What makes Islam so incredible is that fact that it isn’t simply a set of rules to follow or beliefs to adopt; it’s a compete way of life. Our Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلمtaught us everything, from how to mourn the loss of a loved one to what day to trim our nails on. So, it make perfect sense that we’ve also been taught the ettiquettes of celebration. And what better occasion to celebrate than Eid, a day which marks the end of a season of obedience, praise and glorification … all for Allah.
All praise and thanks belong to Allah for allowing us to witness this beautiful day on which we can rejoice, greet each other, and of course, eat!
A tiny note of caution before we begin: let’s not allow this day of celebration to be a form of disobedience to Allah. Stay within the limits that the Creator has set for us, and rejoice in the ways which He has permitted.
That said, here are a few reminders for Eid al Adha:
- Doing ghusl before going out for prayer.
- Eating after the prayer on Eid al Adha.
On Eid al-Adha it is mustahabb not to eat anything until one comes back from the prayer, so he should eat from the udhiyah if he has offered a sacrifice. If he is not going to offer a sacrifice there is nothing wrong with eating before the prayer.
- Takbeer on the day of Eid.
“(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allaah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar: Allaah is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him” (2:185)
Glorifying Allah is one of the most important aspects of Eid. In the case of Eid al Adha, the takbeer begins on the first day of Thul Hijjah and lasts until sunset on the last of the days of tashreeq. You’ll find more on Takbeer in one of our previous posts here.
- Congratulating one another.
Eid is, after all, a day which marks our completion of great forms of worship during these ten days. Thus, the etiquette of Eid also includes the congratulations and good wishes exchanged by people, no matter what the wording, such as saying to one another Taqabbala Allaah minna wa minkum (May Allaah accept (good deeds) from us and from you” or “Eid mubaarak” and other permissible expressions of congratulations.
- Dressing well on the day of Eid.
One of the Sunnahs for Eid is to wear one’s best clothes, or new clothes while going out for prayers, and to wear perfume as well. This applies to men of course, as women should not dress immodestly nor wear perfume in public.
- Going to the prayer by one route and returning by another.
Another Sunnah for Eid is to vary the routes used for going to and returning from prayer, as the two routes would testify for him on the Day of Resurrection, for the earth will speak on the Day of Resurrection and say what was done on it, both good and bad.
- The udhiyah (qurbani or sacrifice).
What truly marks Eid al Adha as a unique occasion is the sacrifice of an animal for Allah’s pleasure, and in many Muslim countries, these sacrificial animals become bleating members of our societies for a few days, walking the streets and staying in people’s backyards! The udhiyah and the rulings regarding it are a huge subject in themselves, which you can read about in detail here.
Don’t forget to pray for the Ummah on this day, especially for those on Hajj; may Allah make their journey easier, protect them, and accept their worship.
Finally, on behalf of The Hidden Prestige team, I’d like to which all of you a very happy and blessed Eid. I pray that Allah accepts our humble efforts, and allows us to celebrate this glorious day year after year. ❤
عيدكم مبارك وتقبل الله منا ومنكم!
– Raweeha Abdul Rab