Reviving the Sunnahs of Eid

Abdurahmaan Hattas is a first year BA student at Madina Institute. He wishes to further his Islamic studies at the university of Al-Azhar in Cairo and become of great service to his community. He has a deep interest in cosmology and wishes to study one day in this field Insha Allah.

Reviving the Sunnahs of Eid



Allahumah Salli ‘Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin-Nuri wa Ālihi

Eid is always a joyous time of the year that we spend with our family and friends. We can’t wait to wear our new clothes and snap that number-one selfie. Through all our happy moments on this day, we should not forget the Sunnahs that were done by our beloved Prophet (may peace be upon him) on the day of Eid, which will increase our rewards and will benefit us greatly.

Our beloved Prophet (may peace be upon him) used spend the eve of Eid in worship. It is narrated by Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: “one who stands (praying) on the night of the two Eids in hope of the hereafter’s reward, his heart will not die when hearts die.” Al-Bukhari.

It is also a Sunnah to perform ghusl after the break of dawn on the days of Eid. This is the best time. However, you may perform the ghusl from midnight, on the eve of Eid onwards till the end of that day. Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) used to make a ghusl on the day of Al-Fitr and the day of Al-Adha.” Al-Muwatta.

Another beautiful Sunnah is to clean, perfume and beautify oneself on the day of Eid. We should try and dress up in our best clothes. Not necessarily new clothes, but neat and clean clothes. Sometimes old clothes look neat as well. The Prophet (may peace be upon him) loved to wear white. To dress up and beautify oneself is for everyone, young or old, whether going to the Eid prayer or not.

On Eid we often congratulate each other with greetings such as ‘Eid Mubarak’. However, a better way to do this is to take the examples of the Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them). It was narrated by Sayyidina Jubayr ibn Nufayr (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Sahabahs (may Allah be pleased with them) used to greet each other on the day of Eid with the following greeting: ‘Taqabbal Allaahu Minnaa Wa Minka’ which means ‘May Allah accept (the fast and worship) from us and from you.’ Fathul-Bari.

These are only but a few Sunnah acts we can implement on the days of Eid. May we all try our best to do these great Sunnahs of our beloved Prophet (may peace be upon him) and may Allah grant us to follow in his Sallaallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam’s footsteps Ameen.

By Abdurahmaan Hattas


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Fiqh Al-Ibadat By Hajjah Durriah Al-Aytah,  Sunnah prayers unrelated to the prescribed prayers, Recommended acts on the eve and day of Eid. Pg196-196