Etiquette and Rulings for Celebrating Eid-ul-Adha

Eid Al-Adha, also known as the greatest day of hajj is the last month of the Islamic calendar.Abu Dawud reported, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said, “The greatest day in the sight of Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, the day of sacrifice”.

“Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous.” (Qur’an 16:120-121)

Eid-ul-Adha is a day of numerous acts of worship including the `Eid prayer, offering the sacrifice, reciting Takbir (glorifying Allah), and widespread remembrance of Allah.

  •  Taking a Bath prior to the Eid prayer

One of the companions of the Prophet (p.b.u.h), Al- Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) related that the Muslims Scholars had unanimously decided that it is beneficial to take a bath for the `Eid prayer.

  • Feasting from the sacrifice after the Prayer on `Eid al-Adha

Scholars highly recommended muslims, not eat anything on Eid al-Adha, until one comes back from the Eid prayer, so as to eat first from the sacrifice if he has a sacrifice. He is permitted to eat before the prayers if he is not going to offer a sacrifice.

  • Takbir on the Day of `Eid

This is considered one of the most significant Sunnahs on the day of `Eid.

Reciting Takbir through the route to the Mosque till the Imam is present was a common practice among the Muslims in the early generations. A tradition relates that Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri (may Allah have mercy on him) used to say, “The people used to recite Takbir from the time they came out of their houses until the imam came in.”

Sunnahs say Takbir on `Eid Al-Adha starts on the first day of Dhul-Hijjah and continues till sundown on the last day of Tashriq.

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