EID MUBARAK عيد مبارك 🥳💫


It was recorded in a Hadith that Yawm-un-Nahr (The Day of Sacrifice) is the most virtuous day to Allah.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The greatest Day of Hajj (Yawm al-Hajj al-Akbar) is the Day of an-Nahr (Slaughtering).” (Abu Dawud)

The companions of the Prophet used to say to one another on the day of Eid   تَقَبَّلَ اللهُ مِنَّا وَمِنكُم ‘TAQABBAL ALLAHU MINNA WA MINKUM’ (May Allah accept [good deeds] from you and us” or “May Allah accept [this worship] from you and us”) You could also say EID MUBARAK عيد مبارك  (Have a blessed celebration)

The day of An-Nahr is also known as Eid-al-Adha, meaning the festival of Sacrifice and it is one of the two festivals Allah ﷻ has granted to the of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . Anas رضي الله عنه narrated: ‘Allah’s Messenger came to Madinah and the people of Madinah in the days of Jahiliyyah had two days of play and amusement. So, Allah’s Messenger said: “I came to you and you had in Jahiliyyah, two days of play and amusement. Allah has replaced something better for you; the Day of an-Nahr and the day of al-Fitr.’ [Ahmad]

Nothing is more noble to Allah ﷻ on this day than sacrificing the Qurbani. Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. Qur’an 6:162 

On this day what should we do:

It was narrated by Al-Bara’: I heard the Prophet delivering a Khutba saying, ‘The first thing to be done on this day (first day of ‘Id-ul-Adha) is to pray; and after returning from the prayer we slaughter our sacrifice (in the name of Allah) and whoever does so, he has acted according to our Sunnah (traditions). (Bukhari).

  • Wake up early and take a Ghusl (bath).
  • dress up nicely.
  • do not eating anything until after the prayer.
  • go to prayer ground early, reciting the Takbir on your way until the beginning of the Salat. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La illaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Walillahi l Hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great there is no God But Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be praise). (N.B: there are various forms of the Takbir to be recited)
  • if possible walk to the prayer ground using two separate routes to and from the prayer ground reciting the Takbir.
  • offer Eid Salah in congregation in an open place, except when whether it is not permitting due to factors like rain, snow, etc.
  • no Sunnah Salat on the ground of Eid.
  • Slaughter a sacrifice if able.
  • Exchange gifts, food etc with family and friends.
  • Call your Muslim family and friends to wish them Eid Mubarak.

No Muslim is exempted from participating in this festival, (probably except if you are sick) even if you are unable to pray: it was narrated by Um ‘Atiya who said we used to be ordered to come out on the day of ‘Id and even bring out the virgin girls from their houses and menstruating women so that they might stand behind the men and say Takbir along within them and hope for the blessings of that day and for purification of sins. (Bukhari).

This is a day of feasting: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The day of al-Fitr, and the day of an-Nahr, and the days of Tashreeq (the three days after an-Nahr) are our days of Eid (festivity); and they are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah.” (Al-Albani) “And remember Allah during the appointed Days” [Qur’an 2:203] As believers we should eat, drink and remember Allah. Dhikr (remembering Allah) is enjoined during the days of tashreeq in several ways:

  • After prescribed prayers reciting takbeer individually
  • saying saying Bismillaah and Allaahu akbar when slaughtering the sacrificial animal
  • remembering Allah when eating and drinking. It should be a means that help one to remember Allah ﷻ and obey Him. We should eat good food and thank Allah ﷻ for them
  • by making dua.

Lastly, fasting is forbidden on these days. The Prophet ﷺ forbade fasting on these days: ‘Do not fast on these days, for they are the days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah.’ [Ahmad]

SLAUGHTERING OF ANIMALS

The slaughtering of the sacrifice should be after the prayer

The sharing of the sacrifice: it should be divided into three parts; one for the family, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor and needy. It is permissible to keep a part of the Qurbani for eating at home, after the end of the Eid. This is supported by the Hadith narrated by Salama bin Al-Aqua’: the Prophet said whoever has slaughtered a sacrifice should not keep anything of its meet after 3 days’ when it was the next year the people said, :’O Allah’s Apostle! ‘Shall we do as we did last year?’ He said, eat of it and feed of it to others and store of it, for in that year [previous] the people were having a hard time and I wanted you to help the needy. [Bukhari].

EID GREETINGS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

Offering congratulatory greetings is something we are encouraged to do in Islam. Below is a compilation of Eid Mubarak greetings in different languages. Take time out to greet someone in another language to mark the celebration.

