The festivity of Eid is known to every person in the globe and is a ritual, which is celebrated by the Muslims to commemorate the end of Ramadan to rejoice the blessings afterwards. The literal meanings of Eid are happiness and joy because Muslims all over the world celebrate it with zeal and fervor. As per the Islamic calendar, there are two Eids, Eid ul fitar and Eid ul Adha, the former comes after Ramadan and the later comes after performing Hajj.
Muslims celebrate Eid ul Fitar with more energy than the rest because the Muslims who have fasted throughout the month of Ramadan and have worshiped and prayed exclusively and extensively. When Eid approaches Muslims consider this festivity as their reward whereas in the other Eid Muslims have no motivation left to celebrate it with the same passion except in the remembrance of Sacrifice that dated back to Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) historic and imperative sacrifice of his son in the path of Allah. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days.” They (the Companions) said, “Not even Jihad?” He said, “No not even Jihad except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.” [Bukhari]
The festivity of Eid ul Fitar is not a fabricated and self-proclaimed festival but a gift from Allah to reward the Muslims. It is neither celebrated in the remembrance of anyone or any event but is totally a reward from Allah for all the worshippers who have done ibadah in the path of Allah and have done Taraweeh throughout the night of Ramadan. In a Hadith, it is narrated that:
“Holy Prophet came to Madinah, the people had two days in which they used to entertain and amuse themselves. He asked: “What are these two days?” They said: “We used to amuse ourselves and take pleasure in these two days during the Days of Ignorance (jahiliyyah). The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah has substituted for you something better than these two; the Eid of Adha (sacrifice) and the Eid of Fitr .” [Sunan Abi Dawood]
Routine of Prophet (PBUH) On Eid?
Companions of Prophet Muhammad have narrated routines of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which he used to do on this blessed day of Eid.
- Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) started his day with the offering of Eid Salah about which it is narrated: “I prayed with the Messenger of Allah the two Eid prayers more than once or twice3, without an Adhan or Iqamah.” [Muslim]
- Eating food or especially sweets is something that is a must thing to do on this day. It was the routine of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to eat dates as a sweet thing on the occasion f Eid ul Fitar before performing Eid prayers: “Prophet (PBUH) did not go (to the place of prayer) in the morning on the days of Eid-ul-Fitr till he ate some dates, and he used to eat an odd number.” [Bukhari]
- Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was accustomed of changing paths while walking back from prayers and going to the mosque on that special day: “On the day of Eid the Holy Prophet (PBUH) used to return by a different route from the one he had taken when going out.” [Bukhari]
What should You do on Eid?
There are few practices, which you can adopt and act upon on the blessed day of Eid:
Yes, this is odd yet beneficial on this imperative day. What we all do is to shop late night in the market due to which we sleep late and then could not make it early for Eid prayers. Sleeping early is a best practice, which will let you awake in the morning fresh, without any dizziness during the offerings of Salah in the morning.
- Prepare Yourself In The Night:
On this occasion, we all wear new clothes especially to the mosque. Prepare yourself early in the night for the next big day so that you could not be late for prayers. Take out your new clothes and shoes and press it over night, make all the preparations which are required for the Eid day and then arrange them accordingly.
Fajar is the time when peace prevails and every living creature is in worship with Allah. Ramadan makes us in shape for offering Fajar prayer hence you should offer the prayers and make it a habit. Kick start your Eid day with Eid prayers and make it a bless one.