Eid Prayer; One Important Thing That Must Be Considered

Eid Prayer: Hi all readers! Eid prayer is a sign of victory for Muslims. They should be happy that day. Boy and girl. But there are some things that must be considered about it. Exactly, can all Muslims leave the house to witness Eid prayer?

The above question is very logical. We know that not everyone is the same, especially women; some are menstruating, some are beautiful, some are mature, and so forth. That’s why I wrote this article.

As usual, before I explain more about Eid prayer, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion..

Hadith About Eid Prayer

عَنْ أُمِّ عَطِيَّةٍ قَالَتْ : أُمِرْنَا أَنْ نُخْرِجَ الْعَوَاتِقَ وَالْحُيَضَ فِيْ الْعِيْدَيْنِ , يَشْهَدْنَ الْخَيْرَ وَدَعْوَةَ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ , وَيَعْتَزِلُ الْحُيَضُ الْمُصَلَّى . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Umm ‘Athiyah, she said, “We have been told to expel teenage children and women who are menstruating at two Eids, so that they witness the goodness and prayers of Muslims, and women who are menstruating should not in the place of prayer.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

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

One: The hadith recommends that all women leave the house on two feasts (Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adhah), without any difference between girls, in widows, young women, old women, women who are menstruating, and so forth. But women who are menstruating may not pray and they must not be in the place of prayer.

Two: The Shafi’iyah sect says that all women are encouraged to leave the house except the girls, beautiful women. They are better off not leaving the house because it is feared that there will be slander because of them or there will be an abundance of slander.

Three: The Hanabilah sect, women may leave the house without wearing fine clothes and perfume.

Four: The Malikiyah Sect said that women may leave the house if they are safe from the interference of men, whether to perform obligatory prayer, Eid prayer, or Istisqa’ prayer (prayer to ask for rain).

Five: Abu Hanifah said that beautiful girls must remain in the house.

Six: Abu Yusuf said that it is better for women not to leave the house.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of Eid prayer (salat). 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. 95-96.


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