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Fiqh Council Encourages that Muslims Pray Ṣalāt al-Eid in Their Homes!

Fiqh Council Encourages that Muslims Pray Ṣalāt al-Eid in Their Homes!

In Massachusetts, Places of Worship have been Permitted to Reopen Beginning this Week!,

  • Posted on: 25 May 2020

As-Salaam Alaikum & Eid Greetings (Peace Be Unto You)!

According to the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), In light of the masjid being shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis and the upcoming Eid prayers, the Fiqh Council encourages that Muslims pray Ṣalāt al-Eid in their homes with their own families (or individually in case one is living by oneself), and there is no need for a khuṭbah. The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.  FCNA uses the criteria of European Council of Fatwa and Research (ECFR), which are that somewhere on the globe, at the sunset, the elongation should b ar month will start the next day, otherwise it will start on the day following next day. On the basis of this method the date of Eidul Fitr for the year 1441 AH is established as follows: The Astronomical New Moon is on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 17:40 Universal Time. On that day there is no place on earth where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5degrees above the sun. Therefore Shawwal 1441 cannot start the next day. Hence first day of Shawwal is on Sunday, May 24, 2020, insha’ Allah.Eidal Fitr Prayer: It maynot be possible to organize large Eid al Fitr prayers this year due to COVID19. Therefore, families shall do Eid prayers at home. The Eid Khutbah is not required. People can listen to virtual Eid reflections from their local masjids. The Eid prayer can be offered any time after sunrise and before noon on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Please fulfil the Sunan of Eid such as taking bath, putting on the best clothes and perfume, reciting recommended Takbeerat and eating some dates or sweet before Eid prayer. Please share gifts with one another especially with children. Visit friends and families not physically but from a distance. Please follow the state instructions such as face masks, social distancing and hand sanitizers. The Fiqh Council does not recommend holding of large Eid prayers at masjids or at open places such as parks, stadiums or soccer fields. There is a great danger of viral transmission via large social gatherings and the community must avert such dangers. 

May Allah SWT accept our acts of obedience, forgive us and take this pandemic away from us. Eid al Fitr Mubarak to you all. With most mosques across the country still closed due to the coronavirus, Muslim communities are finding creative ways to celebrate this weekend’s Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan, while abiding by social distancing guidelines.

The Fiqh Council of North America has encouraged Muslims to perform the Eid prayers in their homes alone or with their own families. In a statement prepared by Imam Yasir Qadhi, the group encouraged mosques to broadcast Eid sermons, generally considered not obligatory, and advised families to follow the usual prophetic traditions of Eid: bathing, eating breakfast, wearing one’s best clothing and reciting the takbir in God’s praise.

In Massachusetts, places of worship have been permitted to reopen beginning this week, following social distancing protocols and capping attendance to 40% of the building’s permitted occupancy level. But the Islamic Society of Boston’s two mosques, which typically draw 5,000 people for the holiday, will remain closed for all of May, including Eid. Instead, they will stream a virtual Eid sermon and communal takbir, followed by Eid car parades beginning in the mosque parking lots. “We ask God to grant us all the reward, however, as he’s all-knowing of your intention and what’s in your hearts of love for his rites of worship,” mosque leaders said in a message to congregants. Even holding small public Eid prayers in mosques would be detrimental, they explained: “Considering the Muslim population and the current state of emotions, restricting attendees from entering the masjid as and when they wish for Eid salat may very possibly lead to conflict. "Most other area mosques also plan to avoid public prayers. But nearby, at the Islamic Center of Burlington, the mosque has opened for adult men to perform the five daily prayers, Friday prayers and Eid prayer. Masks will be required, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained and 135 worshippers will be allowed in at a time. At the Islamic Masumeen Center of New England, leaders also plan to have limited public Eid prayers.

Waa-Aliakum Salaam
Hasson Rashid

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