How to celebrate Eid el fitr during the COVID-19 lockdown



Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, things have not exactly been the same, and that does not exclude the Eid el fitr celebration that should take place tomorrow. Muslim faithfuls around the world celebrate the Eid el fitr celebration to mark the end of the annual Ramadan, this celebration is usually marked with congregational prayer at a central mosque, after which animals will be killed as sacrifice and merriment takes place at different places. Families visit one another during this period in a goodwill of spreading love. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that does not seem to have a cure and the numbers keep growing, Muslims have to continue the recent compromise of praying at home.

A lot of people are under the impression, Eid player cannot be prayed at home and there are different rulings regarding this matter. However, following the rulings of many Islamic scholars, praying Eid prayer at home in this condition is indeed valid and advisable. To avoid further spreading of the pandemic COVID-19, Muslims around the world are advised to pray their Eid prayer at home save the tradition of visiting one another till another year when the pandemic cease to exist; hopefully. The best gift you can give to anyone in this period is good health.

How do you pray Eid prayer at home? Eid prayer is the same whether you are praying it in a congregation at a mosque or at home. You first start with 7 takbeers, after which you recite suratul fatiha and another surah of your choice. After which you do your ruku and sujud like you would do in a normal solah. The second rakah will be started with 5 takbeers, after which you recite suratul fatiha and any other surah of your choice and you do your ruku and complete your prayer like in a normal solah. The only difference between praying Eid prayer at home and at the mosque is the khutbah (sermon), Khutbah is not necessary when praying your Eid prayer at home, just make your du’a and complete your prayer.

It is important to note that, no matter how much you want to visit your family or friends, the best gift you can give them during this pandemic is their good health. Celebrate your Eid at home and video call your family and friends. Happy Eid el Fitr in advance!

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