Eid Time; Pray Fine

Eid Prayer

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  1. As far as Eid Salah is concerned, there are different ways of how Muslims pray; and there are many different opinions. But according to the authentic sources of the Quran and Saheeh Ahadeeth, you have one common method. And, according to all the authentic sources- whether it be Eid-ul-Fitr, or Eid-ul-Adha- we have to offer two Rakats of Salah (two units of Salah).

    It is mentioned in the Hadeeth of Sunan Al-Baihiqi: “Umar (ra) said that the traveler’s prayer is two Rakats, the Adha prayer is two Rakats (talking about Eid-ul-Adha) and the Jummah Prayer is two Rakats. This is a full-length of all these prayers as it came from Prophet (sa) that the Eid Salah should be two Rakats.”


  1. Before Eid Salah, there is no Adhan, and there is no Iqamah. It’s mentioned in Saheeh Muslim that Jabir ibn Samurah said that he prayed along with the Messenger of Allah (sa) on both the Eids for more than one or two occasions and there was no Adhan, and no Iqamah. Hence, before Eid Salah, there should be no Adhan, and no Iqamah- it’s different than the normal congregation Salah.


  1. There is no Salah before the Eid Salah, and after the Eid Salah. There is no two Rakat Sunnah before or after that; it is mentioned in the Hadeeth of Sunan Abu Dawood where Ibn Abbas (ra) says that the Prophet (sa) came out to pray the Eid Salah on Eid-ul-Fitr, and he offered two Rakats; and before that and after that, he did not pray.


  1. When a person starts the Eid Salah, he should say the Takbeer Al-Ihram, Allahu Akbar, and then say the opening supplication. This is followed by the seven Takabeer in the first Rakat; and in the second Rakat, he should say five Takabeer. This will come from the authentic sources of, Sunan Abu Dawood where Hazrat Aisha (ra) says that when the Prophet (sa) used to offer the Eid-ul-Fitr Salah, and the Eid-ul-Adha Salah (that means the Salah of both the Eids), he used to say seven Takabeer in the first Rakat, and five Takabeer in the second Rakat. This is the authentic way of offering Eid Salah.


After that, a person should say (Tauz: “I seek refuge in Allah (swt) from satan the accursed.” and Tasmiyah: “In the name of Allah (swt), The most Gracious, The most Merciful”), and then, he should recite Surah Fatihah; and after Surah Fatihah, in the first Rakat, recite Surah Qaf, chapter number 50; followed by in the second Rakat, chapter number 54. Or, he can recite Surah Aala, chapter number 87; and second Rakat, Surah Ghashiyah, chapter number 88. Both types of first and second Rakats have been proven by authentic Hadeeth. But if a person, recites any other Surah, any other verses of the Quran, he can recite, Allah (swt) will accept it. Former  is the Sunnah of the Prophet (sa).

After Salah comes the Khutbah

Furthermore, after the Eid Salah, there is a Khutbah of the Eid Salah. It is mentioned in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, where Ibn Abbas (ra) said that he has offered Eid Salah with the Messenger of Allah (sa), with Abu Bakr, with Umar, with Uthman (ra), and all of them offered the Eid Salah first, and then it was followed by the Khutbah. All of them gave Khutbah after the Eid Salah.


It is further mentioned in Sunan Abu Dawood, Prophet Muhammad (sa) after he offered Eid Salah, and before starting the Khutbah of Eid, he said that all those who want to listen to the Khutbah, they can listen to the Khutbah. All those who want to go, they can go. Now here, there is an important point, most of the times you find, in the Khutbah, most of the Imam say: “Don’t get up! It is wrong!” And they prevent people from going away; and they say that it is a sin, and they say many things like its Haram. Imagine the Prophet (sa), when he gave the Khutbah, he said, if you want to listen, you can listen, if you can’t, you can go. Does this mean that the Imam who give Khutbah today is wiser than the Prophet Muhammad (sa) – it’s a pity!


The Saheeh Hadeeth says that the Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “If you want to hear Khutbah, you can hear; if you want to go, you can go.” It is preferable to hear the Khutbah, but Prophet (sa) gave the permission to go. And further, its mentioned in Sunan Abu Dawood that the Prophet (sa) said that if both the Eids have synchronized that is- the Eid-ul-Fitr, and the Friday (Friday is called the weekly Eid) prayer, then those who do not want to offer the Jummah Salah, may not do it because the Eid Salah in congregation is sufficient; but we will offer the Jummah Salah, that means, the Eid prayer is so important in congregation, if it was on the same day. The Eid Salah is sufficient, Jummah prayer may not be prayed; but if you pray, then it is beneficial. But, those who do not pray Jummah Salah, it becomes compulsory that they pray Duhr Salah.


This was in short an authentic way of offering the Eid Salah.

Why is Ramadan a Special Month to Seek Repentance?


