Alhamdulillah – All praise and thanks are for Allah, that we are about to complete this blessed month of Ramadan. A month full of blessings and we hope that everyone was able to attain their share Insha’Allah. I hope we are all able to implement and continue the good habits we tried to develop during this month until next Ramadan!
For many of us, our focus will now turn to Eid, but we need to take a moment to reflect back on how the month went for us, the highs and the lows and what we could have done to make it a better experience. We should also pray to Allah, that he accepts our worship from us, and in fact, this forms the basis of one of the greetings of Eid which we will explain later.
One of the ways to make up for some of the shortcomings in Ramadan is to pay Zakat-Al-Fitr, this is a small amount of money paid for each person young or old and given to the poor and needy in the form of food before Eid. It must be given before the Eid prayer and ideally some time in advance. If you haven’t already done so, you can donate it via our partner organisation Taskforce GLM.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) enjoined zakat al-fitr as a purification for the fasting person from idle and obscene speech, and to feed the poor. Whoever gives it before the prayer, it is Zakat Al-Fitr, and whoever gives it after the prayer, it is ordinary charity. This was narrated by Abu Dawood and classed as Hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
With regard to the day of Eid itself, there are some Sunnah acts and ettiquettes we should observe.
· Wearing our best clothes- which should be modest.
· Wearing perfume – Only for men.
· Eating an odd number of dates in the morning.
· Travelling by different routes to and from the place of prayer.
· Praying the Eid prayer and listening to the Khutbah (Sermon) afterwards.
You can read more on these HERE.
As for greeting other Muslims, we can offer the greeting of the day of Eid as mentioned earlier which is the following supplication.
It was narrated that Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: When the companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) met one another on the day of Eid, they would say to one another:
“Taqabbal Allaahu minna wa mink (May Allah accept (this worship) from us and from you).” Al-Haafiz said: Its isnaad is hasan.
On behalf of everyone at Islamwise we pray that Allah swt accepts all of your fasts and worship and blesses you and us with the ability to better ourselves and build on what we have put into practice during this blessed month. Aameen.