For Muslims around the world, Ramadan 2020 was an entirely different experience. With most countries under a strict lockdown and all kinds of large gatherings banned, things were far from normal. This time, there were no religious gatherings and iftar as well as suhoor were mostly enjoyed in the safety of your own home. While COVID-19 restrictions are easing slowly, mosques across the country will remain closed. So, if you’ve been thinking about how to start off your celebrations of Eid Al Fitr in 2020, here’s how you can offer Eid prayers at home.
Offering Eid prayers at home
Eid Al Fitr has great significance for Muslims. After a month of fasting, it is considered a special reward. Understandably, Eid prayers are also an extremely important part of the festive celebration. Due to the prevailing situation, there have been questions in the minds of many Muslims pertaining to how Eid prayers can be offered at home and how to lead Eid prayer at home?
Several notable Islamic scholars including Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti have come forward and presented helpful guides to offer Eid prayer at home. Since mosques will be closed, one can offer Eid prayers at home individually or as a group with family.
If there are other males at your home, they can join you for combined prayer and one person can lead them as the Imam. If there are no other males, females from the family can join the prayer as well. Once the formation of the group is complete, you can follow this step-by-step guide to offer Eid Al Fitr prayers at home.
Preparing for Salat al-Eid
During this difficult time, it is recommended that you remain within your homes. But, you can follow the sunnah of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) to prepare for salat al-eid.
- Perform ghusl (bath) before prayers
- Eat an odd number of dates
- Dress up and wear your festive clothes
- Exchange well-wishes with family members and friends by saying Taqabbalallahu Minna wa Minkum – May Allah accept (the worship) from us and from you
Eid Prayer at Home – Step by Step Guide
Eid prayer at home would be exactly the same as Eid prayer at the mosque. However, the only difference would be that at home, there will be no Eid sermon (khutbah).
The correct time to offer Eid prayers at home starts 15 minutes after sunrise and lasts until 10 to 15 minutes before Dhuhr (midday).
If you are leading the prayer as an Imam, you have to recite the surahs loud and call out the takbirs. Whereas, the rest of the group has to simply follow you.
- Eid prayer has two rak’ahs (parts) with extra takbeers. You start with a non-verbal niyah. This isn’t said out loud. Then you say the first takbeer – takbeerat-ul-ihram (Allahu Akbar) followed by six more takbeers in the first rakah. Reciting the opening supplication is optional.
- For each takbeer from the Imam, you have to raise your hands and quietly recite ‘subhanallah, walhamdulillah, wala ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar’. This will be followed with the imam reciting Surah Al Fatihah and another short surah loudly like everyday prayers. The rest of the group should quietly listen to the imam during this phase with their arms folded across their bodies.
- At the call of ‘Allahu Akbar’, you will go in a position of bowing known as rukua. Next at the call of ‘Sami Allahu liman Hamidah’, you will stand tall again and say quietly ‘Rabbana lakal Hamd’. Next, the Imam will say ‘Allahu Akbar’, which is an intimation to go in sujud (prostration). With two sujuds your first rak’ah will be completed. Rise up at the call of Allahu Akbar.
- Similar to the first rak’ah, five takbeers will be called during the second rak’ah, and you will be repeating the call and action of the imam. In between the takbeer, you have to say ‘Subhanallah, walhamdulillah, wala ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar’.
- Listen to the imam reciting Surah Al Fatihah and an additional surah. Then follow the same procedure for rukua and sujoods as you did with the first rak’ah. After the two sujoods, you will sit for Tashshahud. Once completed the Imam will call ‘Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah’ and turn his head towards the right shoulder and then to the left as well. Simply follow the imam and your Eid prayer at home would be completed.
- When offering prayer as an individual, you will be your own Imam.
Can I pray Eid prayer at home individually?
Yes, Eid prayers can be offered at home even if you are alone.
What are the Eid prayers timings?
Eid prayers can be performed starting 15-20 minutes after the sunrise. You can pray until zawal time i.e. 10-15 minutes before Dhuhr prayer.
When do I have to pay the fitrana (fitra)?
You have to pay the fitrana amount in full before the Eid prayer.
Can I eat something before the Eid prayer?
Yes, it is Islamic tradition to eat something sweet before the prayer. In fact, it is sunnah to have an odd number of dates. However, it is not obligatory.
What is the appropriate dressing for Eid prayer at home?
It is the same as it would be for prayers in a mosque. If you have been able to order new clothes, that would be ideal. If not, you always use clean clothes that fit the Islamic requirements.
For now, as advised by Islamic scholars, people can offer Eid prayer at home. Once, you have offered the prayer, you can start the celebration in accordance with the government’s guidelines.
Staycations in Dubai have been given the go-ahead. Therefore, you can spend the Eid weekend with your family and have a nice time. Similarly, you can choose to stay at home and cook a favourite meal of yours. The Eid experience will be a bit different this year, but it will still be full of the charitable spirit and generosity of the festive occasion.
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