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Eid al Fitr 10 April 2024 Wednesday

Updated: Apr 10

EID MUBARAK. Wednesday 10.04.2024 is first day of Eid.

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: مَنْ زَارَ أَخَاهُ الْمُؤْمِنَ خَاضَ فِي رِيَاضِ الْجَنَّةِ حَتَّى يَرْجِعَ. (طب)
Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) said: “A person who visits his fellow believing brother [hoping for Allāh’s pleasure] is like he has entered gardens of Jannah until he returns.” (Tabarānī, al-Mu‘jam al-Kabīr)
05:30 Fajr Iqamah
05:45 Surah Yaseen Reciting
06:00 Speech
07:05 1st EID SALAH
08:15 2nd EID SALAH
09:15 3rd EID SALAH (last one)
(Sisters can attend as well to any of three prayers)
May Allah ﷻ accept our fasting, prayers and deeds and grant us many more Ramadans in good health. Aamen.
To minimise the traffic and congestion in the area, please try to travel with your family/friends altogether or try to use public transport or try to walk if you can.

🚉 Nearby Overground stations are Haggerston and Hoxton.


🚍 Busses: 149, 242 and 394.


You can also use Tfl Journey planner to plan your journey.


Parking Information

Parking enforcement will not be in place for following streets from 06:00 till 11:00 on Wednesday 10.04.2024. You are free to park in following streets during these times.


• Downham Road

• Lee Street

• Steen Street

• Arbutus Street

• Acton Mews

• Laburnham Street

• Philip Street

• Orsman Street




HOW TO PRAY EID SALĀH


Eid Salāh has two rak‘ahs, wherein each rak‘ah three extra takbīr (Allāhu Akbar) are said. These takbīrs are called the “Zawāid Takbīr” and are wājib (obligatory) in the Eid Salāh. During the 1st rak‘ah it is said before the qirā’ah, and in the 2nd rak‘ah after the qirā’ah.


This is how Eid Salāh is prayed:


In the 1st rak‘ah after the “Iftitah Takbīr”, the hands are placed one on top of the other and thanā (subḥānaka) is recited. After the thanā, the imām says aloud “Allāhu Akbar” and the jamā’ah (congregation) will follow in private, lifting the hands up and lowering to the sides. The second takbīr is said and the hands are lowered to the sides again. The third takbīr is said the hands are placed one on top of the other. The imām then recites aloud Sūrah al-Fātiḥah and another sūrah or āyah, while the jamā‘ah listens. After rukū‘ and sajdah, the second rak‘ah is performed.


In the 2nd rak‘ah, the imām first recites Sūrah al-Fātiḥah, and another sūrah or āyah. The takbīr said at the beginning of the first rak‘ah are repeated in the second rak‘ah at the end of the qiyām. During this time, the hands are kept to the sides and after the fourth takbīr, rukū’ is performed and salāh is completed.


Khutbah (sermon) is delivered after the completion of salāh whereas it is done before the salah during Jumu‘ah Salāh. The khutbah is commenced with takbīr, and the congregation joins, reading it silently.


SPENDING EID NIGHTS IN IBĀDAH


On Eid nights, Muslims should perform Khatm al-Anbiyā and Khatm al-Istighfār (to recite ‘Astaghfirullah al-Aẓīm wa atūbu ilayk’ 1001 times). They should also perform Tasbīh Salāh, if possible. (Du‘as [Invocations] and ‘Ibādahs [Acts of Worship])

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EID AL-FITR IS A DAY OF JOY


The fast of Ramaḍān was ordained in Sha‘bān Sharīf in the second year of hijrah (emigration). When Ramaḍān begins, Muslims fast, and when it is the first day of Shawwal, they celebrate it as an Eid.


Eid means celebration and festival. The celebration at the end of Ramaḍān is called Eid al-Fitr. The word ‘fitr’ denotes not fasting on that day, therefore meaning that one month of fasting period comes to an end.


On Eid days, Muslims do not fast. They put on their best clothing and express their joy by visiting each other.


Islam has been founded on five pillars: Kālimah Shahādah, salāh, sawm, zakāt and hajj. Kalimah Shahādah is like a roof raised high above the rest of the pillars of Islam. Once these four ibādahs are fulfilled well, īmān (faith) and tawhīd (oneness of Allāh) are reinforced.


It is certainly the right of a Muslim to rejoice on the Eid day because they fast in Ramaḍān and thus firmly strengthen Kalimah Tawhīd, the roof and essence of dīn. 


Hence, the Muslims who adhered to Allāh Ta‘ālā’s command by fasting in Ramaḍān Sharīf feel contentment and joy due to their great achievement in this month. As a manifestation of their spiritual pleasure, they put on their best clothes, congratulate their fellow Muslim brothers with du‘ās like, “May Allāh bless you with many more eids!” and wish them the ability to fast during many Ramaḍāns to come.


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THE VIRTUE OF VISITING YOUR FELLOW MUSLIMS


The Prophet of Allāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever visits a fellow Muslim for the sake of Allāh, willingly and eagerly, an angel will call out after him, saying, ‘You are good, and your visit is good. Jannah has been prepared for you as a good dwelling place!"


In another hadīth al-sharīf, it is reported that when someone visits his Muslim brother out of love for the sake of Allāh, an angel addresses him as follows: “I am charged by Allāh Ta‘ālā to come to you. You should know that just as you love your brother, Allāh Ta‘ālā also loves you.”


