Eid is one of the greatest spectacles of happiness. How would the Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him, announce ‘Eid or manifest this joy in his actions and states? We learn from him, peace be upon him, how to be happy with the Bounty of Allah the Exalted. Allah opened for us a door to joy and through the Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him, showed us how to express this joy in every possible way within limits.
One ‘Eid, our Master Abu Bakr visited his daughter, our Lady ‘Aisha. He found two slave girls with her singing. He said: “Musical instruments from satan in the house of the Messenger of Allah?!” The Prophet entered and said: Leave them be. Indeed, for every people have an Eid (celebration) and this day is our Eid.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, wished to display his happiness on this occasion, because this joy is rejoicing in the Bounty of Allah. This happiness itself is worship which draws us closer to Allah.
What to do on Eid night?
The night of ‘Eid is a night one has to show concern for and avail themselves of its merit. One should emulate the Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him. It is a most beautiful thing that we imitate the Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him, in his Prayer, his worship, his works, and even in how he spent the days of ‘Eid.
Spending the night that precedes the day of ‘Eid in worship is one of the best things one can do because on that night Allah frees as many souls from hellfire as He freed during the entire Ramadan.
On the eve of ‘Eid, one needs to prepare themselves.
Before going for the ‘Eid Prayer, one should bathe, wear their best clothes, apply perfume and trim their nails. Every type of cleanliness and purification, including use of perfume, needs to be done on ‘Eid as a display of happiness.
The Beloved, upon him be salutations and peace, would order the women – even those menstruating – and children to go out. He wanted everyone to go out to the open spaces and display the blessing of Allah and their joy at the Bounty of Allah the Exalted. One of the practices of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, on the day of ‘Eid was to eat something before going for the Fajr and ‘Eid Prayers.
He, peace and blessings be upon him, would eat dates or something else before the ‘Eid of breaking the Ramadan fast. As for the ‘Eid ul-Adha (the Sacrifice), he would eat after the ‘Eid Prayer, and it would be from the animal sacrificed for Allah on that day.
While we are happy and glad at ‘Eid, we must take care not to let our rejoicing become a nuisance to others, such as by driving dangerously or using certain toys or firecrackers or other things that may pose danger. Any displays that pose danger were prohibited by the Prophet. He even forbade carrying weapons on the day of ‘Eid and so a person shouldn’t go out with something that could harm people.
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The takbir – Eid Takbeers
The best and noblest worship on the nights of ‘Eid is takbir – that we raise our voices to Allah and fill the entire world with: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa liLlahil Hamd” (Allah is Supreme and to Him is all Praise). This is a slogan of Islam. The Prophet, peace be upon him, would proclaim the takbir and the Companions would do so with him. The Companions would proclaim the takbir in Mina and it would be heard by the dwellers of Makkah! The takbir should fill our streets, our marketplaces, our homes, our media devices.
On the nights of ‘Eid, we should raise our voices with the takbir. And the takbir is a meaning between us and Allah. When I live the meaning of ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Allah is greater in my heart than everything I see of this world. If I live the meaning of takbir and taste its sweetness in the days of ‘Eid, I will discover something. The Prophet did not make us raise our voices in proclamation of the takbir during the days of ‘Eid except that therein lies a secret. Proclaim the supremeness of Allah!! and raise your voice on this day, and you will discover this secret, Allah-willing, of the meaning of the takbir.
The most important works on the Eid
Of the most important works on the day of ‘Eid al-Adha is the sacrifice.’ Presenting a sacrifice is one of the greatest worships. With every drop of blood and every hair there is a reward from Allah. And distributing its meat among people brings great joy.
As for ‘Eid al-Fitr, one must give out the important Zakat al-Fitr [charity of the completion of fasting]. One should ensure the charity makes its way to the recipient. One should give out a sa’a (measure) of the local staple food and distribute it among the needy.
A Day of Joy and Thanksgiving
The joy of ‘Eid is joy between us and Allah the Exalted. One ought to take advantage of it. Despite fasting being one of the greatest worships, the Prophet forbade us from fasting on the days of ‘Eid. This time is a time of joy. Be happy! Even if there are circumstances in your life that distress you, make the days of ‘Eid days of happiness and delight, because these days have been distinguished with joy.
Perhaps in your joy on this ‘Eid, you will be happy with the Great ‘Eid. And what is the Great ‘Eid? The Great ‘Eid is the joy in meeting the Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him in the Abode of Nobility in Paradise.
We ask Allah to make our ‘Eid in this world a means to our ‘Eid in the hereafter with the Pleasure of Allah and proximity to His Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him and his family and companions.
Thank you, Sheikh Mohammed Alsaggaf