Condition for fasting the six days of Shawwaal in presence of the husband

Question 21: I am a religiously committed woman; I observe Sawm (Fast) in Ramadaan, the six days of Shawwaal, the White Days (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijri month), in addition to Mondays and Thursdays. When I intend to observe Sawm during such days, I ask for my husband’s permission first. At the beginning he agrees, but after a while he gets angry about that and exclaims, “Every day Sawm, Sawm!” In this case, is it permissible for me to observe Sawm or not?

Answer: It is not permissible for you to observe supererogatory Sawm in the presence of your husband without his permission, for his right as a husband over you... read more here.

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Ihraam for Tamattu‘ Hajj is limited to a definite period

Question 30: Is performing Tamattu‘ Hajj (`Umrah during the months of Hajj followed by Hajj in the same year with a break in between) limited to a definite period of time? Is it permissible for a pilgrim of this type to assume the state of Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) for Hajj before the Day of Tarwiyah (8th of Dul-Hijjah)?

Answer:  Ihraam for Tamattu‘ is limited to a definite period of two months and ten days, namely Shawwaal, Dul-Qa‘dah and the first ten days of Dul-Hijjah. These are the months of Hajj. Therefore, a pilgrim is not permitted to assume Ihraam for Tamattu‘ Hajj before Shawwaal or after the night of ‘Eed-ul-Ad-haa (the Festival of the Sacrifice). It is preferable for a pilgrim of this type to assume the state of Ihraam for ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) only. After completing the rituals of ‘Umrah, they assume the state of Ihraam for Hajj only. This is the complete form of Tamattu‘... read more here.

Tafseer of the Ayah: “Hajj is (in) the well-known months”

Question 29: Could you please tell us the Tafseer (explanation) of Allaah’s Words (the meanings of which are translated as): The Hajj (pilgrimage) is (in) the well-known (lunar year) months (i.e. the 10th month, the 11th month and the first ten days of the 12th month of the Islaamic calendar, i.e. two months and ten days). ? May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: Allaah (Glorified be He) says: The Hajj (pilgrimage) is (in) the well-known (lunar year) months (i.e. the 10th month, the 11th month and the first ten days of the 12th month of the Islaamic calendar, i.e. two months and ten days). So whosoever intends to perform Hajj therein (by assuming Ihraam), then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the Hajj. And whatever good you do, (be sure) Allaah knows it. And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is Al-Taqwaa (piety, righteousness). So fear Me, O men of understanding! This Aayah means that intention for Hajj is to be made in specific months, i.e. Shawwaal, Dul-Qa‘dah, and the first ten days of Dul-Hijjah.The plural form “months” is used because Arabs generally use the plural when they refer to two and part of a third item... read more here.

Contracting marriage in the period between the two ‘Eeds

Question 28: I am a young man in the prime of my youth who got engaged to a certain girl. After a period of engagement, I decided to contract marriage in the period between ‘Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) and ‘Eed-ul-Ad-haa (the Festival of the Sacrifice). However, I confronted the problem that my fiancée’s relatives rumored that it is impermissible to contract marriage in such a period, which caused my fiancée’s father to ask an Imaam of a Masjid (mosque) to be given the reply that it is Islaamically impermissible. I, on my part, asked another Imam who gave me a reply to the opposite of that of the first Imaam. I fell into confusion and this is why I sent to you hoping that you will give me a detailed answer substantiated by Hadeeth and Ijmaa‘ (consensus of scholars) so that I can convince my fiancée’s family. In fact, I am sure that contracting marriage between the two ‘Eeds is permissible but I have no evidence in written form.