Arabic – عيد مبارك Eid Mubarak

English – have a blessed Eid

HausaBarka da Sallah

Iran – Eid muborak shaved

French – Aid Moubarak

Bangladesh – Eider shubheccha

China – Kāizhāi jié kuàilè

Ghana – Ni ti yuun’ palli

Yoruba – A ku odun

Kurdish – Cejna we pîroz be

Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore – Selamat Hari Raya

Turkey – Bayramınız kutlu olsun

Bengali – Īda mōbāraka

Afghanistan – Akhtar de nekmregha sha

Spanish – Feliz Eid

 Albanian – Gëzuar Bajramin

EID MUBARAK IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES 🙂

May Almighty Allah ﷻ keep us alive to witness many more of this celebration, strengthen us in the deen, ease our affairs, count us among the believers who are able to eat, drink and remember Him and reunite us all in Al Jannah. (Amen).

VIRTUES OF ARAFAH DAY


BISMILLAH-RAHMAN-IR-RAHEEM

The day of Arafah is the day the Prophet ﷺ gave the farewell sermon and the day our deen was perfected – Allah ﷻ completed Islam as a religion. ‘This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. [Qur’an 5:3].

Allah ﷻ also swears by this day in the Qur’an – Surah Al-Buruj. Allah ﷻ swears by nothing except that which is great and mighty! “By the sky containing great stars. And [by] the promised Day. And [by] the witness and by the witnessed” [Qur’an 85: 2-3]. ‘And the Promised day’ refers to the Day of Judgement. ‘And by the Witness’ refers to Friday. ‘And by the Witnessed’ refers to the day of Arafah. So this day has great significance.

People from other faith recognise the virtues of this day. Imam Ibn Kathir رَحِمَهُ ٱللّٰهُ‎ in his tafsir writes: “A Jewish man said to Umar bin Al-Khattab رضي الله عنه, `O Leader of the Believers! There is a verse in your Book, which is read by all of you (Muslims), and had it been revealed to us, we would have taken that day (on which it was revealed) as a day of celebration.’ Umar رضي الله عنه asked ‘Which is that verse?’ The Jew replied:  “This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” Umar رضي الله عنه replied, “By Allah! I know when and where this verse was revealed to Allah’s Messenger. It was the evening on the Day of `Arafah on a Friday.”

MY ARAFAH DAY CHECKLIST

  • PRAY – obligatory and nawafil salah (Tahajjud, Duha, Sunnah Al Rawatib)
  • RECITE QUR’AN
  • ISTIGFAR – “There is no day on which Allahﷻ frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ‘Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ‘Arafah), and then He reveals before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” (Muslim)
  • FASTING – “Fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.” (Muslim)
  • DUA – The Prophet ﷺ, said: “THE BEST SUPPLICATION IS THAT MADE ON THE DAY OF ‘ARAFAH, and the best thing that I have ever said along with all the previous prophets is:

لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له له الملك وله الحمد وهو على كل قدير (LA ILAAHA ILLA ALLAH WAHDAHU LA SHARIKA LAH, LAHUL MULK WA LAHUL HAMD, WA HUWA ‘ALA KULLI SHAY’IN QADEER (None is worthy of worship but Allah, The Exalted Alone, without any partners. All sovereignty and praise belongs to Him and He is over all things Omnipotent).’” (Tirmidhi)

It is reported that anyone that recites this dua 100 times in the day will receive the reward of freeing 10 slaves, 100 rewards will be written for him and 100 sins wiped away, and he will be protected from Shaytan for the remainder of the day.

  • CHARITY – monetary value, time, etc.
  • HELP SOMEONE OUT –The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to people. [Al-Albani]

The best way to make the most of this day is to renew your intentions and intensify your worship. May Almighty Allah ﷻ accept our act of Ibadah and reward us for our actions.

SIGNIFICANCE OF EID-AL-ADHA: LESSONS FROM PROPHET IBRAHIM عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ SACRIFICE


BISMILLAH-IR-RAHMAN-IR-RAHIM

Alhamdulillah for witnessing the month of Dhul- Hijjah – one of the scared months in Islam.

Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. Qur’an 9:36

Qur’an 9:36

The month of Dhul-Hijjah is the 12th month in the Islamic Calendar and it is symbolic because Muslims engaging in a special form of worship – Hajj (pilgrimage to the Kaabah). The end of the Hajj season is commemorated by Eid Al-Adha festival on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah.

Due to the Pandemic it is sad that many people are not engaging in pilgrimage this year. We pray Almighty Allah ﷻ alleviates this pandemic from the earth and allow the Pilgrimage take place next year. But there are other forms of worship we can engage in apart from going for Pilgrimage.

