Thursday, 6 October 2011
Salaath al Eiday'n
How the Eid Prayers Are Performed
The Salaah is Waajib, that is, it ranks next only to the Far’d in importhance. It must be performed with joy and gratitude to Allah for the bounties He has blessed us with.
The Niyyath may be stated in Arabi:
NAWAI'YTHU AN UVAD’DIYA LILLAHI THA AALAA RAKAAHAI’YN SALAAHUL EIDUL-FITH'R/EIDUL-AD'HAA ILWAAJIBATHI MA'AA SITHTHI THAKBEIRAATHIN WAAJIBATHIN IKH THADHAI'YTHU BI HAAZIHIL IMAMEE MUTHAVAJ’JIHAA ILAA JIHATHIL KA’ABATHISH SHAREEF.
Or, in our own language: I state my intent to perform two Rakaahs Waajib of the Salaahul Eidul-Fith'r/Eidal-Adh'haa with six thakbeers, for Allah, under the lead of this Imam and I am facing the blessed Ka’bathullah".
With this, the Imam and the assembly raise their hands to ear level saying ALLAHU AKBAR and bring the hands down to their sides. They recite the Sanaa SUB'HAANAKA ALLAHUMMA.… as in every Salaah. They again raise their hands to ear level three times saying ALLAHU AKBAR and bring the hands down to their sides, the pause between the Takbeirs equalling three recitations of SUB'HAANALLAH. After the third Takbeir, the hands are folded, the right over the left about the midriff, as in every Salaah.
The Imam leads in this and the following Rakaah as in every Salaah. In the second Rakaah, before proceeding to the Rukoo, the Imam states ALLAHU AKBAR three times, with pauses in between as aforesaid. In response, the entire assembly raise their hands to ear level and bring them down to their sides.
Now the Imam calls ALLAHU AKBAR and the congregation, under his lead, go into Rukoo.
The rest of the Salaah follows the usual pattern.
The Imam's sermon, after the Salaah, is rendered in two parts. We listen in rapt attention as on Fridays.
We disperse after Dua and embrace and greet each other warmly in true Muslim brotherhood:
“Eid Mubarak! Baarak Allah! Kullu Aam va Anthum Bi Khair!”
Qul Inna Salaahee va Nusukee va Mah’yaaya va MamaatheeLillaahi Rabbil Aalameen.
Say: “Truly my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of (all) the worlds.
(Holy Qur’an: Surath al Ana'am: 162)