Answer: A man may contract and consummate his marriage on any day of the year unless he is in a state of Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah). During the state of Ihraam, it is impermissible to marry or contract marriage for oneself or for others. As for prohibiting contracting marriage between ‘Eed-ul-Fitr and ‘Eedul-Ad-haa or at any other day, it has no Shar‘ee (Islaamic legal) grounds. Rather, the Prophet (peace be upon him) is authentically reported to have contracted marriage with ‘Aa’ishah in Shawwaal and consummated the marriage in Shawwaal also. This is supported by the Hadeeth related by Imaam Muslim and others on the authority of `Urwah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who reported `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) as saying: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) married me in Shawwaal and consummated the marriage with me in Shawwaal, and who among the wives of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) was more fortunate with him than I.” `Aa’ishah also liked that the women of her family should enter the houses as brides during the month of Shawwaal. (A similar Hadeeth was reported by Al-Tirmidee, Imaam Ahmad in his Musnad [Hadeeth compilation],Al-Nasaa’ee and ibn Majah)... read more here.

Ruling on ‘Umrah at the end of Shawwaal then returning with the intention of performing Ifraad Hajj

Question 27: I performed ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) at the end of Shawwaal then returned with the intention of performing Ifraad Hajj (Hajj only). Please inform me if I am thus considered a Mutamatti‘ (pilgrim performing `Umrah during the months of Hajj, followed by Hajj in the same year with a break in between) and consequently do I have to offer a Hadee (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) or not?

Answer: If a person performed ‘Umrah in Shawwaal or Dul-Qa‘dah then returned home then came back with the intention to perform Ifraad Hajj, their Hajj according to the Jumhoor (dominant majority of scholars) is not considered as Tamattu‘ Hajj and the concerned pilgrim is not required to offer Hady, because they had returned home then came back for Ifraad Hajj (performing Hajj only). This is the reported view of `Umar and his son (may Allaah be pleased with them), which is the opinion of the Jumhoor... read more here.

Ruling on making up for the six days of Shawwaal

Question 26: A woman used to perform Sawm (Fast) during the six days of Shawwaal every year. One year, she gave birth at the beginning of Ramadaan and did not become ritually purified until after the end of Ramadaan. She then made up for the days of Sawm she had missed. Does she also have to make up for the six days of Shawwaal after making up for Ramadaan days, even if it is not still Shawwaal, or does she have to make up for Ramadaan only? Is it obligatory to always fast the six days of Shawwaal?

Answer: Performing Sawm for six days of Shawwaal is a Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet), not a Fareedah (obligatory act), according to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): Anyone who fasts Ramadaan and then follows it with six days of Shawwaal it is as if they fasted the whole year. (Related by Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh [Authentic Book Hadeeth]) This Hadeeth is evidence that there is nothing wrong in fasting these days consecutively or separately, based on its general wording... read more here.

Refuting the claim that the Salaf did not fast the six days of Shawwaal

Question 25: What is your legal opinion on fasting six days in Shawwaal after the end of Ramadaan? I read in the “Muwatta'” of Imaam Maalik that Imaam Maalik ibn Anas said – regarding the fasting of the six days of Shawwaal – that he never saw one of the scholars or jurists fasting on these days.He was also never informed that any of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) did that. The scholars also regarded it as Makrooh (reprehensible) and feared that it might be an act of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion), and that these days might be wrongly considered as part of Ramadaan. This was stated in the “Muwatta'”, vol. 1, no. 228.

Answer: It was authentically reported on the authority of Aboo Ayyoob (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who fasts Ramadaan and then follows it with six days of Shawwaal it is as if they fasted the whole year. (Related by Ahmad, Muslim, Aboo Daawood, and Al-Tirmidee) This Hadeeth Saheeh (authentic Hadeeth) is evidence that fasting six days of Shawwaal is an act of Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet), which was acted upon by Al-Shaafi‘ee, Ahmad, and a group of other eminent scholars... read more here.

