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Sunnats and Aadaab of Eid

1. To cleanse the mouth using the miswaak.

2. To have a bath (ghusal).

عن ابن عباس  رضي الله عنهما قال  كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يغتسل يوم الفطر ويوم الأضحى (ابن ماجة رقم 1315)

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would have a bath on the day of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha.

3. To dress in one’s best clothes. (I.e. the best clothes in one’s possession, not necessarily new clothes.

عن جابر رضي الله عنهما قال كانت للنبي  صلى الله عليه وسلم جبة يلبسها في العيدين، ويوم الجمعة. (ابن خزيمة  رقم 1766)

Hadhrat Jaabir (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had a shawl that he would wear specially on the days of Eid and the day of Jumuah.


4. To apply itr. 

5. To perform Eid salaah at the Musallah (i.e. open field outside the town). 

عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه قال : كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يخرج يوم الفطر  والأضحى إلى المصلى فأول شيء يبدأ به الصلاة (البخاري رقم 956)

Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that on the day of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would go to the Musallah (an open field on the outskirts of Madina Munawwarah) to perform the Eid salaah. The first action that he carried out was performing the salaah. (I.e. he performed the salaah before the khutbah)

6. One should avoid eating anything before Eid salaah on the day of Eid ul Adha (instead the first thing one should consume should be the meat of the sacrificed animal). However on the day of Eid ul Fitr one should eat an odd number of dates or anything sweet before leaving for the Eid salaah.

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال كان النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم لا يخرج يوم الفطر حتى يطعم تمرات (ابن ماجة رقم 1754)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would always eat some dates before leaving for the Eid salaah on the day of Eid ul Fitr.

عن ابن بريدة عن أبيه رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم كان لا يخرج يوم الفطر حتى يأكل . وكان لا يأكل يوم النحر حتى يرجع (ابن ماجة رقم 1756)

Hadhrat Buraidah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would always eat something before leaving for the Eid salaah. However, on the occasion of Eid ul Adha he would not eat until he returned from the Eid salaah (and partook of the sacrificed animal).

7. To go to the Eidgah early.

8. To walk to the place of Eid salaah.

عن سعد بن أبي وقاص رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم كان يخرج إلى العيد ماشيا ويرجع ماشيا.  (ابن ماجة  رقم 1294)

Hadhrat Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would proceed towards the Eid salaah walking, and would return walking.

9. To recite the takbeer audibly when going to the Eidgah on the day of Eid ul Adha, and to recite it silently when going for the Eid salaah on the day of Eid ul Fitr. 

10. To use different routes to and from the place of Eid salaah.

وعن جابر رضي الله عنه قال كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا كان يوم عيد خالف الطريق .(البخاري رقم 986)

Hadhrat Jaabir (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would use different routes on the day of Eid (when proceeding and returning from the Eid salaah)

11. To read two rakaat waajib salaah of Eid with six extra takbeers without any azaan or iqaamat. 

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم صلى يوم العيد بغير أذان ولا إقامة (ابن ماجة رقم 1274)

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would perform the (Eid) salaah on the day of Eid without any azaan or iqaamat.


12. To recite Surah A’ala in the first rakaat, and Surah Ghaashiya in the second rakaat of the Eid salaah.

عن النعمان بن بشير رضي الله عنه قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقرأ في العيدين وفي الجمعة بسبح اسم ربك الأعلى، وهل أتاك حديث الغاشية. (مسلم رقم 878)

Hadhrat Nu’maan ibn Basheer (Radhiallahu Anhu) relates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would recite Surah A’ala and Surah Ghaashiya in both the Eid salaah as well as the Jumuah salaah

13. One should remain seated after the Eid salaah and listen to the khutbah. Remaining for the khutbah is an emphasised sunnah.  

14.  During the khutbah it is waajib for one to remain silent and listen attentively to the khutbah. 

15. It is forbidden to perform any nafl salaah in the Eidgah either before or after the Eid salaah.  

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم خرج فصلى بهم العيد لم يصل قبلها ولا بعدها (ابن ماجة رقم 1291)

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would come to the Eidgah and perform the Eid salaah. He would not perform any nafl salaah before the Eid salaah nor after the Eid salaah (i.e. at the Eidgah).

16. By staying awake and making ibaadat on the night of Eid, one will be rewarded in this manner that when all the hearts die, his heart will remain alive.