We have come to the end of this auspicious month of Ramadan which is followed by the happy celebration of Eid. Muslims all over the world celebrate this grand occasion following a month long fasting by refraining from most of the pleasures of this worldly life devoting their optimum time in the worship of ALLAH SWT. This is a day which marks the end of Ramadan. ALLAH SWT the most Beneficent, the Merciful is also pleased to see His Ummath celebrating this grand occasion in the best possible manner.
Salient features of celebrating the occasion of Eid are as follows:-
Playing, recreation, and eating on the day of Eid:
These are permissible as long as they stay within the acceptable bounds of Islam. Anas ra said: When the Prophet PBUH came to Madinah, they had two days for amusement. The Prophet PBUH has exchanged these days for two better days: the day of breaking the fast and the day of sacrifice. (Related by An-Nasa’i and Ibn Hibban)
Taking women and children to the prayer area:
The Prophet PBUH used to take his wives and daughters to the both the Eid prayers. Umm Atiyah said: “We were ordered to go out with the young virgins and menstruating women to both the Eids in order to participate in the goodness and the supplications of the Muslims. The menstruating women though would stay away from the prayer area.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Going to the prayer area:
The Prophet PBUH used to go to the prayer area by walking and would take different route while returning. Jaber narrated: “On the days of Eid, The Prophet PBUH would go to the prayer area by one route and come back by another route.” (Bukhari)
Eating before going to the prayer area:
During Eid al-Fitr it is preferable to eat something before heading to Eid prayers while it is the reverse on Eid ul Adha. The Prophet PBUH used to eat an odd number of dates before going to pray Salat al-Eid. Anas reported: “The Prophet PBUH would not go out on the day of Eid al-Fitr without eating an odd number of dates.”(Bukhari)
Preparation for Eid prayer:
It is preferred to make Ghusl (take a bath), wear the best available clothes and, advisable for men to use fragrance and stuff before going to Salat al-Eid. Ibn Al-Qayyim said: “The Prophet PBUH used to wear his best clothes for the Eid prayers and he had separate set of clothes reserved for the two Eids and Jumu’ah.”
Takbeer starts from the night of Eid’s eve until the Imam comes out to start the prayer. Allah says “You should complete the prescribed period and then you should glorify Allah (i.e., say Takbeer) for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.”[Surah Baqarah: 185] The form of takbeer in hadith is related by `Umar and Ibn Mas`ud: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La illaha illallah. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar wa lillahil-hamd.”
Congratulating each other:
It has been narrated that when the Prophet’s companions met each other on the Eid day, they would say to each other: “May Allah accept from us and from you.” (Ahmad)
On this happy occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the author of this script wishes to seize this opportunity in extending to you and from you to all your family members, relatives and friends many happy pleasures of Eid and lot’s more to come. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’aala grant you and your families ever increasing prosperity and grand success both in this world and the hereafter. Aameen.