Eid Prayer Salat

One Method of Eid prayers Eid Salat (prayer) consists of two Rakat (units of prayer) with six Takbeers (saying of the words “Allahu akbar”, which means God is the Greatest) in a congregation of Muslims. This is  followed by the Khutba (sermon) of Eid. This is how it is performed:

  • Follow the Imam by raising both hands up to the ears and say “Allahu Akbar”. This is the first Takbeer to enter into the Salat
  • Then fold your hands in the front and recite the ‘Sanaa’, the opening Dua of prayer that is also said in the five daily prayers (“Subhaana kallahumma wa bihamdika, wa tabara kasmuka wa ta’ala jadduka, la ilaha ghayruk)
  • Then say “Allahu Akbar” thrice, following the Imam, each time raising both hands up to the ears and dropping them to your sides. After each Takbeer there will be a slight pause in which “Subhan Allah” (Glory be to God) may be recited thrice
  • After the third Takbeer the hands should be folded and worshippers listen to the Imam reciting Surah al-Fatiha, followed by another Surah
  • Then, following the Imam, perform Ruku (bending forward and putting the hands on the knees)
  • Then go to Sujood (prostration) as usual following your Imam’s Takbeer.
  • In the second Rakat the Imam will first recite Surah al-Fatiha, followed by another other Surah. Then, he will say three Takbeers after this. In all three Takbeers, the hands will not be folded, but dropped after each Takbeer
  • Then go into Ruku just after the fourth Takbeer
  • Complete the rest of the prayer as you would normally complete a prayer of two Rakat
  • Listen to the Khutbah after the Eid Salat. It is Wajib (compulsory)

(The above method is based on the Hanafi school of Islamic thought, which is followed by about 75% of Muslims around the world)

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