Is it necessary to pray Eid al-Fitr prayer?

Al-Bukhari, Muslim, and others report on the authority of Umm Atiyyah: ‘The Prophet, peace be upon him, ordered us to take out with us to the place of Eid Prayer everyone including women who are menstruating as well as those who are isolating themselves with the only exception that those who are menstruating should stay away from Prayer. However, all of them should be witnessing the great (celebration) and participate with fellow Muslims.” (At-Tabarani)

 

Although there are various views among scholars in regards to the specific status of Eid prayer, some say it is obligatory on every individual, others saying it is a mandatory duty imposed on the collective body of Muslims and some others view that it is strongly recommended.

 

However, the fact that the Prophet, peace be upon him, ordered everyone, including women with valid reasons to skip the Prayer shows the importance of Eid prayer.

 

It is clear from the above report of Umm Atiyyah since it is a celebration of the community of believers, every Muslim should consider it as his or her duty to attend it – unless one is prevented by unavoidable or inexcusable circumstances beyond his or her control.
Almighty Allah knows best.

 

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