Postponing the ‘Eed Prayer to the following day

Question 4: Is it permissible to delay performing the `Eed Prayer to the second day of sighting the new moon of Shawwaal in order that all Muslim workers can take leave to attend it? Due to the fact that the `Eed day is not previously known,it is very difficult for them to inform those who are responsible about taking a certain day off for vacation.

Answer: The `Eed Prayer is a collective duty. If a group of people perform it, there will be no blame on others. A group of scholars said that it is an individual duty as Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer. As long as the Islaamic center performs the `Eed Prayer due to sighting the new moon, therefore, the Salaah performed in the Islaamic center is sufficient for those who do not attend it. It is not permissible to delay it until the second or third day of Shawwaal in order that all Muslims in London can attend it. Delaying it to the second or third day of Shawwaal contradicts what is unanimously agreed upon among the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) and those who came after them. There is no scholar who held this view according to our knowledge. But they are permitted to delay it until the second day if they did not know, until Zawaal (midday), that this day is `Eed… read more here.

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