Praise be to Allaah.
As Eid is approaching, we would like to point
out some things that some people do out of ignorance of the laws of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him). These include the following:
1 – The belief of some that it is prescribed
to spend the night of Eid in worship.
Some people believe that it is prescribed to
spend the night of Eid in worship. This is a kind of innovation (bid’ah) that is not proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him). Rather it was narrated in a da’eef (weak) hadeeth which says, “Whoever stays up on the night of Eid, his heart will not die on the
day when hearts die.” This hadeeth is not saheeh. It was narrated via two isnaads, one of which is mawdoo’ (fabricated) and the other is
da’eef jiddan (very weak). See Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Da’eefah wa’l-Mawdoo’ah by al-Albaani, 520, 521.
It is not prescribed to single out the night of Eid to pray qiyaam
to the exclusion of all other nights, unlike the one whose habit it is to pray qiyaam, in which case there is nothing wrong with him praying
qiyaam on the night of Eid.
2 – Visiting graves on the two Eid days.
This is contrary to the purpose of Eid which
is to express joy and happiness, and it goes against the teaching of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the actions
of the salaf. It comes under the general meaning of the Prophet’s prohibition on visiting graves on a specific day and making that like a
festival, as the scholars stated.
See Ahkaam al-Janaa’iz wa Bida’uha by
al-Albaani, p. 219, 258.
3 – Forsaking the jamaa’ah and sleeping late and missing the
Unfortunately you see some of the Muslims
missing the prayer and forsaking the jamaa’ah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The covenant that stands
between us and them is the prayer; whoever forsakes it is a kaafir.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2621; al-Nasaa’i, 463; classed as saheeh by
al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
And he said: “The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are
the ‘Isha’ and Fajr prayers. If they knew (what goodness) there is in them, they would come to them even if they had to crawl. I had thought of
ordering the call to prayer to be given, then I would tell a man to lead the people in prayer, then I would go, taking some men with me carrying
bundles of wood, to people who do not attend the prayer, and would burn their houses down around them.” Narrated by Muslim, 651.
4 – Women mixing with men in the prayer
place, the streets and elsewhere, and crowding together with men in those places.
This is a source of great fitnah (temptation)
and serious danger. Both women and men should be warned against that, and the necessary means should be taken to prevent that as much as possible.
Men and youth should not leave the prayer place or the mosque until after the women have dispersed completely.
5 – Some women going out wearing perfume and
makeup, and without veils.
This is a problem which is widespread, and
many people take this matter lightly. Allaah is the One Whose help we seek. Some women – may Allaah guide them – even dress up in their finest
clothes and put on the best perfume when they go to the mosque to pray Taraaweeh or go to the Eid prayers, etc. The Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Any woman who puts on perfume and passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance, is an
adulteress.” Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 5126; al-Tirmidhi, 2783; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb,
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him)
said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not
seen. People with whips like the tails of cattle with which they beat the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, going astray and leading
others astray, with their heads looking like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will not enter Paradise nor even smell its fragrance,
although its fragrance may be detected from such and such a distance.” Narrated by Muslim, 2128.
The guardians of women must fear Allaah with
regard to those who are under their care, and fulfil the duty of protecting and maintaining that Allaah has enjoined upon them, because,
“Men are the protectors and maintainers of
women, because Allaah has made one of them to excel the other”
[al-Nisa’ 4:34 – interpretation of the
So they must guide them and show them that
which will lead to their salvation and their safety in this world and in the Hereafter, by means of keeping away from that which Allaah has
forbidden and striving for that which will bring them closer to Allaah.
6 – Listening to singing and haraam things.
Among the evil things that are widespread in
these times is music and singing. They have become very widespread and people take this matter lightly. It is on TV and radio, in cars, homes and
marketplaces. There is no power and no strength except with Allaah. Even cell phones are not free of this evil. There are companies which compete
in putting the latest music on the ringers of their cell phones, and in this way music has even reached the mosques, may Allaah protect us… This
is a great problem and a great evil whereby music is heard in the houses of Allaah. See question no.
34217. This confirms the words of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “There will be among my ummah people who will regard adultery, silk, alcohol and musical
instruments as permissible.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari.
See questions no.
The Muslim has to fear Allaah and realize
that the blessing of Allaah means that he is obliged to give thanks to Him. It is not gratitude for the Muslim to disobey his Lord, when He is the
One Who has bestowed this blessing upon him.
One of the righteous passed by some people
who were engaged in idle entertainment on the day of Eid and said to them, “If you did well in Ramadaan, this is not the way to give thanks for
that. If you did badly in Ramadaan, this is not the way that the one who did badly should behave.”
And Allaah knows best.