How to perform Eid prayer

How to perform Eid prayer

(Based on Hanafi School of Islamic fiqh)

Eid is a special occasion and one of the things which makes it so is the Eid ul Adha congregational prayer which is the first thing everyone's list of eid ideas.

Since this prayer comes only once a year, there is often confusion about how to perform this Eid prayer. Here is how to do it:

In general, when praying any Salah, always follow the Imam in prayer. Do not make your movements (i.e. bowing, prostrating, etc.) before he does or different from him.

Eid prayer consists of two units (Rakat in Arabic, singular is Raka). The main difference in the way this prayer and any other prayer of two Rakat is performed is the number of Takbirs that are done.

Takbirs is an the Arabic word referring to when "Allahu Akbar" is said and the hands are raised to the ears.

Step 1: Make an intention of doing two Rakat behind the Imam for Eid prayer along with six additional Takbirs.

The First Raka

Step 2: After the Imam has said "Allahu Akbar" the first time, you should raise your hands and follow. This is the first Takbir of the prayer.

Step 3: There will be 3 Takbirs before the Imam starts reciting Quran. Each time the Imam says "Allahu Akbar", you should follow by raising your hands, then putting them on your sides.

After the third Takbir, the Imam will begin reciting the Quran. At that point, you should put your hands on your chest, with your right hand on top of the left.

Step 4: Listen to the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Imam will recite Surah Al Fatiha (the first Surah of the Quran) and then another Surah.

Step 5: When the Imam says "Allahu Akbar" go into Ruku (the bowing position).

Step 6: Stand up straight when he says Sami Allahu liman Hamidah (Allah hears those who praise Him), and say "Rabbana lakal Hamd" (our Lord praise be to You) in a low voice.

Step 7: When the Imam says "Allahu Akbar" go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations as in normal prayer.

The Second Raka

Step 8: The Imam will first recite from the Holy Quran (first Surah Al Fatiha and another Surah.

Step 9: After the recitation, before going into Ruku, there will be 3 Takbirs. Follow the Imam. Raise your hands after each "Allahu Akbar". After the third Takbir, go into Ruku (the bowing position).

Step 10: Stand up straight when the Imam says Sami Allah huliman Hamidah, and say "Rabbana lakal Hamd" in a low voice.

Step 11: When the Imam says "Allahu Akbar" go into Sujud. You will do two prostrations.

Step 12: After this, you sit for the complete Tashshahud.

Step 13: After the Imam ends the prayer by turning to his face to the right first and saying "Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah" and then to his left and doing the same, you should follow.

Step 14: Do not get up right away. The Imam will give a short Khutbah (speech). Please stay still and listen. It is recommended to do so.


assalamualaikum to all muslims may lord allah brings happiness to everyone and a special thanks to information providers regarding how to perform eid prayer allah hafez



Jazzak'Allah Khair. I really look forward to Eid-al-Adha. It's during the Eid times that I really feel my Imaan. It's during the month of Ramazan and the following Eid days that I feel my Imaan growing stronger, It's a great feeling.Thanks for giving this information, non-muslim brothers aswell as muslim brothers can learn something from it :)


Tilburg, Netherlands

Mashallah! Very illuminating, it will serve as a reminder to so many Muslims out there.Keep up the good work, Allah(SWT) will continue to be your strenght.Jummah Mubaraq to All Muslims and All the 1430AH Hujjajs to Makkah and Medinah Munawara.May Allah accept your Ibadah and make it an Hajj Mubrur.Best Regards & lots of Dua,Maryam


Lagos, Nigeria

Good work from you and hopefully many of us will benefit from this article and many others. May Allah guide us and help our society to reach to those who need help in understanding their faith by utilizing tons of information given in your site






KOOL! I understood it soooo much better! Thank you. But I have one question........ where do you get YOUR information from?



Jazakallah for explaining Eid Prayer so nicely.



Masha Allah, You said it is according to Hanafi Fiqh. But some keep saying 5 & 7 Takbeer. Which is Valid acording to Imam Shafi (RA). Please remind your reader both Fiqh based on Quran, Hadith of Prophet (saw) and Practice of Shaba (Ridwanul lah e Majmaeen).Also you said:After the third Takbir, the Imam will begin reciting the Quran. At that point, you should put your hands on your chest, with your right hand on top of the left.If it according to Hanafi Fiqh that it should be onthe Naval or even little below Naval. Please checkHanafi fiqh's famous book " Hidya"JazakumAllah Kherin



Yes, jazaakumullaahy khayr for your time in writing this article. I do agree, however, that you should have mentioned that this information is according to the Hanafi mathhab, and perhaps there are authentic statements of the prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam, regarding the number of takbers that you mentioned. I am aware of the following hadeeth narrated by 'Aaisha:Aa'ishah (radhi allahu anha) said: “Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) would say Takbeer in both Fitr and Adha: seven in the first and five in the second, other than the two Takbeers of Ruku (bowing).” [(Saheeh) - Abu Dawood (1150) and others]



May Allah be Praised! Islam has really made us Muslim a critical Ummah.We do not just accept pronouncements without scrutiny. Moreso if such has to do with islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh).The promoters of this site are highly commended for this great job of educating muslims, but a lot needs to be done in providing sources and references of the infomation being disseminated. As it is by doing this that our deen would remain free from being corrupted with people's personal opinions. please join the muslims of Nigeria in praying for the repose of the soul of our eminent scholar Sheikh Kamaldin Al-Adabiyy.Maa salam.


Lagos, Nigeria


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