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Sunnah Acts of Eid-Al-Fitr

by in Ramadan on 8th April, 2024

While Eid is a day of celebration and joy, it is also a day of worship and we can attain extra rewards by fulfilling the sunnah acts that the Prophet (ﷺ) performed on this day. Here are some good deeds as per the sunnah, that you can perform to enhance your Eid day.

1. Perform ghusl

Perform the ritual bath before going for Eid prayer. Maintaining cleanliness is not just important for health and hygiene purposes. When we make sincere intention to perform ghusl for the sake of Allah (SWT), it also helps purify our hearts and cleanse our souls. 

Abu Malik at-Ash’ari reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Cleanliness is half of faith. (Muslim)

2. Wear your best clothes for the Eid prayer

Eid-al-Fitr is a very special gift from Allah (SWT) after a month of fasting and worship and we can show our gratitude for receiving such a wonderful gift by wearing our best clothes which are clean and modest. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t have to be brand new! 

Imam an-Nasafi says in Kanz ad-Daqa’iq: “The Sunnah is to wear one’s best clothes on Eid.”

3. Eat breakfast before the Eid prayer

It is sunnah to eat something, even if it is just dates, before leaving for Eid prayer as it signals the end of fasting and a day of rejoicing. 

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

“Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of Eid-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates.” Anas also narrated: “The Prophet (ﷺ) used to eat odd number of dates.” (Bukhari)

4. Take two different routes going to and from the Eid prayer

Narrated Jabir (RA):

“On an ‘Eid day, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) would return by a different road from the one he had taken when going out (for the ‘Eid prayer.).” (Bukhari)

There is great reward for every step taken when returning from the prayer as well as when coming to it. 

Abu Huraira reported:

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who purified himself in his house, and then he walked to one of the houses of Allah for the sake of performing a Fard (obligatory act) out of the Fara’id (obligatory acts) of Allah, both his steps (would be significant) as one of them would obliterate his sin and the second one would raise his status.” (Muslim)

5. Recite the Takbeerat

It is recommended to recite the Eid Takbeer from the night of Eid up until the Imam comes forward for the Eid prayer. On the way to the masjid, takbeerat should be recited softly.

The Eid Takbeer is:

الله أكبر ، الله أكبر ، لا إله إلا الله ، والله أكبر ، الله أكبر ، ولله الحمد

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La Ilaaha Illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa Lillahil Hamd

“Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is most Great there is no god but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be praise.” 

You can also read our article on How to pray Eid Salah.

6. Congratulate each other and give Eid greetings

Spread the joy of Eid and greet everyone by shaking hands and embracing fellow Muslims after Eid salah. You can also sprinkle a dose of generosity by passing out candy for children at the mosque and giving gifts to family and friends.  

It was narrated by Jubayr ibn Nufayr (ra), that the Sahabah (ra) used to greet each other on the day of Eid with: ‘Taqabbal Allaahu Minnaa Wa Minka’, which means ‘May Allah accept (the fast and worship) from us and from you’. (Fathul-Bari)

May this day be a source of blessings and peace for us all and May Allah (SWT) grant us a blessed Ramadan and a joyous Eid!

Amaliah Team

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