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EID-UL-FITR 2021

May 10, 2021 | Ramaḍān 28, 1442 AH


In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Abundant Peace, Blessings and Salutations upon the Prophet Muhammad


We have completed another Ramaḍān amidst the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been vigilant in continuing to maintain safety precautions. This was yet another challenging Ramaḍān as many of us were unable to attend our local mosques or break our fasts with loved ones. With opportunities for vaccination rapidly growing over the coming weeks, we have faith that a promising future is near. Nonetheless, we must continue to abide by these precautions in order to protect ourselves and our communities.


'Eid Ṣalāt

Your local region and mosque may have specific guidance on whether places of worship are open for the public to attend. If regional public health guidance has mandated that your local mosque remains closed or limited, we do not recommend attending a mosque in another region for 'Eid Ṣalāt. In these areas, we should call out the 'Eid takbirāt at home, perform 'Eid Ṣalāt in our homes as Imams have described and as outlined below, and optionally attend one of many virtual khutbas.


For regions and mosques that have allowed congregations for Ṣalāt, we recommend partaking in outdoor Ṣalāt preferentially as weather permits while maintaining standard safety precautions (appropriate physical distancing, masking, and avoiding physical contact with others from outside your household).


'Eid Gatherings

There remains significant variation in infection rates amongst regions which may lead to varying regional public health guidance. As such, it is important to follow your regional public health guidance for the permissibility of gatherings inside and outside your homes. It is our recommendation to remain proactive about minimizing gatherings with those outside your household, regardless of whether you have received your COVID-19 vaccine or not, given the ongoing third wave of this pandemic.


If gatherings with those outside your household are permissible, we recommend minimizing the number of gatherings attended to one, keeping gathering sizes within allowable limits, meeting outdoors instead of indoors, and for shorter periods of time. Appropriate physical distancing, effective masking and hand-hygiene should be maintained whenever interacting with non-household members. We should connect with our extended family and friends via telephone or video calls where possible. In the spirit of 'Eid, we can exchange gifts and 'Eidi among household members and for everyone else, use delivery services, e-transfers or consider curbside drop-offs.


How to Perform 'Eid Ṣalāt at Home

Under normal circumstances, the 'Eid Ṣalāt is held in a large congregation at the mosque. If your local mosque is not offering 'Eid Ṣalāt in congregation, it is recommended to perform 'Eid Ṣalāt at home with members of your household. It is permissible to perform the Ṣalāt individually as well. Performing the Khuṭbah (sermon) is not required, as it is not a condition for a valid 'Eid Ṣalāt. The following recommendations for 'Eid Ṣalāt at home are only made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The 'Eid Ṣalāt is two normal Rakʿah with extra takbirāt (saying Allahu Akbar). Most commonly, there are six (three in the first Rakʿah and three in the second), or twelve (seven in the first Rakʿah and five in the second) extra takbirāt. Both are acceptable.


Method 1:

  • The Imam begins the Ṣalāt with the normal takbir.

  • Then he will make three extra takbirāt in the first Rakʿah which will be followed by ṣūraḥ al Fātiha and another ṣūraḥ. The rest of the Rakʿah is normal.

  • When the Imam stands up for the second Rakʿah, he will recite ṣūraḥ al Fātiha and a ṣūraḥ, then make three additional takbirāt before going into rukūʿ. The rest of the Ṣalāt is normal.


Method 2:

  • The Imam begins the Ṣalāt with the normal takbir.

  • Then he will make seven extra takbirāt in the first Rakʿah which will be followed by ṣūraḥ al Fātiha and another ṣūraḥ. The rest of the first Rakʿah is normal.

  • When the Imam stands up for the second Rakʿah, he will make five additional takbirāt and then recite ṣūraḥ al Fātiha and a ṣūraḥ. The rest of the Ṣalāt is normal.


May Allah (SWT) accept our supplications from the blessed month of Ramaḍān and may the joys and blessings of 'Eid permeate our hearts, our homes and our communities. ʾĀmīn.


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