One on one with Imam Sh. Abdirahman on Eid
What does Eid stand for and where did it originate from?
Celebration is part of the human society; to commemorate a specific day, have a joyful day outside, and mingle with relatives, friends, and other people. If we read the Quran closely, we will find that some of the prophets, if not all of them, had a similar celebration or Eid if you wish. When Prophet Ibrahim, may peace be upon him, said to his people that he was sick in order for him to stay behind and destroy idols, his people were going on that day to celebrate a specific holiday. Prophet Musa (mpbuh) challenged Pharaoh to battle him on a holiday so the people would be able to see the truth for themselves because the masses were going to attend the holiday that day.
The word Eid comes from the Arabic root word ‘caada’ or ‘cuudu,’ which means repetition. In Islam, this notion of repetition is associated with the goodness and mercy that we keep receiving from Allah. When Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) migrated to Medina, he witnessed that the people of the city had a day of holiday. In the second year of the Hijrah calendar, the Prophet e received a revelation to proclaim to the people of Medina that Allah has ordered them to celebrate two days out of the calendar, Eid Al-Fitri and Eid Al- Adha.
What is expected from an individual to say and/or do during Eid?
It is part of the Sunnah on this day to clean yourself by taking a good shower early in the morning way before the prayer starts. It is also part of the Sunnah on this day that you wear one of the best clothes that you have, to apply onto your body with pleasant scent, It is very important on this day to show gratitude to Allah for this blessed day. It is also significant to show much happiness, recite the takbeer (Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Wa Li Laah Al-Hamd), to come to the mosque or where Eid prayer is held and stay throughout the khutbah. Listening to the khubah, lecture, is part of the prayer just like attending the Friday khutbah is. During this lecture, one will hear great closing remarks and how your day of Eid should look like. One of the things that you do after the khutbah is completed is to ask Allah for His mercy and forgiveness, congratulate your other brothers and sisters, and wish others to see them back next Eid (Kulu ‘Aam Wa Antum Bi Kheyr, Taqa Balna Mina Wa Iyaakum, Saalah Al-A’maal). It is a major sin to turn this day into a sinful party during the day or night