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).
- 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.
EID MUBARAK, TAQABBALA LLAHU MINNA WA MINKUM.
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