We hope you and your family have a joyful Eid filled
with love, laughter, and blessings
Once again, we are celebrating Eid during the pandemic.
Festivities will be different this year, but that’s ok – there
are still plenty of ways to make sure that this Eid is a
special occasion for all.
One way to keep Eid a joyous celebration is to
follow the sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH)
The Prophet (PBUH) used to do certain things on the day
of Eid that made Eid different from any other day.
Here are some ways to follow the Sunnah this Eid.
Before the Eid Prayer:
Shower and get ready
“The Messenger of Allah (saw) used to have a bath on the day of Fitr and the day of Adha.” Sahih
This is a special day! Shower, dress in your best clothes and wear your favourite colognes/perfumes.
“The Prophet (PBUH) would always eat something such as dates before the Eid prayer. Fasting is forbidden on Eid so make sure to have some breakfast! After a month of fasting, having a meal during the day is a blessing!
Recite the takbeer
“Recite the takbir before Eid prayer. The takbeer is:
“‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La Ilaaha Illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa Lillahil Hamd’
After Eid Prayer:
Congratulate one another
It is sunnah to greet one another after the prayer, to hug and wish people an ‘Eid Mubarak’. This Eid, we won’t be able to greet each other closely due to COVID. Instead, send a text message, call friends and family, or visit people via a drive-by.
Exchange gifts and food
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Exchange gifts for it will increase the love between one another” [Bukhari]
The Prophet PBUH) encouraged giving gifts to show your love and appreciation for others. Eid is the perfect time to do so. Exchange gifts with loved ones or make gift baskets to give to neighbours.
Narrated by Ibn Abbas: “I (in my boyhood) went out with the Prophet on the day of Eid ul Fitr or Eid-ul-Adha. The Prophet prayed and then delivered the Khutba and then went towards the women, preached and advised them and ordered them to give alms.” [Bukhari]
Giving charity in Ramadan is a given, but the Prophet (PBUH) also encouraged giving charity on Eid. Eid is a day of giving. We pay zakat-ul-fitr to ensure that everyone has food and provisions to celebrate Eid. But we must also give extra charity as well.