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Mistakes made on Eid

Eid ul Fitr

Praise be to Allah

As Eid is approaching, we would like to point out some things that some people do out of ignorance of the laws of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. These include the following:

1. Spending the Night of Eid in Worship 

Some people believe that it is prescribed to spend the night of Eid in worship. This is a kind of innovation (bid’ah) that is not proven from the Prophet ﷺ. Rather it was narrated in a da’eef (weak) hadeeth which says, “Whoever stays up on the night of Eid, his heart will not die on the day when hearts die.” This hadeeth is not saheeh. It was narrated via two isnaads, one of which is mawdoo’ (fabricated) and the other is da’eef jiddan (very weak). See Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Da’eefah wa’l-Mawdoo’ah by al-Albaani, 520, 521.

It is not prescribed to single out the night of Eid to pray qiyaam to the exclusion of all other nights, unlike the one whose habit it is to pray qiyaam, in which case there is nothing wrong with him praying qiyaam on the night of Eid.

2. Visiting Graves on the Two Eid Days 

This is contrary to the purpose of Eid which is to express joy and happiness, and it goes against the teaching of the Prophet ﷺ and the actions of the salaf. It comes under the general meaning of the Prophet’s prohibition on visiting graves on a specific day and making that like a festival, as the scholars stated. [See Ahkaam al-Janaa’iz wa Bida’uha by al-Albaani, p. 219, 258.]

3. Forsaking the Jamaa’ah, Sleeping Late and Missing the Prayer 

Unfortunately you see some of the Muslims missing the prayer and forsaking the jamaa’ah. The Prophet ﷺ said, “The covenant that stands between us and them is the prayer; whoever forsakes it is a kaafir.” [at-Tirmidhi, 2621; an-Nasaa’i, 463; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.]

And he said:

“The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are the ‘Isha’ and Fajr prayers. If they knew (what goodness) there is in them, they would come to them even if they had to crawl. I had thought of ordering the call to prayer to be given, then I would tell a man to lead the people in prayer, then I would go, taking some men with me carrying bundles of wood, to people who do not attend the prayer, and would burn their houses down around them.” [Muslim, 651.]

4. Free-mixing of Men and Women in the Prayer Place, the Streets and Elsewhere 

This is a source of great fitnah (temptation) and serious danger. Both women and men should be warned against that, and the necessary means should be taken to prevent that as much as possible. Men and youth should not leave the prayer place or the mosque until after the women have dispersed completely.

5. Women going out wearing Perfume and Makeup, and without Veils 

This is a problem which is widespread, and many people take this matter lightly. Allah is the One Whose help we seek. Some women – may Allah guide them – even dress up in their finest clothes and put on the best perfume when they go to the mosque to pray Taraweeh or go to the Eid prayers, etc. The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Any woman, who puts on perfume and passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance, is an adulteress.” [an-Nasaa’i, 5126; at-Tirmidhi, 2783; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 2019.]

It was narrated that Abu Huraira radhiAllahu ‘anhu said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen. People with whips like the tails of cattle with which they beat the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, going astray and leading others astray, with their heads looking like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will not enter Paradise nor even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance may be detected from such and such a distance.” [Muslim, 2128.]

The guardians of women must fear Allah with regard to those who are under their care, and fulfill the duty of protecting and maintaining that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has enjoined upon them, because,

الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَاءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other.” [an-Nisa’ 4:34]

They must guide them and show them that which will lead to their salvation and their safety in this world and in the Hereafter, by means of keeping away from that which Allah has forbidden and striving for that which will bring them closer to Allah.

[Men are Protectors and Maintainers of Women]

6. Listening to Singing and Haraam Things 

Among the evil things that are widespread in these times is music and singing.  They have become very widespread and people take this matter lightly. It is on TV and radio, in cars, homes and marketplaces. [Read: Why I Decided to Quit TV] There is no power and no strength except with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Even cell phones are not free of this evil. There are companies which compete in putting the latest music on the ringers of their cell phones, and in this way music has even reached the mosques, may Allah protect us… This is a great problem and a great evil whereby music is heard in the houses of Allah.

[Music, Singing and Dancing]

This confirms the words of the Prophet ﷺ,

“There will be among my Ummah people who will regard adultery, silk, alcohol and musical instruments as permissible.” [Bukhari]

The Muslim has to fear Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and realize that the blessing of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala means that he is obliged to give thanks to Him. It is not gratitude for the Muslim to disobey his Lord, when He is the One Who has bestowed this blessing upon him.

One of the righteous passed by some people who were engaged in idle entertainment on the day of Eid and said to them, “If you did well in Ramadan, this is not the way to give thanks for that. If you did badly in Ramadan, this is not the way that the one who did badly should behave.”

And Allah knows best.

Taken from islamqa.info.

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