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And our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “When the first night of Ramadan comes, the devils, the demons are chained, and the gates of hell are closed- not even a single gate is opened; and the gates of heaven are opened- not even a single gate is closed, and the caller calls to the people that “O those who want to do good please come, and those who are doing evil please desist.” And, Allah (swt) ransoms His slaves, and He does that every night of Ramadan.” (Tirmidhi)

Our beloved Prophet (sa) once ascended to the pulpit for Khutba, and he said: “Ameen thrice, and the people asked ‘O messenger (sa) why? Then he (sa) said: ‘Gabriel has come to me, and said that anyone who does not have sins forgiven after Ramadan has approached, and enters hell-fire Ask Allah (swt) to keep a distance from him. And then, Gabriel says to Muhammad (sa) say Ameen’ (Tirmidhi) So he said so.

It’s unfortunate that anyone witnesses the month of Ramadan, and does not have his sins forgiven because this is the month of forgiveness.

And our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: ‘ if anyone fasts in the complete month of Ramadan with belief, and seeking the reward of Allah (swt), all his past sins will be forgiven.’ (Bukhari)

That is the reason that Ramadan is called as, the month of forgiveness.

Transcribed for Hiba Magazine by Hira Naqi



15 Common Mistakes in Ramadan


Common Mistakes

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Errors committed regarding the rules and regulations of fasting

  1. The most common is that the Muslims- many a times- they don’t do Niyyah for fasting.Intention is very important; without Niyyah, without intention, the fasting is not accepted. Hence, making intention is obligatory.
  2. Many Muslims continue eating their Sehri even after the Fajr Adhan has started; and they think that the end of the Suhoor time is only at the end of the Fajr Adhan. In fact, the moment the Fajr Adhan starts, the moment the beginning of Dawn starts, the Suhoor time ends. So, this is error which normally nullifies or invalidates the fast.
  3. The third error is that many people delay paying their Zakat-ul- Fitr; and many a times, they pay that after Eid-ul-Fitr Salah. If we pay the Zakat-ul- Fitr after Eid-ul-Fitr, then it is like normal charity, it does not come under the Zakat-ul- Fitr.

Errors contradictory to the Sunnah of fasting

  1. Many people skip the Suhoor.
  2. Some people have an early Suhoor i.e. they have the suhoor one or two hours before the Fajr time; in fact the Suhoor is a blessing- every Muslim should have it. And, the Prophet (sa) said: “You should delay the Suhoor as much as possible.” Thus, you can have Suhoor till just before the Fajr time.
  3. The third mistake committed by Muslims in this category is that they delay opening their fast- that is they delay their Iftar. Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: ‘The people will be good, as long as, they hasten in breaking their fast. That means immediately after sunset, they should have their Iftar.
  4. Many Muslims read unauthentic Dua during Iftar. The most authentic Dua for Iftar is:


Meaning: “My thirst is quenched, the veins are moistened, and the Ajr is near Insha’Allah (God willing the reward is near).”

  1. Some people when they read this Dua for breaking the fast, they say it before breaking the fast. Before they put the date in their mouth, they say this Dua; and its contradictory to its meanings- that my thirst has been quenched, and the veins have been moistened- thirst cannot be quenched before breaking the fast. So normally, it should be said after you eat the date, after you have water, and you are satisfied- may be some minutes after you break the fast, you can read this Dua.
  2. Many Muslims eat excessively during Iftar, and many of them, even eat throughout the night.
  3. They are negligent, as far as, Taraweeh are concerned. Because Taraweeh is not a Fardh-they think there is no problem if a Muslim misses Taraweeh. Though Taraweeh is not a Fard, but it’s a very important Sunnah; and a Muslim who misses Taraweeh, is missing a great reward.
  4. Many Muslims who perform Taraweeh, they read very fast- 100 miles per hour. They try to finish it in short time, and they defeat the purpose; in fact, they should read it in the moderate pace so that people understand, and they grasp the words of Allah (swt).
  5. Those who go for Itikaf in the mosque, many of them socialize during Itikaf- as though it’s the time to meet people and friends- which is totally contrary to the Sunnah.
  6. Many Muslims think that the Laylatul Qadr is on the 27th night of the Ramadan, and they only worship Allah (swt) on this night. In fact, the beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “Search for the laylatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last 10 days (the last Ashra).” Therefore, Laylatul Qadr can either fall on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th Hence, this is one of the common errors made by Muslims.
  7. They spend their time during Ramadan in unproductive work rather than engaging in Dhikr, and worshiping Allah (swt). They must rather spend time offering the Nawafil (the voluntary Salah) – the Sunnah Salah besides the compulsory Salah.
  8. They should do a lot of Dua.
  9. Ask for forgiveness; this is the month of forgiveness.
  10. They should read the Quran- as much as possible- to get blessing of Allah (swt).
  11. They fast and they keep themselves hungry; but basically, they are not mentally prepared for the fast. And, it is as though, they are staying hungry. But, the main purpose of fasting is to acquire Taqwa which is not obtained.

Transcribed for Hiba Magazine by Hira Naqi