FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AND HOW CAN I HELP REVIVE THE SUNNAH IN MY AREA?
The best way you can get involved and maybe even start your own 1Eid team in your own area is to register your interests on our website at www.1eid.net and then email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The website is rich with details and offers multiple ways of investing into shares of this amazing sadaqa jariyah.
We also encourage you to watch the videos of previous year’s documentaries where you can see exactly how much we have achieved with little resources and in a very short period of time. The Sunnah is being revived but we can do so much more and so much faster with your help and support.
The beauty of the 1Eid team is that they do not see themselves as volunteers but rather as servants of Allah to His cause by fulfilling their duty to Islam. They work hard to make 1Eid happen.
Once you know all about 1Eid and are prepared to take the next step don’t be shy to email the 1Eid team and request a phone consultation or even a meeting in person to discuss your future with 1Eid in your own area and to discuss what individuals, families and communities can do to help.No challenge is too great when Allah the Greatest is on your side.
WHY IS KEEPING THE NAME OF 1EID IMPORTANT ?
The reason for the importance of this Unity in name is so that people know we collectively are the people who are doing this according to the sunnah and those who are calling to unity. Many people are copying the same concept of 1Eid with various names we are happy that people are adopting the concept however some groups have their own agendas and ideologies which may not be in line of the sunnah, or the criteria of 1Eid. This means we will still have the same problem of different days of Eid as they will attract people to their eid event appearing as 1Eid but still causing the disunity. For this reason it is very important for the masses to know 1EID events are the ones according the sunnah and the ones that are promoting unity not disunity and bickering over eid days.
All teams will be requested to consider being part of the Eid Celebration Committee advisory group, which bring together all organisation or hosts of 1EID Events that we agree on reviving the sunnah and doing it in a unified manner.
WHO GETS THE MONEY?
Shaytan for many years has kept the Ummah divided over petty matters,and money ( dunya) is one he has been successful at doing! There are two types of Money. Alll fitranah and similar donation for the poor and need 100% go to those who it is intended for. We arrange for a merit worthy charity to come collect this funds to ensure it get to the right people. Fitranah and such monies are NOT meant to be for the Mosque. Any other monies we raise from your generous pledges and donation go back in the running costs of 1Eid and whatever is left into the kitty for the following year. We want to assist other Eid events to eventually by Allah’s will have 1million Muslims in the UK praying on the same day at the same time TOGETHER. BUT this will take a great financial commitment from our community.
1EID is 100% run off the backs of Volunteers, May Allah bless them to do such work during Ramadan is not an easy task. We wish to enable ease to our volunteers to help cover their minimal costs which come out of their own pockets and also offer such things as iftaar and suhoor to those who give us their time so kindly.
WHAT ABOUT WU’DU FACILITIES? ARE THEY PROVIDED IN THE PARK?
There will be places for people to make Wu’du but we urge everyone attending for the main Eid Salah in the morning to arrive with Wu’du, as 1000s of people turning up to make Wu’du is impractical and very time consuming. People would end up missing the Jamat.
IS THERE SEGREGATION?
The prayer area is completely segregated with a curtain and separate entrance for brothers and sisters. The fun fair rides also have different queues for brothers and sisters.
HOW MANY JAMATS AND WHAT TIME DO YOU PRAY?
All these are subject to change from event to event and location to location. For more detailed information please visit the website www.1eid.net and keep updated.
IF I PRAY IN THE MASJID CAN I STILL COME TO CELEBRATE AFTER TO ENJOY YOUR FACILITIES?
Yes although we really encourage any person who has the ability to pray at our event as this is the Sunnah, i.e. it being away from the masajid to do so.
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? CAN THEY ATTEND TO?
One of the main points that the 1Eid project is trying to revive is the status of Eid in the eyes of Muslim children. Unfortunately, due to our lack of adherence to the Sunnah Eid has become a boring chore in the eyes of many children, they hunger for fun but instead are dragged around visiting family and not doing anything engaging, stimulating or constructive. Their eyes, therefore, turn towards haram and harmful celebrations misleading them into evil places, actions and environments.
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PRAY?
No you don’t have to pay to pray. Everyone is welcome to join in the Jamat and the more the better.
