How to celebrate Eid al-Fitr at home during the lockdown
Eid al-Fitr 2020 will be praised in self-isolation, which sort of appears to conflict with the soul of Eid, isn’t that right? Around the globe, Eid is a holiday celebrated with the community, from praying together in the Masjid to visiting our more distant family to giving Zakat al-Fitr to the poor.
In any case, we can in any case share in the blessings of Eid from the security of our homes, while maintaining our community soul and spending time with family! Here are ten basic tips for how you can have a blessed Eid during the lockdown.
1. Make dua on the prior night Eid
The Messenger of Allah (saw) stated, ‘There are five nights on which du’a is not rejected: the first night of Rajab, the fifteenth night of Sha’ban, Thursday night, the night before Eid al-Fitr and the night before Eid al-Nahr (al-Adha)’.
The blessings of Eid don’t start on Eid morning; they start the prior night Eid. Amidst your Eid arrangements, set aside the effort to make a long dua that Allah acknowledges your Ramadan efforts, and it won’t be dismissed, Insha Allah.
On a serious note, a few of us may have lost friends and family in the last year, making this the first Eid al-Fitr we spend without them. The prior night Eid is the perfect time to make dua for friends and family who are no longer with us; this will likewise assist us with feeling nearer to them on this blessed day.
2. Make ghusl in the morning
Ibn ‘Abbas portrayed, ‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) used to have a bath on the day of Fitr’.
Even though you aren’t heading off to the Masjid or leaving the house take the time to make ghusl, put on some fragrance, and dress up on this blessed day! This will cause the day to feel more special and offer you a break from your ordinary daily schedule during a lockdown.
3. Pray Eid Salah at home (or pray Salat al-Duha)
Sadly, in the UK, it is as yet undependable to watch Eid prayers in the Masjid. Eid won’t be the equivalent without Eid prayer: angels fill the streets on Eid morning, appealing to God for every individual who goes to the Masjid, and welcome everybody in the Masjid with ‘Eid Mubarak’ is an extraordinary method to start Eid day.
The Hanafi school of thought states that Eid salah must be prayed in the Masjid and it isn’t substantial to pray it at home. During this emergency, an individual ought to rather play out the Duha prayer at home at the time of Eid salah for example at mid-morning. The Duha prayer is at least two raka’at, yet you can say tasleem after these two raka’at and afterward pray two more, at that point tasleem again and two more, etc. Aisha (RA) stated, ‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) used to observe four raka’at in the forenoon (Duha) prayer and he sometimes observed more as Allah pleased’.
The Maliki, Shaafi, and Hanbali schools of thought permit you to pray Eid salah at home if you miss it in the Masjid (for example on the off chance that you attempted to go however you missed the prayer, you should make it up at home). This depends on the hadith:
The Prophet (saw) stated, ‘If you hear the Iqamah, you must walk to the prayer (place) with tranquillity and dignity, and do not hasten; and whatever portion of the prayer you get (along with the Imam) offer it, and complete afterward whatever you missed’.
Anas (RA) likewise said that if he missed the Eid prayer with the imam, he would assemble his family and freed slaves, at that point, his liberated slave Abdullah ibn Abi Utbah would lead them all in Eid Salah.
Since nobody can go to the prayer at present, on the off chance that you follow these schools of thought (Maliki, Shaafi, and Hanbali), you can pray Eid salah at home, however without the Eid khutbah. It is admissible to pray on your own, however, it is smarter to pray in a congregation with your family. If you follow the Hanafi madhab, play out the Duha prayer. What’s more, Allah knows best.
Regardless of whether you don’t observe Eid prayer at home, it would even now be ideal to encounter starting the day with an aggregate prayer. Why not pray Fajr with your family, so you can experience that fundamental Eid feeling of spiritual togetherness first thing in the morning?
4. Eat dates in the morning
Start the day by eating an odd number of dates, to show that you are not fasting. This is from the Sunnah and, once more, will assist you with getting that fundamental Eid feeling, in any event, during a lockdown.
5. Schedule video meetings with your family
One of the blessings of Eid is fortifying the ties of family relationships – these days, you don’t need to go out! You can still hold onto the Eid soul while conversing with your family on a video call.
Top tip: Also having the whole more distant family on a ‘Zoom party’, it is pleasant to likewise have scheduled calls with little groups of four or five individuals, so you truly get some quality time with your family.
6. Call individuals up rather than sending a group message
Everybody has made some troublesome memories in the course of the last few weeks and our companions would surely think that it is contacting to get a call on the day on Eid, or even a voice or video message. It’s doubtlessly more personal and blessed than sending out a group message of ‘Eid Mubarak!’
Like the Sahabah used to, make sure to tell individuals: ‘Taqabbal Allaahu minnaa wa Minka’, which signifies ‘May Allah accept (the fast and worship) from us and you’.
7. Make an effort to make a blessed and celebratory climate at home
Even though you can’t go out, dress up! Decorate the house! Plan fun activities for the children! If the previous barely any weeks have shown us anything, it’s that we don’t require as much as we might suspect we do – it’s possible to have a great time and significant time at home, with limited resources, and make wonderful memories.
8. Recite Eid takbeer around the neighborhood
Get the entire family to discuss Eid takbeer delicately while walking around the neighborhood on your daily walk. As the Prophet (saw) stated:
Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated,′When the day of Eid-ul-Fitr [begins], the angels descend on earth, where they take their positions at access points of roads, calling out with a voice that is heard by the whole creation of Allah, except men and Jin, ”O Ummah of Muhammad (saw)! Come out to your most Noble and Gracious Lord, who grants much, and pardons the major sins”. When they proceed to their places of prayer, Allah, Exalted is He, says to His angels, “O My angels! What is the reward of a worker when he has done his work?” So they say, “Our Lord and Our Master! To receive his reward [for the work, in full]“. So He says, “I call you to witness that, for their fasts [during Ramadan], and for their standing in prayer at night, I have made their reward My Pleasure, and my Forgiveness. Depart [from here], you are forgiven”′.
Even though we can’t go to the Masjid, Insha’ Allah, we can in any case win these rewards by reciting the Eid takbeer around our neighborhood. The Eid takbeer is: ‘Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar. La illaha illallaah wallaahu Akbar. Allahu akbar wa lillaahil hamd’.
9. Give gifts to other people – online!
The Prophet (saw) stated, ‘Give gifts and you will love one another’.
Perhaps you’ve been not able to purchase presents for individuals this Eid because of lockdown – yet we have an answer for you! We’ve propelled a new website, Great Charity Gifts, loaded up with important gifts that you can buy online for your friends and family.
Your loved one will get an e-card on Eid day and, someplace in the world, an individual in need will soon get an extraordinary gift, in this manner spreading the blessings of Eid far and wide!
10. Don’t neglect to pay Zakat al-Fitr
We can even now maintain the community soul of Eid in self-isolation. Zakat al-Fitr is a method of communicating love and care for poor Muslims in our overall communities and sharing the blessings of Eid with them.
Ibn Umar (ra) stated, ‘The Prophet (saw) ordered the people to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr BEFORE going to the Eid prayer’.
Zakat al-Fitr is expected for every individual from your family unit and it isn’t valid whenever given after the time of Eid salah, as those in need must get the dinner in time for Eid. Our suggested rate is £3.50 per individual, however on the off chance that you can give more, that would be astounding!