Guidelines Regarding the Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers for this year

May 23, 2020






Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu!

Guidelines Regarding the Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers for this year

  1. According to the instructions given earlier, considering the situation in the country, festival prayers should be conducted with Jama’ath in the houses.
  2. Performing the festival prayer is Sunnah Mu’akkadah. Though there is permissibility to perform this prayer alone, it is recommended to perform it with Jama’ath.
  3. The festival prayer could be performed from the moment the sun has risen, until it reaches its zenith. Yet it is preferred to pray after the sun has risen above the horizon to the height of a spear (after 15 minutes).
  4. There is no Athan or Iqamath for the festival prayer.
  5. The festival prayer consists of two Rak’aths. Initially, one should keep the intention of praying two Rak’aths of Festival prayer, then say the Takbeer and fold his hands. It is a Sunnah to recite the Wajjahthu Dua. Other similar Duas that are reported in the Ahadith could also be recited.
  6. Thereafter one should say the Takbeer 7 times, similar to the first one, by raising the hands and folding them. Likewise, even in the second Raka’ath, 5 extra Takbeers will be pronounced, apart from the Takbeer pronounced when standing up from from Sujood. Dhikrs such as the one mentioned below can be recited in both Raka’aths:

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ، وَالْحْمدُ لِلّهِ، وَلَا إِلهَ إِلَّا اللهُ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ  

  1. It is obligatory to recite Surah Fatihah after having pronounced the extra Takbeers in both the Raka’aths. It is Sunnah to follow it up with the recitation of a Surah. If one hasn't memorized any other Surahs, it will be sufficient to recite only Surah Fatihah.
  2. It is a Sunnah to recite Surah A’la (الأعلى) in the first Raka’ath, and Surah Ghaashiya (الغاشية) in the second Raka’ath, for those who know them by memory.
  3. If a person chooses to pray alone, he shall perform the two Raka’aths of the Festival Prayer only.
  4. The Khutbah could be delivered if two or more persons are present. The number of people required for the validity of Jumu'ah will not be required for the validity of festival prayer.
  5. Conducting the Khutbah after the Festival prayer is a Sunnah. The Khutbah of Eid is similar to the Khutbah of Jumu'ah, with the addition of 9 Takbeers at the beginning of the first Khutbah, and 7 Takbeers at the beginning of the second Khutbah.
  6. It is necessary to mention the following in Arabic during both the Khutbahs of the Festival prayer, just as it is necessary to mention them in the Jumu'ah Khutbah:

Furthermore, a Verse from the Quran must be recited in both the Khutbahs. The second Khutbah must be concluded with Dua, by supplicating for the believers: اللهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلمُؤمِنِيْنَ والمُؤْمِنَاتِ] A sample Khutbah has been attached.

  1. A sermon could be delivered following the Khutbah, if one wishes.
  2. If there is no one who could recite the above and conduct the Khutbah, it will be permissible to suffice with the prayer alone, as the Khutbah is not a condition for the validity of festival prayer.
  3. While performing the prayer in congregation (Jama’ath) males must do the Imamath.Y In the case where only women are present in the congregation, one of the women could lead the prayer. In such a situation, Khutbah will not be read by women. A woman amongst the congregation of women may choose to deliver a small sermon.
  4. Considering the present circumstances in the country, one should conduct the festival prayer and Khutbah within the confines of the home among the household members only. And neighbors or outsiders should not join under present circumstances.
  5. Those upon whom Zakatul Fitr is obligatory should discharge it prior to the festival prayer.
  6. The Sunnah activities of the day of the festival should be carried out, considering and respecting the rules and regulations of the country.




Ash Sheikh M.L.M. Ilyas                                                   

Secretary – Fatwa Division

All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama



Ash Shiekh I.L.M. Hashim Shoori

Supervisor – Fatwa Division

All Ceylon Jammiyathul Ulama


Ash Sheikh Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe


All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama




A Sample Eid Khutbah which can be read

First Khutbah :


اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَالصًّلاَةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلًّمَ. أٌمّا بَعْدُ

يَا أًيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا الله قَالَ الله تَعَالىَ أَعُوْذُ بِالله مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الأَبْتَرُ

وقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ((الدِّين النَّصِيحَةُ))

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِيْ وَلَكُمْ فَاسْتَغْفِرُوْهُ إنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُوْرُ الرَّحِيْمُ

Second Khutbah :


اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَالصلاة والسَّلَامُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ. أمَّا بَعْدُ

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا اللهَ قَالَ اللهُ تَعَالى أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

وَارْضَ  اللّهُمَّ عَنِ الخُلَفَاءِ الأَرْبَعَةِ وَجَمِيْعِ الصَّحَابَةِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمْ أَجْمَعِيْنَ.

اللهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلمُؤمِنِيْنَ والمُؤْمِنَاتِ والمُسْلِمِينَ والمُسْلِمَاتِ

بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ




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