By Danah Shuli
It’s laborious to imagine that we’re within the ultimate days of Ramadan. Whereas many people had been uncertain about how it might unfold given the present international COVID-19 pandemic and sheltering-in-place so many people are doing, I believe it’s protected to say that Ramadan 2020 has been a singular expertise that compelled us to suppose exterior of the field in how we worship throughout Ramadan and the traditions we’re so very used to.
From experiencing a extra intimate Ramadan within the consolation of our properties and connecting with Allah (S) on a private stage, to not dashing to eat iftar to make it in time for tarawih at our masjid and as an alternative praying it at house to even partaking in lovely on-line qiyams – Allah (S) has proven us His mercy in so many alternative methods this yr regardless of the chaos surrounding us. Alhamdulillah.
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Though we might have tailored to this new Ramadan regular (with a blended bag of experiences mirrored right here and right here), I’m certain we’re all feeling a way of uncertainty about how we’ll benefit from Eid ul Fitr in quarantine. How can we make it particular at house when many people are used to Eid being a big group prayer and occasion? If we take a more in-depth look into the lifetime of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (noticed) we’ll see that he has laid out the muse for celebrating a joyous Eid that may be executed from house by following his sunnahs.
The Sunnahs of Eid
Saying Takbir: Takbirat ul Eid are an initiation of Eid. Listening to these takbirs indicators that the times of Eid have begun. Repeating Takbirat Ul Eid is a sunnah that begins on the evening of Eid (the night earlier than Eid day) after Maghreb prayer. The Prophet Muhammad (noticed) would begin reciting the takbirat after praying Maghreb and all through the morning, after Fajr till the time of Eid prayer. Reciting the takbirat can also be a type of glorification and gratitude to Allah (S) for His steerage and support in finishing the “prescribed interval” talked about in Surah Al-Baqarah:
“The month of Ramadhan [is that] through which was revealed the Qur’an, a steerage for the individuals and clear proofs of steerage and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him quick it; and whoever is unwell or on a journey – then an equal variety of different days. Allah intends for you ease and doesn’t intend for you hardship and [wants] so that you can full the interval and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and maybe you can be grateful.” [2:185]
Additionally it is a part of the sunnah to remain up after Fajr (as it’s on a regular basis) and proceed making the takbirat whereas beautifying and getting ready your own home for the Eid festivities. My fondest recollections of Eid rising up was waking up early to the odor of selfmade Eid cookies, the calming melody of the takbirat, the earthy aroma of incense and daring Arabic espresso filling every room and my mom and father’s heat embrace. Now with a household of my very own, reciting the takbirat after Maghreb prayer and seeing my youngsters play all through the home as we prepare within the morning has been a practice and sunnah I try to take care of.
Performing ghusl and looking out your finest: As is the sunnah of preparing for Jumu’ah (Friday prayers), it is usually the sunnah of our beloved Muhammad (noticed) to take a shower or carry out ghusl in preparation for Eid. Cleanliness is a cornerstone of our religion – whether or not that’s making wudu, performing ghusl with a purpose to pray after intimacy or a girls’s menstrual cycle, clipping your nails and taking a shower for Friday prayers and even washing the physique of those that have handed earlier than their burial.
Taking the additional time to groom ourselves in preparation for Eid ought to nonetheless maintain the identical significance, whether or not or not we might be celebrating in congregation or inside our nuclear households at house.
It was narrated by Ibn Abbas (ra) that the Prophet Muhammad (noticed) used to take a shower on the day of Eid ul Fitr. [Ibn Majah] It’s from the sunnah to adorn ourselves in the very best, and cleanest, clothes we now have for Eid. This doesn’t imply that we now have to essentially purchase new garments, nonetheless the clothes that we put on for Eid ought to be particular. They need to be clear and new in a way that they don’t seem to be worn on a regular basis. Males are inspired to put on musk or cologne earlier than heading out to Eid prayer.
It was narrated by Jaabir (rah) that the Prophet (noticed) had a cloak which he would put on on the 2 Eids and on Fridays. [Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 1756]
Breaking quick earlier than Eid prayer: Eid ul Fitr is a celebration of feasting after we now have obeyed the commandments of Allah (S) to quick the month of Ramadan. Therefore, it solely is smart that we mark today by consuming early within the morning to suggest that we’re now not fasting. It’s from the sunnah of the Prophet (noticed) to eat an odd variety of dates earlier than praying the Eid prayer.
It was narrated by Anas Ibn Malik (uncooked) that the Prophet Muhamad (noticed) used to not exit on the morning of Eid ul-Fitr till he had eaten some dates, of which he would eat an odd quantity. [Bukhari 953]
A convention that I’ve picked up from my mother is to have all the Eid cookies or Ka’ak/Maamoul (within the Center East they’re historically made out of flour, semolina, or a mix of each full of dates) laid out early within the morning, or the evening earlier than, on the eating room desk alongside Arabic espresso or your sizzling beverage of alternative. This manner we might have ka’ak on our means out to prayers as our breakfast for the morning of Eid. All of us have wealthy meals traditions from our completely different cultures – be sure you take pleasure in yours earlier than your Eid prayers!
