"If you knew the true value of yourself, you would never allow yourself to be humiliated by committing sins. Satan refused to bow to you when it refused to bow to your father Adam, so how come you reconciled with it and left us? If there is any love in your heart, it’s effect would appear on your body."
– Ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyyah (al-Fawaa’id, p.118)

Katheer ibn Qais reported: We were sitting with Abu Ad-Darda in the mosque of Damascus when a man came and he said,“O Abu Ad-Darda, I have come to you from Medina, the city of the Messenger of Allah, for a tradition narrated to you from him.” He said,“Verily, I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say: 

Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, then Allah will easy for him the path to Paradise. Verily, the angels lower their wings for the seeker of knowledge. Verily, the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth – even the fish in the depths of the water – will seek forgiveness for the scholar. Verily, the virtue of the scholar over the worshiper is as the superiority of the moon over the stars. Verily, the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets; they do not bequeath gold or silver coins, but rather they bequeath knowledge. Whoever has taken hold of it has been given an abundant share.

(Sunan Abu Dawud 3641, Hasan (good) according to Ibn Hajar)

It’s Eid!

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.