Now that Ramadan is over, Muslims all around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
In simple words, Eid al-Fitr is the first day of the month of Shawwal. As such, Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan fasting. There are authentic Ahadith that forbid fasting on the day of Eid al-Fitr.
So, how does one celebrate Eid al-Fitr? Well, apart from the usual celebrations, one should also try to follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
This post mentions 10 authentic Ahadith about the day of Eid al-Fitr to help you follow the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet (PBUH).
1. Narrated Abu Saeed al-Khudri (RA), Bukhari:
Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) prohibited two fasts: Fasting the Day of al-Adha and the Day of al-Fitr.
2. Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah (RA), Bukhari:
On the Day of Eid, the Prophet (PBUH) used to return (after offering the Eid prayer) through a way different from that by which he went.
3. Narrated Ibn Abbas (RA), Bukhari:
The Prophet (PBUH) offered a two Rakat prayer on the Day of Eid al-Fitr and he did not pray before or after it. Then he went towards women along with Bilal and ordered them to pay alms and so they started giving their earrings and necklaces (in charity).
4. Narrated Ibn Juraij (RA), Muslim:
Atā informed me from Ibn Abbas (RA) and Jabir bin Abdullah al-Ansari (RA), who said: “There was no Adhan called on the day of al-Fitr or al-Adha, neither before the Imam came out nor afterwards, and there was no Iqamah or call or anything; no call on that day and no Iqamah.”
5. Narrated Abdullah bin Umar (RA), Bukhari:
Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) used to offer the prayer of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr and then deliver the Khutba after the prayer.
6. Narrated Anas bin Malik (RA), Bukhari:
Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of Eid al-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates.
The Prophet (PBUH) used to eat odd number of dates.
7. Narrated Hz. Aisha (RA), Bukhari:
Abu Bakr (RA) came to my house while two small Ansari girls were singing beside me the stories of the Ansar concerning the Day of Buath. And they were not singers. Abu Bakr (RA) said protestingly, “Musical instruments of Satan in the house of Allah’s Apostle!” It happened on the Eid day and Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) said, “O Abu Bakr! There is an Eid for every nation and this is our Eid.”
8. Narrated Ibn Umar (RA), Bukhari:
Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) would order paying Sadaqah al-Fitr before going to Salat on the day of Eid al-Fitr.
9. Narrated Abdullah bin Umar (RA), Bukhari:
Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) mentioned Ramadan and said, “Do not observe fasting unless you see the crescent moon (of Ramadan), and do not give up fasting till you see the crescent moon (of Shawwāl); but if the sky is overcast and you can’t see the moon, then act on estimation (ie. count 30 days each for Shaban and Ramadan).”
10. Narrated Yazid bin Khumair ar-Rahabi (RA), Abu Dawud:
Abdullah bin Busr (RA), the companion of Allah’s Messenger (PBUH), once went with the people on the day of Eid (al-Fitr or al-Adha). He criticized the delay of Imam and said, “We used to be finished at this hour (and that was the time one could pray voluntary prayers, ie. just after sunrise).”
Eid Mubarak everyone!