1: SPENDING NIGHT OF EID IN WORSHIP. Some people think that it is prescribed to spend the night of Eid in worship based on a WEAK hadeeth which says, “Whoever stays up on the night of Eid, his heart will not die on the day when hearts die.” This hadeeth is NOT saheeh. (Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Da’eefah wa’l-Mawdoo’ah by Shk. al-Albaani). Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: “The ahaadeeth in which the nights before the two Eids are mentioned are falsely attributed to the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam).” So DO NOT single out the night of Eid for Ibaadah, as this is a kind of bidah that is NOT proven from the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam), unless it is part of your USUAL nightly routine.

2.CELEBRATING “CHAND RAAT” Some people spend the night before Eid, singing, dancing , listening to music, with free mixing of men and women, lack of hijab and Hayaa’.They forget the promise they made to Allah to stay away from haram. Do you really want to throw away all your hard work and effort you put in worship during Ramadan for just a few hours of utterly useless waste of time? the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam), “There will be among my ummah people who will regard adultery, silk, alcohol and musical instruments as permissible.” (Bukhaari).

  1. 3. FASTING ON DAY OF EID It is haram to fast on the Day of Eid “He [the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam)] forbade fasting on the day of (Eid) al-Fitr and the day of al-Nahr (Eid al-Adha).” (Bukhaari)

4: GRAVE VISIT : Some people have the custom of going out to the graveyard on the day of Eid to greet the occupants of the graves, but the occupants of the graves have no need of any greeting or congratulations. Visiting the graves is not something to be done specially on the day of Eid , Friday or any particular day. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) visited the graves at night, in the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah narrated by Muslim. And the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Visit the graves for they will remind you of the Hereafter.” Visiting graves is an act of worship,& acts of worship are not acceptable unless they are in accordance with sharee’ah. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) did not single out the day of Eid for visiting the graves  as a routine act or a festival like action, so we should not do so either. To do so is bid‘ah. (Ahkaam al-Janaa’iz wa Bidauha by al-Albaani).

5 FREE MIXING: It is haraam for women and men to mix and mingle with each other if they are not mahrams at any time of the year or during Eid. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Beware of entering upon women.” They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what do you think about the brother-in-law?” he said: “The brother in law is death.” (Bukhaari).

6 PERFUME & MAKE UP, NO HIJAB: This is a problem which is widespread, and many people take this matter lightly, but it is FARD (OBLIGATORY) for a matured/ an adult Muslim woman to wear proper Islamic hijab not cultural hijaab and cover herself according to sharia . Remember sisters, you will be asked about this on the Day you stand in front of Allaah. “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the believing women to draw their cloaks all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-Ahzaab:59].. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Any woman who puts on perfume and passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance, is an adulteress.” (al-Nasaa’i)

8: HUGGING & SHAKING  NON MAHREM. It is haraam to  embrace , hug or shake hands of non-mahrams, EVEN if it is Eid!.The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam), “There will be among my ummah people who will regard adultery, silk, alcohol and musical instruments as permissible.” (Bukhaari). One should always observe the limits prescribed by Islam. Although it is from the Sunnah to enjoy the celebration of Eid, one should avoid parties that contain free mixing, and flirting, instruments of the devil, or staying up late to the point of missing Salatul Fajr, etc.

9: NOT PRAYING THE EID SALAH. Some people think it is not a big deal if they don’t pray Salatul Eid. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) commanded all Muslims including women who are menstruating, old, young & in seclusion to attend. Those who culturally prohibit women from going for Eid, Jumah or regular salah should  fear Allah & obey the command of the Rasul.

10: NO – TAKBEERAAT: Saying the takbeeraat out loud is one of the greatest Sunnahs on the day of Eid because Allaah says: “(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” [al-Baqarah:185] The time for takbeer of eid ul fitr begins when it is proven that the new moon of Shawwaal has been sighted or thirty days of Ramadaan have been completed. And it ends when the Eid prayer begins. (Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen). Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, wa Lillaahi’l-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god except Allaah, Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great , Allaah is Most Great, and all praise be to Allaah). Men should raise their voices reciting this dhikr in the marketplaces, mosques and homes, but women should not raise their voices too loud in the presence of non mahrem..

