A Look at How to Celebrate Eid According to the Sunnah
Ready to be showered with the gifts of Allah on Eid?
Who would think such a thing is possible? But it is. Of course, you wouldn’t want to go to your reward ceremony unprepared! You want to show up looking your finest, smelling your finest, and behaving your finest.
Eid is when we receive rewards from our Creator; thus, we must prepare for the occasion. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has shown us how to do this through his sunnah (example).
Here’s a rundown on what you need to do to prepare for Eid properly, and I don’t mean gifts, recipes, or social etiquette. I’m talking about the spiritual competition of the blessed month of Ramadan. Keep reading to know what to do on Eid, so you’re celebrating this sacred day in a blessed way.
The Night Before Eid Day – Takbeer for Eid
Eid doesn’t start in the morning, but it begins in the night, after maghrib if the new moon is sited, or the next day. So, preparing for Eid starts when we typically run around at night, stressed out, ironing clothes, decorating the house, or wrapping gifts. In the process of our outward preparation, we should be reciting the Takbeer as follows:
الله أكبر، الله أكبر، لا إله إلا الله، والله أكبر، الله أكبر ولله الحمد
Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar,
Laa ilaaha ill-Allah,
Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar
(Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god except Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and all praise be to Allah)
Note: You can also say Allahu Akbar three times; both are permitted.
What to Do on Eid – Before Eid Salat
- Take a bath
- Use a miswak (clean your teeth)
- Put on your best clothes (women are advised to wear modest, decent clothes, without make-up, and not leave home beautified)
- Apply scent (attar) – for men
- Eat a date (or an odd number of dates) before going for Eid salat
- Pay Sadaqah Fitr/ Zakat ul Fitra
- Recite takbeer
- If possible, walk to Eid salat
- Do not perform any nafl salat before Eid salat
What Say To Each Other After Eid Salat
Jubayr ibn Nufayr reports: The companions of the Messenger of Allah (RA), when they met each other on the day of Eid, they would say to each other, “May Allah accept good deeds from us and from you.” (Salat al-Idayn lil-Mahamili 2/218)
تَقَبَّلَ اللهُ مِنَّا وَمِنكُم
Taqaballahu minna wa minkum
What to Do After Eid Salat
- Take a different route coming back home
- Express cheerfulness and happiness
- Give extra charity if you can
What Not To do on Eid
With the excitement of celebration and the shayateen all out and about in full force, sometimes we sin more on Eid than on other days. Be diligent in maintaining your Iman, especially on the special day Allah gifted us. Thus, be extra careful to avoid missing or delaying the salat. Also, be careful to ensure that celebrating Eid is done in a permissible way: maintain modesty in clothing and behavior with non-mahram (relatives and friends), no music, no movies, no backbiting, etc.
From IQRA Network to all our readers, we wish you a blessed and beautiful Eid!