Takab’Allahu minnee wa minkum!!! Wa Kullu ’Aam Wa Antum Bikhair.
Sunnahs of ‘Eid ul Adha:
1. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to do ghusl on the day of ‘Eid.
2. He (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to wear his most beautiful garments to go out to pray. (Obviously, for modesty reasons, the women should avoid adorning themselves when they go out for ‘Eid, including perfume, as this is forbidden, but in the home amongst Mahrams adornment is allowed.)
3. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used not to eat anything until he came back from the place of prayer. (The first thing he would eat would be some of the meat of his sacrifice, and this is desirable if possible, if not, eat anything.)
4. And he (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to go out to the ‘Eid prayer walking and come back walking. He (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to vary his route on the day of ‘Eid. He would go by one route and come back by another.
5. Another sunnah is to say the takbeerat e.g. “Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, laa ilaaha illAllah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillaah il-hamd (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)” when coming out of one’s house to the prayer place and until the imam comes. (Narrated in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah with a saheeh isnaad from Ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him))
or “Allaahu akbaru kabeera, Allaahu akbaru kabeera, Allaahu akbar wa ajallu, Allaahu akbar wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allah is Most Great indeed, Allah is Most Great indeed, Allah is most Great and Glorified, Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise).” (Al-Mahaamili narrated this with a saheeh isnaad also from Ibn Mas’ood: See al-Irwa’, 3/126.)
“(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allaah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar: Allah is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him” (Qur’an: al-Baqarah 2:185)
6. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to offer the ‘Eid prayers in the prayer-place (musalla).
7. He (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) did not offer any prayer in the prayer-place before or after the ‘Eid prayer. (However whether this means that the two rak’ahs for the masjid should be prayed is subject to difference of opinion amongst the scholars.)
8. The ‘Eid prayer does not consist of an adhān or an iqaamah.
9. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) would start with the prayer before the khutbah.
10. There are seven takbeerat in the first raka’h and five takbeerat in the second raka’h of ‘Eid prayer (Tirmidhi). (However this is subject to opinion.)
11. Exchange du‘aa’, congratulations or good wishes with the people at the end of the khutbah. Examples include: Taqabbal Allah minna wa minkum (May Allāh accept (good deeds) from us and from you).
It was narrated that Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: When the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) met one another on the day of ‘Eid, they would say to one another, “May Allaah accept (good deeds) from us and from you.” (Ibn Hajar said, its isnaad is hasan. Al-Fath, 2/446).
12. The Days of Tashreeq: The days of Tashreeq are the 11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul Hijjah. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said concerning the days of Tashreeq: “They are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allāh.” It is recommended to remember Allah immediately after the prescribed prayers by reciting the takbeerat. This is prescribed until the end of the days of Tashreeq according to the majority of scholars.
I wish you all joy on these blessed days of ‘Eid, may it enable us all to grow closer to Allah and not farther. May these days allow us to feel proud of our deen in obedience to our Creator. May they be full of happiness and blessings from Allah the Almighty.
As I see so many people around me leaving for Hajj, I feel this sense of loss, nostalgia and yearning for the blessed place to which billions upon billions have made the journey. People of all ages, of all race, of all times have gone there and there’s this strong sense of purpose in the air of those going. It must be so incredible knowing that you’re embarking on a journey on which God is offering you the chance of complete forgiveness. God is giving you the chance to change. God is allowing you to visit a blessed land. There must be something special about you, because God ordained for you to go.
I pray to go one day too. As I wave goodbye to my family and friends, my heart is with them, but my mind is focused on trying to get in on the action. They go for forgiveness and acceptance, I stay behind but aim for just the same. Allah is Almighty and kind, that He offers us all the chance to change. All you have to do is take up the offer.
It may be that now you will finally commit to your prayers. Or you will finally ask Allah for something. Or you will finally repent. Whatever it may be, don’t let these days pass by you, not even an inch.
Submission brings peace, in this life and the next.
May Allah enable us all to perform hajj if you haven’t done so already. And may Allah accept all of our efforts in these blessed days.
The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah have begun! I pray that Allah enables you all to perform abundant good deeds and to remember Him much in these days.
I pray for all those who are going off to perform the blessed pilgrimage of Hajj an accepted pilgrimage and a safe journey, please also make du’aa for my family members who will be going.
Ibn ‘Abbas says about the verse, “Remember Allah during the well known days,” that it refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. [This is related by al-Bukhari]
Allah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"By the dawn; by the 10 nights"
[Noble Quran 89:1-2]
Ibn Abbas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Kathir said: “This is the correct opinion.” [Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 8/413]
“The stranger is he who is serious while the people around him play
And is awake while the people around him sleep
And follows the best path while the people around him plot and plan in their misguidance
And truthful was the poet when he said:
My friend said to me, ‘I see you as a stranger
Amongst these people without a close friend.
I said ‘No! But the people are strange, I’m only in this world and this is my way.
This is indeed the stranger
Strange to those who mock from amongst mankind
But in the Sight of his Lord, he is at a Noble Station.”
-Translation of poem by Saad al Ghamidi.