hanafi

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London

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