10 Important Tips for Eve & Day of Eid - Ramadan

Bismillah, al-Rahman, al-Rahim. Assalamu alaykum, wa rahmatullahi ta'ala, wa barakatuh. As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, muslims look forward to Eid, a day of joy and celebration as well as the feeling of accomplishment upon completing the fasting. At the same time, Eid in Islam is much more than just celebration, but one that has a holistic and spiritual dimension to it which enhances the experience and increases the rewards.

In the Holy Qur'an, the word Eid is mentioned once in chapter 5 verse 113, and it means something that returns on a frequent basis. We can also take it to mean returning back to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala as the Qur'an in Chapter 51, verse 50 affirms - "fa firru ila Allah"(51:50) - so flee towards Allah.

As soon as Eid day arrives, we sadly see some muslims switch off and return to their wrong habits and practices. Hence, these are 10 key reminders for the eve, as well as the day of Eid, from Islamic teachings to really maximize the opportunity to make sure this doesn't happen and indeed improve and go forward.

Number one, an important dua that we should recite on the eve of Eid is narrated from Imam as-Sadiq, alayhi assalaam, and comes highly recommended. "Allahumma laa taj 'aluhu akhiral ahdi min siyaami li shahri ramadan. Wa 'audhubika ayyatlu'a fajru haadihi il-laylah illa wa qad ghafartali". "Oh Allah, do not make this the last month of Ramadan for me and I seek refuge in You that by tomorrow morning, in other words, the day of Eid, all my sins are forgiven". Try to speak from your heart and believe positively that you're starting a clean new page in your life and that your sins have indeed been forgiven.

Two, the eve of Eid, a great night that the Holy Prophet and his family peace and blessings be upon them, have emphasized upon and used to stay up all night in worship. So we should do as much as possible. Among the deeds recommended on such a night is ghusl, ritual washing, Ziyarah of Imam Husayn, alayhi assalaam, recitation of Surah Yaseen Chapter 36, Surah Kahf chapter 18 and Surah An'aam chapter 8, as well as a recitation of 100 times Astaghfirullah wa awtubu ilayhi. As it's a night of dhikr and remembrance, don't forget to recite the following dhikr as much as possible. Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, la ilaha illa Allah wa Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wali-Lah il-hamd, Allahu Akbar wa 'ala ma hadana.

Number three. Do you want acceptance of the fast of the holy month of Ramadan? One way to help this, is to perform a salah, a prayer recommended by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, and it will take you about twenty minutes. The details of the prayers are found below this video. It is narrated that the Holy Prophet said on the eve of Eid, perform a 10 rukah (unit) Salah i.e. five times two rakah salah and in each rakah, after Suratul Fatiha, recite surah Qul huwa Allahu ahad ten times. Also in every ruku and sujood, recite Subhanallah wal hamdulillah wa la illaha illallahu wallahu akbar. Now this is, of course, the full tasbihaat we normally recite in the third and the fourth rukah of the obligatory daily prayers. After you finish the ten rukah's, recite 1000 times Astaghfirullaha wa awtubu ilayhi. Then do Sajdah (prostration) and say Ya hayyu, Ya qayyuum. Ya dhal jalaali wal ikraam. Ya rahman ad-dunya wal akhirati wa raheemahuma. Ya arham ar-rahimeen. Ya illaha al-awaleena wa al-akhireen. Ighfirlana dhunubana wa taqabbal minna salaatana wa siyaamana wa qiyyamana. The Holy Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, then adds "I swear by Him who has sent me with the truth, one who offers this prayer will not raise their head from prostration before the Almighty Allah Suhanahu Wa Ta'ala would forgive them, accept their acts during the month of Ramadan, and overlook their sins.

Number 4, before the day of Eid, allow time for personal reflection and accountability. How are you different now than before Ramadan? How will the benefits of Ramadan continue after Eid? What positive changes can you make going forward that will get you closer to the Almighty? Make notes and pledge to work harder. Revise these notes from time to time.

Five. It's the day of Eid. The Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, called it a day of receiving gifts from the Angels. Perform ghusl in the morning, have something to eat, it is recommended to have dates or something sweet and recite the dhikr mentioned earlier, which starts with Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar la illaha illa Allah wa Allahu akbar as many times as possible. Make sure you give your Zakat ul-Fitrah for each individual in your household and refer to your marja' taqleed for the amount and how to pay.

Six, it's recommended to wear nice and clean clothes, put on perfume, smile and congratulate everyone in your household. Explain to the children the value and essence of Eid and why we're celebrating.

Number 7, perform Salat ul-Eid. Notice how celebrations in Islam are infused with God's worship and remembrance. If you are unable to go to the mosque, do the prayers at home, watch the video we have produced and the link is found below to learn how to perform it. It's quite easy and straightforward. Afterwards, recite Ziyarah of Imam Husayn, alayhi assalaam, and the various duas on the day of Eid. Don't forget the needy and the oppressed in your du'a, especially the orphans and widows who may not be celebrating today.

Number 8, spend time with the family, make contact with friends and relatives through your phone, try to make those messages personal and avoid sending generic messages or texts.

Number 9, just because Ramadan is over, we mustn't neglect the Holy Qur'an. Keep the spirit and connection alive. On the day itself, recite the Qur'an and don't abandon it. Watch the video we released a few days ago on eight things to do to keep the connection with the Holy Qur'an alive.

Finally, be wary of undoing the deeds you've worked hard for during the month of Ramadan. Satan is waiting to pounce. The longer you can keep away from sins and make sure obligatory deeds are performed, the more your fast has been accepted by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala. Remember the famous statement of Imam Ali, alayhi assalaam, "Every day that Allah is not disobeyed is Eid." The battle and the struggle starts today.

Congratulations to you all. May the Almighty Subhanahu wa Ta'ala accept your deeds and fasting and devotion during the month of Ramadan. May you all have a blessed, enjoyable and uplifting Eid. From all the team at Noor Islamic Education - Eid ul-Fitr Mubarak.