Celebrations In Islaam
Recommended Acts On Eid Days

Eating on the Morning of Eed
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Anas Bin Maalik (radiAllahu `anhu) narrated:
"Allaah's Messenger saws would not leave (his house) on the day of Fir until he ate some dates."1

     Imaam al-Muhallab said:
"The wisdom in eating before the prayer is to circumvent the assumption that one must continue to fast until the `Eed prayer is over."2

     And Buraydah Bin al-Haseeb (radiAllahu `anhu) narrated:
"The Prophet saws would not leave (his house) on the day of Fir until he ate. On the day of Nahr (slaughtering) he would not eat until he returned - so that he would eat from his sacrifice."3

     The great scholar ash-Shawkaanee said:
"The wisdom in delaying eating on the day of Adhaa (sacrifice) is that it is a day on which it is legislated to offer sacrifices and to eat from them. Thus, it is recommended for one to eat from his sacrifice on breakfast. This was mentioned by Ibn Qudaamah.4" 5

     Az-Zayn Bin al-Munayyir said:
"The time that the Prophet saws ate his breakfast on each of the two `Eeds occurred at the proper time of giving out their related sadaqah (charity), thus dispensing of the Fitr charity before going to the musallaa, and dispensing of the sacrifice's charity after slaughtering it."6

     It must be noted here that, nowadays, people no longer slaughter their sacrifices at the musallaa. They do that at distant places, and sometimes do not get the meat until the evening or the following days. In this case, it is understandable that the sunnah of eating breakfast from the sacrifice's meat cannot be reasonably fulfilled.
  1. Al-Bukhaaree and others.  - Back to text 
  2. Fat ul-Baaree 2:447.  - Back to text 
  3. At-Tirmithi, Ibn Maajah and others; Hasan (good).  - Back to text 
  4. Al-Mughnee 2:371.  - Back to text 
  5. Nayl ul-Awtaar 3:357.  - Back to text 
  6. Fath ul-Baaree 2:448.  - Back to text 
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