Drinking water in voluntary Sawm, thinking it is still nighttime

Question 24: Today, Tuesday, is the fourth day of my fasting for the six days of Shawwaal. (This morning) I woke up annoyed and looked at the clock; it was 04:15 a.m. The Adaan (call to Prayer) for the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer is called at 04:35 a.m. So I smoked a cigarette and drank some water and then went to the Masjid (mosque). I found someone sleeping in there, so I woke him to lighten the Masjid in preparation for the Fajr Prayer. The man told me that they had offered the Fajr Prayer at its due time, i.e. at 4:55 a.m. I looked at my watch and saw that it was 5:30 a.m. and not 4:30 a.m. as I had first thought. However, I continued my Sawm (Fast) and here I am. Can you tell me the ruling on this? May Allaah forgive you and me!

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned, then your Sawm on that day is not counted as valid by Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law). Your Sawm became Fasid (void) because you drank water after the Fajr Prayer in error, neglecting to find out the exact time... read more here.

The entire month of Shawwal is a time for fasting the six days

Question 23: Is it permissible for a person to choose any six days to observe Sawm (Fasting) in Shawwaal, or is there a fixed time for them? If we observe Sawm on them, will it become a Fard (obligation) on us?

Answer: It was authentically reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who fasts Ramadaan and then follows it with six days of Shawwaal it is as if they fasted the whole year. (Related by Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh [Authentic Hadeeth Book]) These days are not fixed in the month. A Mu’min (believer) can choose to observe them at any time throughout the month, whether in the beginning, middle, or end of the month, and whether on separate or consecutive days. There is flexibility in this matter, praise be to Allaah. If a person observes them in the beginning of the month, it will be even better, as this is a form of hastening to do good deeds. It is not thus, considered a Fard; a person can leave them in any year... read more here.

A vow to fast the six days of Shawwaal without specifying for how long

Question 22: A woman was suffering very much from a disease, so she made a vow that if Allaah blessed her with recovery, she would fast the first six days of Shawwaal and did not specify for how many years. Should she fast the first six days of Shawwaal of the same year or every year? Is it permissible or not for her to give money to charity instead of Sawm (Fasting) if she does not have the ability for it?

Answer: She has to fulfill her vow according to her intention when making the vow. If when she made the vow, she meant fasting the first six days of Shawwaal of the same year, she only has to fast those days, and she is not obliged to fast them every year; but if she meant fasting the first six days of Shawwaal every year, she has to fast them every year... read more here.

Condition for fasting the six days of Shawwaal in presence of the husband

Question 21: I am a religiously committed woman; I observe Sawm (Fast) in Ramadaan, the six days of Shawwaal, the White Days (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijri month), in addition to Mondays and Thursdays. When I intend to observe Sawm during such days, I ask for my husband’s permission first. At the beginning he agrees, but after a while he gets angry about that and exclaims, “Every day Sawm, Sawm!” In this case, is it permissible for me to observe Sawm or not?

Answer: It is not permissible for you to observe supererogatory Sawm in the presence of your husband without his permission, for his right as a husband over you... read more here.

Consecutive fast: Is it a must when observing the six days of Shawwaal?

Question 20:  Is it obligatory to fast the six days of Shawwaal consecutively, or one may fast them separately during the month?

Answer: Observing Sawm (Fast) on six days of Shawwaal is a stressed Sunnah reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him). It is permissible to observe Sawm on these days either consecutively or separately. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) generally urged us to observe Sawm during six days of Shawwaal, but he did not specify either consecutively or separately. He (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who fasts Ramadaan and then follows it with six days of Shawwaal it is as if they fasted the whole year. (Related by Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh [Authentic Hadeeth Book])... read more here.

The claim that fasting the six days of Shawwaal is Bid‘ah

Question 19:  What is your opinion, respected shaykh, regarding people who claim that fasting for six days in Shawwaal is Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and that this is the view of Imaam Maalik? If they are refuted by the Hadeeth on the authority of Aboo Ayyoob, saying: Anyone who fasts Ramadaan and then follows it with (fasting) six days of Shawwaal it is as if they fasted the whole year they would bring to question the authenticity of one of the narrator in the Isnaad (chain of narrators). 

