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Title:‘Eid Delight Category:Faith Source:Dr. Fatima al Ali,2019   Description:Eid al Adha follows the Day of Arafa
God has granted Muslims two occasions every year to celebrate the bestowment of ‘Eid al Fitr and ‘Eid al Adha; as He says ‘Say, In the bounty of God and in His mercy: therein let them rejoice. It is better than what they hoard’. (Younus: 58). Where ‘Eid al Fitr comes to culminate Ramadan and ‘Eid al Adha follows the Day of Arafa, capping days of God remembrance and much of worship.
The Prophet (PBUH) stipulates some practices on the days of ‘Eid; notably:
- bathing before ‘Eid prayer, wearing most presentable garments and perfume;
- Eating before going to the Fitr prayer (preferably dates in odd numbers as per the Sunnah). Whereas meal is deferred until returning from Adha prayer in case of offering sacrifice. Bareeda (may God be pleased with him) narrated that ‘the Prophet (PBUH) would not get out on the day of Fitr before eating and would not eat on the day of sacrifice until he would return’. Sahih Ibn Maja: 1756.
- following a different path back home when finished ‘Eid prayer. Jbir (may God be pleased with him) narrated ‘the Prophet (PBUH) would alternate routes on the day of ‘Eid’. Bukhari: 986.
- attending ‘Eid prayer and sermon, at which women and children would commendably be present as well.
- uttering ‘God is Great’ as customarily done by the Prophet (PBUH) in the two days of ‘Eids and the three days of Tashreeq following the day of sacrifice. God says, ‘…that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify GOD for guiding you, and to express your appreciation’. Al Baqara: 185. It is part of Sunnah that men should raise their voice with the utterance in mosques, markets, houses and when have finished prayers to glorify God, show servitude and thankfulness.
Likewise, it is desirable to congratulate on ‘Eid, feel delighted, maintain ties with family and friends, and have time for recreation with relatives and children through permissible and non-prodigal means.
Thus, ‘Eid is a significant social occasion for good rapport with relatives, tolerance, and closer social relationships. Added to recreation and collaboration between society members embodied in charity given before ‘Eid al Fitr and the animal sacrifice ruled to be divided into three parts: for the owner family, relatives, and the needy, to realize community cohesion.