Q&A – Eid Al-Fitr

Fataawa Series from the Scholars in Yemen – 6 : Eid al-Fitr

By the Muhaddith , Sincere Advisor and Successor to Shaykh Muqbil (may Allah have mercy on him) in Dammaj
Abu Abdur Rahman Yahya ibn Ali Al-Hajoree (May Allah preserve him)

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1. Question: What is the verdict for Ghusl on Eid day ?

Answer :  There isn’t anything authentic narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) made Ghusl on Eid day. However there is no harm if a person does it for cleanliness. It has been reported that Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) made Ghusl on this day.

2. Question : Are there two Khutub on the Eid or only one ?

Answer : There is only one Khutub for the Eid for the men. This is what the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did. If the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did two, it would have reached us through authentic narrators. There isn’t anything authentic which states he made two khutub on the Eid. It has been mentioned in Saheeh Muslim that he (peace and blessings be upon him) performed one khutbah.

3. Question: What is the verdict for using a microphone to say the Takbeer during the Eid after every Athan ?

Answer : to say the takbeer in this fashion is an innovation. It is a recommended act to say the takbeer during the Eid in the marketplace, the home, the street, in the car while driving, in the bed, etc. There isn’t any evidence to support the takbeer to be said in unison, or for a person to stand up and say it on the microphone. Both of these actions are incorrect. The takbeers aren’t a call to prayer, which the people must hear.

4. Question : A person comes to the prayer late and joins the second Rak’ah. He says five takbeer with the Imam. How many does he say during his second rak’ah?

Answer : First of all, it should be known that the takbeer in the prayer are sunnah. Therefore there is no harm or sin for the person who intentionally leaves them. So in this case he says the five takbeer with the imam and this is considered his first rak’ah. Then in his second rak’ah he can say another five takbeer if he wants or he can leave them off if he wants. Allah knows best.

5. Question: What is the ruling on singling out the Eid day to visit the graves?

Answer:  To specify that day for visiting the graves is an innovation. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) or his companions (may Alah be pleased with them ) didn’t single out the day of Eid to visit the graveyard.

6. Question :Are there any legislated sunnah prayers before the Eid prayer?

Answer: No, and praying sunnah before Eid is an innovation, unless in the masjid. And in this case a person greets the masjid with two rak’ah; as there might be something which prevents them from going to a musalla, or the community just doesn’t have an Eid musalla. This resembles some of the mountainous regions here, civil war between tribes, or heavy rain. which get in the way of people going to the musallah. Hence they pray two rak’ah then the Eid prayer in the masjid.

Praying two rak’ah sitting in the musalla is also an innovation. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) didn’t pray sunnah before or after the Eid prayer. The hadeeth from Abu Sa’eed (may Allah be pleased with him) which states the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) prayed two rak’ah after the Eid has a defect which prevents it from being authentic by way of Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Aqeel. This narrator is weak.

* Questions 1-4 were taken from [ al-kanzut thameen vol 2] and questions 5 & 6   were taken from [ Ithaful Karaam ]
Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
Doha, Qatar 1430 ©
http://abuaaliyah. multiply. com/journal/ item/92/Fataawa_ Series_from_ the_Scholars_ in_Yemen_ -6_Eid_al- Fitr

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