A Muslim should visit their fellow believing brother intending to seek the pleasure of Allah and inquire about their well-being. The visitor benefits two ways from the visit:


1. Through this visit, they attain total reward in the ākhirah. Salaf as-Salihin (The righteous predecessors) used to say, “When a person visits his Muslim brother, all the angels in the heavens greet and supplicate for that person in a way that has never been witnessed before.”

2. They share the pleasure of companionship and love with the one they visit.

Hadrat Usbat al-Ghulām (rahmatullāhi alayhi) a wali (friend) of Allāh, used to leave the city and go to desolate places, engaging in continuous ibādah and dhikrullāh (remembrance of Allāh). On Fridays, he would perform Jumu‘ah Salāh in the city of Basra and then greet his fellow brothers, meeting and conversing with them.


Āmir bin Qays (rahmatullāhi alayhi) from the tabi‘īn said: “I long for Basra for these reasons: I respond to its muadhdhins (pray salāh), it relieves my homesickness because I have fellow believers there, and besides, it is my homeland.”


The hadīth scholar Firyābi (rahmatullāhi alayhi) narrated: “Waqi’ bin Jarrāh came to me in Bayt al-Maqdis while he was on his way for umrah. He said, ‘You are actually not on my route, but I desired to visit you and stay with you.’ He stayed with me for one night. When Abdullah ibn Mubarak set out for umrah, he stayed with me as a guest in Bayt al-Maqdis for three days. I requested him to stay for ten days, but he said, ‘No, the (ideal) duration of a visit is three days."


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قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: عُودُوا الْمَرْضَى وَمُرُوهُمْ فَلْيَدْعُوا لَكُمْ فَإِنَّ دَعْوَةَ الْمَرِيضِ مُسْتَجَابَةٌ وَذَنْبَهُ مَغْفُورٌ. (طس)
Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Visit the ill and ask them to supplicate for you, for the du‘ā of the ill is acceptable and his sins are forgiven.” (Tabarānī, al-Mu‘jam al-Awsāt)

 

THINGS TO DO WHEN VISITING THE SICK


During a visit to a sick person, it is the sunnah of Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) to give moral support to them, uplifting their spirits.


Abu Sa’īd al-Khudrī (radiyallāhu anhu) narrated: Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) said: “When you enter the room of a sick person, comfort him about death, as it brings solace to his heart.” What is meant by comforting the person is uttering words that would please the ill person, such as saying, “You do not show any signs of death. Illness expiates the sins and is a means of reward and virtue.” Believers find joy in hearing such words.


This hadīth al-sharīf hints the best means of healing. There is no better medicine (healing) as beneficial as pleasing the sick person and soothing his heart. By doing so, the body’s heat increases, aiding in the recovery of the afflicted person from the illness and bringing some relief to him.


When Nabī (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) visited the sick, he would ask them: “How are you? What is your ailment? What do you wish to have (eat or drink)?” If the sick person wanted something, Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) would give it to him if it was not harmful. He would also put his blessed hand on the forehead of the person and supplicate to Allāh Ta‘ālā for his recovery. He would also give some beneficial advice to them.


Sometimes he would say: “Don’t worry, this will be a means of purification for you [from sins].” or “This will serve as expiation and purification for you.”


Hadrat Aisha (radiyallāhu anhā) narrated: “When Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) visited a sick person, he would place his blessed hand on the afflicted limbs and say, Bismillah.


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AQAL (INTELLECT) IS THE GREATEST CAPITAL


Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) stated in a hadīth al-sharīf: “Allāh has not created anything more valuable than intellect on Earth. Surely, on Earth, (mature) intellect is rarer than kibrit al-ahmar (the red sulphur).”


Every virtue has a foundation, and every etiquette has its source and origin. The indispensable basis for human integrity and etiquette is the intellect, which Allāh made as the essence of religion and a pillar for worldly matters. The obligation of religion on people and the application of worldly rulings depend on the maturity of their intellect.


Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) was reported to have said: “The best thing a person possesses is the intellect that leads them to guidance and prevents them from destruction.”

“Everything has a pillar that holds it upright, and the pillar for a person’s actions is their intellect. The ibādah of a person to their Rabb is proportional to their intellect. Have you not heard that when the transgressors are subjected to torment, they will regretfully say, ‘If only we had listened and used our intellect, we would not have been among the companions of the hellfire.’” (Sūrah al-Mulk, āyah 10)


When the sahābah al-kirām mentioned the virtues of a person in the presence of Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam), he (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) asked: “How is his intellect?” Then the sahaba al-kirām described his acts of worship, good character, virtues, and etiquette. Upon that, Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) asked again: “How is his intelligence?” The sahābah al-kirām said: “O, Prophet of Allāh! We are mentioning his ibādah and obedience, and you’re inquiring about his intelligence. We cannot understand the wisdom behind your question.”


Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam) said: “The foolish worshipper falls into calamities what the sinner falls due to their sins. People gain closeness to Allāh to the extent of their intellect.”


Imam Tirmidhī (rahmatullāhi alayhi) said: “The greatest capital (wealth) of a person is his intelligence and time. How could one prosper when he loses his capital by wasting his time in useless activities, occupying his mind and heart with corrupt ideas?”


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