All of the facilities after the Salah, such as the fun fair, usually a have a small charge and is subject to change from event to event. We ask for contributions and business sponsors to come forward and contact 1Eid to secure the future of 1Eid.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN AWAY FROM THE MOSQUE?
At the time of the Prophet SAW, when it came to Eid the Prophet used to take his congregation out away from the mosque to an open area in a place where the whole community could gather and listen to the khutba. Obviously in today’s day and age the Mosques cannot cope with the demand for Jummah Salah let alone Eid Salah. On top of that the majority of Mosques do not cater to women and we have more women than men in our Ummah. The severity of the situation is mostly belittled and this Sunnah must be revived.
Also visit History of Eid in Islam – Did the prophet pray Eid in the Masjid.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WOMEN ARE SUPPOSED TO PRAY EID?
Also at the time of the prophet SAW the prophet ordered the women to attend the Eid Salah. The sad reality of the situation today is that the women are left alone to cook huge amounts of food. The Vast majority of the women in the Ummah are in fact oblivious to the fact that they are supposed to attend the Eid Salah. A poor woman approached the prophet SAW and asked to be excused from the Eid Salah saying she did not have clothes to cover herself appropriately. He told her to borrow some from another Muslimah and attend.
Sahih Bukhari Hadith no: 96
Narrated / Authority Of: Aiyub
Hafsa bint Sirin said, “On Eid we used to forbid our girls to go out for Eid prayer. A lady came and stayed at the palace of Bani Khalaf and I went to her. She said, ‘The husband of my sister took part in twelve holy battles along with the Prophet and my sister was with her husband in six of them. My sister said that they used to nurse the sick and treat the wounded. Once she asked, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! If a woman has no veil, is there any harm if she does not come out (on Eid day)?’ The Prophet said, ‘Her companion should let her share her veil with her, and the women should participate in the good deeds and in the religious gatherings of the believers.’ ” Hafsa added, “When Um-‘Atiya came, I went to her and asked her, ‘Did you hear anything about so-and-so?’ Um-Atlya said, ‘Yes, let my father be sacrificed for the Prophet (p.b.u.h). (And whenever she mentioned the name of the Prophet she always used to say, ‘Let my father be’ sacrificed for him). He said, ‘Virgin mature girls staying often screened (or said, ‘Mature girls and virgins staying often screened – Aiyub is not sure as which was right) and menstruating women should come out (on the Eid day). But the menstruating women should keep away from the Musalla. And all the women should participate in the good deeds and in the religious gatherings of the believers’.” Hafsa said, “On that I said to Um-Atiya, ‘Also those who are menstruating?’ ” Um-Atiya replied, “Yes. Do they not present themselves at ‘Arafat and elsewhere?”
Sahih Bukhari Hadith no: 97
Narrated / Authority Of: Um-Atiya
We were ordered to go out (for Eid) and also to take along with us the menstruating women, mature girls and virgins staying in seclusion. (Ibn Aun said, “Or mature virgins staying in seclusion).” The menstruating women could present themselves at the religious gathering and invocation of Muslims but should keep away from their Musallah.
Sahih Bukhari Hadith no: 88
Narrated / Authority Of: Um-Atiya
We used to be ordered to come out on the Day of Eid and even bring out the virgin girls from their houses and menstruating women so that they might stand behind the men and say Takbir along with them and invoke Allah along with them and hope for the blessings of that day and for purification from sins.
WHAT’S THE POINT IN TAKING THE EID OUT OF THE MOSQUE INTO A MARQUEE THAT’S STILL INSIDE ISN’T IT?
The point of taking the Salah away from the Masajid is to find a suitable venue where the WHOLE community would be able to attend. It’s quite obviously not at the masajid. The reasons behind having a Marquee is to make sure if the weather is wet that the community can still gather and the organisers make the venue as comfortable and convenient as possible.
WHY SHOULD WE PRAY IN A PARK?
Parks are the ideal environment to create the atmosphere and environment for the community to gather. They are easily accessible for both Muslim and Non Muslim attendees and are much more welcoming than indoor venues which might be quite intimidating to people outside the Muslim community.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Alhamdulillah the reason we provide marquees is for the exact reason of the unpredictably of the weather. The event can still be successful even if the weather is wet and can comfortably support several thousand people.