It’s true, you know.
Best Days of the Year = The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah.
And we’re still in Dhul Qaaidah.
[Oh, you thought that I meant something else? Sorry.]
So, what do we do? Well, how about if we start preparing for it? You know, so that we can squeeze these 10 days for all they are worth?
See, these 10 days are almost like a mini-Ramadan (talk about recovering Ramadan, huh?). The only reason that we don’t think that way is because they’re not as heavily advertised as Ramadan.
What’s the first thing to do? Well, we need to read about the virtues of these great days, of course.
Here’s a really nice treatise on this matter that discusses their virtues as well as the recommended deeds to be done during them (no, Hajj is not the only recommended deed that can be done in them):
Resources for Eid, you ask?
Yes, of course. The days of Eid (Al-Fitr and Al-Adha) are part of the shariah. Therefore, there are certain etiquettes to be followed within those days.
Too early, you say? Well, I’m planning to stop blogging for the next week so…
A note to all my brothers and sisters: Let’s analyse ourselves on the Day of Eid. If we forget about Allah on that day, and we go back to being the same way that we were before Ramadan, and we carelessly commit all sorts of sins (not praying on time, not safeguarding our tongues, free mixing with the opposite sex, wasting money, etc) on the Day of Eid on the pretext that it is a day of celebration*, then we should know that this is a big sign that our Ramadan did NOT get accepted.
[*Is this how we “celebrate” a month of obedience to Allah? By disobeying Him the day after that month ends? Allahul mustaan.]
Yes, because that is one of the ways to know if a deed got accepted or not – by seeing how we behave AFTER it. So, if a person goes for Hajj, and comes back and doesn’t pray his 5 prayers, then this is a sign that his Hajj was not accepted.
If you’re worried about not being able to obey Allah after Eid, then why don’t you turn to him in this blessed month and ask for His support and help in this matter?? Ask Him to make you obedient on the Day of Eid and beyond that.
Note: There are some differences between Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. For example, in Eid Al-Fitr, the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) ate some dates before the Eid prayer. In Eid Al-Adha, he did not eat anything until after the prayer.
[I messed it up a few years on Eid Al-Adha. I told my mother that I had followed the sunnah and eaten some dates before the prayer. I expected a pat on the back. All I got was “Hmm? I read that you were supposed to eat the dates after the prayer?” Oh well…]
Books / Treatises:
Ruling concerning the Two Eids from the Purified Sunnah – Shaikh Ali Hasan Al-Halabi
The Two Eids and their Significance – Abdul Majeed Alee
Eid Etiquettes and Rulings – Shaikh Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Praying Eid in the Musalla is the Sunnah – Shaikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah)
Ramadan: A Reminder of Unity – Shaikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah)
I should have put this up at the beginning of Ramadan because it pertains to the beginning and end of Ramadan.
I remember a sister from London telling me about the “fitnah of Eid” and I was like “Huh? What fitnah?”. She meant that the non-Muslim kids used to get confused when half of the Muslim kids didn’t show up on one day (because they were celebrating Eid) and the other half didn’t show up the next day (because they were celebrating Eid on a different day).This was because of a lack of unity amongst the Muslims on when Eid was, which resulted in the non-Muslims having an unfavourable opinion about Islam.
The Meaning and Reality of Holidays in Islam – Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jamee (rahimahullah)
The Prophet’s (salallahu alaihi wasallam) Guidance Regarding the Eid Prayer – Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)
Variations for the Eid Takbeer – Various Scholars
Some of the Manners of the Eid Day by Abu Taubah.
View it here.