5 Things to do on Eid

5 Things to do on Eid

The following acts are prescribed as Sunnah at the beginning of the day of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr before proceeding to the Eid prayer:

1. Ghusl
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu anhu) used to take a bath on the day of al-Fitr before coming to the prayer-place. (reported in al-Muwatta’)

2. Eating Dates Before Leaving One’s Home for Eid Salaah
“The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wassallam) would not go out on the morning of Eid al-Fitr until he had eaten some dates… and he would eat an odd number.” (Bukhari)

3. Takbeeh
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La Ilaha Ila Allah Wa Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahi Alhamd
Al-Daaraqutni and others reported that when Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu anhu) came out on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adhaa, he would strive hard in making Takbeer until he reached the prayer-place, then he would continue making Takbeer until the imaam came.
The time for making Takbeer on Eid al-Fitr starts from the night of Eid until the time when the imaam comes in to lead the prayer.

4. Congratulating Each Other
Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: “At the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wassallam), when people met one another on the day of Eid, they would say, ‘Taqabbal Allaahu minnaa wa minka (May Allaah accept from us and from you).’”  (ibn Hajar)

5. To go out by one route and return by another
In a narration the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to take a different route on his way back from the Eid prayer. Changing lanes gives you the chance to spread the greetings of Salam to different people.There’s also a subtle meaning here when you come back with a different route; you’re coming back home after Eid a changed and better person inshaAllah.
Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (radiyallahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wassallam)  used to vary his routes on the day of Eid. (Bukhari)

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