Answer: This claim is Baatil (null and void); the Hadeeth of Aboo Ayyoob is Hadeeth Saheeh (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish). It also has other supporting narrations, which strengthen it and confirm its meaning... read more here.

Is it permissible to fast the six days of Shawwaal before the expiatory fast?

Question 18: A man has to observe Sawm (Fast) for two consecutive months as a Kaffaarah (expiation), but he wants to fast the six days of Shawwal. Is it permissible for him to do so?

Answer: You have to hasten to fulfill the Kaffaarah; it is not permissible to fast the six days of Shawwaal before the Kaffaarah, for fasting these six days is a Nafl (supererogatory act of worship) while the Kaffaarah is a Fard (obligatory act of worship) which should be carried out immediately. It should be given priority over the Sawm of the six days of Shawwaal or any other supererogatory Sawm... read more here.

Is fasting the Day of ‘Arafah and the six days of Shawwaal suffice instead of an expiatory fast?

Question 17:  Is fasting the six days of Shawwaal, the Day of ‘Ashoora’ (10th of Muharram), and the Day of `Arafah (9th of Dul-Hijjah) sufficient to expiate for the broken oaths which one cannot remember?

Answer: The Kaffaarah (expiation) for breaking an oath is to free a believing slave, feed ten poor people, or clothe them. If you are unable to do any of that, you should fast for three days for each broken oath... read more here.

Hope of full reward even with inability to complete the six days of Shawwaal

Question 16:  I started fasting the six days of Shawwaal when some circumstances and business interrupted me. I could not fast the remaining two days. What can I do? Should I make up for missing these two days? Will I incur a sin for not completing the six days?

Answer:  Fasting the six days of Shawwaal is a Mustahab (desirable) act of worship but is not Waajib (obligatory). You will receive the reward of the days on which you fasted and hopefully you will receive the full reward of fasting the six days, if you had a Shar‘ee (Islaamic legal) excuse for not completing them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: When a servant (of Allaah) falls ill or travels, the same reward of the good deeds they used to do when at home in good health is recorded for them. (Related by Al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh [Authentic Hadeeth Book]) You do not have to make up for those two missed days... read more here.

Is Fidyah required when traveling back for Hajj after ‘Umrah done in Shawwaal?

Question 15:  I performed the rituals of ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in Shawwal 1395 A.H., after that I went back to my own country, and as I have decided, In-shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills), to perform the obligatory Hajj this year, 1395 A.H. will I be required to offer a Fidyah (ransom for a willful violation of a prohibition or obligation while in the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) or not? May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer:  The majority of Fuqahaa’ (Muslim jurists) are of the opinion that you do not have to offer a Hadee (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims), because you did not perform ‘Umrah followed by Hajj during the months of Hajj in the same journey (Tamattu‘ Hajj), for you said that you returned to your country after performing ‘Umrah in Shawwaal, 1395 A.H., and you did not stay in Makkah until you performed Hajj... read more here.

Compensatory Sawm made directly continuous with the six days of Shawwaal

Question 14: A questioner from Latakia inquires: I heard that it is not permissible that the Sawm observed to make up for the missed days of Ramadaan be directly continuous with the Nafl (supererogatory) Sawm; meaning that if one broke fast some days in Ramadaan due to a Shar‘ee (Islaamically lawful) excuse, then made up for them in Shawwaal and wanted to fast the six days of Shawwaal, one should not join them and should break fast a day in-between. Is this right? Kindly, guide us!

Answer:  I do not know of any basis in Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law) for what you mentioned. The correct view is that there is nothing wrong with this, based upon the generality of evidence... read more here.

