Celebrations In Islaam
The Eid Prayer and Khutbah

Time of the `Eed Prayer
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`Abdullaah Bin Busr (radiAllahu `anhu) went out with some people to pray on a Fitr or Adha morning. He expressed his disapproval of the imaam's delay of the prayer beyond the time of tasbeeh1, and said:
"We (at the time of the Prophet saws) used to be finished with the prayer by now."2

     This is the most authentic report regarding this issue. There are other reports, but are not confirmed in terms of their chains of narrators. Ibn ul-Qayyim said:
"The Prophet saws delayed the prayer of `Eed ul-Fitr, and was prompt with that of al-Adha. And Ibn `Umar, despite his extreme adherence to the Sunnah, would not go out until the sun had risen."3

     Siddeeq Hasan Khaan said:
"The time of the two `Eed prayers is after the sun has reached the height of a spear, and until noon. The consensus of the scholars about this is in agreement with the (related) hadeeths - despite their weakness."4

     Abu Bakr al-Jazaa'iree said:
"The time of the two Eed's prayers is after the sun has reached the height of a spear, and until noon. However, it is best to pray al-Adh at the earliest time, to enable the people to slaughter their sacrifices; and is recommended to delay al-Fitr prayer, to enable the people to give out their Sadaqah (zakaat ul-Fitr)."5

  1. This is the time when it becomes permissible to perform the optional prayer after sunrise (15 to 30 minutes after sunrise). See Fath ul-Baaree 2:457.  - Back to text 
     
  2. Abu Daawood, Ibn Maajah, and others with and authentic chain of narrators. Al-Bukhaaree cited it in a confirmed manner but without providing its chain.  - Back to text 
     
  3. Zaad ul-Ma`aad 1:442.  - Back to text 
     
  4. Al-Maw`izat ul-hasanah 43-44.  - Back to text 
     
  5. Minhaaj ul-Muslim 278.  - Back to text 
     
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