The Rulings Concerning The Two Eids From The Purified Sunnah
Shaykh ‘Ali Hasan ‘Ali ‘Abdul Hameed al-Halabi hafidhahullaah
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Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “‘Umar (may’ Allaah be pleased with him) bought a silk outer-garment that was being sold in the market. He came to the Messenger of Allaah (SAW) and said, ‘Take this garment, to adorn (yourself) with on ‘Eid and for meeting delegations with. Allah’s Messenger replied, ‘lndeed this is the garment of one who has no share of the Hereafter. ‘Umar remained as long as Allah willed him to remain and then left. Then the Messenger of Allaah sent to him a silk garment. So ‘Umar came with it to the Messenger of Allaah and said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! you said indeed this is the garment of one who has no share of the Hereafter but you sent this garment to me!’ So the Messenger of Allaah said. ‘Sell it and fulfill your needs with its profit’ “ .
Imaam as-Sindee said: “From the hadeeth it is known that beautification for the day of ‘Eid was an established custom amongst them (the Companions) and the Prophet (SAW) did not disapprove of it. Consequently it is known that the custom remained” .
Haafidh Ibn Hajr said: “Ibn Abee Dunyah and al-Baihaqee reported, with an authentic chain of narration to Ibn ‘Umar that he used to wear his best clothes for the ‘Eids” .
He also said: “The inference of proof is from the Prophet’s approving ‘Umar on the basic principle of beautifying for the day of juma ‘ah and his restricting his censure to wearing such a garment because it was made of silk” .
Ibn Qudaamah said in al-Mughnee (2/228): “This shows that beautifying, in this circumstance was a well known fact to them. Maalik said: ‘I heard the people of knowledge deeming the preferability of wearing perfume and of beautifying in the ‘Eids.”‘
Ibn al-Qayyim said in Zaad-ul-Ma’aad (1/441): “He (SAW) would wear his best clothes when proceeding to the two ‘Eids and the day of jum ‘ah. On one occasion he wore a green burdah and on another a red Burdah;21,22 but not one that was solely red as some people may think. For if that was the case it would no longer be called a Burdah. Rather it had red thread like the thread of Yemanee Burdah.”
18. Haashiyat-us-Sindee upon an-Nasaa’ee (3/181).
19. Fath-ul-Baaree (2/439).
20. Fath-ul-Baaree (2/439).
21. Burdah is a knitted garment.
22. Refer to Silsilatil-Ahadeeth as-Saheehah 1279.