How to celebrate Eid al Fitr?
- Make du’a on the night of Eid
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, ‘There are five nights on which du’a is not rejected: the first night of Rajab, the fifteenth night of Sha`ban, Thursday night, the night before Eid al-Fitr and the night before Eid al-Nahr (al-Adha)’. (As-Suyuti)
- Wake up early, make Ghusl (غسل) and perform Fajr prayer.
Ibn ’Abbas narrated, ‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) used to take a bath on the day of Fitr’. [Ibn Majah].
- Eat something sweet after the Fajr prayer and before the Eid prayer.
- Apply Attar (perfume).
Our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) applied Attar (perfume) during Eid.
- Wear the best, cleanest or newest garments.
- Recite softly the Takbeer (Allah is Great)
Recite this while going to the masjid, ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La Ilaaha Illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa Lillahil Hamd’.
- Give good wishes to each other.
It was narrated by Jubayr ibn Nufayr, that the Sahabah used to greet each other on the day of Eid with: ‘Taqabbal Allaahu Minnaa Wa Minka’ which means ‘May Allah accept (the fast and worship) from us and from you’ (Fathul-Bari). However, it is not sunnah to do so.
- Make sure you have paid Zakat al-Fitr before performing Eid prayer.
Zakt al-Fitr can be paid during Ramadan till the Eid prayer. The amount varies with different countries, and even with different states within a country. Refer to your local masjid or religious authority to find out the exact rate.
- Perform the Eid Prayer.
Eid Salah is a fundamental part of Eid festivities. As narrated by Abdullah bin Umar, ‘Allah’s Apostle used to offer the prayer of Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr and then deliver the Khutbah after the prayer’. (Bukhari)