THE NIGHT PRECEDING ‘EID-UL-FITR
by Shaykh Fayaz Tilly
Even though this night has been named Lailatul Jaiza, it is unfortunate that us Muslims do not take advantage of such an oppurtunity to gain reward and blessings. Rather, at times we get so engaged in renting cars, shopping for nice clothes, applying henna etc., that we become negligent of the commands of Allah (swt).
Prophetic traditions have stated that Allah (swt) rewards His fasting slaves on this very night, by accepting one's du‘as. Thus a person's every wish and prayer will be granted. Therefore one should perform nafl, recite Qur'an and perform zikr on this night.
The Holy Prophet (saw) is also reported to have said: "Whoever stands up (in worship) in the night preceding the two eids expecting reward form Allah, his heart will not die when other hearts will die," (Ibn Majah).
In order to benefit and gain blessings from this night one should strive to perform a great number of good deeds on this sacred occasion.
ON THE DAY OF ‘EID-UL-FITR
To perform the following on the day of ‘Eid are Sunnah:
- To wake up early.
- To use Miswak.
- To take a shower.
- To put on one's best clothes.
- To use ‘Itr (Scent).
- To eat something sweet, preferably dates before the ‘Eid prayer.
- To recite Takbir-ut-Tashriq (Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Illallahu, Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahilhamd) in a soft voice while going to the ‘Eid prayer.
- To proceed to the ‘Eid prayer one way and to return home from another way.