Celebrations In Islaam
Recommended Acts On Eid Days

`Eed Greetings
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It is permissible for Muslims to greet each other on the day of `Eed with specific greetings that have been reported from the Sahabah (radiAllahu `anhum). Responding to a question in this regard, Ibn Taymiyyah (r) said:
"As for people greeting each other after the `Eed prayer by, 'Taqabbala 'llaahu minnaa wa minkum (may Allaah accept from us and you),' or, 'May Allaah bring the `Eed back to you next year,' etc. - it has been reported that some of the Sahabah practiced it, and the scholars permitted it. However, Ahmad said, 'I do not initiate saying it to anyone; but if one says it to me, I answer him. This is because responding to a greeting is obligatory, but to initiate the greeting is not a required sunnah, neither is it prohibited; whoever does it would have an example (from the Salaf), and whoever does not would have a predecessor as well.'"1

     Jubayr Bin Nufayr said:
"When the companions of Allaah's Messenger saws met on the day of Eed, they would say to each other, 'Taqabbala 'llaahu minnaa wa mink (may Allaah accept from us and you.)' "2

     And Muhammad Bin Ziyaad said:
"I was with Abu Umaamah al-Baahilee (radiAllahu `anhu) and some other companions of the Prophet saws. When they returned from the Eed, they said to each other, 'Taqabbala 'llaahu minnaa wa mink.' "3

     This is the extent of the greetings that are reported to have been said on the Eed. It is not befitting for those who wish to follow the Sunnah that they adopt customs that add to this Islaamic practice during the Eed, such as what some common people say to each other, "Kullu `aamin wa-antum bi-khayr (May you be well every year)." All of this is rejected, and to it applies Allaah's blame:

Would you exchange that which is better for that which is lower?4

  1. Al-Fataawee 24:253.  - Back to text 
     
  2. Al-Mahaamiliyyaat with a hasan chain according to Ibn Hajar; see Fath ul-Baaree 2:446.  - Back to text 
     
  3. Ibn Qudaamah in al-Mughnee 2:259; Ahmad said that this has a good chain.  - Back to text 
     
  4. Al-Baqarah 2:61.  - Back to text 
     
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