11 PRISON PAROLE. Some people think eid ul fitr is a parole from the “Prison of Ramadaan”.They think once Ramadaan ends, one is  “free” to go back to his old sinful ways, free from the constraints of Ramadan. Rather, we celebrate Eid because Allaah blessed us with the opportunity to worship Him and ask for forgiveness. Also, we celebrate with the hope that we are from the ones that will be freed from Hellfire and rewarded with Jannah.

12: DELAYING ZAKAAT AL-FITR : The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) enjoined that it should be paid before the Eid prayer. Ibn ‘Umar said: “They used to give it one or two days before (Eid) al-Fitr.” (Bukhaari). “Whoever pays it before the prayer, it is Zakaat al-Fitr, and whoever pays it after the prayer, it is ordinary charity.” And has committed a sin.


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Eid is here again, it is a time of celebrating with our families, friends, gaining blessings & proclaiming the greatness of Allah.

Umm ‘Atiyyah (radiallahuania) said: The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) commanded us to bring the (women) out on both Eids & to bring out adolescent girls, menstruating women and virgins, but the menstruating women were to stay away from the prayer, but were to witness goodness and the gathering of the Muslims. I said: “O Messenger of Allaah, what if one of us does not have a jilbab (the outer garment)?” He said: “Let her sister lend her a jilbab.” (Bukhari).

Sh. Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  explained: all women are  commanded to go out for eid including menstruating women but the menstruating women should avoid  staying  in the musalla(specific or designated prayer area) but it is permissible for her to pass through or to take something  she needs from it, without staying there. There is so much goodness, dhikr and du’a’ they may experience there. Al-Shawkaani said:…so long as they are not going through ‘iddah  or  other major excuses.

They must go out looking decent, not wearing adornment, makeup or perfume, so that they may combine following the Sunnah with avoiding fitnah. There is no hadith prohibiting women from going to the masjid. In fact, the prophet’s masjid has a door & space for the women.

Abdullah Bin Mas’ud: Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: It is more excellent for a woman to pray in her house than in her courtyard, and more excellent for her to pray in her private chamber than in her house. (Abu Dawud). This is not a prohibition from going to the masjid as wrongly interpreted by ignorant muslims.

Also the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said, ‘Do not prevent the female servants of Allah from going to the mosque of Allah.’(Muslim) “If the wife of any one of you asks permission (to go to the mosque) do not forbid her.” (Bukhari). .

Muslim women may have many reasons to go to the masjid e.g. teaching, learning, salah etc. A Muslim woman must go out covering her awrah whether she is going to the masjid, mall or to visit her friends.

What some women do of wearing adornment, makeup and perfume is because of their ignorance and negligence on the part of their guardians (fathers & husbands). Prophet (saw) said, “If any of you women leave out to go to the mosque, do not approach scented perfume.(Muslim). The misbehaviour of some women should not be used to justify outright ban on women going to the masjid, not making  decent praying spaces available for the women in the masjid or to make women disobey the prophetic command of going to Eidah.

