• Eid Al-Fitr Prayer 1441/2020

    • انقر هنا لقراءة هذا البيان باللغة العربية

      Statement concerning the Eid Prayer 1441/2020

      بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

      All praise is due to Allah, and blessings and peace be upon His messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family and companions.

      Some brothers have asked the following question:

      If we are unable to perform Eid prayer because of the current situation, is a Muslim allowed to perform Eid prayer at home alone or with his family?

      Answer: Muslims perform Eid prayer1 in the morning of both Eids, Eid al-Fitr and Eid alAdha. The Eid prayer for Eid al-Fitr was the first of these two occasions that were prayed by the Prophet (SAW) in the second year of the Hijrah. The period of the Eid prayer starts after sunrise by about twenty minutes, and can be performed up to the time of the Zuhr period.

      And as we know, the Eid prayer in the Mosque this year is not possible because of the current situation with COVID-19, but this does not stop us from preforming Eid prayer in our homes, as it is permissible for the Muslim to perform the prayer on their own if they miss the congregational prayer -in normal times- or with a different group outside the Mosque.

      Brothers and sisters in Islam: Do not deprive yourselves and your families from preforming the Eid prayer at home; for the performance of this prayer is easy and in it is the revival of this important Sunnah. Remember my brothers and sisters in Islam, it is permissible for you to pray the Eid prayer at home on your own or in congregation.

      The following are instructions to performing the Eid prayer:

      1. Eid prayer has no Adhan or Iqama. (No call to prayer).
      2. The Eid prayer has two Rak’at (units).
      3. After Takbir al-Ihram (obligatory first Takbir), the Muslim then does Takbir a further 6 times, and if you are prayer together as a family, then they should repeat the takbir after the Imam. Then the prayer should go on as normal, with the recitation of al-Fatihah and a Surah, and it is recommended to recite Surat al-A’la2 , but if you have not memorised it you can recite any Surah you wish.
      4. Then in the second Rak’ah, the Muslim makes Takbir a further 5 times, with the others repeating behind him. Then you should recite alFatihah and Surat al-Ghāshiyah3 , or any other Surah.
      5. After, you should continue with your Salah until the Tashahud, and then ending your Prayer with Salam.
      6. There is no Khutbah for Eid prayer when prayed at home.
      7. Eid prayer can be performed from 20 minutes after sunrise until before Dhuhr prayer.

      Sunnahs and traditions that should be performed on Eid:

      1. First you should perform the Sunnah of Ghusl (Islamic wash), then go on to have a normal shower if you wish.
      2. We should dress in new clothes and spray perfume and fragrances. We should encourage our children of this also, as this allows them to feel the value of Eid and its place in Islam, Allah SWT says (That [is so]. And whoever honours the symbols of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.) Al-Hajj: 32.
      3. The Muslim should gather their family to pray Eid prayer together, in the way that was previously explained.
      4. Constantly saying Takbir before you pray Eid prayer (Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, La illah ila Allah, Allah Akabr, wa li-Allahi al-Hamd).
      5. It is recommended for the Muslim to eat dates, or anything else before the prayer to counter their fasting in Ramadan.
      6. To spread joy and happiness amongst family and friends, as this is a day of joy for the Muslims, and a day in which we should be grateful for Allah’s blessings that He has granted us in Ramadan and on this day, Allah SWT says: (and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful). AlBaqarah: 185. May Allah accept our fasting in this month of Ramadan.

      May Allah accept our fasting in this month of Ramadan


      1 Eid Prayer is a Sunnah Muakadah (continuously done Sunnah) according to the legal school of Sunni Islam; Malikiya, Shafiaia. Wajib in the Hanafi Madhab and a communal obligation (Fard Khifaya) according to the Hanabila.
      2 Surah No 87
      3 Surah No 88