Fasting the six days of Shawwaal without completing the Sawm of Ramadaan

Question 13: If someone misses ten days of fasting in Ramadan due to a Shar‘ee (Islaamic legal) excuse, and then fasts the six days of Shawwaal after Ramadaan without making up for the missed days of Ramadaan, will they attain the Thawaab (reward from Allaah) promised for fasting the whole month of Ramadaan then following it with fasting the six days of Shawwaal? Will it be as if they had fasted the whole year? Guide us and may Allaah reward you well!

Answer: Evaluating the rewards of the deeds performed by a Servant of Allaah is the special domain of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). If a servant seeks the Reward of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He), and exerts themselves in their obedience to Allaah, their reward will not be lost. Allah (Exalted be He) says: …certainly We shall not make the reward of anyone who does his (righteous) deeds in the most perfect manner to be lost. Anyone who still has missed days of Ramadaan that they need to make up should first of all fast them, and then fast the six days of Shawwaal. Following the Sawm (Fast) of Ramadaan with six days of Shawwaal will not be fulfilled unless one has first completed the Sawm of Ramadaan... read more here.

Does the Sawm of six days of Shawwaal suffice instead of missed days of Ramadaan?

Question 12: Observing Sawm (Fast) for six days of Shawwaal is a voluntary act of worship; so is it sufficient for a woman to observe the Sawm of six days of Shawwaal in place of the missed days of Ramadaan or should she fast twelve days; six for making up the days that she missed and another voluntary six? May Allaah reward you!

Answer: Observing the voluntary Sawm of six days of Shawwaal is not sufficient to compensate for the missed days of Ramadaan. The Muslim should first make up for the missed days then observe the Sawm of six days of Shawwaal, if one wishes, before the end of the month... read more here.

Priority to make up for missed days of Ramadaan over fasting the six days of Shawwaal

Question 11: Is it permissible to observe Sawm (Fasting) for six days in Shawwaal before making up for the missed days of the previous month of Ramadaan?

Answer: Scholars differ regarding this issue; however, the soundest opinion is that it is prescribed to give precedence to observing Sawm of the missed days of Ramadaan over the six days of Shawwaal and other supererogatory Sawm, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who fasts Ramadaan and then follows it with six days of Shawwaal it is as if they fasted the whole year. (Related by Muslim in his Saheeh [Authentic Hadeeth Book]) If one chooses to observe Sawm of the six days of Shawwaal first, it will not be considered as one who fasts these six days after fasting all of Ramadaan, but after some days of Ramadaan. Making up for the missed days of Ramadaan is a Fard (obligatory act of worship) while fasting the six days of Shawwaal is voluntary, and a Fard is more important to fulfill... read more here.

Ihraam for ‘Umrah at the end of Ramadaan with Tawaaf and Sa‘ee performed on the first night of Shawwaal

Question 10: Is the person who assumes Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) on the last day of Ramadaan and only reaches the Sacred House on the first night of Shawwaal considered to be performing Tamattu‘ Hajj (`Umrah during the months of Hajj followed by Hajj in the same year with a break in between) or not? What is the ruling on a person who assumed Ihram from Jeddah and not from the Meeqaat (site for entering the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) then reached the Sacred House and performed Tawaaf (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah) and Sa‘ee (going between Al-Saffaa and Al-Marawah during Hajj) then went to Al-Madeenah and before he returned to Makkah, he assumed Ihram from Al-Madeenah then went to Makkah to perform Tawaaf and Sa‘ee between Al-Saffaa and Al-Marawah? Is his Tawaaf sufficient for him instead of the first required Damm (atonement required of a pilgrim for a willful violation of a prohibition or obligation while in the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) he had to offer or not?

Answer: First, anyone who assumes Ihraam for ‘Umrah at the end of Ramadaan and performs Tawaaf and Sa‘ee only on the first night of Shawwaal then performs Tahaalul (removal of the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) after finishing the ‘Umrah and afterwards performs Hajjin the same year, this is not considered performing Tamattu‘ Hajj (`Umrah during the months of Hajj followed by Hajj in the same year with a break in between) because his Ihram for ‘Umrah was not performed during the months of Hajj... read more here.

