FG Declares Monday, Tuesday as Public Holiday – Rulings of Eid

For this year’s Eid-al-Adha festival for Muslims, the Federal Government of Nigeria has proclaimed Monday and Tuesday of next week as public holidays.

On Thursday, the interior ministry made this announcement.

“The Federal Government has declared Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July, 2022, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration,” the interior ministry wrote on its official Twitter page.

On Saturday, Muslims around the world are anticipated to celebrate the Eid al-Kabir holiday. The festival is held to commemorate the Prophet Ibrahim, who, in accordance with Islamic doctrine, was instructed by God to kill his son but was willing to do so until God substituted a ram for the intended sacrifice.

Surely, this next Saturday is Eid (may Allah count us among those that will witness Eid in good health, wealth, and sound faith). You can read more about Eid, its rules, and manners in this article

What Eid Signifies

Islam celebrates Eid as a day of happiness, gratitude, devotion, brotherhood, solidarity, and morality. A Muslim should make use of today to become closer to Allah, the Most High.

Every nation has its own holiday, and this is your festival, according to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He was referring to the fact that Muslims alone are the only ones who celebrate these two Eids.

The only holidays observed by Muslims are Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The Prophet of Allah arrived in Madinah, and the residents of Madinah used to celebrate two festivals, according to Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him).

They held carnivals and other celebrations on those two days. The Muslims of Madinah, known as the Ansar, were questioned about it by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

They retorted that before Islam, those two joyful days were carnival days. “Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days that are better, the days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha,” the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said. Abdul Dawud

These two Eids are among Allah’s signs, so we must respect them and comprehend their purposes. We will go into more detail about Eid’s rules and protocol below.

Rules for Eid

1. Fasting: According to a hadith attributed to Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) forbade fasting on the days of Fitr and Adha. For this reason, it is forbidden to fast on the days of Eid. (Muslim)

2. Offering Eid prayers: Some scholars believe that offering Eid prayers is required; the Hanafi scholars and Ibn Taymiyah. According to certain scholars, the Eid prayer is the Fard Kifah (a communal duty, binding on the Muslims as a group, and it is fulfilled if a sufficient number of people perform it, thereby absolving the rest of sin). This is how the Hanbalis see things. Eid Prayer, according to a third party, is Sunnah Mu’akkadah (confirmed sunnah). The Malikis and Shafi’is hold this opinion.

3. Offering Obligatory Prayers: According to Ibn ‘Abbas, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to come out on the day of Eid and pray two rak’ahs with nothing coming before or after them. Therefore, there are no Supererogatory Prayers to be performed before or after the Eid Prayer. If the Prayer is offered in a public space, then this is the situation. However, if the Eid Prayer is offered in a mosque, two rak’ahs should be offered for Tahiyat Al-Masjid.

4. Women participating in the Eid prayers: In accordance with the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) Sunnah, everyone is urged to participate in the Eid prayers and to work together in piety and justice.

Apart from mosques, a lady who is menstruating shouldn’t abandon places of kindness like gatherings to remember Allah or seek knowledge. Without a doubt, women should wear the hijab when they are outside.

Etiquettes of Eid 

1. Ghusl (having a bath): Taking a bath before leaving for the prayer is one of the polite Eid customs. Three actions are considered Sunnah on Eid: walking (to the place of prayer), bathing, and eating before leaving (if it’s Eid al-Fitr), according to reports of Sa’id ibn Jubayr.

2. Eating before leaving: According to a hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari from Anas ibn Malik, “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) would not go out in the morning of Eid al-Fitr until he had eaten some dates,” one should not leave for the place of prayer on Eid al-Fitr before eating some dates.… and he would consume an odd quantity. On the other side, it is advised to wait to eat on Eid al-Adha until after the Prayer, at which point one should eat from the meat of their sacrifice.

3. Takbir on the day of Eid: This Sunnah is one of the most important ones nowadays. Al-Daraqutni and other people claimed that Ibn ‘Umar would make a concerted effort to make Takbir as soon as he arrived at the location of the prayer until the Imam arrived on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

4. Congratulating one another: On Eid, people can express their gratitude and best wishes to one another in any way they want. They can exchange the phrase “Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minkum” (May Allah accept our excellent actions as well as yours) as an example.

“Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minka” was the greeting used by people to greet one another on the day of Eid during the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), according to Jubayr ibn Nufayr. Inn Hajar

5. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had a Jubbah (cloak) that he would wear on Eid and on Fridays, according to Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him). Men should dress in their finest attire before going out for Eid, according to Al-Bayhaqi, who said that Ibn ‘Umar used to wear them.

6. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) reportedly changed his travels on the day of Eid. Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated this. (Al-Bukhari)

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