Etiquettes and Rulings on the day of Eid

  1. It is unlawful to observe fast on the Eid day, due to the Hadith narrated on the authority of Abu SaEid Al-Khudri, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah SAW, forbade fasting on two days: the day of Al-Fitr and the day of An-Nahr. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  2. It is valid, under Shari‘ah, to recite Takbir on the night prior to the Eid day, beginning from the sunset of that night until the Eid prayer.

    It is Recommended that men should raise their voices with Takbir in the mosques, markets, streets and houses, out of acknowledgement of servitude (of people to Allah), and demonstration of delight and pleasure.

  3. There is no blame that Muslims should congratulate each other about the Eids, as it is one of the noble manners.
  4. It is Recommended to enlarge sustenance on the family and children in food, drink and clothes, but without extravagance or lavishness; and it is favourable to maintain kinship ties, and exchange visits between the relations, kinsmen and brothers (in the religion of Allah).
  5. It is due to maintain and not waste the Eid prayer. It is out of sunnah to delay the prayer of Eid Al-Fitr, in order that the Muslims would be able to distribute Zakat Al-Fitr.
  6. It is Recommended to take ritual bath before the Eid prayer, apply perfume and get adorned with the best of clothes, provided that men should beware of letting their garments hang down (on the ground), which is prohibited.
  7. It is out of sunnah to eat before the prayer of Eid Al-Fitr, and to bring out women and girls, and even the menstruating among them to witness the Eid with the Muslims, but the menstruating women should keep away from the praying place.
  8. It is out of sunnah to come out to the Eid prayer on foot and return from a way different from that in which one has gone, in order that both ways along with their angels would be witnesses to him on the Day of Judgment.
  9. The Eid prayer consists of two rak‘ahs: the first is inaugurated with seven Takbirs, other than the Takbir of assuming the prayer; and the second with five Takbirs other than the Takbir of standing. When the prayer is concluded after finishing from the two rak‘ahs, with Taslim, the Imam should stand and deliver two Khutbahs, with a short interval between them in which he sits, as is the case with the Friday Khutbah.
  10. No supererogatory prayer is valid under Shari‘ah to be offered before or after the Eid prayer.
  11. It is Recommended to come out to the praying place outside the town to perform the Eid prayer, and not to pray it in the mosques, for the Messenger of Allah SAW, did so, and did not take a pulpit in the Eid praying place.