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The Glorious Day of Eid


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The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam is reported to have said, “And then the night of Eidul fitr, the night that is called Laylatul Jaa’izah (night of prize giving), comes along. On the morning of Eid Allah sends down the Malaa’ikah (angels) to all the lands of the earth where they take their positions at access points of roads, calling out with a voice that is heard by all except man and jinn, “O Ummah of Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam, come forth from your houses towards a Lord that is noble and gracious, who grants much and pardons the major sins.” When they proceed towards the places for their Eid Salaah, Allah says to the Malaa’ikah, “What indeed is the reward of that employee who had rendered his services?” The Malaa’ikah reply’ “O Lord and Master, it is only right that he should receive his reward in full for his services.” Allah then says, “I call you to witness, O My Malaa’ikah, that for their having fasted during the month of Ramadhan, and for their having stood in prayer by night, I have granted to them as reward, My pleasure and have granted them forgiveness. O My servants ask now of Me, for I swear by My honour and My greatness, that whatsoever you shall beg of me this day in this assembly of yours for the needs of the Hereafter, I shall grant you, and whatsoever you shall ask for worldly needs, I shall look at you favourably. By My honour I swear, as long as you shall obey my commands, I shall cover your faults. By My honour and by My greatness do I swear that I shall never disgrace you among the evil-doing ones and disbelievers. Depart now from here, you are forgiven. You have pleased Me, and I am pleased with you. The Malaa’ikah an seeing this great reward bestowed by Allah upon the Ummah of Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam on the day of Eidul Fitr become greatly pleased and happy.” (Targheeb)

Our Beloved Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “The person who stays awake on the nights preceding the two Eids occupying himself with Ibadah (worship), his heart will not die on the day when everyone’s heart will perish.” (His heart will not die during the time of evil and corruption. It could also mean that with the blowing of the trumpet his soul will not become unconscious.) (Ibn Majah)

• Wake up early.
• Take a Ghusl (bath) before Eid Salaah
• Brush your teeth (use Miswaak)
• Dress up, wearing the best clothes available.
• Use Itr (perfume)
• Eat something sweet before proceeding to the Eid Gah e.g. Dates etc.
• Pay Zakaat-al-Fitr before Salaatul-Eid (on Eid-al-Fitr).
• Go to Eid Gah early.
• Use different roads en-route to the Eid Gah and back home.
• Recite the following Takbeer on the way to Eid Gah:
Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar. La ila-ha ill-lallah. Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar. Wa-lilahill hamd. (Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is Greatest, Allah is Greatest. And all praises are for Allah)
Keep in mind the pleasure of Allah and uphold Shariah at All times.
Adorn yourself and your family modestly in the best of garments (not necessarily new).
Visit the poor, needy, orphans, elderly and sick.
Maintain and strengthen family bonds. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam is reported to have said, “Anyone who wishes to have his means of livelihood 
enlarged and a prolonged life, should treat his relatives with kindness.” (Abu Dawood)
Don’t forget the oppressed, poor and needy Muslims in all parts of the world in your Duas and charity.
Be punctual with our acts of worship and on this joyous day.

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)

Council of Muslim Theologians

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