Eid Prayer on Other Days; Allowed or Not?

Shariah Online: Hi all readers! In general, Eid prayer is performed in the morning on the designated day. But if there is someone who can’t do that on the appointed day, on the first day, can he do it another day instead? In Islamic teachings, there are differences of opinion about that. I will explain it here.

As usual, before I answer the question above and explain differences of opinion on the main topic of this article, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to this theme. The hadith I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَبِيْ عُمَيْرٍ بْنِ أَنَسٍ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا عَنْ عَمُوْمَةٍ لَهُ مِنَ الصَّحَابَةِ : أَنَّ رَكْبًا جَاءُوْا فَشَهِدُوْا أَّنَّهُمْ رَأُوْا الْهِلَالَ بِالْأَمْسِ , فَأَمَرَهُمْ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : أَنْ يُفْطِرُوْا , وَإِذَا أَصْبَحُوْا أَنْ يَغْدُوْا إِلَى مُصَلَّاهُمْ . رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ وَأَبُوْ دَاوُدَ

From Abu ‘Umair ibn Anas bin Malik radliyallahu ‘anhuma, from some of his uncles who were friends of the Prophet Muhammad, “That a group of people had come. They then testified that they had seen the new moon (hilal) yesterday. The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam told them to eat and go to the place of prayer the next day.” The hadith is narrated by Ahmad and Abu Daud.


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Eid Prayer; One Important Thing That Must Be Considered

There are some important things related to the above hadith that we need to know;

  1. The hadith explains, that if someone does not pray Eid on the first day, then he may do it on the second day, at the time normally used to pray Eid. That is the opinion of Hanabilah and Hanafiyah sects. In fact, they say, that it can be done for any reason.
  2. Shafi’iyah sect says that if someone does not pray Eid because of an obstacle, he may do it at any time in exchange for Eid prayer that he has left. The reason is because there is a suggestion to do sunnah prayer instead instead because it is not done on time.
  3. Malik explained, that one must pray Eid at usual time. It should not be done at other times, whatever the reason, because it is the sunnah prayer that has been determined at the time of its implementation.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the theme of this article. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful!

See you again in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 92-93.


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