In Islam, the Eid prayer is similar to the five daily prayers but specific in both its timing and process. It is usually prayed as close to the Fajr prayer as possible, but after the sun has risen. It constitutes two units of prayer, prayed in congregation and is led by the local Imam. It also contains a short sermon by him, reminding the community of their favours and the blessings of the day.
Sunnah practices of the Prophet Mohammed (SAW) on the day of Eid ul Adha:
- Having a shower/ ghusl.
- Eating something sweet. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would eat dates before going out to prayer.
- Wearing your best attire. Muslims are encouraged to be clean, dress in their finest clothing and smell good, ready for a day of celebration!
- Saying the Eid takbeers in preparation for the Eid prayer.
How to perform the prayer:
- Make your intention.
- Say the opening takbeer (‘Allahu Akbar’) following the Imam.
- Say the opening du’a quietly to yourself.
- Give 3 more takbeers when the imam does so, raising your hands for each.
- Listen to the Imam recite Surah al-Fatihah and an additional surah.
- Complete the ruku’ (bowing) with the Imam and then finish the prayer unit as normal.
- In the second rakah, listen to the Imam recite Surah al-Fatihah and an additional surah.
- Follow the Imam when he makes 3 additional takbeers.
- Say ‘Allahu Akbar’ while moving into the bowing position with the Imam and complete the prayer as normal.