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The Sunnan, Customs, Innovations and Disobediences on ‘Eid – Shaykh ‘Aasim al-Qaryooti (may Allaah preserve him)

The Sunnan, Customs, Innovations and Disobediences on ‘Eid – Shaykh ‘Aasim al-Qaryooti (may Allaah preserve him)
The Sunan, Customs, Innovations and Acts of Disobedience on ‘Eid

Shaykh ‘Aasim al-Qaryooti[1]

All praise is due to Allaah and may peace and salutations be upon the messenger of Allaah, upon his family, companions and whosoever takes him as patron.

Due to the drawing near of the happy occasion of ‘Eid al-Fitr, may Allaah grant it to us and the Muslims as a whole with happiness, dignity, goodness, blessing and brilliance, I remind my brothers, the Muslims, of a number of the customs and Sunan of ‘Eid, while highlighting some of the innovations and acts of disobedience that occur on it, and noting that Zakaat al-Fitr must be donated before the ‘Eid salaah. So I say, and with Allaah lays success:
The Sunan and Customs of ‘Eid

1) Making takbeer on the day of ‘Eid, starting from the beginning of night of ‘Eid and ending with the ‘Eid salaah. Allaah the Most High says { (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah [i.e. to say Takbeer] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him} [al-Baqarah: 185].

And the established formats in which the sahaabah made takbeer are:

الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر كبيرا
Allaahu akbar; Allaahu akbar; Allaahu akbar kabeerun

And also:
الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله ، الله أكبر ولله الحمد
Allaahu akbar, allaahu akbar, laa illaaha ill Allaah, Allaahu akbar, wa lillahil hamd

And other than these, from the formats of takbeer, and additions to them that we heard in the masaajid of the world are not authentic.

2) Making ghusl on the day of ‘Eid and wearing one’s best clothes and fragrance.

3) Eating dates, or something else, before leaving the home for the ‘Eid salaah.

4) Reciting the takbeer aloud when going to the ‘Eid salaah.

5) Going to the ‘Eid musallah via one route and returning via another.

6) Praying the ‘Eid salaah in the musallah, as it is the Sunnah of the messenger of Allaah sall Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam but doing so in the masjid for a reason is permitted.

7) The attendance of women, infants and children, without exception – including the woman on her period, those of marrying age and those who are chaste, as has been reported in Saheeh Muslim.

8) Performing the ‘Eid salaah.

9) Listening to the Khutbah that is given after the prayer.

10) Greeting one another due to the fact that it is ‘Eid. On the authority of Jaabir Bin Nufair, who said the companions of the messenger of Allaah sall Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to say to one another when they met on Eid, ‘Taqqabal Allaahu minna wa minkum’ [May Allaah accept from us and you].
From the Innovations on the day of Eid

1) Increasing upon the established formats of takbeer that have been reported on the sahaabah.

2) Making takbeer in the masjid, or musallah, in congregation in the form that there are 2 factions, one makes takbeer and the other answers. This is an innovated method and what is required is that each individual makes takbeer but if their voices happen to be unison, there is no harm. As for the way in which it is done, where1 group makes takbeer and the other listens until it’s their turn, this is an innovation.

3) Visiting graves on the day of ‘Eid and offering sweets, wreaths and the like upon graves. All this is innovation. As for visiting graves, it is permissible without any specifying conditions.

4) The sending of greetings cards, as this is from the culture and customs of the Chirstians. And we heard our shaykh, the ‘allaamah al-Albaani, may Allaah encompass him with his mercy, noting this.
From the Acts of disobedience on the Day of ‘Eid:

1) Men beautifying themselves by shaving their beards – what is obligatory at all times is to leave them.

2) The shaking of hands of non-mahram men and women – this is from the haram acts and major sins.

3) And from impermissible excessiveness is the squandering of wealth on fireworks without any benefit. It would be better to spend this money on the poor, destitute and needy – and how many they are and how needy are they!

4) The spreading of gambling in some countries on the day of ‘Eid, especially among the young. And this is from the major sins, so it is upon the fathers to watch over their children and warn them from it.

May Allaah accept from us and you

Was salaam alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu

[1] Taken from http://www.saaid.net/mktarat/eid/2.htm [accessed 25th Ramadaan 1434AH/ 3/08/13CE]
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Translated by Aqeel Ahmed

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