The Rulings Concerning The Two Eids From The Purified Sunnah
Shaykh ‘Ali Hasan ‘Ali ‘Abdul Hameed al-Halabi hafidhahullaah
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CHAPTER – NINE : Bathing before the ‘Eid Prayer
Naaf’i reports: “That ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Umar used to bathe on the day of Fitr before setting out to the musallaa” .
Imaam Sa’eed ibn-ul-Musayyib said: “The Sunnah acts of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr are three: walking to the musallaa eating before proceeding to the musallaa and bathing” .
I say: Perhaps he means the sunnah of the Companions ie. their way and guidance. Since no sunnah is authentically reported from the Prophet (sallallhu alayhe wa sallam) regarding this.
Imaam Ibn Qudaamah said: “It is preferred to purify oneself by bathing for ‘Eid. Ibn ‘Umar used to bathe on the day of Fitr. This is also reported upon ‘Alee (may Allaah be pleased with him) and it is the opinion of ‘Alqamah Urwah, ‘Ataa, An-Nakhaa’ee, ash-Sha’bee, Qataadah Aboo Zinaad Maalik, Ash-Shaafi’ee and Ibn Mundhir…” .
As for that which is reported from the Prophet (sallallhu alayhe wa sallam) regarding this, then it is unauthentic .
49. Reported by Maalik (1/177) ash-Shaafi’ee (73) and Abdur-Razzaaq (5754) and it has an authentic chain of narration.
50. Reported by a1-Firyaabee (127/1.2) and its isnaad is saheeh. Refer to Irwaa alGhaleel (2/104).
51. Al-Mughnee (2/370).
52. As with Ibn Maajah (1315) and in the chain of narration is Jabbarah bin Mughallis. He and his teacher are weak narrators. Also reported by Ibn Maajah (1316) and in its chain of narration is Yusuf bin Khaalid as-Samtee and many have declared him a liar.