Providing congratulations: Fasting and training deep religious reflection and worship for a whole month is a large accomplishment that shouldn’t be swept below the rug or taken frivolously. It’s from the sunnah to congratulate each other on a job nicely executed! All of us labored laborious throughout Ramadan, no matter what that will have appeared like for every considered one of us, relying on our particular person circumstances.
Eid ul Fitr is a celebration of that onerous work and devotion. There are lots of types of good needs that may be exchanged throughout Eid equivalent to Taqabbala Allaah minna wa minkum (might Allah (S) settle for good deeds from us and from you) and Eid Mubarak!
Jubayr ibn Nufayr stated that when the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) met each other on the day of Eid, they might say to at least one one other, “Could Allaah settle for (good deeds) from us and from you.” [Al-Fath, 2/446]
That is an particularly straightforward sunnah to follow whether or not we’re at house or celebrating in public. Make it a household affair and get inventive within the methods through which you provide your Eid nicely needs this yr: Schedule a digital name with household mates, ship a private textual content message, make a household Eid video and ship it to family members, schedule a drive by and provide your congratulations in particular person whereas nonetheless sustaining a protected distance. You possibly can even adorn your automobile, and have the youngsters make Eid banners and posters to carry up whilst you “go to” your loved ones and mates. The probabilities are countless!
How you can Carry out Eid Prayer at Residence
Though Eid will look completely different this yr, that doesn’t imply we now have to overlook out on Eid prayer. Do you know that even below common circumstances, one can carry out their Eid prayer at house? As a result of the circumstances of Eid prayer are completely different from these of Friday prayer (which must be carried out in congregation with a khutbah), Eid prayer might be carried out alone or inside your loved ones with no khutbah.
Under are some references from the sunnah and Students of Islam taken from Sheikh Yasir Qadhi:
The servant of the Prophet (noticed), Anas b. Mālik (r ) as soon as missed the Eid prayer in Basrah, so he gathered his household and had considered one of his family lead them in two rak’ats. And Aṭāʿ b. Abī Rabāḥ (d. 114 AH) stated relating to the one who missed the Eid prayer, “Let him pray two rak’ats and say the takbīrs”. Hammād b. Abī Sulayman (d. 120 AH), the well-known scholar of Kufa and trainer of Abu Ḥanīfa, stated when requested the identical query, “He ought to pray as they prayed, and do the takbīrat as they did” [These reports are in the Muṣannaf of Ibn Abī Shaybah, 2/4-5]. All of those stories are relating to those that missed Eid for any motive. Discover that the Friday prayer wouldn’t be ‘made up’ like this, and one who misses Friday prays Dhuhr as an alternative.
Sheikh Yasir Qadhi has additionally revealed a complete video information for households at house to carry out the Eid prayer collectively:
1. The Eid prayer has particular takbīrat and two rakat whole. There are seven takbīrat within the first rak’at inclusive of takbīrat al-iḥrām (the preliminary takbir that initiates the start of your salah), and 6 within the second rak’at inclusive of the takbīrat al-qiyām (the takbir that initiates the start of every rakat executed after sujood) – that is the place of the Ḥanbalī college, and Ibn Taymiyyah.
2. Variations in madhab: Word that Shafi’is say seven not together with the takbrat al-ihrām (that might make eight whole); the Ḥanafis say 4 takbīrat inclusive of iḥram and qiyām for each rak’ats.
3. The Eid khutbah, as talked about above, just isn’t a requirement of the prayer, therefore there isn’t any want to present one. In actual fact, all 4 colleges of legislation state that the khuṭbah of Eid just isn’t compulsory. Within the report above, Anas (r) merely prayed two rak’ats and didn’t ask his servant to ship a khuṭbah. Alternatively, it might be allowed for masjids to broadcast Eid khuṭbahs. All households might pray their particular person congregational prayers at a given time; then, after they end their very own Eid prayers, they’ll take heed to a khutbah broadcast stay from their masjid as a basic reminder.
This is one other nice step-by-step breakdown and video of the way to pray Eid salah at house.
And, as all the time, Allah (S) is aware of finest.
Given our present state of affairs, observing all the sunnahs of Eid after which praying a congregational prayer at house with one’s household is among the finest methods we will make Eid ul Fitr particular. In actual fact, we must always take pleasure in and partake within the sunnahs of Eid to mark a joyous finish to Ramadan.
From all of us at Haute Hijab, we want you and yours a blessed Eid ul Fitir and Could Allah (s) settle for from us and from you our good deeds and worship. Eid Mubarak!