The sacredness of this months makes good deeds more meritorious, and at the same time committing sins attract more punishment from Allah ﷻ. Even the Arabs in the period of jahiliyyah (ignorance) recognised these months to be sacred. (The sacred months are Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Shaban) This is another blessed season given to us after Ramadan. Click to read a previous post that addresses various forms of worship we can engage in during this month!

The slaughtering of sacrifice in this month is manifested through the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ to Allah. The story goes thus. Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ dreamt that he was sacrificing his son. Prophet Ismail عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ.  (Prophet’s dream are genuine because they are a form of revelation and are not affected by Shaytan.) He عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ told his son: “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” The son (Prophet Ismail عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّل responded: “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.”  Qur’an 37:102. Thereafter, he عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ took his son to Mount Arafah and was ready to put the knife across his son (subhannallah). Allah ﷻ says: ‘And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead, We called to him, “O Abraham, You have fulfilled the vision.” Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. Indeed, this was the clear trial. And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice, And We left for him [favorable mention] among later generations: “Peace upon Abraham.” Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. Qur’an 37:103-110.

Engaging in the sacrifice is something that is heavy to carry out (This is a Prophet that did not have any other child at the time) but there was no point of question because it was a divine instruction. They both submitted to the will of Allah without hesitation and Allah replaced it with a Ram. This was a trial from Allah ﷻ!

Just as Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ was prepared to engage in the sacrifice to please Allah ﷻ, it is now a recommended tradition that a person who is able, offers Qurbani/Udhiya. Qurbani means an act performed to draw closer and seek Allah’s ﷻ pleasure while Udhiya means ‘blood sacrifice’. This is a practice that the Prophet ﷺ engaged in – ‘The Prophet ﷺ lived in Madinah for 10 years and every year he slaughtered an animal’. [Albani] An animal is slaughtered as a sacrifice with the intention to draw closer to Allah ﷻ.

Relating the story of Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ to our lives. The story informs us to live our lives in obedience to Allah. We should acknowledge that there is wisdom behind every order of Allah and must obey Allah ﷻ without hesitation. Further, we learn that Allah ﷻ will tests the believers (based on their level of Iman) So, when test comes in our direction we should bear in mind the sprit from the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ that if he عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ could put a knife to his son in order to please Allah ﷻ and it was replaced with a Ram. When we sacrifice something for the sake of Allah ﷻ we will definitely get immeasurable reward and a replacement. For this to happen, we must have tawakkul (complete reliance) in Allah ﷻ and accept that if we forsake anything for the sake of pleasing Allah ﷻ it is for our own benefit and for the greater good. We may not be able to obey Allah ﷻ like the Prophets, but we must continually strive to please Allah ﷻ in all our actions and by obeying Him in our lives.

Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ (and Prophet Muhammed ﷺ) are Khalilullah (friends of Allah ﷻ). Allah says: ‘And who is better in religion than one who submits himself to Allah while being a doer of good and follows the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth? And Allah took Abraham as an intimate friend. Qur’an 4:125  We can become close servants of Allah by obeying Allah ﷻ and fulfilling the obligations He ﷻ has enjoined upon us. The Prophetic ﷺ narration reads: Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that the Messenger of Allah, , said: “Allah the Almighty has said: ‘Whosoever acts with enmity towards a closer servant of Mine (wali), I will indeed declare war against him. Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do. And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with supererogatory (nawafil) prayers so that I shall love him. When I love him, I shall be his hearing with which he shall hear, his sight with which he shall see, his hands with which he shall hold, and his feet with which he shall walk. And if he asks (something) of Me, I shall surely give it to him, and if he takes refuge in Me, I shall certainly grant him it.’” [Sahih Al- Bukhari]

POINT OF REFLECTION: This life is a journey which has an end and we were created with the purpose to worship Allah ﷻ. Allah ﷻ says: ‘And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.’ Qur’an 51:56  We are going to be tried and tested the way Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ was and by being obedient to Allah we pray to pass the test and be rewarded with Jannah! Have the reassurance that whatever you leave for the sake of Allah will be recompensed with something better. You may not see it now but have the certainty it is being replaced. I leave you with an Hadith Qudsi: ‘And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a cubit, and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’ [Sahih Al-Bukhari] So, know that whenever you leave something to draw closer to Allah ﷻ,  Allah ﷻ  draws closer to you too 😊

Share this post if you found it beneficial. Any good thing I have said is from Allah ﷻ and any wrong is from myself and I seek His ﷻ forgiveness. In Sha Allah I will catch up in my next post to talk about… Till then Fi Amanillah (I leave you in the custody of Allah ﷻ)

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