What to Do on the Day of Eid

Since 2012-12-12

Some things you should do the day of Eid

1. Ghusl (Taking a Bath):

One of the good manners of `Eid is to take bath before going out to the Prayer. It was reported that Sa`id Ibn Jubayr said: “Three things are Sunnah on `Eid: to walk (to the prayer-place), to take a bath, and to eat before coming out (if it's `Eidul-Fitr).”
2. Eating before coming out:
One should not come out to the prayer-place on `Eidul-Fitr before eating some dates, because of the Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari from Anas ibn Malik who said: “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would not go out in the morning of `Eidul-Fitr until he had eaten some dates… and he would eat an odd number.”
«كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لا يغدو يوم الفطر حتى يأكل تمرات. وقال مرجأ بن رجاء: حدثني عبيد الله قال: حدثني أنس، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: ويأكلهن وترا» رواه البخاري
On `Eidul-Adha, on the other hand, it is Mustahab (recommended) not to eat until after the Prayer, when one should eat from the meat of one’s sacrifice.
3. Takbir on the day of `Eid:
This is one of the greatest Sunnahs of this day. When Ibn `Umar came out on `Eidul-Fitr and `Eidul-Adha, he would strive hard in making Takbir until he reached the prayer-place, then he would continue making Takbir until the Imam came.
4. Congratulating one another:
People may exchange congratulations and good greetings on `Eid, no matter what form the words take. For example they may say to one another, “Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minkum (may Allah accept from us and from you our good deeds!)". Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: “At the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, when people met one another on the day of `Eid, they would say, ‘Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minka.’” [Reported by Al-Albani with an authentic chain of transmission]
«كان أصحاب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا التقوا يوم العيد يقول بعضهم لبعض: تقبل الله منا ومنك» الألباني، إسناده صحيح
5. Wearing one's best clothes for `Eid:
Ibn `Umar used to wear his best clothes on `Eid, so men should wear the best clothes they have when they go out for `Eid.
6. Changing route on returning from Prayer-place:
Jabir Ibn `Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, used to change his routes on the day of `Eid. [Reported by Al-Bukhari]
«كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، إذا كان يوم عيد، خالف الطريق» رواه البخاري
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