Must the six days of Shawwaal be fasted directly after ‘Eed day?

Question 9: Should the voluntary Sawm (Fast) of the six days of Shawwaal be observed directly after Ramadaan, following the day of `Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast), or is it permissible to start observing it several days after `Eed-ul-Fitr, during the month of Shawwaal?

Answer: It is not necessary to observe this Sawm directly after `Eed-ul-Fitr. It is permissible to start observing it one or more days afterwards. The six days can be observed either consecutively or non-consecutively during the month of Shawwaal, whichever is easier. This matter is open to choice, as this Sawm is Sunnah and not Fareedah (obligatory act)... read more here.

Ruling on Salaat-ul-Tasaabeeh offered after ‘Eed day in Shawwaal

Question 8: There is a Salaah (Prayer) offered on the second and the fourth nights of Shawwaal during the supererogatory fasting of the six days of Shawwaal. It is called Salaat-ul-Tasaabeeh (Prayer of glorification). It is offered after ‘Ishaa’ (Night) Prayer and consists of four Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer), with Tasleem (salutation of peace ending the Prayer) after each two Rak‘ahs. It is offered with long recitation, long Rukoo‘ (bowing), and Sujood (Prostration).During it a certain number of utterances of Tasbeeh (saying: “Subhaan Allaah [Glory be to Allaah]”), Tahmeed (saying: “Al-hamdu lillaah [All praise is due to Allaah]”) and Tahleel (saying: “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah [There is no god except Allaah]”) are recited; therefore, it is a long Salaah. Does this Salaah have a basis in Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law)? What is the ruling on it?

Answer: It has not been authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prescribed the offering of a four-Rak‘ah Salaah (Prayer consisting of four units) during the nights of the six days of Shawwaal when Sawm (Fasting) is recommended as an act of Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet), or during any of the nights of this month. This Salaah is a Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and setting a fixed time to offer it is a Bid‘ah. Performing it in the manner mentioned is also a Bid‘ah... read more here.

Fasting on ‘Eed day

Question 7: What is the ruling on someone who fasts on ‘Eed day, despite knowing that it is ‘Eed day?

Answer: It is not permissible to fast on ‘Eed day, based on the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeths reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that forbid observing Sawm (Fasting) on the days of ‘Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) and ‘Eed-ul-Ad-haa (the Festival of the Sacrifice). Muslim scholars have agreed by Ijma‘ (consensus) on the prohibition of this, and it is incumbent upon anyone who does that to make Tawbah (repentance to Allaah, may He be Exalted), and never to do it again... read more here.

Sawm (fast) ending time to be abided by

Question 6: What is the ruling on a man who started Sawm (Fasting) after the confirmed sighting of the new moon of Ramadaan in his country, then he traveled to another country where he witnessed the twenty-eighth of Ramadaan but the people of that country sighted the new moon of Shawwaal. Should he offer with them Salaat-ul-‘Eid (the Festival Prayer) although he only fasted twenty-eight days?

Answer: The decisive factor in beginning the Sawm of Ramadaan is seeing its new moon at the sighting location and direction while present in one’s country. The same applies to ending the Sawm of Ramadaan; the decisive factor is sighting the new moon of Shawwaal in the country to which one has traveled. Accordingly, one should end the Sawm and offer Salaat-ul-‘Eed with the people of the country where the new moon of Shawwaal has been confirmed to be sighted while staying among them. But one should make up for the missed days of Sawm, so that the total number of fasted days is twenty-nine days, because the lunar month is either twenty-nine days or thirty days (i.e. it cannot be twenty-eight days)... read more here.

Congratulations (greetings) after the ‘Eed Salaah

Question 5: People congratulate one another on the ‘Eed day by saying, “Taqaballa Allaahu minaa wa minkum Al-‘Amal Al-Saalihaa” (may Allaah accept from you and us the good deeds), is it not better to ask Allaah to accept all our deeds and is there any particular supplication to mention on such an occasion?

