The Rulings Concerning The Two Eids From The Purified Sunnah
Shaykh ‘Ali Hasan ‘Ali ‘Abdul Hameed al-Halabi hafidhahullaah
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CHAPTER – EIGHT : When to eat during the ‘Eids
Reported from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allaah would not set out in the morning of ‘Eid ul-Fitr until he had eaten some dates” .
Imaam al-Muhallab said: “The wisdom behind eating before the ‘Eid prayer is so that no per son with doubt in his mind thinks that the fasting remains until after the prayer. So it is as if he (SAW) wanted to stop this from occurring” .
Buraidah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (SAW) would not leave on the morning of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr until he had eaten and on the day of ‘Adhaa he would not eat until he had returned from the prayer and he would eat from his sacrifice” .
The renowned scholar Ibn al-Qayyim said: “…as for ‘Eid-ul- ‘Adhaa, then he (SAW) would not eat until he returned from the musallaa and he would eat from his sacrifice.” 45
The renowned scholar as-Shawkaanee 46 said: “The wisdom behind delaying eating on the day of ‘Adhaa, is because it is a day in which slaughtering and eating from the sacrifice has been legislated. Therefore it has been prescribed that the eating be from the sacrifice. This view was held by Ibn Qudaamah.” 47
Zain ibn Munayyir 48 said: “Eating by the Prophet (SAW) in both ‘Eids occurred at the time for which it has been legislated to give the sadaqa connected to that ‘Eid. Giving sadaqat-ul-fitr before going to the musallaa and giving sadaqat-ul-‘Adhaa after slaughtering the sacrifice.”
42. Reported by al-Bukhaaree (953), at-Tirmidhee (543), Ibn Maajah (1754) and Ahmad (3/126,164,232).
43. Fath-ul-Baaree (2/447) Refer to what the author has said regarding the wisdom in preferring dates.
44. Reported by at-Tirmidhee (542), Ibn Maajah (1756) and ad-Daarimee (1/375) Ahmad (5/352) and its chain is hasan.
45. Zaad-ul-Ma’aad (1/441).
46. In Nail-ul-Awtaar (3/357).
47. Refer to al- Mughunee (2/371).
48. Refer to Fath-ul-Baaree (2/448).