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Method of Eid Salah

The method of Eid Salaah (Hanafi)

Following intention should be made:

”I intend offering two rak’ats of Eid-ul-Fitr (or Eid-ul-Adha) Salaah with six Takbeers for Allah behind this Imam.”

After making this intention, start the Salaah by raising the hands up to the ears and saying Allahu-Akbar and then folding the hands. Recite the thanaa’ and then say Allahu-Akbar three times. Each time you say Allahu-Akbar, you should raise your hands to your ears just as you do for Takbeer-e-Tehreemah.

After saying each Takbeer, let your hands rest by your sides. In between each Takbeer, you should pause to such an extent that you can read Sub’haanAllah three times. After the third Takbeer, you should not rest your hands but fold them. Remember it in this way that wherever something is read after Takbeer, the hands are folded and wherever something is not read the hands will be rested at the sides.

(Makhoozaaz Dar-e-Mukhtaar, Rad-ul-Muhtaar, V3, P66)

The Imam should then read ta’awwuz and tas’miyah quietly and Surah Fatiha and another Surah loudly. After this perform the Ruku’. In the second Rak’at, the Imam should first recite Surah Fatiha and another Surah aloud. After this, he should say three Takbeers but after the third Takbeer he should not fold his hands but instead leave them at his sides. He should then say one more Takbeer without raising the hands and go into Ruku’.

(Fatawa Alamgeeri, V1, P150)

Upon whom is the prayer of Eid essential (wajib)?

The Salaah of both Eids (Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha) are Wajib (essential) (Fatawa Alamgeeri, V1, P149), but not upon everyone. Eid Salaah is only Wajib for those people upon whom Jumu’ah Salaah is Wajib. There is neither Azan nor Iqaamat in the Salaah of both Eids. 

(Al Hidaya ma’ Fath-al-Qadeer, V2, P39)

The Sermon of Eid is Sunnah

The conditions that have been mentioned for Jumu’ah (Friday) Salaah, apply for the Eid Salaah as well. With the exception that for the Jumu’ah Salaah the sermon is a condition, while for the Eid Salaah it is Sunnah. Furthermore, the Jumu’ah sermon is delivered before the Salaah while for the Eid Salaah, the sermon is delivered after. 

(Khulaasa-tul-Fatawa, V1, P213)

The time for Eid prayer

The time for the Eid Salaah starts when the sun has risen above the height of a spear, as seen by the naked eye, and continues until the sun is approaching its zenith or 20-25 minutes after sunrise. However it is desirable to slightly delay the Eid-ul-Fitr Salaah and desirable to read Eid-ul-Adha Salaah early. 

(Khulaasa-tul-Fatawa, V1, P214)

If one finds himself in the middle of the Jama’at

If a person joins the Eid Salaah at a time when the Imam has already completed saying the Takbeers, then if he joined the jama’at while they were still in the standing posture, he should immediately make the Takbeers even if the Imam is busy with his qira’at. If he joins the Salaah while the Imam is in Ruku’, he should make his Takbeers only if he feels that he will be able to catch up with the Imam in his Ruku’. But if he fears that he will not be able to catch up with the Imam, he should go straight into Ruku’. Instead of reading the tasbeehs in the Ruku’, he should recite the Takbeers.

However, when he makes the Takbeers in his Ruku’, he should not raise his hands. If the Imam stands up from the Ruku’ before he can complete his Takbeers, he should not try to complete them. Instead, he should stand up with the Imam. The Takbeers which he missed will be forgiven. If a person misses the first rak’at of Eid Salaah and when he stands up to complete it, he should first recite Surah Fatiha, another Surah and then make the Takbeers. Although, according to the rule he ought to have made the Takbeers first, however he should not do this because if he does this, then the takbeers of both the rak’ats will come one after the other. 

(Makhoozaaz Dar-e-Mukhtaar, Rad-ul-Muhtaar, V3, P55-57)

If the congregation of Eid is not found then what should you do?

If the Imam has read the Salaah and somebody remained behind whether he missed the jama’at or joined the jama’at but for some reason his Salaah became void, he should read his Eid Salaah in the next available place. He cannot read it without a jama’at. It is better for that person to offer 4 rak’ats of Chaasht Salaah instead.

 (Durr-e-Mukhtaar, V3, P58, 59)

The rulings for the Eid sermon

After the Eid Salaah the Imam should read two sermons. The Sunnahs that apply to the Jumu’ah sermon are also applicable to the Eid sermon and what is disliked in the Jumu’ah sermon is also disliked in the Eid sermon. There is a difference of only two things. Firstly, it is Sunnah for the Imam to sit before the first sermon of Jumu’ah and in the Eid Salaah it is not. Secondly, in the Eid sermon it is Sunnah for the Imam to recite Allahu-Akbar 9 times before the first sermon and 7 times before the second sermon and 14 times before coming down from the pulpit and these are NOT Sunnah for Jumu’ah Salaah. 

(Durr-e-Mukhtaar, V3, P57-58 – Bahar-e-Shariat, Part 4, P109)