Answer:  It is permissible for a Muslim to say to his fellow Muslim on the ‘Eed day or on other days, “May Allaah accept from you and us the good deeds (Taqaballa Allaahu minaa wa minkum)”, and I do not know any particular supplication for that occasion but believers have to pray for each other with good supplications as indicated by the many pieces of evidence reported in this regard... read more here.

Making up for the Two ‘Eed Prayers

Question 4: Some people arrived late for Salaat-ul-‘Eed (the Festival Prayer) and performed the Salaah (Prayer) while the Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) was delivering the Khutbah (sermon). Is this permissible or not?

Answer:It is better for the latecomers to listen to the Khutbah first and then perform Salaat-ul-‘Eed, so as to combine the benefits of the two virtuous deeds, and they should also be advised to come early so they will not miss Salaat-ul-‘Eed in congregation with the Imaam... read more here.

Act upon the Sunnah: Eating some dates before going to ‘Eed-ul-Fitr Prayer

Question 3: A debate arose between me and some of my colleagues due to my mentioning that in Syria we fast Ramadaan and on the night preceding ‘Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) we have Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the Fast) and then have breakfast only after offering ‘Eed Prayer. Is this permissible and is it to be considered completing the number of days in the month i.e. thirty days? Is it considered a day of Sawm (Fast)? Please, provide me with sufficient proofs based on the Book of Allaah and the Hadeeth of the Messenger (peace be upon him).

Answer: It is prohibited to fast on the day of the two ‘Eeds. It is also not permissible to have Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the Fast) on the night preceding ‘Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) with the intention to fast that day so as to complete fasting thirty days. This is based on the Hadeeth recorded in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of `Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: These are two days which the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) has forbidden the observing of Sawm (Fast) on them: the day when you break your fast (‘Eed-ul-Fitr) and the other day when you eat of your sacrifices (‘Eed-ul-Ad-haa). read more here.

Acts prescribed for comers to ‘Eed Musalla

Question 2: A questioner from Riyadh writes that he has noticed that when some people come to offer the ‘Eed Prayer, they offer two Rak’ahs (units of Prayer) while others do not, and some others start reciting the Takbeer (“Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah, Allaahu Akbar wa Lillaahi’l-hamd [Allaah is the Greatest! Allaah is the Greatest! There is no deity but Allaah! Allaah is the Greatest and to Allaah is all praise!]”). Please explain the Islamic rulings on these matters. Is there any difference between holding the ‘Eed Prayer in the Masjid (mosque) or in the ‘Eed Musalla (place for Prayer)?

Answer: The Sunnah (action following the example of the Prophet) for one who comes to the ‘Eed Musalla to offer Salaat-ul-‘Eed (the Festival Prayer) or Salaat-ul-Istisqaa’ (Prayer for rain), is to sit down and not offer Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid (two-unit-Prayer to greet the mosque). It is not reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) or his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) did this, as far as we know. However, if the Salaah (Prayer) is held inside a Masjid, then one should offer Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid, because of the general applicability of the Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Ruling on forgetting to pay Zakaat-ul-Fitr before Salaat-ul-‘Eed

Question 1: What is the ruling on one who pays Zakaat-ul-Fitr (obligatory charity paid before the Festival of Breaking the Fast) during the Khutbah (sermon) after Salat-ul-‘Eed (the Festival Prayer) due to forgetfulness?

Answer: Paying Zakaat-ul-Fitr before Salaah (Prayer) is Waajib (obligatory), but if one forgets to pay it then nothing is required of them other than paying it once they remember, because it is Fareedah (obligatory act). It is not permissible for anyone to deliberately delay paying it until after Salaat-ul-‘Eed, according to the more correct of the two views held by the scholars, because the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) ordered the Muslims to pay it before Salaat-ul-‘Eed… read more here.