How To Perform Eid Prayer at Home with Your Family

Due to the current global coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Muslims face the unprecedented situation of not being able to perform the Eid prayer in the Masajids.

An-Naseeha has therefore prepared a simple and very useful Eid Guide on how families can perform Eid Prayers at home.

Is it permissible to perform Eid Prayers at home with your family?

The majority of scholars allow for the Eid Prayer to be performed at home. Also, the Companion, Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him), once missed the Eid Prayer in Basrah, so he gathered members of his household together and prayed two units of Eid Prayer with them at home. (Ref: Bukhari).

How should we pray Eid Salah at home?

1. The Eid Salah should be performed at the correct time, which is anytime between approx. 30 mins after sunrise, until approx. 30 mins before the time for Dhuhr Salah starts.

2. Eid Salah should be prayed consisting of 2 units of prayer, just as it is performed on Eid with Ruku, Sujood and Tasleem.

3. There is no Adhaan or Iqamah for the Eid Prayer.

4. After the opening Takbeer, you should say 7 additional Takbeeraat (where you say Allahu Akbar and raise your hands to the level of your shoulders with each Takbeer).

5. Then you should recite Surah al-Fatihah out aloud, followed by another Surah recited out aloud from the Qur’an.

6. In the second Rakah there are an additional 5 Takbeeraat after the Takbeer of standing up (so there are a total of 6 Takbeeraat altogether in the second Rakah).

7. You should then recite Surah al-Fatihah out aloud again, followed by another Surah from the Qur’an also recited out aloud.

8. The Khutbah of Eid is not an obligation, therefore a person who has the ability to give a short Khutbah at home can do so, due to their being an absence of a communal Eid Salah this year. The Khutbah should be delivered immediately after the Eid Prayer. If a person does not give a Khutbah, the Eid prayer is still valid.

Recommended Sunnan for Eid

1. Perform Ghusl (ritual bath) – The best way to feel fresh and ready for Eid is to perform Ghusl before praying the Eid Prayer.
2. Dress Up – Eid is a special occasion, so it is befitting that you wear your nicest clothes on this day.
3. Eating before the Eid Prayer – The Prophet (peace be upon him) would always have an odd number of dates before going out to pray the Eid Salah.
4. Recite Takbeer – You should recite the following before the Eid Prayer as much as you can, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa Illaaha Ill-Allah, Wa Allahu Akbar, Wa Lillah il-Hamd.
5. Greet One Other – Congratulate one another by saying, “Eid Mubarak.” Also greet one another by saying, “Taqabbala Allah Minna Wa Minkum” (May Allah accept [good deeds] from us and you).

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