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1.“Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of AlQadr (Decree).
2. And what will make you know what the Night of AlQadr (Decree) is?
3. The Night of AlQadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years & 4 months).
4. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees,
5. (All that night), there is peace (and goodness from Allaah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn” [al-Qadr 97:1-5]
Abu Hurayrah (radiallahuanihu) said that the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said:  “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” Agreed upon.
‘Aa’ishah (radiallahuaniah) said: When the last ten days of Ramadaan began, the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) would tighten his waist-wrapper, spend his nights in prayer, and wake his family. Bukhari.
One of the best du’aa’s to say …‘Aa’ishah: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, if I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, ‘Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).”
Specifying which night of Ramadaan is Laylat al-Qadr, needs specific evidence & we know of no basis for the celebrations that are held during some nights of Ramadaan. The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) and the worst of matters are those which are innovated (bid’ah). Innovations are not permissible during Ramadaan or at other times. Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Whoever does any action that is not part of this matter of ours will have it rejected.”
‘Ubaadah ibn al-Saamit (radiallahuanihu) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) came out with the news of Laylat al-Qadr, but two men among the Muslims started arguing. He said: “I came out to tell you about Laylat al-Qadr, but So and so and So and so started arguing, so (that knowledge) was taken away. Perhaps that will be better for you. So seek it on the (twenty-) seventh and the (twenty-) ninth and the (twenty-) fifth.” Bukhaari. .‘Aa’ishah (radiallahuaniah) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Seek Laylat al-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.” Bukhaari,
The reason why it is hidden is to encourage the Muslims to strive hard in worship and du’aa’ and dhikr during all the last ten nights of Ramadaan. This is the same reason why the time when du’aa’ is answered on Friday has not been defined, and why the ninety-names of Allaah have not been defined, concerning which the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Whoever learns them by heart will enter Paradise.” Bukhaari
SIGNS OF LAYLAT AL-QADR Laylat al-Qadr may be seen with the eye, for the one whom Allaah helps to see it. The Sahaabah (radiallahuaniumah) used to recognize it by its signs. But not seeing them does not mean that one will not gain its reward, Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) indicates that the sign of Laylat al-Qadr is that the sun rises on the following morning with no visible rays. Saheeh Muslim & other hadeeths also show that the night will be illuminated, neither too cold nor too hot and will be a generous night of happiness, the day following the night of laylatul qadr, the sun will be without rays & appears like a dish until it rises high & it will be weak and reddish. Scholars have said perhaps the weakness of the sun is as a result of the uncountable number of angels ascending to the heavens. Ubayy ibn Ka’b used to swear that it was the night of the twenty-seventh, citing this sign as evidence. In the amazing wisdom of Allah, he chose to make all these signs to come after that night itself so that we only confirm the night when it is already over or after comparing it to other nights; so we can eagerly strive for it. The more correct view is that it moves through all the last ten nights, but it is most likely to be one of the odd-numbered nights, and the night of the twenty-seventh is the most likely among the odd-numbered nights. Whoever strives in worship during all of the last ten nights, praying, reading Qur’aan, making du’aa’ and other kinds of good deeds will undoubtedly catch up with Laylat al-Qadr and attain what Allaah has promised to those who do that out of faith and seeking reward. Proof
WHAT CAN A MENSTRUATING WOMAN DO ON LAYLAT AL-QADR? She should do all acts of worship apart from praying, fasting, circumambulating the Ka’bah and doing i’tikaaf in the mosque. She can spend the night in doing: 1-Dhikr 2-     Istighfaar  3- Reading or reciting Qur’aan. Proof. 4- Du’aa’ (supplication).Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said, “Du’aa’ is ‘ibaadah (worship).” (Saheeh al-Tirmidhi). For further details

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‘Aa’ishah (radiallahuaniah) said that the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) used to observe i’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadaan until Allaah took his soul, then his wives observed i’tikaaf after he was gone. Bukhaari. There was scholarly consensus that i’tikaaf is prescribed in sharee’ah,
Undoubtedly i’tikaaf in the mosque is an act of worship prescribed in Ramadaan and at other times but observing it in Ramadaan is better than at other times. .
The basic principle is that i’tikaaf is Sunnah, not obligatory, unless one made a vow to do it, in which case it becomes obligatory, because the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Whoever vows to obey Allaah, let him obey Him, and whoever vows to disobey Him, let him not disobey Him.” Bukhaari.
‘Umar (radiallahuaniu) said: “O Messenger of Allaah, during the Jaahiliyyah I vowed to observe i’tikaaf for one night in al-Masjid al-Haraam.” He said: “Fulfil your vow.”
I’tikaaf is only valid if done in the mosque, she does not have the right to observe i’tikaaf in her house, because Allaah says “while you are in I‘tikaaf (i.e. confining oneself in a mosque for prayers and invocations leaving the worldly activities) in the mosques”, and because the wives of the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) asked him for permission to observe i’tikaaf in the mosque, and he gave them permission.
“And do not have sexual relations with them (your wives) while you are in I‘tikaaf (i.e. confining oneself in a mosque for prayers and invocations leaving the worldly activities) in the mosques”[2:187]
Al-Nawawi said in al-Majmoo’ (6/480): It is not correct for a man or a woman to observe i’tikaaf anywhere except in the mosque. This is the view favoured by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen in al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 6/513. Men and women are equal in this regard.
Ibn Qudaamah said in al-Mughni: A woman has the right to observe i‘tikaaf in any mosque, and that is not subject to the condition that it be a mosque where prayers are performed in congregation, because that is not obligatory upon her. Al-Shaafa’i shares same view.
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