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Eid Under lockdown

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This year Eid day will be different from any before. All mosques will remain closed, and we will not be visiting family and friends, as the rules for social distancing remain in force. Do not risk your health or the health of others, we can celebrate Eid whilst adhering to Government guidelines.

When is Eid al-Fitr?

For those of us who started fasting on Friday 24 April, the 29th day of Ramadan is Friday 22nd May, which is when after sunset people in different parts of the world will try to sight the new Moon. We will then find out whether Eid is on Saturday 23rd May or Sunday 24th May. This will be announced on our website and social media, insha’Allah.

Celebrate and be grateful

وَلِتُكْمِلُوا۟ ٱلْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَىٰكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

“… and [He wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” {Qur’an, 2:185}

The day of Eid al-Fitr is not only a time to celebrate, it is a day to be grateful to Allah for enabling us to complete the month of Ramadan, and to appreciate all that He has given us and all that we take for granted.

The Takbir of Eid

It is a Sunnah to say the takbir of Eid from the time of Fajr:

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْد

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Ilallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa Lillahil Hamd.

Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest.
There is no deity besides Allah,
and Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest,
and all praises are for Allah only.

Paying Zakat al-Fitr

Unless you are personally giving food to a poor person on the morning of Eid, you should make sure you arrange to pay Zakat al-Fitr before Eid day, so that there’s enough time to make sure it goes to feeding someone on the day of Eid. Zakat al-Fitr is £4 for every member of the family, and can be paid online here.

All the Sunnahs of Eid

We will be able to observe all the Sunnahs of Eid, except the usual congregational Eid prayers.

Normally on Eid al-Fitr, we eat before setting out for Eid prayers. Although we won’t be going out for prayers on this occasion, we should still have something to eat at the start of our day.

We should perform ghusl, wear perfume, and put on our nicest clothes.

How to perform the Eid prayer?

If you do decide to pray at home, then this is a reminder on how to perform the prayer. There are two rak‘ahs, each with extra Takbirs; the number and timing depends on which school of thought you follow:

Hanafi: in the first rak‘ah, after the opening Takbir and before you recite Al-Fatihah, there are 3 extra takbirs; in the second rak‘ah, before ruku‘ there are also 3 extra takbirs, followed by the takbir for ruku‘.

Others: in the first rak‘ah, after the opening Takbir and before you recite Al-Fatihah, there are 7 extra takbirs; in the second rak‘ah, at the start after the Takbir for standing up and before you recite Al-Fatihah, there are 5 extra takbirs.

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