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#EidAtHome: Step-by-step guide to offering Eid prayer at home

Published on May 18, 2020 at 17.00

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With the first #StayHome Eid Al Fitr coming up, several Khaleej Times readers have asked: How exactly can the Eid prayer be offered at home? We consulted Dr Mohammed Eyada Ayoub Alkobaisi, a Grand Mufti with the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai, and he offered a helpful step-by-step guide. Dr Alkobaisi said it is done in the same way one would in a musalla (open area) - but without the khutbah (sermon). "There is no khutbah of Eid when praying at home." The Eid prayer has two rak'ahs (parts), starting with the non-verbal niyah or the intention of the Eid prayer, followed by six or seven extra takbeers other than the opening takbeer (takbeerat-ul-ihram) in the first rak'ah, he said. "After rising and giving (takbeer takbeert-ul-qiyaam) to the second rak'ah, one should say five extra takbeers," he said. "It is also permissible to perform the Eid Prayer with only three extra takbeers in each rak'ah."- Alamy Image
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Here is the step-by-step guide to performing the Eid prayer at home: The prayer can be offered individually, but if you are praying with your family, an adult male member should be the leader. It can be your father, brother or grandfather. If there is no male family member in the house, a grown-up female can lead the prayer.- Alamy Image
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Make the intention in your heart — no need to say it. Start with the opening takbeer (‘Allahu Akbar’).- Alamy Image
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Say the opening supplication quietly (optional). Give seven (or six or three) more takbeers after the imam (or the prayer leader), raising your voice and hands out for each.- KT file photo
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In between each takbeer, it is optional to say ‘subhanallah, walhamdulillah, wala ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar'. Listen to the imam’s recitation of Surat Al Fatihah (Opening Chapter) and an additional Surat.- KT file photo
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Say ‘Allahu Akbar’ while moving into the rukua or bowing position with the imam and complete the first rakat of the Eid prayer as if you are praying the Fajr prayer. Rise to the second rakat saying ‘Allahu Akbar’.- Alamy Image
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Give five (or three) more takbeers after the imam, raising your voice and hands out for each. In between each takbeer, it is optional to say ‘subhanallah, walhamdulillah, wala ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar'.- Alamy Image
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Listen to the imam’s recitation of Surat Al Fatihah (Opening Chapter) and an additional Surat. Say ‘Allahu Akbar’ while moving into the rukua or bowing position and complete the second rakat of the Eid prayer as if you are praying the Fajr Prayer.- Alamy Image
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Listen to the imam’s recitation of Surat Al Fatihah (Opening Chapter) and an additional Surat. Say ‘Allahu Akbar’ while moving into the rukua or bowing position and complete the second rakat of the Eid prayer as if you are praying the Fajr Prayer.- KT file photo
 
 
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